Family History


Born: 1843 Madehurst

Father: William Downer

Mother: Jane Saxby

Died: 1928 Bristol

Married : 1867 Bristol

Spouse: Mary Emma Powell

Born: 1844 in Abergavenny

Died: 1891 in Bristol.

Children: Beatrice Elizabeth J Downer b 1869 Bristol district

Ellen Emma Downer b 1872 Bristol district

William Henry Downer b 1875 Bristol district

1861 census: able seaman on Flora. 1861 census has it In the Downs, Master George Samways..

1871 census: 3 Kewton St, Bristol.

1881 census: police constable (water policeman) living 1 Melbourne Cottage, Bedminster.

1891 census: living 3 Victoria Place, Bedminster. Emma a tailoress. Margaret Downer aged 7 with them. I assume this is daughter of John Downer.

1901 census: retired policeman living in Bristol 14 Addison Rd, Bedminster with daughter Beatrice.

1911 census: Residing 5 Elvaston Rd, Bedminster. Living on his own. Occupation: police pensioner



Born: 1869 Bristol district

Father: William Downer

Mother: Mary Emma Powell

Died: 1915 Bristol district

Married : 1892 Bedminster, Glos

Spouse: Joseph Sampson

Born: 1873 Bedminster

Died: 1932 Bristol district

Parents: Joseph & Morgan Sampson

Children: William J Sampson born 1894 in Bedminster (see Note 1)

(Charles) Henry Sampson born 1896 in Bedminster (see Note 2)

Leonard Sampson born 1898 in Bedminster (see Note 3)

George Sampson born 1908 Bristol

Beatrice Sampson b 8/10/1901 Bedminster (see Note 4)

1901 census: Residing 14 Addison Rd, Bristol. Occupation: wood sawyer

1911 census: Residing 38 Sandy Park Road, Brislington. Occupation: unregistrered dentist

Note from David Gammon. He can remember Beatrice (Beattie) and her husband as a boy. Beatrice’s appearance frightened him as he had a face like a skull, and her husband only had one leg. ‘Henry was a man who would have benefitted from more education than presumably he got’. Nephew William Gammon and his wife lived with them after their marriage. The Gammons and Downers were keen methodists and teetotallers [unable to trace deaths 1948-1964]

Note 1: William Sampson. Became Mayor of Beckingham

1911 census: Occupation: clerk

Note 2: Henry Sampson Killed in WWI

1911 census: Occupation: insurance clerk

Note 3: Leonard Sampson Killed 23/3/1917 training Reserve buried Bristol (Arnos Vale) cemetery

Note 4: Beatrice Sampson died 10/12/1982 m 29/6/1935 Betram Fidler b 15/10/1906. Children (see below)

Note 4: George Sampson. Occupation: plumber



Born: 1872 in Bristol district

Father: William Downer

Mother: Mary Emma Powell

Married : 1891 in Barton Regis

Spouse: Henry Nicholas Gammon

Born: 1870 Appledore, Devon

Parents: Henry & Mary Gammon

Children: William Gammon born 1891 in Bristol (St Philips Marsh) (see Note 1)

Frederick Gammon born 1894 in Bedminster, Bristol (see Note 2)

Mary (Nell) Gammon born 1914 in Bristol died 1989 (see Note 3)

1881 census: Henry living 13 Herbert St, Bedminster. His father was a shipwright. Living in the same house as his uncle Samuel Gammon, ship carpenter

1891 census: Ellen was a tailoress

1901 census; Residing Bristol. Henry a wood planning machinist

1911 census: Residing 58 Avonleigh Rd, Bedminster. Occupation: wood machinist

Note 1: William Gammon married 1915 Bristol district Winifred Sainsbury born 1893, daughter of William & Emma Gammon (1901 residing 48 Green St, Bristol. William a house decorator).

1911 census: Residing with parents. Occupation: ledger clerk in tea merchant’s office

Note 2: Frederick Harold Gammon married 1918 Bristol district Elsie (Alice) Ballinger .

1911 census: Residing with parents. Occupation: On wood plaining machine

Note 3: Nell Gammon married Donald Fidler. Children: Jill Fidler, Jacky Fidler, Christine Fidler



Born|: 1875 in Bristol district

Father: William Downer

Mother: Mary Emma Powell

Married: 1898 in Chipping Sodbury

Spouse: Edith Emily Tynedale Raggatt

Born: 1873 Old Sodbury, Glos

Parents: Alfred & Ruth Raggatt

Died: 1944

Children: Ivy Edith Maud Downer born 1899 in Berkeley, Glos

Gerald William Arthur Downer born 1900 in North Nibley, Glos

Lilian Florence Downer born 1902 in Dursley district, Glos

Alfred Daniel Downer born 1904 in Dursley district, Glos

William Henry born 1908 in Dursley district, Glos

Myrtle N Downer born 1912 in Dursley district, Glos

May B Downer born 1913 in Dursley district, Glos

Daisy F Downer born 1914 in Dursley district , Glos

1891 census: an errand boy

1901. Residing Police Station, North Nibley. Occupation: police constable

Dursley is a market town 12 miles south of Gloucester, 25 miles north of Bristol.

North Nibley is a village sheltered by the southwestern escarpment of the Cotswolds. High above it is the monument to William Tyndale reputedly born in the village, William Downer the younger was obviously the village bobby.

1911 census: Residing Police Station, Uley. Occuaption: police constable