I am pleased to hear that you are writing a biography of Capt. Thomas
I have a tenuous interest in Bowery whose name I came across when
researching my mariner Tolson ancestors.
I am a direct descendant of Ann Tolson who married Edward Owen in Bombay in
1738. Edward Owen's sister, Elizabeth Owen, married, also in Bombay, in
1739, to Laurence Sulivan (later chairman of The East India Company). Ann
Tolson had a brother, Capt. Thomas Tolson who was buried in Lambeth in 1788.
There was also a Capt. Joseph Tolson who resided in Stepney and left a will
in 1752. Hakluyt describes the shareholders agreement of 1704 to fund the
construction and fitting out of the Mary Galley: Thomas Bowery had a 1/2
share and Joseph Tolson 1/6 share. Hakluyt states that no earlier
information has been found about Joseph Tolson and goes on to speculate
about another shareholder, Richard Tolson, and their possible relationship
(p. 185 of my edition of Hukluyt). Hukluyt (from memory) devotes
considerable space to describing a disagreement that arose between Bowery
and Joseph Tolson which became the subject of arbitration proceedings.
I have spent some time trying to establish if Joseph and Thomas Tolson were
related. The dates suggest that Joseph was a generation earlier than Thomas
but I don't think they were father and son because Joseph had a daughter
Elizabeth who married Joseph Lockyer MP. Thomas's will of 1788 makes
provision for a sister Elizabeth Tolson so I assume she was unmarried.
Certainly Thomas, who left a large estate (which was litigated), remembered
his sister, Ann's children and grandchildren.
It may be that Joseph and / or Thomas are descended from Henry Tolson
(1592 - 1663) of Bridekirke, Cumberland. I have found online a Chinese vase
that was owned by Thomas Tolson which bears the coat of arms of the
I have names of ships and dates of service of East India ships for both
Joseph and Thomas Tolson (supplied by Harrington).
If you have come across any information which might point me in the right
direction, I would be very pleased to hear from you. Similarly, if you think
my Tolson researches might be of interest to you, do let me know.
Kind regards, Nick Moss
From: Sue Paul via
Sent: Thursday, August 4, 2016 6:55 AM
Subject: [INDIA] Captain Thomas BOWREY in East Indies 1669-1688
Captain Thomas BOWREY was a late 17th century East Indies mariner and early
18th century Wapping merchant in the East Indies trade, ship owner &
freighter and projector. He was associated with other mariners at the time
including Robert KNOX, Nathaniel LONG, Andrew SEARLE, Henry ALFORD, Robert
MASFEN, George SHERER and William DAMPIER. BOWREY was one of the freighters
of the infamous ship *Worcester* as well as an owner of the *Prosperous*
which was taken by pirates.
I am currently writing BOWREY's biography and would like to hear from
anyone with an interest in his world.
If anyone has interests in any of these, they may like to check out my blog
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