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STROWGER, Walter James

Male 1907 - 1980  (72 years)

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  • Name STROWGER, Walter James 
    Born 21 Aug 1907  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 1980  [2
    Age: 72y 
    Buried 15 Feb 1980  Kirkley Cemetery, Kirkley, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I10343  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 21 Dec 2014 

    Family BEAMISH, Una Grace,   b. 10 Apr 1908, Carlton Colville, Suffolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1927  [4
     1. STROWGER, Robert W,   b. 1927
     2. STROWGER, Pearl M,   b. 1928
     3. STROWGER, Yvonne,   b. 1929
     4. STROWGER, C.D.
     5. STROWGER, P.I.
     6. STROWGER, D.R.
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2009 
    Family ID F2619  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 15 Feb 1980 - Kirkley Cemetery, Kirkley, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Notes 
    • Hi Brian

      Thank you very much for this info - have been following up on this, very interesting.

      The son Delgarde Strowger was the pointer, because I have a Delgarde Strowger in my tree - he was one of the Kessingland Strowger clan, but married a Cornish lady Kate Wetherall in 1901. I can't find her under that name in any census returns prior to 1901, so possibly Wetherall was her original married name, and she then remarried as a widow to Delgarde? Interestingly, Delgarde & Kate married in South Stoneham registration district, Hampshire - this is the registration district that incorporated a lot of the rural parishes around Southampton before they were absorbed into Southampton itself in the early 1900s, and is where the other (my Mum's side) of the family settled in the last quarter of the 1900s. I wonder why they married in that part of the country - with Kate coming from Cornwall, I wouldn't have surprised to find a marriage there, but not Hamphsire. Amos Beamish also married in South Stoneham r/d as I recall, so presumably must have been something to do with the fishing?

      The name "Delgarde" clearly seems to be a family name in this Strowger line, but I also have a Francis Delgarde Sims in my tree who was born in Kessingland in 1888. In Kessingland especially (and probably some of the other coastal parishes) there were quite a few boys baptised in the 1800s and early 1900s with Spanish-sounding first and middle names such as "Alphonso" and "Alonzo" - for example my great-grandmother Clarinda Blowers had a brother was called Frederick Alphonso William Blowers and my great-grandfather James Knights Pearce had a nephew called Owen Alonzo Pearce, there were also an Alonzo Gouldby Strowger and an Alonzo Thompson for instance - I wonder whether "Delgarde" may have similar origins, perhaps it was originally "Delgardo" or something similar? I assume these unusual names were some kind of nod to the Spanish fishermen who local fishermen would have encountered in the Cornish fishing grounds, though I'm not suggesting that all these kids had a secret Spanish parent in their line, but that's just inference I don't know - I'm not sure why these names were given but it was not at all uncommon in Kessingland at this time. My Dad's name was David but when he was younger many people locally knew him as "Pedro", and when I was a young kid and still lived in Southampton and we used to come to Lowestoft on holiday some old friends of his still used to call him by that name - I wondered for a long time whether this might have been a continuation of the same tradition (though it was his nickname and not his given name), but I don't think this was the case - my Mum never knew for certain where the name came from but she recently found out from someone else in the family that it apparently came from a song that was popular at the time, "Pedro the Fisherman", though I've never heard of it.

      The Strowger family were in Kessingland from the late 1820s and they branched out to become a proper clan, but there are were Strowger families in other parishes (including Benacre) and some of them at least have common origin. I have traced them back to a William Strowger (1757-1819) and Sarah Bullen=Bulling (1757-1826) who married in Blythburgh on 19 Nov 1783. Youngest daughter Mary (born 1801 Benacre) was the direct ancestor of the Kessingland Strowgers, she married George Gouldby in Kessingland on 21 Jan 1828. Another son Robert (born 1793 Benacre) emigrated and died in Ontario, Canada, in 1870, so there may well be a whole branch of Canadian Strowgers who stem from him. Another son John Strowger (born 1790 Benacre) was the grandfather of Jemima Strowger (born 1859 Benacre), who married my 1st cousin 4x removed Thomas Frederick Thacker in Benacre in 1882. James Strowger (born 1798 Benacre) is quite intriguing - I've not been able to trace him into the census era, nor can I find an earlier burial for him in Benacre, and I'm fairly certain that he will be the James Strowger who was executed in Ipswich in the late 1830s (for burning down a barn if memory serves). But James Strowger was not an uncommon name in the local area so I still need to do a bit of research before I can be absolutely certain that these two James Strowgers are one and the same.

      Peter & Una Beamish' father was Isaac Beamish - he was born in Kirkley on 21 Nov 1882 (baptised there in 1886 with 3 siblings) but was the grandson of James Beamish & Sarah Smith of Barnby, as you will no doubt already know. Isaac's wife Alice Mary Blowers was born in Hulver (falls within Henstead) on 25 Sep 1881, her parents were Charles Blowers & Jane Turrell=Tyrrell. I did not have Charles in my tree before I received your E-mail but I have looked at him since, and he was part of a Blowers line that I had not yet followed - his father was also Charles Blowers (born 1817 Wrentham) who married Kezia Brindy in Beccles on 15 Feb 1843, son Charles was born in Beccles the following year but was baptised in Mutford (where the family subsequently settled) on 9 Jan 1853 with 3 younger siblings.

      Charles Blowers senr (born 1817 Wrentham) was the son of James Blowers (1782-1840) & Elizabeth Rumbold=Rumble (1782-1860), who married in Wrentham on 24 Jul 1803. James was my 4x great grand uncle - he was born in Mutford in 1782 and was the elder brother of my 4x great grandfather Mark Blowers (1788-1863), who settled in Kessingland and was the direct ancestor of many of the Kessingland Blowers. Mark & James' father was James Blowers - he died in Mutford in 1809 aged 49, but I have not yet been able to trace a baptism record so at this stage I still don't know where he was born.

      I am still hoping he may turn out to be an elder brother of John (1762-1844) - baptised Wrentham on 29 Sep 1762 s/o James & Hannah, and direct ancestor of many of the other Wrentham/Frostenden Blowers - or/and William (1771-1836), father of William Moore's wife Hannah Blowers & her brother John Blowers (1802-1883), who was the direct ancestor of the Carlton Colville Blowers and father of Walter Mitchell's second wife Hannah Blowers (1834-1910). [5]

  • Sources 
    1. [S623] England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes.
      Births Sep 1907
      STROWGER Walter James Mutford 4a 1125

    2. [S623] England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes.
      Name: Walter James Strowger
      Birth Date: 21 Aug 1907
      Death Registration Month/Year: 1980
      Registration district: Ipswich
      Inferred County: Suffolk
      Volume: 10
      Page: 2796

    3. [S1783] Waveney District Cemeteries, (, Kirkley Cemetery.
      Strowger Walter James 15/02/1980 72 44 Heath View, Vesgrave Pensioner K/LNA/419

    4. [S623] England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes.
      Name: Walter J Strowger
      Spouse Surname: Beamish
      Date of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar 1927
      Registration district: Mutford
      Registration county (inferred): Suffolk
      Volume Number: 4a
      Page Number: 1594
      Name: Una G Beamish
      Spouse Surname: Strowger
      Date of Registration: Jan-Feb-Mar 1927
      Registration district: Mutford
      Registration county (inferred): Suffolk
      Volume Number: 4a
      Page Number: 1594

    5. [S11194] Research of Andy Pearce.


Comments (2)

Topic: STROWGER, Walter James
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Angela m Strowger Patton (US) says...
My paternal grandfather was Delgarde Robert Strowger. The reason why you have not been able to find my grandmother’s maiden name who married Delharde is because her name was Catherine Metherall. Delgarde was name after a General who used to vacation at Benacre where my great grand parents lived. My great grandmother, Harriet Strowger was expecting her 1st baby. General Delgarge said to her. Madame, if you should have a son I would be very honored if you named him him after me. Harriet and ... Read More
5th November 2018 4:10am
Angela m Strowger Patton (US) says...
Brian; the reason why you could not find the name of my paternal grand mother is because her maiden name was METHERALL. Her Father’s name was William and her mother’s name was Elizabeth Serpell.
Angela Marie Patton. (Nee Strowger). Walter James Strowger was my father. He was born in Kessingland England. Good luck with your genealogy search.
5th November 2018 4:01am
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