Frank Hyde's In-laws - the Rowley Family.
John Julius Angerstein
(1735 - 1823)
Florence's great great grandfather

Captain Richard Freeman Rowley (Click on image for larger portrait.)

Captain John Angerstein Rowley (Frank Hyde's Father-in-Law)
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Amelia Chapman - nee Rowley (Click on image for larger portrait.)

Mary Hay Chapman (Click on image for larger portrait.)

Mary Hay Chapman with Charles (Click on image for larger portrait.)

Charles and John Richard Frederick Rowley (Click on image for larger portrait.)
John Julius Angerstein
"John Julius Angerstein was born in St. Petersburg in 1735 and was reputed to be the illegitimate son of Empress Anne of Russia and Andrew Poulett Thomson, a London merchant. Brought to London at 15 years of age, he entered Thomson's Counting House and became an underwriter at Lloyd's in 1756. Known as the 'Father of Lloyd's' his reputation grew to such an extent that policies underwritten by him were called 'Julians'"

"Like many wealthy men in the 18th Century, Angerstein collected a large number of paintings, most of which were displayed at his house at 100 Pall Mall. Sir Thomas Lawrence, Benjamin West and Sir Joshua Reynolds advised him on his purchases. Before his death in 1823, Angerstein had directed in his will that his collection, which included work from Van Dyck, Claude, Rubens, Carraci, Rembrandt, and Raphael, should be sold, but if it remained in this country, it should be bought by the Government for the nation. Parliament finally agreed to its purchase for 60,000 and took over the lease of 100 Pall Mall to house the first National gallery."

Frank Hyde was obviously interested that Florence was a descendant of John Julius Angerstein, whose collection formed the basis of the National Art Gallery. He obtained permission to copy a painting of John Julius Angerstein by Sir Thomas Lawrence that was in the National Gallery.

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John Richard Frederick Rowley (Florences brother) :
June 8, 1902. The Rowley family at 1122 Josephine Street is stricken to the core with grief. Giddy summer sunlight pales into insignificance in the light of Mary Hat Rowley's death at just 27 years of age, from colitis. She leaves a husband, John, and four year-old son Charles. What had seemed all promise and prosperity when they had come to Nelson (British Columbia - Canada) from England in 1897 now seems an empty, idle dream.

Born August 16, 1864 near London, England, John Richard Frederick Rowley hails from a distinguished line of English Nobility. The son of Captain John Angerstein Rowley, John's lineage reaches back to Rowley of Hill House. His grandfather was Sir Charles Rowley, born December 16, 1770, and his great great grandfather was John Julius Angerstein whose influence elevated Lloyd's of London from its origin as a coffee shop to a respected place in British finance.

As a lad of 22, John Rowley is drawn to Canada by the siren song of vast, untapped potential. Emigrating with a cousin in 1836, he purchases farmland at Grenfell, Saskatchewan. After a decade at the plough, he sells the property in 1896 and returns to the rarefied social circles of his family in England. That year he marries a cousin, Mary, a nurse, daughter of William Hay Chapman. The couple draw curious stares from strangers as they walk together. He is a handsome man of dark hair and narrow features, with a handlebar moustache, slight build and height of five feet, eight inches. She is a woman of striking beauty, with clear eyes and finely drawn features. At six feet, she stands four inches taller than her husband.

In 1897, the newly incorporated city of Nelson draws people to its streets bustling with people. The brewery established by Robert Riesterer in 1893 and built on Latimer Street with the help of nephew Julius Riesterer is ready for a change. It is re-organised and incorporated as the Nelson Brewing and Ice Company with Rowley buying half-interest in the partnership. During Rowley's tenure the brewery is expanded to include modernised refrigeration equipment to replace the ice blocks originally used to maintain proper storage temperatures...

... The couples first and only child is born in 1898.

John Rowley is devastated by Mary's death in 1902. After renting his home on Josephine Street to Lawyer Archie M. Johnson for 20 pounds per month, he leaves for England with son Charles, sending the toddler to live with an aunt in Germany. 'Sonnie' as he is nicknamed, arrives at Villa Saxonia November 23, 1902. He is still too young to comprehend the loss of his mother. His aunt records the boy's precociousness in her diary: "Mommie is looking at us from heaven and laughing, she sees I am a good boy and you will take such care of me." On December 31, 1902, she notes that he had crept under the blankets with her that morning and said that he had been thinking "about Nelson and my mommie before she was sick. She did laugh so, Auntie."

John returns to Nelson in 1904, and by October 27 that year, sells his partnership in the brewery. Perhaps seeking a quieter life, he purchases the Annfield ranch at Harrop, and begins an active trade as an orchardist. When World War 1 hits, he and Captain John Ellis enlist and serve in the same company, becoming lifelong friends. When the war ends, son Charles and wife Ronalda 'Rona' Margaret Wentworth Beaumont emigrate to Canada. They arrive in Harrop August 16, 1920 with two year old son Vivian Charles Beaumont Rowley or 'Bim' and 11 month-old daughter Evelyn 'Eve' Valerie - booth born in Worthing Sussex. June Veronica Rowley is born in Nelson June 16, 1921.

By 1922, throat cancer has taken its deadly toll on John Rowley ... (Charles died in 1927 in an shooting accident).

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The above is an extract from a newspaper article "Heritage Beat" by Art Joyce. ( I do not know the name of the newspaper).

Most of the material on this page was sent to me by Pam Hendy a great granddaughter of Florence's brother who is interested in genealogy and lives in Canada.

The extracts on John Julius Angerstein was from:

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