A farm waggoner and the child of Troward Cowell (an agricultural labourer) and Sarah Bennett, John Cowell, the great-grandfather of Nigel Horne, was born in Wingham, Kent, England on 17 May 18581,2,3,4,5,6,7, was baptised there on 27 Jun 1858 was married twice, to Emma Culmer (on 8 Feb 1879 in Westbere, Kent, England) and Harriett Osborne (c. Nov 1899 in Thanet, Kent, England)10. He had 6 children, all with Emma Culmer: Charles Percy, Alfred John, George Troward, Emma Jane, Edith Eliza, and James Frederick.
During his life, he was living at Stodmarsh Street, Stodmarsh, Kent on 7 Apr 186116; at Nethergone, Chislet, Kent on 2 Apr 187113; in Wayborough, Minster, Thanet, Kent on 3 Apr 18813; in Upstreet, Kent, England on 5 Apr 18914 when he was living with his parents when he was living with his son, Charles Percy, following the death of his wife on 7 May 1889; at 2 Woodchurch Farm Cottages, Acol, Kent, England on 31 Mar 19015; at Woodchurch Farm, Acol on 2 Apr 191114 when he was living with his parents; and at 7 Pouces Cottages, Manston, Kent on 29 Sept 193915.
He died on 11 Jan 1944 at New Cottages, Durlock, Minster, Thanet, Kent8,9 (unmarked grave in Minster Cemetery. Cerebral haemorrhage. Value of estate £136:12:11).
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