William LOWKE was born 22 March 1845 in Rugby District, Warwickshire, England. He married Elizabeth KNIBBS 06 April 1863 in Polesworth, Warwickshire, England. He died bet. April and June, 1883 in Chorlton District, Lancashire, England. Elizabeth KNIBBS, daughter of Edward KNIBBS and Fanny BERRY , was born 1842 in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. She died UNKNOWN.

Marriage Notes for William LOWKE\Elizabeth KNIBBS:

Other Marriages/Unions for William LOWKE:

Other Marriages/Unions for Elizabeth KNIBBS:
See William KEEN & Elizabeth KNIBBS

Notes for William LOWKE:

Also known as: William Lowke

The IGI has reference to William as William LOWKE - Ancestry and FreeBMD which gets data from the GRO has him as LOWK, without the "E". FreeBMD has his baptism as LOWKS.

I can find several references to a William Lowke but am not really sure if it's the same one or not:

The 1841 census return has the following living at Church Street, Bedworth, Warwickshire:
Thomas Lowke 20 Boatsman WAR
Martha Lowke 20 WAR,
Joseph Lowke 1 WAR,
Thomas Arch 20 Ribbon Weaver,WAR,
Caroline Arch 19 WAR,

The IGI also has a William Lowke, born 22 Mar 1845 at Willoughby, Warwick, England to the parents Thomas Lowke and Martha.

Frustratingly, although the names of Thomas and Martha match up in the 1841 data and the IGI data, the date for when Joseph was born is differen

In 1861, we see William on the canal boat called Frances Ann at Foleshill, Warwickshire, England:
The census also shows the household as:
Thomas Lowke Head 40 Mar Boatman Warwickshire Willoughby
William Lowke Son 16 Un Assistant Warwickshire Willoughby
Eliza Lowke Daur 13 Assistant Warwickshire Willoughby

I'm not sure but wonder if this could have been William in 1881, living at the Weston Salt Works, Weston On Trent, Stafford, England:
John DAVIES Head U Male 23 Salisbury, Wiltshire, England Captain Of Boat (Barge)
William LOWKES Serv U Male 32 Coventry, Warwick, England Boatman (Barge)
Fredrick JACKSON Serv U Male 19 Coventry, Warwick, England Boatman (Barge)
James LOWKES Serv U Male 20 Coventry, Warwick, England Boatman (Barge)
Elija ELLIS Other U Male 34 Wolverhampton, Stafford, England Salt Hawker
Henry MARSH Other U Male 21 Wolverhampton, Stafford, England Salt Hawker
Thomas BOSWORTH Other U Male 38 Wolverhampton, Stafford, England Salt Hawker
John CARTWRIGHT Other U Male 60 Hixon, Stafford, England Ag. Labourer
Thomas TRUNDLEN Other U Male 52 Sandon, Stafford, England Ag. Labourer
William H. CARTWRIGHT Other U Male 25 Westminster, Middlesex, England Ag. Labourer
Thomas HOUGH Other W Male 72 Weston Upon Trent, Stafford, England Boatman (Barge)

This William was a Boatman and of about the right age, but I note that he was registered as Unmarried. That could simply mean that he was living away from his wife at the time. It may well be the wrong person altogether.

William was registered as 40 years old when he died.

Sources for William LOWKE:

  1. LDS IGI Records, gives DOB 
  2. Alan Jackson GRO,
  3. FreeBMD, his wife's 2nd marriage 
  4. 1861 British Census,

Notes for Elizabeth KNIBBS:

Sources for Elizabeth KNIBBS:

  1. 1851 Census for Devon, Warwickshire & Norfolk,
  2. GRO England & Wales, GRO England & Wales gives 1Qtr1842 
  3. Wolverhampton Boat People - CanalMuseaum.org,