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Oswald Francis Bowker- Keenan

Oswald Francis Bowker- Keenan

Male 1862 - 1906  (44 years)

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  • Name Oswald Francis Bowker- Keenan 
    Born 3 Mar 1862  Jocks Lodge, Leith, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Name Oswald Francis Bowker
      Gender Male
      Birth Date 03 Mar 1862
      Birthplace LEITH,MIDLOTHIAN,SCOTLAND
      Father's Name John Hinde Durham Bourchier Bowker
      Mother's Name Elizabeth Cumming
    Bowker, Oswald Francis [132475] birth
    Bowker, Oswald Francis [132475] birth
    Picture Note: per Gerry Keenan - Scotlands People.
    Keywords: Birth Certificate
    Gender Male 
    Name Oswald Francis Bowker 
    Occupation Iron Turner 
    Residence 1901  175 Cumberland St, Govan, Glasgowm Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 4 Mar 1906  Kelvin, Glasgow, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I1433  Bourchiers
    Last Modified 12 Apr 2020 

    Father John Hinde Durham Bourchier Bowker,   b. 1830, Morpeth, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Elizabeth Cummins,   b. Abt 1838, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1862, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 24 years) 
    Married 21 Nov 1856  Greatconnel, Co. Kildare, ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Name: John Hinde Durham Bowker
      Gender: Male
      Age: 26
      Birth Date: 1830
      Marriage Date: 21 Nov 1856
      Marriage Place: Greatconnel, Kild, Ire
      Father: John Bowker
      Spouse: Elizabeth Cummins
      FHL Film Number: 101379
      Reference ID: 2:3R1SP0P
    Family ID F618  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Helen Graham,   b. Abt 1868, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1935, Milton, Glasgow, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 67 years) 
    Children 
     1. James O Keenan,   b. 27 Feb 1895, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1972, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     2. Elizabeth Keenan,   b. Abt 1895, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1902 and 1910, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 7 years)
    +3. John J Keenan,   b. 1898, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1975, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
    +4. Joseph Francis Keenan,   b. 1903, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1964, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
    Last Modified 23 Sep 2016 
    Family ID F619  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Oswald Francis Bowker (Keenan)
    Oswald Francis Bowker (Keenan)
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  • Notes 
    • Oswald was taken in as a boarder by Julia Keenan of Jock's Lodge in South Leith, as shown in the 1871 Scottish census. It may have been due to his mother's death and his father missing in action, as he was an army/naval man. Julia Keenan was from Ireland and may have had a connection to Oswald's mother, who was also Irish. Julia is listed as a widow: her husband was Thomas Keenan, a boot and shoemaker, and her maiden name was Murray.
      By 1881, per the census, it appears that Oswald had been 'adopted' by Julia Keenan, as he is shown with the Keenen surname, and as an iron turner. In the 1891 census he is shown as a brother to the Keenans and as an engineer fitter. He apparently worked on the installation of the Firth of Forth bridge.


      In the 1901 Scotland census he is married to Helen, living at 175 Cumberland St, Govan, Glasgow, with three children, James aged 6, Elizabeth aged 5 and John aged 3.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1872] Family Search website, (www.familysearch.org), https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VQQ4-7V6 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S1881] Keenan, Gerard.