Climbing the Bates Family Tree – Teresa Bates 1851-1932

I’ve decided to turn my attention to my Bates side of the family. I haven’t done a great deal of research on this side and I have a DNA match with a distant cousin which I’d love to know more about.

I’m starting with T(h)eresa Bates, my Great-Great Grandmother. She was born in Hawthorpe, Lincolnshire in August 1851, the 7th child of Peter and Mary (née Phillips) Bates. I’ve found twelve children for them so far.

This work is based on data provided through and uses historical material which is copyright of the Great Britain Historical GIS Project and the University of Portsmouth

In April 1871 Teresa was living in Nottingham, working as a servant in the household of Robert Clarke, a master draper along with her sister, Sarah. In May, she married Edmund Jowett, a lace maker in Basford, Nottingham.

The couple lived at various addresses in Basford for the duration of their married life, having eight children, including my Great-Grandfather, Charles H Jowett in 1886. Sadly, their two eldest sons both died at the age of five, Henry Aylmer in 1880 and Thomas Joseph in 1881.

Edmund died in April 1908 at the age of 59. According to entries in local trade directories, Teresa supported herself by working as a dressmaker. The 1911 census finds her living in the family home on Gawthorne Street, Basford with Charles and Francis (Frank) her two youngest sons and her married daughter, Mabel and two granddaughters. The census confirms that Teresa had eight children, but only six surviving. In a sad coincidence, it appears that Mabel had also lost two children by this time.

In June 1914, Teresa married John Hallam, a widowed lace maker. I haven’t been able to find much about their life together as yet. John died in 1928 leaving Teresa a widow again. Teresa died on the 19th January 1932 and is buried with her first husband Edmund in Basford cemetery in the plot she had purchased for them both. There is a gravestone, but I have yet to visit to photograph it. Teresa & Edmund’s two sons are also commemorated on the headstone.

Teresa Bates’ Death Certificate

I’m going to look for Teresa’s baptism next & those of her siblings too. Three of Teresa’s sisters, Sarah, Catherine and Mary also moved to Nottingham, so it could be interesting to see where they ended up.

Lots to do! 

© Caroline Cox and Caroline’s Chronicles. 2011 – current year

9 thoughts on “Climbing the Bates Family Tree – Teresa Bates 1851-1932

  1. Thanks Carolyn for this wonderful research. My mom was Frank’s daughter and this woman was her grandmother. My mom used to talk about her ocean trip at the age of nine to visit her Grandma Therese in England. I have a few photos somewhere. My brother told me about your blog and I’ve been following a few weeks. Was great to see this.

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      1. I’ve just discovered that I can’t reply to your previous message without making it public, so I’m not sure if you can read my reply! Leave it with me & I’ll see what I can do. Or does your brother still have my personal email? I’d be happy for him to pass that onto you.


  2. Hello Caroline, I want to check if you actually receive this email. I’m not totally computer savvy and want to see if this goes direct to you. I also made a comment on the blog but I think that is read by the public. Correct? Anyway I am in Canada 🇨🇦 and can probably help you with some research on Francis Jowett if you would like. My brother gave me your blog info. Francis had only one mom Marguerite Edith Jowett (married a MacLeod) From reading your article just now I see where her middle name came from. She really did not like that name! Mom passed in 2012 and would have loved reading your articles. Francis sadly passed in 1956 when my mom was seven months pregnant with my older sister. There are three of us siblings.

    Theresa (my mom always pronounced it Terese… no A sound) would be my great grandma and I see she was your great great so we are some sort of cousins. My mom visited England once to meet her (9 years old) and I am pretty sure that Terese made a visit to Canada at some point.

    I’ll wait and see if this message reaches you.

    Sincerely Donna Weinkauf (maiden name MacLeod)

    Sent from my iPhone


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  3. Teresa sounds like an interesting person to research. I would want to learn about lace-making and dress-making during the years she lived. I hope it’s not hard to find her baptism record.

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    1. Thanks for your comment. I think it’s a great idea to research the historical background too, adds more colour to your ancestors’ lives. Lace-making (machine lace) was a huge industry in Nottingham at the time, so there’s quite a bit of info about it locally.

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