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Cowel Surname Ancestry Results

Our indexes 1000-1999 include entries for the spelling 'cowel'. In the period you have requested, we have the following 14 records (displaying 1 to 10): 

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Clerks and Clergy in Cornwall and Devon (1307-1326)
The register of bishop Walter de Stapeldon of Exeter, containing general diocesan business, but in particular including ordination lists for monks and clergy. Only a small proportion of the clerks went on to acquire benefices and remained celibate. Latin

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Clerks and Clergy in Cornwall and Devon
 (1307-1326)
City of London: Glovers (1724)
A list of the members of the several London livery companies that polled for Edward Bellamy esquire to be sheriff for the city of London and county of Middlesex for the remaining part of the year, published 16 March 1724. Full names are given, surname first, arranged roughly alphabetically by company.

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City of London: Glovers
 (1724)
National ArchivesApprentices registered at Worcester (1750-1754)
Apprenticeship indentures and clerks' articles were subject to a 6d or 12d per pound stamp duty: the registers of the payments usually give the master's trade, address, and occupation, and the apprentice's father's name and address, as well as details of the date and length of the apprenticeship. There are central registers for collections of the stamp duty in London, as well as returns from collectors in the provinces. These collectors generally received duty just from their own county, but sometimes from further afield. (The sample entry shown on this scan is taken from a Norfolk return)

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Apprentices registered at Worcester
 (1750-1754)
Masters of Merchantmen (1785)
The Daily Universal Register of January 1785 includes a section entitled Ship News. This is compiled from reports from Portsmouth, Deal, Poole and Gravesend as to merchant shipping movements; news of losses and sightings coming in from various ports; a list of Ships Arrived in the (London) River, in the Clyde, in the Downs, in the Humber, in Bantry Bay, off Beachy Head, off Beer Haven, off Cape Clear, off Cape Fear, off Hastings, off Hilston, off Portland, off Porto Bar, off Scilly, at Alicante, Ancona, Antigua, Baltimore, Barbadoes, Belfast, Bilbao, Bonny, Bordeaux, Boulogne, Bremen, Brighthelmstone (Brighton), Bristol, Cadiz, Cape Breton, Cartagena, Charlestown, Chester, Constantinople, Cork, Corunna, Cowes, Creek, Crookhaven, Dantzig, Dartmouth, Dominica, Dover, Dublin, Exeter, Falmouth, Faro, Figuera, Genoa, Gibraltar, Gottenburg, Greenock, Grenada, Halifax (Nova Scotia), Havannah, Hoylake, Hull, Jersey, Killybegs, Lancaster, Leghorn, Leith, Limerick, Lisbon, Liverpool, Londonderry, L'Orient, Lowestoft, Madeira, Madras, Milford, Minorca, Mogador, Naples, New Calabar, New Providence (Bahamas), New York, Newry, Nice, Old Calabar, Oporto, Ostend, Peel, Penzance, Philadelphia, Piscatequa, Plymouth, Pondicherry, Port Roseway, Porto, Portsmouth, Rochelle, Ross, Rotterdam, St Kitts, St Lucia, St Michael, St Vincents, Savannah, Scarborough, Southampton, Tenerife, Texel, Tobago, Torbay, Vigo, Waterford, Whitehaven, and in 'Africa', Angola, Grenadoes, Honduras, the Isle of Wight, Jamaica, Maryland, New England, Newfoundland, Philadelphia and Virginia; and Reports of Ships made at the Custom House in London. Except in the home ports, the register refers only to British shipping: each ship is usually identified merely by its name, and the master's surname, although masters' christian names are given occasionally. Naval vessels are mentioned rarely, and their captains' names not usually stated.

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Masters of Merchantmen
 (1785)
Inhabitants of Margate in Kent (1790-1797)
The provincial sections of the Universal British Directory include lists of gentry and traders from each town and the surrounding countryside, with names of local surgeons, lawyers, postmasters, carriers, &c. (the sample scan here is from the section for Hull). The directory started publication in 1791, but was not completed for some years, and the provincial lists, sent in by local agents, can date back as early as 1790 and as late as 1797.

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Inhabitants of Margate in Kent
 (1790-1797)
National ArchivesBritish merchant seamen (1835-1836)
At this period, the foreign trade of ships plying to and from the British isles involved about 150,000 men on 15,000 ships; and the coasting trade about a quarter as many more. A large proportion of the seamen on these ships were British subjects, and so liable to be pressed for service in the Royal Navy; but there was no general register by which to identify them, so in 1835 parliament passed a Merchant Seamen's Registration Bill. Under this act this large register of British seamen was compiled, based on ships' crew lists gathered in British and Irish ports, and passed up to the registry in London. Each seaman was assigned a number, and the names were arranged in the register by first two letters of the surname (our sample scan shows one of the pages for 'Sm'); in addition, an attempt was made to separate out namesakes by giving the first instance of a name (a), the second (b), and so on. But no effective method was devised to prevent the same man being registered twice as he appeared in a second crew list; moreover, the original crew lists were clearly difficult for the registry clerks to copy, and some of the surname spellings appear to be corrupted. A parliamentary committee decided that the system devised did not answer the original problem, and this register was abandoned after less than two years: but it is an apparently comprehensive source for British merchant seamen in 1835 to 1836. The register records the number assigned to each man; his name; age; birthplace; quality (master, captain, mate, 2nd mate, mariner, seaman, fisherman, cook, carpenter, boy &c.); and the name and home port of his ship, with the date of the crew list (usually at the end of a voyage). Most of the men recorded were born in the British Isles, but not all (for instance, Charleston and Stockholm appear in the sample scan). The final column 'How disposed of' is rarely used, and indicates those instances where a man died, was discharged, or deserted his ship during the voyage.

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British merchant seamen
 (1835-1836)
Inhabitants of Liverpool (1850)
Over 1600 inhabitants of Liverpool signed this petition to the Mayor, 14 November 1850, to 'call a Public Meeting, for the purpose of adopting an Address to the Queen, praying her Majesty to take such steps as may be deemed necessary to maintain the prerogative of the Crown against all Papal aggression.'

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Inhabitants of Liverpool
 (1850)
Bankrupts' Estates (1858)
Bankrupts' estates for England and Wales vested in assignees: bankruptcy often caused people to restart their lives elsewhere, so these are an important source for lost links

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Bankrupts' Estates
 (1858)
Dissolutions of partnerships in England and Wales (1858)
Perry's Bankrupt and Insolvent Gazette, issued monthly, included lists of dissolutions of partnerships gazetted in England and Wales. The names of the partners are given in full, surnames in capitals, followed by trade and address, and date of the end of the partnership. Each entry usually ends with the phrase 'Debts by ...', indicating which partner intended to continue, and resume the responsibilities of, the business. This is the index to the names of the partners, from the issues from January to December 1858.

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Dissolutions of partnerships in England and Wales
 (1858)
Insolvents (1858)
Insolvency notices for England and Wales: insolvency often caused people to restart their lives elsewhere, so these are an important source for lost links

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Insolvents
 (1858)
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