This site is dedicated to George Dowler and Olive Yates


The Dowler family lived in the Cotswolds area of Gloucestershire. I believe that most of the Dowler families in Gloucestershire originate from the same family.

In 1782 James Dowler appeared before the court at Gloucester Cathedral. The churchwardens of Bourton-on-the-Water charged him with the crime of adultery and fornication with a widow, Ann Harris, and having a bastard child. He never lived in Bourton-on-the-Water again. See Transcript of Summons of James Dowler

In about 1900 Fred Dowler moved from Gloucestershire to Crich in Derbyshire where he married Millicent Wetton, and they lived in Crich for the rest of their lives. The Wettons have been in Crich since the late 1600's and before that in Wirksworth, Derbyshire.

The Rowland/Rowlands family was from Notgrove and Naunton in Gloucestershire. Robert Wake Rowlands was one of the founders of the Baptist Chapel at Naunton.


The Yates family was originally from Astbury in Cheshire. By 1809 Uriah Yates had moved to Burslem in Staffordshire. He was a cratemaker for the potteries, as were 2 of his sons and 5 of his grandsons. Most of the family worked in the pottery industry.

Uriah Yates was living in Ripley, Derbyshire at the time of his marriage to Mary Jane Martin in 1913. They settled in Ripley and lived there for the rest of their lives.


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