In May 2007 we received an email from Sandra in Australia concerning the Dowsett family in Windsor in the early 1800s, following on from our story A History of Windsor Pubs.
Thomas and Susanna Dowsett had 3-4 ? sons. Thomas Jnr born 1785. Occupation Labourer/ Gardener m. Charlotte Vine 1813 New Windsor. Seven children born in Sheet St and Peascod St.
James born c1787, occupation Butcher (Pigots Directory 1830 page 64 ) m. Martha Prince ( by licence) 1823. Five children born in Peascod Street and Sheet Street. James died 1840 ( P.R. & Berkshire F. H Burial list ) 1841 census includes Martha and states Widow. Occupation Butcher.
William born c1789, occupation Publican 5 Bells Sheet St. m. 1. Sarah Smith 1816. m. 2. Rachel Hambidge 1826. Seven children to Rachel born Sheet St.
Henry born c1800. Occupation Pages Man to George IV (Source article The Windsor & Eton Express 9th Jan 1836) m. Mary Ann Wicks. 1829 Buckinghamshire. Henry died 1838. Burial St John the Baptist, New Windsor 27 Feb 1838. I'm fairly positive Henry was a son of Thomas and Susanna following in his father's footsteps at the Royal Court.
Most of the information I have has come from the Society of Genealogists in London, Parish Records, Piggotts Directory, Windsor and Eton Express and any other article I can lay my hands on.
I have also to give credit to S. Dowsett in Essex who is a descendant of Thomas & Charlotte Dowsett. He has been very generous sharing his information and sent me the picture of my GG Uncle Edwards' shop in Peascod Street.
Thomas Dowsett, senior, Bow Street Runner, appears in five cases in 'The Proceedings of the Old Bailey'.
The information is on-line and is not to be confused with another Thomas Dowsett - Criminal.
St John the Baptist Church appears to have been the family's main church, at least for baptisms and funerals. I don't know whether any actual burials took place there. [Possibly at the Old Burial Ground by Bachelor'sAcre, subsequently at the the cemetery, Stag Meadow. Ed.]
The Dowsetts were a Windsor Family so hope this is of some interest.