from Lois Kay (nee Lowndes)

I have had a long interest in family background and only recently had the time to investigate. I discovered your website and have come to the conclusion that I am a descendant of the Overton Lowndes line.
My father was Bertie Alfred Lowndes, his father William Edward Lowndes (Master Mariner) born in New Plymouth, New Zealand and his father was Joseph Lowndes noted as a “Dealer”. This information is from the Marriage Certificate of William Edward Lowndes to Madeline Green 6 March 1899 in Auckland, New Zealand. My birth name was Lois Madeline Lowndes.
I was interested to read Ngaire’s note at the end of the commentary as it would be some 47 years since I saw Ngaire (probably apart from her father’s service in 1997).
Ngaire’s father Roy Lowndes and her uncle Noble Lowndes were cousins to my father. From memory they also had a brother Len.
I would be so pleased to receive any information you may have on my Great Grandfather, Joseph Lowndes. Joseph’s Mother’s name was Catherine Agnes Spears. Actually it looks more like Afnes but is probably Agnes.
Lois Kay (nee Lowndes)
Auckland, New Zealand
Lois is happy for anyone to contact her about NZ lowndes – just comment on this post! – Mike

Lowndes of Overton – possible errors

Irene Parker-Lowndes has found several possible errors to the Geneology presented in Lowndes of Overton. I will be updating the site shortly. Furthermore I have decided to visit Bucks Record Centre soon and photograph the original pedigree (1066-1862) used for reference in that work, for this site.

If you are interested in coming along, get in touch!


From Gareth Griffiths, UK (August ’05)

I am a member of SouthCheshire Family History Group and Gwynedd FHS too. I am researching the Turnock/Tunstall family living at Colclough Estate in Goldenhill.

Thomas Tunstall Esq had 2 sons and 2 daughters one of whom, Sophia Tunstall married Revd John Lowndes and Sophia and John lived for a time at Colclough House.Last week I went to the County Record Office at Stafford and from Sophias wills and the Lowndes family papers I noted that this John Lowndes had 2 brother William and Thomas, I have a 95 page document in MSWord running on my current research in which I have connected over 70 families.

Sophias estate was subdivied between 5 of the Tunstalls and I have these xeroxes already.

Now as Goldenhill isnt that far from Astbury (abt 5 miles) presumably John Lowndes is related to the Lowndes of Overton family?
There are many Lowndes graves in Wolstanton parish churchyard to the left of the gate as one enters the churchyard, many large graves with lots of MIs on – maybe worth a further look for you sometime?
Do John, William and their brother Thomas fit into any tree?

I do not have time to follow this up so if any of you do, please comment here [Mike]

Overton House, Congleton

From Eileen Lowndes, Manchester (Thanks Eileen!)

Overton House 2006

Text from ‘Creative’ – the company that owns the building:

The history of Overton House

Overton House was built in 1702, reputedly by a Mr. Mallabar, a retired East indian Merchant. From that time, and for well over 200 years, the house remained the home of the same family As late as 1928, Mrs Esther Ann Mallabar Muir was brought back to her former home for her funeral.

Overton House was then the residence of her son, Dr. John Moir They belonged to the old Congleton family of Lowndes, who gave the land on which St James Church was built.

Mrs Moir was the only daughter of Wm. Lowndes Yates, Barrister-at-Law, of Overton House, and in 1880 married Jolm, fourth son of Patrick Moir afterwards Moir-Byers of Tonley, Aberdeenshire Her eldest son, Lt-Col. Howard Lowndes Moir, commander of the 7th Battalion Cheshire Regiment. T F and served with ”Great Distinction” in the Boer and Great Wars.

He was survived along with another brother and sister, by Dr. John Moir of Congleton, from whose home the funeral procession left for Astbury and the family burying ground.

It reached from Overton House to far down Antrobus corner, and all along the way to Astbury, crowds lined the streets In his practise, Dr Moir was Joined by Dr. Galbraith, who lived at the house until the mid 1960’s when Overton House ceased to be a family home.