William Dowding

Maleabout 1813–March 1886

Brief Life History of William

When William Dowding was born about 1813, in Old Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom, his father, Thomas Dowding, was 41 and his mother, Anne Shugar, was 33. He married Eliza Cox on 28 February 1845, in Yate, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He died in March 1886, in Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom, at the age of 74.

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William Dowding
Eliza Cox
Marriage: 28 February 1845
Henry John Williams Godwin

Sources (5)

  • William Dowding in household of Thomas Dowding, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • William Dowding, "England, Bristol Parish Registers, 1538-1900"
  • William Dowding, "England and Wales Census, 1871"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    28 February 1845Yate, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
  • Children (1)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (11)

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    World Events (7)


    Age 2

    The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.


    Age 10

    Rugby Football 'invented' at Rugby School.

    1833 · The Factory Act Restricts Child Labor

    Age 20

    The Factory Act restricted the hours women and children could work in textile mills. No child under the age of 9 were allowed to work, and children ages 9-13 could not work longer than 9 hours per day. Children up to the age of 13 were required to receive at least two hours of schooling, six days per week.

    Name Meaning

    English: variant of Dodding, from the Middle English personal name Dodding or Dudding, an Old English patronymic meaning ‘son of Dodda or Dudda’. Compare Dodd 1 and see Dowden .

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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