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Some Related Quaker Families in Dublin 

In 1810 Robert Bowles of Ballickmoyler, co. Laois, the son of a Protestant shoemaker, married Ann Waring, the widow of Thomas Baker, a neighbour of his in Ballickmoyler and a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) faith.  Ann was expelled from the Friends for having married outside her religion and so Robert and Ann raised their three children in the Protestant faith.  Ann's three children by Thomas Baker remained in the Friends faith and the new family also became convinced of that faith by about 1830.  About then the family moved to Dublin and became involved in a number of joint business efforts involving the Baker, Waring, Wardell and Penrose families as these allied families intermarried.

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Robert had been baptized in both the Church of Ireland and the Catholic Church in Carlow in June 1774 by his parents William Bowles and Sarah Moore.  As William was Church of Ireland, it's almost certain that Sarah was Roman Catholic.  I believe that Robert had earlier married a Catholic woman in Ballickmoyler as William Bowles, a Catholic, was born in Carlow in about 1800.  Robert, his father William and this William born about 1800 were also all shoemakers.  If there was such a marriage, this first wife must have died before Robert married Ann Waring in Ballickmoyler in 1810.  Robert would have been 36 at the time so that would be consistent with a second marriage for him as well. 

Ann had been married to a Thomas Baker who had died in Ballickmoyler in 1809.  Thomas was the son of William Baker and Ann Thompson of Garryphelim, co. Wexford.  He married Ann, the daughter of Thomas Waring and Abigail Wright of Killeshin, Queen's county, in Carlow in 1800 and settled in Ballickmoyler, Queens county where they had four children, William, Abigail, John and Samuel before Thomas' death in 1809.  The widow then married Robert Bowles of that same community and they had three children, Robert Jr., Lucy and Thomas.

As an interesting side-note, Thomas's brother, Samuel Baker, married Ann's sister, Sarah Waring, in Carlow in 1801.  In 1819 they sailed to Canada and settled in Huntingdon, Ontario.  The following entries are from Samuel's diary of the voyage: ref.

"June 22, 1819  Still slack winds though favourable. We collected our small company of Friends, 19 in number, into the cabin where we held our little week-day meeting, which to some of us was a favoured time."

"July 28, 1819 This morning at four o'clock we found soundings at 33 fathoms on the great Bank of Newfoundland. At twelve o'clock the Charles William bark of Hull, bound for London, hove alongside. We lowered our boat and wrote Anne Waring of Waterford, giving an account of our health and voyage."

When Robert and Anne moved to Dublin with their children they were accompanied by Anne's children from her first marriage. One of them, Samuel Baker, with business partner James Wardell, would establish a very large and successful tea, coffee and spice merchant business at 75 & 76 Thomas Street and 140 & 141 Francis Street in Dublin called Baker, Wardell & Co.  There was also a Baker Brothers and Co., grocers, at 66 & 67 Dorset Street very close to Robert Bowles shoe shop at 62 Dorset.  I believe these were the other two Baker brothers, William and John (who had also married a Wardell).

Robert Jr. married Hannah Wardell in Dublin in 1833 and established a very successful agricultural implements manufacturing and sales company undoubtedly aided greatly by his family connections to the prosperous Quaker business community in Dublin.

His sister, Lucy, married Jonas Wardell in Dublin in 1843.  I haven't learned anything about that line yet.  Lucy did run a draper's shop in Dublin but we know very little about their family story so far.  See The Bowles Drapers Shops in Dublin

Their brother Thomas started his career in their father's shop shop at 62 Upper Dorset Street which he ran in the 1840's and converted to a wholesale tea and coffee dealer's shop around 1850.  By 1863 he had opened a printing business at 12 & 13 Eustace Street, near the Friends Meeting House at 4 & 5 Eustace Street, from which he published a newspaper, The Kingstown and Bray Gazette, in the early 1870's. See Thomas Bowles, Printer of Dublin

Samuel Baker and Sarah Waring settled at Hallowell, Prince Edward county, Ontario about 40 miles from Kingston, Ontario where their daughter Abigail married George Doyle Penrose, son of Daniel Penrose and Anne Doyle, in 1826.  That couple returned to Ireland a few years later with their family.  Their son, James Doyle Penrose (b. 1829, Kingston, Ont.) married Robert Bowles Jr. and Hannah Wardell's daughter, Anne, in 1854.  We don't know the details yet but someone in this line took over Lucy (Bowles) Wardell's drapers shop in 1874 and operated it as Bowles, Penrose and Co., Drapers and Milliners.  See The Bowles Drapers Shops in Dublin




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Had a large shop like Harrods in Sackville Street, Dublin called Baker, Wardell & Co. They were tea, coffee and spice merchants and also had premises at 75 & 76 Thomas Street and 140 & 141 Francis Street, Dublin. Baker Brothers & Co were grocers, corn and provision dealers at 66 & 67 Upper Dorset Street and 90 Lower George's Street, Kingston and Castle Street, Dalkey.[sinton.FTW]


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