William Jowett 1787-1855
Roger O. De Keersmaecker
Son of John Jowett, skinner by trade and early member of the Church
Jowett, born 23 September 1787, died at Clapham, South London 20 February 1855,
Married in 1815, Martha Whiting, daughter of John Whiting of Little Palgrave, Norfolk, born
22 October 1789, died 24 June 1829, they had six children:
Jowett, born 24 March 1816 Malta,
died 12 November 1868 Brighton.
Banks Jowett, born 14 Augustus 1820 Malta, died 20 February 1846
(B.A. of St. John’s College, Cambridge).
Caroline Jowett, born 22 June 1822 Malta, died 18 November 1829
Whiting Jowett, born 2 January 1825, died 25 October 1842.
Emily Jowett, born 5 January 1827 Malta, died 8 July 1837
Henrietta Jowett, born 20 September 1828 London, died 25 December 1871 Ockbrook,
Jowett was the first to publish (1822) the story that made such commotion at
the arrival of Nathaniel Pearce in the Consulate in Cairo looking for Henry Salt. Rev. William
Jowett, Christian Researches in the Mediterranean,
p. 123. The two others who wrote about the event was John Fuller, also present
at the at the same time (1830), and Nathaniel Pearce,
Soon after my first
arrival at Cairo, in the beginning of 1819, while sitting at dinner, at the
British Consulate, with Mr. Fuller, an English Gentleman who was also residing
there, the servant came in, with a tall man, dressed in a sheep-skin, earnestly
inquiring if we were Englishmen. The Italian Servant had declared he was ; and
he was, in consequence, waiting with his camels at the gate of the Consulate;
till, hearing that two English Travellers were within, he desired us to say
whether or no he was English. I immediately knew him, and asked if his name was
not Pearce. In short, this was the extraordinary man, whom Mr. Salt, our Consul
General, had left in Abyssinia, and of whom he
gave the interesting account, in a Letter to me, which was printed in the
Missionary Register for August 1817. Troubles in Abyssinia
had compelled him to quit the country. He had brought with him a young Native
Woman, who lived with him as his wife. He came by the way of Massowah and Suez, and hardly expected ever to arrive in Cairo.
The three man were planning to go to the south to meet Salt on his way
back to Cairo.
Jowett and Pearce travelled in one boat, they left Cairo on February 6, 1819. See Roger O. De
Keersmaecker, Travellers’ Graffiti from Egypt
and the Sudan,
Volume I, The Kiosk of Qertassi, Berchem, Antwerpen 2001, p. 12, 13, 14, 15.
p. 141, While at Assouan, I twice visited Philae (it
is on one of his to trips to Philae that he
left his graffito.
Philae, Temple of Isis,
first pylon, near the Desaix inscription
Monumental Inscriptions in the churchyard of St Mary’s Church, Lewisham, 50
Page. 29, 30.
452. . In memory of
Martha, the beloved wife of the Rev. William JOWETT, M.A. She was eleven
years resident as a missionary in Malta born Oct. 22 1789 died June
24, 1829. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ".
Eliza Caroline, their fourth child was born at Malta June 22, 1822 and died at
Blackheath Nov. 18, 1829. "Of such is the kingdom of heaven".
Charlotte Emily, their sixth child was born at Malta Jan. 5, 1827 and died at
Pentonville July 8, 1837. "He shall gather the lambs in His arms and carry
them in his bosom". John Whiting Jowett their second son, born Jan. 2,
1825 died Oct. 25, 1842. "Thy brother shall rise again".
453. . In memory of the Rev. William Banks JOWETT, B.A. of St. John’s College,
Cambridge elder son of the Rev. William Jowett,
M.A. and Martha his wife born at Malta 14 Aug. 1820 died at Clapham
20 Feb. 1846. "Kept by the power of God through Faith,
unto Salvation". The Rev. William Jowett, M.A. Incumbent of St. John’s Church, Clapham. He was connected with
the Church Missionary Society from 1815 to 1840 First as Missionary in the Mediterranean and afterwards as clerical secretary to the
parent society. Born 23 Sept., 1787, died at Clapham 20 Feb., 1855. "Be
not slothful, but followers of them that through faith and patience inherit the
promises". Mary Ann eldest daughter of the above born at Malta 24 March,
1816 died at Brighton 12 Nov. 1868 and buried
there. "They that are with Him are called and chosen and faithful".
Henrietta youngest and last surviving child of the above born at London 20 Sep.
1828 died at Ockbrook, Derbyshire 25 Dec. 1871 and buried there.
I wish to
thank Julian Watson, of the Parochial Church Council, Lewisham. London SE13 6LE.
John Fuller, Narrative of a Tour through some
parts of the Turkish Empire, London 1830, p. 162; Edited by J. J. Halls, The
Life and Adventures of Nathaniel Pearce, written by himself, during a Residence
in Abyssinia, from the years 1810 to 1819, together with Mr. Coffin’s Account
of his Visit to Gondar, London 1831,
in two volumes; Titus Tobler, Bibliographia Geographica
1964, p. 143; J. J. HALLS, The Life and
Correspondence of Henry Salt, London 1834, II volumes, Vol. II, p. p. 109, 110,
extract from a letter from William Jowett to Nathaniel Pearce, p. 154; Morris
L. Bierbrier, Who was Who in Egyptology, London
1995, p. 221 (Fourth Revised Edition 2012), p. 285; Louis A. Christophe,
Abou-Simbel, Bruxelles 1965, p. 223 note 28; Michel Dewachter, Bulletin de
l’Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale, Tome 70, Le Caire
1971, p. 114 note 5; Roger O. De Keersmaecker,Travellers’ Graffiti from
Egypt and the Sudan, Nathaniel Pearce, Volume I, p.12, 13, 14, 15, John Fuller,
p. 14, 15, William Jowet, p. 15, Henry Foskett, p. 15,16; Volume III, Nathaniel
Pearce, p. 23; Volume IV, Nathaniel Pearce, p. 33; Volume V, Nathaniel Pearce,
p. 17; Volume VI, Nathaniel Pearce, p. 27, 28; Volume X, Nathaniel Pearce, p.
22, 23, 24, 25; Additional Volume II, Nathanier Pearce, p. 49, 50; Deborah
Manley and Peta Rée, Henry Salt, London 2001, p. 169 (passim); Patricia Usick, The Travels of
William John Bankes, London 2002, p. 128, 148; Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia,
5 p. 18/6/2012. Peta Rée, A Paire of Intelopers, The English Abyssinian
Warriors, York, Petergate 2011, Bankes, William John, p. 228 (passim), Fuller,
John, p. 17 (passim), Jowett, Rev. William, p. 227 (passim), Pearce, Nathaniel,
p. 16 (passim), Salt,Henry, p. 1 (passim), Tringo/Turinga, p. 81 (passim).