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Stephen LOWDELL (1717 - 1809)
Stephen LOWDELL Stephen LOWDELL Richard LOWDELL Grace Elizabeth ROGERS William ROGERS Elizabeth FRENCH Edward FRENCH Alec
b. 1717 at Chatham, Kent
d. 18 Nov 1809 at Southwark, London, England aged 92
Events in Stephen LOWDELL (1717 - 1809)'s life
Date Age Event Place Notes Src
1717 Stephen LOWDELL was born Chatham, Kent
1736 19 Death of father Stephen LOWDELL (aged 47)
1743 26 Surgeon Medicine Southwark 5
1763 46 Surgeon Medicine Queen Street, Southwark 5
06 Jun 1782 65 Death of mother Elizabeth FRENCH (aged 88)
18 Nov 1809 92 Stephen LOWDELL died Southwark, London, England Note 1 109
Note 1: Died Nov 18, 1810 at his house in Queen Street Southwark, in the 93rd year of his age,, STEPHEN LOWDELL, Esq. He was of the medical profession, and practised with reputation and success for near 50 years, in London and its vicinity. He was interred on Sunday the 20th, at Worship Street, by the Rev. J Evans, amidst a concourse of weeping attendants. He was a rationally pious and most benevolent man. Mr. Evans founded his funeral address on ACT VIII. 2. Devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. A large part of his property is bequeathed for charitable purposes. In him were exemplified the three Christian graces, Faith, Hope, and Charity.
Source: The Monthly repository of theology and general literature

Address by John Evans inscribed to nephews George Lowdell of Bookham, Isaac Lowdell of East Grinstead, Joseph Lowdell of Lyndhurst, Delivered Sunday 26th November 1809 at Worship Street. Published version dated Islington Jan 21 1810. Implication that he never married and died without issue.

ADVERTISEMENT: ‘His was that combination of principle and practice which produces the active, the useful, the finished member of society.’
Born 1717 in Chatham into a General Baptist family. D Nov 18th 1809 in 93rd year . Family moved to Southwark where Stephen succeeded his father in the medical profession, with ‘skill attention and tenderness’ built up an ‘extensive practice.’ Continued for nearly 50 years to assuage the pain and relieve the maladies of his fellow creatures.’ P14-15, ‘Heaven prospered his labours’ and he enjoyed ‘a happy and useful retirement.’

First joined Mill Yard, Goodman’s Fields Church where baptised by Matthew Randall, who was at Goodman’s Fields from 1722 [coming from Chichester], moving church to Mill Yard in 1742 on termination of lease and there till death in 1756, having been ordained messenger in 1747. Lowdell then moved to the church of which Dr Joseph Jefferies was minister, i.e. Pinner’s Hall. Jefferies died 1783. At this Lowdell moved to the ministry of Daniel Noble at Goswell Street and then at Worship Street. P15 ‘and with us he continued to his death.’ To the end faithful to the doctrines of General Redemption and Adult Baptism. A good and pious man suave in disposition and correct in morals, Systematically benevolent, patron of Charity Schools, and in particular the non denominational Wood Street Charity School, also the Orphan School, City Road. And other charities. Treasurer of the General Baptist Fund for the relief of poor ministers, and also of the Messengers’ Fund. Member of committee formed to defend the Civil Rights of Dissenters serving on its committee which secured an extension of Dissenters religious liberties in 1779.. In all things acted with moderation. Helped Evans with the relief of individual cases. Deep sense of stewardship of his wealth. Serenity in the face of death. Lived in St Saviour’s Southwark and ‘was the Father of the parish and its oldest inhabitant. Constant and devout worshipper at Worship Street till within two sabbaths of his death.

Also part of a General Baptist delegation to the Anti-Slavery Society – mentioned in Clarkson, see my article. Whitley is wrong in saying he was a member of the Park Chapel in Southwark – a wrong assumption from his residence and practice addresses.

Source: John Briggs and Rev. Stephen Copson of Baptists Historical Society
Personal Notes:
J. Clarkson History, 1808, vol I, p.442; see also British Library Add MS 21,254, Anti-Slavery
Committee (which began on 22 May 1787). 12 June 1787 Daniel Taylor attended the Committee and
informed them that he had a message from the General Assembly of Baptists, which would be
communicated at another opportunity. 22 June 1787 Stephen Lowdell and Daniel Taylor attended the
Committee as a deputation from the ‘annual meeting of the General Baptists’ indicating their support of
the Committee and its work. The long-lived Lowdell (1718-1810), a Southwark surgeon, was a member
of the Worship Street [282] congregation under John Evans [not Park Church, Southwark, pace W.T.
Whitley, ‘Notable Baptists’ TBHS, VII, 1921, p.216]. He was the treasurer of a number of General
Baptist Funds and very active in the campaign to secure the repeal of the Test and Corporation Acts. In
the Society’s List of Donations the following appear: Society of General Baptists from Barton and
Higglescoate, Leics; Castle Donnington, Leics; Leah and Wymeswould, Leics; Leicester; Hinckley,
Leics; Loughborough and Quorndon, Leics; Langford [Longford], Warks; Melbourn, Derbys;
Nottingham; and the Western Baptist Association. Individual donations are listed which total £29 7s
4¾d References provided by Professor David Killingray.
BAPTIST CHURCH, WHITE'S ALLEY, met at White’s Alley, Moorfields, 1681-1745; Paul’s Alley, Barbican, 1745-79; Hogg Lane alias Worship Street, Shoreditch, 1779-1829; Trinity Place, 1829-32; Blackman Street, Borough, 1829-32; Coles Street, Dover Road, 1833-40 and Stamford Street, Blackfriars Road, 1840-1. Minute books. 1681-1841. L 18.2 Ms 592 [Further records are held at the Library of the Baptist Historical Society and at Dr Williams’ Library. Guildhall Library holds some modern transcripts for 1699-1768 (Ms 20953/1-6)]


Source: Guildhall Library Manuscripts section (General Guide, 17: Non Anglican Religious Bodies)
Source References:
5. Type: Register, Title: U.K. and U.S. Directories, 1680-1830, Auth: Ancestry.com, Publ: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2003.Original data - Avero Publications. Biography Database, 1680-1830. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England: Avero Publications, 1998.Original data: Avero Publications. Biography Database, 1680-1
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- Notes: Subscribed to Sermons on the following subjects: Elijah's Prayer, that it might not rain, considered. Wherein Charity excels Faith and Hope. The Condemnation of Unbelievers just, 1743, MORRIS, Joseph. London
Subject: religion
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- Notes: Listed in The Universal Director; or, the Nobleman and Gentleman's True Guide to the Masters and Professors of the Liberal and Polite Arts and Sciences; and of the Mechanic Arts, Manufactures, and Trades, Established in London and Westminster and their Environs, 1763, MORTIMER, Thomas. London
Printed by J. Coote
109. Type: Parish Register, Abbr: England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers 1567-1970, Title: England & Wales, Non-Conformist and Non-Parochial Registers 1567-1970
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