An event has occurred during the past week which has called forth on all hands a profound feeling of sympathy for the parents, and more particularly as they were away for their holiday at the time.
Mr. Alfred William Rowley (pictured), one of the leading tradesmen of the town, is highly respected, and occupies the prominent position of chairman of the Urban District Council, and by virtue of that office is a justice of the peace.
It is in his family that a circumstance has occurred which has caused both him and his wife probably as much grief as death itself.
During the absence for a few weeks of Mr. and Mrs. Rowley in Jersey, a young man with whom Miss Rowley, their eldest daughter, had unfortunately become acquainted in the summer months so ingratiated himself into her affections that she eloped with him on Thursday in last week.
The parents were telegraphed for and have since returned home. The couple have been traced to Hull and there lost sight of Miss Rowley was left in temporary charge of her father’s business.
She had a very comfortable home, was treated most kindly by her parents, and it is inconceivable that she should have adopted such a rash course, leave her happy home, and blight her future prospects in life.
Skegness Mablethorpe and Alford News 27th November 1896
Alfred William Rowley was a mineral water manufacturer living on Wainfleet Road, Skegness, at the time of the 1891 census. His eldest daughter, referred to in the newspaper article, was Ethel Marian Rowley, who, born in 1879, would have been just seventeen years old when she ‘eloped’.
The story must have had a happy ending – for the parents, at least – because Ethel was back with her family, who were now living at ‘Stoneleigh’, Algitha Road, according to the 1901 census.
Ethel eventually married in 1903.
penelope fryer says:
The daughter that the article refers to is in fact Millicent Adeline Rowley, who was my Grandmother, she was the eldest daughter of william and Martha. This has filled in alot of gaps,and i suspect she eloped with my grandfather John Rushby, i also suspect they did not marry as i have not been able to find marriage certs, they went on to have several children.