Emily Mary ZUGG was born in Westminster in 1856. Both her parents were also born in England, despite the surname. Her father was described as a 'general dealer' in 1861, but he died in 1869, and in 1871 Emily, then 14, was a servant, living in a lodging house in Jermyn Street. Her mother died in 1873.
In 1882, in Guildford, Emily married Alexander Ludwig LOWY, who was born in 1860 in Hungary. No record of either of them has been found in the 1881 census.
In 1888 the birth of Alexander Ludwig Lowy was registered in Kingston, Surrey, and in 1891 Alexander and Emily LOWY were living in Kilburn Priory, Hampstead with a 3 year-old son named Alexander L Lowy, whose birthplace is recorded as Wimbledon. Alexander senior is described as a 'foreman tailor'. There is also a general servant and a nurse servant in the household (and see below).
In the census of 1901, in St Pancras, there is Ludwig LOWY, aged 42, a tailor cutter, born in Hungary, with Emily and son Tony, aged 13, born in Wimbledon, as well as a servant girl. This 'Tony' must be the Alexander Ludwig born in 1888.
None of these has been found in the census of 1911, but in 1913 Anthony A L LOWRY married Isabel F O Roberts, in Woolwich. The middle letters make it almost certain that this is the original Alexander Lowy. Isobel was born in Hereford, and was living in Stafford in 1911. In 1914 Jack A B Lowry was born in Wandsworth; his mother's maiden name is recorded as Robarts. This is clearly the Jack mentioned by Jackie Richardson.
Isobel F O Lowry died in 1971, Paddington; her birth date is given as 5.4.1893, but no death for Jack Lowry has been found. Nor any deaths for Alexander the elder, his wife, or Anthony/Alexander.
A very interesting point is that in 1891, at the same address as the Lowy family, was a lodger named Edward German, aged 29, musician and composer, born Whitchurch, Shropshire. (Wikipedia says that from 1886 German lived in Maida Vale; the Lowy's address is not far from Maida Vale, but in 1901 and 1911 German was living in Marylebone with a family named Friswell.) No other evidence of any link between German and the Lowy family has been found.
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