James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Llewelyn ap Hwlkin

Llewelyn (aka Llywelyn) ap Hwlkin of Bodeon (born ca.1385) is mentioned in a number of the deeds and documents dating from 1406 to 1460 among the Presaddfed papers held at the university of Bangor. He married Mali (aka Mallt), daughter and coheir of Evan (aka Ifan) Lloyd of Bodsilin ap Griffith ap Grono ap Howell ap Cunfig ap Iorwerth ap Yarthur ap Cynddulodigi King of Wales. According to Phillip Yorke in his book on the Royal Tribes of Wales Llewelyn "was a very famous gentleman" though I have yet to discover the extent of his fame. He would have been a powerful chieftain, as was his son Rhys ab Llewelyn ab Hwlcyn, who took a company of foot from Anglesey to fight for Henry VII at Bosworth and in return he was sworn in, for life, as the first Sheriff of Anglesey.

However, it is Rhys's brother Meurig (Mayrick or Meyrick) ap LLewelyn who is according to the tree the ancestor of James Owen. Meurig married Margaret verch Ieuan (or Evan) Fychan; she was born in about 1438 in Pengwern or Pingwirn, Denbighshire. They had children John, Margaret, Owen, Ann and Gwenhwyfer. From Owen ap Meurig are descended the distinguished family of Owens of Orielton in Pembrokeshire.

Owen's brother John ap Meurig was born in Bodsilin (map) , Caernarvonshire. Bodsilin is on the mainland of Wales, in what is now the parish of Aber, between Llanfairfechan and Bangor. John married Angharad verch Gruffydd (or Griffith) ap Howell ap David ap Meredith and they had children Robert Owen, Rhys, Morris of Newborough, and daughters Mallt and Elizabeth. Robert ap John, also born at Bodsilin, married Gwenhwyfvan (Gwenhwyvar) verch William ap Meredith ap Rys and they had a large family. Their son Owen ap Robert (aka Owen of Bodsilin) married Angharad, daughter and coheir of Dafydd ap William ap Griffith of Cochwillan.