James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Witnesses of the marriage

The witnesses of the marriage were Charles Griffith Jones and Samuel Owen, both of whom could have had a family connection with Isabel. Charles had married Martha Owen, whose father, John Owen, had been born in about 1792 in Llandrinio, a village neighbouring Llandysilio, which was the village where Isabel and her mother were born. Isabel's father, James Owen, was born in about 1806 in Llansantffraid-ym-Mechain and, more specifically he was of Penrhos and educated at Deythur (now Deuddwr), all less than 4 miles from Llandrinio. (map 1) Both John and James had a father called Thomas Owen which suggests that James and John might have been brothers. Isabel may well have been staying in Coleham with members of this Owen family at the time of her marriage; there were several such households to choose from, including those of John and Charles.

From the evidence of the 1851 England and Wales censuses the most likely Samuel Owen to have been a witness was Martha’s brother who was the same age as Isabel. If he was still working as a porter for a draper in Surrey, as he had been at the time of the 1851 census, and if he was indeed the other witness then he is unlikely to have undertaken the long journey to attend the ceremony without a powerful motive such as kinship.