James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Mary Brown (aka Starkey)

Isabel's sister, Mary, was born on 23 April 1886 [Birkenhead 1886, 2nd qt] at 1 Chapel Place, Tranmere, when her father, Henry, was a baker journeyman. By 1891 her mother was living with Harry Starkey and Mary had become known as Mary Starkey. In 1911 she was in service with Francis Preston, a barrister, and his family at 5 Howbeck Road, Oxton, Birkenhead.

In 1911, Septimus R Williams, a self-employed marine insurance broker, and Mary R Williams were living at 12 Lorne Road, Birkenhead, with their four children. In 1907 Mary had been given a family bible for her 21st birthday, inscribed as being a gift from the Master and Mistress at 12 Lorne Road, Birkenhead, and at the time of her marriage to John Edward Jones (b 19 August 1884, Llanfair Caereinion), on 21 November 1917 at Parkfield Chapel, Birkenhead, she was a 'cook domestic' living at 12 Lorne Road; Harry Starkey and above-mentioned Mary R Williams were the witnesses. John Jones was an Insurance Agent of Neston in the Wirral so he too may have been employed by Septimus Williams. Mary and John's son Gilbert Starkey Jones, was born on 10 October 1918 and their daughter, Gwladys Mary Jones, on 3 June [Wirral 1921, 3rd qt]. Tragically, Mary died less than three weeks later, on 21 June 1921, at Parade House, Parkgate, Wirral.

Gwladys Mary Jones After Mary’s death the children were taken to Llanfair Caereinion to live with their father’s sisters. When John married a Warrington lady, Elsie Owen, in 1925, his son, Gilbert, returned to Parkgate to live with his father but his childhood with John and Elsie was not a happy one. Gwladys (pictured with her "Aunt Jinny") remained with an aunt and uncle who became her legal guardians and she subsequently married Robert B Owen [Llanfyllin 1945, 1st qt]; she died aged eighty-three [Welshpool and Llanfylin, Sep 2004].

Gilbert married Margaret Elizabeth Davies on 3 July 1946 [Coventry 1946, 3rd qt]. Margaret died in a Birkenhead hospital on 4 December 2015 and Gilbert in a Southport care home on 14 October 2016, soon after his 98th birthday. They are survived by their son and daughter and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

John Edward Jones died on 5 April 1943 either in Parkgate or in a nearby hospital. His second wife, Elsie, died in October 1965 aged 75, probably in Warrington. Mary, John and Elsie are all interred in Neston Cemetery, Mary in a separate grave.