James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Isabel's sister, Mary Brown (aka Starkey), was born on 23 April 1886 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 the 1911 census she was in service with Francis Preston, a barrister, and his family at 5 Howbeck Road, Oxton, Birkenhead.

That same census showed 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, on 21 November 1917 at Parkfield Chapel, to John Edward Jones (b 19 August 1885, Llanfair Caereinion), she was a 'cook domestic' living at 12 Lorne Road; Harry Starkey and her employer, Mary R Williams, were the witnesses to the marriage. Mary clearly had a close bond with the Williams family over a number of years. 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, known as Gil, was born in 1918. Tragically, Mary died on 21 June 1921, at Parade House, Parkgate, less than three weeks after the birth of her daughter Gwladys Mary Jones.

I was told that the children were then looked after by their "Auntie Jinny" ('Jane Jones') who was their father's sister, before going to live with "Auntie Jinny" and others of his sisters at Brynrefail (see next page), Llanfair Caereinion, until their father remarried in 1925. Gil was then taken back to live with his father and step-mother, a Warrington lady called Elsie Owen. John continued to work in insurance and he 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.

I am grateful to Mary's granddaughter for the personal recollections she has provided and for the photographs that appear on the pages about her father and her aunt.  >>>