James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Elijah Starkey

Victoria and Harry's eldest son was Elijah Starkey. He was born in Broughton, which is part of Salford, in 1888 [Salford 1888, 2nd qt]. In 1911 he was a "baker (2nd hand)" and was living with his siblings, his mother and his father, Harry. In 1916 he married Lizzie Dilnot Smith [Birkenhead 1916, 4th qt], who was from a Kent family, the daughter of Henry Dilnot and Annie Ada (née Jordan); Lizzie's was born in the winter of 1890/1 [Thanet 1891, 1st qt] and Henry was a Royal Navy seaman in 1901. Elijah and Lizzie appear to have had a son Frederick W.C. Starkey who was born in 1919 [Birkenhead 1919, 2nd qt], probably named after Elijah's brother, Frederick, who had been killed in France the previous year. Tragically, young Frederick died in infancy [Birkenhead 1921, 1st qt].

In 1939, Elijah's then unmarried youngest sisters, Edith and Elsie, were living with him and Lizzie. Elijah, known to his nephews and nieces as ‘uncle Lij’, was sixty-seven when he died in the winter of 1955/6 [Birkenhead 1856, 1st qt] and I believe Lizzie died in Denbighshire in the winter of 1949/50 [Aled 1950, 1st qt], aged 59. The registration location suggests she may have been living with William and Ellen Starkey (see below) when she died.

William Starkey

Victoria and Harry's second son William Starkey was born at St Johns, Birkenhead, in 1894 [Birkenhead 1894, 4th qt]. He was a garden boy in 1911 and still living with his siblings, his mother and his step-father, Harry. All the evidence suggests he married Ellen Fairs in 1919 [Birkenhead 1919, 4th qt]. Ellen was born in 1895 Burgh, Suffolk, [Woodbridge 1895, 4th qt], the youngest of the five children of Harry and Rebecca Fairs. By 1939 William and Ella had moved to the Abergele district of Denbighshire in Wales. Ellen died, aged 49 and childless, in 1944 [Aled 1944, 4th qt] (Aled in Denbighshire was also the registration district for the death of Lizzie D Starkey, believed to have been the wife of Elijah Starkey, above). Probate records state that Ellen, of Oxton House, Dundonald Avenue, Abergele, was the wife of market gardener, William, and that she died on 26 October 1944. William's death, aged 94, was recorded at Rhuddlan, Clwyd, in the same area of the former county of Denbighshire as Aled [Rhuddlan Nov 1988]. His death record states that his date of birth was 23 September 1894.