James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants


The newspaper report continued:

At the inquest which was held on Monday, the Coroner, Dr. W. Aylmer Lewis, addressing the jury, said he could assure them that he approached that inquiry with extreme regret for more reasons than one. He was sure they mourned the loss of a beloved vicar, and Wales mourned one of her most prominent sons, whilst he (the coroner) deplored the loss of a very dear friend.

Evidence was given by Mrs Owen, the widow, and others, including Dr. W. H. Lewis, Llansantffraid, who expressed his opinion that the cause of death was cerebral haemorrhage, or apoplexy [almost certainly a stroke; apoplexy is given as the c.o.d. of his brother Elijah].

The jury returned a verdict in accordance with the medical evidence, and the foreman requested the coroner to express their sympathy with Mr. Owen’s family.

The Coroner, in doing so, said Mr Owen’s death would be a great loss, not only to that parish, but to Wales and Shropshire, and he felt that in losing him they had lost one of the best educated and polished gentlemen of the Principality.

The funeral took place at the parish church of Llanyblodwel on Tuesday, and despite heavy rain, was largely attended by parishioners, clergy, and friends from Oswestry and elsewhere. .. The coffin, which was covered with wreaths, was of oak with brass mountings, and the plate bore the inscription, "The Rev. Elias Owen, died May 19th, 1899, aged 65".