James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants


Elias’s estate was valued at £557-18s-10d. His widow, Margaret and those of their children still living with her returned to Carnarvonshire. The 1901 Census stated she was living ‘on her own means’ at 44 Orme Road, Bangor, with children Gwen Lily (a hospital nurse), Sarah, Enid and John and with her grandson, William Parry Owen. Of this household Margaret, Gwen and John spoke both Welsh and English, the others only English. Margaret died in 1901. The Welsh newspaper Gwalia, 14 May 1901 reported: "The death of Mrs. Owen occurred at 44, Orme-road, Bangor, on Saturday, last week [4 May]; and the remains were buried the following Tuesday in Llanllechid.", those present including "Rev. E J Owen, vicar Brithdir: Mr W. P. Owen, a lawyer, Aberystwyth; Sub canon Owen, and J G M Owen (sons); Mrs Greengrass, London; Mrs James Jones, Bangor; Mrs Wild, Westbury; Miss Myfanwy Owen, Miss Lily Owen, Miss Sally Owen, Miss Enid Owen (daughters); William P. Owen (son); Mrs. Ellen Williams (sister); Mr William Pierce (brother); Mr. Thomas Pierce (brother); Mrs Thomas, Llanrwst (niece); Mrs. Ellen Williams (niece), Mr. W. M. Pierce, Mr. T. O. Pierce, Mr H. J. Williams, and Ithel Williams (nephews). The Rev. R. T. Jones, vicar Glanogwen; Rev Rt. Roberts, Conwy; Sub canon Williams, and the Rev. James J. Jones, St. Mary, Bangor (son-in-law) were also present."


As a postscript, I am curious as to why Elias and Margaret married at St. David’s Church, Liverpool. It may be that the Pierce family moved to Liverpool but it is known that, for example, a man from Atherton married a lady from Llandudno at this Welsh chapel. I am also curious about Mr. J. Hughes, Nantmawr and Mr T. Hughes, Trefonen who are listed among the principal mourners at Elias’s funeral. John Hughes of Eberle Street, Liverpool, subscribed to Old Stone Crosses and T.G. Hughes of 47 Everton Road, Liverpool, subscribed to Welsh Folklore; these roads, together with Mason Street and Brownlow Hill are all in the vicinity of the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. However I suspect these two mourners were brothers, born in Sarnau (Sarney), Montgomeryshire but living not far from Llanyblodwel. In the 1901 census Thomas Hughes, aged 43, a grocer, corn dealer & pig dealer, was living in Trefonen with his family and John Hughes, aged 47, was a farmer and dealer living in Morda with his family. Nantmawr, Trefonen and Morda lie between Llanyblodwel and Oswestry. As principal mourners they would have been either very good friends of Elias or would have been related to him.

As a further postscript, click here to see what happened when I visited Llanyblodwel.