James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Edwin James Owen

Elias and Margaret’s eldest son Edwin James Owen was born in 1859 [Bangor 1859, 2nd qt] and educated at Oxford University (matriculated 18 Oct 1880, aged 21) and Queens College Birmingham. It appears that, like at least two of his brothers, Edwin played football; 'Edwin Owen' and his brother William were listed as playing the two right forwards in the Ruthin team that unexpectedly lost an away Welsh Cup fixture against Wrexham on 20 January 1883 [Wrexham Advertiser & N Wales News, 27 Jan 1883] (their brother, Elias, was the Ruthin goalkeeper). Edwin was also a singer; he performed in a concert at the Ruthin Assembly Rooms on 19 November 1884 [N Wales Chronicle, 22 Nov 1884]. He was ordained a priest in St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, in July 1885 [Rhyl Advertiser, 11 July 1885] when curate at St. Paul’s Edinburgh (1885-1887). He then became curate at Maker, Cornwall (1887–1889) though a newpaper report in 1887 stated: The Rev. E.J. Owen, eldest son of the Rev. Elias Owen, rector of Efenechtyd, has been offered a living in Edinburgh, of the value of £380 a year. The rev. gentleman was curate of St Paul's, Edinburgh, under the Rev. Rowland Ellis, late vicar of Mold. Mr. Owen was only this month appointed curate of Kingsland, Devonport, but his sojourn in the South of England will be short, as he returns to Scotland in April to resume his clerical duties. [The Wrexham Advertiser & N Wales News, 29 Oct 1887].

Perhaps fresh circumstances forced him to change his plans. One such was the birth of his daughter, Ivy May Owen, who was born on 1 May 1887 at 79 West Clyde Street, Helensburgh, Dumbarton, on the west coast of Scotland, when Edwin was living at 5 Nelson Street, Edinburgh, on the east coast of Scotland. A 1906 copy of Ivy's birth certificate (the informant was her grandfather, Augustus Paterson) stated that her mother was (Jessie) Beatrice Owen (née Paterson) and that her parents had been married at Leith on 10 March 1877 (a transcription error of '1887') in what Augustus described as a ‘private marriage’ (letter of 12 Oct. 1889). In fact it was a marriage 'per verba et praesenti', an 'irregular' methods of marriage accepted in Scotland at that time.