James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Thomas Edward Owen

Elias and Margaret’s fourth son, Thomas Edward Owen, was born in Llanllechid on Sunday, 13 November 1864 [Bangor, 1864 4th qt]. He was an enthusiastic sportsman and a good cricketer; he retired on 53 when playing for Bangor as they soundly beat Carnarvon on 28 July 1899. It seems he was also musical as he took on the role of conductor in 1909 [Carnarvon and Denbigh Herald and North and South Wales Independent, 25 June 1909]. He obtained his BA from Durham University, and became a solicitor’s clerk (he passed the preliminary examination of the Incorporated Law Society in 1888 [North Wales Chronicle, 2 June 1888]). Such was his profession on 14 December 1889 when he married Eleanor Roberts Daniels, the daughter of William, a sawyer, and Jane Daniels [Carnarvon, 1889 4th qt.]. In the 1881 census she was ‘Ellen’ and was a pupil teacher. Thomas, like his father, went into the church.

At the time of the 1891 census he was a married student living with his parents and siblings and Eleanor may have been the ‘Elleanor Owen’, married schoolteacher, visiting the Morrison family at Dwygyfylchi, Carnarvonshire. In the 1901 census Thomas was living in Bangor, and was both English and Welsh speaking. The only other resident listed is a servant, Lucy A. Roberts, 14, born in Liverpool. In 1892 Thomas was ordained a deacon and was then a curate at Blaenau-Festiniog, Merionethshire until 1896; he would return as vicar of Blaenau-Festiniog (1919-1924).

Thomas was ordained a priest in 1894 and was subsequently a Minor Canon at Bangor Cathedral (1896-1902). In 1899 he officiated at the marriage of his sister Susan. He was rector of Meyliterne w Bottwnog, Pwlhelli, Caernarvon (1902-1911), which is where he and Eleanor were living at the time of the 1911 census. Presenting evidence to the Royal Commission [North Wales Express, 12 July 1907], Thomas said his parishioners at Bottwnog: "who were almost entirely monoglot Welsh, consisted of tenant farmers and farm labourers There were two churches with a total accommodation for 349, and the communicants numbered 94. Among the contributors to the church building fund were several landowners, about whom the Chairman said they had realised the responsibilities of their position." (These landowners also often donated to the Nonconformist Church.) In December 1907, Thomas was awarded an M.A. by Durham University [Welsh Coast Pioneer, 19 Dec. 1907]. He subsequently became vicar of St Hywyn, Abardaron, Caernarvonshire (1911-1919). (map)    >>