James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Susan Ellen Owen (1868-1940)

House in Byrnes Road Croydon Another daughter of Rev. Elias Owen and Margaret was Susan Ellen Owen (b. 1868 [Bangor, 1868, 3rd qt]). She may be in this 1895 family photo. She met William Greengrass, several years her junior, when he was studying at 'Coleg Normal', a teacher training college in Bangor. They married on Wednesday, 16 August 1899, when William was in his third year at college. She was then living at Perry House, Llanllechid, and he was a schoolmaster of 37 Bynes Road, Croydon, the son of Maria and William Greengrass , Assurance Agent. William (the son) had been born in about 1874 in Weston, Suffolk [Wangford 1874 4th qt], and in 1881, had been living at 2 Richmond Terrace, Bynes Road. Witnesses of the marriage included Susan’s cousin, Thomas Francis Shelby, her sisters, Myfanwy and Lily, and her brother Edwin. The couple were married by Susan’s brother Thomas, then a Minor Canon of Bangor Cathedral. In 1891 Susan and William lived at 35 Bynes Road, Croydon, (right) and William was an elementary schoolteacher. From the local directories from 1886 to 1929 at least, it would appear that various members of the Greengrass family occupied two adjacent houses in Bynes Road, Croydon. In 1901 the couple were living at 23 Ferndale Road, South Norwood, Croydon, with ten-month old Myfanwy; they had several children but at least two died in infancy. I am told that William taught at and was subsequently headmaster of a school in Shoreditch, London.

Susan died aged 72 in 1940 [Surrey Mid E 1940, 4th qt] and I believe William died in 1949 [Surrey Mid E 1949, 4th qt].

Myfanwy Minnie Greengrass (1900-1990)

William and Susan’s first child was Myfanwy Minnie Greengrass, born on 8 May 1900, [Croydon, 1900, 2nd qt]. She was a very self-assured young lady and quite a character; she became one of the first female secretaries to work in the City. On 19 October 1929 she married Frederick Ernest Winter at St Augustine's church, Croydon [Croydon 1929, 4th qt]. He had been born at Caterham on 11 July 1906. She was a staunch Conservative all her life and he a Socialist but they managed to reconcile these differences. They had a son and a daughter and there are living descendants. Frederick died on 13 Dec 1988, aged 82, and Myfanwy died on 12 August 1990, aged 90 [Croydon, Aug 1990].