James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Myfanwy Owen (1876-1967)

The next daughter of Rev. Elias owen and Margaret was Myfanwy Owen; she was born in Ruthin on 29 October 1876. She may be in this 1895 family photo. In 1901 she was a nurse living at the North Eastern Hospital, St Anne's Road, South Tottenham in London. This was a London fever hospital with over two hundred patients. It was thought that she met her husband when he was admitted to hospital and was nursed by Myfanwy. On 21 January 1907, at Bangor Register Office, she married a Cunard ship’s steward, Albert Henry Moss [b 1881, 1st qt, Kingston – age 3 months on 3 April, 1881], the son of Charles Moss, gardener, though I believe Charles might have spent much of his life as a shipwright in Portsmouth. Myfanwy’s married sister Margaret Jones was a witness and the bride and groom both gave their residence as ‘Blodwell’, Bethesda; I speculate that this might have been Margaret’s home. In 1911 they were living at 28 Clovelly Road, Southampton, with their young daughter and Albert was ‘Albert Charles Moss’. At the time, Myfanwy’s cousin, Sarah Ann Green (née Shelby) was living with her husband, Richard, a seaman in the Royal Navy, at nearby Portsmouth.

Albert and Myfanwy’s only daughter Irene Margarate Ellen Moss, known as Rene, was born on 30 September 1909 in Easy Molesey, Surrey (her father's birthplace). She married Edward J Payne [New Forest 1934, 3rd qt.], known as Ted; I am told that he owned and ran an ironmongers business in Bournemouth. He was born on 25 November 1903 and in 1939 was a 'Timber Merchant Senior Clerk' living at "Beaulien" Fir Road, Ashurst, New Forest, with Irene and the widowed Myfanwy. I had been told that for many years they lived in a large house, ‘Beaulieu Lodge', right next to the sea in Wharncliffe Road, Highcliffe.

Myfanwy was lving at that address when she died on 22 May 1967 aged ninety; Irene died five years later [Christchurch 1972, 3rd qt]. Edward subsequently lived with a new partner, Joan; he died in 1984 [Bournemouth, Aug 1984].