James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Myfanwy Owen (c1876-1967)

The next daughter of Rev. Elias owen and Margaret was Myfanwy Owen (b. 1876/7 [Ruthin, 1877, 1st qt]). 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. 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 in Southampton with their 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 [prob. Kingston 1909, 4th qt]. 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 and I believe he was born on 25 November 1903 [prob. Southampton 1904, 1st qt]. For many years they lived in a large house, ‘Beaulieu Lodge', right next to the sea in Wharncliffe Road, Highcliffe.

In 1911 Margaret’s family was living at 28 Clovelly Road, Southampton; Albert was listed as Albert Charles Moss and he and Myfanwy were both listed as aged 35.

Myfanwy died in 1967, aged ninety, [Christchurch 1967, 2nd qt] and Irene died five years later [Christchurch 1972, 3rd qt]. Edward subsequently lived with a new partner, Joan; he died in 1984 [Bournemouth, Aug 1984].