Sarah Louisa Owen (1881-1975) (1 of 2)Once again we return to the children of Rev. Elias Owen and Margaret. Sarah Louisa Owen (known as Sally) was born in Llanfwrog, Denbighshire on 16 January 1881 [Ruthin 1881, 1st qt]. She is almost certainly in the family photo (right) of her sister Maggie Ellen Jones and husband Rev. J. James Jones; I am told the others in and around the cart are Maggie's siblings. The Montgomery County Times and Shropshire and Mid-Wales Advertiser, 14 May 1898 reported that Sarah Louisa Owen (15) and Enid Owen (14), Llanyblodwel, were awarded joint first prize, 4s each and a book, in a competition organised by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Oswestry branch. Sally may be in this family photo (right). In 1901 Sally was living in Bangor with her mother, three of her siblings and a nephew but her mother died soon afterwards.
On 18 January 1906, Sally and her brother John (aka Jack) left London for Valparaiso, Chile, aboard SS Oravia. It may have been a last minute decision for Sally as her name was appended to the passenger list at the end and in a different ink colour, as were the names of a merchant, Mr. Peede, his wife and daughter. I believe this was Mark Bradley Peede [b Pancras 1864, 4th qt]) whose wife came from a distinguished family. If so, this may be why, when the ship called in at Port Stanley in the Falklands, Sally and Jack were invited to dinner by the Governor, Sir William Lamond Allardyce, (a more likely reason than the family story that it was because they were Welsh). Sally's sister, Mary, had married a welshman, called Wharton Peers Jones, who had settled in Chile and become very wealthy. I am told that during the summer Sally and Jack lived on Wharton’s 30,000 acre ranch and during the winter in a hotel he owned in Santiago. Sally and Jack's time in Chile started badly. Soon after their arrival, Mary's fifteen year old daughter died and soon after that Chile experienced one of the largest earthquakes in its history (see here for some contemporary accounts of the disaster).