James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

John Lowry Morgan Owen (1884-1931)

The youngest of Elias and Margaret’s twelve children was John Lowry Morgan Owen. He was known as Jack and was born at The Rectory, Efenechtyd, Denbigh on 26 August 1884 [Ruthin 1884, 4th qt]. In 1895, Jack would have been ten or eleven so the boy in the sailor suit in this 1895 photo is more likely to be his nephew, William Parry Owen, who would have been aged eight at that time, but Jack may be the lad holding the donkey. In 1901, Jack was living with his mother, several of his sisters and William at 44 Orme Road, Bangor. Like some of the other Owen boys, he went to Friar’s School, Bangor, and was an active cricketer and footballer; he represented the school.

In 1902 he was playing cricket for Bangor against Pwhlleli but thereafter he appears to have played for Pwhlleli, his highest reported run total being 37 in 1904. Playing football, he was a striker and a prolific scorer but he stepped into the breach on at least one occasion when the team needed a goalkeeper. In Pwlhelli, interest in football had increased by October 1904 when Jack joined the club's committee and the club was running four teams for its seventy playing members. A letter to The North Wales Express, 3 Nov. 1904 asked several questions of the Pwllheli Club Secretary, including, Why was such a weak forward line sent to Portmadoc last Saturday? Why were Heaton, Bob Ellis, and J.L.M. Owen not included?

Newspaper reports show that Jack was involved with St Peters Anglican Church, Pwlhelli, where, towards the end of 1904, he initiated and was Secretary of an instruction class and where he contributed to its Literary Society, participating in debates amongst other things. Jack also took part in a concert after an Army Volunteers shooting competition in Pwlhelli; he probably performed on other occasions that were not reported.   >>