James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Some Events at Glanogwen

Like his brothers Elias and Timothy, Elijah was often mentioned in Welsh newspaper reports. He presented a paper at the meeting, chaired by Elias, of the North Wales Association of Church Teachers on 28 August 1871 at their alma marta, Beaumaris School. This was reported in the North Wales Chronicle which, the following week, printed Elijah's speech in its entirety.

In 1875 a storm blew up about the payment of burial fees. During a heated meeting in Glanogwen Schoolroom on 22 February 1875 [North Wales Chronicle, 27 Feb 1875], a 'Mr. Jones, hatter' (his behaviour suggested that, like the Mad Hatter, he had been affected by mercury vapour!) accused the Ven Archdeacon Evans of lying. Elijah pointed out that the problem lay in the interpretation of the word 'custom'; he said, "Mr. Jones had a totally false conception of what he came forward to explain" and went on to ask why Mr. Jones, a stranger, was interferring in what was a neighbourhood matter and to question his motives. Elijah went on, "But when a man so forgot himself as to accuse directly a gentleman of falsehood, and that merely on the strength of his own unbacked evidence, not only were the rules of public meetings violated, but also the dictates of common decency - conduct which should not be tolerated in any society" (to cries of "Hear, hear!"). Mr. Jones, who had been trying continually but unsuccessfully to interrupt Elijah was further put down by the latter and lapsed into silence. Thus order was restored. However, a case later came up at Bangor County Court when Mr. Jones sued the Ganogwen vicar, seeking the return of 12/6d (the issue which had prompted his outbursts at the meeting). [North Wales Chronicle, 19 June 1875]

The Liverpool Mercury (28 Aug 1875) reported that Elijah was joint winner of the prize at the Pwllheli Royal Eisteddfod for the best Welsh or English essay on Pwllheli as a watering hole.

In 1875 Elijah was ordained a deacon and in 1876 a priest and after almost eleven years at Glanogwen School he left to become a curate in Anglesey where he spent the rest of his life.

On 9 March 1876, a meeting was held at Glanogwen schoolroom to wish Elijah well in his new career and to present him with gifts, including a purse of 25 guineas. Elijah was congratulated on having graduated at TCD whilst "conducting one of the largest schools in the country" and on his success in Diocesan examinations. (See the report in the North Wales Chronicle.) Three weeks earlier Elizabeth had been presented with a sewing machine in gratitude for her efforts.