James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants
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Family homes in Anglesey

Wexham Street When Elijah and his family first moved to Anglesey they lived in Wexham Street, Beaumaris (left). This was where their sixth child, my grandfather Reginald Wynn Owen, was born on 23 July 1876. It was a street with terraced cottages and just a few larger houses.

Rhos Cottage However, they soon moved to a beautiful house, ‘Rhos Cottage’ (right), between Llanfaes and Llangoed, with views over Conway Bay. It was here that their son Frank Ifor Moran Owen was born in 1878 and they were still living there in 1881.

Llangoed vicarage The family later moved to Llangoed Vicarage (left). As stated on the previous page, in 1888 Elijah took up the living at Llangoed with Llaniestyn and Llanfihangel Din Sylwy, which was "in the gift of Mr. S. T. [Samuel Taylor] Chadwick, of Haulfre". The Chadwick family, who had made their money in industrial northern England, bought ‘Haulfre’, Llangoed, with its extensive grounds and splendid views, as a country house. On 21 January 1885, at St Matthew, Stretford, Lancs, Samuel married Ethel Katherine Briddon who died in August the following year, aged twenty-four. Nellie Edith Grindon, the daughter of one of Ethel’s sisters, Annie Edith Briddon, would later marry Elijah's son Reginald (they were my maternal grandparents). At that time the Briddons and the Grindons lived in and around Manchester and I believe the Grindon family befriended the Owens during holidays on Anglesey. Samuel Chadwick remarried in 1888 and on his return from his honeymoon recieved a deputation of Llangoed traders, accompanied by Elijah, who presented him with an illuminated scroll expressing their congratulations and welcoming him home; the address was read out by Elijah [ North Wales Chronicle, 19 May 1888)].

This article shows some of the work Eljah undertook during his final appointment. His wife was very involved in parish activities but Mary Owen, their eldest daughter, took on a considerable amount of the parish work when her mother was pregnant or looking after Mary's younger brothers and sisters. I was told that after the birth of their seventh child her parents heeded Mary’s exhortation that enough was enough – and they had no more!