James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Death of Elijah Owen

Elijah's workload was immense, as newspaper reports and obituaries testify. In addition to all his local duties it was a surprise to discover him officating at weddings much further afield. For example, on 22 April, 1892, at St Matthew's Church, Newcastle-on-Tyne, he married Dr. Walter J E Sumpter, of Sherringham, Norfolk, and Annie I'Anson, of Berwick-upon-Tweed, and on 23 August that year at Rock Ferry, Cheshire, he married Dr Scott Purves and Isabel Cicely Cook, both of Ainwick, Northumberland.

It was a strain his body could not sustain and, sadly, the family contentment was shattered when Elijah collapsed and died very suddenly on 22 February 1894 at the age of only fifty-seven, the cause of death being given as “Apoplexy” [also the c.o.d. of his brother Elias and almost certainly a stroke].

His obituary in The North Wales Chronicle, Saturday, March 3, 1894. Page 7. reads:


The above melancholy event occurred at the Vicarage, Llangoed, on the morning of Thursday, the 22nd ult. The rev. gentleman appeared to be in his usual health up to the moment of his death, and was in the act of dressing to attend that day the funeral of his esteemed friend the Rev. J. W. Griffith, rector of Pentraeth, Anglesey, who had expired on the previous Monday. Both the deceased had been intimately connected for some years not only as friends and neighbours, but also in an official capacity; Mr Griffith being Rural Dean for Tyndaethwy, and Mr. Owen secretary for the Deanery. Mrs Owen had been conversing with her husband but a very short time before he was stricken down, and had left the room to prepare for his journey to Bettwsycoed where the funeral of Mr Griffith was to take place. On her return to tell him it was nearly time to start, she found him prostrate, partially dressed, on the floor. With the assistance of her children she raised him and laid him on his bed, and while one started for medical aid, the others applied themselves to restorative measures, until the arrival of the doctor put an end to their hopes, and they were assured he had passed away. When first found, his composed features and calm expression betokening that his removal was as painless as sudden.   >>>