James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Another obituary: The Late Rev. Elijah Owen

We regret to have to announce the sudden death from heart disease, on Feb. 22, of the Rev Elijah Owen, M.A.., vicar of Llangoed, near Beaumaris, and brother of Mr T. Morgan Owen, H. M. lnspectqr of Schools, and the Rev Elis Owen, vicar of Llanyblodwel. The rev. gentleman was vicar of Llangoed for six years and previously to his appointment to this parish he curate of the neighbouring parish of Llanfaes and Penmon for thirteen years. The patron of Llangoed was Mr H. Hughes of Plas Llangoed, Llnngoed, who presented Mr Owen to the living.

The deceased was a very hard-working and successful parish priest. His cure consisted of three parishes: Llangoed, where there is a a village, Llanfihangel, in which there are but few houses, and Llaniestyn, on the uplands. The three churches stand about three miles apart, and during the whole of the six years that Mr Owen was incumbent he was only two Sundays from his parishes, and then he was engaged elsewhere. No weather was permitted to interfere with the discharge of his duties, which on 8unday were particularly onerous. His first duty began in the parish church of Llangoed at ten a.m., Welsh, followed by English at 11 15; then, having partaken of some light refreshment in the Vestry, he walked on to one of the two outlying churches, where the services were in Welsh, returning in time for singing practice at 5 30, followed by Welsh service in Llangoed church, and he never once missed these services, after each of which there was always a sermon. We understand that the occasional week day services, such as Advent and Lent, were remarkably well attended. Mrs Owen and her familly established and conducted a very flourishing Sunday School, held in Llangoed church, and members of the family always acted as organists. Mr Owen was joint secretary with the Rev T. Warren Trevor for the widows and orphans‘ charity in connection with the Bangor diocese; he was also ruridecanal secretary. The rev. gentleman took great delight in the antiquities of his neighbourhood, and he wrote to various periodicals on this subject. With him perishes much curious information of bye-gone days. He had for years been collecting materials for the history of Beaumaris, and few were better able than he to take in hand such a work. The funeral took place on Saturday.

[Bye-gones, 28 Feb 1894, p. 295]