James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants
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Elijah's Funeral (cntd.)

The report in the North Wales Chronicle, Saturday, March 3, 1894. Page 7. continues:

Among the numerous followers on foot were ... [a long list followed of mainly local people, including the lighthouse keeper of the Penmon lighthouse] …

The service was conducted by the Rev. T. Ll. Kyffin, vicar of Llanfaes, and both in the church and at the grave was most solemn and impressive. The hymn Now the labourer’s task is o’er was beautifully rendered by members of the Llanfaes choir, Mr Pritchard presiding at the harmonium. At the grave was sung Thy will be done followed by the well-known Welsh hymn O frynian Caersalem.

His obituary concluded with a list of those who had sent wreaths. Son, Oswald, was absent (he was to be ordained two months later) as was daughter Mary Tyson who was heavily pregnant.

His grave at the back of the churchyard at Llangoed near a small gate leading from the country lane is marked by a large slate cross, which surmounts a stone inscribed, "IN LOVING MEMORY OF ELIJAH OWEN M.A. (LATE VICAR OF THIS PARISH) WHO FELL ASLEEP FEB 22 1894 AGED 57 YEARS”."

(There is an interesting website here with old photographs and information about the area; Rev Elijah Owen & family are mentioned on the 'Llangoed Miscellany' page.)