James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants
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The family after Elijah

After Elijah’s death Elizabeth and her children moved to Menai Bridge on Anglesey. By 1901 she was living at 24 Oxford Street, Waterloo, (map) with children Clara, Reginald, Frank and probably with daughter Edith, though in the 1901 census Edith was visiting her married sister Mary, just across the Mersey estuary at Wallasey. Just along the road from the Owens, at number 54 Oxford Street, was one of the most avant-garde homes in the country, owned by the designers (Herbert McNair and Frances Macdonald). Reginald and Frank who were studying architecture in Liverpool might have found their quirky designs interesting but I am quite sure their mother would have found them quite shocking.

Elizabeth Adams The family later moved to 'Angorfa', 171 Sea View Road, Liscard, (map), just along the road from Liscard Castle, with Edith and probably Frank and Reginald; this was very near Mary’s home. I was told that in her final years Elizabeth lived alternately with Mary and Reginald and their families once both had moved south. Ever the school-mistress, she is said to have taught her granddaughter Ruth to read by the age of two and it must have been she who told her grandchildren the Welsh legends they heard in their early childhood.

She always insisted on wearing black at least in later life though Mary tried to get her to buy more colourful clothes. It was whilst living with Reginald at Farraline House, Watford that she died on 3rd November 1920, aged 83. Her death was attributed to cardiac failure and bronchitis - my uncle recalled the steaming pans in her room to aid her breathing. She is buried in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford, next to her brother John Adams, a curate first in Liverpool, then in Widnes and latterly in London, and beside her son Reginald and his wife.