James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants
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Mary Owen

Mary Owen & grandchild Elijah and Elizabeth’s eldest child, Mary Owen, was born on 7 January 1866 at the National School House, Glanogwen, Llanllechid, Somewhat disenchanted with having to deputise for her mother in carrying out parish duties while her mother produced babies, it was she who is said to have told her parents that seven children was quite enough.

Mary Owen's wedding 1890 Mary Owen married William John Tyson on 3 September 1890 at the Parish Church, Llangoed. According to family ‘folklore’, when Mary announced her intention to marry ‘Mr. Tyson’, her family was concerned that she meant William's father, a widower. Mary's uncle, the Rev. Elias Owen conducted the service, assisted by her maternal uncle, Rev. John Adams and this newspaper report describes just how grand an event it was.

Families from England, particularly from the Liverpool area, would often holiday in Anglesey. I was led to believe that one such was the wealthy Tyson family from Liscard in Cheshire. In fact, William's mother, Elizabeth (née Hughes), was a native of Elijah Owen's parish of Llangoed. She had married John Dawson Tyson on 18 January 1859 at St George's Church, Everton. From humble beginnings (his father, Edward, was a boot maker) John had worked his way up to found the company John D. Tyson & Co (Insurance Brokers), with offices in Liverpool and London (it would later became part of the Bowring Group). Elizabeth had previously been married to a "gentleman", James Owen, but he died "in or about the month of March 1849" [Liverpool Mercury, etc, 19 August 1864]. In the 1851 census she was a widow with a one-year old daughter, Esther Elizabeth Owen, and John Dyson was lodging with them in Kirkdale. Elizabeth bore John three sons, the eldest being William John Tyson who was born in about 1856; Edward was born in about 1859 and Henry in about 1864. Tragically, Elizabeth died, in the winter of 1866-7, when her sons were still very young; she was forty-one.

William and Mary, after their marriage, lived with William’s father, John, initially at 12 St Georges Terrace, Liscard, Cheshire (map). Mary ran the household. One of her grandsons recalled that his grandfather's marine insurance brokerage company was one of the first to employ female office workers and another of Mary's duties was to inspect the ladies washroom.