James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Jemima Owen (1838-1900)

The fifth child of James and Susannah Owen was Jemima Owen. She was born at Sarney (now 'Sarnau'), Montgomeryshire (map) on Thursday, 2 August 1838 [Montgomery 1838, 3rd quart]. From 1840 her family lived in Llanidloes and the writings of her brothers Elias and Thomas, give an insight into her childhood. In 1851 she was living with the family at Club Buildings, Lower Green, Llanidloes (map). When she married at Llanidloes Parish Church on Saturday, 1 October, 1870 her address was given as the Police Station, Llanidloes. Her husband was William Jones, the son of a farmer, William, of Caron (another name for Tregaron, Cardiganshire, about 15 miles south east of Aberystwyth). William was born in about 1840 in Caron (said to derive its name from being the burial-place of Caron, a Welsh king who, from lowly beginnings, through his bravery and generous nature rose to be sovereign for seven years). William lived at Green Cottage, Llanidloes, at the time of their marriage and was a miner. Witnesses of the marriage were Jemima's father, James, and Catherine Ann Roberts, the fifteen year old daughter of Jemima's sister, Isabel; Isabel had remarried earlier that year and was living in Llanidloes at this time.

William was a lead miner in 1881 but ten years later he had become an assurance agent. After they were married they lived in Great Oak Street, Llanidloes but by 1881 they were living at The Old Vicarage, Llanidloes and by 1891 in Chapel Street, Llanidloes.

Information about Llanildoes (and there are early pictures on the following page) can be seen (here).

In 1898 some or all of William and Jemima's daughters attended the Llanidloes Christmas Party, together with other members of this Owen, extended family, not all of whom were local.