James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Sarah Jane Jones (1876-1958)

William and Jemima's third daughter, Sarah Jane Jones, was born on 6 January 1878.

In 1908 she married [Newtown 1908, 4th qt] Frederick John Bowgen [b Woburn 1885, 2nd qt]. In 1901 Frederick had been a house painter, living in Aspley Guise, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, with his parents. The Montgomeryshire Express and Radnor Times, 5 January 1909 reported:

The wedding was solemnised at the Parish Church [Llanidloes] on Monday between the contradicting parties Mr Frederick J. Bowgen, son of Mr Edward Bowgen, of Bushey, Herts., and formerly of Aspley Guise, Bedford, and Miss S. J. Jones, The Close. The bride was given away by her cousin, Mr T. M. O. Shelby, of Brymbo, and Misses Emmie and Cassie, sisters of the bride, acted as bridesmaids. The best man was Mr W. Brown. The officiating clergy were the Vicar, Rev E. O. Jones, assisted by Rev T. P. Rees, curate. The service was fully choral. At the breakfast the bride was presented with a cheque by the Vicar on behalf of the Church choir, of which she has been a member for thirteen years.

In 1911 Jane and Frederick, a plumber and decorator and an employer, aged 26, were living at Curzon Street, Ibstock, Leicestershire and in 1915 Edward Bowgen, of Sunny Cot, Bushey Heath, issued a bankruptcy petition against John, "late of Curzon Street, Ibstock, near Leicester, plumber, glazier, gas-fitter and house decorator". It was later stated that John's whereabouts were not known and it is uncertain whether he was ever found. He may have changed his name since I have found no record of him after the last announcement in 1916 relating to his bankruptcy. I believe there were no children of the marriage.

I was told that Sarah and Frederick often visited Llanidloes. By 1939, Sarah was recorded as being a widow; she was living in Oxford with her sister, Catherine Ann Jones, and Catherine's husband, David Rawlinson. Sarah subsequently returned to live in Llanidloes with her sisters, Elizabeth (d 1950), Margaret (d 1956) and Emma (d 1960). She was an eighty-one year old widow of "Aubigny", Llanidloes, when she died on 28 March 1958 at the War Memorial Hospital, Llanidloes [Newtown 1958, 2nd qt]. Probate was granted at Oxford to Roy Hamer Birtles, research chemist, the husband of Sarah's niece, Barbara.