James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Edward James Owen (1840-1905)

The sixth child of James and Susannah Owen was Edward James Owen. His birthplace in the censuses is given as Guilsfield which is 3 miles SSW of Sarney (Sarnau), in 1851 Llandysilio in 1861 and Llanymynech in 1891 - all in the same area of Montgomeryshire (map 1) (those in 1871 and 1881 being less specific). He was born towards the end of 1840 as he was 4 months old at the time of the 1841 census but there is no suitable birth of 'Edward James Owen' on the General Register though there is a birth of Edward Owens in Montgomery in 1840, 4th qt. Soon after Edward’s birth James joined the Montgomeryshire Constabulary and the family moved to Llanidloes and the writings of Elias and his brother, Thomas, give an insight into their childhood.

In 1851 Edward was living with the family at Club buildings, Lower Green, Llanidloes (map 2).

In 1861 Edward was one of six draper’s assistants living at 43 New Street, Birmingham, with two milliners, a mantle maker, a dress maker and three female assistants, all of whom were looked after by a housekeeper and two servants. At the same time Jane Elizabeth Dutton, the daughter of Charles Dutton, a harness maker, was a tailoress boarding in Market Street, Birmingham, with Oliver Cadwallader and his wife. Oliver was a 73-year old coach builder who, coincidentally, had been born in Guilsfield, Montgomeryshire, near where the Owen family had lived before moving to Llanidloes. Jane was born in 1839 [Birmingham 1839, 3rd qt]. On Tuesday, 21 March 1865, Edward and Jane were married at St. James’s, Ashted, near Aston; they both gave their addresses on the marriage certificate as Howe Street, Birmingham and Edward was then a draper.

Here is a modern map of Birmingham showing New Street and Howe Street.