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James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Births and deaths

Jessie and Edward had three children, two of whom died in childhood .

Their first son, Alec Owen Magrath, was born in 1897 [Aston, 1897, 1st qt] and died on 29 February 1908 when he was eleven [King’s Norton 1908, 1st qt]. The cause of death was given as congenital heart disease, pneumonia and syncope. ('syncope' is, like fainting, a loss of awareness of oneself and of one's surroundings). At the time of his death the family was living at “Chepstow”, School Road, Moseley, Kings Norton.

Their second son, Donald Magrath, was born on 20 June 1898. In 1901 the family was living at 30 Charles Road, Aston, Birmingham. A third son, Robert Roy Magrath, was born in 1903 [Aston 1903, 3rd qt] but died aged 6 months on 29 January 1904 [Aston 1904, 1st qt] of pneumonia and heart failure. The family was still living at 30 Charles Road in 1904.

Jessie suffered from diabetes and the failure of her GP to see the benefits of insulin probably contributed to the serious complications she had to endure; it may have been her long term health problems that prompted her son to study medicine. To add to her misery Jessie was widowed early when Edward died at the age of fifty-two, on 6 February 1923 [King's N.]; his own father had died when only fifty-seven. Edward was a wealthy man; his estate was valued at over £5,500. Meanwhile their son Donald had been forging a career in the RAF and qualifying in medicine but he resigned his commission to look after his mother. He and Jessie were still living at "Chepstow" when, tragically, she took her own life, aged 63 [Birmingham S. 1931, 2nd qt]. When she died there must have been a small residue of Edward's estate to be settled and in January 1932 Aministration for this was granted to Donald.