James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Elisha's death & obituary

Elisha himself died on Friday, 10 June 1932 [Ch. Stretton 1932, 2nd qt] and his obituary appeared in the Bishop's Castle Advertiser of June 17 1932:

Mr. Elisha Owen

Perhaps the best-known character for many miles around the district passed away peacefully at his home at Wistanstow on Friday. Mr. Elisha Edwin Owen who, for the past 64 years had been in business in the village and kept the Post Office there, was in his 86th year. Until a few days prior to his demise Mr. Owen was occupied in his business, and his death came as a blow to the inhabitants of the village. Mr. Owen, who came to Wistanstow from Llanidloes 64 years ago, was a member of a family of brothers who all had brilliant careers. He himself was a remarkable man, his memory of happenings many years ago being the wonder of all who met him. He will be sadly missed by all in the village for he was a friend of everyone in their difficulties, and whoever sought his advice found him a fund of wisdom. He was a member of the Board of Guardians for 40 years and a member of the Rural District Council and a Justice of the Peace for many years. Four years ago Mr. and Mrs. Owen celebrated their diamond wedding. Mr. and Mrs. Owen are the oldest tenants of the Grove Estate. The sympathy of a wide circle of friends is expressed with the widow, three sons and one daughter who survive. One son, Mr. Nigel Owen, is well known in the vicinity as a dentist.

The funeral took place on Monday afternoon at Wistanstow Parish Church, where the large attendance testified to the respect and esteem in which the deceased was held. Dr. Bartleet, rector of Wistanstow, officiated. The family mourners present were Messrs. Frank, Norman and Nigel Owen (sons), Mr. W.P. Owen, Aberystwyth (nephew), Mr. and Mrs. T.M.O. Shelby, Wrexham (nephew and niece) and Mr. H. Owen (grand-nephew).

His estate when he died amounted to £85. Harriet died in 1934, aged 88 [Ch. Stretton, 1934 3rd qt].