James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants
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Frank Penrhos Owen (1878 - 1969)

Elisha and Harriet’s fifth child (the second to survive childhood), Frank Penrhos Owen, (see family photo) was born on Saturday, 23 February 1878. He became a schoolmaster and taught mathematics. In 1898 Frank was one of several of the Owen, extended family to attend the Llanidloes Christmas Party. In 1901 he was the only resident assistant teacher at a small school at 47 Upper Tulse Hill, Lambeth, London; the headmaster was a Belgian, Aime Leon E. Bekaert. In 1906 he married Lilian (‘Lil’) Renira Preston [St Pancras, 1906, 2nd qt.] and they lived at 28 Wood Lane, Highgate, London. Renira was born in Handsworth, Birmingham, on 11 October 1878, the daughter of Amos (or James), an engine fitter in 1881, and Leonora Preston of Birmingham.

Frank and his son Trevor became season ticket holders at Arsenal. When Arsenal had transferred their ground from Plumstead to Highbury in 1913, Frank had contributed to an appeal for funds in both their names, which gave them both the right to an annual season ticket at a very low price for the rest of their lives. Frank and Renira both lived into their nineties, Frank dying on Thursday, 15 May 1969 [St Pancras] and Renira on Saturday, 12 August 1972 [Harringay]. Frank is buried at St. Marylebone Cemetery, a particularly grand cemetery as it catered for the affluent middle classes of Marylebone, Highgate and Hampstead, with a high proportion of people in professional and military occupations.

Trevor Greenlees Owen (1907 - 1996)

Frank & Lil Owen's house Frank and Lil’s only child, Trevor Greenlees Owen, was born on Sunday, 17 March 1907. He was educated at Highgate School. He later lived in Muswell Hill, North London, and worked at The Bank of England. In 1942 [Maidenhead 1942, 3rd qt] he married Marjorie Ball, the daughter of Arthur Ball, a banker in London. They shared a love of sports - swimming, riding, rowing, tennis and dancing – and Trevor particularly enjoyed table tennis. He was too old to be a pilot but enlisted in the RAF in World War II, spending the last two years of the war in India.

The family lived in a wonderful, rambling house (above left) in Muswell Hill but they retired to Bexhill in East Sussex. Trevor died on Thursday, 8 February 1996.