James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Mary Dorothy Owen (1906 - 1981)

Mary Dorothy Owen, the daughter of Oswald and May, was born on 11 November 1906 [Fulham 1906, 4th qt]. She married Frederick Louis Halliday, probably abroad. The first time Fred left England to settle in Argentina, he was 20; 'Frederick Halliday', bank clerk, aged 20, travelled 1st class to Buenos Aires aboard the Darro, leaving Liverpool on 7 February 1925. Prior to departure he had been living at 145 Loughborough Road, Buxton, Derbyshire. The 1st class passenger list for the Highland Chieftain, leaving London on 26 July 1930, bound for Buenos Aires, included 'Fred Halliday' (26), employed in banking, who had been living at 18 Brockwell Park Gardens, London SW24. On that occasion it was stated that he intended in the future to be living permanently in Argentina.

Frederick Louis Halliday had been born on 13 March 1904 in Lewisham, Kent [Lewisham 1904, 2nd qt], and in 1911 he was living with his family in Catford. His parents, both natives of London were, William (43), a silversmith, and Jessie Louisa (35) Halliday. On 20 November 1931, Mary Owen, then 24 and still living with her parents, had left Southampton aboard Alcantara, bound for Buenos Aires, with the intention of settling in Argentina. The 1930s saw Britain in the grips of the Depression. At the time, Argentina was one of the wealthiest nations in the world and many British people, Scots and Welsh in particular, were attracted to regions such as Patagonia, where there were opportunities to work in the expanding agricultural and meat processing industries.

It would appear that the Mary and Frederick married abroad. In 1935, Frederick Louis Halliday, Bank Clerk, and Mrs. Mary Dorothy Halliday, returned to UK from Montevideo aboard SS Baronesa. Their last permanent residence and intended future permanent residence were given as Argentina and their address whilst staying in England was 10 Friary Road, London W3. The electoral register indicates they remained there at least until the mid 1960s and it appears they did not return to Argentina. For a while, they owned a commercial property at 5 Culmington Parade Uxbridge Road, Ealing (now a restaurant).

They ended their days in Carmarthenshire, South Wales; Frederick died, aged 73 [Carmarthen 1977, 4th qt] and Mary, aged 74 [Carmarthen 1981, 1st qt] (the death of Mary's brother was also registered in Carmarthen). I have yet to find concrete evidence that they had children, though it has been suggested they did.