James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Llewellyn Bernard Owen (1873 - 1943) ... 1

James and Mary Owen's son Llewellyn Bernard Owen was born in Llanidloes on 1 July 1873. In 1901 he was a railway clerk, boarding with the West family at 8 Lower Glantorvaen Terrace, Blaenavon, Monmouthshire. When he married Amelia White on Saturday, 3 September 1904 [reg. Bedwellty 1904, 3rd qt.] at the Congregational Chapel, Tredegar (map), he was a railway signalman living in Alexandra Place, Sirhowy, very near where his brother Herbert lived.

Amelia’s family background was disjointed. She was born in Durham [Auckland 1875, 4th qt]. In 1901, Amelia (25) was an assistant dressmaker, boarding with boiler-maker, Thomas Kershaw (56), and his wife, Mary Hannah (51), at 26, Alexandra Place, Sirhowy, Tredegar. Also in the household were William (36) and Charlotte (30) Salter and their three children (they had named their son ‘Kershaw Salter’). Whilst Charlotte was listed as the Kershaw’s daughter, Amelia was a boarder. A somewhat confused 1891 census entry shows the Salters (childless) and Amelia living with the Kershaws at the same address but there was also a widow, Sarah White (41), who was “dependent for support”; Amelia was listed as a niece. I have found no entry for Amelia in 1881 but that year Charlotte (10) was again living with the Kershaws, in Dukestown, Tredegar, not as a daughter but as a niece. In 1871, before Amelia was born, Charlotte White (7 months) was living in Escombe, Durham, with her parents, George (31) and Rosehannah (28), and her siblings, Sarah (5) and Annie (3). In 1871 Charlotte’s birthplace was given as Escombe but in later censuses both Charlotte and Amelia’s birthplace was “Wilton Park, Durham”, very near Escombe. (Incidentally the Stockton to Darlington railway ran on to Wilton Park colliery, near Bishop Auckland). Rosehannah had been born in Brynmawr, Breconshire and both Mary Hannah Kershaw and George White, in 1871 a “puddler” (in iron manufacturing), were born in Llanelly, Breconshire. The inference is that Amelia and Charlotte were sisters but only Charlotte was raised by her uncle and aunt (her father’s sister) as their daughter. It would seem that their father remarried; children were often farmed out to other relatives when a parent remarried but where, at first, Amelia went is a mystery.; >