James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Llewellyn Bernard Owen (1873 - 1943) ... 2

Amelia (36) and Llewellyn were living in Bedwellty in 1911 with their two daughters, Hilda, then aged four, (b. 17 Jun 1906 [Bedwelty 1906, 3rd qt]) and Mary Hannah, then aged two months, (b 1 February 1911 [Bedwelty 1911, 1st qt]).

Hilda Owen married Frederick Stanley Phillips (b 8 May 1904) in 1927 [Bedwelty 1927, 2nd qt] and they had a son, Bernard William (aka William Bernard) Phillips (b 13 May 1928). The family was living at 17 Pen-y-Cwarel Road, Mynyddislwyn, Monmouthshire, in 1939 and Frederick was a Colliery Sheavemen, below ground. Theirs was a spacious semi, high above the Sirhowy valley, with pleasant views over the rolling hills. Frederick died in 1972 [Newport 1972, 4th qt] and Hilda, aged seventy-nine, [Newport, Aug 1985]. Her son, William, was sixty-two when he died six years later [Pontypool, Apr 1991].

I believe Amelia died in 1934 [Bedwellty 1934, 4th qt], though her age at death of fifty-six is not consistent with her ages in the censuses. In 1939, Llewellyn was a widower and a retired railway signalman living with his daughter's family at 13 Fields Road, Tredegar, about 11 miles up the river from Mynyddislwyn. It was a mid-terrace house near the top of a long row of terraced houses climbing up from the valley below and again with views over green hills. Llewellyn was living in Poplar Road, Tredegar, a little lower down and nearer the river, when he died on 16 February 1943. Administration was granted at Oxford, a long way from where they all lived, to "Mary Hannah Davies" (wife of Ivor Davies)". Mary had married Ivor Davies (b 1 April 1909) in 1934 [Bedwelty 1934, 2nd qt]. She seems to have been known as Mary Hannah Owen but the General Register of marriages gives her name as Hannah Mary Owen. Ivor was a 'coal hewer' in 1939 and he and Mary had a son then, John Owen Davies, who had been born on 1 May 1934. As well as John, I believe they may have had a daughter, Elizabeth Davies [b Bedwellty 1942, 1st qt].

Mary Hannah Davies died in the winter of 1979/80 [Blaenau Gwent 1980, 1st qt].