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James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Why read about these people?

Primitive societies are often much more willing to venerate their ancestors than we are. The more I have learned of my ancestors and of their siblings, of the trials and tribulations, the personal tragedies and the difficult decisions they had to face, of how they played an active part within their communities and sometimes on a broader stage, the more I admire them. All are worthy of remembrance, from the children who died in infancy to those who lived to a great age, from those who led unremarkable lives to those with entries in “Who’s Who?” Each individual is so much more than a headstone in a graveyard, a commemorative plaque on a wall or an entry in a register.

History may not have recorded their everyday activities but with enough persistence it is surprising how much can be discovered and the more one learns about them the more real and ‘alive’ they become. Someone reminded me of the ancient belief that whilst the dead are still in our thoughts they are not totally dead and therein lies a germ of truth.

I hope the vast number of descendants of James Owen scattered across the globe will enjoy at least part of this, their family history. Non-members of the family might be interested to learn about James Owen's involvement in the early years of the Montgomeryshire Constabulary, about the life of the distinguished antiquarian Rev. Elias Owen, about two sets of brothers - Morgan Maddox Morgan-Owen and Hugh Morgan-Owen, William Pierce Owen and Elias Owen - who played international football for Wales. Members of the family also served with distinction in the armed forces, wrote books and articles, devoted their lives to serving God, were involved in politics at both a local and a national level, were involved in the arts, etc. etc. (see the People Index).)

This Owen extended family consists of a truly interesting group of people and if I have made their histories dull I have done them a great disservice.


(See also ' My Research'.)