13/08/2017On Saturday & Sunday, 9 & 10 September, the church at Efenechtyd where Rev. Elias Owen was incumbent when his son, Elias, died in tragic circumstances, will open its doors (11.00am - 4.00pm) for free access to view the church & more (e.g. parish records from several centuries will be available). The owners of the The Old Rectory, Mr and Mrs Henshaw, will welcome visitors and offer refreshments, all proceeds going to the British Heart Foundation. (Click here to see the original information.)
I am not sure if I shall be able to go but I shall make every effort to do so.
24/06/2017Following a visit to Northumberland I have been able to add information about Rev. Oswald Williams Owen (1870-1939) and a little more here about his two daughters who died in infancy and here about his other three daughters.
I have recently added a picture of the painting, dated 1795, of Thomas Owen's dog, Thomas being the father of James Owen. (see this page)
I have also added copies of letters and further information concerning (John) Gurth Morgan-Owen (1883-1916), including one letter that sheds light on how he died.
(My thanks to Timothy Morgan-Owen for the above.)
These are other sections to which I have added significant information and/or pictures.
Sections concerning four of those killed in WWI:
- Vernon Elias Owen
- William (Billy) Henry Kenrick Owen
- (Herbert Ernest) Malcolm Owen
- (John) Gurth Morgan-Owen
- Thomas Francis Shelby in Argentina
- The possible descendants of Mary Owen in Chile
- The 3 pages about John Lowry Morgan Owen who went to Chile and about his son Cledwyn
- John James Shelby
- Several of the daughters of Jemima Owen (the 4 pages starting here)
- The sisters, Isabel Ann and Mary Brown (aka Starkey) and their descendants
- The 3 pages about the descendants of Elijah Trevethan (aka Roberts)
I am very sorry to have to report that Andrew Gardner Dixson Staines (b 11 Feb 1937) died on 16 September 2016 and I extend my condolences to his family.
Andrew was more than 20 years younger than Ruth Wynn Owen but was, for many decades, her companion. Like Ruth, he was an actor. They met in 1962 at Northampton Theatre and subsequently shared a flat in Ealing. They also spent time with Ruth's husband, Ian Danby, at "Skiers Spring Lodge" in Hoyland, Yorkshire, and later at "The Corner Cottage", Wells-Next-the-Sea, Norfolk, to which the Danby household moved in 1974 when Ian retired. The extended family seemed to get along quite well.
In the last twenty years of her life when Ruth had to face protracted periods in hospital, demoralising setbacks and all the unpleasantness associated with her cancer, Andrew's love and support was a great comfort to her. She died on 6 May 1992 and so was unable to offer the same support to Andrew during his protracted final illness, when he had to undergo regular dialysis.
In conversation and in correspondence, Andrew provided me with considerable information and material about Ruth for which I am most grateful.
Specific recent changes within this family history include:
A newly disovered photo of Vernon and a newly disovered photo of William (Billy) H K Owen (1893 - 1915). These cousins were both killed in WWI, as was their cousin (Herbert Ernest) Malcolm Owen (1898 - 1917), who was a pilot and I've discovered a photo of him as a cadet.
Sadly, I have just learned of the death of Gilbert Starkey Jones (10 October 1918 - 14 October 2016) and I extend my condolences to his family. I look forard to learning more about Gilbert and about his wife Margaret (October 1917 - 4 December 2015); I believe their marriage of almost 70 years comfortably surpasses the length of any other marriage on this website.
I have obtained more information from the National Library of Wales Newspaper website. With this I have so far added to the sections about William Henry Kenrick Owen (1893 - 1915) and Vernon Elias Owen (1893 - 1915). I have also included newly found photographs of these two cousins who fought together in WWI and were killed within 6 weeks of each other. I shall be adding more information from this source when time permits.
Another apology, this time to anyone who has tried to contact me via picture, verse or reference pages as it has just been pointed out to me that 'Contact Me' on those pages provides the wrong email address. I believe I have now corrected all the relevant pages. In view of my inexperience at creating web pages, I am relieved that more errors have not been found but I am grateful whenever such mistakes are brought to my attention. Thank you John, in this instance.
A sincere apology to the family of (Harriet) Rosemary Bradley-Dyne, who was always known as Rosemary; I have, at long last, corrected my mistake of stating that her first name was Winifred.
Sarah Ann Owen (1829 - 1898)
married into the Shelby family & I have been contacted by a lady in Missouri who would like help establishing the ancestry of Samuel Shelby, born 1776/77, most likely in Virginia (The date is based on the age recorded at his death in 1860 in Union Co., Tennessee, the part formerly known as Claiborne Co.). By the time of the 1810 census, he had married Susannah Zimmerly & they were living in Washington Co., VA, with their 3 children. Many of the Shelbys in America are descended from Evan Dhu Shelby, Sr (1690-1751) & DNA testing strongly suggests there is a family connexion between Samuel’s living descendant & the family of Evan Shelby but this researcher has been unable to establish the link.
Apparently a lady called Denise Green Rutherford contacted one of Samuel’s descendants with information from an old family bible that had belonged to Samuel’s wife, Susannah. The faded records therein stated that Samuel's grandfather was John Shelby, married to Elizabeth (last name gone), & they had 3 children, Phillip (Samuel's father), Henry and Peter. Phillip had married Mahala (last name missing) & their children were Samuel, Jeremiah & Nathan whose birthdates were listed. There was a complete list of Samuel and Susannah's children with birthdates except for the youngest, Isaac; it also listed two older children who had died and a baby who lived only one day. Unfortunately, subsequent efforts to trace Denise have proved fruitless.
It is all very intriguing & the researcher would appreciate any information about Samuel Shelby's ancestry.
A very happy New Year to those who follow my website. I am delighted to announce the birth of my 5th grandchild, Ella May Cholerton, born on New Year's Day.
I would be grateful to hear from any Welsh speaker who can identify/translate what was purported to be an old Welsh verse:
This is now included in a completely new section about Edward Morgan (ca1882 - 1922) who married Charlotte Miriam Labron (1882 - 1923), both of them afflicted by TB & dying tragically young. I am very grateful for material supplied by a descendant of Edward's sister, Esther.
I have revised & added to the section about (John) Oswald Owen (1872 - 1950).
I hope to get up to the PRO at Kew this winter & possibly to the Metropolitan Archives to tie up a few loose ends. As ever, I welcome new information & photos concerning the people in this family history.
24/08/2015It's been a while since my last news report as I have been preoccupied with other interests but I have now started to add more to this site. Recently amended pages concern:
Sarah Jane Jones (1876-1958), her niece Barbara Alice Rawlinson (1913- NK ) and her husband, Louisa Morgan Shelby (1853-1931) and a small change to that of Gerald M Baldwin (1931-1997). I have also added a report about four of the sons of James and Susannah Owen to this page and a newspaper report which describes the rather grand wedding of Mary Owen.
In addition I have been contacted by a TV producer who is working on a documentary about the Welsh international footballers who fought in the Great War and is interested in the life of Morgan Maddox Morgan-Owen (1877-1950) and a researcher who is involved in a project using genetics to investigate the history of Wales. The genetic research concerns the male line and fortunately my cousin (he also has a son and grandson) is the ideal candidate, these three being almost the only living males descended from James Owen along a male line; he has agreed to donate his DNA.
A very merry Christmas to all those who share my website and very best wishes for 2015.
One of my New Year resolutions will be to include my other ancestral lines on this site, though none have provided me with as much material as the Owens nor with such detailed histories.
Various members of this family fought for their country and, tragically, there are several who were killed in combat. I often think of them and never more so than now, on the centenary of the outbreak of WWI. Approximately one hundred years ago one of them, (John) Gurth Morgan-Owen (1883 - 1916), returned from South America to enlist. Initially, he was deemed unfit for service due to an old injury but he later contrived to be accepted. Together with one of his brothers, with whom he spent his last evening alive, he served in what is now Iraq, where he was killed in the battle of Sannayat, an attack that went horribly wrong.
Two cousins, William Henry Kenrick Owen (1893 - 1915) and Vernon Elias Owen (1893 - 1915), both university students at the time of the outbreak of WWI, fought together in northern France. Billy was fatally wounded during a peripheral attack intended to draw German troops away from the Battle of Loos. In the event, those involved in the first waves of the attack over flat, open ground were mown down by enemy machine-gun fire and the attack was aborted. Vernon survived that day but less than 6 weeks later, a calamitous set of circumstances led to his own fatal wounding whilst attempting to relieve forward trenches.
Similar errors in planning and execution of an attack led to the death of my mother's cousin, (William) Noel Dawson Tyson (1896 - 1918). In the same year, Frederick Starkey (1896 - 1918) was killed. (Herbert Ernest) Malcolm Owen (1898 - 1917), a pilot, was killed in Lincolnshire when his aircraft crashed after it developed mechanical problems at low altitude.
Noel Tyson's mother was probably not alone in feeling her son had died in vain when hostilities broke out again in 1939. WWII led to the death of at least two more members of the family. John Michael Fitzgerald Day (1917 - 1942) was killed in action during the Battle of El Alamein; he never saw his daughter. My mother's step-brother, Paul Henry Klipsch (c1917 - 1940), with German ancestry but both he and his father fought for the allies, was a pilot who was shot down and killed over northern France in 1943 (Channel 4 made a TimeTeam programme about digging up his Spitfire).
The sacrifice these young men made should not be forgotten but neither should we forget the other combatants who survived long periods of conflict nor the civilians who suffered and/or contributed nor those involved in ongoing conflicts.
Latest updates include more information about William Henry Kendrick (Billy) Owen between here and the end of his section. As well as other small additions, there is further information about Billy's cousin (Herbert Ernest) Malcolm Owen here and the section on their aunt, Mary Owen has been extended.
The National Library of Wales has transcribed many Welsh newspapers and put them online. This has provided a wealth of information some of which I have yet to prepare for uploading to this site. The following are the changes that have so far been uploaded.
Please forgive any resulting errors in internal links. Many have been corrected but I shall probably not complete this process until I return from France.
If anyone can help me translate some of reports that are in Welsh, I would be most grateful.
The most significant find was a small announcement concerning the death of a granddaughter of Rev. Elias Owen (1833-1899). This child was the daughter of Mary and Wharton Peers Jones and she died at Wharton Hall, Carahue, Chile. Clearly, this was Elias's daughter, Mary Owen (b abt 1866), and further research has revealed that her husband was a welshman who made his fortune in Chile.
I presume Mary Owen married abroad as I have found no record of her marriage but I do now include reports of the marriages of two of her siblings, William Pierce Owen (1860-1937) and Margaret Ellen Owen (c1870-1924). There is also a little more about their siblings, Lizzie Owen (b abt 1871), Sarah Louisa (aka Sally) Owen (1881-1975) and John (aka Jack) Lowry Morgan Owen (b 1884).
Incidentally, I came across a case concerning the theft of a horse rug belonging to Elias when two of his daughters were in Ruthin.
I have found an account of the funeral of James Owen's eldest daughter, Sarah Ann Shelby (1830-1898) and have found more information about her sons, James Pritchard Shelby (aka Selby) (1863-1949) and Timothy Morgan Owen Shelby (1869-1954).
There is more information about Edwin James Owen (1859-c1928) and about two of his children Beatrice Marion (aka Trixi) Owen (1889-1974) and (Herbert Ernest) Malcolm Owen (1898-1917). There is also more about the brewery in Dolgelly that Trixi's future husband, JRC Fitzgerald Day (c1877-1936) ran, aswell as a report of their wedding.
THERE IS MORE TO COME!
Sadly, I have just learned of the death, yesterday in New Zealand, of my cousin, Anne Danby. I extend my condolences to her family.
There have been a few additions and corrections to this account in recent months. I have been contacted by a descendant of the only daughter of
Harold Sidney Abrahamson
by his first wife. As a widower, Harold married
Nesta Mary Maxwell Wood (née Morgan-Owen).
His early life and parentage remains a mystery but I am immensely grateful to Simon Francis, who provided me with much of the information we do have about Harold, in particular that concerning his business connections with the Far East.
There have been significant additions to the story of Rev. Edwin James Owen. It remains a mystery why his first child, Ivy May Owen was not raised by her natural parents, though they maintained contact with her but my thanks to a descendant, Ian Parrott, who made me aware of her of existence and who has also provided me with information and photographs.
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the many people who have helped me with my research. I am always happy to attribute sources so, if you are one of those people who has provided material and if you would like to be mentioned, please let me know.
After several months of comparative inactivity re my genealogical research I am delighted to report that I have made an excellent recovery from my surgery & my daughter has also recovered from a long illness which has been preoccupying me.
Sadly, in re-establishing contact with several family members, I learned of the death of Johannes George Knoesen (aka Hans) (27 Aug 1929 - 26 Sept 2013) (pictured right) from a very aggressive cancer. He was married to the daughter of Eyton Pritchard OWEN (1868 – 1950).
Hans was Afrikaans. He was born at Jansenville in the Cape & was brought up in the Karoo. Following his attendance at Middleburg schools in the Cape, he spent two years at Grootfontein Agricultural College & then four years at Pretoria for a Diploma in Agricultural Engineering. He started work at the Agricultural Extension Offices (Vryheid/ Greytown) & after two years moved to Cedara College from which he retired in 1989, though he continued to lecture there, part-time. It was at Cedara College that he & his wife lived after their marriage in 1955. By the time I visited them in 1999 they were living in a large bungalow in Merrivale Heights, set in an acre of land. Hans, a keen ornithologist, ensured that a wide variety of birds were attracted to their garden. After twenty-nine years, the upkeep became too much for them & they moved into a cottage in a small complex, Amber Valley, just outside Howick & near the river that feeds the Howick falls. Hans played bowls & continued to enjoy bird-watching. As his wife’s health deteriorated, Hans was very involved in caring for her. I extend my condolences to his wife & to his three daughters & their families.
I shall be adding new information to this site in the New Year. In the meantime I wish you a very happy Christmas & all the very best for 2014.
02/07/2013On my return home after major surgery, from which I am making an excellent recovery, I was delighted to find an email from a descendant of Rev. Edwin James Owen & Jessie Beatrice (née Paterson). It revealed that this couple had a daughter, Ivy May Owen, born in Helensburgh, Dumbartonshire, on 1 May 1887, the year before their marriage at St Marylebone parish church. In October 1906, Ivy obtained an official copy of her birth certificate which stated that her parents were married on 10 March 1877 (more likely to have been 1887 on the original certificate); the informant was Ivy’s grandfather, Augustus Paterson, & it was he who found a couple called Syrett to ‘adopt’ Ivy. In one of his letters to them, prior to the ‘adoption’ he wrote: “The child is in Scotland under charge of a respectable person who has had care of her since she was two months old, it being impossible for the parents to acknowledge her at the time, in fact, she was the issue of a private marriage.” (It is not clear what was meant by a ‘private marriage’.) In the 1891 & 1901 censuses Ivy was with the Syrett family in Ealing, Middlesex, & bore their surname but evidence suggests she maintained contact with her birth family. I look forward to learning more about Ivy from her descendants so that her story can be added to this family history.
09/06/2013I am saddened to announce the death of my cousin Sally (aka Sarah) Donson (née Danby) at Scunthorpe General Hospital on 4 June 2013, aged 74. I extend my condolences to the more immediate members of her family, including her twin and her other sister.
I have been contacted by a grandson of Arthur L Jones and centenarian, Mollie Jones, and look forward to learning more about the American descendants of Isabel Owen (c1831-1895).
24/03/2013I am delighted to have made contact with descendants of (Mary) Louise Roberts (1895-1972). It took such a long time to unravel the complex life of Isabel Owen (1831-1895) that news of some of her descendants is only now emerging. I am grateful both for the information and for the photographs, which are lovely. Tragically, even as late as the mid-twentieth century TB was still claiming young lives.
Further brief additions have been made elsewhere in the site.
07/03/2013There have been problems with my Internet host but I hope these have now been resolved. I am sorry if you have had difficulty opening the site. I have been Spring-cleaning the site &, in particular, checking internal & external links; I hope those that are left are both active & accurate. Please let me know if any don't work, though the Online Welsh Biography site can be problematic, I suspect due to high demand.
I have rewritten parts of the section about Isabel Ellen Roberts (aka Isabella Roberts Jones) in the light of this 1907 biography of her husband, Robert L. Jones, who was a quarry owner in Pennsylvania.
17/02/2013I have, at long last, discovered what became of Lizzie Owen. Her younger brother and sister, Sally and John, sailed to Chile in January 1906, where John lived out his days, and Lizzie and her family sailed to Chile in August of that year, presumably to settle as I have found no subsequent record of them in UK. In all likelihood they were all following in the footsteps of their eldest sister, Mary, I shall now try again to find out what became of her.
I shall shortly be adding photographs of some of Rev. Elias Owen's children and some further news about his daughter, Margaret Ellen Jones.
10/02/2013A long time ago, the younger brother of Garmon Owen Jones sent me a copy of the eulogy he delivered at Garmon's funeral. I must apologise for filing away this information without adding it to the site, an omission that has now been rectified.
15/01/2013Further information from 19th century newspapers has now been added to the following sections:
29/12/2012I have now added further information about the following people:
and added to the information about some of his children. It was interesting to discover that Elijah found himself the innocent party in a
major local controversy,
since his son, Reginald, was similarly innocently embroiled in a
concerning RIBA; both must have been very upsetting at the time.
Jemima Owen and added to the information about her descendants though there do not appear to be any living descendants.
Thomas William Owen.
I shall be making further announcements when I have had the time to collate the new information; there is plenty about Elias Owen and Timothy Morgan Owen and about some of their descendants.
6/12/2012I have now added further information from 19th century newspapers to the Shelby family pages.
29/11/2012I have added information about the following though research in these areas is on-going:
I shall gradually add the information I have been collecting from newspaper reports, some trivial (e.g. one of Elias Owen's young daughters fell from a fast moving train but escaped without serious injury) and some more fundamental. With Christmas fast approaching this may be delayed ... but watch this space!
10/11/2012A lady called Annette Edwards found, amongst the items in a house clearance, a photo of the 1913-14 University College of North Wales (Bangor) football team which included Vernon Elias Owen. She saved it from imminent destruction and took the trouble to contact me. I have found out more about the young men concerned, several of whom, like Vernon, did not survive WWI, & have included the information on this site. Click on the picture on the above page to see an enlargement of the photo & for access to the information.
I have discovered many more interesting newspaper articles that refer to members of my extended Owen family & I shall shortly be adding this information to the site
5/2/2012I am very grateful to Bev McGuinness of the Denmark Historical Society in Western Australia for providing me with photographs and some more information to better understand the life of William Parry Owen in Australia; his section has been revised and the pages renumbered.
31/1/2012At Christmas I was saddened to learn of the death of Alastair James Magrath (20/6/1972-22/5/2011) at the tragically young age of thirty eight. I extend my deepest sympathy to his parents & to the rest of his family. (Incidentally, I have recently added a little more information about the experiences of Alastair's grandfather, Donald Magrath, as a Japanese P.O.W.)
Again on a sad note, I discovered that the husband of Margaret Ellen Owen, Rev. John James Jones, was a patient in a mental hospital in 1911 & probably died two years later, leaving Margaret to raise their three young children.
By contrast, I was delighted to be contacted by the daughter of (Frederick) Vincent Roberts. Information from her & her brother, together with the writings of their father & augmented by information from various other sources, helped to create a vivid picture of his life &, in particular, of his time as a P.O.W., ultimately in Germany, in WWII; how quickly what had been to me simply a name evolved into a rounded human being. (His writings as a POW are now at the Imperial War Museum.) I have also learned a little more about the descendants of his uncle, Elijah Trevethan Roberts though this is sadly lacking in depth.
An email from a pupil at the school where Eric Wynn Owen taught provided a lovely tribute to Eric. This former pupil also sent me an mp3 copy of Eric's reading of part of the poem, 'High Flight', from the closing credits of the Time Team programme about digging up the Spitfire of his step-brother, Paul Klipsch.
15/11/2011I have discovered what happened to William Parry Owen. After traumatic beginnings to his life and having lived through WWI, William & his wife settled in Australia. I doubt they could have envisaged the deprivations and hard work that lay ahead of them. They could not have envisaged the events that led to William's death.
02/10/2011The information about the 1899 Oxford University tour of Prague and Vienna has been added here.
29/09/2011A search facility for the site is available via the top ribbon though I hope to provide one in future that excludes ads. Various small additions have been made, including to Frank Ifor Moran Owen's pages and I have added some pictures of Kano to Hugh Morgan-Owen's pages. I'm about to add some information to Morgan Maddox Morgan-Owen. His tours with Oxford University & with Corinthians helped instigate the game of football worldwide and I have just learned of a significant tour he made to Austria in the 1899/1900 season.
18/09/2011Firstly I wish to extend my condolences to the family of Thelma C Angell (née Starkey) who died on 8 September after a long battle against cancer.
After over a month away I have now been able to update some of the information towards the end of the Klipsch page having been contacted by a descendant in New Zealand.
I am also learning more about some of the descendants of Isabella Ellen Roberts helped very generously by Pamela Myers in Pennsylvania; I am updating this section almost daily at the moment. Pam is a very busy lady who amongst other things is a Trustee at Rehoboth Welsh Chapel in Delta PA and 'webmaster' of the Delta Welsh Heritage site.
I am very grateful to Tammy Smith in Australia for finding a possible death record for William Parry Owen and some further information about Edwin Augustus Owen. .
22/07/2011The site will appear little changed but it has been considerably restructured. Please let me know if you find this has created any broken links or other problems. The minimum screen size required to view this site is 1000 x 600 px; those with larger screens can zoom to enarge the pages if required.
07/06/2011There is a new section about the extended WILDING family of Harriet WILDING who married Elisha OWEN . Perhaps the most famous family member was Harriet's niece, the society photographer, Dorothy Wilding (1893-1976) . I shall seek to improve the presentation of this section to make it easier to interrelate the generations.
Through the site I have been contacted by several authors writing books that concern some of the individuals herein. Janet Murphy contacted me about the Irish family of Fitzgerald Day. & I was able to help her in a very, very small way with her research. She very kindly sent me the product of her labours, Killarney Sketches [ISBN: 978-1-4475-0503-7] which has just been published. It is a reproduction, with background information, of the 1862 publication by Rev John Robert Fitzgerald Day & it is a lovely evocation of a byegone era & of a beautiful part of Ireland.
I thought I knew about most of the living descendants of people mentioned in this site but I have been delighted to discover a few more. I am always pleased to hear from such family members who can rest assured that information about them will not appear here; information about living individuals is excluded.
I have just learned that (Halbert) Peter Gray Tyson Glendinning died on 27 May and his funeral is next Monday. I had the pleasure of meeting him and he was a lovely man. I extend my condolences to his sons and to the rest of his family.
09/02/2011Circumstances continue to limit my research but I have added some information about the Klipsch family. It is only very indirectly related to the Owen family but their story seemed to be worth telling.
01/01/2011Circumstances have limited my research in recent months but I now hope to learn more about the family & to add to the information on this site. I wish everyone in my extended family good health & contentment in 2011.
15/11/2010I had omitted to include information about Charles Christopher Danby; it is now there. Once again there have been minor additions elsewhere & some interesting contacts from other researchers.
03/11/2010Have added odds & ends to the site, in particular information re. Beatrice Marion Day with revised Map of Malay Peninsular. The Spitfire I, P9373, in which Paul Klipsch was killed is being restored & should be flying from Duxford in 2-3 years.
14/10/2010I have added an account of a mysterious death that may well have had nothing to do with the death of young Elias Owen but the timing & location (Rev. Elias Owen conducted the funeral service) add to its intrigue. Even Scottish newspapers carried the story. It can be accessed from the above page, from features or directly by clicking here. (Pictures now included)
28/09/2010Further material & photos have being added to the sections mentioned in the last update ... & more information is hoped for. Another photo of William Pierce Owen has been added as has a photo of his son William (Billy) Henry Kenrick Owen. More information has been provided & discovered about Isabel Ann Brown and about her sister Mary Brown. Many thanks to all those who are helping me learn more.
23/09/2010I am delighted that so many people have visited my site & I have enjoyed receiving messages both from family members & from others researching subjects with which members of the family have been associated. The research continues .....
I am in contact with some of the descendants of Eva Margaret Owen & am adding information to the site as I learn more. Any further information or photos would be most welcome. A picture of her father, Elias, a son of Rev. Elias Owen, has been added.
28/07/2010I have added some YouTube links on this page & on the 'Links' page - these mainly concern war & war poetry.
I have also added a little more information in various places.
Sadly, I have recently learned of the deaths of John James SHELBY (1940-2010) and Robin Gosling (1926-2007). I send my condolences to their families.
01/07/2010 - The site is launchedI hope visitors to the site will share information/pictures and I welcome any constructive criticism of the site.
I have various avenues to explore and will update the site as I learn more about the Owen family; any major changes will be announced in this section of the site.