James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants
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Family life & Edwin's death

Later letters to their daughter, Ivy, suggested Edwin and Beatrice were quite poor so can have benefitted little from the Paterson family's wealth, unlike Beatrice's spinster sister, Constance Emily Paterson, who also kept in touch with Ivy and was very wealthy.

Edwin and Beatrice’s second daughter, Beatrice Marion, was born in Maker in 1889, and their two sons, in Llanfairfechan; they were Edwin Augustus who was born in 1890 - "On the 16th inst., at Llanfairfechan, the wife of the Rev. Edwin Owen, of a son" [N Wales Chronicle, 20 Dec 1890] - and Herbert Ernest Malcolm in 1898.

Edwin was curate at Llanfairfechan (1890-1899); in 1891 he, his three month old son and a nurse were living at “Penmaen Villa”, Llanfairfechan which was his address when he subscribed to his father’s book on Welsh folklore. Edwin preached in English and in Welsh. In 1895 there was deep concern about the Disestablishment Bill and Edwin was one of the many who attended a meeting at Llanfairfechan National School in defence of the Church [N Wales Chronicle, 25 May 1895]. At that time weddings in Llanfairfechan were explosive affairs; it was traditional for the local slate and granite quarriers to set explosions to celebrate the event! It may be that this was also a tradition at Llanllechid where there were slate quarries and where Edwin was a witness at the marriage of his sister Susan in 1899; the service was conducted by their brother, Thomas.

Brithdir Church From 1900 until 1926 Edwin was vicar of Brithdir, near Dolgelly (now Dolgellau), Merionethshire. St Mark's Church, Brithdir, had been built in 1891-1892 as the place of worship for the community living in the Caerynwch and Brithdir area. Its design is unique in Wales, having strong Mediterranean influences and since its closure in 2004, the 'Friends of Friendless Churches' have contributed to its repair and restoration .

In 1901 Edwin was living with his family in a house called “Coed” in the village. There was a servant and a school governess in residence. Beatrice died on 1 January 1923, aged 57, [Dolgelly 1923, 1st qt]. Edwin died, aged 68 (his age is given as 67 on the General Register), on 18 March 1928 [Ruthin 1928, 1st qt]. He was then living at the White Horse Hotel, Llanfairdyffrynchwyd, Denbighshire. He left an estate of almost £2000 and probate was granted to a physician and to a vicar.