James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Lizzie Owen (b c1871)

Once again, we are back with the children of Rev. Elias Owen and Margaret. Lizzie Owen (b. 1871/2 in Llanllechid ) was with her family in the 1881 and 1891 censuses when she was 9 and 19 years old respectively. Like her sister, Mary, she would make the long journey to settle in Chile and, like Mary, she may well have caused some consternation in the family before she left.

Lizzie married Edward Wilde [Oswestry, 1899, 1st qt], not long before the birth of their first child, Henry Elias Wilde [Bangor, 1899, 2nd qt], the registration location suggesting she went away to give birth, possibly to reduce gossip or to be with her sister, Lily, who was a nurse. Edward may have been the Edward Wilde, born in nearby Melverley, Shropshire, who in 1891 was aged 18 and living with his farming family in Greater Woolaston. The 1901 census, the first for Edward and Lizzie since their marriage, their places of birth were given as where they had been living in 1891; it is likely that the information was provided by a third party since both their ages were rounded to 25, which was also wrong. Edward was a farmer, and the family was living at 'Broom Hill', Westbury, Shropshire, about ten miles from Lanyblodwel, with a resident waggoner and a resident domestic servant. The 1890s were a challenging time for the Owen family; at the beginning of the decade, Mary had moved to the London area and was baring the children of Wharton Peers Jones, who appears, already, to have a family back in Chile, Mary was pregnant when she married, and Elias suffered his fatal stroke in May 1899. The latter event occurred at about the time that Lizzie gave birth to her second son, Edward Owen Wilde ([b Atcham, 1900, 3rd qt], aged 10 months in 1891)), which probably explains why Lizzie did not attend her father's funeral. Other children followed in rapid succession: Ivy Wilde [b Atcham, 1901, 4th qt], Lizzie Wilde [b Atcham, 1903, 1st qt], May Wilde [b Atcham, 1904, 3rd qt], William Wilde [b Atcham, 1905, 4th qt].

Emigration to Chile

Lizzie's sister Mary and her husband, Wharton Peers Jones, lived in Chile, where Wharton had prospered, and Lizzie's brother and sister, Jack and Sally, sailed to Chile in January 1906. On 2 August 1906, Edward Wilde, labourer, and Lizzie, together with their children Elias, Edward, Ivy, Lizzie, Mary and William, sailed to Talcahuano, Chile, aboard the Oropesa; the complete journey should have taken less than 50 days. They would have arrived in the aftermath of one of the largest earthquakes in Chile's history. The main quake occurred on 15 August but aftershocks continued for some time and the devastation was massive (see here for contemporary accounts of the disaster).