James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

John Lowry Morgan Owen (cntd.)

Probably in Chile, Jack married Mary Williamson and they had a son, (John) Cledwyn M Owen, who was born on 12 August 1913, perhaps named after Jack's employer in Pwlhelli.

I know nothing of Jack's activities in Chile. Like several of his Chilean-resident nephews and nieces, he was comparatively young - forty-eight years old - when he died on 19 January 1931, from a brain tumour. He was buried, as a dissident, in Santiago General Cemetery. At that time, the family was living at 2885 Avenida Portales, near the southwest edge of Santiago.

The following year, his wife and son left Chile, to live in the UK. Cledwyn Owen, a clerk, aged nineteen, arrived at Liverpool on 31 October 1932, from Talcahuano, aboard the Reina del Pacifico of the Pacific Steam Navigation Company line; Mary was listed as being fifty years old. Their country of origin was Chile and their intended address in UK was 52 Hanworth Road, Feltham, Middlesex.

According to the Electoral Register, by the mid-1930s Cledwyn was living at 91 Highbury Quadrant, Islington, with three others, two of whom were Ivy Sibley and Walter James Sibley. Ivy, born on 7 January 1913, was the daughter of Walter James Sibley and Harriett Lily Aldred. Following Walter's death, Ivy and her mother were still living there in 1939, and Ivy was an optical worker (another resident of the property was a 'manufacturing optician'). Highbury Quadrant is now largely modern blocks of flats but this article has a picture of a nearby building, called the Highbury Centre, which is now a Christian hotel and is still the Home of the Foreign Missions Club. It was formerly used to accommodate British missionaries returning to London from their overseas posts and this may have brought Cledwyn to the area.

Cledwyn married Ivy [Goole (Yorks) 1941, 4th qt]; this might suggest that Cledwyn was stationed near there at the time. I was told that he fought with the 8th Army throughout WWII and that he and Ivy later lived in Tenby. In 1946, Cledwyn, Ivy and her mother were the only occupants of 91 Highbury Quadrant.

Cledwyn's death was recorded in March 1989 [Haverfordwest] (this is about 12 miles from Tenby). Ivy died in Norfolk, aged 83 [Great Yarmouth, Aug 1996]. I believe they had no children.