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The Owen Family of Winterbourne Parish

Two sons, two daughters and a grandson of John and Sarah Owen of Filton settled in the parish of Winterbourne during their married life:

o       Son Isaac Owen, the eldest son firstly married Alice Edmunds of Winterbourne on 5 April 1794 at Winterbourne, and secondly Cathorine Holder, in 1809.

o       Son John Owen junior married Mary Weeks of Littleton, Somerset, in August 1802 at Winterbourne. They lived in Hambrook. Their illegitimate grandson, Samuel Owen emigrated to Australia in 1849.

o       Daughter Ann Owen married Edward Upton of Winterbourne on 2nd April 1804. They were recorded in both Filton and Winterbourne Marriage Registers. They lived in Frenchay.

o       Daughter Susannah (ancestor of Andrew Plaster), who left working as a servant for the Gayners on 25th March 1800 and might at that time have left the parish of Filton, married Isaac Williams on 15th August 1802 at St. James, Bristol.

o       Grandson William Owen, son of Benjamin Owen, lived in Hambrook. There is a headstone of his family at Frenchay Parish Church - Hester wife of William Owen of Hambrook d. 12/4/1897 aged 66, William Owen d. 1/10/1902 aged 74, Also of Harriet Bertha wife of William Owen of Yate d. 8/4/1925.

Isaac Owen and his sister Susannah had changed their religious faith to Unitarianism. Many of their descendants were baptised and buried at Frenchay Unitarian Chapel. The Owen family was the largest Unitarian family at Frenchay in the nineteenth century. The name Owen appears more than any other name on the gravestones of the Frenchay Chapel.

Andrew Plaster has now researched the Owen side of the family back to the sixteenth century. He is planning to publish his third book “Owen family history of South Gloucestershire” within a few years time. The book, now over 60 pages so far, shows all traced information about his ancestors, their issue and some of their descendants since the sixteenth century.

Andrew writes: Nowadays, most of Susannah’s descendants know about our family legend that we are descendants of Owain Glyndwr (1359–1416), who was the last Welsh chief to claim the title of independent Prince of Wales. The legend has been passed down orally from generation to generation, and originates from the Owen side of the family. He is a Welsh national hero and historically famous as the leader of a major revolt for Welsh independence from English domination during the reign of King Henry IV of England. So far, I have not found a link between Owain Glyndwr and the Owen family.

Andrew can be contacted by email for further enquiries.