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38.  JOHN6 DOWELL (PRISCILLA5 OWEN, JOHN4, ROBERT3, EDWARD2, ROBERT1) was born 1787 in NC.  He married SARAH SHORES October 30, 1814 in Wilkes Co, NC.  She was born 1794.


Notes for JOHN DOWELL:

1823 Wilkes County Tax List: John Dowell 150 acres @$400.

1 white poll and 1 black poll

John Dowell lived in NC until 1845-50, then he moved to Indiana, in 1856 he moved on to Illinois, moving to Shelby Co. around April 1856. Mindy and Cindy, two maiden sisters may have moved with him. He only lived here a short time when he died in 1858.

Source: Deborah A. Jones


Children of JOHN DOWELL and SARAH SHORES are:

              i.     SARAH DOWELL.

              ii.     NANCY DOWELL, b. 1822.

             iii.     TIMOTHY DOWELL, b. 1823.

             iv.     SIMEON SHORES DOWELL, b. February 1827.

             v.     MARY DOWELL, b. 1832.

             vi.     PRISCILLA DOWELL, b. 1837.

            vii.     MARTIN S. DOWELL, b. May 07, 1838.



39.  ELIZABETH6 OWEN (LAWRENCE5, JOHN4, ROBERT3, EDWARD2, ROBERT1) was born April 06, 1782, and died March 12, 1864.  She married (1) WILLIAM TAYLOR January 22, 1799 in Clark Co, KY.  He was born Abt. 1770 in Ireland, and died 1814.  She married (2) DR. HARDIN M. WEATHERFORD October 22, 1812 in Wayne Co, KY.  He was born 1790 in Pittsylvania Co, VA, and died Aft. 1850 in Jefferson Co, KY.



By family tradition was an unusually beautiful.  She married William Taylor on January 22, 1799, her father performing the marriage ceremony.  Marriage surety 22 Jan. 1799 by Lawrence Owen.  She was sixteen years of age at the time and the marriage proved to be an unhappy alliance.  They were divorced in 1811. 


Owen, Elizabeth, and William Taylor; surety, Lawrence Owen. 1799 Jan 22


Know all men by these presents that we Wm Tennell [strike through last name] & Lawrence Owens are held and firmly bound unto Jas Garrard Esq. gov'nr of Kentucky in the full just Sum of Fifty pounds to which payment will and truly be made to the said gover'or and his successors we bind ourselves our Heirs Exec'rs &  & Adm'rs Jointly & severally firmly by these presents sealed and Dated this 22 day of Jany 1799.


The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas there is a marriage shortly intended to to be had and solemnized Between the above bound Wm Tennell???

& Elizth Owen   If therefore there be no lawful cause to obstruct the same then the above obligation to be void otherwise to remain in full force and Sealed & Delivered                                        Wm Taylor

In presence of               Lawrence Owen


The above document appears to be signed by both men.                  Marriage Bond        Divorce Decree 


Elizabeth Owen and her husband, William Taylor divorced and Rev. Lawrence Owen, father of Elizabeth testified that he rode to the home of his brother John and asked him to go to the Taylor residence on Lower Howards Creek and "make peace."  A deposition in this case was signed by John Owen on March 10, 1810. 


The will of Dr. Weatherford indicates no children were born of this union, but a suit in Clark County indicates that William Taylor and Elizabeth had one child.




He married 2nd Hannah Hind with whom he had 3 children, proven by a suit brought by the children of Taylor to secure their inheritance. 


After William Taylor's death she married Valentine Martin. 


William Taylor operated a "hulling mill" on Howard’s Creek, about six miles from Lawrence Owen's home.


Notes for JOHN TAYLOR:

    4.11.    John Taylor    A decree of the Clark Co.

                        Circuit Court - Sept. 1834

                        Ordered that Val Martin pay to John Taylor, $101.11,

                        as part of his father William Taylor's estate settlement.



              i.     JOHN TAYLOR.




Elizabeth then married Dr. Hardin M. Weatherford.  They moved to Louisville, KY. where they lived until their deaths many years later. 

Hardin was a noted physician; I found the following by searching the Internet:


Weatherford, Hardin M.: A Treatise on Cholera: With the causes, symptoms, mode of prevention & cure, on a new & successful plan 1833 Graphic n/c Libr Congress


Weatherford, Hardin M.

A Treatise on Cholera: with the Causes, Symptoms, Mode of Prevention and Cure, on a New and Successful Plan

Imprint: Louisville KY, C. Settle, 1833

Edition: ARCHIVAL REPRINT: Limited Edition


Privately Printed By ARC for Private Libraries. -- Faithfully Reproduced --. Book Condition: Very Good. Binding: Card Covers



Hardin & Eliz land records Wayne County Land Records: Vol. B: 1811-1822

No. 591 Weatherford, Hardin & Elizabeth Indenture

No. 603 Weatherford, Hardin & Elizabeth Indenture

No 312 Weatherford, Hardin M. Indenture

No. 513 Weatherford, Hardin M. Indenture





40.  JOHN6 OWEN (LAWRENCE5, JOHN4, ROBERT3, EDWARD2, ROBERT1) was born April 19, 1784 in Maryland, and died March 03, 1859 in Henry Co, KY.  He married MARY POLLY BABER July 11, 1808 in Clark Co, KY, daughter of OBEDIAH BABER and HANNAH MARTIN.  She was born Abt. 1792 in Clark Co, KY, and died 1836 in Henry Co, KY.


Notes for JOHN OWEN:

Marriage Bond: Owen, John and Polly Baber, daughter Obadiah Baber consent, witness, John Gorden; surety, Isam Baber. Jul 11, 1808


He sold his farm in Pinchem and moved to Henry County with his father.


He purchased a large farm in Henry County, but it is said that he lost it through an investment in a steamboat scheme of one of his sons.  The story written by Nelson Reed Owen appears earlier on this page but I will repeat it here.


John Owen, the eldest son lived in Henry County, Ky. near the old homestead where, by great industry, he acquired a handsome fortune as a farmer until about 1845 when he became involved as security for his oldest son in a steamboat enterprise, he lost his property and was thrown upon the world destitute at the age of sixty.  He then settled on a small place on the Kentucky River called Lockport, at which place he died March 3, 1859.  He had a large family of sons and daughter none of whom distinguished themselves.


More About JOHN OWEN:

Burial: Burial: on his father's farm in Henry Co. Kentucky


Children of JOHN OWEN and MARY BABER are:

              i.     NELSON P. OWEN, b. February 13, 1809, Clark Co, KY; m. MARY BABER, December 21, 1830, Henry Co., KY; b. Abt. 1810, Clark Co. KY.


Notes for NELSON P. OWEN:

Marrige Bond; Owen, Nelson P., and Mary Baber, daughter Obadiah Baber, consent; Witness, John Owen; surety, R.G. Baber  Dec 21, 1830



56.    ii.            MARTIN BABER OWEN, b. March 05, 1811, Winchester, Clark, Kentucky; d. June 28, 1888, Bates, Missouri.

             iii.     GIBSON T. OWEN, b. September 06, 1813, Henry Co, KY; m. LOUISA DUNCAN, January 26, 1837, Clay Co, MO; b. 1824.

57.   iv.     ELKANNA CULLOM OWEN, b. October 05, 1815, Henry Co, KY; d. 1886, Jewell Co, KS.

             v.     ELIZA JANE OWEN, b. January 16, 1818, Henry Co, KY; m. ISHAM W. MOODY, January 06, 1834, Henry Co, KY.

             vi.     JOHN J. OWEN, b. April 01, 1820; m. ELEANOR LOCKLAND, August 15, 1840.

            vii.     ISHAM THOMAS OWEN, b. July 26, 1821, Henry Co, KY.



Never married.


           viii.     LORENZO DOW OWEN, b. August 09, 1827; m. SALLY OLIVER.

             ix.     LUCY MIRIAN OWEN, b. August 07, 1831; d. Abt. 1843.



Died age 13

Also have her name as Lucy Martin Owen


41.  IGNATIUS P.6 OWEN (LAWRENCE5, JOHN4, ROBERT3, EDWARD2, ROBERT1) was born November 23, 1788, and died August 26, 1835 in Howard Co, MO.  He married ELIZABETH SHEPPARD 1835. 





After his father Lawrence moved to Henry County he sold Ignatius 100 acres off the Clark County home place.  Ignatius sold the farm a year later both he and his wife Elizabeth signed the deed.


Per letter dated 1948 written by R.W. Owen "In 1816 Lawrence Owen transferred 100 acres of his farm to his son Ignatius P. Owen.  This 100 acres started at the Ebenezer Meeting House and toward New Castle.  Ignatius had been farming this portion for some time and he and his family lived there.  In 1817, however, he sold his place to James Ewing for $10.00 per acre and moved his family to Missouri, where land was cheap.  The purchaser, Ewing, applied to the county court for a permit to operate a tavern in his home.  He received it, but with the stipulation that he was to charge not more than fifty cents for supper, lodging and breakfast for a man, and not more than twenty-five cents for like accommodation for a horse . . . This house and tavern is the same, or at least at the same location, as the residence on the farm of Mrs. Alex Robinson."



Ignatius moved to Missouri and settled in Fayette, Howard County per1820 Census

Petition of inhabitants of Howard land district 23 Dec 1819 that Ignatius signed along with 319 other signatures in which they and the county clerk makes a plea to the President of the United States for help in protecting them against an incompetent Register and his son who was acting on the fathers behalf as Register.  The complaint states that the Register had been missing from the area for some time while persuing a seat in the senate calling the man “incompetent” and stating the son was involved in a scheme to defraud the government of monies made from illegal land purchases and sales, the name of this father son duo was Carroll.


He was a popular personality who became involved in politics  and in 1822 Ignatius went on to become a state representative for Howard. 


Ignatius P. Owen bought property from Jonathan Crawley in the 1820's and was one of the early settlers of this region. When J. Crawley died in 1832,  I.P. Owen was one of the persons signing the bond.


1829 Ignatius was on of the administrators to the estate of Taylor Berry who died Intestate.


Owen, Ignatius p. 22 listed 1830 tax list Howard Co, MO.


. . .Although this was the first house built in the town, the logs for another house had already been prepared by Gen. Ignatius P. Owen, and was erected the day following by the general, who had assisted Witt in raising his house.  These buildings were intended for hotels and were conducted by their proprietors as such for many years.  General Owen's hotel was located on the southeast corner of the public square.  These houses were erected in the fall of 1824. 

Source: History of Howard and Cooper Counties Missouri 1883, p. 178

Fayette, Howard Co.


Missouri, Howard County Deed Book I-J

pg. 170-171

Know all men by these presents that we Isaac Runyon, Ignatius P. Owen and Richard Crigler are held and firmly bound to the State of Missouri in the sum of one thousand dollars good and lawfull money of the state of Missouri to be levied of our lands and tenements, goods and chattels respectively upon condition following to wit: the condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the said Isaac Runyon has been commissioned by the Governor of the State of Missouri Coroner for the County of Howard in the State of Missouri. Now should the said Isaac Runion truly and faithfully discharge the duties of Coroner for said County according to law then this obligation to be void and of no effect, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue. Given under our hands and seals this 16th day of October 1826. Isaac Runyon - seal Ignatius P. Owen - seal Richard G. Crigler - seal


State of Missouri

County of Howard , Circuit Court October Term 1826

Isaac Runyon, Coroner of this County produced in Court a Bond executed by him as principal and Ignatius P. Owen and Richard G. Crigler his seconds to the State of Missouri for the sum of one thousand dollars conditioned for the faithful discharge of the duties of the duties of said office of Coroner. Whereupon the said oblige...severally acknowledges the execution

of said bond and the same is approved by the Court.

Gray Bynum clk


It was in Fayette, Howard County, where Ignatius opened a hotel and prospered.  He was a General in the Missouri State Militia during the wars against the Indians and he was a popular personality who became involved in politics.


There was a younger man, a lawyer by the name of Joe Davis, who had somehow interfered in the Owen's domestic affairs, and the old man would start an argument whenever they met.  Ignatius finally had enough and swore that he would kill Davis if they should meet again. One day Davis, seeing Owen outside his office took his rifle and shot Ignatius through the open doorway, killing him instantly.  Davis was tried in the first criminal case of the county and was freed.”


General Ignatius P. Owen

The first important criminal case that was tried at Fayette, was entitled the "State of Missouri against Joseph Davis," who killed General Ignatius P. Owen in the fall of 1835.

Davis was a lawyer of some eminence, and afterwards filled several important official positions in Howard County.  General Owen had commanded the militia in the early history of the county, and had been honored with the title of brigadier general.  At the time he was killed, he was the proprietor of a hotel, which stood upon the corner now occupied by the business house, of Boughner, Tolson & Smith.  Davis had a law office on the same side of the street, southeast of the hotel, which was located where the millinery store of Mrs. Jasper is now situated.  Owen and Davis had quarreled and each entertained for the other very bitter feelings; the former had been especially violent and denunciatory.  Davis [known as Colonel Joe Davis] was sitting in his office, as already stated, in the fall of 1835.  It was nearly noon.  General Owen came to the door of the office and spoke in threatening language to the colonel, intimating that he would take his life when he attempted to leave his office.   Colonel Davis told the general, in a quiet way, that if he did not leave he would kill him.  Owen, however, remained, continuing to abuse Davis, until the latter was ready to go to his dinner.  Davis having, in the meantime, had his gun [a rifle] brought to him, raised it, and took deliberate aim at Owen, killing him almost instantly.  Owen, physically, was a much larger man than Davis.  The latter was acquitted.  Davis was said to have been one of the finest shots in the country, and so skilled was he, in the use of his rifle, that he could as often drive the centre at sixty paces as the most sturdy and experienced hunter.

Source: p. 614 Portrait and Biographical Record of Clay, Ray, Carroll, Chariton and Linn Counties, Missouri

Chicago: Chapman Bros. 1893


Howard County Missouri Will Index

NAME                                         BOOK PAGE       INSTRUMENT

Owen, Ignatius P.                            2    146        Bond and Letters


Missouri State Archives

Land Patents: 1831 - 1969

Record Group Office of Secretary of State

Series Seminary and Saline Land Patents

Volume A

Page 542

Reel Number S 136

Certificate Number

Land District

Type of Land Saline

Name of Purchaser Owens, Agnatius

County Howard

Date of Purchase 12/22/1831

Township 50

Range 15

Land Section 7

Parts of Section East half of the South West quarter

Acres 91

Hundreth of Acres 32

Price Per Acre $2.00

Cost $182.64

Date of Certificate 4/26/1832


(c) 2007-2008 : Missouri Office of the Secretary of State :: Missouri State Library | Missouri State Archives :: The State Historical Society of Missouri


Missouri State Archives

Land Patents: 1831 - 1969

Record Group Office of Secretary of State

Series Seminary and Saline Land Patents

Volume A

Page 483

Reel Number S 136

Certificate Number

Land District

Type of Land Saline

Name of Purchaser Owens, Ignatius P.

County Howard

Date of Purchase 12/20/1831

Township 50

Range 16

Land Section 12

Parts of Section East half of the South East quarter

Acres 80

Hundreth of Acres

Price Per Acre $2.75

Cost $220.00

Date of Certificate 4/26/1832


270. Ignatius P Owen dec'd intestate.

Adm John Wilson 31 Aug 1835

Sec: John Wilson, James Shepherd, John Nanson, John Price, Abel Morley, Joel

H Green, Benjamin H Reeves, Lewis Baumgarden. $30,000


Howard Coounty Missouri Will Index

NAME                                         BOOK PAGE       INSTRUMENT

Owen, Ignatius P.                            2    146        Bond and Letters




Owens, Ignatious and Betsy Shepherd.  Surety, Silas Shepperd, Married 31 December 1809 by Elliott Jones.  Note:  "you will pleas to give Ignatius Owens licens to marry Betsy Shepherd this from your friend by Isaac Shepherd."

Source: "Wayne County, Kentucky, Marriages and Vital Records, Volume II, Marriages K-Z, 1801-1860"  by June Baldwin Bork 1973


Will of Isaac Shepperd Senr.

New Will Book A 78-79

Written: 18 Oct 1840

Proved: May Ct. 1841


To son Isaac Junr. all my lands contained in 2 Patents: one 200 Acres patented to Henry Beason on 3 Nov 1804 and one of 50 acres patented to myself 2 July 1822, both in Wayne County...

also to son Isaac, black girl Harriet provided Isaac pays $300 to James Shepperd (named as security in settlement of Ignatius Owen's estate), Betsy Owens (Elizabeth), Beverly Shepperd, Samuel Evans, James G Miller, young Isaac Shepperd, son of Silas, being $50 to each of them and also Isaac to go Security for old Peg, the black woman I intend to set free in this Will, and pay Balsara Shepperd, daughter of Samuel, deceased, $5 which I will to her ... to son Silas, black boy named Peter, I intend giving him nothing more as I have given him money, and a note I held against him, delivered to him this day.  A black boy Quarles to my son Joseph M Shepperd...Black boy Gorden to my son George W my daughter Betsy Owens, 1 bed and furniture, 1st choice, 2nd choice of bed to daughter Polly Miller... I hereby set old Pegg free... the $50 my son Isaac is to pay as named in 2nd clause, to James Shepperd, be due and payable when this Will is recorded, but draw no interest until demanded; the $50 to Betsy Owens pay in 6 months after Will  is recorded;  pay to Beverly Shepperd the $50 in 12 months...the $50 to James Miller in 2 years...$50 to young Isaac, son of Silas, when he becomes of age... to son Isaac Jr, balance of all.

Executor, son Isaac Shepperd Jr.

Witness: Leo Hayden, J H West, A M Stone.


Thomas Shepperd also gives Amanda Owens Birth Date as 12 Aug 1819 to Philip Owens and Jane Hiatt in Howard Co., MO


Beverly A Shepherd/Shepperd is a brother of Elizabeth Shepperd Owens

Source: Brenda Barnett



Wayne County Kentucky, Deed Book K (1832-1851) by June Baldwin Bork

14 Feb 1848 – recorded:  18 Jul 1848 – page 171-174

Power of Attorney:  Barbara A Shepherd of Howard Co., Missouri do appoint Beverly A Shepherd her attorney in fact & in her name to receive from the estate of ISAAC SHEPPERD, deceased, formerly of Wayne, all the money coming to my late husband, JAMES SHEPHERD, dec’d… I give to my said attorney full power to do every act necessary to obtain the interest of said James Shepherd, dec’d either under the Will of Isaac or otherwise… in my name as Widow and also Executrix of the last Will  of James Shepherd, dec’d.  a copy *(Exhibit A) of which is annexed to this writing.  /s/ Barbara A Shepherd by oath of Andrews J Herndon, Clerk of Howard Co.

 *EXHIBIT A:  “In the name of God, Amen, through the care and protection of a merciful God, I have been spared till the present time but viewing life uncertain knowing that all men have to die, but now being in good health and in my right mind and memory have concluded to make the following disposition of my property to take effect after my death, to wit:  In the first place, I wish all my just debts to be paid if any I owe and after paying such debts I do give and bequeath unto my BELOVED WIFE, BARBARA ANN SHEPHERD all my estate both real and personal which constitutes my lands and tenements stock of every kind house hold furniture and plantation  utensils all moneys and debts due to me with all other and every other article and species of property belonging to my estate which may not be herein mentioned and further I do hereby decree that the property herein willed constituting every part and parcel of my estate shall be possessed and held n fee simple by my said wife for her own benefit use and behoof and disposal forever and further I do constitute and appoint my said wife Barbara Ann Shepherd my executrix and friend and further I do ordain this instrument of writing to be my last Will and Testament revoking and setting aside all others whatever heretofore made to take effect and be in full force after my death.  In Testimony whereof I do hereunto set my hand and office my seal this 1st day of May 1831 …/s/ JAMES SHEPHERD… Wit:  John Tolson, Henry Saling”… Proved for Probate in Howard County, Court on 26 Sep 1845 by James H Sanders, Clerk.  Recorded in Wayne of Wm Simpson, Clerk


James Shepherd/Shepperd is a brother of Elizabeth Shepperd Owen, Children of Isaac Shepperd


A news item in the Boonslick Times of 7 June 1845 said Patience Price, wife of John R Price, died suddenly on 26th May 1845 at Brunswick: references found on pages 425 and 178 of the 1883 "History of Chariton Co." stated that "John R Price married a daughter of Ignatius Owen in 1832 and moved to Fayette;  that John R Price, late of California and now of Texas a brother of Sterling Price, died in 1873."  In 1850 Julia Price age 14. Henry Price age 7. and Madeline Price age 9, probably their children, were living with Casper and Madeline Bell, but are not located thereafter.


1840 Census, Richmond, Howard Co., MO

Elizabeth Owen

2 Males 10-15

1 Male 15-20

1 Female 10-15  (Madeline)

1 Female  20-30 

1 Female 40-50  (Elizabeth)


1870 Census, Twp 53, Range 20 Chariton Co., MO

HH 491-518

Casper W Bell  M 50 Atty at Law  300/300 VA

Madeline  F 47 Keeping House    MO

Montfort   M 21 Dry Goods Clerk  MO

Julia   F 14     MO

Cassey   M 12     MO

Mary   F 11     MO

Fanny   F 6     MO

Elizabeth Owens F 87     VA  (Widow of Ignatius)


1860 Census, Richmond, Howard Co., MO 18 July

HH 258/241

Julia Broadus 28 Domestic   82500/63965 MO

Helena Broadus 20 Domestic    MO

Henry C Owens 28 Laborer    MO


1860 Census  Richmond, Howard  Co., MO 18 July

HH 258/241

Julia Broadus 38 Domestic  82,500/63,965 MO

Helena Broadus 20 Domestic    MO

Henry C Owens 28 Laborer     MO 


1870 Census  Musselfork, Chariton Co., MO 27 June

Henry C Owen   38 Farmer  MO

Cornelia   34   MO

Madeline  6   MO

Cornelia   1   MO

Oliver P   36 Farmer  MO

Lucinda Chapman  13  (Col)Hse Serv MO

James H Ewing   14  (Col)Field Hand MO




           58.   i.     MARY S. OWEN, b. Abt. 1810, KY.

                   ii.    MALINDA OWEN, b. Abt. 1815.

           59.   iii.    PATIENCE OWEN, b. Abt. 1815; d. June 07, 1845, Brunswick, MO.

           60.   iv.    JULIA OWEN, b. Abt. 1822, MO; d. Aft. 1880.

           61.   v.     MADELINE LEONTINE OWEN, b. Abt. 1823, Probably Howard Co, MO; d. July 03, 1907, Probably Richmond,  , VA.

                   vi.    OLIVER PERRY OWEN, b. Abt. 1829, Howard Co, MO; d. Aft. 1870.

           62.   vii.    HENRY C. OWEN, b. 1832, Howard Co, MO.





42.  NELSON REED6 OWEN (LAWRENCE5, JOHN4, ROBERT3, EDWARD2, ROBERT1) was born April 15, 1791 in Clark Co, KY, and died September 08, 1838 in Louisville, Jefferson Co, KY.  He married NANCY BABER November 25, 1813 in Clark Co, KY, daughter of OBEDIAH BABER and HANNAH MARTIN.  She was born October 01, 1800 in Clark Co, KY, and died June 27, 1857 in Louisville, Jefferson Co, KY.




Marriage Bond: Owen, Nelson Reed., and Nancy Baber, daughter Obadiah Baber (consent); witness, John Owen; surety, John Baber  Nov 25, 1813







“Nelson fell in love with his brother's wife's younger sister but because she was very young his parent were against the marriage.  Nelson moved with his father to Henry Co. in 1811, and spent the next year helping to clear and develop the new farm.  When the war of 1812 broke out he enlisted in Capt. Calloway's Co., 2nd Reg., Kentucky Mounted Volunteers.


He returned to Clark County to claim the girl that he had fallen in love with even though she was only thirteen years old at the time they married over the objections of his parents.  They purchased on credit eight acres of farmland with a small cabin.  They set up housekeeping on Pigeon Roost Fork [in 1948 was called Jackson's Fork] of the Little Kentucky river only four miles from his parents farm.  They made their furniture from tree's growing on their farm without asking his parents for any help as they resented the elder Owen's for their opposition to their marriage.


After Lawrence's death Nelson bought all shares of his father's farm, until the death of his mother, at which time he became the owner of the old family farm.  He kept the farm but sold the mill and remained for another two years before selling out to John Miles in 1834 and moved his family to Louisville where he established that branch of the family.  Here he was in business for two years before he purchased a farm where he remained until his death.


He communicated to his children but few facts concerning his early life, what I learned from my mother, my uncles and aunts, together with what my father let fall from time to time constituted my knowledge.  He had little education or other opportunities for self- culture or mental improvement during the years of his minority.  By the aid of his small amount of schooling he managed to learn to read and write and after he became a man grown, he purchased a slate and arithmetic and learned the rudiments of arithmetic.  Upon the foundation he built by constant reading and study he became better informed than his neighbors and ranked well in point of intelligence with men who had enjoyed all the opportunities and advantages of a finished education.


I should have stated before, that my father's mother was of the Cullom family who were Scotch and her mother was a Northcraft, who were English, both families being among the first immigrants to Maryland from the old countries.  Of the Northcrafts I learned nothing further.  Of the Culloms I have learned little except that they were an energetic and vigorous family of great spirit and determination. . . ."


In 1948 R. W. Owen wrote:


I believe there was at least one more page to this story but I did not inherit it and I do not know which of Nelson Reed Owen's sons wrote the story but it may have been James A. Owen, of St. Joseph, Mo. per the quoted letter below.


'. . . I have an account of some length written by James A. Owen, of St. Joseph, Mo, a nephew of Rev. Lawrence Owen, written for his children.  He tells all about his grandfather and their life at Smithfield and none too complimentary to the old fellow.  Nelson R. Owen, son of Lawrence and father of James, was permitted to get but twenty-eight days of schooling as he grew up. . ."


According to the above letter there was "the great winter of 1824" and James account says the three children [John Lawrence, Matilda and Mary Jane] died right now and they had a great deal of trouble digging the graves in the hard frozen earth. . . lost three children within three days.  The family account called it 'quinsy' but it was more likely pneumonia.  The children were buried in the family graveyard in the orchard behind the Lawrence Owen house.  This cemetery contains the remains of Rev. Lawrence Owen, buried in 1821, his wife Mary Cullum[sic] Owen, buried in 1833, their son John, buried in 1859, as well as those of many neighbors.  Among these are Carlton and Rufus Peddicord, John B. Hayes and his wife, and John Miles and his wife.  It was a large cemetery but some years ago most of the stones were broken up and removed by a tenant on the farm to fill ditches."


Nancy moved into the city to live with their daughter, Elizabeth Jane Stoy, where she passed away.



Burial: On the farm, later moved to Cave Hill Cemetery


Notes for NANCY BABER:

Nancy married William Dalton but the marriage ended shortly in divorce.  There were no children by this marriage.



Children of NELSON OWEN and NANCY BABER are:

                   i.     JOHN LAWRENCE OWEN, b. 1815.

                   ii.     MATILDA OWEN, b. 1817; d. 1824.

                   iii.     MARY JANE OWEN, b. 1820; d. 1824.

63.         iv.  JAMES ALFRED OWEN, b. May 20, 1822, Henry Co, KY; d. May 15, 1890, St. Joseph, Buchanan Co, Missouri.

                   v.  JOHN LAWRENCE OWEN, b. May 24, 1824, Henry Co, KY; d. June 03, 1877, St. Joseph, Buchanan Co, Missouri; m. ATLANTA SMITH.



see notes on brother Isham.


                   vi.  SARAH ANN OWEN, b. 1827; d. 1874; m. EDMOND PENDLETON ROUSSEAU, Louisville, , Kentucky.

              vii. ELIZABETH JANE OWEN, b. 1829, Clark Co, KY; d. 1907; m. DAVID C. STOY, September 10, 1848, Louisville, Jefferson Co, KY.

64.         viii. ISHAM THOMAS OWEN, b. December 1832, Henry Co, KY; d. May 09, 1869.

                   ix.  GEORGE WASHINGTON OWEN, b. 1834, Clark Co., KY; d. December 08, 1836, Clark Co., KY.



43.  HENRY B.6 OWEN (LAWRENCE5, JOHN4, ROBERT3, EDWARD2, ROBERT1) was born October 06, 1793 in Clark Co, KY, and died February 10, 1885 in Jacksonville, Randolph Co, MO.  He married PHILADELPHIA G. BARTLETT June 12, 1837 in KY, daughter of EDMUND BARTLETT.  She died 1847  Probably in Jacksonville, Randolph Co, MO.


Notes for HENRY B. OWEN:


Henry B. Owen, Adm'r; p. 4 Jun 1847 for the Ephraim T. Tracy estate



The town of Jacksonville is located on the Wabash Railway 19 miles northwest of Huntsville and 1 mile North of Moberly.  The town site was owned by William McCanne, Jr., John W. McCanne, Sr. and Henry Owen, who donated 50 acres to the Railroad Company, Provided they would locate a depot upon it, this was about the year 1858.


Henry B. Owen one of the earliest settlers of Jackson Township died in Randolph Co., Missouri. His obituary is very interesting as it also gives an account of Philadelphia Bartlett, his wife.


Moberly Weekly Monitor Moberly, Randolph County, Missouri, Thursday, February 19, 1885 page 4 column 7



“Died February 10th at his home in Jacksonville, this county Mr. Henry B Owen, in the 92nd year of his age.

The subject of this notice was one of the oldest persons in the state and was one of the oldest residents of this county, having moved here in 1828 where he resided until his death, with the exception of two years during which time he lived in Boonville, Cooper Co. For many years he has lived with his son Thos B Owen, but at the time of his death was with his daughter, Mrs. Lucy J. Lamb. He was married to Miss Philadelphia G Bartlett of Henry county Ky on the 12 of June 1817, who preceded him to the grave nearly 40 years having died in 1847, but lived true to the memory of his first wife to the day of his death. Five children blessed the union three of whom still live and two reside in this county. E. T. the oldest in Montana, T. B the next and Lucy J Lamb the youngest living. Those who preceded their aged parent were Mary S Curren and Sarah K Fray. Mrs Curren having died last year and Mrs. Fray in 1847. A number of grandchildren still reside in this portion of the country, all of whom are persons in middle age, among whom are the following: David W Wilson, Moberly, Mary G Reed, Little Rock Ark, E. T. Wilson, late passenger conductor on Texas Pacific road, William E Curren of Denver Colorado, Sarah K Palmer, Moberly and R. S. Curren Moberly. All of the grand parents of these persons have lived beyond their four score years, showing a family of remarkable longevity. But death must come sooner or later and those who are robbed by time's unbinding decree should bow to the inevitable without a murmur. Uncle Henry has passed to his reward after a long, eventful and useful life here and will be missed by many old friends and mourned by a host of relatives. To them we extend sympathy and for uncle Henry peace to his ashes.”


Burial: Coulter Cemetery Randolph Co., MO



 Father Edmund Bartlett Sr. b: 23 Dec 1759 in Spotsylvania County,Virginia

Mother: Sarah Sneed b: Abt 1760

Edmund’s will dated 1835 mentions son, Edmund; granddaughter Ella Bartlett (dau Thomas), dau Patsy Samuel; Mary, wife of John Taylor; Philadelphia, m Henry Owen.



Will of father, Edmund Bartlett, Sr.

Forks of Elkhorn Church by Ermina Jett Darnell




              i.     EDMOND T. OWEN, b. Abt. 1824.


Notes for EDMOND T. OWEN:

Lived in Montana at the time of father Henry's death


       65.         ii.     THOMAS B. OWEN, b. November 17, 1828; d. February 22, 1893, Randolph Co, MO.

       66.        iii.     MARY S. OWEN, b. October 28, 1819, Henry Co, KY; d. August 01, 1883, Randolph Co, MO.

                    iv.     SARAH K. OWEN, d. 1847; m. UNKNOWN FRAY.

                    v.     LUCY J. OWEN, m. (1) JAMES W. LAMB; m. (2) DAVID K. MCCANNE, December 15, 1858, Randolph Co, MO.


44.  MARY6 OWEN (LAWRENCE5, JOHN4, ROBERT3, EDWARD2, ROBERT1) was born December 02, 1795 in Clark Co, KY.  She married (1) FLEMING P. ROGERS March 28, 1811 in Clark Co, KY.    She married (2) JEREMIAH FOOTE May 04, 1829 in Jefferson Co, KY.  He died Bef. November 1836.  She married (3) DR. LEMUEL WILSON November 09, 1836 in Louisville, Jefferson Co, Kentucky. 


Notes for MARY OWEN:

Marriage Bond: Owen, Polly, daughter Lawrence Owen, consent and Fleming P. Rodgers; witness, James Sympson; surety, James P. Bullock; Mar 28 1811.


Mary and Rogers were divorced.


Mary and Lemuel moved to Indiana



Or spelled Rodgers



              i.     DR. HARDIN ROGERS, d. Probably MO.




              ii.     CHILD FOOTE.


Notes for CHILD FOOTE:

Killed in an accident



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