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The Owens Family

The Owens Family

Joseph Owens was born about 1823 in Moore County, NC and in May 1843 he married Queen Northcott of Montgomery County, NC. Joseph managed to avoid the Civil War until 1864. A story about his enlistment has passed through the family for generations. I was told that the army (I am assuming the Confederates) came to Joseph's home and demanded his oldest son, Daniel. Joseph wouldn't give them his son, but apparently they were determined to take him. Daniel was only sixteen at the time and Joseph wouldn't let his boy go alone, so they took him too. Joseph was nearly 41 and it would be the last time his family ever saw him.

Whether the story actually happened that way or not, on April 3, 1864, Joseph and his son Daniel enlisted into the Confederacy at Camp Holmes according to the "NC Troops 1861 - 1865 A Roster" Vol. VII Infantry, editor Weymouth T. Jordan, Jr., page 81. They were in Company I. Both of them were captured at the Battle of Wilderness in Virginia May 5-6, 1864. They were sent to Point Lookout Prison in Maryland and later transferred to Elmira Prison in New York on July 25, 1864.

Joseph died at Elmira on August 28, 1864 of "chronic diarrhoea." Daniel was later paroled at Elmira on March 2, 1865 and transferred to James River, Virginia for exchange. Before he was able to go home, he was hospitalized in Richmond, Virginia, March 7, 1865 with debilitas and furloughed for thirty days.

Daniel must have returned home and told the family everything that happened to his father. Joseph's great-granddaughter told me the story and where Joseph was buried. When I checked the records, sure enough, Daniel and his father had been at Elmira and Joseph was listed as being buried there.

Murphy Owens, was Joseph's second son and my ggg-grandfather. Murphy married Matlilda Jordan and they resided on a farm in Montgomery County, NC. Their daughter, Carrie Alice Owens, was my gg-grandmother and she was born in 1875. She left home and moved to High Point, NC to work in a factory mill. She met Julius Robbins and they married in 1901. Their oldest son was Ollie Robbins, my great-grandfather, born in 1902. Sometime between 1908 and 1910, Julius disappeared. No one knows if something happened to him or if he simply abandoned Carrie, leaving her with three small boys to raise on her own. Hard times fell on Carrie after he disappeared. She took in washing and sewing to help make ends meet. Rumor has it that some of her boys were temporarily sent to an orphanage, but so far I have been unable to verify this.

Carrie had one more son named Mason in 1913, but she never remarried. He was fourteen when she died of pneumonia in 1927. Her other son, William Robbins, took him in until Mason could care for himself. Carrie is burried across from her parents at Shady Grove Christian Church Cemetery in Montgomery County, NC. Her grave reads, "Carrie A. Owens, wife of J. L. Robbins". For more information and to see a photo of Carrie and her husband Julius Robbins, see the Robbins Family.

The photo above is of the Owens Family. From left to right: Standing - Brantson Owens, Mary Owens, Joe Owens and Carrie Owens. Sitting - Marvin Owens, Murphy Owens, Matilda Jordan Owens, Opie Owens. Bottom - William Leon Owens.

This page was last updated February 7, 2001.