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John Ransom Owens is one marker off from George Owen, Elijah Owen b. NC, Frederick Fleming b. 1820, William Sterling Moore b. 1700 and Larrin B Morris b. 1859 GA

In his young life he follows were Elijah is at, then goes to SC. In Buncombe in 1810 there is a William, Abel, James, Mosley, and Wilson Owen. Since John named his first son William, that could indicate that William is his father. But this is not my line. Elijah's bunch in in Haywood Co, NC as Owen, George, Jesse and Thomas. Haywood was split from Buncombe in 1805. This could also show why the one marker difference with one line being in buncombe and the other in Haywood Co, NC. Just a thought not a conclusion.

John Ransom Owens b. 8/9/1805 Crabtree Creek, Bucombe Co, NC
D 2/15/1891 Jackson County NC
Married Sarah Ann Fore b. 1807 in Middle Creek, Haywood Co, NC

Daughter Owens 1826
William Riley Owens 1828 Macon Co NC
John W Owens 1832 Macon Co NC
Martha Jane Owens 12/29/1833 Pickens Dist, SC
Sarah Ann Lavida Owens 4/21/1836 Pickens Dist SC
Lucinda E Owens 1840 Oconee Co, SC
Permelia Elizabeth Owens 1844 Pickens Dist SC
John Lewis Owens 1846 Pickens SC

Married Mary Ann Edney b. 1834 SC

Thomas Andrew K Owens 1852 Pickens Dist SC
David M Owens 1857 Pickens Dist SC
Jesse F H Owens 1860 Pickens Dist SC
Benjamin Franklin Harrison Owens 1867 Salem, Oconee Co, Pickens Dist SC
Ary Josephine Owens 1870 Pickens Dist SC

Information by Helen Lewis, Greenville, SC


For the father of James Owen, all we have to go on are
the publications of one of his ggggrandsons, Jesse R.
Owen -

"Such names as John, and Jesse, Thomas, and William,
were common in the family through many generations.
Among these were men of character, worth, and
achievement. There were physicians, educators,
ministers, and scientists. The Owens never turned very
much to politics. One, John Owen, was Governor of
North Carolina for two years only, 1828-1830. Only
very rarely is the name found among the records of
state legislatures. But they were patriotic to a very
high degree. William Owen, a great uncle of Jesse
Owen, fought in the Battle of Cowpens, January 17,
1781, under Lieutenant Colonel Howard's bayonet charge
upon the enemy that won the day for the Americans. A
half brother of William, George Owen, fought in the
same battle. In the Battle of Guilford Courthouse,
March 15, 1781, John Owen fought in the North Carolina
Militia under General Butler, and though this division
of the militia did not give a very good account of
itself, it is recorded that John Owen was a brave and
courageous soldier. Thomas, the great-grandfather of
Jesse Owen, was killed in the Battle of Eutaw." The
Jesse he's referring to here was his father, the son
of John W. Owen.

According to DNA results, our Owen line is related to
the John Ransom Owen and Elijah Owen line.

Haywood Co., NC 1820 census:
William Owen, George Owen, Elijah Owen, Pleasant Owen,
Owen Owen. Our James is next door in Buncombe County
(present Transylvania) in 1820.

What became of William Owen? Could the above half
brother George be the George Owen b. @1770 in NC or
VA, wife Nancy? Was John Ransom Owen b. 8-9-1805 one
of their children? Per Doris Parton, their children
1. Jacob born ca 1804-05 m Elizabeth Leatherwood
2. Peter born 1801-02
3. Hezekiah m 21 Mar 1826 Lucinda McCamish (probably
same as McCamy family)
4. ? Jesse grant in 1815 and 1818, chain bearer John
5. Catherine m 13 June 1819 Haywood Co. NC to George
H. Palmer
6. ? William m 3 Aug 1810 to Margaret Tilly m Haywood
Co. NC
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