Owen Ancestry in England Bartholomew Owen and Joanna William Owen and Lydia Joannah Owen and John Kerby David Kerby and Elizabeth Tarrant Asa Kerby and Martha Elizabeth Highsmith Elizabeth Kerby and John Joseph Sears Chesley Sears and Elizabeth C. McClanahan Malinda Margaret Sears and Scott Cyrus Freeman Lucy Jane Freeman and James Martin Lawson Donald VanHoosier Lawson and Iva Melvina Freeman Stephen Martin Lawson
Richard OWEN - b. about 1550. Married first 1576 Agnes WELLS, the mother of one daughter. Richard married second Jan. 14, 1580, Steventon Parish, Berkshire.
Joane DANIELL - b. about 1555-1560; d. after 1604. Daughter of Robert DANIEL. There is a separate narrative of a DANIELL family in England. Please read comments and use with CAUTION. The ancestry of Joane DANIELL remains undocumented.
Robert OWEN - bap. Nov. 7, 1683, Steventon Parish, Berkshire. Son of Richard OWEN and Joane DANIELL. Married Nove. 21, 1613, Steventon Parish, Berkshire.
Joane WHITE - b. about 1595.
The principal information sources for the OWEN family in America are "An Early Owen Connection," by Sue Mathys in The Virginia Genealogist, Vol. 25, pages 243-48, and "Owen-Kearby-Turley Connection," by Alberta Dennstedt in The Virginia Genealogist, published in three parts beginning on page 163 of Volume 23. Assistance in locating and interpreting these articles was given by Jann Babb. As noted in the narrative, undocumented sources provide some information. Additional information, particulary for the descendants of William and Lydia OWEN, is from the WorldConnect OWENS database prepared by Charles S. Owens.
Bartholomew OWEN - bap. Aug. 24, 1619, Steventon Parish, Berkshire, England; d. 1677/8, Surry Co., VA. Probable son of Robert OWEN and Joane WHITE. The earliest record of Bartholomew in America is 1658, but the related Court records in Surry Co., VA from 1658 to late 1660 indicate he was probably well established had some sort of dispute with Thomas GRAY, an early Planter. The Court found that Bartholomew was guilty of scandalous and defamatory language in the case.On Oct. 17, 1659, Bartholomew served on an Inquest Jury in an accidental death. He was a Church Warden of Southwark Parish in 1661. In a land sale of Mar. 1, 1661 and cattle sale of Apr. 1, 1662, Bartholomew was called Gentleman. On Nov. 3, 1663, Bartholomew lost a suit and forfeited 2129 pounds of tobacco, and in 1664 he was co-surety on a King's bond of 10,000 pounds of tobacco. These and other land and Court records between 1658 and 1670 indicate that Bartholomew OWEN held considerable wealth in land and commodities and was called upon to serve the community in positions of trust and responsibility. Bartholomew may have been married first on May 9, 1641 in England to Ann CHARLES, by whom he had no known children. Bartholomew's wife is named as Joanna in a conveyance dated Jan. 3, 1670, and in the Sep. 9, 1674 sale of 150 acres in Surry Co., VA to William FOREMAN. A 648 acre land patent by Bartholomew on May 14, 1673, and a 1689 patent by Edmund JENNINGS including headrights for Robert OWEN, Jone OWEN and William OWEN, together the the absence of Bartholomew from Court records from early 1670 to mid 1673, suggests that the family may have made a trip to England during this time. Bartholomew granted a power of attorney to Nicholas Meriweather on Oct. 8, 1677, and on Jan. 31, 1677/8, Jone OWEN was granted administration of the estate of Bartholomew OWEN, deceased. The estate was inventoried and appraised at 30 pounds by Will FOREMAN and John MORING on Feb. 14, 1677 in Surrey Co., VA. Married Joanna about 1666.
Joanna - b. about 1652; d. after 1704, New Kent Co., VA. It has been suggested that she was the daughter of either Edmond JENNINGS or Christopher LEWIS. On Apr. 17, 1693, Joanna deposed that she was "about 40 years." She had four minor children when she was name administrator of her husband's estate. Married second in James City to Thomas BROOKES (d. 1695, Henrico Co., VA; will dated Feb. 23, 1694/5 and proved Oct. 1695).
See Notable Cousins for line to: Laura Lane (WELCH) BUSH
William OWEN - b. about 1673, VA; d. 1753, Halifax Co.,
VA. Son of Bartholomew OWEN and Joanna.
Lived in Henrico, Goochland (about 1729-1731), Lunenburg, and
Halifax (by 1750) Counties, VA. Will dated Oct. 23, 1752, and
proved Sep 18, 1753. The birth years and order of his children is not known.
Lydia - d. before 1753. It has been suggested that her surname may be LANSFORD.