John Lines Owen


Son of Samuel Owen and Elizabeth Lines, father of James Owen and husband of Ann Sheriff

John was born in Maidford, Northamptonshire, and baptised at the Parish Church on 30th January 1825.

John married Ann Sheriff on 20th December 1848 in Abthorpe Parish Church, Northamptonshire where Ann then lived. Their respective ages were 24 and 29 and both sign their mark.  Witnesses at the wedding were Francis Henry Coldwell and William Marlsbury, a possible relative through Johnís grandmother Sarah Marlesbury. The Vicar was Thomas Coldwell, who may have been a relative of Francis.

The 1851 Census for Weedon Lois has John Owen then aged 26 and Ann aged 30.  Johnís employment is recorded as Agricultural labourer and his birth place as Maidford.

On the birth certificate of his son James on 7th June 1854, his occupation is given as labourer, he signs his mark and his address was Weston by Weedon, Northants.

The 1861 Census records John aged 36 and Ann 41. John is still an agricultural labourer but his wife is recorded as a Lace Maker. Two children are listed and approximate birth years are:

James Owen  born on 7th June 1854

Elizabeth Owen born c.1856

A son, George Thomas Owen, was born in May 1859, but died at three weeks of age on 20th May 1859

The 1871 Census Census for Weedon records Johnís occupation unchanged and his age 46 and that of Ann 51. Two further children are also listed and approximate birth years are:

Mary Ann Owen born c.1857.

Mary Martha Owen born mid 1861. She married Alfred Blick

Elizabeth would have been aged c.14 and could have been out at work, but it is not understood why Mary was not recorded in 1861.                                               

On the marriage certificate of his son, James, on 7th June 1877, his profession is recorded as a labourer.

The 1881 Census has John and Ann living with their daughter, Mary aged 19 and  the granddaughter of John and Ann, Lilly E (Emily) Owen (the illegitimate daughter of Mary). 

The 1891 Census has John, aged 66, living with his daughter and son in law, Alfred and Mary Martha Blick. Alfred was aged 31 and an Agricultural Labourer, born in Weedon and Mary was 29.  Also present were Lily Emily Owen, aged 12 and William Charles Owen, aged 8, both scholars and born in Lois Weedon.  William was also, presumably an illegitimate child of Mary

However, the 1901 Census has John, aged 76, living in Weedon Lois as a retired Agricultural Labourer with his daughter, Mary, and her husband Alfred Blick. Mary was aged 39 and Alfred 41, both born in Weston by Weedon

A gravestone in the churchyard records that John died on 23rd December 1901 aged 77 years and he was buried on 27th December.

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