GEORGE BOWEN ( 1722 - 1810 ) comes into the pages of Methodist history because of his friendship with John Wesley , David Jones ( Llan-gan ) , and others. He was the eldest son of James Bowen and Alice , daughter of Robert Rowe and m. Easter , daughter of William Thomas , Pentowyn, Carms. , and they had six sons and six daughters. Anne , one of the daughters, became the wife of the Rev. David Griffiths , Nevern . Llwyn-gwair served as a stepping stone for John Wesley on his journeyings to and from Ireland (see Wesley , Diaries ), whilst David Jones ( Llan-gan ) performed many missions in London on behalf of George Bowen — arranging financial matters and making inquiries about suitable schools to which Bowen 's children might be sent. He was high sheriff of Pembrokeshire in 1803 . Bowen played his part in the gathering together of troops to be used against the French who landed at Fishguard ( 1797 ). He was a good landlord ; Richard Fenton and others state that it was on Llwyn-gwair estate that marl was first used in north Pembrokeshire in order to improve the land. Bowen urged his tenants to gather seaweed ; it is reported that he used some machine wherewith to grind bones to be mixed with marl and seaweed. He d. 16 June 1810 and was buried at Nevern .
JAMES BEVAN BOWEN ( 1828 - 1905 ) was sheriff in 1862 and represented the county in Parliament for some years. His eldest son, Sir GEORGE BOWEN ( 1858 - 1940 ), m. Florence , only daughter of Frederick Corbyn , army surgeon in India ; he was educated at Cheltenham and Magdalen College , Oxford ; was prominent in the public life of Pembrokeshire — sheriff in 1914 , chairman of the county council in 1927 , etc.; and was created K.B.E. after the war of 1914-18 , his services to agriculture, amongst others, having been very valuable. Like some of his predecessors at Llwyn-gwair he was closely associated with the affairs of the marcher lordship of Cemais ; he was also a member of the Governing Body of the Church in Wales . He d. 3 July 1940 and was buried at Nevern .
Rev. Rhys Lewis Griffiths, B.D., (1914-84), Caerleon
Published date: 1959