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OWEN , GRIFFITH ( 1647 - 1717 ), Quaker and medical man ;

son of Robert (q.v.) and Jane Owen , Dolserau , Dolgelley . He served as a medical man in Lancashire for some time before he emigrated in 1684 , with his aged parents, to Pennsylvania , where he settled in Merion (‘ Welsh Tract ’). He travelled much on behalf of his faith and it would seem that William Penn had a high opinion of him. He returned in 1695 , in which year he published Our Ancient Testimony , to controvert the views of George Keith . With his son he discovered a remedy for the ‘ Barbadoes distemper .’ [He d. in 1717 , ‘aged 70’ — see J. E. Griffith , Pedigrees , 201.]

Sources:

  • T. M. Rees , A history of the Quakers in Wales and their emigration to North America , 1925 ;
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Notable Welshmen (1700–1900) , 1908 ;
  • T. A. Glenn , Welsh Founders of Pennsylvania , Oxford, 1911-13 .

Author:

Reverend Thomas Mardy Rees, (1871-1953), Neath

Published date: 1959