On D. J. Owen 's death ( 7 Oct. 1710 ), his son Jeremy , a young man of considerable parts, was called ( 1711 ) to succeed him. The date of his birth is unknown; but he was educated at his uncle's Academy at Shrewsbury , where Thomas Perrott (q.v.) was his contemporary and friend. His uncle had imparted to him not only a sound classical scholarship but also the ‘moderate’ views associated with his name. Fresh troubles now broke out at Henllan , and another secession to Rhyd-y-ceisiaid ensued, led by Mathias Maurice (q.v.) and Henry Palmer (q.v.) . Undefined but self-confessed laxity of conduct on Jeremy Owen 's part compelled him to resign his pastorate, c. 1715 . He is found keeping school in London in 1718 ; in 1721-6 he was pastor at Petworth ; in 1726-32 at Barnet ; and in 1733-44 at Princes Risborough . He afterwards emigrated to America ( T. Rees , Hist. of Prot. Noncon. , 2nd ed., 294), and d. there at an unknown date.
In the meantime, Mathias Maurice 's published account ( 1727 ) of the Henllan disputes had provoked Jeremy Owen to a rejoinder, Golwg ar y Beiau sydd yn yr Hanes a Brintiwyd ynghylch Pedair i Bump Mlynedd i nawr, ym mherthynas i'r Rhwygiad a wnaethpwyd yn Eglwys Henllan yny Blynyddoedd 1707, 1708, 1709 ( Carmarthen , 1732/3 ; reprint, University of Wales Press , 1950 ), a pamphlet written in the raciest of idiomatic Welsh and with merciless dialectical skill. Owen 's other works are entered in Llyfryddiaeth y Cymry , under 1711 and 1713 ; but the ascription to him there of a funeral sermon on his uncle Charles Owen , 1746 , and of another work in the same year, is incorrect (see H. Egl. Ann. , iii, 360) — these were by JOSIAH OWEN ( 1711 - 1755 ), of Rochdale , who is in the D.N.B. He was certainly, on his own statement, one of the Bryn family — possibly a posthumous son of D. J. Owen (and therefore brother to Jeremy ), possibly a son of EVAN OWEN , of Cyffig parish, who is conjectured ( H. Egl. Ann. , iii, 338) to have been a fourth of the sons of Bryn .
Emeritus Professor Robert Thomas Jenkins, C.B.E., D.Litt., Ll.D., F.S.A., (1881-1969), Bangor
Published date: 1959