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OWEN , OWEN ( 1806 - 1874 ) divine and physician ;

b. in 1806 at Machynlleth, Mont. , according to Williams , Mont. Worthies , 218, but at Bancyfelin , Carmarthenshire , according to H. Egl. Ann. , i, 58. Educated for the Independent ministry at Carmarthen (perhaps c. 1830 ) and Highbury colleges, he held pastorates at Manorbier , Pembrokeshire , and Liskeard , Cornwall . In 1849 he undertook the pastorate of Mill Street chapel , Newport, Mon. , and though he relinquished it within a few months, he continued to live at Newport until 1854 at least. Subsequently, after joining the Established Church and spending some time at Birmingham , he emigrated to America where he practised medicine at Chicago till his death. Under the pseudonym ‘ Celatus ,’ he published the following works of a religious, educational, and scientific nature: The Working Saint , 1843 ; The Modern Theme , 1848 and 1854 ; A Glass of Wholesome Water , The Shepherd's Voice , The Taper for lighting the Sabbath School Lamps , c. 1854 ; The Public Pearl , 1854 ; and The Sources of Science , 1854 . He was also interested in astronomy , and lectured on that subject. His wife was Mary Anne Owen (below), authoress , most of whose fortune, as well as his own, he is said to have spent upon well-intentioned but impracticable projects. He d. in 1874 .

Sources:

  • R. Williams , Montgomeryshire Worthies , second ed., 1894 (2nd. ed.), 218-19;
  • Hanes Eglwysi Annibynnol Cymru , i, 58, iii, 379;
  • The Congregational Year Book , 1849-54 ;
  • NLW MS 9268, (422); 10329 (174).

Author:



His wife, MARY OWEN (d. c. 1870 ), was the daughter of David Beynon and granddaughter of John Beynon of Tre-wern (on the border between Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire ), sheriff of Cardiganshire in 1783 . In 1752 , under the pseudonym ‘ Celata ’, she published a small illustrated volume of dialogues and poems for the young, entitled The Early Blossom .

Sources:

  • R. Williams Montgomeryshire Worthies , second ed., 1894 (2nd ed.), 219;
  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present , 1908 ;
  • NLW MS 9268 (414).

Author:

Hywel David Emanuel, M.A., (1921-70), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959