Benjamin Owen was born in 1787 in New Jersey, believed to have been the son of John and (?) (Pool) Owen.
Benjamin's grandfather is known to have "emigrated from Wales in the early part of the eighteenth century, and located in New Jersey, where he married, and reared a family of children" said the 1893 Commemorative Biographical Record of Washington County, Pennsylvania.
Benjamin's wife, Mary "Rebecca" Day, also was born in about 1787 in New Jersey.
As young adults, the Owenses migrated to the wilds of southwestern Pennsylvania, making their home in Morris Township, Washington County.
Their seven known offspring were Mary B. Owen, Aaron Owen, Benjamin Owen Jr., Elias Owens, Elizabeth "Betsy" Johnston, Emily Jennings, Levina Young and Rebecca Johnston.
Census records show Benjamin Owen living in Morris Township in 1810, with two children in the household. That year, one of his neighbors was Daniel Johnston. As their daughter Elizabeth Owen was not born until 1816, back in New Jersey, this suggests that Benjamin and Mary Rebecca traveled to and from frequently in settling in the wilderness of their new home.
Their whereabouts in 1820 are not yet known. The 1830 and 1840 censuses show the family in Morris Township, with three acults and three children in the household in 1830, and two children and three adults in 1840, with Aaron Owen living next door.
Benjamin's health declined steeply in the spring of 1865, and he dictated a last will and testament on May 14, 1865. His wishes were that any household goods on hand at the time of his demise were to be equally divided between his wife and eldest, unmarried daughter Mary. Mary was to keep two cows and 10 or a dozen sheep. To his son Aaron, he bequeathed "all of my share of the farming utensils and all of the stock except what my daughter Mary takes and he is to pay all my Debts and funeral charges and everything." He then gave his 100-acre farm to Mary and Aaron to share equally, and the farm to his daughter Elizabeth Johnston where she was then living in Morris Township, Greene County. After a reasonable time for Aaron to complete payments to friend Ezekiel Braden, for a farm he had purchased, Aaron was to pay his sister Emily Jennings $300.
Within a week or two, Benjamin had died, sometime by or before June 5, 1865.
At the age of 83, in 1870, the widowed Mary Rebecca made her home with her son Aaron and his wife and eight children in Wind Ridge, Richhill Township, Greene County, PA, with her married children Emily and Benjamin living in next door homes.
When the federal census enumeration was made in 1880, Mary Rebecca at age 80 lived in the household of her son Elias near West Union, Morris Township, Washington County. At that time, marked the census-taker, she suffered from rheumatism.
Evidence suggests that she passed away in 1884 in Morris Township.
Just after the end of the American Revolutionary War, in 1792, Wind Ridge had been the site of a blockhouse constructed under the command of Capt. James Paul to protect local settlers agains Native Indian raids. On April 17, 1792, soldiers carrying supplies from the mill owned by Thomas Ryerson were attacked by a native war party in the area.
~ Daughter Mary B. Owen ~
Daughter Mary B. Owen (1810-1872) was born in 1810 in New Jersey and came to Morris Township as a girl.
She never married, or learned to read and write, but lived at home with her parents her entire life, on a farm in Richhill Township, Greene County, PA.
At age 60 in 1870, census records show that she dwelled with her aged mother and brother Aaron together in Richhill..
In May 1871, her health declining, Mary wrote a will. Under its terms, her brother Aaron was to be reimbursed for "reasonable charges ... for trouble and labor borne and done by him on account of my sickness..." She also stated that Aaron was to inherit her 50-acre farm and related buildings as conveyed by their father, as well as her cows and sheep. Aaron also was to receive her two bedsteads and large dining table.
She also bequeathed $200 each to her married sisters Elizabeth Johnston and Emily Jennings, to be paid in installments over three years, as well as the balance of her household goods, "to be divided by themselves as nearly equal as they can." Her brother Benjamin Owen Jr. and friend Stephen Winget witnessed the signing of the will.
Mary passed into eternity in 1872 at the age of 62.
~ Son Aaron Owen ~
Son Aaron Owen (1821-1888) was born in 1821 or 1827 in either New Jersey or in Washington County, PA. It is possible that he was a twin with his brother Elias.
He may have been named for an uncle, Aaron Owen (1800- ? ), married to Mary (1801), both natives of New Jersey who also migrated to Morris Township, Washington County.
Our Aaron was wedded twice, first to Maria Roberts (1829-1868) -- her maiden name also has been given as "Porter." They were the parents of Mary Elizabeth McKean, Rebecca Owen, Asa Owen, Emily Jennings "Emma" Dinsmore, Addison M. Owen, Albert Owen, Ezekiel "Braden" Owen and Maria Laura Louage.
Sadly, Maria passed away on Aug. 2, 1868, at the age of 42 years, 7 months and 22 days, possibly in childbirth with their daughter Maria Laura.
After a year or two as a widower, Aaron was wedded a second time to Mary McKean (1831-1892), who was a decade younger. They produced a daughter, Sarah Jean "Jennie" Owen, born on Aug. 27, 1870.
The Owenses appear together in the federal censuses of Richhill Township, Greene County, PA in 1870 and 1880. The family attended the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Circa 1876, when the Atlas of Greene County, Pennsylvania was published by J.A. Caldwell, the map of Richhill Township showed a cluster of Owen family farms east of Crows Mills, and north of Durbin's Mill, bounded by the Dunkard Fork of Wheeling Creek, Stone Coal Run and Crabapple Creek. Aaron was named with a farm of 325 acres, with Samuel Jennings' farm of 113 acres to the southwest, Benjamin Owen's farm of 150 acres to the southeast, and John McKean's farm of 100 acres to the northeast.
With his health failing in the summer of 1887, Aaron wrote a will. Friends Stephen Knight and Lindsey Gray were present and saw him sign the document. Aaron stated at the outset that he was "of sound mind and well disposing memory, and haveing a desire to settle my worldly affairs whilst I have a capacity to do so I make this my last will and testament...." He wrote that as long as she remained his widow, Mary was to inherit their home and all of his househood goods, and to keep two cows on the farm. He reserved that a bed and bedding should go to his son Braden ("Brady") and a setting for his daughter Jennie, as the other daughters had received before her. He also spelled out that his sons should share the balance of the estate but that they were to furnish their stepmother with "all necessary comforts of life such as provision & clothing & pay all her doctor bills & funeral expences & furnish her fuel and take good care of her in sickness & in health and furnish her feed & grass for her cows & a garden lot." He also stated that the sons should pay $500 each to their six sisters in installments over five years.
Aaron passed away on May 19, 1888, at 11 a.m. His son Braden was present at the end.
Mary lived for another nearly four years. She died at home near Durbin's Mill, Greene County on Jan. 23, 1892, having been brought low with la grippe and pneumonia. In an obituary, the Waynesburg Democrat said that the " remains were brought to this place Saturday. Funeral services were conducted by Revs. Swain and McGarvey at the C.P. Church, after which the body was conveyed to the Jacksonville cemetery, there to await the resurrection morn."
Daughter Mary Elizabeth Owen (1849-1923) was born on Aug. 5, 1849 in Morris Township, Washington County. On Oct. 22, 2868, in a ceremony led by Rev. Stephen Wingett in the home of Samuel Jennings in Prosperity, Washington County, she was wedded to Civil War veteran and farmer John McKean (Aug. 22, 1839-1920). John was the son of James and Jane (Leech) McKean, the father having emigrated from Ireland. John stood 6 feet tall, with a fair complexion, brown eyes and dark hair. They produced nine known children -- Aaron Owen McKean, Olivia May McKean, John Iams McKean, Rebecca Abigail McKean, Mary Elizabeth McKean, Margaret Linnie McKean, Braden Lantz "Brady" McKean, Albert Addison McKean and Emma Orpha McKean. John once wrote that "I cast my first Vote for Abriham Lincoln in the faul of his first running for president the first time."
On Sept. 18, 1862, at Jacktown/Wind Ridge, Greene County, John enlisted in the Union Army and was assigned to serve in the 18th Pennsylvania Cavalry, Company C, commanded by Capt. Frederick Zanacher. Early in his military tenure, Henry and the 18th Cavalry were stationed in the vicinity of the District of Columbia, defending the city against possible enemy invasion. He was captured twice during the war, the first time on or about Feb. 28, 1863. He was exchanged in Loudoun County, VA and sent to Parole Camp in Banks, VA. During Gen. Robert E. Lee's invasion of Pennsylvania, the 18th Cavalry traveled from Culpeper Court House toward Washington DC and then toward Pennsylvania, with John contracting hemorrhoids. He and the 18th saw action at Hanover (June 30, 1863) and Gettysburg (July 2, 1863). The Gettysburg fight took place at the very southern tip of the battlefield near Big Round Top. The 18th was part of what scholars have called a "suicidal attack" led by Gen. Elon Farnsworth. Under heavy fire, the 18th retreated, and John was spared injury. Then on July 7, 1873, he was taken prisoner at Hagerstown, MD. He moved with the Confederate army until he reached the prison camp at Belle Isle in Richmond at the end of July. He remained there and contracted typhoid fever and pneumonia. Along with other sick POWs, he was paroled/exchanged in August 1863, and was sent via a steamer to Annapolis, MD. A friend saw him at Annapolis and noted that John "was greatly emaciated and I did not expect to see him again for I thought he could not survive." He was treated in Annapolis for several months and in November 1863 was ordered to an army hospital in West Philadelphia, remaining there until February 1864. Later, the 18th was involved at Brandy Station, Germania Ford (May 4, 1864), Kilpatrick's Raid (Feb. 28, 1864), Spotsylvania, Yellow Tavern (May 11, 1864), White Oak Swamp and Winchester (Sept. 19, 1864). While in Winchester, the hemorrhoids flaired up and he showed them to the regimental surgeon. Boyhood friend Barney Hughes, of the 1st West Virginia Infantry, saw him at that time and noted that he was riding on his hip astride his horse. He received an honorable discharge on July 10, 1865 while in Cumberland, MD.
The following year, he and friend Hughes worked together cutting corn for farmer Robert Carroll, but John was forced to stop when his hemorrhoids again caused discomfort. In the postwar years, the McKeans made their home in Aleppo and Richhill Townships. Some years after returning home, suffering from the after-effects of typhoid fever, John applied for a military pension on Nov. 8, 1879, and it was awarded. [Invalid App. #320.831 - Cert. #233.684] During a routine physical examination by army surgeons in Wheeling, WV in 1883, he was advised that the disability had ceased, and the pension ended. John filed for restoration, citing the typhoid and hemorrhoids. Coming forward to provide supporting written testimony were friends Hughes, Benjamin F. McGinniss, Daniel W. Vannatta, Dennis Murphy, William Rum, Samuel H. Roach and Thomas Filby. At other times, he called upon other friends for written affidavits, among them Abraham V. Dille, John Johnson, William Patterson, Alexander McKean, Samuel H. Roach and Dr. Jesse Mundell. Circa 1899, their home was in Burnsville/West Finley, Washington County, and in about 1902 they relocated to 859 Jefferson Avenue in Washington, Washington County. At the age of 80, John contracted a deadly case of influenza and pneumonia and succumbed on Feb. 11, 1920, with interment in Washington Cemetery. Mary only outlived her husband by three years and began receiving his monthly pension payments. [Widow App. #1.153.897 - Cert. #888.093] She joined him in death on Jan. 4, 1923, having suffered a stroke. B.L. McKean of Washington was the informant for the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. [Find-a-Grave]
Again a sad message lays before us. The seal broken. We are made to realize that another loved one in our native state has been called away. Thus, one by one, are forming that happy throng, making Heaven more sweeter and our Saviour more precious.... [She] was one of God's choicest flowers, a favorite worker in his vinehard, and a favorite among her many friends.
Daughter Rebecca Owen (1851-1923) was born in about 1851 in Morris Township, Washington County. She was joined in marriage with Joseph S. Carroll. The Carrolls produced a daughter and perhaps more -- Elizabeth M. "Lizzie" Carroll, born in 1878. Circa 1880, their home was next door to her parents' in Richhill Township, Greene County. When Rebecca's aunt Emily (Owen) Jennings died in 1899, Rebecca -- now living in Wetzel County, WV -- was named as an heir in the estate.
Son Asa Owen (1853- ? ) was born in about 1853 in Morris Township, Washington County.
Daughter Emily Jennings "Emma" Owen (1856-1930) was born in about 1856. in Morris Township, Washington County, PA. She was wedded to Joseph Minton Dinsmore (Feb. 3, 1855-1930), the son of Henry and Lydia (McKeryan) Dinsmore of Greene County, PA. The couple produced three known children -- Owen S. Dinsmore, Louella Viola "Ella" Dinsmore and Bertha L. Dinsmore. Circa 1880, the young family lived on a farm in Aleppo Township, Greene County. They lived just a few houses away from the families of widower Thomas A. Hinerman and widow Melissa Ann (Hupp) Ullom. Their residence in 1899 was in Cameron, Marshall County, WV. By 1920, they had relocated into the city of Moundsville, Marshall County, where where Joseph earned a living as a furniture merchant. Their home was at 1010 Second Street. Joseph was burdened with senility and as he reached the age of 75 was having severe bouts of diarrhea. He succumbed on March 10, 1930. Interment was in Mount Rose Cemetery in Moundsville. Emily only survived her husband by eight months. Stricken with cancer of the uterus, she died at the age of 74 on Nov. 19, 1930 in Moundsville, Marshall County.
Daughter Victorene Owen (1858- ? ) was born in about 1858 in Morris Township, Washington County. She was united in holy matrimony with William Burt ( ? - ? ). Circa 1899, the Burts dwelled in Dallas, Marshall County, WV. Victorene is believed to have been deceased by 1938.
Son Addison M. Owen (1863-1938) was born on July 1, 1863 in Richhill Township, Greene County, PA. On Dec. 1, 1882, when he was age 19, Addison was wedded to 19-year-old Mary Frances Parsons (May 27, 1863-1940), daughter of Spencer B. and Elizabeth (Grimes) Parsons. Their seven children were Charles B. Owen, Spencer A. Owen, Oscar Owen, Ava Ruth McCracken, Albert S. Owen, Lulu Owen and Earl R. Owen. The family dwelled for decades as farmers in Richhill Township, Greene County, with a postal address of West Finley. They were longtime members of the Wind Ridge Presbyterian Church. On Dec. 1, 1938, the couple celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. But suffering from chronic heart disease for years, added to a deadly case of lobar pneumonia at the age of 75, Addison passed away three days after Christmas in 1938. His remains were placed at rest in the Wind Ridge Cemetery, and an obituary was published in the Waynesburg Democrat Messenger. Son Earl Ray Owen of West Finley was the informant on the official Pennsylvania certificate of death. Mary survived as his widow for only a little more than a year, afflicted with anemia, kidney disease and hardening of the arteries. She followed him to the grave on the second day of the new year in 1940.
Son Albert Owen (1861-1937) was born on Dec. 11, 1861 in Morris Township, Washington County. At the age of 28, in 1900, he was still single and lived under the roof of his married brother Addison Owen in Richhill Township, Greene County. He was a lifelong farmer. At some point he married, and it's only known that he outlived his wife. Suffering from chronic heart ailments, he was admitted to Dixmont Hospital for the Insane in Kilbuck Township, near Pittsburgh. There, at the age of 76, Albert was taken in death on Feb. 24, 1937. His remains were lowered into eternal repose in Wind Ridge Cemetery. His nephew Spencer A. Owen, a funeral home director in Pittsburgh's Hazelwood neighborhood, signed the Pennsylvania death certificate.
Son Ezekiel Braden "Brady" Owen (1865- ? ) was born on March 30, 1865 in Morris Township, Washington County. He was named after a family friend in Richhill Township. At the death of his father in 1888, Braden was named as an heir in the last will and testament and given the right to remain in the family homeplace as long as he desired. That same year, 1888, the 23-year-old Braden married Emma A. Jordan (Jan. 1865-1957). They were longtime farmers in Richhill Township, Greene County in 1900, receiving their mail at the Durbin post office. Their five known offspring were Lillian L. Shaffer, Wilma Aiken, Elsie Braddock, Stella M. Owen, Stanley E. Owen. The Owenses were faithful members of the Wind Ridge Presbyterian Church, where Brady served as an elder and a teacher in the men's Sunday School class. At the age of 72, on the fateful day of Sept. 6, 1936, despondent over ill health, Brady walked to a deep ravine about 1,000 feet from his home and placed a .22 caliber rifle against the center of his forehead and pulled the trigger, dying instantly. Son Stanley discovered the body. The county coroner ruled his death as suicide. Interment was in Wind Ridge Cemetery, following funeral services in the home and then at the family church. An obituary in the Waynesburg Democrat-Messenger referred to Brady as a "prominent farmer and stock raiser of West Finley" and that he "was one of the most widely-known men in western Greene County."
Daughter Maria Laura Owen (1868-1942) was born on April 20, 1868 in Morris Township, Washington County. It's believed that her mother died in or after the childbirth. In about 1885, Maria married Frank Louage (April 1859- ? ), a native of New York and a farmer. The Louages resided on a farm in McConnell's Mills, Chartiers Township, Washington County circa 1899-1900. Their four known children were Mary V. Louage, George Louage, Jean Louage and Myrtle Louage plus one who died young. Their home in 1896 was in West Finley, Washington County. In February 1920, on behalf of her sister Mary McKean, Maria and Frank signed their names as witnesses to a declaration for a widow's Civil War pension. Maria outlived her husband. She spent her final years at 975 Allison Avenue in Washington, Washington County. She was named in the 1938 Waynesburg Democrat-Messenger obituary of her brother Addison. Toward the end of her life, she was senile and had arthritis, and when contracting bronchial pneumonia spiraled toward death. She passed on Feb. 9, 1942, at the age of 73. Mrs. Jean McCoy of Washington signed the death certificate. Burial was in Washington Cemetery.
Daughter Sarah "Jean" Owen (1870-1944) was born on Aug. 27, 1870. She was unmarried in 1892 at the time of the death of her mother. Jean eventually was wedded to William H. Hagerty Sr. (1864- ? ). The couple produced one known son, William H. Hagerty Jr. They resided in the Wind Ridge area for decades and were members of the Wind Ridge Presbyterian Church. In about 1934, Jean was admitted to the Curry Home near Waynesburg, and remained as a patient for a decade. She suffered from hardening of the arteries and died there after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage on Oct. 22, 1944, at the age of 74. Burial was in Oak Spring Cemetery in Washington County, with Mrs. Krause of 650 East Maiden Street in Washington signing the death certificate. An obituary was published in the Waynesburg Democrat.
~ Son Elias Owen ~
Son Elias Owen (1821-1896) was born in about 1821 in Morris County, NJ. It is believed that he may have been a twin with his brother Aaron.
On Nov. 3, 1842, he married Sarah Auld (1824-1904). One of her brothers was James Auld of Washington, PA.
They were the parents of Caroline Robertson, Mary Ann Reese/Reeves and John Owen.
Their home in 1860-1870 was in Morris Township, Washington County, with Elias making a living as a farmer. In 1860, they dwelled within a short distance of Elias' parents and brothers Aaron and Benjamin Jr. and their families.
When Caldwell's Illustrated Historical Centennial Atlas of Washington Co., Pennsylvania was published in 1876, Elias's 170-acre farm was depicted along the southern border of Morris Township, to the northwest of the village of West Union.
The federal census enumeration of 1880 shows the family remaining in Morris Township. Elias headed a household which included his 36-year-old daughter, two Robertson grandchildren and 80-year-old mother Mary.
At the age of 77, Elias contracted a fatal case of typhoid fever and succumbed to the spectre of death on Sept. 8, 1896, at home near West Union, Morris Township. An obituary in the Waynesburg Democrat noted that he was survived by his wife and two adult daughters. Burial was in West Union Cemetery, following funeral services led by Rev. J.R. Morris.
Daughter Caroline Owen (1844- ? ) was born in about 1844. On Nov. 3, 1867, she married Milton Robertson ( ? - ? ). Their two known children were Cora Robertson and Elias Frank Robertson. When the United States Census was made in 1880, the 35-year-old Caroline and her two children lived with her parents near West Union, Morris Township, with Milton residing next door with his single sisters and nephew. In 1896, her home remained near West Union. Research by others hints that death overtook her on Sept. 18, 1898. This needs to be confirmed.
Daughter Mary Ann Owen (1854- ? ) was born on Feb. 21, 1854 and grew up in Morris Township, Washington County. She entered into marriage with Benjamin Franklin "Frank" Reeves (1852-1932). Together, the couple produced the following children -- Florence Estelle Reeves, Sarah Emma "Sadie" Reeves, John Oliver Reeves, Charles Owen Reeves, James Blaine Reeves, Stephen Lawrence Reeves and Carrie Mae Reeves. Circa 1896-1920, they dwelled on a farm on Dividing Ridge near West Union. The federal census of 1920 shows that two of their grandchildren were in the household -- Florence E. Reeves (age 9) and Pearl M. Reeves (5) -- with the girls contiuing to dwell there as of 1930. Widowed by 1935, Mary Ann relocated to the District of Columbia, and lived with her unmarried daughter Sarah. She passed away a year later, on April 5, 1941.
If every citizen of Akron could have seen what happened at the South Main street grade crossing early last evening, it would be an easy matter to organize a public demand for doing away with these death crossings in Akron. A fast trai, speeding to Akron from the west, struck Charles O. Reeves, an Akron rubber worker, aged twenty-nine. His body was hurled thirty feet beyond the crossing, and fell beside the tracks, where it lay bleeding and mangled. A little group of people gathered about the limp and inert form, and they wondered whose was the face that was staring at them there from the roadbed, a face pallid as death in the moonlight. After a little while the ambulance came, but the young man was dead before the conveyance reached the hospital. Within a few minutes the death crossing was the same as if nothing had happened. The guard gates were raised and lowered as the trains rushed by, and the procession of people and vehicles came and went. Only the watchman in the tower was there to remember the tragedy. And somewhere in Cleveland a young wife was sorrowing to receive the news of her husband's untimely death. And yet this fatality was only one of many that have occurred at the Main street crossing, and that will continue to happen there and at other Akron crossings so long as the elimination of these death traps does not get past the conversational stage in Akron's City Council. For more than ten years, in every political campaign, candidates have appealed for votes upon the pledge that they would do away with Akron's grade crossings. The candidates have been elected, and they have forgotten, or pleased that the city's financial resources would not permit the improvements to be made. Meanwhile the city has grown and grown, and thousands of workingmen and working women and their children now traverse the crossings every day, where in earlier years hundreds passed. Isn't it time that this question were taken out of the zone of public convenience and the vote seekers' slogan class and put where it belongs, in the list of emergency legislation that will be followed up until the death traps have been removed? Charles Reeves came here to make a home in Akron, as a workman in one of Akron's busiest mills He had finished his day's work and was homeward bound, and the City of Opportunity gave him -- DEATH!
Great-granddaughter Jessie F. Reeves (1925- ? ) was born in about 1925.
Son John Owen (1856- ? ) was born in about 1856 in or near Morris Township, Washington County. His fate is not yet known.
~ Daughter Emily (Owen) Jennings ~
Daughter Emily Owen (1827-1898) was born in about 1827 in Washington County, PA.
She was joined in holy wedlock with Samuel M. Jennings (1819-1882). They spent their lives as farmers but did not reproduce.
The federal census of 1870 shows the couple living in Richhill Township, Greene County, PA, with Emily's brother Benjamin Jr. and Aaron and their families next door.
Circa 1876, when the Atlas of Greene County, Pennsylvania was published by J.A. Caldwell, the map of Richhill Township showed a cluster of Owen family farms east of Crows Mills, and north of Durbin's Mill, bounded by the Dunkard Fork of Wheeling Creek, Stone Coal Run and Crabapple Creek. Samuel's farm was shown as well as his brother-in-law Aaron Owen ( 325 acres), brother-in-law Benjamin Owen Jr. (150 acres) and nephew John McKean (100 acres).
They were members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Wind Ridge. The Waynesburg Democrat newspaper once said that she "was a noble christian character, having long been a member of the C.P. Church. Her life is worthy of example."
Sadly, Aaron died on Nov. 18, 1882 at the age of 63 years, 6 months and 29 days. The cause of his early passing is not known. His remains were interred in the Wind Ridge Cemetery, with a large upright grave marker still standing circa 2015, when photographed by the founder of this website.
As a widow, Emily and her widowed sister Elizabeth "Betsy" (or "Betty") Johnston made their home together. Circa the 1890s, she owned two town lots along Main Street in Jacksonville, Greene County.
Emily passed away on July 15, 1892. An obituary in the Democrat noted that she had succumbed "after many weeks of patient suffering" and that "Rev. Cooper and Rev. Swain conducted the funeral services the day following in the presence of a large crowd. Her remains were interred in the Jacksonville cemetery."
As she did not leave a last will and testament, and had no children, the law called for her assets to be equally divided among her 26 nephews and nieces and their spouses. In a power of attorney document still on file today at the Greene County Courthouse in Waynesburg, George Jennings (relationship unknown) of Richhill Township was named to manage the liquidation of the estate. (See Greene County Deed Book 78, pages 518-522.)
~ Daughter Levina (Owen) Young ~
Daughter Levina Owen (1829-1912) was born on July 15, 1829 in Washington County, PA.
When she was 18 years of age, in 1847, she was wedded to 30-year-old John Young (1817- ? ). The couple were 13 years apart in age.
The Owenses went on to produce 11 children, among them Thomas Young, Mary Young, Rebecca Young, Aaron Young, Sidney Headley, Emaline Young, Elizabeth Young, Amanda Young, Silas Young, Clarissa "Clara" Young and Daisy Young.
The federal censuses of 1860, 1870 and 1880 show the family residing on a farm in or near the small community of Nineveh, Morris Township, Greene County, PA.
Reported the Waynesburg Democrat newspaper, "Mrs. Young gave her heart to God early in life and lived a true christian; she was a living examle to her children and grandchildren, and a blessing to the community."
John passed away sometime between 1880 and 1900.
Circa 1896, at the death of her brother Elias, Levina was mentioned in the newspaper obituary. In 1900, the widowed Levina resided with her sons Thomas (divorced, age 51) and Silas (35) in Morris Township. At some point, she relocated to Milford, Miami Township, Clermont County, OH.
Levina suffered from kidney failure over a number of years. She succumbed in her home in Milford at the age of 82 in May 1912. An obituary was printed in her old hometown newspaper, the Democrat, which noted that:
She had suffered much, having been an invalid for more than twoyears, but God has wiped away all tears from her eyes. There is no more pain, neither is there to her anymore death, for she has proven Him to be conqueror over all and is resting in His presence, awaiting the coming of those who are yet on the way to the other shore. In her last illness she asked some one to sing "Rock of Ages," and as the old familiar hymn was sung, she was too weak to join in the singing but repeated the words as her face shone with the light of Heaven. She had hidden away with Him. As one who seemed to delight in speaking of God's goodness to her over and over she would say as the day was closing "When thou sittest upon thy throne, remember me, and as the faithful ones who watched by her side bended low to hear the faint whisper they would hear her say, "He will never forget me." She fell asleep in Jesus with the assurance that He would call her home, and that this body would be raised a spiritual body to dwell with Him forever. The remains were laid to rest by the side of her husband in Green Grove cemetery, there to await the resurrection morn.
Son Thomas M. Young (1848-1931) was born on June 28, 1848. At the age of 22, in 1870, he was unmarried and lived at home, helping his father with farm chores. He eventually married but, unfortunately, was divorced by 1900. That year, census records show Thomas at age 51, living with his single brother Silas and their widowed mother in Morris Township. He became a retail grocer and worked in this field for many years, retiring in about 1921. In 1931, his home was at 117 Hall Avenue in Washington, Washington County, PA. At the age of 82, Thomas was felled by a stroke of apoplexy, and when added to pneumonia, he died on April 3, 1931. Burial was in Washington Cemetery, with Alberta Depoe providing key details for the death certificate.
Daughter Mary Young (1850- ? ) was born in about 1850.
Daughter Rebecca Young (1851-1923) was born on May 16, 1851. She was joined in holy matrimony with John McGinnis ( ? - ? ). In the early 1920s, following John's demise, Rebecca made her home in Milford, Miami Township, Clermont County. OH, and was supported by her late husband's pension. On June 1, 1923, already burdened with hardening of the arteries and senility, she suffered a stroke and lingered for two months until death finally enveloped her. She died on July 31, 1923, at the age of 72. Interment was in Milford.
Son Aaron Young (1854- ? ) was born in about 1854. It is possible that his full name was "Aaron Owen Young" -- that he moved to Milford, Clermont County, OH in about 1906 -- and that at some point prior to 1906, he and a brother relocated to Alberta, Canada, where they renounced their American allegiance and became Canadian citizens. Reported the Cincinnati Enquirer on Feb. 12, 1911: "Now the question is, since they have been absent from Canada for five years, hence probably canceling their citizenship to that country, if they desire to become citizens of this country again from whom are they to forswear allegiance?" This case of identity needs to be confirmed.
Daughter Sidney Young (1855-1945) was born on Feb. 13, 1855 in Nineveh, Greene County. She was wedded to Gilbert Lafayette Headley (Nov. 4, 1856-1954), a native of Bristoria, Greene County and the son of Elias and Lydia (Wright) Headley. They had one known son, Victor Leander Headley. In about 1902, they moved to a new home in Washington, Washington County, PA. Their address in 1945 was 69 Campbell Avenue. Suffering from hardening of the arteries and general old age, Sidney died at the age of 90 on April 15, 1945. Burial was in Washington Cemetery, with Minnie Campbell signing the Pennsylvania certificate of death. Gilbert lived for another nine years after his wife's death. He entered eternity in 1954. [Find-a-Grave]
Daughter Emaline Young (1857- ? ) was born in about 1857.
Daughter Elizabeth Young (1860- ? ) was born in about April 1860 in Morris Township, Greene County.
Daughter Amanda Young (1862- ? ) was born in about 1862 in Morris Township, Greene County.
Son Silas Young (1864- ? ) was born in about 1864 in Morris Township, Greene County. At age 35, unmarried, he lived with his divorced brother Thomas and widowed mother in Morris Township.
Daughter Clarissa "Clara" Young (1867- ? ) was born in about 1867 in Morris Township, Greene County. On March 26, 1892, when she was 24 years of age, she was joined in matrimony with 24-year-old Gilbert L. Headley (1867- ? ), son of Cephas and Elizabeth Headley. The nuptials were performed by Rev. William Wallace at Hookstown, Washington County, PA. At the time of marriage, Gilbert was employed as a merchant in Richhill Township.
Daughter Daisy Young (1873- ? ) was born in about 1873 in Morris Township, Greene County. At some point she relocated to Ohio. Unmarried in 1912, she and her mother dwelled in Milford, Miami Township, Clermont County. In 1923, still single and in Milford, she signed the death certificate of her sister Rebecca McGinnis.
~ Son Benjamin Owen Jr. ~
Son Benjamin Owen Jr. (1832-1912) was born on June 11, 1832 in Washington County.
He married Julia (?) (1826-1905).
Their four known children were John Owen, Hannah Owen, Mary Owen and James Owen.
Circa 1860, federal census records show the family making its home in Morris Township, Washington County, living as neighbors to Benjamin's parents and brothers Elias and Aaron and their families.
When the 1870 United States Census was enumerated, the Owens lived in Richhill Township, Greene County, PA, and employed 25-year-old Sarah Day as a servant in the household. Living in adjacent dwellings were his brother Aaron and sisters Emily Jennings and Elizabeth Johnston and their families. They remained in Richhill for decades.
The Waynesburg Republican once noted that Benjamin "was for many years an elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian church and was highly respected."
In May 1871, as his eldest sister Mary was in her last illness, and dictated a last will and testament, Benjamin witnessed her making her mark as a signature, as did friend Stephen Winget.
Julia died in 1905. Benjamin survived her by seven years.
Suffering from a blockage of the bowels, leading to deadly peritonitis, Benjamin Jr. passed awayat the age of 79 on Jan. 27, 1912. Burial was in the Jacksonville Cemetery. Daughter Mary, living in Wind Ridge, provided details for the death certificate, and erroneously gave her grandfather's name as "Aaron Owen" instead of "Benjamin Owen." An obituary in the Republican noted that his death had occurred "after an illness of two weeks."
Son John Owen ( ? - ? ) made his home in Pittsburgh in 1912.
Daughter Hannah Owen ( ? - ? ) appears to have been deceased by 1912.
Daughter Mary Owen ( ? - ? ) was unmarried in 1912 and resided at home.
Son James Owen ( ? - ? ) lived "in the west" in 1912, reported the Waynesburg Republican.
~ Daughter Rebecca (Owen) Johnston ~
Daughter Rebecca Owen ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).
She was united in matrimony with (?) Johnston ( ? - ? ).
They had one known son, William Johnston, who also may have gone by the name "Frank W." He made his home in 1899 in Albany County, WY.
The fates of Rebecca and her husband are not yet known, but they may have died young, leading their son to be brought into the home of an uncle living in Wyoming.
The son is believed to be the same "Frank W. Johnston" (1873- ? ) was born in 1873 Pennsylvania. He lived with his uncle Addison Johnston in Wyoming in 1900. He later moved to Colorado, settling in Garfield County, next-door to his uncles Add and Clay Johnston. Frank married Cora (?) Giddings in about 1907 -- it was his first marriage, and her second.
The census of 1910 shows daughter Alice M. Johnston and Eunice V. Johnston in their household, along with eight-year-old stepson George "Kenneth" Giddings, who may later have been adopted and took the Johnston surname.
The 1920 census of Garfield County, CO shows Frank and Cora and their six children -- Kenneth G. Johnston, Alice M. Johnston, Eunice Johnston, Mary Johnston, and twins Edith and Ethel Johnston. That year, Frank's occupation was farmer.