Captain Owen Williams - I32

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Captain Owen Williams.

Owen Williams was born about 1832 and Baptised on 23rd March 1838.
Great Grandfather Captain Owen Williams.
Captain Owen Williams.
This picture was used by D. W. Morgan in his book Brief Glory.
This copy was sent to us by Marion Lott.

He married twice and had a total of fourteen children. His first wife, Elizabeth Davies, was born in 1837 in Borth, Cardiganshire (as it was then), the daughter of David and Ann Davies. Owen and Elizabeth married on 17th August 1859 in St. David's Church, Liverpool and together they had 10 children:-

Elizabeth died on 13 March 1882, when the youngest child, John Davies [Taid]), was just 13 months old. Owen Williams then married Jane Aspinall (nee Roberts) on 21 March 1888 in Machynlleth Register Office. Jane was from Talybont, Cardiganshire. She was the daughter of David and Elizabeth Roberts and was previously married to Abraham Aspinall of Ruyton, Oswestry, the son of Hatfield Aspinall and Jane Thornton. Abraham was born on 25th April 1855 and died on 24th November 1883. Abraham and Jane had a daughter, Eliza, born on 17th January 1881 in Ceulanmaesmawr, Talybont, Cardiganshire. Owen and Jane went on to have another four children:-


The schooner Catherine.
The Schooner Catherine.
Maglona.
The Schooner Maglona.
Headstone for Captain Owen Williams.
Headstone for Captain Owen Williams.
Headstone for Elizabeth.
Headstone for Elizabeth, wife of Captain Owen Williams, and their daughter Jane Ellen.

Owen is mentioned in the book 'A Real Little Seaport' by Lewis Lloyd (ISBN 1 874786 48 8) as being a Master Mariner and Trinity Pilot. Owen was discharged from the Kate of Liverpool at Liverpool 3rd March 1869. Lewis goes on to say that Owen was a share owner in, and the first Master of, the Catherine, a 76 ton schooner built at Llyn Bwtri, near Pennal, on the river Dyfi and registered at Aberystwyth No. 2 in 1869. Owen became Master of the 94 ton schooner, Maglona, in 1876 but as he was uncertificated he commanded the Maglona in the home and coasting trade and shipped qualified commanders for foreign-going engagements. Owen took command of another new vessel, the Olive Branch, the last seagoing vessel to be built at Aberdovey, in 1880 and in the 1881 Census (RG11 Piece 5417 Folio 61 Page 8), at the age of 43, he is aboard this 99 ton schooner in Milford Haven along with his crew consisting of John Evans, 22, Mate, William Perry, 25, and Richard Hughes, 19, Able-bodied Seamen, and the Boy, John Cook, 16. Lewis Lloyd points out that Owen must have been well trusted by the owners of the three new vessels he commanded. Owen was Master of the Olive Branch for the run from Antwerp to London in February of 1881 and in the home and coasting trade to May 1881. Owen then became a Purser for the princely sum of 4 a month under Captain Thomas Walters for a voyage from Limerick to Cadiz and thence to Newfoundland and then homewards by way of Genoa. He was subsequently Boatswain and Purser for voyages to St. John's, Newfoundland and was finally discharged from the Olive Branch at Port Talbot on 3rd March 1884. Owen's wife, Elizabeth, died in 1882 and Captain Owen's ship the 'Olive Branch' is referred to on her gravestone in Maethlon (Happy Valley) cemetery.