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William Jesse Owens
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Birth: Mar. 20, 1847
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Clinton County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Dec. 14, 1935
Vernon
Wilbarger County
Texas, USA

Father: Martin B OWENS
Mother: Mary W LEVERIDGE
Spouse: Ruth Jane BECK
Spouse: Emily R Bell JOHNSON
Child: >Theodocia OWENS
Child: Joseph William OWENS
Child: Martin Luther OWENS
Child: Preston Phelix OWENS
Child: Mary E OWENS;
Child: >SARA JANE OWENS
Child:
Lillie Ann OWENS
Child: Grover Cleveland OWENS
Child: Leo Thomas OWENS
Child: James Newell OWENS
Child: Ora Ellen OWENS
Child: Florah Edna OWENS
Child: Jesse Sherman OWENS
Child: John Henry OWENS
Child: Delbert B OWENS
Child: Zelma Mertha OWENS
Child: Lester Earl OWENS

With a long history in two states, W.J. cast a strong shadow from KY to TX. The father of 15 children (14 born KY), he farmed in Clinton County KY until he moved his family initially to north Texas c1902, then to Runnels Co, TX c1905, then to Foard County TX c1907 and farmed there until he retired in 1918 at age 71 and moved to Vernon, TX.

Following the death of first-wife RUTHA JANE BECK in 1881, W.J. married EMILY BELLE JOHNSON who survived him in 1935.

WJ played a significant and visionary role in leading his large family -- adults and children alike -- in the move from south central KY to northwest TX. His older sons, continued farming in Foard Co., TX, after WJ's retirement in 1918.

When WJ died in 1935, his extended family had a widespread presence in Foard and Wilbarger Counties.



 
 
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 Parents:
  Martin B Owens (1821 - 1894)
  Mary W Leveridge Owens (1824 - 1876)
 
 Spouses:
  Ruth Jane Beck Owens (1848 - 1881)
  Emma Belle Johnson Owens (1860 - 1953)
 
 Children:
  Joseph William Owens (1871 - 1940)*
  Martin Luther Owens (1873 - 1956)*
  Preston Phelix Owens (1876 - 1946)*
  Mary E Owens Kernes (1879 - 1898)*
  Lillie Ann Owens Robbins (1881 - 1954)*
  Grover Cleveland Owens (1884 - 1977)*
  Leo Thomas Owens (1887 - 1971)*
  James Newell Owens (1888 - 1971)*
  Ora Ellen Owens (1891 - 1918)*
  Florah Edna Owens Greening (1893 - 1930)*
  Jesse Sherman Owens (1895 - 1965)*
  John Henry Owens (1896 - 1976)*
  Delbert B. Owens (1899 - 1984)*
  Zelma Mertha Owens Humphrys (1901 - 1984)*
  Lester Earl Owens (1903 - 1964)*
 
 Siblings:
  Reuben Owens (1843 - 1898)*
  John T Owens (1844 - ____)*
  John T. Owens (1844 - 1922)*
  Rebecca Owens DeRossett (1845 - 1905)*
  William Jesse Owens (1847 - 1935)
  Nancy A Owens Wright (1848 - ____)*
  Martin B Owens (1850 - ____)*
  Rowena Owens McClusky (1852 - 1930)*
  Samuel Owens (1854 - ____)*
  Abraham B. Owens (1856 - 1940)*
  Mary Owens Ellison (1862 - 1941)*
  Sarah T Owens Dowell (1865 - 1943)*
  Littleton Owens (1870 - 1898)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: my great grandfather
 
Burial:
Crowell Cemetery
Crowell
Foard County
Texas, USA
Plot: 83 -- 02 -- 01
 
Maintained by: Gary Todd
Originally Created by: Bill
Record added: Jun 16, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19916942
William Jesse Owens
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William Jesse Owens
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William Jesse Owens
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