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Charles Paget Herbert Owston
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Birth: 1817
Cornwall, England
Death: 1858, USA

The most elusive of the children of William and Frances Owston, Charles Paget Herbert Owston - who is sometimes listed as Charles J. Owston. He was born in 1817 in Maker, Cornwall, England and was christened on 27 APR 1817.

He was named in part for Charles Paget who was the captain of the HMS Superb where William Owston served as master.

He is mentioned as a private in the Cobourg [Ontario] Rifles as C.J. Owston during the Rebellion of 1837.

His first name was confirmed as Charles by his nephew William C. Sutherland's reminisces of the Owston family which listed him as the fifth child of the family.

Definitively connected to the Pittsburgh Owstons by a photo of James Harry Owston sitting on his tombstone - thus indicating a linking of the families. Up to the discovery of this photo, the identity of Elizabeth Noss Owston's first husband and the father of John Conrad Owston was unknown. James Harry Owston was the son of John Conrad Owston.

It also is thought that Charles was the unidentified young man between 16 and 20 listed in Thomas Owston's household in 1840. A Charles Owston of West Deer Township is also listed in a petition found the Daily Morning Post on March 13, 1851 - but this may be a mistake for a Charles Austin who lived in West Deer.

The stone lists him as Pvt. C.(and possibly P.H. or P.H.J.) Owston. Also visible in the photo is word "western" and the year of death 1858. Since he is listed as a Pvt. (Private), it is thought that he was in the military or militia at the time of his death. It is possible that he died of injuries from or illness contracted in either the Bleeding Kansas Border War or the Utah War that were simultaneously occurring in 1858.

A search of cemeteries in rural Allegheny, Butler, and Beaver Counties (near the home of his in-laws) in August 1991 proved unsuccessful in locating this grave marker. It is also possible he was buried in the now defunct Troy Hill Cemetery in Pittsburgh, as were two of his grandchildren. Many (but not all) of the graves were moved to Smithfield East End Cemetery in Pittsburgh. Smithfield has no records of Owston reinterments or markers.

Apparently he made quite an impression, as the name Charles - which was heretofore absent in his lineage prior to his birth, was used frequently in his siblings' families.

His brother Thomas had a son named Charles William Owston.

His brother William had a grandson named Charles Ugeen Owston (later changed to Austin).

His brother James had a grandson named Charles H. Owston.

His sister Frances had a son named Charles H. Sutherland.

His sister Euphemia had a son named Charles Edward Smith.

His brother John had a grandson named Charles Herbert Owston.

Family links: 
  William Owston (1778 - 1857)
  Frances Wilson Owston (1782 - 1853)
  Elizabeth Noss Campbell (1819 - 1878)
  John Conrad Owston (1851 - 1923)*
  Thomas Owston (1804 - 1874)*
  William Owston (1807 - 1892)*
  James Wilson Owston (1809 - 1858)*
  Frances Janet Owston Sutherland (1815 - 1902)*
  Charles Paget Herbert Owston (1817 - 1858)
  Mary Ann Margaret Owston Smith (1819 - 1909)*
  Euphemia Owston Smith (1824 - 1892)*
  John Gillon Owston (1826 - 1901)*
*Calculated relationship
Created by: Dr. James M. Owston
Record added: Dec 27, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 32438188
Charles Paget Herbert Owston
Added by: Dr. James M. Owston
Charles Paget Herbert Owston
Added by: Dr. James M. Owston
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