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Owen Fitz Pen
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Birth: 1582
Melcombe Regis
Dorset, England
Death: 1636
Cornwall, England

The son of ROBERT and CECILY (JORDAN) FITZ PEN/PHIPPAN, he married Annie Coinie on July 3, 1603.
He was a mariner and on one of his travels, he was taken into bondage by the Turks and was worked as a slave in Algiers. After 7 or 8 years of captivity, he and ten other prisoners were being transported in a vessel by 65 Turks when they fought bravely for their freedom. Although five of them were slain, they took control of the ship and sailed to Cartagena, Spain. The King of Spain sent for him and offered him a captain's postion if he would convert to Catholicism, which he refused. He sold the ship and returned to England where he died aged 54 yrs. at Lamorran, Cornwall, Eng. which is five miles from Truro, Cornwall, England where a monument was erected in St. Mary's Church by his brother, George Fitz Pen who was Rector of this church.
The insciption on the monument is as follows:

" Aofo cv ZfO(f Oeu. [Glory to God in the Highest]
" To the pious and well-deserved memory of Owen Fitz- Pen, alias Phippen, who travelled over many parts of the world, and on the 24 Mar., 1620, was taken by the Turkes and made captive in Argier. He projected sundry plots for his libertie and on ye 17 of June 1627 with ten other Christian captives, Dutch and French [perswaded by his counsel and courage] he began a cruel fight with sixty-five Turkes in their owne ship, which lasted three bowers; in which five of his company were slaine, yet God made him conquer, and so he brought the ship into Cartagene, being of 400 tons and 22 ord.
" The King sent for him to Madrid to see him ; he was proffered a captaines place and the Kings favor if he would turne Papiste, which he refused. He sold all for 6.000 returned into England, and died at Lamorran 17 March 1636.
Melcombe in Dorset, was his place of birth,
Age 54, and here lies earth to earth.
George Fitz-Pen alias Phippen ipsius frater et hujus eccel- esia; rector H M P."
Inscription from "Magna Britannia", Vol. III, Cornwall, p. 312. 
Family links: 
  Robert Fitz Pen (1555 - 1589)
  George Fitz Pen (____ - 1650)*
  Owen Fitz Pen (1582 - 1636)
*Calculated relationship
St. Mary's Church
Cornwall Unitary Authority
Cornwall, England
Created by: Nareen, et al
Record added: Feb 06, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 65280640

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