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Thomas Jefferson "TJ" Owens
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Birth: Jan. 15, 1851
Independence County
Arkansas, USA
Death: Apr. 20, 1894
Independence County
Arkansas, USA

Marriage to Rhoda Ellen Keeney.
(Rhoda's mother was of the CHERRY family of Tennessee)
They were married 1 FEB 1872 in Sulphur Rock,
Independence County , Ark

T J was -

Constable of White River Township

1886 Elected Tax-Assessor of
Independence County

1890 Elected Sheriff of Independence County

1892 Reelected Sheriff

Member Shady Grove Presbyterian Church

Member Masonic Lodge, Odd Fellows, Knights of

According to family history - from grandson of Thomas.

Thomas Jefferson Owens, as Sheriff of Independence County Arkansas, would help capture train robbers in Nov 1893.
Known as the Olyphant train robbery. Several lawmen of neighboring counties joined in the hunt.During this time, Sheriff Owens caught pneumonia but would not quit the search. His men tried to get him to go in but he told them " ,I'm sheriff and have to stay with the posse...". The train robbers were caught, and it is said T J Owens never fully recovered his health.He died a few months later in 1894.According to Newark newspaper article, "it was the biggest outing of buggies at his funeral that had ever been."

Name: Rody E. Owen
Residence: Big Bottom, Independence, Arkansas
Birthdate: 1852
Birthplace: Arkansas, United States
Relationship to Head: Wife
Spouse's Name: Thomas Owen
Spouse's Birthplace: Arkansas, United States
Father's Birthplace: Alabama, United States
Mother's Birthplace: Tennessee, United States
Race or Color (Expanded): White
Ethnicity (Standardized): American
Gender: Female
Martial Status: Married
Age (Expanded): 28 years
Occupation: Keeping House
Household Gender Age
Spouse Thomas Owen M 29
Rody E. Owen F 28
Child Medium B. Owen M 7
Child Franses M. Owen M 5
Child Beverly B. Owen M 2
O. Penington M 20


Name: Rhoda Owens
Birthplace: Arkansas
Relationship to Head of Household: Self
Residence: White River, Independence, Arkansas
Marital Status: Widowed
Race : White
Gender: Female
Immigration Year:
Father's Birthplace: Tennessee
Mother's Birthplace: Tennessee
Family Number: 81
Page Number: 5
Household Gender Age
Rhoda Owens F 58y
Child Oscar Owens M 27y
Child Tom Owens M 19y


Name: Rhodie Owens
Event: Census
Event Date: 1930
Event Place: Magness, Independence, Arkansas
Gender: Female
Age: 78
Marital Status: Divorced
Race: White
Birthplace: Arkansas
Estimated Birth Year: 1852
Immigration Year:
Relationship to Head of Household: Mother
Father's Birthplace: Tennessee
Mother's Birthplace: Tennessee
Enumeration District Number: 0024
Family Number: 20
Sheet Number and Letter: 1B
Line Number: 87
NARA Publication: T626, roll 77
Film Number: 2339812
Digital Folder Number: 4532435
Image Number: 00792
Household Gender Age
Child Alton Owens M 25
Roxie Owens F 23
Rhodie Owens F 78

 (bio by: Jude) 
Family links: 
  Beverly Basil Owens (1815 - 1887)
  Jane Gibson Owens (1823 - 1895)
  Rhoda Ellen Keeney Owens (1851 - 1934)*
  Francis Marion Owens (1874 - 1920)*
  John D Owens (1876 - 1876)*
  Gaston A Owens (1880 - 1881)*
  Oscar M Owens (1882 - 1973)*
  Eulah Ellen Owens Nothern (1889 - ____)*
  Sarah Owens Barnett (1840 - 1874)*
  Margaret Owens Long (1841 - 1866)*
  John Gideon Owens (1843 - 1888)*
  Benjamin W Owens (1845 - ____)*
  William Cass Owens (1849 - 1941)*
  Thomas Jefferson Owens (1851 - 1894)
  Francis Marion Owens (1853 - 1934)*
  Henry C Owens (1854 - ____)*
  Martha Jane Owens Holcombe (1858 - 1939)*
  George W. Owens (1865 - 1929)*
*Calculated relationship
Blue Springs Cemetery
Independence County
Arkansas, USA
Created by: Freddie
Record added: Nov 12, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9798413
Thomas Jefferson TJ Owens
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Thomas Jefferson TJ Owens
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Thomas Jefferson TJ Owens
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