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Thomas R. Owens
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Birth: Jun. 10, 1848, Wales
Death: Oct. 27, 1915
Weld County
Colorado, USA

From his obituary in the Fort Lupton Press (Ft. Lupton, Colorado)

"Thomas Owens was born June 10,1848, on the island of Anglesea, Wales, and died at 2:30 a.m., being a little past 67 years of age. Deceased had been in poor health for nearly a year, but was never confined to his bed for more than a day. At the age of 17 Mr. Owens, in the company with a brother, came to America. He settled first in Wisconsin and later moved to Emporia, Kansas. About 41 years ago he came to Colorado. He lived for a time at Central City and Idaho Springs. He then returned to Wales for a visit. Returning to this country he went to Irwin, near Gunnison, Colo., where many years of his life were spent. On Dec. 5, 1888, he was united in marriage with Miss Sarah Shaw of Gunnison, Colo. To them were born 13 children, seven daughters and six sons. Three daughters died in infancy, one son, David, died at Littleton, Colo, April 26 1908. In March 1896, the family moved to a farm one mile east of Littleton, where they lived until the spring of 1912, when they moved to Ione.

Mr. Owens was a man of distinct personality. For a man of meager education he was possessed of more than the ordinary strength of intellect, and in many respects was a well informed man. He was a good type of the Colorado pioneer, though not one of the earliest. In early life he learned what it meant to be thrown on his own resources, and the experiences of coming to a new country and moving from state to state, working many years in the mines and taking up a homestead brought about through failure of crops and losses in values of mining property, he kept up heart and hope and struggled on till the body, weakened and emaciated by disease, could go no further. He possessed a deep sense of right and justice and honesty, and to the very last his chief thought was the welfare of this family, for whom he had worked hard for so many years.

The funeral services were held at Ione on Thursday, Oct. 28, at 3:30 p.m., and at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Bessie Walker, at Denver, Oct. 30, at 11 a.m. Interment was at the family burying ground at Littleton. A goodly number of neighbors and friends were present at both services.

He leaves to mourn his loss a widow, four daughters and five sons - Mrs. Bessie Walker of Denver, Mrs. Beulah Harmon of Fort Lupton, Earl, Victor, Arthur, Esther, Edna, Walter and Thomas, of Ione. To those who mourn the loss of a husband and father the heartfelt sympathy of the community is extended."

 
 
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 Spouse:
  Sarah Marilla Shaw Owens (1867 - 1936)*
 
 Children:
  Baby Owens (____ - 1902)*
  Bessie H. Owens Walker (1889 - 1975)*
  Clara Owens (1891 - 1891)*
  David Owens (1893 - 1908)*
  Beulah Omstead (1895 - 1983)*
  Victor Owens (1897 - 1967)*
  Arthur Owens (1899 - 1987)*
  Baby Owens (1901 - 1901)*
  Esther M Newlin (1903 - 1991)*
  Edna Murphy (1906 - 1960)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Littleton Cemetery
Littleton
Arapahoe County
Colorado, USA
Plot: Block 8, Lot 33, Grave 6
 
Created by: K Townsend
Record added: Feb 23, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 24849670
Thomas R. Owens
Added by: K Townsend
 
Thomas R. Owens
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Thomas R. Owens
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