Metropolitan Borough of Liverpool
|Death: ||Dec. 7, 1886|
John E. Owens is critically ill again at Towson, Md.
~ The Decatur Republican [Illinois], Thurs., 28 Oct 1886
Some of the More Important Happenings of 1886
Dec. 7 ~ Death at Baltimore of John E. Owens, the veteran comedian.
~ The New Era [Humeston, Iowa], 5 Jan 1887
"Cause of death" on his Certificate of Death reads "Stomach Hemorrhage" (Baltimore County, Maryland, Probate Records, Register of Wills).
~ Baltimore Sun, Dec. 7-11, 1886; Owens, p. 292.
He is buried in Lot 50 of the Spruce Area of Greenmount Cemetery.
~ Baltimore Sun, 11 Dec 1886
John Edward (or Edmund) Owens (1824, Liverpool ~ December 7, 1886, Maryland) was an American comedian, born in the Aigburth district of Liverpool, England but taken to the United States when three years old. He began his Stage career in 1841 in Philadelphia.
Owens was a popular comedian whose regular repertory included about fifty parts and who earned a fortune. His Solon Shingle (1864) was famous both in the United States and in England; among his other favorite characters were Dr. Pangloss (in George Colman the Younger's The Heir at Law), Caleb Plummer in stage adaptations of Charles Dickens's The Cricket on the Hearth, and the old man (Elbert Rogers) in Esmeralda, in which he last appeared in New York. He was both humorist and comedian. John E. Owens, describing the conduct of a bee in an empty molasses barrel, once threw a circle of his hearers almost into convulsions of laughter. He died at his home, "Aigburth Vale" near Towson, Maryland, December 7, 1886.
Wife: Mary S. Owens
Green Mount Cemetery
Plot: Spruce Area, Lot 50
Created by: Linda Applegate Brown
Record added: Jul 20, 2009
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