Born: abt 1816/1819 in Hammer, Flint, Wales
Father: Francis Owens
Mother: Margaret unk
Married: 08 Oct 1845 in Chester, Cheshire, England
to Eleanor (Ellen) Cole Born: Abt 1823 Dublin, Ireland
Died: aft 1881 She was the daughter of James Cole.
On the 1845 marriage certificate, his residence is shown as Liverpool.
Ellen's residence is shown as 'St.Mary's Parish (in the City of Chester,
Cheshire County). Witnesses to the marriage are Elizabeth Gilbert and Simon
Roche. They were married in St. Mary's Parish Church in the City of
Chester, Cheshire County, England, then moved to Liverpool.
In the 1851 Census - Francis and Ellen were living at 83 Vauxhall Road in
Liverpool. They had the following children:
Born: 1847 in Liverpool, Lanc. England
Chris'd: 5 Dec 1847, St. Nicholas, Liverpool, Lanc. England
Born: 1849 in Liverpool, Lanc. England
Chris'd 5 Dec. 1849, St. Nicholas, Liverpool, Lanc. England
Born: 10 Sept 1850 in Liverpool, Lanc. England
Chris'd: 27 Oct 1851, St. Nicholas, Liverpool, Lanc. England
Died: abt 1930 in Manchester, Lanc. England.
Married: 07 Jan 1878 to Catherine
Davies in St. George Parish, Hulme,
Chris'd: 23 Aug 1852, St. Nicholas, Liverpool, Lanc. England
Married: unk to Edward Matthews
Born: 1854 in Liverpool, Lanc, England
Chris'd 16 May 1854, St. Nicholas, Liverpool, Lanc. England
Eleanor (Nell) Owen
Chris'd: 13 Mar 1855, St. Nicholas, Liverpool, Lanc. England
Francis (Frank) Owen
Born: abt 1857
Married: Elizabeth Barnes
Born: abt 1857
John (Jack) Owen
Born: abt 1863
Note: in the 1881 Census: it lists the Owen family as Owens (but it is still the
1881 Census: Francis Owen (age 65 is living with his son Francis (Frank)
Owen - age 24 and his wife Elizabeth and daughter Emily. The elder
Francis' birthplace is shown as Hanmere, Shropshire, England.
[Editor's Note: Hanmer is near Oswestery, Wrexham and llangollen, and is
actually in the country of Flintshire, Wales. However, it is only a few
miles from Shropshire, thus a common error to list it in England and not in
The 1881 census address is 70 Richmond Road in Liverpool. Also in the household
is John Owen (age 18) son of (the elder) Francis.
Living next door at 72 Richmond Road is Eleanor Owen (age 56), wife of the elder
Francis. Also living with her are two of their adult children.
Margaret (age 33) and George (age 24). Eleanor's birthplace is shown as Ireland.
Saddlers started their apprenticeship (formal indentured training) at the age
of about 14. they were tied to a Master Saddler and usually lived in his
house on pitifully small wages for 7 years. they then usually became a
journeyman (which just meant that they were paid the correct daily rate for a
trained saddler). Jour in journeyman is the French word jour (day)
this gave them enough money to save and get married. It was illegal to get
married whilst still an apprentice, though it did happen occasionally.
Usually they then became a Master Saddler and joined the Guild of Master
Saddlers. At this point, their wages became too expensive usually so they
had to set up their own business. If their Master was old, they might buy
him out and continue his trade. But usually they bought into a business
many miles away.
In a country area like Hanmer, they would have concentrated on ordinary
saddles for country people and harnesses for working horses, which would have
been many in an agricultural area. there would be the occasional expensive
fancy saddle (perhaps side saddle) for the wealthy ladies and gentlemen.
In towns, there was much more specialization. Some were curriers who just
made fancy and fashionable leather accessories
Hamner present day (2003) is a small village, one general shop/post office,
one Butchers shop, a primary school (up to age 11) a pub, called the Hanmer
Arms, and a picturesque Lake. the original name of the village was
Handmere. The Welsh word for lake is 'mere' and the lake is in the shape
of a hand, thus the name of the village, Hanmer..
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