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James Owen


Owen, James  (Married his first cousin, Elizabeth Parker. See notes below)
Birth: 4 APR 1817 NC
Death: 1 JUN 1892 Towns Co., Ga.
Gender: Male

          Father: Owen, John W. 
          Mother: Parker, Lavinia

Marriage: 5 MAY 1838 in Haywood Co., N.C.

Parker, Elizabeth  (Elizabeth Parker's dad is Parker, William S. , Jr., He is the brother of  Parker, Lavinia)
Birth: 4 OCT 1816 N.C.
Death: 23 MAR 1899 Towns Co., Ga.
Gender: Female

          Father: Parker, William S. , Jr.
          Mother: Brown, Elizabeth Jane


Owen, Jason Marion
Owen, William Jackson [married his first cousin, Elizabeth Jane Owen (Owen, Elizabeth Jane ). She is not to be confused with his sister, Elizabeth Jane Owen. William and Elizabeth's son, William Sherman Owen, married Sarah Rhodes. Sarah's father, Thomas Wilburn Rhodes and her grandfather, Milton Rhodes, served in the 39th North Carolina Infantry Regiment. Notes for Milton and Thomas Rhodes: RHODES, Milton, Pvt., Co. B, 39th Regt. NC Infantry, CSA; md. Mary Norris
RHODES, Thomas W., Pvt., Co. B, 39th Regt. NC Infantry, CSA; s/o Milton Rhodes and Mary Norris; md. 1) Margaret M. Carpenter; 2) Mary A. T. Carpenter. Oral History: Jerry Owen on March 11, 2006: the family story is that Milton and Mary would not allow Thomas to join the army since he was only 17.]
Owen, Margaret Caroline
Owen, Elizabeth Jane
Owen, John Asbury
Owen, Mary Lavinia
Owen, Samuel Newton
Owen, Malinda Catherine
Owen, Jesse Coleman
Owen, James Washington Killian
Owen, Columbus Jehu
Birth: 22 FEB 1860 N.C.
Death: 9 MAR 1860
Gender: Male
Owen, Robert David Franklin


JAMES M. OWEN: ALIASES; James M. Owen or James Owen (Owen, James).NOT to be confused with his nephew Owen, James Marion , son of  Owen, William Baxter , Sr., who is the brother of James Owen.

Jimmie and Betsy were first cousins. [See notes below]. Their son William Jackson Owen - Owen, William Jackson - married his first cousin, Owen, Elizabeth Jane .

Source: Oral information by Vincent parker of Marble, N.C. Other information is from Wm. M. Palmer, Andrews, N.C.
James M. Owen:
Burial: Ledford Cemetery, Towns County, Georgia.
Elizabeth 'Betsy" Parker:
Burial: Ledford Cemetery, Towns County, Georgia.


Conversation with Cousin Jerry Owen in March 2006:

This is the way it happened [I used to drive my Aunt Fredna crazy saying stuff this way; you know not very genealogy conventional].
John W Owen married Lavinia Parker and they had some kids, eldest kid was James Owen. James Owen married Lizzie Parker and had some kids; second kid was William Jackson Owen. William Jackson Owen married Elizabeth Jane Owen and they had some kids, second kid was William Sherman Owen. William Sherman Owen married Sarah Elizabeth Rhodes. William Sherman and Sarah had some kids; seventh kid was Jesse Luon Owen. Jesse Luon Owen married Laura Mac Richey and they had some kids, second kid was Jesse L Owen Jr. Jesse L Owen Jr. married Velma Marie Murphy, they got busy [real busy] and had several children [10] eldest being your truly Jerry Lynn Owen. So now you know the “rest of the story". Thomas was Sarah Elizabeth Rhodes father and my great great grandfather. And it really did happen just that way!! Oral History: Jerry Owen on March 11, 2006: the family story is that Milton and Mary would not allow Thomas to join the army since he was only 17. Family "oral history" says Milton was wounded at the battle of Atlanta and captured there. I know father and son were separated at some point until after the war.

Elizabeth Jane Owen died in 1884 in Ninevah, North Carolina, while giving birth to the twins Albert and Alice. William Jackson died in1889 after being kicked by a cow. We have no idea as to his loyalties or service in the Civil War. But, I find it somewhat indicative of motive that he gives middle names to their sons as Sherman, McClellan, and another Grant. Another thing that needs some attention is the circulating story of James Owen killing an Indian chief--we do not believe that at all. James did not leave the area until 186/'61—so it took him a long time to get scared? I think the real reason he moved was the terrible turmoil going on around him regarding the “clouds of war” brewing on the horizon. I think he thought he could save his sons from involvement by moving to the wild country of GA.

Notes for Milton and Thomas Rhodes:

Rhodes Milton--Private
Resided in Macon County where he enlisted at age 43, Oct 1, 1863, for the war. Present or accounted for through February 1864. Wounded near Atlanta, Georgia, July 19, 1864. No further records.
Rhodes Thomas W.--Private
Resided in Macon County where he enlisted at age 16, October 19, 1861. Mustered in as Corporal. Reported present during February--April 1862. Reduced to ranks subsequent to April 30, 1862. Discharged on November 10, 1862. Apparently reenlisted in the company on an unspecified date. Captured at Spanish Fort, Mobile, Alabama, April 8, 1865. Confined at Ship Island, Mississippi, April 10, 1865.
Transferred to Vickburg, Mississippi, May 1, 1865. Received at Camp Townsend near Vicksburg on May 6, 1865. Released on an unspecified date.

Summary of the 39th North Carolina Infantry Regiment:

The 39th took part in the Cumberland Gap operations, and then saw action in the Battle of Perryville. Assigned to Walthall's, McNair's, and Reynold's Brigade, it fought with the Army of Tennessee from Murfreesboro to Atlanta, and then endured Hood's winter campaign in Tennessee. In 1865 it shared in the defense of Mobile.

The 39th engaged Sherman and suffered casualties. This regiment was all over the Western Theater, and at Vicksburg, Murfreesboro, Atlanta, and Mobile. While serving under General Hood they defended Atlanta, and the South lost over 8,000 men in this bloody campaign. In 1864 the North not only enjoyed its numerical superiority, but was now producing large quantities of breech-loading rifles, and this greatly influenced the outcome. Here is one of the better sites with references. Scroll about half way down the first page for the defense of Atlanta. Page 2 displays a partial officers' roster: 39th North Carolina Infantry Regiment and 39th North Carolina Infantry Regiment (historical summary)



More about the Civil War Regiments of Western North Carolina

Index of Soldiers--Rhodes