People

Owen Owens

Brass founder and early immigrant. The first President of the Cambrian Benevolent Society.

  • Born
    July 16, 1817 in Caernarfonshire, North Wales
  • Died
    May 29, 1887 in Chicago, buried at Graceland Cemetery
  • Occupations
    Brass founder
  • Addresses
    375 W. Monroe, Chicago, IL pre-1909

Owen Owens was born in Llanaelhaiarn, North Wales on July 17, 1817. His father Robert was a mariner and his mother, Margaret Davies, the daughter of a local family. When Owen was 12 years old his father moved the family to Liverpool.  Quite soon thereafter Owen was apprenticed to a brass founder and spent the next two decades learning everything about the brass foundry business.

In 1844, he married Ann Grant. After the birth of his first two children he began to make plans to travel to America and arrived in New York on the "Courier" on June 14th, 1848. Traveling with him were his wife Ann, his mother Margaret, a daughter, Margaret (3), and infant son, Robert. On board the same ship were the family members of Michael Nugent with whom he later set up business in Chicago.