Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
Among the patriots of the Revolution was Col. Jesse Owen, father of the subject of this memoir. He was a brave
soldier and an intrepid commander. He served with distinction throughout that sanguinary struggle, and at the close
of the war settled in Orange Co., N. Y., where Jonathan was born, April 1, 1805. He lived with his father, who
was a farmer, until he was twenty two years of age, when he married Miss Lydia Bennet, who was born in New Jersey
in 1804. In 1805 the family removed to Tompkins Co., N. Y., where the mother died.
In 1845, Mr. Owen emigrated with his family to Michigan, and settled in the town of Riley, where he purchased one
hundred and twenty acres of new land on section 18. The pioneer life of Mr. Owen was one of peculiar privation
and hardship; he was poor and was obliged to work for three shillings per day to support, his family, but being
a man of indomitable perseverance and energy lie overcame thc obstacles that beset his way, and not only accumulated
a competency, but established a valuable record as a citizen.
In his religious belief he was a Baptist, and carried his religion into his everyday life, and its precepts were
his guide in all transactions. Politically, he was a Republican.
He died April 10, 1866, at his home in Riley, in the sixty first year of his age. He had been closely identified
with the best interests of the town for over twenty one years. He owned at the time of his death a fine farm of
four hundred acres, over two hundred of which were improved. He had erected commedious buildings, and possessed
all the appointments of a well conducted farm. He was the father of a family of nine children, viz.: Betsey, born
Sept. 1, 1827; William B., born June 22, 1829; Mary, born July 27, 1831; Jane, born Aug. 24, 1833; Joseph B., born
Sept. 17, 1835; John, born May 5, 1837; Jesse C., born Aug. 18, 1839; Rebecca A., born March 19, 1844; Caroline
C., born Nov. 21, 1847. Of the above all are living, with the exception of Betsey, Mary, and John. The latter enlist
in Co. A, Twenty third Michigan Volunteer Infantry, and died in hospital at Bowling Green, Ky., Dcc. 1, 1862. Jesse
C. was a member of Co. G, same regiment.
Accompanying this brief biography may be seen the portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Owen, placed in this volume by thek
children as a monument for the perpetuation of their memory, and as a slight acknowledgment of what they did in
the development of the town.
History of Shiawassee and Clinton Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.