Biography of Henry W. Owen
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Owen, Henry W., was born in Vernon, Sussex County, N. J., on May 1, 1802, and died in Elmira, August 3, 1883. He was a son of Isaac H. and Abigail (Wisner) Owen. the latter being a daughter of Gen. Henry Wisner, a member of the Continental Congress and one of the framers of the Declaration of Independence. He married Erminda, daughter of Jesse and Sally (Owen) Oldfield, of Liberty Corner, Orange County, N. Y. They had one son, Jesse, now of Elmira, N. Y. He married Emily, daughter of Maj. James J. and Huldah (Hudson) Board, of Chester. Orange County, N.Y. They had four children: James Henry, Mary Emily, Minnie (who died in childhood), and Minnie Wadsworth, all born at Liberty Corner. James Henry married Marguerite M., daughter of George and Mary G. Grey, of Port Elgin, Canada; they have had two children, J. Grey and Mary Steven (deceased). Mary Emily married Robert Steven, now of Sisson; she died a few months after her marriage. Minnie Wadsworth married William H. Frost. of Elmira, and has two children, Robert and Emily. Jesse Owen came to Chemung, March 11, 1863, and with his father bought the "Minniedale Farm" and also a large lumber tract. They were both engaged in farming and lumbering for many years. Jesse and his son James H. own the "Minniedale Farm" and are largely engaged in butter dairying for special New York trade. On this farm General Sullivan found 175 acres of corn, which he destroyed when he made his memorable march through the Ohemung Valley in 1779. A few of the barn holes where the Indians buried their grain are yet plainly visible. One of the council houses of the Six Nations was located near where the large barn is, a part of which barn was built by Capt. Daniel McDowell before the Indians left, forty two of whom assisted him at the raising. The famous spring at which Captain McDowell and his Indian captors halted to rest, when he was being conveyed as a prisoner to Niagara in 1782, is also on this farm.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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