Biography of John D. Owen

Owen, John D., p. o. Pembroke, N. Y., was born in Pembroke, March 26, 1839, was educated in the common schools and in early life was a farmer. He also manufactured cigars, and served as postmaster in Pembroke thirteen years. He has been station master at Pembroke thirteen years in the employ of the N. Y. C. & H. R. Railroad Co., on the Batavia and Tonawanda branch. October 6, 1870, he married Mary J. Reed of his native place; they have two children: John D., jr., who is a farmer, and Robert D., who was a soldier in Co. I, 202d. Infantry N. Y. S. Vols. in the Spanish war. Mr. Owen's father, Alanson Owen, was born in Homer, N.Y., March 22, 1803, and was a successful physician during his life. He came to Pembroke in 1830, and married Marinda B. Chase of Byron, Genesee county, born October 9, 1813. They had three children: Charles W., John D. and Alta M. Dr. Owen died in 1880 and his widow in 1888. Mr. Owen's great-great-grandfather, and also his Grandfather, Roderick Owen, and his two sons, were soldiers in the Revolutionary war. John D. Owen was a soldier in Co. D, 14th N. Y. Vols., and was honorably discharged by reason of surgeon's certificate of disability. His brother, Charles W., is also an honorably discharged soldier of the war of the Rebellion. Mrs. Owen's father, George N. Reed, was born in Lockport, Niagara county, N. Y., in May, 1827, and was educated in the Lockport High SchooL He married Amy Johnson of Erie county; they had three children: Harriet, Mary J. and George N. Mr. Reed died March 30, 1871, and his wife in 1856. John D. Owen is a member of Akron Lodge No. 527, F.& A. M., and of Richville Lodge No. 432, I. O. O. F. Mrs. Owen is a talented painter. The family trace their ancestry in the United States back at least to 1635.

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A descriptive work on Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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