PIONEERS AND IMMIGRANTS
Edward C. Owens

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Description Gelatin print mounted on grey card stock of Edward C. Owens.

Year Range from 1900
Year range to 1902
Medium Cardstock/Photographic Paper/Ink
Notes Bust view image of OWENS, Edward C. - Pvt., Company C, 1st Regiment, Wisconsin Heavy Artillery. He wears a dark coat with Grand Army of the Republic membership badge, post commander. He also wears a "Ladder Badge" for Company C, 1st Wisconsin Heavy Artillery.

Edward was born on Mar. 18, 1846 at Montgomeryshire, North Wales. He was a son of Evan and Sarah (Morris) Owens. Evan was born on Apr. 15, 1817 at Tilaulligan, Wales and Sarah was born on Jan. 29, 1819 at Montgomeryshire, North Wales. They were married in Mynavon parish, Wales on Jan. 11, 1843. They emigrated to America in 1849 with their three children, John, Evan and Edward. They remained in Phila-delphia, Pennsylvania for a year. They then removed to Wisconsin and settled at Neenah, Winnebago County. Six years later they removed to a farm in the town of Oshkosh, Winnebago County where they were listed in the 1860 federal census. Listed with them were some of their children: John, born circa 1844, resided later at Tower, Minnesota; Edward; Evan, born circa 1849, married in Winnebago County on Feb. 20, 1878 to Nettie Weatherly, resided at Oshkosh; William David, born circa 1850, married in Winnebago County on June 12, 1878 to Velina Mary Haber, resided in Algoma; Richard F., born circa 1852, resided in Algoma; Margaret Ann, born cir-ca 1855, married in Winnebago County on Nov. 7, 1888 to Corydon Whiting, resided in Algoma; Robert Thomas, born circa 1856, married in Winnebago County on May 10, 1882 to Sarah Roberts, resided later at Two Harbors, Minnesota; Samuel, born circa 1858, married in Winnebago County on Oct. 26, 1882 to Sarah Abrams, later postmas-ter at Tower, Minnesota; Mary Sarah, born circa 1859, married in Winnebago County on Dec. 16, 1885 to Emerson Lake, resided in Algoma. Another daughter, Hattie, was married in Winnebago County on Apr. 2, 1890 to William H. McMillen and resided in Algoma. They also included as a son a Frank Spurbeck. He was married in Winnebago County on May 26, 1880 to Sarah Elizabeth Owens. The three oldest children of Evan and Sarah Owens were born in Wales and the others were born in Wisconsin. In 1860 they moved to a farm in the town of Algoma, Winnebago County. At that same home on Jan. 11, 1893 the family, Evan and Sarah with all eleven children, their spouses and all but four of the grandchildren, three of them being dead, gathered to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. A collection was taken among the family to allow the parents to return to Wales for a visit. Less than three months later, in early April, Sarah died. She was buried in Oshkosh at Riverside Cemetery. Edward was reared on the family farm at Neenah and was edu-cated in the common schools. He enlisted at Neenah on Sept. 17, 1863. He was assigned as above and was mustered out on Nov. 30, 1865 at Madison, Wisconsin. Edward had contracted small pox while at St. Louis, Missouri. After the war he took a course at a commercial college and then taught school for two years. In 1869 he was engaged as a bookkeeper for an Oshkosh firm and remained in that position for five years. Edward then removed to Stevens Point, Portage County. There he was engaged in the milling business for four years. In spring of 1876 Edward was married to Clara W., daughter of D.L. Johnson. She died in spring of 1884 at age 28 years. They had one child who died in spring of 1878 at age eight months. Edward then spent a year in the Black Hills area of South Dakota before returning to Oshkosh. He was employed by R.C. McMillen & Company, where he was stationed at Mitchell, South Dakota and was placed in charge of the company lumber yard at that place. He again returned to Oshkosh in the fall of 1880 and was given charge of the yards for that company in this area. Edward was listed in 1883 at P.O. Oshkosh. He had been receiving a pension of $6 per month since June 1881 for vericose veins in his left leg. He was listed as a member of GAR Post #10 at Oshkosh in 1888. Edward was listed in the veteran section of the 1895 Wisconsin State census at P.O. Oshkosh. Emma B., his widow, was listed in 1905 as residing at 296 Elm Street in the city of Oshkosh.

{US 1860; WC-V 1895; Randall p.16, 43; LOP-1883; SCA 1:467-8; B-1905; OWN 21 Jan 1893}
{ROV; OWN 08 Apr 1893; WCMR v.7 p.95 #727; WCMR v.6 p.376 #2451; WCMR v.7 p.191 #1299}
{WCMR v.5 p.189 #1132; WCMR v.5 p.180 #1076; WCMR v.6 p.121 #928}
{WCMR v.6 p.148 #1085; WCMR v.6 p.3 #224}
Object ID P2004.1.52
Object Name cabinet card
People Owens, Edward C.
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size 4.25" x 6.5"
Subjects Portrait photographs
Male
Civil War
Soldiers
Veterans
Grand Army of the Republic
Immigrants
Welsh
Lumber industry
Lumbermen
1st Wisconsin Heavy Artillery
Title Edward C. Owens
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