In 1841, Richard Owens, a weaver, and his wife Jane, a yarn spinner, lived in Newtown, Montgomery, Wales but sometime between the birth of my 2nd great grandfather, John B. Owens in March 1846 in Wales and the birth of his sister, Susan M. Owens in December 1849 in the United States, the family settled in Oriskany, Oneida, New York.
The 1850 census shows John as a factory watch who could neither read nor write. Three years later he died leaving Jane with four children under the age of 15 and in the 1855 Whitestown, Oneida, New York census Jane has taken in a boarder and is supporting her family as a washwoman.
A letter I found some years ago in a file at the Oneida County Surrogate’s Court led me to believe Richard was killed in a railroad-related accident and that Jane may have received money from a railroad company related to Richard’s death but I haven’t investigated it further.
The Owens stone is large, clearly not something the family could have purchased at the time of Richard’s death. Perhaps their children placed it in the cemetery after their mother died.