Benjamin Franklin Owens

Brief Life History of Benjamin Franklin

When Benjamin Franklin Owens was born in April 1842, in Missouri, United States, his father, John William Owens, was 36 and his mother, Ruth Yoakum, was 34. He married Lillie June Thomas on 28 November 1877, in Hillsboro, Washington, Oregon, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Reedville, Washington, Oregon, United States in 1900 and Washington, Oregon, United States in 1910. He died on 7 March 1918, in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States, at the age of 75, and was buried in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, United States.

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Benjamin Franklin Owens
Lillie June Thomas
Marriage: 28 November 1877
Nettie Mamie Owens
Richard Kelly Owens
Henry Franklin Owens
Ruth Amelia Owens
Lottie Minerva Owens
Iva Mildred Owens
Cleveland Thomas Owens
Archie Benjamin Owens
Neelie Elmer Owens
Bessie Owens

Sources (23)

  • B F Owens in household of John Owens, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Benjamin Frank Owens, "Oregon, Oregon State Archives, Births, 1842-1917"
  • Unknown, "Oregon, Oregon State Archives, Marriage Records, 1906-1968"

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Historical Boundaries: NOTE: Twality is sometimes spelled Tuality. 1845: Twality, Oregon Country, United States 1846: Twality, Oregon Unorganized Federal Territory, United States 1848: Twality, Oregon Territory, United States 1849: Washington, Oregon Territory, United States 1854: Multnomah, Oregon Territory, United States 1859: Multnomah, Oregon, United States

1859 · Oregon Becomes a State

Oregon became the 33rd state admitted to the Union on February 14, 1859. 

1862 · The Homestead Act

The Homestead Act of 1862 gave each citizen 160 acres of land. The qualified applicants were required to build a home and cultivate the land for five years.  

Name Meaning

Welsh: variant of Owen , with post-medieval excrescent English -s.

Irish: adopted as an Anglicized form by bearers of the Gaelic surname Mac Eoghain (see McEwen ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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