When John Rufus Owens was born on 21 July 1866, in Pilot Mountain, Surry, North Carolina, United States, his father, John P Owen, was 39 and his mother, Bethania Linville, was 29. He married Mary Alice Hunter on 6 February 1890, in Surry, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Dakota, Turner, Georgia, United States in 1910 and Westfield Township, Surry, North Carolina, United States in 1940. He died on 10 August 1949, in Westfield, Surry, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 83.
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 ).