Not related to the Chown's personnaly, but I have a Norman Ralph Chown, Jr. related on his maternal (my paternal) side. He was born 1922, died March 22, 2003. He was the only child of Norman, Sr. (1891-1944), grandson of James Vickers Chown (1858-1919 - the younger brother of Samuel Dwight Chown - Church of Canada)and great-grandson of Samuel Chown (1825-1867) and Sarah Gardiner (1820-1904). Samuel's parents were Roger Chown (1794-1875) and Sarah Thorn (1794-1849). Roger's father was Robert (b. abt 1768), but that is far back as I have.
Norm, Jr's obit is available at www.sfgate.com for March 27, 2003.