Owen Tutor was born in Wales in 1774. He agreed to work on an American privateer ship for passage to America in 1790. He became an indentured servant on a plantation on the James River between Williamsburg, Virginia, and Harrison Landing. After sixteen months, he left this human servitude behind. In the latter part of 1791, he arrived at the Rollins Mill in southwest Wake County, North Carolina. He lived with the Rollins family for seven years and they taught him english. He originally spoke Welsh and always spoke with an accent. He married Lucinda Senter in 1799 and they bought their first property from Lucinda's cousin, Young Elkins. Owen and Lucinda were very fortunate and raised a big family on Beaver Dam Creek in Cumberland County, North Carolina (now Harnett County).