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THE ROBERT L.OWENS FAMILY HOME PAGES,FROM TYLER COUNTY,WV.

Updated September 2, 2008

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THE OWENS FAMILY GOING ALL THE WAY BACK TO IRELAND.
THE FIRST OWENS TO COME TO AMERICA ARRIVED FROM IRELAND IN THE MID 1700'S.
THREE BROTHERS SETTLED IN THE MARYLAND COLONY.
HERE THEY SEPARATED WITH ONE,JOHN OWENS GOING WEST TO FORT PITT AND THE TENMILE COUNTRY.( NOW WHAT IS GREENE
CO.PA.)
RECORD NO.1 FOUND IN {"THE TENMILE COUNTRY AND ITS PIONEER FAMILIES." } ACCORDING TO HOWARD LECKEY'S HISTORY.
JOHN OWENS BECAME A TRADER WITH THE INDIANS WITH A POST AT FORT PITT.
JOHN OWENS SR WED A Indian Maiden,HER FATHER WAS Tanacharisson was a Seneca who became Cheif of all the western Iroquis in "Ohio lands". The English called him Half King.
JOHN SR SONS, CAPT GEORGE, CAPT DAVE,AND JOHN,JR. LIVED ON TENMILE CREEK.
CAPT DAVE OWENS,ONCE WED TO AN INDIAN MAIDEN,WAS A CAPTAIN OF THE FRONTIER RANGERS AS WAS HIS BROTHER GEORGE BEFORE HIM.
LECKEY'S HISTORY IS RICH IN THE OWENS FAMILY HISTORY WITH SEVERAL ACCOUNTS RECORDED.
NEIGHBORS OF THE OWENS ON TENMILE WERE JOHN ANKROM,FATHER OF JACOB ANKROM AN EARILY SETTLER OF TYLER COUNTY
AND ROBERT GORRELL THE FOUNDER OF MIDDLEBOURNE,WV.{MIDDLEBOURNE ESTABLISHED IN 1813 ON LANDS OF ROBERT GORRELL, THEN OHIO CO,VA.}

RECORD NO.2: ALEXANDER WITHERS,IN HIS CHRONICLES OF BORDER WARFARE.

ALEXANDER WITHERS IN HIS CHRONICLES OF BORDER WARFARE RECOUNTS THREE SEPARTE ENCOUNTERS BETWEEN THE OWENS AND THE HOSTILE INDIANS.
ONE ENCOUNTER BEING THE DEATH OF JOHN OWENS SR. FACT:ABT1779,Booth Creek, Marion County, WV.
FACT #1 JOHN OWENS.
JOHN OWENS JR. NARROW ESCAPE ON BOOTH'S CREEK { NEAR FAIRMONT,VA. NOW WV.}WHILE GOING WITH OTHERS TO WORK THEIR CORN FIELDS.THIS WAS IN 1778.
FACT #2 JOHN OWENS.
JOHN OWENS JR. CAME TO TYLER COUNTY EARLY IN THE 1800 AS TAX RECORDS INDICATE HE PAID PROPERTY TAXS IN 1809.
TYLER COUNTY WAS AT THAT TIME PART OF OHIO COUNTY,VA.


THE FAMILY LIVED IN MANYS PARTS OF VIRGINIA,AND WHAT IS TODAY
WEST VIRGINIA.
MY FAMILY LIVED IN TYLER CO,MOST OF THEIR LIVES.MANY OF MY
UNCLES LIVED IN WETZEL,MARSHALL,OHIO,DODDRIDGE,HARRISON,MARION,RITCHIE,GREENE COUNTY ,PA AT ONE TIME PART OF VA,LATER BECAME PA,AS VA BECAME WEST VIRGINIA.
I HOPE YOU ENJOY THE LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY,AND HOPE MY FILES HELP YOU OUT IN YOUR SEARCH.
A PRAYER FOR ALL TO LIVE BY,GOD BLESS YOU ALL THANKS FOR
STOPING IN TO SEE US,AS THEY SAY DOWN HERE IN THE HILL'S YEA ALL

COME BACK AND SEE US NOW.
THANKS
BOB OWENS.

WHO IS THE HALF KING?

The eighteenth-century Seneca chief known as "The Half King" is a figure so obscure that no one knows his real name - it was most likely Tanaghrisson, or something close to it. Tanaghrisson stepped into American history in 1748, when the Iroquois League designated him leader of the Senecas and Delawares who had migrated to the upper Ohio valley. Ordinarily an Iroquois headman who acted as an official spokesman for the League was called a "King", but because the Ohio Indians were hunters and warriors without permanent council fire, Tanaghrisson enjoyed only an abridged authority; hence his title, "Half King." By the early 1750's English traders and French soldiers began to penetrate the upper Ohio, and the English seemed likely to threaten the autonomy of Tanaghrisson and his people the least; they also offered the most abundant trade goods for him to distribute among his followers. Thus Tanaghrisson allied himself with traders from Virginia, but he could not stop the French from building a line of forts from Lake Erie down to the Forks of the Ohio. In May of 1754, a young Lieutenant Colonel named George Washington marched several hundred troops to the area to protect Virginia's interests. The French sent Ensign Jumonville up from Fort Duquesne to warn them off. Tanaghrisson alerted Washington to the presence of a French party, guided him to their camp, and encouraged him to make a surprise attack.

Naively, Washington did just that the morning of May 28, 1754, wounding Jumonville before he could explain that he had come on a diplomatic mission.

 
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  • JOHN OWENS I FAMILY TREE 1 WV,U.S.A. 08 05 2004.G (5011 KB)
    JOHN OWENS I FAMILY TREE 1 WV,U.S.A. 08/05/ 2004.ged I HAVE CHANGE SOME NAMES AND DATE IN FILES,THIS IS UPDATE WITH NEW INFO FROM FAMILY MEMBERS. DISCLAIMER I take no responsibility for the acuracy of the information contained in these pages. As with any genealogy information the reader has the responsibility to either prove or disprove the information to his or her own satisfaction. I have taken every precaution to enter this information as acurately as possible and where possible the source is listed. ROBERT (BOB) OWENS@032548 AUGUST 05,2004
 
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