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David Owen

David Owen

Male 1759 - Abt 1822  (62 years)

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  • Name David Owen 
    Born 21 Sep 1759  Halifax, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1803  Wilkes, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Abt 1822  Rockcastle, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I9476  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 26 Jul 2017 

    Family Winefred Mullins,   b. 30 Mar 1766, Halifax, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1842, Rockcastle, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 16 Dec 1780  Wilkes, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Elisha Owens,   b. 9 Jan 1782, Wilkes, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1860, Rockcastle, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     2. Wilmouth Owen,   b. 8 Dec 1784, Wilkes, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1854, Platte, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     3. Morton Owens,   b. 19 Feb 1787, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Martin Owen,   b. 19 Feb 1789, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Isham Owens,   b. 12 Oct 1790, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Samuel Owens,   b. 29 Jan 1792, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Allen Owens,   b. 24 Dec 1793, Wilkes, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Webster Owens,   b. 20 Jul 1795, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Burton Owens,   b. 1 Dec 1798, Wilkes, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Apr 1840, Rockcastle, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 41 years)
     10. Wesley Owens,   b. 20 May 1801, Wilkes, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Alfred Owens,   b. 20 Sep 1803, Wilkes, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1880, Rockcastle, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     12. Logan Owens,   b. 13 Apr 1805, Rockcastle, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location
     13. John Owens,   b. Dec 1809, Rockcastle, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 20 Jun 2021 
    Family ID F4211  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • (SOURCE: David Owen's Revolutionary War Service Record; Added by Ronald Yates on 8 September 2009; Added by RogerSowder on 15 May 2009; Originally submitted by cowens4728 to Owens and Mullins Families on 7 Jul 2007)

      David Owen was born on 21 September 1759, probably in that portion of Halifax County, Virginia that became Pittsylvania County in 1767. David's father was William Owen II, born ca. 1725 in Virginia, died in Wilkes County, North Carolina, ca. 1787, his mother is not known at this time. In 1772, William moved his family from Pittsylvania County, Virginia to the Reddies River section of Surrey County, North Carolina. In 1777, this area was included in the creation of Wilkes County, North Carolina. William Owen II owned and operated a gristmill on the North Fork of the Reddies River as well as running a plantation consisting of several hundred acres.

      William Owen II's, will, dated 28 September 1785, was probated in Wilkes County on 28 January 1788. He left the balance of his estate to his son David, after first bequeathing, to quote his will, "one shillion starling in gold or silver" to his other children - John, William, Thomas, Barnet, Mary Denny (she is the presumed wife of Elijah Denny, although no documentation has thus far been found), Anne Dudley (wife of William Dudley) and Elizabeth Judd (wife of Nathaniel Judd). William also made provision for his grandson, Elisha, first born child of David, to receive fifty pounds upon his coming of age. One of the witnesses to William's will was his nephew, Francis Kearby, son of William's sister, Joanah Owen and her husband, John Kearby. Other than David, his sisters Mary Denny and Elizabeth Judd, little is known of William II's other children.

      In the spring of 1779, during the Revolutionary War, David Owen, described as a "true Whig," enlisted in the North Carolina Militia. He, along with three hundred North Carolina militiamen, served under Colonel Benjamin Cleveland at the "Battle of King's Mountain" on 7 October 1780. In this battle, the British and Tories, under the command of Colonel Patrick Ferguson, were soundly defeated. He was also one of the three hundred fifty North Carolinians at the "Battle of the Cowpens" on 17 January 1781, under Colonel Daniel Morgan. In this fight, the British troops under Colonel Banastre "Bloody" Tarleton were forced into a full rout. Most of the British troops were either killed or captured in this engagement, however their commander, Tarlton, escaped. David, along with his brother, Barnet, also served in Captain William Lenoir's company in several engagements in and around Wilkes County. David served in the militia off and on until spring of 1782.

      The only physical description known of David Owen is in his Revolutionary War pension records and came from Revolutionary War veteran, Jacob Gabbert of Laurel County, Kentucky. Jacob, in an affidavit, attested to David's service in the Revolution, saying that, although they didn't serve in the same company, he saw David often between 1780 and sometime in the spring of 1782. Jacob said "they had formed an acquaintance over the years" and described David as "an uncommon large man with a tremendous voice."

      David's presumed brother-in-law, Elijah Denny, a Revolutionary War veteran, also gave an affidavit. He said that he was "raised" with David in Wilkes County, North Carolina and knew that David served in the army for three years. Elijah also said that he was present at the marriage of David and Winefred Mullins, but could not recollect the exact date other than it was during the war. Elijah was over ninety years old at the time he gave his statement in 1850 and was described by Dr. Adams Crawford, Justice of the Peace and Elijah's son-in-law, as "a man of advanced years, but with a good memory." Elijah died on 26 April 1868, at the reported age of 110. Although some researchers disagree with this age, all agree that he was well over 100 years old when he died.

      A marriage bond was issued in Wilkes County, North Carolina, on 16 December 1780, to insure the marriage of David Owen and Winefred Mullins. The pension records suggest they were married on 20 December 1781, however, since the bond was dated a year earlier, the actual date may well have been 20 December 1780. Winefred Mullins was born, probably in Halifax County, Virginia, on 30 March 1766. Although no documentation has been found, all evidence indicates that Winefred was the daughter of Henry Mullins and his wife, who is believed to have been Mary "Polly" Terry. Mary's parents are unknown at this time. Henry Mullins and his family were close neighbors of William Owen II., and his sons, in Wilkes County, North Carolina. According to the 1782 Wilkes County Tax records both families owned acreage along the Reddies River. The 1795-97 Wilkes County Taxables in District No. 10 lists David Owen and his brothers, along with Henry Mullins and his sons, Terry, Spencer and Champness, as having farms close to each other. These Owen and Mullins families are also shown on the 1800 Wilkes County census.

      Like many pioneer families, David and Winefred had a large family - twelve boys and one girl. The children were - Elisha, born 9 January 1782, died before 1860, married (1) Lucy Lasswell and (2) Barbara Summers. Wilmouth, born 8 December 1784, died ca. 1870, married John Lasswell on 14 January 1804. Morton, born 19 February 1787, died before 1840, married Elizabeth Farris on 16 January 1806. Martin, born 19 January 1789, died before 1850, married Phoebe Knight on 31 March 1806. Isham, born 12 October 1790, died very young. Samuel, born 29 January 1792, died 1813, never married. Allen, born 24 December 1793, died 28 September 1847, married Mary Kilbourn on 9 November 1815. Webster, born 30 July 1795, died 2 June 1852, married Isabel Cummins. Burton, born 1 December 1798, died 3 April 1840, married Lavincy Riggs. Wesley, born 20 May 1801, died April 1876, married his cousin, Louisa Ann Mullins, daughter of Spencer Mullins. Alfred, born 20 September 1803, died after 1880, married his cousin, Rebecca Mullins, daughter of Champion Mullins. Logan, born 13 April 1805, died 1825, never married. John, born December 1809, died before October 1853.

      In the early 1800's, a move of any distance would have been a trying experience, but David and Winefred Mullins Owen undertook a major move, taking their family and belongings from Wilkes County to Kentucky through some of the most rugged and hazardous territory in North Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. They left Wilkes County sometime in 1803 or 1804, probably following the trail into Virginia, to the Powell Valley in Tennessee, and then up through Cumberland Gap into Kentucky along the "Wilderness Road." They settled in what is now Rockcastle County. Over the years, David acquired much acreage on the Dix River, Skegg Creek and the Rockcastle River.

      It appears that Elijah Denny and his family along with the Mullins families came to Kentucky along with David and his group. The Owens and Mullins families all settled in the same area of Rockcastle County and continued their close association in Kentucky, with both playing an important part in the early development of Rockcastle County. There were several Owens-Mullins marriages in the early years and later intermarriages between cousins. The new families continued using the same names for their many children, thus creating a genealogical nightmare for those of us trying to sort out the Owens-Mullins families in Rockcastle County. David Owens (an "s" was added to the name sometime after 1810) died in 1822 and Winefred died on 26 February 1842. Both David and Winefred are buried in Rockcastle County, but their exact burial sites remain unknown. A marker was placed on Winefred's grave by her son-in-law, John Laswell, who stated in an affidavit that he "carved her name and deth date on her toom stone soon after her deth." The marker has not been found.

      In April 1850, according to David Owen's Revolutionary War pension records, the six surviving heirs of David and Winefred filed a pension application. The six were Elisha Owen, Webster Owen, Wesley Owen, Alfred Owen, John Owen, and their sister Wilmouth Owen Laswell. They applied to the United States Pension Office for a pension in accordance with the provisions of an Act of Congress, enacted on 21 July 1836, to benefit Revolutionary War veterans and their widows. To support their claim, the heirs filed various family records, payroll statements from the Comptroller of the State of North Carolina, as well as several affidavits from other Revolutionary War veterans who attested they knew David Owens served in the army during the Revolution. Subsequently, a pension certificate was issued in the names of the heirs in the amount of $80 per annum, retroactive from 21 July 1836, to Winefred's death in 1842, with a lump sum being paid to the heirs. A new certificate was also issued effective from 1842 until sometime in 1853, at which time the certificate was suspended due to the deaths of Webster Owens in June 1852, and John Owens, prior to October 1853. On 22 September 1853, James M. Smith, a lawyer of Mt. Vernon, KY wrote to the executor of Webster Owens' estate in Platte County, MO indicating that he had obtained a pension of $876 for the heirs of Winefred Owens, wife of David Owens. There is no information showing if these funds were ever distributed to the heirs in Platte County. The four remaining heirs in Rockcastle County, Elisha Owens, Wesley Owens, Alfred Owens and Wilmouth Owens Laswell made application in October 1853, requesting that the pension certificate be reinstated. Apparently their request was denied.

      One of the interesting documents found in David's pension file has created a puzzling situation. On 4 February 1820, the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky approved "an act totally dissolving the marriage of David and Winney Owens." Although this information is in the records, the pension application and other supporting affidavits say that David Owens and Winefred Owens lived together as man and wife until David'd death in 1822.

      Another interesting item in the pension file denotes a controversy created when the heirs gave their powers of attorney, at separate times, to two unrelated individuals, Lawyers, James S. Fish and James M. Smith. The two men were to serve as agents to help the heirs secure a new certificate of pension. Evidence shows the controversy arose when Mr. Fish accused Mr. Smith of "fraud and duress" in the names of the four heirs - Wilmouth Laswell, Elisha, Wesley, and Alfred Owens. On 11 October 1853, all four heirs presented an affidavit praising Mr. Smith and stating that he had done no wrong. On the other hand, Mr. Smith made the same accusation against Mr. Fish. In a letter to the Commissioner of Pensions, which was sent along with the affidavit, Mr. Smith said that Mr. Fish had drawn "fraudulent papers" in the names of the four heirs and described Fish as "a violent enemy of mine." Unfortunately, there is no indication in the file as to how this dispute was resolved. David Owen's Revolutionary War Pension Records, over 79 entries, can be found in the National Archives microfilm series, M-804, Roll 1855. (SOURCE: David and Winefred Mullins Owen were the author's G-G-G Grandparents; Charles Sterling Owens - cowens01@charter.net)

      (SOURCE: http://www.nose4bs.com/Ky_David_Owen.htm) David Owen served for three years in the North Carolina Militia during the Revolutionary War. He was in Col. Benjamin Cleveland's Company at the Battle of King's Mountain on October 7, 1780. He served under Col. Daniel Morgan at the Battle of Cowpens on January 17, 1781. He also served with Captain William Lenoir in and around Wilkes County, NC.

      On December 20, 1780 in Wilkes Co., North Carolina, David married Winefred Mullins, born March 30, 1766 in Halifax Co., Virginia, the daughter of Henry Mullins and Mary Terry. David and Winefred moved their family from Wilkes County to Rockcastle County, KY in 1803.

      David Owen and Winefred Mullins had thirteen children, including: Elisha Owen, born January 9, 1782 in Wilkes Co., North Carolina who married Lucy Laswell, born about 1785 in Wilkes Co., North Carolina; Allen Owen, born December 24, 1793 in Wilkes Co., North Carolina, who married Mary Kilbourn, born about 1798 in Pulaski Co., Kentucky; Burton Owen, born December 1, 1798 in Wilkes Co., North Carolina who married Lavincy Riggs, born about 1800 in North Carolina; Wesley Owen, born May 20, 1801 in Wilkes Co., North Carolina who married Louisa Ann Mullins, born about 1802 in Wilkes Co., North Carolina.