The following is taken from a 6 Oct. 2007 email brom Brad Veek:
Greetings, “cousin” Roger.
I am Eugene Bradford Veek; son of Elsie Mae Brown (daughter of George Henry Owens/Brown – my grandfather changed his last name to Brown when he was about 20 years old). George was the only son of Zaddock Bradford Owens/Owings. I looked at your presentation of the Owens/Owings line and chuckled: the fine research hand of Donnell McClure Owings (DMO) and his best efforts remain the ‘guidepost’ for most of we Owings/Owens researchers. The book “Owings and Allied Families” (with two subsequent revisions) by Addison and Elizabeth Owings contains the essence of our early line and is the most prevalent ‘documentation’ cited. Like most of the other conjectures and best guesses, the Richard Owen connection to the Humphrey/Vaughn line and Rachel Roberts’ connection to the Robert Pugh line in Wales are undocumented. Alas. I have joined several other Owen(s)/Owings researchers for several years with diligent efforts to find the documentation. At least two of my cousins and I have physically visited Wales and had no luck in finding documentation to ‘prove’ that assertion. We even hired genealogist researchers in both Wales and in England to assist in this research. Nothing new was found and we are without proof of the assertions of DMO. We have even visited the often suggested area of Northern Wales, Lake Bala and Llwyn-du, etc. No records have been located which substantiate the contention that he was born in that area (or born anywhere, for that matter, nor can we prove that he came over on any ship from anywhere at any time) although a “Richard Owen” signed ‘certificates of removal’ for Quakers. I’ve been to Pennsylvania and Maryland doing significant research in the state archives of both. No luck finding his arrival or first ‘port of entry’ nor even when! Nor can we confirm the fact that he was documented as a child of Owen Humphrey and Margaret Vaughn. Etc. Nice, neat, and unproven statements which ‘repeat’ one another but not a scrap of documentation, to my awareness. Sigh. Further, when Richard and Rachel arrived in America we have, as a matter of documentation, that he spelled his name SEVEN different ways! In his own hand! LOL. He was not illiterate – he just spelled it phonetically (and probably as it sounded to the ear) – spelling precision did not matter in that era. I’ve lived in MD twice and owned a home nearly on the lands on which “Anna Merriken” was born and lived – just north, across the river Severn from Annapolis. And on and on.
Brad Veek. Richard
was born at Wales
circa 1662. He was the son of Owen Humphrey
and Margaret Vaughn
. He married Rachel Roberts
in 1682. Richard died in October 1716 at Baltimore Co., Maryland
. His body was interred in October 1716 at Maryland