Henry M. Owens


                           Biographical Sketches

Henry M. Owens, one of the enterprising agriculturists of his county, was
born in Pike county, Arkansas, December 25, 1849. He is of English descent,
his grandfather, Lot Owens, coming from England when a young man and
settling in North Carolina, where his son Edwin, the father of Henry M.,
was born. Edwin Owens was a shrewd business man, and accumulated
considerable property. In his early life he ran a steamboat on the
Mississippi river and later was in the mercantile business. He lived for
some time at Morrisville, Alabama, and in 1848 moved to Arkansas, and
thence in 1859 to Texas, living first in Navarro county, and subsequently
moving to Smith county. In 1833 he married Elizabeth, daughter of William
Slaughter, of Alabama, and to them were born twelve children - William E.,
George L., Thomas J., John S., Lafayette, Joseph, Henry M., Sarah A.,
Delphia, Alabama, and two who died in infancy.

Henry M. Owens was ten years old when his parents moved to Texas. He was
engaged in farming in his early life and later was engaged in the
mercantile business which he continued until 1884. He now owns 265 acres of
land, 165 acres of which he has under cultivation and has one of the
pleasantest homes in his vicinity.

January 5, 1869, Mr. Owens married Georgia A., daughter of Burrill
Hambrick, of Georgia, and they have had ten children - Thomas, Lillian A.,
Decy D., Carrie, Felix, Burrill J., Eugene, James, Annie and McElwain. Mr.
and Mrs. Owens are members of the Missionary Baptist church. He is a member
of the Knights of Honor, Knight of Pythias and Odd Fellows orders.

Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas, Chicago: F.A. Battey &
Company, 1889, page 652.

Update 03.21.01              David Kelley 1997                 BIO-0114.HTM