The Carson Family

From Washington County, Virginia 
To Rockcastle County, Kentucky
To Jellico, Tennessee
To Davie, Broward County, Florida


David Owen 
Born: September 21, 1759 in Halifax County, Virginia. 
Died: in 1822 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky.

Ancestors of David Owen

Great Grand Parents: Bartholomew Owen born about 1619 in Steventon, Berkshire, England and Joanna Jennings, born about 1650 in Surrey Co., Virginia.

Grand Parents: William Owen, born about 1673 in Southwarke Parish, Surrey Co., Virginia and Lydia Lansford, born about 1675 in Henrico Co., Virginia.

Parents: William Owen, born between 1702 – 1725 in Prince George County, Virginia and unknown.



Any discussion about our Owens ancestors must give credit to our distant “cousin” Charles S. Owens who is a recognized (and published) expert on the Owen(s) of Virginia and Kentucky. Much or what is contained below is based on his work. Any errors are due to my misunderstanding or misreading of his very fine research.


Owens - Mullins Families of Kentucky




David Owen, was born September 21, 1759 in Halifax County, Virginia. 

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, North Carolina. 

On December 20, 1780 in Wilkes County, 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, North Carolina to Rockcastle County, Kentucky 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.



David Owen and Winefred Mullins are ancestors of the descendants of:

* Stephen Green Carson ("Grandpa Carson") through his mother Mahala Jane Owens and her father Allen Owen who was born December 24, 1793 in Wilkes Co., North Carolina.

* Susan Ellen Sowder ("Grandma Carson") two different ways: 1) through her father Lewis Sowder, his mother Sibbie Jane Owens who was born June 1, 1806 in Lincoln Co., Kentucky, and Sibbie Jane's father Elisha Owen who was born January 9, 1782 in Wilkes Co., North Carolina; and 2) through Susan Ellen's mother Malvina Owens, and Malvina's father Burton Owen who was born December 1, 1798 Wilkes Co., North Carolina.

* William Alfred "Alf" Griffin two different ways: 1) through his father William David Griffin, born August 23, 1857 in Rockcastle Co., Kentucky, William David Griffin's mother, Mary Owens who was born May 14, 1838 in Rockcastle, Co., Kentucky, and Mary Owens' father, Wesley Owen who was born May 20, 1801 in Wilkes Co., North Carolina; and 2) through his mother Sarah Frances Owens who was born July 1, 1858 in Rockcastle Co., Kentucky, Sarah Frances Owens' father Ashley Owens who was born January 15, 1819 in Rockcastle Co., Kentucky, and Ashley Owens' father Allen Owen who born December 24, 1793 in Wilkes Co., North Carolina.


Charles S. Owens provides the following information on Bartholomew Owen, the great grandfather of David Owen.

Bartholomew Owen was born about 1619 in Steventon, Berkshire, England and died about 1677 in Southwarke Parish, Surrey Co., Virginia.

"After his arrival in Virginia, Bartholomew immediately made a name for himself. The Surrey County, Virginia 1652 - 1663 court records are full of his dealings and escapades. In 1658 he was involved in a fight with Thomas Gray, a prominent planter. A suit was filed in Surrey County and several witnesses testified that they had heard Bartholomew Owen making many "disparaging, malicious and threatening remarks" against Gray. On 29 January 1658, the Court granted a continuance in the difference between Gray and Owen.

On 5 September 1660, in Court held at Southwarke Parish for Surrey County, further evidence was introduced in the case. In a deposition, dated 16 August 1660, Robert Spenser, aged 30, son of Edmund Spencer, undersheriff of Surrey County, stated that he had heard Bartholomew, on several occasions and in various places speak very "scandulous" words against the Commissioners of Surrey County, saying he would never have justice done him in that Court. Further, both in James City and in Surrey County, Bartholomew had highly reviled Captain George Jordan, calling him "Raskell and Rogue" and "shouten Raskell" and several other such base terms. Spenser rebuked Owen for his "mullitious" words. Owen replied, swearing, "God Damm him, of that raskell" George Jordan.

In the second deposition in James City, 19 August 1660, Roger Rawlins, aged 26, said that he heard Owen "disparrage" Captain Jordan and the Court, threatening him "publicky" in company saying "he longed to kick that man's arse." In September 1660, Mrs. Fortune Mills, a relative of the reviled Captain George Jordan, "deposeth" that Bartholomew Owen of Surrey County, hath several times, in her hearing, spoken "dispairaging and scandalous" words against the Commissioners and wholly against Captain Jordan saying "he never had justice done him in that Court." The court found Bartholomew guilty of scandalous and defamatory language and appointed Captain George Jordan to sue and prosecute the said Owen at the next Quarter Court with full power and authority to use all lawful means, for their consideration. Robert Stanton, the court clerk recorded this judgment, on 10 September 1660.

Despite this verdict and the controversy, Bartholomew was apparently considered a man of some substance since he was referred to as a gentleman in the records. He was a Church Warden of Southwarke Parish Church, Surrey County, served on several juries and coroners juries, sold and bought land and appeared to have served as a cattle broker.

Bartholomew owned a 648-acre plantation, but was far from being considered well off. He died intestate and his estate was valued at a modest £30 and probably, for inheritance tax purposes, was inventoried as follows: "one ould diseased horse and ould saddle and bridle, a bull, heyfer 12 years old, and a heifer calf, 6 shoates and 2 sows with 12 pigs." His household goods "comprised a passell of ould pewter, 2 ould iron pots, 2 pair pot hooks, 2 spits, and a pair of ould tongs." Furniture included "2 very ould thin feather beds and boulsters and 1 very ould, woolen cloth blankit, 2 tables and a fourme (bench) very ould, and 1 ould chest without a lock. A parcel of lumber and ould iron and 1 barrill of a gun and an unfixed lock an d an ould rifle" completed the inventory. Will Foreman and John Moring made the appraisal on 14 February 1677, Jone Owen also signed by mark."



Two of the children of David and Winefred (Mullins) Owen married two of the children of Joseph and Eunice (Riggs) Laswell:

* Elisha Owen (born 1782 in Wilkes County, North Carolina and died before 1860 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky) first married Lucy Laswell (born 1785 in Wilkes County, North Carolina and died before 1818 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky) about 1802 in Wilkes County, North Carolina. Their daughter, Sibbie Jane Owens married Madison Sowder. Madison and Sibbie Jane (Owens) Sowder were the parents of Lewis Sowder, 1829-1880, and the grandparents of Susan Ellen Sowder, 1872-1962.

* Wilmouth Owen (born 1784 in Wilkes County, North Carolina and died after 1870 in Platte County, Missouri) married John Henry Laswell (born 1782 in Wilkes County, North Carolina and died about 1854 in Platte County, Missouri) in 1804 in Lincoln County, Kentucky.

Burton Owen (born 1798 in Wilkes County, North Carolina and died 1840 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky), another son of David and Winefred (Mullins) Owen, married Lavincy Riggs (born about 1800 in North Carolina and died after 1860 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky) about 1823 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Lavincy Riggs was a niece of Eunice (Riggs) Laswell. 

** Malvina Owens (1831-1900), child of Burton and Lavincy (Riggs) Owen, married Lewis Sowder (these are the parents of Susan Ellen Sowder).

** William Riley Owens (1831-1914), child of Burton and Lavincy (Riggs) Owen, married Elizabeth Sowder, the brother of Lewis Sowder (the father of Susan Ellen Sowder)

Eunice (Riggs) Laswell was the daughter of Samuel Riggs (born about 1728 in Morris County, New Jersey and died 1798 in Surry County, North Carolina) and his wife Elizabeth Thompkins. Samuel Riggs married Elizabeth Tompkins Jan 5, 1749 in Morris County, New Jersey and they migrated to area of Mitchell River in North Carolina where he operated a water mill and blacksmith shop. During the Revolutionary War his family divided with both Torys and Rebels. The Will of Samuel Riggs was written Oct 1798 and proven Aug 1800 in Surry County, North Carolina.
He left his daughter Eunice Laswell five pounds. [Eunice was married to Joseph Laswell (Lacefield) who also resided near Mitchell River.]


Sarah Riggs, who was part of the Riggs family from Morris County, New Jersey married James Ellis about 1780 in either Rowan County, North Carolina or Jefferson County, Tennessee. Shortly after they were married, James and Sarah (Riggs) Ellis moved to Lincoln County, Tennessee. 
Mahulda "Hulda" Ellis, a daughter of James and Sarah (Riggs) Ellis, married John Neece around 1800 in Jefferson County, Tennessee. John and Mahulda (Ellis) Neece named one of their sons Hardy Holman Neece (born December 18, 1815 in Lincoln Co., Tennessee and died 1895 in Lawrence County, Missouri).

Hardy Holman Neece was named after the Rev. Hardy Holeman (1774-1826), the son of Daniel Holeman and Nancy Ann Saunders, and the grandson of Isaac Holeman (died 1808) and Mary Benton Hardy.

J. H. HOLMAN 4895, Unknown Co. 
Author: Sandi Gorin     Date: 2 Oct 2000 
Surnames: Holman, Flack, Millhouse, Kimbrough, Porter, Tolley 
HISTORY OF TENNESSEE From the Earliest Time to the Present; Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of from Twenty-five to Thirty Counties of East Tennessee, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Original Observations, Reminiscences, Etc., Etc. ILLUSTRATED. Chicago and Nashville: THE GOODSPEED PUBLISHING CO., 1887 LINCOLN CO TN
COL. J. H. HOLMAN attorney, at law at Fayetteville, Tenn., is a son of James W. Holman, who was born in Lincoln County, Tenn., in 1812. He was a farmer and Primitive Baptist minister. In 1830 he married Jean Flack, who was born in Lincoln County in 1812, and in 1881 came to Fayetteville, and has since resided with his children. He owns 800 acres of land, and has been a minister of the gospel since 1845. His father, Rev. Hardy Holman, was a Virginian, and moved to Kentucky previous to 1800. He was among the very early pioneers of Lincoln County, and surveyed the town plot of Fayetteville. Our subject is one of eight children, four now living; Dr. Thomas P., a resident of Lincoln County; Sue M. (Mrs. Dr. W. A. Millhouse), Jennie P. (Mrs. John G. Tolley), and J. H., our subject, who was born in Lincoln County in 1836, and received an academic education in the schools of his county. In 1856 he entered Union University, at Murfreesboro, but in the spring of 1857 was appointed lieutenant in the regular army by President Pierce, and held the position until the breaking out of the war between the North and the South, when he was appointed lieutenant-colonel of the First Regiment Tennessee Volunteers. In 1863 he was promoted to the rank of colonel, which position he held until the close of the war. He was at Cumberland (lap, Perryville, Lawrenceburg, and in many skirmishes, and was wounded on three different occasions, but not seriously. He was paroled May 24, 1865, at Houston, Tex. He was taken prisoner at Winchester, Tenn., in 1863, and retained at Camp Chase, Ohio, and Johnson's Island for thirteen months. After returning home he began the study of law, and in 1867 was admitted to the Lincoln County bar and began practicing with his brother, D. W. Holman. November 23, 1865, he and Lizzie C. Kimbrough were united in marriage. Mrs. Holman was born in 1840, and was a daughter of Rev. Bradley Kimbrough, a Baptist minister. In 1870 Mr. Holman was elected attorney-general of the Sixth Judicial Circuit, holding the office until 1877. and has since devoted his attention to his profession. In 1878 he was appointed commissioner to the Paris Exposition by Gov. Porter, and during his absence traveled in various portions of 
Europe. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity, Union Chapter.






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