Posted By:D. Kenerley
Subject:Re: Adams & Pigg families of Pittsylvania County, VA, plus Clark County, KY
Post Date:August 27, 2012 at 18:07:23
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Yes, Wiley is my great great grandfather thru James Jefferson Owen. I'm hoping that a connection further back in time will help reveal Wiley's parents ... while Julius is a suspect, as you mentioned in a previous post, there is no proof, plus what info I've found shows the Julius married Judith in 1804, while Wiley's age consistenly is reported as prior to that as 1802. Wiley had 12 children: Miles W. Owen (1827-28),Martha J. Owen (1830), Mary E. Owen (1833), Lucy Owen (1834), Amanda J.Owen (1835), Letetia Owen (1838), Fanny Owen (1840), George Rufus Owen(1839), Nancy Owen (1840), Beverly B. Owen (1842) James Jefferson Owen(1843), and William Roy Owen (1846).

When Wiley Owen married Mary Ann Woodson, daughter of Drury Woodson and Nancy Adams, on that same day (Thursday, 2 Dec 1824) at the same church (Shockoe Baptist Church ) and by the same minister (Rev David Nowlin), Royall Owen also married Letita Woodson. Today, the ground for Shockoe Church contains an unmarked cemetery that is referred to as the "Owen burial ground". The present day church and that cemetery sit on land that belonged to Julius Owen and later, his son Miles Owen.

Wiley Owen lived in Pittsylvania County except for a brief period of timein 1850 when he farmed in Halifax County. Wiley was listed as an "overseer"in census records prior to the Civil War, but as a "farmer" after the War.

Efforts to date have failed to reveal Wiley's name and so, in hopes of someone else out there having info on him, I've widened the search. Perhaps someone with Woodson, Admas or Pigg ancestors might have some info on him?

Robert, since we're obviously cousins, I'll contact you via regular email and share what little info I have with you. Thanks for the interest!