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OWENS, WILLIAM MITCHELL

OWENS, WILLIAM MITCHELL (1810–1890). William Mitchell Owens (also referred to as Owen), physician, businessman, and state representative, was born in Buncombe, North Carolina, on November 16, 1810. He was the son of Abel and Elizabeth (Gooch) Owens. About 1815 Owens moved with his family to Missouri and settled in Lafayette County, where he studied and practiced medicine. On March 15, 1832, he married Delilah Rupe. They had three children. His wife died sometime after 1835, and on September 26, 1838, he married Sarah Ann Grooms in Clay County, Missouri. The couple had seven children.

Around 1845 Owens immigrated with his family to Texas and settled in Titus County. He remained there until about 1849 when he relocated to Georgetown in Williamson County and established himself as the town’s first doctor. Owens moved again in 1856, this time to Burnet County. Here he was an active and successful member of the community and won election to the Eighth Texas Legislature and represented Burnet and Williamson counties. He served in the Texas House from November 7, 1859, to November 4, 1861, and served on the Apportionment, Indian Affairs, and Public Buildings committees, as well as the Joint Committee on Indian Affairs. The 1860 census listed Owens as a physician, owning $2,000 worth of real estate, and his personal estate was worth $2,375. The household included his wife Sarah and seven children. Following the Civil War, in 1870, Owens settled in Round Rock, Williamson County, where he was a prominent local physician and businessman. The house where he and his family lived in Round Rock was declared a Texas Historical Landmark in 1982. Owens died on July 14, 1890, and was buried in Round Rock Cemetery.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Darrell Debo, Burnet County History (2 vols., Burnet, Texas: Eakin, 1979). William DeRyee and R.E. Moore, The Texas Album of the Eighth Legislature, 1860 (Austin: Miner, Lambert, and Perry, 1860). Jane H. DiGesualdo and Karen R. Thompson, Historical Round Rock, Texas (Austin: Eakin Press, 1985). “Dr William Mitchell Owen,” Find A Grave Memorial (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=40834649), accessed March 19, 2014. Legislative Reference Library of Texas: William Owens (http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/legeLeaders/members/memberDisplay.cfm?memberID=5133&searchparams=chamber=~city=~countyID=0~RcountyID=~district=~first=~gender=~last=owens~leaderNote=~leg=~party=~roleDesc=~Committee=), accessed March 19, 2014. OWEN-L Archives (http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/OWEN/1999-06/0928339012), accessed March 19, 2014.

Aragorn Storm Miller
Aragorn Storm Miller

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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Aragorn Storm Miller, "OWENS, WILLIAM MITCHELL," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fow15), accessed August 20, 2014. Uploaded on March 29, 2014. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.