J.M. Owens - Troup County, GA
J. M. Owens
Submitted by Carla Miles

Memoirs of Georgia, Vol. II, Atlanta, Ga., page 925
Published by The Southern Historical Association in 1895


J. M. Owens, farmer, Mountville, Troup Co., Ga., son of Daniel and Mary (Prather) Owens, was born in Troup county in 1847. His paternal grandfather, Henry Owens, was a native of Ireland, and came to America before the revolutionary war, in which he served as a soldier in the patriot army. Mr. Owens´┐Ż father was born in South Carolina, came to Georgia in ox-carts, in 1832, and settled where Mountville now stands; and the next year moved to the place on which Mr. Owens now lives. His mother was also born in South Carolina, and was the daughter of John and Mary Prather, of Scotch descent, born in South Carolina. When the family came to Georgia his mother rode the entire distance on horseback. Mr. Owens was reared a farmer, and farming has been his life-occupation. His limited schooling was restricted to the common schools of the rural districts. In 1864 he enlisted in Company A, Thirty-seventh Georgia regiment, but as hostilities ceased soon afterward, his service was of short duration, and not extra arduous. After the war he resumed farming operations, in which he has been prosperous, and is considered one of the best farmers in the county.

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