Kirk Owen History Introduction
Issue Date: 23/03/2019
THE OWEN FAMILY
Alice’s father was Reginald (Rex) Kirk-Owen (1915-59), the prefix Kirk
only being adopted by his father in the early 20thC, and was born in Canada
of immigrant parents from Liverpool and the English Midlands.
Owen is a common Welsh name, so this family are difficult to trace far
back in the Liverpool area - they were probably immigrants from the Welsh
area in the 18thC.
The known line starts with Henry Owen, a miller in Liverpool. The
detailed section has a speculative line back from this Henry. Miller Henry’s
son, Henry Owen, a timber broker's clerk, (b. 1816 Liverpool), married
Elizabeth Quilliam (b 1821, Liverpool, dau of William & Jane Quilliam, a
cooper) and had 5 known children. Another of the miller’s sons, Peter went
into the timber broking business and became successful, and probably employed
his nephew, William.
The Quilliam family appear in north Lancashire, but the name comes from
the Isle of Man, and descend on the female side from the Branthwaites farmers
William Kirk Owen, a timber broker, (b 1850, Liverpool), married Ellen
Jane Brown (b. 1859, Chester), dau of George and Mary (Jones) Brown (son of
Elisha, a watchmaker), had 4 known children, 2 of whom survived: Frederic
Kirk and Jessie. The Brown family owned until the late 20thC a jewellers shop
Frederick Kirk-Owen (b. 1889 Liverpool, d 1951, BC) emigrated to Canada,
probably before 1911. There he married Florence Dolman originally from
Wolverhampton, and had 5 children, Reginald, Peter, Mary, Helen, Pauline, all
of whom lived in the Vancouver area.
Expanded Owen Details
Expanded Brown Details
Alice (Kirk-Owen) Maitland
THE DOLMAN FAMILY
Alice’s paternal grandmother was Florence Dolman (b 1892 in
Wolverhampton, Staffs, England) but emigrated to Canada with her mother and
sister in 1911.
The Dolmans were originally basketmakers in Alrewas, about 5 miles NE
of Lichfield, Staffordshire, England. They appear in the area in the late
17thC and remain in the area to this day. They married into a number of local
families, including the Waits of Yoxall and Trittlebanks of Alrewas. There
are many well preserved gravestones in Alrewas church yard featuring this
family. Some members moved to Burton-on-Trent with increasing
industrialisation. A line through the more recent generations to our family
is: Moses Dolman (1792, Alrewas, son of Joseph & Mary (Monks) Dolman), a
basket maker, married Hannah Wait (b 1795, Yoxall, dau of John & Sarah
They had 13 known children: Joseph 1817, Mary 1818, Ann 1821, Edward 1823,
Mose s 1825, Moses 1831, Moses 1841, Hannah 1827, Sarah 1829, Elizabeth 1830,
Reuben 1834, Reuben 1837, Enoch 1837.
Enoch Dolman (b 1837, Alrewas) married Phoebe Coley (b 1837, Dudley,
dau of John & Mary Ann (Hill) Coley, a manager in an ironworks). They had
9 known children, born in Burton & Stapenhill: John (1860), Enoch (1861),
John C (1864), Mary A (1866), Rose (1868), Louisa (1869), Henry (1872),
Walter (1876), Nellie (1878),
Enoch Dolman & Alice Tate (b1863, Portslade, Brighton, dau of
Thomas Tate of Steyning and Anne King of Reading), he a meat salesman.
(B.1861 Burton-on-Trent). They had 5 children: Emily 1886, Enoch 1888, Ethel
1890, Florence 1892, Reginald 1894.
The Tate family were farmers around Steyning and Beeding, villages
North of Worthing, Sussex, England. They married into the Goddard family and
are connected with the Lashbrook Laker family in Utah, USA (ref LDS). This
line of our family was tied together by the Thomas Tate family Bible.
Ann King was born in Swallowfield, near Reading in Berkshire. Her
family were agricultural workers in the area. Her mother was a Watkins. It is
interesting to speculate how three well-separated and fairly humble families
met up: did it coincide with improved rail and other travel. Perhaps Enoch
Dolman went to the South Coast for a holiday?
Dolman Family in Detail
Tate Family in Detail
Other files are:
Wills – at Jan 2103, only those for the Peter
family in Surrey/Sussex.
Surrey Parishes associated with the
22/1/2013: combined Owen & Dolman pages
23/3/2019: links modified, edited.