Henderson County, Kentucky Biography
Joseph Valentine OWEN was born in Columbus, Kentucky, on 27 Jul
1851. When at the age of one year, his father removed to Paducah, and
there remained up to his death, at which time young Joseph was
fourteen years of age. He was then taken by his uncle, Dr. OWEN,
to Hopkins County, where he remained one year, when he concluded to
locate in Corydon. To this end, therefore, he packed his worldly goods
in a hand satchel and foots it overland. Mr. OWEN inherited nothing
save a strong mind and ample energy to back it. His education was limited,
yet every spare moment was devoted to the improvement of his mind. Arriving
at Corydon, he was soon given a situation with T. C. HART, and
during this time, attended as best he could, a private school. He soon
after went to King's Mills and taught school there; then engaged in
the mercantile business. In 1871 he returned to Corydon and entered
into the dry goods business with H. A. POWELL. In 1873 the firm
changed to Thos. W. POWELL and himself. During the summer of
1875, Mr. OWEN sold out to Green W. PRITCHETT, and at
the earnest solicitation of friends, made the race for Representative,
as an Independent, against Isham COTTINGHAM, and was elected
by a majority of 1,080 votes. He served during the term of 1875 and
'76, and, during the time, introduced several important bills, among
the number one regulating the electrion of constrables, greatly simplifing
matters and saving a large and unnecessary expense. In 1876, Mr.
OWEN was again a candidate, but was defeated by the Hon. M. MERRITT.
He then purchased the stock of H. A. POWELL, 06 May 1876. A year
or two afterwards he built a large two-story business house, the second
story, 35 X 60, being set apart for a town hall.
of Henderson County, Kentucky, 1887.
|1870 CENSUS OF HENDERSON
Joseph Owen age 18 is listed with Thomas W. Powell age 59, Page 55, House No. 54 and family.
1880 CENSUS OF HENDERSON COUNTY
J. V. Owen age 28, Page 287, House No. 6; Tina age 21; Powell (m) age 1; Laura Green (B) age 13; John McCorkelle age 21.
MARRIAGES IN HENDERSON COUNTY, KENTUCKY, 1858 - 1900
Joseph V. Owen - M. Christina Powell, 16 Oct 1877, Book 015, Page 112