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I am researching the ancestors and descendants of Hilfort Craft Owen and Lillian Elizabeth Teeter Owen, my parents, whose ancestry includes families from England and Scotland, as well as many other countries.

Current research covers over 35 generations, both direct line and collateral.

Mayflower ancestry goes back to Stephen Hopkins. Family surnames on the Owen side include Craft, Hill, Sears, Suffern, Bartholf, Edwards, Wade, Ekstrand, and Brower, with locations in New York City and East Orange, NJ; Suffern, NY; Southeast (now Brewster), Putnam County, NY; Massachusetts and Maine; Long Branch, NJ; Bald Knob, Arkansas, and Manitowoc, Wisconsin, to name a few. Family surnames on the Teeter side include Graham, Thomas, McKay, and locations in Carroll County, Illinois; Lairg, Sutherlandshire, Scotland, and others.
Owen Family History by Rita E Owen
Updated May 5, 2009


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Family Photos

  • Ladies - Asbury Park, New Jersey (34 KB)
    One of these ladies is my great-grandmother Martha Deborah Craft Owen (seated, in black dress). The other ladies are unknown, but are PROBABLY sisters, cousins, or daughters. I think the lady in the left back is Martha's daughter Elizabeth Wakeman Owen Miles. Could one of these other ladies be Elizabeth Wakeman, who I believe was Martha's half-first cousin? If you know anything about this photo or any of these ladies, please contact me.
  • REO at Xunantunich, Belize (30 KB)
    Xunantunich is a wonderful Mayan ruin about 2 miles from Guatemala, in Belize. January 2000
  • Bridge Ladies in Honolulu, Hawaii (36 KB)
    This is one of my favorite photos, of Martha Deborah Craft Owen (2nd from left)and Phoebe Joline Edwards Hill (2nd from right) with two friends (or relations?) playing bridge in Honolulu, Hawaii. Martha was my great-grandmother on my father's father's side. Phoebe was my great-great-grandmother on my father's mother's side.
  • Alfred S. Owen, my great-grandfather (25 KB)
    Alfred and his wife Martha Deborah Craft Owen lived in East Orange, NJ. Alfred worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad.
  • Bridge Ladies in Honolulu, Hawaii - Detail (34 KB)
    Closeup of the four bridge players.
  • Clinton Genet Owen, my grandfather (31 KB)
    Clint and his wife Dixie Frances Hill Forte Owen lived in Honolulu, Hawaii and Burlingame, California. Clint worked for the Hawaiian Fertilizer Company, later Pacific Guano and Fertilizer Co. He was an avid golfer.
  • Anne Maria Suffern Craft, my grt-grt-grandmother (10 KB)
    Anne Maria married first Gorham Wakeman, and then Charles Craft, my great-great-grandfather. Their children included my great-grandmother Martha Deborah Craft who married Clinton Genet Owen.
  • Hilfort Craft Owen, my father (27 KB)
    Hilfort Craft Owen, known as "Ted" after Ted Lewis , the soprano saxophonist, and his wife Lillian Elizabeth Teeter Owen, lived in many places. My Dad was a Captain in the Navy, a graduate of both the U.S. Naval Academy (Class of 1927) and Harvard University.
  • Lillian Elizabeth Teeter Owen, my mother (14 KB)
    Mom was raised in the Philippines and Chile. Her parents were Methodist missionaries and we have amazing photographs of them visiting the Great Wall of China and places in Japan around 1905. Mom's father loved his box camera and fortunately, many photos have survived.
  • Robert Craft Owen, my younger older brother (27 KB)
    Bob, after a career in the U.S. Navy, working on the technical side of TV broadcasting. Now retired, Bob and his wife Betty live in North Carolina.
  • Dixie Frances Hill Forte Owen, my grandmother (26 KB)
    Despite the multiple surnames, Dixie was married only once, to my grandfather. Dixie was born Lillian Frances Hill, daughter of Walter Gordon Hill and Fanny (or Frances) Wade. When Fanny died shortly after the baby was born, her grandmother Phoebe went south from Chicago and took the baby home with her to raise. When Dixie was five, she was adopted by Frank Forte of Chicago, a businessman, who was a boarder in Phoebe's rooming house. Phoebe remained close to her granddaughter and eventually moved to Honolulu to live with her granddaughter and her family.
  • William Craft Owen, my other older brother (24 KB)
    Bill has been a newspaperman all his life. He and his wife Shirley live in Alabama, where Bill has become a true aficionado of the Internet.
  • House on Coco Head, Honolulu, Hawaii (21 KB)
    This is the house my father, Hilfort Craft Owen, was raised.
  • Charles Craft Owen, my great-uncle (26 KB)
    My grandfather's brother was a successful landscape architect.
  • Charles DeWitt Brower (94 KB)
    Charlie Brower was known as the "King of Alaska" or "King of the North". He lived in Point Barrow, Alaska, and was half-first cousin to my grandfather, Clinton Genet Owen.
  • Elizabeth Wakeman Owen Miles, my great-aunt (5 KB)
    Great-Aunt Deedee, as I knew her, was known to the family as Bessie and to her brother Clint as "My Little Chickadee," hence "Deedee." She served with the Red Cross in Cuba and was a nationally known horticulturist, specializing in orchids. She and her husband were instrumental in reintroducing the flamingo to Florida after near-extinction.
  • Martha Craft Owen, my great-aunt (14 KB)
    I never knew my great-aunt Mattie. Alice Owen Williams, my first-cousin once removed, remembered her as very avant-garde and stylish and a very special person.

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