Owen ap Meurig
(Cir 1465-1530)
Eleanor ferch Robert ap Meredydd
Maurice ap John ap Maredudd of Llanvroden, Merioneth
Angharad verch Ellis ap Griffith ap Einion
Hugh Ap Owen
Gwenllian Maurice
Owen Ap Hugh Owen of Bodeon, High Sheriff of Anglesey
(Abt 1518-1613)


Family Links

1. Sibill Griffith

2. Elizabeth Griffith

Owen Ap Hugh Owen of Bodeon, High Sheriff of Anglesey 1 2 3 4 5 6

  • Born: Abt 1518, Bodowen (Bodeon), Llangadwaladr, Anglesey, Wales
  • Marriage (1): Sibill Griffith about 1563
  • Marriage (2): Elizabeth Griffith in 1537 in Anglesey, Wales
  • Died: 1613 about age 95

   Another name for Owen was Owen Ap Hugh.

  Research Notes:

Per http://www.varrall.net/pafg12.htm#293
Born 1518 in Bodowen (Bodeon), died 1613. Bodowen was the orig name of Bodeon, so this may be the most authoritative source.
Elected MP for Newborough.
High Sheriff 1563 and 1580 [or see below]

Archives Network Wales (www.archivesnetworkwales.com) lists Poole, solicitors, of Caernarfon, papers GS 0219 X/POOLE & states "...Poole acted as agents in North Wales for the Owen family of Orielton, Pembrokeshire, and Bodeon, Llangadwaladr, Anglesey." This was in reference to papers of Sir Hugh Owen (1550-1614), who is a son of Owen Ap Hugh.
From the book Reifsnyder-Gillam Ancestry, p. 47:

"[Hugh Gwyn married] Jane, daughter of Owen ap Hugh, of Bodeon, Anglesey [see footnote 5, p. 47], and sister unto Sir Hugh Owen, Barrister-at-Law and Recorder of Caermarthen, ancestor to the Owens, Baronets, of Orielton, Pembrokeshire. Hugh Gwyn was High Sheriff of Caernarvonshire from 2 December 1599-1600, and was commissioned one of the Justices of the Peace for that county, 11 May, 1611.

"Owen ap Hugh, of Bodeon, Anglesey, was High Sheriff of Anglesey, 30 November, 1562-63, 1579-80 (30 November), and died 1613. His second wife, mother of Jane, who married Hugh Gwyn, was Sibill, youngest daughter of Sir William Griffith, Knt., of Penrhyn, Caernarvonshire, Chamberlain of North Wales, by his second wife, Jane, daughter of John Puleston, of Bers and Havod y Wern."

Footnote 5, p. 47:
"The MS. Pedigree of Rowland Ellis, by mistake, makes her daughter instead of sister of Sir Hugh Owen. She was daughter of Owen ap Hugh, as above. Dwnn II, 199, 205."

From pp. 58-59:
"IX SIBELL GRIFFITH, youngest daughter, who married (as his second wife) Owen ap Hugh, Esquire, of Bodeon, Anglesey, High Sheriff of Anglesey, 30 November 1562-63; 1579-80 (30 November), and died 1613. They had a daughter:
From Welsh Settlement of Pennsylvania by Charles H. Browning, Philadelphia, 1912, p. 286, " Owen ap Hugh, of Bodeon, high sheriff of Anglesea in 1563, and 1580, d. 1613"

From Welsh Biography Online (http://yba.llgc.org.uk/en/s-OWEN-BOD-1545.html) :

"OWEN family, of Bodeon (Bodowen ), Anglesey . Bodeon stands in the parish of Llangadwaladr, Anglesey, within easy distance of the mansion of Bodorgan. There was at times much political affinity between the two families but (curiously enough) hardly any marriage alliances. OWEN AP HUGH of Bodeon was quite a prominent man in Anglesey in the early age of Elizabeth, sheriff twice, and Member of Parliament in 1545 for Newborough (according to the old order)."
From GenUKI - http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/wal/AGY/Llangadwaladr/index.html :

"LLANGADWALADR, (or Eglwysael), a parish in the hundred of Malltraeth, county Anglesey, 2 miles E. of Aberf-Fraw, its post town, 4 N.W. of Newborough, and 1 mile from the Bodorgan railway station. It is situated within a short distance of the S. coast. The village, which is small, is wholly agricultural. The principal residences are Bodowen, an ancient seat of the Owens, and Bodorgan, the seat of F. O. Meyrick, Esq., which at one period was celebrated for possessing the finest gardens in Wales. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Bangor, value 245, in the patronage of the lord chancellor. The church, dedicated to St. Cadwaladr, stands on the site of one built in the 7th century, and was formerly a sanctuary. Over the S. doorway is a very ancient inscribed stone, which has been thus deciphered: "Catamanus Rex sapientissimus opinatissimus omnium regum;" and in the church is a punning monument to Owen Wood. Adjoining the church are the Owen and Meyrick chapels, with an E. window of stained glass. A full account of this window, which has been restored by Wilmeshurst, is given by Browne Willis, in his History of Bangor Cathedral. The parochial charities produce about 16 per annum. There is a village school." [From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - Transcribed by Colin Hinson 2003]

  Noted events in his life were:

Member of Parliament, 1545. for Newborough

Owen married Sibill Griffith, daughter of Sir William Griffith Lord of Penrhyn, Chamberlain of North Wales and Jane Puleston of Bers and Hafod y Wern, about 1563. (Sibill Griffith was born about 1530 in <Penrhyn, Llandegai, Caernarfonshire>, Wales and died about 1580.)

Owen next married Elizabeth Griffith in 1537 in Anglesey, Wales.


1 Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, Dictionary of Welsh Biography (National Library of Wales. 2007. Welsh Biography Online. <http://wbo.llgc.org.uk/en/index.html> ), http://yba.llgc.org.uk/en/s-OWEN-BOD-1545.html.

2 Glenn, Thomas Allen, ed, Reifsnyder-Gillam Ancestry. (Philadelphia: (Privately Printed), 1902.), pp. 47, 58-59.

3 Website:, http://www.varrall.net/pafn12.htm#293.

4 http://www.familysearch.org, AFN: 1N84-D63 & AFN: 1VGP-2L7.

5 Website:, Archives Network Wales (www.archivesnetworkwales.com).

6 Website - Genealogy, http://www.genuki.org.uk/big/wal/AGY/Llangadwaladr/index.html.

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