I am not an Owen descendant, but I have an interest in this 'indentured children' thing because of Frankey (Lea/Whiteley)Owen, and her children. I have a few questions, if anyone can help me. What I know is that Frankey's 1st husband died or disappeared around 1808. She had John (b.1802) & Polly(b.1804) and possibly a Sarah/Sally(b.1808ish), and in 1810, in the same indentured children document, John & Polly Whiteley and Harden, Nicholas, Reece & Rhody Owens were indentured out. By 1818 Frankey married William Owen and sometime later 2 of 'his' Owen children were given back to him by the court. My understanding is that after 1818 Frankey (Lea/Whiteley) Owens & William Owens had several children together: Jane(b.1819), Frances(b.1821),William(b.1822), James(b.1824), and Harvey(b.1826). Here are my questions:
1.) About William Owen who married Frankey: Does anyone know his date of birth, his parents, and if he was married before, and to whom? I realize there is some mystery as to who those kids were.
2.) About the 2 indenture documents that concern returning 2 of the Owen children to him: What was the date on those two documents, and which were the 2 returned to him?
3.) Has any descendant from William and Frankey (the above Jane,Frances,William,James,&Harvey) done DNA testing? If so, is there any correlation at all to any of the indentured Owen children?
4.) Has anyone seen census records reflecting William Owen & Frankey between 1810-1840?? Where did they live? I wonder how many children and of what ages would be reflected in their household in the census. I am trying to figure out if there was really a 3rd Whiteley child of Frances, since she (Sally/Sarah) was not in the 'indentured children document'. Did she stay with Frankey & William Owens?
5.) Does anyone know when & where William & Frankey Owens died???
I am also wondering why only 2 of the Owen children were ordered back to him. He must have believed they were his?? It is also curious that the Whiteley children were never ordered back to Frankey, since they were all indentured out (Owen & Whiteley kids) at the same time, and Frankey was then married to William Owens, when he got 2 children back. Especially since the Whiteley children were hers but the Owen children who were ordered back to him were not??? (Yet the 2 documents concerning returning the children to him state very clearly they were HIS children.)
Finally, I would love to hear anyones theories on who those Owen kids were… Scott, you said you have theories…?
Sorry to ask so much, any help at all will be appreciated.