OWEN, SARAH JANE LONG (1851 ~ 1961). Sarah Jane Long Owen was born on November 30, 1851 in Falls County, Texas. She was born to John J. Long of Tennessee and Elizabeth Hatton of Virginia.
She married Samuel Owen of Texas and they had four children, Mrs. Josephine Morrission, Mrs. Grace Lloyd, Mrs. Arlene Spradbery, and Tom Owen. According to an unidentified newspaper article in Cemetery files, Sarah Owen and her husband once moved to Alberta, Canada when the Canadian government opened up the area for settlement. The article states the family moved back to Texas after a few years.
Her husband was a rancher and she taught school.
Sarah Owen worked during the Civil War gathering wool and cotton, spinning and weaving cloth to make garments for the Confederate soldiers, and gathering food for the soldiers and their horses, thus qualifying her for entry to the Confederate Women's Home. Her father went off to fight during the Civil War and was killed at an unknown battle.
The following is an excerpt from a letter she sent to Home officials stating her case for entry:
"This is to certify that I did assist the Confederate cause by knitting, spinning and weaving cloth, both cotton and wool, for garments for Confederate Soldiers. I also rendered aid to the wives and widows of Confederate Soldiers, who had small children and needed both the company and help which I was able to give..."
Owen was admitted to the Confederate Women's Home on July 2, 1946. She died on October 29, 1961 in Austin and was buried at the Texas State Cemetery.
Information taken from Texas State Cemetery file materials.