Sidney Price Owen and Kate Rich Owen
Sidney Price Owen was born May 20, 1867, to Isaac and Evaline Owen. Sidney had two brothers, six half-brothers, and four half-sisters. Mrs. Owen was born Matilda Katherine Rich in 1864 to Rev. Saberet Rich and Mary E. Rich. She was called Kate by her family and friends. Shortly after the Civil War, Rev. Rich moved his family to Tipton County and bought a farm next to Isaac Owen. Kate and Sidney were married in 1890.
Religion had a great influence on their lives. Kate’s father and Sidney’s two older brothers, Charles and Samuel were both Baptist ministers. Sidney helped finance the education of Sam, and both brothers attended Southwestern Baptist University, now known as Union University. Sidney’s grandfather was also a Presbyterian minister.
Kate and Sidney had one son, Warren, who was ordained into the ministry at Oak Grove. They were early members and workers in Oak Grove Baptist Church – Kate worked with the WMU and Sidney was elected assistant Sunday School Superintendent when Oak Grove’s Sunday School was organized in 1890. Sidney was also one of the original trustees for the Oak Grove and Liberty Parsonage, as well as directed the choir for many years. It has been said that he had a beautiful tenor voice.
Sidney died on October 4, 1918. Kate died on May 14, 1936.