Kirk Owen History Introduction


Issue Date: 23/03/2019


     Alice’s father was Reginald (Rex) Kirk-Owen (1915-59), the prefix Kirk only being adopted by his father in the early 20thC, and was born in Canada of immigrant parents from Liverpool and the English Midlands.
     Owen is a common Welsh name, so this family are difficult to trace far back in the Liverpool area - they were probably immigrants from the Welsh area in the 18thC.
     The known line starts with Henry Owen, a miller in Liverpool. The detailed section has a speculative line back from this Henry. Miller Henry’s son, Henry Owen, a timber broker's clerk, (b. 1816 Liverpool), married Elizabeth Quilliam (b 1821, Liverpool, dau of William & Jane Quilliam, a cooper) and had 5 known children. Another of the miller’s sons, Peter went into the timber broking business and became successful, and probably employed his nephew, William.
     The Quilliam family appear in north Lancashire, but the name comes from the Isle of Man, and descend on the female side from the Branthwaites farmers of Cumbria.
     William Kirk Owen, a timber broker, (b 1850, Liverpool), married Ellen Jane Brown (b. 1859, Chester), dau of George and Mary (Jones) Brown (son of Elisha, a watchmaker), had 4 known children, 2 of whom survived: Frederic Kirk and Jessie. The Brown family owned until the late 20thC a jewellers shop in Chester.
     Frederick Kirk-Owen (b. 1889 Liverpool, d 1951, BC) emigrated to Canada, probably before 1911. There he married Florence Dolman originally from Wolverhampton, and had 5 children, Reginald, Peter, Mary, Helen, Pauline, all of whom lived in the Vancouver area.

Expanded Owen Details

Expanded Brown Details

Alice (Kirk-Owen) Maitland


      Alice’s paternal grandmother was Florence Dolman (b 1892 in Wolverhampton, Staffs, England) but emigrated to Canada with her mother and sister in 1911.
       The Dolmans were originally basketmakers in Alrewas, about 5 miles NE of Lichfield, Staffordshire, England. They appear in the area in the late 17thC and remain in the area to this day. They married into a number of local families, including the Waits of Yoxall and Trittlebanks of Alrewas. There are many well preserved gravestones in Alrewas church yard featuring this family.  Some members moved to Burton-on-Trent with increasing industrialisation. A line through the more recent generations to our family is: Moses Dolman (1792, Alrewas, son of Joseph & Mary (Monks) Dolman), a basket maker, married Hannah Wait (b 1795, Yoxall, dau of John & Sarah Wait).
They had 13 known children: Joseph 1817, Mary 1818, Ann 1821, Edward 1823, Mose s 1825, Moses 1831, Moses 1841, Hannah 1827, Sarah 1829, Elizabeth 1830, Reuben 1834, Reuben 1837, Enoch 1837.
       Enoch Dolman (b 1837, Alrewas) married Phoebe Coley (b 1837, Dudley, dau of John & Mary Ann (Hill) Coley, a manager in an ironworks). They had 9 known children, born in Burton & Stapenhill: John (1860), Enoch (1861), John C (1864), Mary A (1866), Rose (1868), Louisa (1869), Henry (1872), Walter (1876), Nellie (1878),
       Enoch Dolman & Alice Tate (b1863, Portslade, Brighton, dau of Thomas Tate of Steyning and Anne King of Reading), he a meat salesman. (B.1861 Burton-on-Trent). They had 5 children: Emily 1886, Enoch 1888, Ethel 1890, Florence 1892, Reginald 1894.
        The Tate family were farmers around Steyning and Beeding, villages North of Worthing, Sussex, England. They married into the Goddard family and are connected with the Lashbrook Laker family in Utah, USA (ref LDS). This line of our family was tied together by the Thomas Tate family Bible.
        Ann King was born in Swallowfield, near Reading in Berkshire. Her family were agricultural workers in the area. Her mother was a Watkins. It is interesting to speculate how three well-separated and fairly humble families met up: did it coincide with improved rail and other travel. Perhaps Enoch Dolman went to the South Coast for a holiday?

Dolman Family in Detail

Tate Family in Detail

Other files are:

Wills – at Jan 2103, only those for the Peter family in Surrey/Sussex.
Surrey Parishes associated with the Tate Family.



24/3/2004: edited
22/1/2013: combined Owen & Dolman pages
13/10/2015: tabled

23/3/2019: links modified, edited.