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Santa Clara in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Rev. Isaac Owen

 
 
Rev. Isaac Owen (Side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 5, 2009
1. Rev. Isaac Owen (Side 1)
Inscription.  
[Side 1 of Obelisk:]
Rev. Isaac Owen
First Superintendent
of the
Methodist Episcopal
Church in California
Born in Vermont
March 9, 1809
Died in San Francisco
Feb. 9, 1866
[Side 2 of Obelisk:]
Elizabeth G.
Wife of
Rev. Isaac Owen
Daughter of
W. & L. Hardin
Died Aug. 19, 1864
Aged 56 Yrs. 7 Ms
Over 40 Yrs. A member
Of the M.E. Church
[Side 3 of Obelisk:]
Lucinda M.
Wife of
Rev. Isaac Owen
Born Sept. 23, 1814
Died Jan. 4, 1901
[Side 4 of Obelisk:]
Amy Low Owen
Mother of
Rev. Isaac Owen
Born in Vermont
May 7, 1786
Died in Santa Clara
July 14, 1876
(Marker Number 13.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches & Religion. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1670.
 
Location. 37° 
Elizabeth G. (Side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 5, 2009
2. Elizabeth G. (Side 2)
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20.12′ N, 121° 57.045′ W. Marker is in Santa Clara, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker can be reached from North Winchester Boulevard. Marker and gravesite are located at the Mission City Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 420 North Winchester Boulevard, Santa Clara CA 95050, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Captain Harry Love (within shouting distance of this marker); “Eberhard” (within shouting distance of this marker); California Wesleyan College (approx. half a mile away); The Berryessa Adobe (approx. half a mile away); Harris/Lass House (approx. half a mile away); Kiely House (approx. mile away); Landrum House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Dr. Henry Warburton House (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Clara.
 
Additional commentary.
1. Rev. Isaac Owen (1809 – 1866)
[From the Mission City Memorial Park Self-Guided Walking Tour Brochure:]
“A native of Vermont, Owen knew at the age of 17 that he wanted to dedicate his to the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was an illiterate blacksmith who became an avid reader and the Church licensed him to “exhort” in 1830 and to preach in 1832. He was appointed
Lucinda M. (Side 3) image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 5, 2009
3. Lucinda M. (Side 3)
as missionary to California in 1848 and came West on an ox-drawn wagon. In a letter to his bishop, he that California is a land measurably uncivilized and unchristianized. He remained active with the Church throughout his life and served as the first superintendent of the Methodist Episcopal Church in California. He helped organize the California Wesleyan College in Santa Clara in 1851 which later became the College of the Pacific and then the University of the Pacific (now in Stockton). He was famous for his fund raising abilities and his enthusiastic support of education. He is reported to have said he wished there could be a high school at every crossroad and a college in every county.”
    — Submitted November 8, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.
 
Amy Low Owen (Side 4) image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 5, 2009
4. Amy Low Owen (Side 4)
United Methodist Historic Site No. 13 image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 5, 2009
5. United Methodist Historic Site No. 13
Rev. Isaac Owen Burial Site image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, November 5, 2009
6. Rev. Isaac Owen Burial Site
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 8, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,059 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 8, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

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