Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Caty Owens
MSA SC 3520-16527

Biography:

Caty Owens (or Owings) lived near the town of Brookeville in Montgomery County, Maryland between 1808 and 1822. While in Brookeville, Owens worked for local residents Richard and Gerard Brooke. Prior to 1810, Owens was compensated for her work in clothing, tools, and various fabrics such as flannel and silk. However, in October of that year, Gerard Brooke hired her on a monthly basis for two dollars in cash per month, which he considered "great wages." Owens continued to work for Gerard until March of 1814 at the same rate of two dollars per month.1

Owens does not appear to have worked for either Gerard or Richard Brooke between the spring of 1814 and the summer of 1819. However, in August of 1819, Richard Brooke hired Owens, most likely as a seamstress. She worked for Richard until March of 1822, earning a total of $64 in cash and supplies. It is likely that Owens remained in Montgomery County until her death.2

Kyle Bacon, DAR Research Fellow, 2013

Notes:

  1. SPECIAL COLLECTIONS (Mary Farquhar Green Collection) Account book of Gerard Brooke, 1802-1821 [MSA SC 566-1-98, 00/09/06/06].
  2. SPECIAL COLLECTIONS (Mary Farquhar Green Collection) Account book of Richard Brooke, 1812-1822 [MSA SC 566-1-100, 00/09/06/05].

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