Mary Owens, wife of Robert Owens, is listed as a daughter of James and Keziah Williams in their Pike County, Alabama probate settlement. This page from the probate clearly shows that Mary had married Robert F. Owens:
|Probate of James Williams|
On the 1830 Pike County, Alabama census, the household of Robert Owens is next door to that of David Owens and on the same page as James Williams's household.
Robert Owens 10001-0001:
one male 1 - 4
one male 20 - 29 = Robert Owens
one female 15 - 19 = Mary (Williams) Owens
This appears to the household of newlyweds, and it is reasonable to think that this Robert Owens and wife Mary (Williams) Owens.
The Robert Owens household is still in Pike County, Alabama in 1840
Robert Owens 121001-010001
one male 1 - 4
two males 5 - 9
one male 10 - 14
one male 30 - 39 = Robert Owens
one female 5 - 9
one female 30 - 40 = Mary (Williams) Owens
In 1850, there is no Robert Owens household in Pike County. However, there is a Robert S Owens with wife Mary in Lowndes County, Alabama:
16 Dec 1850, Rocky Mount Dist., Lowndes County, AL:
Robert S. Owens 45 M $2,000 b. SC
Mary ---- 40 F b. SC
James ---- 18 b. AL
Theodore ---- 15 b. AL
Leander ---- 11 b. AL
Allen ---- 8 b. AL
The eldest son and daughter are no longer in the household.
By 1860, the Robert Owens household had returned to Pike County, Alabama.
15 June 1860, Western Division, Pike County, Alabama, P.O.: New Providence:
134 - 134
Robert F. Owens 59 M Farmer $1,700 - $2,500 b. SC
Mary M. ---- 47 F b. SC
Alvin ---- 18 M b. AL
Other researchers have identified this Robert F. Owens as Robert Fleming Owens, and they have identified the eldest son as Randolph Owens. They have also identified a daughter Theodosia, but that seems to be a misinterpretation of son Theodore Owens.
Robert Owens and wife Mary (Williams) Owens have not been found (yet) on the census after 1860. It seems likely that they returned to Pike County because Keziah was older, and there was an estate to settle.