History


The Thomas family has owned and operated Glenowen Farm since 1784. We have witnessed Quaker settlement, Civil War construction of the Washington and Old Dominion (W&OD) Railroad, and rapid urbanization of DC through the years at Glenowen. The original Registered Angus herd at Glenowen was purchased by Owen Thomas, Jr. in 1947. The Thomas cattle have recently been recognized by the American Angus Association as a Historic Herd.

Early Years

The Rev. Owen Thomas was born in Wales in 1691. He immigrated to Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1707 and subsequently married his wife Eleanor. Their son David Thomas, born in 1726, was a tanner and married Ruth Rogers. David and Ruth purchased “Cherry Grove” in Loudoun County, Virginia in 1778, adjacent to the current Glenowen Farm. Their son Owen Thomas was born in 1754 and served in the Revolutionary War. Owen married Martha Davis and purchased the adjacent farm in 1784 from James Nichols, a part of the Warner Land Grant of 1731.

Son, Joseph Thomas, born in 1789, purchased in 1820 land where the current farm house resides. Joseph farmed the property and later married Ruth Janney. They had a son Owen Thomas, Sr. in 1814. Owen later married Hannah Cecilia Humphrey Beans and they lived in “Meadowbrook” on Williams Gap Road. They had a son Owen Isaiah Thomas in 1859 who married Emma Hannah Piggott and they lived in the Joseph Thomas house on the farm they would name Glenowen.

20th Century

Owen and Emma would have four children, Elizabeth, Owen, Holmes and Rogers. They grew up in the home at Glenowen. Owen lived long enough to collect his life insurance policy early and Emma lived to be 105 years old. Their son Owen, known as June, would live on the farm and marry Helen Baber who lived on an adjacent Baber farm. They had two sons, Owen and Bill, and would be named as Farm Family of the Year by Progressive Farmer Magazine in 1955. Owen was elected as Cattleman of the Year by The Virginia Cattleman in 1984.

Bill Thomas then farmed Glenowen for twenty years until his death in 2003. Bill was instrumental in advancing the herd and participating in the BCIA sales at Culpeper, Red House and Staunton. His brother Owen Thomas III, who moved to Staunton, Virginia in 1960, started Chestnut Ridge Farm. Owen married Nel Thomas and had two sons, Owen D. Thomas and Joseph J. Thomas. Joe Thomas assumed responsibility as Managing Member of Glenowen in 2009. The farm land is now owned by three generations of the Thomas family.



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