Stephen Eugene "Gene" Owen was born in Harrisonburg, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana on December 8, 1869 to the marriage of Thomas Ford Owen and Tabitha Maragret Smith Kendrick.
The 1870 U.S. Census shows him living with his family in Sicily Island, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana.
On October 24, 1897, Gene married Frances "Fannie" Bartow Harris who was born on August 26, 1871 to the marriage of Richard Hines Harris, Sr. and Mary Ann Hughes.
The 1900 U.S. Census shows Gene and Fannie living in Ward 2, Sicily Island. Gene's occupation is listed as farm manager.
The 1910 U.S. Census shows Gene, Fannie and two children living in the same location. Gene's occupation is listed as grocery store merchant.
Gene and Fannie's brother, Richard Hines Harris, Jr., built a store in Sicily Island called The Red Star. The store was located where the Sicily Island Bank stands today.
Later, Gene and Fannie Owen moved their family to the Holly Grove area before finally moving to Galveston, Texas prior to 1936.
Stephen Eugene "Gene" Owen died on August 1, 1947 and Frances "Fannie" Bartow Harris Owen died on January 28, 1965. Both are buried in the Old Pine Hill Cemetery in Sicily Island, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana.
The following children were born to Gene and Fannie Owens:
Mary Florence, 1898-1900
Martha Irma, 1901-1994 (m. Charles Miller Wood, 1882-1957)
Margurete Frances, 1905-1999 (m. William Brownlow Mitchell, 1901-1974)
Ethel Eugenia, 1910-1993 (m. Nicholas Edward LaBarbera, 1903-1981)