- Barbara Owen
(b Dartford, Kent, England, Nov 1, 1800; d New York, NY, Feb 12, 1882). English organ builder, naturalized American. He apprenticed in London with Flight & Robson and Joseph W. Walker and immigrated to New York in 1837 with his wife, four children, and a nephew, Frederick Wincott Jardine, who was also his apprentice. He worked briefly for Firth, Hall & Pond before establishing his own workshop, where he began building small chamber and church organs, some of which were playable from either a keyboard or a barrel, patterned after those made by Flight & Robson. One of these, built in 1842, is still extant in the small Episcopal Church in Pierrepont Manor, NY. His first church organ is said to have been built for St. James’s Church in New York, and in 1841 he built a good-sized two-manual organ for Chelsea Presbyterian Church there. In 1843 his nephew Frederick, having completed his apprenticeship, returned to England, where he eventually founded the firm of Kirtland & Jardine, but by this time some of George’s sons were beginning to enter the workshop as apprentices, and Jardine’s business was expanding. In ...