James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants
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Susannah Ellen Shelby

John and Sarah’s fifth child, Susannah Ellen Shelby, known as 'Susie', was born on 23 July 1865 [Wrexham 1865, 3rd qtr]. She was a fifteen-year old scholar living with the family in 1881. In 1891 she had become an assistant elementary school teacher, still living with her family. Somewhat surprisingly she and her niece, Miriam Charlotte Labron, were the only family members who spoke only English, apart from the adopted Henry Huband who was actually mute.

At the time of her marriage to Richard Lionel Green (b 19 September 1873) at Ruabon Parish Church on 20 March 1900 [Wrexham 1900, 1st qt], Susie was 'of Ruabon National Schools', according to a newspaper report [The Wrexham & N Wales News, 24 Mar 1900]; presumably this was where she was teaching with her brother-in-law, John William Owen, who gave her away at the ceremony. Her brother, Thomas Francis Shelby, was best man and the bridesmaids were her youngest sister, Lallie Shelby (i.e. Sarah Ann Shelby) and her niece, Minnie (i.e. Charlotte Miriam Labron). After the ceremony the guests were entertained at Ruabon Infant School by Susie's sister Miriam and her husband, John William Owen.

The navy records indicate that Richard was known only as Richard Green. There was a Richard Green who in 1871 was living with his mother Ellen (27) at 81 Fratton Road, Portsea, Hampshire (his father, a Gunner in the Navy, was absent) but this was almost certainly Richard Abraham Green [b Portsea 1869, 2nd qt] whose subsequent life can be traced through civil records. The 1891-1911 census entries confirm that Susie's husband was born in Portsea in about 1873 but his family may have previously lived abroad; I have found no civil records for him prior to 1891. (The only possible birth of a 'Richard Lionel' (1872) in Hampshire bore the surname Grant and this child died in infancy.) >