James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants
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Thomas Francis Shelby

Thomas F Shelby John and Sarah’s sixth child, Thomas Francis Shelby, was born in Adwy, Denbighshire on 5 January 1868 [Wrexham 1868 1st qtr]; he was a thirteen-year old scholar living with the family in 1881. He was a pupil at Adwy Coedpoeth British School where he was at least one prize and took a minor part in a drama, but I have found only one mention of Thomas in the school log. He also won a prize from the Offa Band of Hope in February 1883.

He played cricket for St James Cricket Club and was its secretary (1890-92); in 1901 several reports indicate that both he and his brother, Timothy represented the club. Like several of the Shelby children, he performed on stage; in October 1894 he sang a song, "The Farmer's Boy", in a concert to raise funds for the CETS, Wrexham Branch (it is likely that he took part in the athletic display laid on by the CETS Gymnasium). In October 1895 he won 2nd prize in the annual Wrexham Cyclists' Carnival for being made up as a lady ("her" bicycle carrying a cradle containing "the baby"); he was was involved with this carnival for several years and was a member of the carnival organising committee. In March 1896 Thomas was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Wrexham Cycling Club. Reports in The Wrexham Advertiser and North Wales News are the sources of information about Thomas's interests.

He too seems to have been close to his uncle Elias Owen and his family; he subscribed to one of Elias’s books in 1896 when he was living at 11 Cross Street, Rhosddu, Wrexham. (This is a street adjacent to Spring Road, which was where several other members of the Shelby family lived.) He attended Elias’s funeral and was a witness at the marriage of Elias's daughter, Susan Ellen Owen. Thomas was a mason; in November 1899 he was presented with a buffalo jewel in a morocco case, in recognition of his services as a primo of the Atlas Lodge, No. 580.