James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants
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Return to UK and Death in Argentina

At the turn of the century, the FCS company extended its influence by taking over some of the other railways, whilst continuing to extend its own railway system amd its other enterprises. In 1905 it was involved in the construction of the rail link to the newly constructed South Dock in Buenos Aires, which on completion would have the capacity to store 50,000 tons of grain and have almost 2 miles of wharf space. In June 1907, President Figueroa Alcorta toured various railway facilities, including Los Talleres FCS and there is a photograph, taken at Los Talleres, which may show Thomas standing behind him.

Thomas & son John Shelbys Argentina In 1908 Thomas, Jane and their two sons returned to the UK, leaving Buenes Aires aboard the Asturias (Rachel is listed as Jane and Thomas’s ‘Profession, occupation or calling’ is given as ‘accountant’) and arriving in Southampton on 12 September. Thomas returned alone to Argentina, sailing from Southampton aboard the Thames on 9 October 1908. On this occasion his occupation was listed as ‘engine driver’, likely to be a clerical error as it was the occupation of the eight passengers listed below him. On arrival at Buenos Aires on 1 November 1908, Thomas's occupation was correctly recorded as "contador" (accountant). In May 1909, while his family were still in the United Kingdom, Thomas died in Buenos Aires, from 'congestion', aged 40; his death (Consular Deaths 1906-1910, Vol 12, p 19) and burial records wrongly record his age. He was buried at the Catedral Anglicana de San Juan Bautista, Buenos Aires (see map) (Sec. 3, Grave B173), on 11 May, the record giving his occupation as "employer" and his residence as "Australia 1060" (Australia being a road name and number 1060 being almost at its junction with Cnel. Brandsen).

Rachel subsequently lived in Oswestry; she had a sister there, ‘Aunt Lucy’, who lived in Gobowen and who married Thomas H Manford in 1915 [Oswestry 1915, 4th qt]. In 1911 Rachel and the boys were living at The Bungalow, Shrewsbury Road, Oswestry. Rachel died, aged 61, in 1936 [Shrewsbury 1936, 1st qt].