Timothy Morgan Owen Shelby
Timothy Morgan Owen Shelby, John and Sarah Shelby's seventh child, was born in Bersham near Wrexham [Wrexham 1869, 1st qt]; he was an eleven-year old scholar in 1881. A report in the The Wrexham Advertiser and North Wales News (5 Feb 1887) indicates that he was a pupil-teacher at the Boys' National School. In 1892 he was elected Honorary Treasurer of the Wrexham branch of the National Union of Teachers and at that time he was teaching at Wrexham National School [The Wrexham Advertiser and North Wales News, 17 Dec 1892]. That same journal (11 Mar 1893) reported that Timothy, then assistant master at the Boys' National School, had been appointed Master of Brymbo National Schools. The following week it reported: "Mr T M O Shelby commenced duty as head master at Brymbo Church School on Monday." He would be a schoolmaster in Brymbo for over forty years.
For at least forty-five years Timothy was a prominent churchman at St. Mary's Church, Brymbo; he was a member of the choir and read the lessons. A local newspaper article in September, 1893, commented that Timothy's "style of reading was greatly admired" when he read the lesson at the local church. These reports concern aspects of Timothy's association with St Mary's Church. Another report in the local journal (14 Apr 1894) quotes the comments of the Diocesan Inspector following his examination of Timothy's school: "This is an exceedingly good school, and passed an examination bordering upon the excellent throughout. I was much pleased with the results. The repitition was extremely good throughout."
In 1898 Timothy was one of several of the Owen, extended family to attend the Llanidloes Christmas Party. In 1901 he was an elementary school teacher living in the schoolhouse in Brymbo, northwest of Wrexham. Reports in the The Wrexham Advertiser and North Wales News show that, with his brother Thomas, he played several cricket matches for St James's Cricket Club that year; he appears to have been an all-rounder. That same journal reported that Timothy played as a forward for Wrexam Gymnasium Football Team. >