James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

London, marriage & children

In London, Oswald played football for London Welsh: "On Saturday last Oswald Owen who has recently left Llanidloes for London appeared on the left wing for the London Welsh in their English Amateur Cup Tie with Hounslow on the latter's ground. The Welshmen won by 4 to 2. The Morning Leader of Wednesday, commenting on the game, said Owen gave a very creditable display, and is an acquisition to the team. The third goal was obtained by Owen. [Ibid. 22 Oct. 1898] A year later the newspaper reported: "Mr J Oswald Owen, formerly assistant master at the National Schools, has been appointed to a similar post at Westbourne Higher Grade School, Westbourne Park, London, W. There were many applications for the post." [Ibid. 28 Oct. 1899]

Oswald returned to Llanidloes in the holidays, when he occasionally played for his old cricket and football teams; presumably, he was the 'Oswald Owen' who, on Boxing Day, 1900, "played a splendid [football] game for the homesters, and the goal he scored was one of the finest efforts seen on the home enclosure" [Ibid. 29 Dec. 1900] In 1905 he was best man at the wedding of his brother James.

By then, Oswald himself had married and his bride was Mary Fynn [Fulham 1904, 4th qt], born in New Cross, Surrey, [Camberwell 1876, 3rd qt], the daughter of an engine smith, John Fynn (or Finn). I had been informed that Oswald's wife was called May, that they had two children, Mary and Morgan, and that Mary went to live in South Africa where she married and had two children. As is often the case, this approximates to what actually happened.

Mary was listed as 'Mary May' on one Electoral Register, and I believe she was known as 'May'. She was born in New Cross, Surrey, in about 1876, but by 1901 she was living with her family at 97 Coningham Road, Hammersmith. Oswald and May's daughter, Mary Dorothy Owen, was born in 1906 and their son, Oswald James Morgan Owen, almost ten years later [Marylebone 1915, 1st qt].

The Electoral Register shows Oswald was still living with his parents between 1937 and 1939. It appears that he became known as James Morgan Owen and that he married Joan E Coomes in 1939 [Brentford 1939, 3rd qt]. She had been born in Newham in 1918 [West Ham 1918, 1st qt]. Their first son's birth was registered in Brentford but they subsequently lived at 51 Princes Gardens, Acton; they were living there when another son and a daughter were born. I know of descendants living in Cyprus.