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John Owen


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  Reverend John Robert Blayney Owen
Birth Thursday, 25 May 1848 at Chamber's Green in St. Leonards, Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire
  registered in Aylesbury October-December 1848
"On the 25th ult., at Chambers Green, near Wendover, Buckinghamshire, the Lady of the Reverend Edward Owen, of a son." - Bucks Herald, Saturday, 3 June 1848.
Baptism 6 August 1848 at St. Leonard's Church, in St. Leonards, by his own father.
Education Queen's College at Oxford University
Chambers Green, outside St. Leonards According to the 1851 census, John is the second of three children to Reverend Edward and Jane Esther (née Burgess), his father is the curator at St. Leonard's Church, where they also live, at Chambers Green [left].
According to the 1861 census, John and his older brother Edward, are living with their servant, Mary Ann Hart, still at Chambers Green.
Their parents are living with four more of their children at 66 Pulteney Road, in the Bathwick area of Bath, where his father is a clergyman.
According to the 1871 census, John R.B. is head of the household at 7 Pelham Crescent in Hastings. John, still a scholar with a B.A. from Oxford, is head over his three sisters and two younger brothers, who have a Governess, Elizabeth Wingford.
According to the 1881 census, J.R.B. Owen is the second master at Trent College in Long Eaton in Derbyshire. He has a Master of Arts from Oxford.
Marriage to Mary Georgiana Burgess, on 2 August 1881, at Latimer, Buckinghamshire.
  registered in Amersham July-September 1881
"OWEN―BURGESS.―August 2, at Latimer, Bucks, by the Rev. Edward Owen, M.A., rector of Bradwell-on-Sea, Essex, assisted by the Rev. John Stephenson, M.A., Vicar of St. John's, Weymouth, and rural dean, the Rev. John Robert Blayney Owen, M.A., Head Master of Hawkeshead School, Lancashire, to Mary Georgiana, youngest daughter of the Rev. Bryant Burgess, M.A., rector of Latimer, and rural dean." - London Evening Standard, Saturday, 6 August 1881.
Children John and Mary had five children together, John Latimer (b.1883), Robert (b&d.1883), Mary Katherine (b.1884), Margaret Bryant (b.1890) and Ithel Glendwr (b.12 August 1895).
Bradwell-on-Sea Old Rectory According to the 1891 census, John R.B., now married to Mary G., live at The Vicarage at 20 Church Road in Toftrees, near Fakenham in Norfolk. He is the Rector of Shereford and the Vicar of Toftrees. They have three children (another had died in 1883) and three servants.
According to the 1901 census, John R.B. is still married, still a clergyman, and has two of his children with him and two servants. They still live at the Toftrees Vicarage.
"His father, the Rev. Edward Owen, died in [11] November, 1904, after being rector of Bradwell for 34 years." - The Essex Chronicle, Friday, 17 June 1921.
(His mother died on 23 April 1908)
According to the 1911 census, John Robert Blayney is the 'clergyman of the established church' now at The Rectory [left], Bradwell-on-Sea. He is there with his wife, two of his daughters, and three servants.
(His eldest son, John Latimer, died 31 October 1918 killed in action a few days before the Armistice)
Death Monday morning, 13 June 1921 at a nursing home at 4 Dorset Square, Marylebone, London, having previously been living at the Bradwell-on-Sea Rectory.
aged 73 years 19 days registered in Marylebone April-June 1921


"REV. J. R. B. OWEN DEAD - Rector of Bradwell-on-Sea.
We regret to state that the Rev. John Robert Blayney Owen, rector of Bradwell-on-Sea, Southminster, since 1905, and Rural Dean of Dengie, died on Monday morning. He was 73 years of age, and early this month he was seized with pains in the kidneys and was removed to a nursing home in London, where he was operated upon. The operation was quite successful, and he appeared to be going on well. On Sunday he was visited by Mrs. Owen, to whom he spoke quite cheerfully about an early return to Bradwell. Then alarming symptoms set in, a clot of blood forming near the heart, and he passed away. He leaves a widow, one son, and two daughters. His elder son, Sapper John Latimer Owen, died at a casualty clearing station in France on October 31st, 1918―a few days before the armistice. The surviving son is now serving with the Army in India. One of the daughters is a nurse at Addenbrooke Hospital, Cambridge, and she recently returned home suffering from blood poisoning.
"The Rev. J. R. B. Owen was an M. A. of Oxford, and was ordained in 1876. He was an assistant master at Trent College from 1872 to 1881, and Headmaster of Hawkeshead Grammar School from 1881 to 1883, in which latter year he was elected Headmaster of Trent College, where he remained until 1890. He then became rector of Shereford and Vicar of Toftrees until 1895. The late rector lived a retired life at Bradwell, where he was very happy among his books and in his garden. He represented the parish on the Maldon Board of Guardians and Rural District Council, and was chairman of the Bradwell Parish Council, and of the trustees of the Bradwell Endowed Schools. His one sport was shooting, and he was known as an expert shot."
The Essex Chronicle, Friday, 17 June 1921.
Funeral Friday afternoon, 17 June 1921 at St. Thomas Church in Bradwell-on-Sea
Probate "OWEN the reverend John Robert Blayney of The Rectory Bradwell-on-Sea Essex clerk died 13 June 1921 at 4 Dorset-square Middlesex Probate London 10 November to Mary Georgiana Owen widow.
Effects £1995 9s. 2d." [2019 equivalent: £98,394]
  May Owen died on 28 December 1937 in Colchester and is buried with her late husband.
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990] &

Playing Career

Club(s) Joined Sheffield FC; also played for Maldon FC in Essex.
Club honours None
Individual honours Sheffield FA, Nottinghamshire FA and Essex FA.
Distinctions Also played first class cricket for Derbyshire CC.
Brother of Hugh Glendwr Palmer Owen
(Notts County FC 1888, Nottingham Forest FC 1889 and Essex CCC captain 1882-1902).
Height/Weight not known
Source Douglas Lammings' An English Football Internationalist Who's Who [1990].

England Career

Player number One of seven who became 21st players (27) to appear for England.
Position(s) Forward
Only match No. 3, 7 March 1874, Scotland 2 England 1, a friendly match at The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Hamilton Crescent, Partick, Glasgow, aged 25 years 286 days.
Distinctions None

Beyond England

Educated at Queen's College, Oxford he was Assistant Master at Trent College from 1872 to 1881 and then appointed as Headmaster of Hawkshead Grammar School, Westmoreland in 1881. He was ordained on 17 August 1882, by the Bishop of Carlisle, whilst at Trent College, becoming its Headmaster in 1883, and in 1890 left Hawkshead Grammar School to become the rector of Sherford and Vicar of Toftrees. Following the death of his father, Owen became the Rector of Bradwell-on-Sea from 1904 to 1921- An English Football Internationalists' Who's Who. Douglas Lamming (1990). Hatton Press, p.189./obituary.

The Numbers
parties Appearances minutes captain
1 1 90 0 none
The minutes here given can only ever be a guideline and cannot therefore be accurate, only an approximation.
1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 1 2 0 -1
His only match was a friendly match and at an away venue

Match History
 Club: Sheffield F.C. - one full appearance (90 min) F.A. Committee (Charles Alcock) - one full appearance (90 min)x

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Age 25
1 3 7 March 1874 - Scotland 2 England 1
The West of Scotland Cricket Ground, Partick
Fr AL   for

one of seven who became the 21st (27) players to appear for England
the first player from Sheffield FC to represent England
oldest outfield player & debutant so far