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Introduction to the Thomas family

Our Thomas family originally lived in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, South Wales, and they were Copper Refiners. By the time our earliest known ancestor, John Thomas, was born, about 1792, the copper mines in South Wales were all worked out, and copper was being imported and then being refined where it was needed.
         In the 1830s, the family moved to Seacombe, near Birkenhead, Cheshire, where John and two of his children, both copper refiners too, worked at Bibby’s Copperworks. The industry moved in the 1860s and most of the family moved  to St Helens, Lancashire, working at the Ravenhead Copper Works, probably as part of the process for making plate glass. However, one branch of the family moved to Garston, Lancs. Nothing further has yet been traced of the Garston branch, nor do we know where they worked.
         At the end of the 1880s, our section (in St Helens) moved briefly to Jarrow to work at the Rio Tinto Company there, before moving to the midlands where John Thomas (grandson of the aforementioned) took charge of the copper refinery at the Allan Everett works in Smethwick. The family lived in relative luxury in one or other of the large houses in Rotton Park Road in leafy Edgbaston, later moving to neighbouring Harborne in the 1930s.
         The link with any sort of metal refining ended with Gordon Thomas (great-great-grandson of the original John Thomas) when he retired in 1984; though by then a works manager, the trade he’d learnt was metallurgy.
          The family still all live in Harborne or Edgbaston, working mainly in the computer industry.


Other Families

The following families are linked to the Thomases and have at least a small tree to view.

Name of Family Link to Thomas family Background
Ambrose Annie Ambrose married John Thomas in 1885 Farming family from Skelmersdale, Lancs area
Cundall Margaret Cundall married Roger Thomas in 1972 Family originates in Lancashire/Yorkshire borders
Green Willie Green marries Clasiena Thomas in 1890 Family seems to be based in St Helens, Lancs
Greenhough Mary Greenhough married Gordon Thomas in 1945 Staffordshire-based family from 1700 onwards
Hopkinson Medina Hopkinson married Walter Thomas in 1896 Iron working family from Newcastle-on Tyne
Mayor See the Ambrose family tree St Helens, Lancs based family
Owen Louisa Owen married Herbert Thomas in 1885 Glassworkers from Liverpool area, Lancs
Prested Linda Prested married Peter Thomas in 1986 unusual family name - all known families related!
Tarrant Bert Tarrant married Rachel Thomas in 1911 family from Bridgnorth district, Salop
Turnor Ada Turnor married David Thomas in 1917 Birmingham family involved in Steel pen manufacture


Transcribed Census Information for the Thomas Family

1841 Census

1851 Census
1861 Census
1871 Census
1881 Census
1891 Census
1901 Census