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Edwin THOMAS 2

  • Born: 14 Oct 1827, Birmingham, Warwickshire 3 4
  • Christened: 26 Dec 1827, St Philip, Birmingham, Warwickshire 5
  • Marriage: Anne BAILEY on 17 Jun 1851 in St Mary, Bushbury, Staffordshire 1
  • Died: 12 Nov 1897, Bournemouth, Dorset 6 7
  • Buried: 17 Nov 1897, Farnham Cemetery, Surrey 8

bullet  Notes:

The youngest surviving son, Edwin was born in central Birmingham, and brought up in Bloxwich and Essington in Staffordshire. He started his career as Assistant Engineer to his father in the Birmingham Canal Company, then in 1853 was appointed Engineer of the Regents Canal, the property of the North Metropolitan Railway and Canal Company. He was made General Manager and Engineer in 1861. He remodelled the canal from Limehouse to Hampstead Rd, increasing its capacity from 50 to 100 ton vessels, and also the Hertford Union Canal. He was responsible for the construction of a railway along the canal from Limehouse to Kings Cross, and the enlargement of the Limehouse Basin. He resigned 44 years after joining the Company in 1897, and died the same year aged 70. He was appointed M.Inst.C.E. in 1867.

Edwin married Anne Bailey (qv) in 1851, and had eight children. The family lived first in Ogley Hay in Staffordshire, then in Islington and Finsbury in Middlesex. Their eldest son Alfred was educated at St Mary Hall Oxford, ordained and appointed Vicar of South Kyne in Lincolnshire. He married the daughter of a clergyman, and had one daughter who is thought to have been a missionary in China. The next son Barnabas ('Barnie') was an engineer on the Regents Canal and the Grand Junction Canal, and also worked on the Foxton Inclined Plane. One of his two daughters (Sybil) emigrated to Canada in 1913, and to Chicago in 1919.

Edwin's two younger sons Edwin and Joseph were partners in Thomas and Thomas, Architects and Civil Engineers in Edgware Road. Edwin jnr married and had one son Sidney who joined the Royal Fusiliers at the outbreak of WW1, was commissioned in the Royal Sussex Regiment, and killed during the Battle of the Somme at the age of 21. Edwin snr's youngest son Joseph also married and had two children: his son Edgar was a chartered secretary and family historian whose notes have been extensively used in this research.

Edwin and Anne had four daughters: Mary, Ann and Charlotte who did not marry and lived in Bournemouth; and Lucy (qv) who married Alfred Stevens (qv), also an engineer.

Additional sources:
Minutes of Proceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers Vol cxxxi 1897-98 Part i.
TNA ref BT27 (passenger lists)


Edwin married Anne BAILEY, daughter of Barnabas Colley BAILEY and Mary PARKES, on 17 Jun 1851 in St Mary, Bushbury, Staffordshire.1 (Anne BAILEY was born on 22 Apr 1827 in Lanehead, Willenhall, Staffordshire 9, christened on 13 May 1827 in St Giles, Willenhall, Staffordshire,10 died on 9 Dec 1911 in Enfield, Middlesex 7 11 and was buried on 13 Dec 1911 in Farnham Cemetery, Surrey 8.)



1 GRO (England and Wales), Certified Copy of Entry of Marriage MXA974319.

2 GRO (England and Wales), Certified Copy of Entry of Birth BXBZ560770 (daughter Lucy).

3 Church Register, St Philip Birmingham, SoG ref Mf 3549 (baptism).

4 Census, 1851 Census (microfilm) - HO107/2016 f621 p4.

5 Church Register, St Philip Birmingham, SoG ref Mf 3549.

6 GRO (England and Wales), FRC Death Index 1897 Q4 Christchurch 2b 402 (age 70).

7 Probate, National Probate Calendars.

8 Non-parochial burial ground, Farnham Cemetery Register of Burials, Farnham Town Council.

9 Edgar F Thomas, Thomas Family History (Unpublished and undated).

10 Church Register, Willenhall, FHL(L) ref Mf 1526220.

11 GRO (England and Wales), FRC Death Index 1911 Q2 Edmonton 3a 623 (age 84).

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