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Richard THOMAS
Elizabeth ANSTIS
Elizabeth MASTERS
(1768-Bef 1842)
Tryphena MASTERS


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James THOMAS 2

  • Born: 12 Aug 1795, Lostwithiel, Corwall 3 4
  • Christened: 30 Aug 1795, St Bartholomew, Lostwithiel, Corwall 5
  • Marriage: Lucy FAWDRY on 25 Apr 1821 in St Philip, Birmingham, Warwickshire 1
  • Died: 20 Mar 1863, Essington, Staffordshire 6
  • Buried: St James, Ogley Hay, Staffs 7

bullet  Notes:

He was born in Lostwithiel in Cornwall, and although he was baptised as Thomas he was known as James. In about 1814 he moved with his family to central Birmingham, where he later married Lucy Fawdry (qv). Between 1821 and 1829 he lived in Church Street and Ludgate Hill in Birmingham, where he was a carpenter. By 1841 he had moved from Birmingham to Bloxwich in Staffordshire, where he was an Inspector for a Canal Company - presumably the Birmingham Canal Company (BCC). By 1851 he had moved to Sneyd House in Essington, where he later died at the age of 67.

James was the Engineer for the Wyrley and Essington and Cannock portions of the Birmingham Canal. He constructed the Cannock and Hendsworth Extension Canals, and also the Churchbridge flight of locks that formed the link between the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal and the BCC's Cannock branches.

James and his wife Lucy had four children who survived infancy. Little is known of their eldest two sons John and James, who died when they were 20 and 30 respectively. Their only daughter Emma married Thomas Gilbert, who was a grocer and ironmonger in Walsall in Staffordshire. James' youngest son Edwin (qv) was like his father a canal engineer.

Additional source:
Minutes of Proceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers Vol cxxxi 1897-98 Part i.


James married Lucy FAWDRY, daughter of William FAWDRY and Rachel FAWDRY, on 25 Apr 1821 in St Philip, Birmingham, Warwickshire.1 (Lucy FAWDRY was christened on 15 Oct 1792 in St Peter and St Paul, Swalcliffe, Oxfordshire,8 died on 30 Aug 1860 in Essington, Staffordshire 9 and was buried in St James, Ogley Hay, Staffs 7.)



1 Church Register, St Philip Birmingham, SoG ref Mf 3555.

2 Church Register, St Philip Birmingham, SoG ref Mf 3549 (baptism of son Edwin).

3 Anon (Chase compilation), Chase Family Tree (Unpublished family record).

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

5 Church Register, Lostwithiel, Cornwall County RO ref FP 128/1/3.

6 GRO (England and Wales), Certified Copy of Entry of Death DYA084415.

7 Monumental Inscription, Transcript of Ogley Hay, Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry, Staffs MI Vol 7, 1987. SoG ref ST/M 17.

8 Church Register, Transcript of Swalcliffe, Oxfordshire FHS (1993), SoG ref OX/R276.

9 GRO (England and Wales), Certified Copy of Entry of Death DYA142946.

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