John Thomas was a publican of the Market Arms in Market Street in the 1840s when his three sons were born. It may be a coincidence, but none of them followed their father's profession, but became butchers in the nearby market. None of them were stallholders, so they were more likely slaughtermen or butchers assistants.
John THOMAS ( 1810 - ? ) m Mary Ann ? ( 1811 - 1861 )
- John Henry THOMAS ( 1836 - ? )
- Richard William THOMAS ( 1838 - ? ) m Emma Ann ALLEN
- Edith Emma THOMAS ( 1862 - ? )
- Edward William THOMAS ( 1864 - ? )
- Mabel THOMAS ( 1867 -? )
- Isabella Miriam THOMAS ( 1870 - ? )
- Joseph Richard THOMAS ( 1872 - ? )
- Edward A THOMAS ( 1843 - ? )
(Those in bold were butchers)
Earliest Mention in Guernsey
- The surname Thomas is very common in the United Kingdom, and there are no clues in the island as to where the family originated from.
- Although all three brothers give their occupation as Butchers in the 1861 census, there are no records of any of them holding a stall in their own right.
- John & Mary Ann lived at the Market Arms, Market Street in 1841 Census. They had moved to Park Lane by 1851.
- When Mary Ann died, the family split up. In 1861, John became a Coachman, and was boarding in Cassot Road, St Sampsons, John junior & Edward were lodging in the Market Arms, and Richard was boarding in Rosemary Lane.
- By 1871, Richard was the only one left in the island, and had married and settled in New Road - but he was working as a labourer.