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Walter (John) THOMAS (c. 1836-1882)

Name: Walter (John) THOMAS
Sex: Male
Father: John Thomas THOMAS (1808-1836)
Mother: Unknown ( - )

Individual Events and Attributes

Birth c. 1836 Southampton, Hampshire, UK1,2,3
Bitterne (nr Southampton), Hampshire, UK
Year of birth calculated from 1881 census entry for Walter THOMAS stated age 45
Occupation 7 Jun 1841 (age 4-5) Not Found; Hampshire, UK
Not found in UK 1841 Census.
Occupation 30 Mar 1851 (age 14-15) Vagrancy; Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK4
Borough Gaol, Penny Street, Portsmouth
Entry was for John THOMAS stated age 14
Occupation 23 Jul 1855 (age 18-19) Felon; Lewes, Sussex, UK5
Lewes Assizes, Lewes, Sussex
Entry was for John THOMAS sentenced to 4 years gaol for Housebreaking and Larceny
Occupation 12 May 1867 (age 30-31) Shoemaker; Brighton, Sussex, UK6
41 Mighell Street, Brighton
Occupation 2 Apr 1871 (age 34-35) Shoemaker Mens; Lewes, Sussex, UK7
Lewes Gaol, Lewes, Sussex, UK
Assumed to be the Gaol inmate with initials W.T.; a Shoemaker Mens; age 35; married; born in Bittern, Hampshire.
Occupation 3 Apr 1881 (age 44-45) Bootmaker; Brighton, Sussex, UK8
36 Holland Street, Brighton
Entry was for Walter THOMAS age 46; married; a Bootmaker; born in Southampton, Hants
Death 5 Apr 1882 (age 45-46) Brighton, Sussex, UK9
36 Holland Street
Q2 1882 Brighton 2b 138 for Walter THOMAS stated age 46, a Shoemaker
Burial 12 Apr 1882 Brighton, Sussex, UK1,10
City Cemetery. Bear Road. Brighton, Sussex, UK
Unmarked Grave Number = ZIF 85


Spouse Isabella BACK (c. 1829-1887)
Children Mary Ann BACK (1856-1872)
Caroline THOMAS (1863-1908)
Walter THOMAS (1867-1869)
Wallace Walter THOMAS (1867-1912)
Ellen THOMAS (c. 1870- )
Marriage "None found"

Individual Note

Probably known as Young John in his early years, Walter THOMAS is believed to have been born in Bitterne nr. Southampton, Hampshire in 1836. Walter's father is believed to be John Thomas THOMAS, but his mother is unknown. Walter John THOMAS had an older stepsister Susannah Eliza THOMAS born in Bitterne in 1832. Walter's father John Thomas THOMAS is believed to have died in 1836. Walter's older stepsister Eliza was taken in by the parents of her mother, John's first wife. But no definite trace can be found of Walter THOMAS in the 1841 census. In 1851 it is likely he was in Portsmouth Gaol as a Vagrant. By 1855 Walter John THOMAS seems to have been associating with Isabella (BACK)THOMAS (but no marriage record has been located); as in Jul 1855 they were both convicted of Housebreaking and Larceny, in the Lewes Assizes, and sentenced to 4 yrs gaol. In the 1861 census it is believed Walter THOMAS was again in Lewes prison. By 1862 it seems that Walter THOMAS was in the Brighton area with Isabella, by whom he had a daughter Caroline born in Brighton in 1863. Walter THOMAS and Isabella went on to have twin sons, Wallace & Walter, born in Brighton in 1867; and another daughter Ellen born in Brighton in 1870. Walter THOMAS died in Brighton in 1882 and is buried in an unmarked grave in the City Cemetery, Bear Road, Brighton. His partner Isabella survived for another 5 years.


[ NO other THOMAS family member living in Bitterne, Hampshire in 1841 census EXCEPT Liza THOMAS aged 8.

South Stoneham Workhouse - John Bates, Master, aged 57, has NO inmates called THOMAS in 1841 census. There was a death of a John THOMAS Q4 1841 on Portsea Island 7 87 no age stated. In the 1861 census, NO trace of W T or T W found in Lewes Workhouse, Union House, High Street, Lewes - (James Henshaw, Master).]


1"UK Census 1881".
2"Surname Origin". See
3"Family Tree". See
4"UK Census 1851". See
5"Court Record". See
6"UK GRO B Cert.".
7"UK Census 1871". See
8"UK Census 1881". See
9"UK GRO D Cert.". See
10"UK Census 1871".