Thomas was born in about 1849 in Bolton, the son of James Mangnall (HM088) and Margaret (HM166). In the 1851 Census Thomas is recorded as being 3 years old and living with his parents at Waterloo Street in Little Bolton. The 1861 Census shows that he was a 12 year old scholar living with his family at 72 Waterloo Street. By the time of the 1871 Census he was working as a book keeper like his father, he was 22 years old, still living with his parents and siblings at 72 Waterloo Street.

Thomas married Eleanor B Holt by the time of the 1881 Census. They had the following children:

  • Margaret Elizabeth (EM101), born 1876 in Rivington;
  • Robert (EM102), born 1877 in Horwich;
  • Eleanor (EM103), born 14th July 1879 in Horwich;
  • James (EM328), born 1882 in Bolton;
  • Jane (EM329), born 1887 in Blackpool.

The 1881 Census shows that Thomas and Eleanor were living at 291 Chorley Old Road in Halliwell. Thomas, now 31 years old, was working as an “Agent for Cotton Yarns”

The family moved to 8 Back o’the Bank in Little Bolton by the time of the 1891 Census – Thomas was now working as a “Manager Bill Poster”, a job he was still doing at the time of the 1901 Census – the family now living at 24 Bromwich Street in Bolton along with Eleanor’s widowed mother.

Thomas died aged 73 on the 18th April 1922, he was living at The Beeches, Markland, Hill Lane in Bolton. He was buried on the 21st April 1922 at St Peter’s CE Church in Halliwell. His wife Eleanor survived him continuing to live at The Beeches until her death on the 8th March 1936. She was also buried at St Peter’s on the 11th March 1936.

[Last updated 27 Dec 2009]