Samuel was certainly wealthy, but the story of the sixpence is no doubt part of the family myth, as is perhaps also the idea that he came from Wales (although his father Aaron Thomas probably did). Samuel's sister was Mary Jane Thomas (1816–43), and he married Mary Quarterly (1808–83) from Devonport.
The Thomas family is noted for the number and the longevity of its children, and Samuel senior and Mary had at least nine children:
Elizabeth Thomas, b. 1833
Samuel Thomas junior (1834–1912), m. Marie Antoinette Goffin (1843–1928)
Ann Thomas, b. 1838
Fanny Thomas, b. 1840, m. Thomas Tanner
Maria Thomas (1841–60)
Richard Thomas, b. 1844
John Thomas, b. 1847
Mary Thomas, b. 1848
Henry Thomas, b. 1850
Samuel Thomas junior was Lionel Britton's grandfather, and following the death of Lionel's father he and his brothers and sister went to live in Samuel's house on Hewell Road in Redditch. Samuel and Marie Antoinette had at least ten children:
Irza Vivian Geraldine Thomas (1866–1959), m. Richard Waddams Nimmo Britton (1859–1894), m. Francis le Breton, b. circa 1874
Lilas Edith Beatrice Thomas (1868–1949), m. William (a.k.a. George (?)) Warwick (c.1840–1920)
Henri (a.k.a. Henry) John Thomas (1869–1952), m. Mary Ann Elizabeth Quartly (1866–1943)
Rose Thomas, b. 1871
Samuel (a.k.a. George) Thomas, b.
Ernest Augustus Thomas (1875–1950), m. Edith Louisa Hill (1872–1954)
Francis (a.k.a. Frank) Thomas, b. 1876, m. Gertrude Morris, b. 1880
Rosa (a.k.a. Rose) Thomas (1877–1971), m. Henri Charles Guillaume (b. 1866–1954)
Florence Mabel Thomas (1880–1972)
Newton Thomas, b. 1883, m. Rosamund Lilian Garood, b. 1886.
Many thanks to Robert Hughes and David Guillaume for compiling the tree, from which this severely truncated record was made.