(1868 - 1930)
Thomas, and his twin brother George, were born April 12, 1868 in Devizes, Wiltshire, England. They were the youngest of four sons born to Thomas Molineux, a tax collector for Inland Revenue, and Ann Marks. He had two older brothers: Henry, born in 1862, and William, born in 1865.
Devizes is located on the edge of the Salisbury Plain in a region known as the West Country. It is a rural area characterized by rolling hills and villages. It includes such landmarks as the roman baths and the prehistoric stone circle of Stonehenge. The rich cow grazed pastures of the valleys produce the Cheddar cheese for which the region became famous. It is also the land of the legendary King Arthur.
In 1870 Thomas gained a sister, Frances Ann. The family continued to live in Devizes until their mother died in 1877. Thomas was just 9 years old when his mother died. By 1881 the family scattered to several areas, all within England's Midlands. His oldest brother, Henry, moved to Southampton where he continued his studies. William moved to Wellington, Shropshire where he became a grocer's apprentice. Thomas returned to Hagley with his father, grandmother (Sarah Marks), his brother George and his younger sister Frances Ann. The 1881 UK Census shows they lived on Park Street in Wellington parish just a few blocks from the train station.
On 11 January 1891 Thomas married Alice Elwell in St. Mark's Church, Birmingham, Warwickshire. Thomas was a grocer living at 389 Monument Road, Birmingham, Staffordshire. After their marriage they moved to 7 Market Place, Willenhall, Staffordshire. In 1893 they had a son, Thomas George Leslie Molineux. He was to be their only child. (more about their family)