Noted events in his life were:
• Census, 1870, Illinois, La Salle County, La Salle Township, La Salle, La Salle Post Office, Image 95 of 139. Age 32 yrs., Mechanical Engineer.
Thomas married Jane Jackson Dick, daughter of David Dick and Elizabeth Jackson, on 15 Jun 1861 in LaSalle, LaSalle County Illinois. (Jane Jackson Dick was born on 27 Jan 1842 in Stone House, Dalserf Lanarkshire, Scotland and died on 4 May 1932 in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California.)