Thomas was baptised in Uttoxeter in 1787 (7 March or 30 May), the son of Thomas and Ann Norris . His father was a farmer. He married Charlotte Kiernan Collins at Stone by licence on 26 May 1821 . In 1836 he advertised his intention in local newspapers to stand as candidate for Relieving Officer to the Uttoxeter Poor Law Union . He had had considerable experience of the old pre-1834 Poor Law system as his signature appears on many of the receipts among the Overseers Accounts for Uttoxeter parish in the late 1820s and early 1830s . He was successful in his candidature as the 1841 census shows his occupation as Relieving Officer . His wife Charlotte listed her occupation as dressmaker, which proved important as she would need to support herself and her children after Thomas died in October 1848 .
Thomas and Charlotte had 6 children: daughter Charlotte became a dressmaker, too, Ann and Mary became milliners and Elizabeth became a governess at Blore Hall and at Croxden Abbey . Son Henry eventually became a station master. Their other son, Thomas Henry, died aged 17 months in 1830 . Henry became head of the family, gathering his womenfolk in his home at Dove Bank, including his aunt Harriet, Thomas’s sister, who had been a witness at Thomas and Charlotte’s wedding in Stone . Thomas’s widow Charlotte died in Uttoxeter in September 1872 at the age of 82 .
 SRO, D3891/1/7 Utttoxeter St Mary Register of baptisms
 SRO, D5969/1/16 Stone St Michael, Register of marriages
 Staffordshire Advertiser, 19 Nov 1836
 SRO, D3891/6/31-40 Uttoxeter Overseers of the Poor vouchers
 TNA, HO 107/1007 1841 census for Uttoxeter
 SRO, D3891/1/34 Uttoxeter St Mary Register of burials
 TNA, HO 107/374 1851 census for Uttoxeter; TNA, RG 9/1955 1861census for Uttoxeter; TNA, RG 9/1954 1861 census for Croxden
 SRO D3891/1/33 Uttoxeter St Mary Register of burials
 SRO D3891/1/35 Uttoxeter St Mary Register of burials