Formerly D. Griffiths, Later George Evans
Thomas Gear Coles was born in Frome, Somerset in 1850 to Thomas Gear Coles (1815-1951) a Wine Merchant, and Catherine Symes (1813-1852) he was brother of John Coles Coles (1842-1916). He married Elizabeth Annie Hill at St. James, Southbroom, Wilts. on 3rd June 1878.
At the Chippenham Petty Sessions of Thursday7th March 1878, the license of the Spirit Vaults in the Market Place was transferred from David Griffiths to Thomas G. Coles. At the Petty Sessions of Thursday 4th Aug. 1881 it was transferred to John Davey, trustee in liquidation, until the premises could be re-let. By 1881 Thomas and Annie had daughters Florence & Mabel. By November 1881 Thomas was bankrupt the first meeting of creditors having been held on 15th of July. The family emigrated to Emerson, Manitoba, Canada, where Florence and Mabel died that year. Thomas became a farmer. They went on to have sons Thomas Gear Coles (b. 1882), and John Coles Gear Coles (b.1887), and daughters Gertrude Annie Coles & Blanche Emma Coles (both born 14th Apr. 1889) and lived in Dufferin, Lisgar, Manitoba, Canada in 1901. Thomas died on 15th May 1914 in Thompson, Manitoba, Canada according to this website Manitoba Vital Statistics Agency.
|2 Gallon Stone Jar|
|Impressed: 2 / THOMAS G
COLES / Wine & Spirit Merchant / CHIPPENHAM.
No potters mark.