Benjamin J. Thomas was born at Conwil Elvet, Carmarthen, Wales in 1865. He is the son of John Thomas and Mary Evans. Ben married Elizabeth "Lizzie" Anne Henry at Llangennech, Carmarthen on July 28, 1898.
The 1881 Wales Census shows 16 year old Ben living at Panteg Row, Llanelli. His occupation is Pattern Maker Apprentice (Iron Manuf).
Ben's father, John, died in 1885. By the time of the 1891 Census, Ben, his widowed mother Mary, brother John and sister Elizabeth had moved to Coldstream Street in Llanelly.
On the census taken March 31, 1901, Ben is living with his mother, Mary Thomas, on Frederick Street in Llanelli. Living with them is a four year old nephew, John P. Thomas, born at Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales. Ben's wife, Elizabeth Ann, is living away from Ben in Llangennech with their one year old son, Herbert, where she is listed as "Head" of the household.
Some time after 1901, both Ann Edwards and her son John Henry went to live with her daughter/his sister Elizabeth "Lizzie" (Henry) Thomas, her husband Ben and family. The photograph at right was taken during that period, in approximately 1906 when Lizzie's youngest child, Winifred, was about two or three years old. Two of the boys are their sons, Herbert and Douglas. The third boy is possibly John P. Thomas, a nephew who was living with Ben and his mother Mary on the 1901 Census.
The 1911 Census shows the family of Ben Thomas, his wife Elizabeth Ann Thomas and their three children, Herbert, Douglas and Winifred, living at Llanelli. Lizzie's mother Ann Edwards has gone to live with her son, Samuel Henry and his family. 
Ben's occupations were Engineer's Patternmaker, Manager at Neville's Foundry, and the owner, through his wife's inheritance, of the Tinworks Arms at Llangennech (now a private residence).
According to his granddaughter, Constance Pitts, Ben Thomas helped start the rolling mills at Llanelli. He also assisted in the design of the Llanelli docks. He forgot the locks and consequently, Punch published a cartoon of ships with wings flying into the docks!
Five years after his wife's death, Ben passed away in 1930, age 65. He had eaten a large breakfast and had gone to collect his rents when he collapsed in the street, dying at once. It was a terrible shock to everyone as he had only just returned from the Steel Works and was the picture of health. Ben was well-liked in Llanelli. When the day of his funeral arrived, most of the town turned out. Whenever his granddaughter Connie could, she would sneak away to the cemetery, sit on his grave and talk to him. She stole flowers from other graves to give to her grandfather Ben.
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