Born: December 6, 1860, Calhoun County, Arkansas.
Died: April 30, 1946, Fort Worth, Texas.
Buried: Greenwood Cemetery, Fort Worth, Texas. Note: Some sources give his first name as
John; his tombstone says
Thomas was the husband of Courtney Lee Wigley.
In 1874, his family moved from their farm in Texas to Arkansas. His father died later that year.
As the oldest son, he had his hands full supporting the family, but he managed to begin attending a vocal school at age 17, under Professor T. A. Bridges. He later studied under Horatio Palmer and George A. Goodrich.
He began a full time music career in 1890, and with Franklin Eiland and John M. Greer, and helped found the Trio Music Company in Waco, Texas, in 1892. He went on to establish the Quartet Music Company in Fort Worth, Texas.
A teacher, composer, music compiler, and publisher for over 44 years, his works include:
where to get a good head-and-shoulders photo of Thomas (at least 200x300 pixels)