1830-1896
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March 26, 1830, Newport (Casnewydd), Wales.

April 5, 1896, New York City.

A baritone and composer, Thomas first came to America with the Sequin English Opera Company and became interested in the music of America that was developing. He sang and toured with Bryant’s Minstrels and settled in New York.

He wrote more than one hundred popular American songs, and composed three larger works: The Picnic (1869), a children’s operetta with a libretto by George Cooper; The Lady in the Mask (1870), an operetta with a libretto by George Cooper; and Diamond Cut Diamond (1876), a parlor opera in one act. In addition to his popular songs, Thomas composed sacred music, and was known as a teacher in Brooklyn and in New York City

Thomas’ popular songs include:

  1. Bonnie Eloise [Bonny Eloise]

Thomas’ burial place