Thomas Worsey was born into the Worsey Canal dynasty. In 1811, his aunt Jane married Edward Fellows whose son and grandson founded the Fellows, Morton and Clayton canal carrying and boat building company. His cousin, Joseph William Worsey, set up Worsey Ltd boat builders.
According to the 1851 census, Thomas was an ornamental japanner living at home with his parents in Park Road, Nechells, Birmingham. His father was a beer retailer at The Vine Licensed House. In 1861 Thomas was living with his widowed mother in Adderley Street, Saltley. His brother was a coach builder before becoming the licensee of The Albion Inn in Aston, close to the Worsey Dock in Plume Street.
Thomas never married.&n
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