Thomas John Spooner (Senior)
Brother of Charles Easton Spooner, Born 1822, died 1881. Was thought to be a solicitor in Birmingham area but that appears wrong as in 1851 & 1871 he was living in Leicestershire. He was not a very good solicitor by all accounts and is known to have lost his family a fortune. He acted for the FR on many occasions but his brother Charles Easton Spooner often chased him into action.
In 1851 was a qualified solicitor, unmarried and living at Horsefair Street, St Martins, Leicester. With him at that address when the census was taken were his brother William Henry (born 1835 and a Solicitor's Articled Clerk) and visiting, his sisters Louisa Matilda (born 1820) and Harriet (born 1832).
By 1871 was married to Elizabeth and living at London Road, South Side Meeting Lane, Oadby, Leicestershire. They had 9 children of whom Thomas John was a railway engineer in India and East Africa and has a walk on part in the famous classic colonial book "The Man Eaters of Tsavo".
Elizabeth b1854 d1875 of TB
Lucy b1855 d1921, nurse.
Caroline b1856 died young.
Robert Charles 1859 d1891 engineer.
Harriet Spooner (Jo) b1861 d1906 = Henry Mk Shields Lascelles b1858 d1907, printer.
Thomas John b1862 d1937
Annie Spooner b1864 d1944, nurse.
Margaret b1866 d1879.