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The following information is from 'La famille Waddington'
Born in 1792, one of eight children of William Waddington ((1751-1818) and Grace-Valentine (nee Sykes) (1768 - 1817). All the children became involved in the development of the cotton mill founded by their grandfather Henry Sykes in 1792
1811 William Waddington went to France to join his grandfather, Henry Sykes.
Thomas managed the Saint-Rémy-sur-Avre plant after the death of his father in 1818. One of his brothers, Alfred, joined him and in 1823 they set up la Société Waddington Frères, an association which ended in 1825. Thomas continued his activities with his brother Frederick (Frédéric) in 1834, constructing a weaving mill in Nonancourt, then in 1853, a second weaving mill in Saint-Lubin-des-Joncherets.
In the early 1830s, Frédéric remained in Saint-Rémy to manage factories and Thomas divided his time between Paris, where he lived, and Rouen, organizing raw materials and the sale of products.