When Thomas Charles Albert Sebelin was born on 24 May 1880, in Hyde, Otago, New Zealand, his father, Claus Heinrich Sebelin, was 50 and his mother, Ellen Lysaght, was 24. He married Elizabeth Bennet on 18 July 1906, in Palmerston, Otago, New Zealand. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. In 1920, his occupation is listed as farmer he had his own farm in Pahiatua, Manawatū-Whanganui, New Zealand. He died on 13 November 1931, in Mangamutu, Tararua, Manawatū-Whanganui, New Zealand, at the age of 51, and was buried in Pahiatua, Manawatū-Whanganui, New Zealand.
New Testament name, borne by one of Christ's twelve apostles, referred to as ‘Thomas, called Didymus’ (John 11:16; 20:24). Didymos is the Greek word for ‘twin’, and the name is the Greek form of an Aramaic byname meaning ‘twin’. The given name has always been popular throughout Christendom, in part because St Thomas's doubts have made him seem a very human character.