John Charles Thomas listing usurped and renamed "Joseph Toner." Not a credible change.

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There is a listing for the famous early American baritone John Charles Thomas ( that has been usurped by a woman who claims he is her grandfather and that he had a different name (several names, actually). She bases the validity of her claim on the fact that IMDb changed the Thomas account to reflect Toner. The name and photo are not alike, her story makes no sense, and she seems to be the only one in the world making this claim. Please revert the John Charles Thomas page back to reflect his name and his original photo. (Dr. Valerie Kaiser posted her claim at, a music discussion site - and several of us have been looking into her story. It frankly appears to be nuts. Though most people don't know him now, Thomas was a household name for decades after WWI. There are many videos of him, that Dr. Kaiser is staking a claim on on YouTube. A google search shows that she has been very busy posting this misinformation, but she is the ONLY person posting this information. Again, please restore John Charles Thomas to his full name and expunge the bogus Joseph Toner information. Thank you.
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I have just now seen these postings and have located John Charles Thomas' passport application dated in 1922 with birth information affidavit by his parents showing his birth date as Sept. 6, 1890 (disparities with birth years isn't unusual with births prior to requirement for birth certificates). The application also has a photo of the 32 year old Thomas which clearly shows the same (though younger) face of the man whose photo Maggie Dwyer has posted here. I have also located California death record for him. I will see if I can get this information uploaded and updated on site. The photos of Toner need to come off Thomas's page. This whole incident is very odd.