I am looking for the name of the parents of Peter Tonkin born 1881 in South Africa

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He married Annie Mary Johanna Kathleen Anderson in Vryburg SA on

His ancestors come from Cornwall (Ralph Tonkin And Faith Rodda).

They had a son in 1789 Peter Tonkin who married  Yda Gertruijda Hellegonda.

Their eldest son was Ralph Pool Tonkin or Ralph Samuel Tonkin.  He married Maria Virret.

Information I have is that they had 8 children.  I have the names of only four

as Yda Jane/Ralph William Thomas/Peter Francis and William Peter.

They then apparently went to Australia but left the two youngest kids behind as they were not sure about the sea voyage.  One of the children left behind was William Peter and I have extensive information on this side of the family (who is mainly living in Standerton, South Africa.


However, I do not know the name of the other child who is said to be my great grandfather.

My grandfather was Peter Tonkin who married Annie Mary Johanna Kathleen Anderson in 1901.

They had 8 kids of which one is my father Frederick Tonkin.


So what I really need as a vital part of my family tree is the name of my great grandfather born somewhere in abouat the 1850's in South Africa
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Hello Anonymous,

Have an interest in the Tonkin family line UK-South Africa-Australia, is the Peter Tonkin you are searching for records on likely to be from this chain

Ralph Tonkin (1754-?) b. circa 1750 Parish of St.Just in Penwith, Cornwall and died 1831 in Sancreed, Cornwall.  Married Faith Rodda (1754-?) (Daughter of Ralph Rodda and Lydia James)

Child, Ralph Tonkin, b.1772 Madron, Cornwall (England)

Child, Peter Tonkin b.20 September 1789 Madron, Cronwall, England, died 26 Jan 1866 Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

Peter Tonkin (1789-1866) married Jane Boddinon (1795-?) in 1816, his second marriage was to Yda Geertrudia Heleconda Daniels (1803-?) in 1823.
by Amanda X G2G6 Mach 1 (14.8k points)
this Peter Tonkin, is my Great Grandfather after death of Yda,   He (married? dont have records) my Great Grandmother Hester Elhers.   I dont know about them going to Austrailia, after Peter Tonkins death Yda's family took their property and sent the out on the street, ending up in Johannesburg.
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Good day,

I came across your site looking for details of Peter Tomkin and Annie Mary Johanna Kathleen Anderson. The information I have is that Annie was born in June 1891 and that she and Peter Tomkin were married in 1910.

Of interest to me is Annie Mary Johanna Kathleen Anderson who was the eldest sister of William Anderson, John Andrew Anderson and my grandmother Elizabeth Anderson (married name of Meintjes), but that is as much information as I have.

Do you perhaps have any further information on the Anderson's as I am interested in trying to trace the family history - I believe Annie and Elizabeth's father was John Anderson born in Scotland +_ 1850 and died in Vryburg in 1903.

Any information/leads that you may have would be greatly appreciated.

Best regards.



Good day


I have some info.  If we can maybe meet

depending on where you are?  I am in JHB





Hi Eddie,

Thanks for responding. I currently reside in Canada so would not be able to meet with, but quite willing to call you some time if that would suit you.



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