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Mary Jane (Stow) Tolkien (1833 - 1915)

Mary Jane Tolkien formerly Stow
Born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdommap
Wife of — married 16 Feb 1856 in All Saints Parish Church, Birmingham, Warwickshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 82 in Newcastle upon Tyne reg. district, Northumberland, Englandmap
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Profile last modified | Created 28 Nov 2009 | Last significant change: 21 Sep 2022
13:20: CJ Leitch added Frank Tolkien (abt.1865-1867) as child of Mary Jane (Stow) Tolkien (1833-1915). [Thank CJ for this]
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Mary (Stow) Tolkien was born in England.


Mary Jane Stow was born in 1833 in Birmingham, Warwickshire to John and Mary Stow. She was baptised on the 2nd of October 1833. She married John Benjamin Tolkien in 1856. She passed away in 1915.


LDS baptism record for Mary Jane Stow

Mary Jane Stow (1833 - 13 February 1915) was the wife of John Benjamin Tolkien - marrying on 16 February, 1856 - and thus J.R.R. Tolkien's paternal grandmother.

Wikipedia Tolkien Family

freeBMD Marriages Mar Q 1856 Birmingham 6d 7 TOILKEN John Benjamin + STOWE [sic] Mary Jane

freeBMD Deaths MarQ 1915 Newcastle upon Tyne TOILKEN Mary J Age 81

Warwickshire Burials Transcription
First name(s) Mary Jane
Last name Tolkien
Birth year 1833
Burial year 1915
Cemetery Birmingham, Key Hill Cemetery
Number in grave 7
County Warwickshire
Country England
Transcriptions © Birmingham and Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry

"England and Wales Census, 1841," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 30 October 2015), Mary Stow in household of John Stow, Edgbaston, Warwickshire, England; from "1841 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.

"England and Wales Census, 1851," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 7 July 2017), Mary Jane Stow, ; citing , p. , from "1851 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast (; citing PRO HO 107, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.

Census Returns

1881 Census of England & Wales (RG11/2946 f6 p5)
Alcester Road, Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England

First NameLast NameRelationshipMarital StatusGenderAgeOccupationBirth Place
John BTolkinHeadMarriedMale74Pianofort Dealer & TunerMiddlesex, City
Mary JTolkinWifeMarriedFemale47-Birmingham
Arther ReTolkinSonUnmarriedMale25Clerk in BankStaffordshire, Handsworth
Florence MTolkinDaughterUnmarriedFemale18Private TeacherStaffordshire, Handsworth
WilfredTolkinDaughterUnmarriedFemale11ScholarStaffordshire, Handsworth
LaurenceTolkinSonUnmarriedMale10ScholarWorcestershire, Moseley
SarahDanielsServantUnmarriedFemale29Domestic ServantWorcestershire, Halesowen
LucyForrestVisitorUnmarriedFemale29-Whampton, Staffordshire
GraceTolkinDaughterUnmarriedFemale19Private TeacherHansworth, Staffordshire

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Surname is given as STOWE in Marriage Registration index
posted by John Elkin

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