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Mabel (Suffield) Tolkien (1870 - 1904)

Mabel Tolkien formerly Suffield
Born in Birmingham, West Midlands, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 16 Apr 1891 in St. George's Cathedral, Cape Town, Cape Colony, South Africamap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 34 in Fern Cottage, Rednal, Birmingham, West Midlands, Englandmap
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Mother of J.R.R. Tolkien. Mabel Suffield was born in Birmingham, one of six children of John Suffield, a draper who had become a commercial traveller, and his wife Emily (nee Sparrow.)

In March 1891, she sailed from Southampton to Cape Town to marry Arthur Tolkien. Their two sons, Ronald (1892) and Hilary (1894) were born in South Africa; but, while his wife and children were on a visit to Birmingham, Arthur died of a haemorrhage, and the family remained in England. In June 1900, Mabel and her sister May were received into the Roman Catholic Church, and her children were brought up in that faith. However, Mabel, like her husband, died young, of a diabetic coma.


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  • Fern Cottage - Agent’s wording:
    A three bedroom detached cottage, built around 1750, that lies at the foot of the popular Lickey Hills in Rednal. The property has been refurbished to a very high standard and is steeped in history, being the childhood home of J R R Tolkien.

Census Returns

1881 Census of England & Wales (RG11/2947 f45 p16)
Trafalgar Road, Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England

First NameLast NameRelationshipMarital StatusGenderAgeOccupationBirth Place
JohnSuffieldHeadMarriedMale47Draper WholesaleBirmingham, Warwickshire
Emily JaneSuffieldWifeMarriedFemale43Draper WholesaleOxford, Oxfordshire
JohnSuffieldSonUnmarriedMale22Draper Wholesale WarehousemanBirmingham, Warwickshire
RolandSuffieldSonUnmarriedMale16Brass FounderYardley, Worcestershire
Edith MSuffieldDaughterUnmarriedFemale15ScholarYardley, Worcestershire
MableSuffieldDaughterUnmarriedFemale11ScholarYardley, Worcestershire
WilliamSuffieldSonUnmarriedMale7ScholarKings Norton, Worcestershire
RoseSuffieldDaughterUnmarriedFemale2-Kings Norton, Worcestershire
ElizabethOliverServantUnmarriedFemale27NurseWest Bromwich, Staffordshire
JemimaCotterellServantUnmarriedFemale27Serv DomesticDarlaston, Staffordshire

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