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.
1881 Census of England & Wales (RG11/2947 f45 p16)
Trafalgar Road, Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England
|First Name||Last Name||Relationship||Marital Status||Gender||Age||Occupation||Birth Place|
|John||Suffield||Head||Married||Male||47||Draper Wholesale||Birmingham, Warwickshire|
|Emily Jane||Suffield||Wife||Married||Female||43||Draper Wholesale||Oxford, Oxfordshire|
|John||Suffield||Son||Unmarried||Male||22||Draper Wholesale Warehouseman||Birmingham, Warwickshire|
|Roland||Suffield||Son||Unmarried||Male||16||Brass Founder||Yardley, Worcestershire|
|Edith M||Suffield||Daughter||Unmarried||Female||15||Scholar||Yardley, Worcestershire|
|William||Suffield||Son||Unmarried||Male||7||Scholar||Kings Norton, Worcestershire|
|Rose||Suffield||Daughter||Unmarried||Female||2||-||Kings Norton, Worcestershire|
|Elizabeth||Oliver||Servant||Unmarried||Female||27||Nurse||West Bromwich, Staffordshire|
|Jemima||Cotterell||Servant||Unmarried||Female||27||Serv Domestic||Darlaston, Staffordshire|
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