Arthur did not follow his father into the traditional Tolkien trade in pianos, which many of his London cousins also followed; instead he became a bank clerk and ended up moving to Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State (now part of South Africa), where he became manager of the Bloemfontein branch of the Bank of Africa.
1881 Census of England & Wales (RG11/2946 f6 p5)
Alcester Road, Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England
|First Name||Last Name||Relationship||Marital Status||Gender||Age||Occupation||Birth Place|
|John B||Tolkien||Head||Married||Male||74||Pianoforte Dealer & Tuner||Middlesex, City|
|Arther Reuel||Tolkien||Son||Unmarried||Male||25||Clerk in Bank||Staffordshire, Handsworth|
|Florence M||Tolkien||Daughter||Unmarried||Female||18||Private Teacher||Staffordshire, Handsworth|
|Sarah||Daniels||Servant||Unmarried||Female||29||Domestic Servant||Worcestershire, Halesowen|
|Grace||Tolkin||Daughter||Unmarried||Female||19||Private Teacher||Hansworth, Staffordshire|
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