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Arthur Reuel Tolkien (1857 - 1896)

Arthur Reuel Tolkien
Born in West Bromwich, Staffordshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married 16 Apr 1891 in St. George's Cathedral, Cape Town, Cape Colony, South Africamap
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Died at about age 39 in Bloemfontein, Oranje Vrijstaatmap
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Arthur Tolkien was born in England.
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Arthur Tolkien migrated from England to Orange Free State S.A..
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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.


Census Returns

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

First NameLast NameRelationshipMarital StatusGenderAgeOccupationBirth Place
John BTolkienHeadMarriedMale74Pianoforte Dealer & TunerMiddlesex, City
Mary JTolkienWifeMarriedFemale47-Birmingham
Arther ReuelTolkienSonUnmarriedMale25Clerk in BankStaffordshire, Handsworth
Florence MTolkienDaughterUnmarriedFemale18Private TeacherStaffordshire, Handsworth
WilfredTolkienDaughterUnmarriedFemale11ScholarStaffordshire, Handsworth
LaurenceTolkienSonUnmarriedMale10ScholarWorcestershire, Moseley
SarahDanielsServantUnmarriedFemale29Domestic ServantWorcestershire, Halesowen
LucyForrestVisitorUnmarriedFemale29-Whampton, Staffordshire
GraceTolkinDaughterUnmarriedFemale19Private TeacherHansworth, Staffordshire

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"Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 26 July 2019), Arthur Reuel Tolkien, 1896; Burial, Bloemfontein, Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality, Free State, South Africa, President Brand Cemetery; citing record ID 10846110, Find a Grave,
posted by Drika (Aucamp) Brown
"South Africa, Orange Free State, Probate Records from the Master of the Supreme Court, 1832-1989," database, FamilySearch ( : 23 March 2020), Arthur Reuel Tolkien, 1896; citing Probate, South Africa, Master's Office of the Orange Free State Archives, Bloemfontein; 004071551.
posted by Drika (Aucamp) Brown

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