Hilary Tolkien
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Hilary Arthur Reuel Tolkien (1894 - 1976)

Hilary Arthur Reuel Tolkien
Born in Bloemfontein, Oranje Vrijstaatmap
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Husband of — married 1928 in Evesham, Worcestershire, Englandmap
Father of , [private son (1930s - unknown)] and [private son (1930s - unknown)]
Died at age 81 in Evesham, Worcestershire, Englandmap
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Biography

Hilary Tolkien Hilary Arthur Reuel Tolkien (17 February 1894 — 1976) was J.R.R. Tolkien's younger brother and son of Arthur Tolkien and Mabel Suffield. He was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

As a very young man, Hilary became involved in agriculture. After his military service (he began as a bugler, and received " multiple minor schrapnel wounds" in process of moving materiel in support services) he bought a small orchard and farm at Evesham, Worcestershire, where he spent the rest of his life. JRR's wife and children stayed with him on occasion.

He married Annie Magdalen Matthews in 1928. Their first son, Gabriel, was born in 1931, Julian in 1935, and Paul in 1938.

Hilary Tolkien had a dog which he called Bilbo when it was good, and Baggins when it was bad

In the 1901 census, Hilary (age 7) was the son of Mabel Tolkien in Kings Heath, Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England.[1]

Name Relation Status Sex Age Occupation Birth Place
Mabel Tolkien Head F 31 Moseley, Worcestershire, England
John R R Tolkien Son M 9 Orange Free, South Africa
Hilary A R Tolkien Son M 7 Orange Free, South Africa

In the 1911 census, Hilary (age 17), Hardware Merchants Clerk, was the single boarder of Thomas Macsherry at 4 Highfield Rd, Edgbaston, Edgbaston, Worcestershire, England.[2]

Name Relation Status Sex Age Occupation Birth Place
Thomas Macsherry Head Married M 48 Director Of Whisky Distillery Coy Cookstown, Resident, Tyrone
Julia Elizabeth Macsherry Wife Married F 39 Waterford
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien Boarder Single M 19 School Orange River Col, Blounfountain
Hilary Arthur Tolkien Boarder Single M 17 Hardware Merchants Clerk Orange River Col, Blounfountain
Mary Saunders Visitor Single F 25 Cork
Alice Bertha Isaacix Servant Single F 32 Servant

Hilary's marriage to Matthews was registered in the Jul-Aug-Sep quarter of 1928 in the Evesham district.[3]

In the 1939 register, Hilary (age 45), Market Gardener Own Account, was the married head of household in Blackminster, Evesham, Worcestershire, England.[4]

Name Status Sex Birth Date Occupation
Hilary A R Tolkien Married M 17 Feb 1894 Market Gardener Own Account
Annie M Tolkien Married F 4 Jan 1905 Unpaid Domestic Duties
Gabriel F. Tolkien Single M 19 Feb 1931 Student

Hilary's death (age 81) was registered in the Jan-Feb-Mar quarter of 1976 in the Evesham district.[5]

Hilary died on 25 January 1976 in Blackminster Evesham Worcs and his estate passed probate on 25 August 1976 in Oxford.[6]

Sources

  1. 1901 Census: "1901 England Census"
    Class: RG13; Piece: 2806; Folio: 59; Page: 17; ED, institution, or vessel: 23; Household schedule number: 120
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry uk Record 7814 #15318125 (accessed 1 May 2024)
    Hilary A R Tolkien (7) son in household of Mabel Tolkien (31) in Kings Heath in Kings Norton registration district in Worcestershire, England. Born in Orange Free, South Africa.
  2. 1911 Census: "1911 England Census"
    The National Archives of the UK (TNA); Kew, Surrey, England; Census Returns of England and Wales, 1911; Registration District Number: 383; ED, institution, or vessel: 15; Piece: 17925
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry uk Record 2352 #58055961 (accessed 1 May 2024)
    Hilary Arthur Tolkien (17), single boarder, Hardware Merchants Clerk, in household of Thomas Macsherry (48) at 4 Highfield Rd, Edgbaston, Edgbaston, Worcestershire, England. Born in Orange River Col, Blounfountain.
  3. Marriage Registration: "England & Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1916-2005"
    General Register Office; United Kingdom; Volume: 6c; Page: 457
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry uk Record 8753 #49958780 (accessed 1 May 2024)
    Hilary A R Tolkien marriage to Matthews registered Jul-Aug-Sep 1928 in Evesham.
  4. 1939 Register: "1939 England and Wales Register"
    The National Archives; Kew, London, England; 1939 Register; Reference: Rg 101/5811a; Line Number: 44; Schedule Number: 179; Sub Schedule Number: 1
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry uk Record 61596 #28916133 (accessed 1 May 2024)
    Hilary A R Tolkien (born 17 Feb 1894), married, Market Gardener Own Account, in Blackminster, Evesham, Worcestershire, England.
  5. Death Registration: "England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007"
    General Register Office; United Kingdom; Volume: 29; Page: 0279
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry uk Record 7579 #45135280 (accessed 1 May 2024)
    Hilary Arthur R Tolkien death registered Jan-Feb-Mar 1976 in Evesham (born 17 Feb 1894).
  6. Probate: "England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1995"
    Principal Probate Registry; London, England; Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England
    Ancestry Sharing Link - Ancestry uk Record 1904 #20885762 (accessed 1 May 2024)
    Hilary Arthur Revel Tolkien probate on 25 Aug 1976 in Oxford. Died 25 Jan 1976 in Blackminster Evesham Worcs.

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