John Benjamin Tolkien was a piano teacher and tuner, as well as a music seller, but he went bankrupt in 1877, when he was described as "John Benjamin Tolkien, of High-street, Birmingham, in the county of Warwick, Pianoforte and Music Seller". 
In the 1851 census, he is listed as living in Lichfield Road, Erdington, to the north of Birmingham with his first wife Jane, having moved from London in the early 1840's.
In the 1881 census, he is married to Mary and is described as a Pianoforte Dealer and Tuner, living in Alcester Road, Kings Norton. 
1891 U..K. census for Bell Lane, Aston, Warwickshire, England :
Henry Holden : Head : Married : Age 54 : Commercial Clerk : Birth place Birmingham, Warwickshire, England.
Louisa Holden : Wife : Married : Age 50 : Birth place London, Middlesex, England.
Sydney H Holden : Son : Single : Age 26 : Electrician : Birth place Harborne, Staffordshire, England.
Helen M Holden : Daughter : Single : Age 22 : Birth place Harborne, Staffordshire, England.
John B Tolkien : Father In Law : Married : Age 84 : Pianoforte Tuner : Birth place London, Middlesex, England.
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