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John Benjamin Tolkien (1807 - 1896)

John Benjamin Tolkien
Born in Clerkenwell, London, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 25 Aug 1835 (to 1854) in The Church of Saint George, Bloomsbury, London, Englandmap
Husband of — married 16 Feb 1856 in All Saints Parish Church, Birmingham, Warwickshire, Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Kings Norton reg. district, Englandmap
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John Tolkien was born in England.


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". [1]

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.[2]

In the 1881 census, he is married to Mary and is described as a Pianoforte Dealer and Tuner, living in Alcester Road, Kings Norton. [3]


  2. 1851 Census of England & Wales (HO107/2062 f221 p6), accessed at
  3. 1881 Census of England & Wales (RG11/2946 f6 p5), accessed at
  • freeBMD Marriages Mar Q 1856 Birmingham 6d 7 TOLKEIN John Benjamin + STOWE Mary Jane
  • freeBMD Deaths Sep Q 1896 Kings Norton 6c 221 TOLKEIN John Benjamin Age 89

Census Records

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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