środa, 19 kwietnia 2017

Michael Tolkien (1708–1795), "Bürger und Kürschner" from Danzig

Tolk → Tolkin → Tolckin → Tolkien → (Tollkühn)

Big discovery! I have had to change my searching method. I was looking for Tolkiens, and I should look for Tolckins! And I have found a lot of new information about Michael Tolkien (vel Tolckin) who was probably an important person for Daniel Gottlieb Tolkien (1747 Danzig – 1813 London) and it is more and more probable that he was J.R.R. Tolkien's great-great-great-great-grandfather! 

(Michael > Christian > John Benjamin > George > John Benjamin >
Arthur > John Ronald Reuel?)

My first note about this Michael Tolkien was published in December 2016 (see here). 

Matthäus Deisch z – St Cathrine Church, Gdańsk
In 1765 Mr. Michael Tolkien is mentioned as "Älteste des Erbgewerks der Kürschner in der Königlichen See- und Handlungsstadt Danzig" ('Oldest of the Furrier Guild in the Royal Sea- and Tradetown of Danzig'). A furrier like Daniel Gottlieb Tolkien and John Benjamin Tolkien's son, George Tolkien! 

Now I know that he was the same Michael Tolkien who was a Danzig lieutenant in 1734.

What I found tonight is a funeral record from 1795 from St Cathrine church (Lutheran) in Danzig/Gdańsk:

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»29 [November 1795,] Michael Tolckin Bürger und Kürschner Meister, 87 Jahr alt ist aus Schwäche gestorben gab in Danzig lag in ein eigen Grab, vor Erde Gl. 5«

Michael Tolckin (vel Tolkien as in the document from 1765) was born in 1708 and died on 29 October 1795. He was a rich man, he had the town citizenship and he was one of the main master furriers in Danzig. The Tolckin's grave is in the same church as Johannes Hevelius' tomb.

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