poniedziałek, 19 czerwca 2017

What happened to the children of Daniel G. Tolkien?

As J.R.R. Tolkien's fans we are more interested in the history of the descendants of John Benjamin Tolkien (born in Gdańsk, being J.R.R.T.'s great-great-grandfather). But what happened with Daniel Gottlieb (1746-1813) and Ann (?-1828) Tolkien's children?

Let us start with his sons:

(1) Daniel George Tolkien (1784-1815). He was his father's apprentice and he was admitted into the freedom of the Leathermen Company in 1799. Extracted from the books of the Company in March 1809. He died in his 31 on 7 January 1815 and is buried in the family grave of his father by the Wesleyan Chapel at City Road (Piece 4333). We still don't know who were his children.

(2) Charles Tolkien (1789-?). We still don't know when he died and who were his children.

(3) John Henry Tolkien (1795-1820) from 60 Cheapside was admitted into the freedom of the Leathermen Company by patrimony on 21 January 1819. Probably he is the "Mr. Tolkien" from the Evening Mail article (see here) during the coronation of Queen Caroline (January 1820). He died in his 24 in October 1820. He is buried next to his uncle John Benjamin Tolkien (1753-1819). I have just discovered that John Henry's grave has No. 3995 – next to the No. 3994 of John Benjamin's!(*) Another proof that Daniel and John were brothers!

(4) James Tolkien (1800-?). We still don't know when he died and who were his children.

Daniel and Ann Tolkien's daughers were:

Maria Tolkien (?-?). In 1816 she became David Wotherspoon's wife and became Presbyterian. The Wotherspoons came from Glasgow. Her son was Daniel Tolkien Wotherspoon (1817-?) who later emmigrated to Quebec, Canada where he got married in 1844. He probably was also a furrier.

Martha Tolkien (1788-1819)

Charlotte Tolkien (1797-1817)

Ann Tolkien

We can see that this branch of the Tolkien family in England was not very long living. And we don't know if Daniel Tolkien had any grandchildren.
To be continued
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(*)  John Benjamin Tolkien, Bunhill Fields Burial Ground, piece 3995 (grave 11 feet, E&W 106:107, N&S 60), burial 4 February 1819

John Henry Tolkien, Bunhill Fields Burial Ground, piece 3995 (grave 10 feet, E&W 106:107, N&S 60), burial 4 October 1820

– Ancestry.co.uk: The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; General Register Office: Registers of Births, Marriages and Deaths surrendered to the Non-parochial Registers Commissions of 1837 and 1857; Class Number: RG 4; Piece Number: 3994 and 3395

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