Tolkien, John Benjamin

PIANO MAKER, TEACHER (ENGLAND)
BORN 27 Mar 1807, London: Islington - DIED 1 Aug 1896, King's Norton, Warwickshire
GRAVE LOCATION Birmingham, West Midlands: Key Hill Cemetery, Icknield Street, Hockley

John Benjamin Tolkien was a piano maker, teacher and tuner. He was the son of George William Tolkien (1784-1840) and partly of German descent. His first wife was Jane Holmwood, wth whom he had four children. In 1856 he married Mary Jane Stow (1833-1915). Their son Arthur Reuel Tolkien was born in 1857 and he was the father of the famous author J.R.R. Tolkien.

In 1877 he went bankrupt. Arthur's death in 1896 was a heavy blow to him and he died six months later himself.

Sources
John Benjamin Tolkien - Tolkien Gateway

Images

The grave of John Betjeman Tolkien at Key Hill Cemetery, Birmingham.
Picture by Androom (18 May 2017)

 

The grave of John Betjeman Tolkien at Key Hill Cemetery, Birmingham.
Picture by Androom (18 May 2017)

 


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Published: 25 Jun 2017
Last update: 25 Jun 2017