Tonkin, William (1845-1901)

Family

William was born in July 1845 at Chacewater, nr Truro, Cornwall, to parents James Tonkin, a copper and tin miner (1861), and Eleanor Skewes. Brothers John and Benjamin were also PM ministers who migrated to the Congregational ministry.

Before entering the ministry William was a copper and tin miner (1861).

He married Margaret Jane Kenyon (abt1852-1910)  in early 1874 in the Oldham Registration District, Lancashire. Census returns identify six children.

  • Eleanor Isabel (1875-1934) – an elementary school teacher (1901)
  • Ida Mary (1876-1956) – a companion (1901); married John W Jones in 1915  
  • John Kenyon (1877-1948) – a chemist & pharmacist (1911)
  • Ethel Margaret (1880-1961) – married John David Frederick Engel, a civil servant (1939), in 1906
  • Hilda (1882-1961) – married Henry Seaborn Williamson, a manufacturer (1911), in 1903
  • Harold William (1887-1960) – a commercial traveller (1939)

William died on 14 August 1901 at Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire.

Circuits

  • 1868 Wigan
  • 1869 Manchester I
  • 1871 Middleton
  • 1872 disappears
  • 1874 Richmond, Yorkshire – Congregational minister
  • 1882 Guisborough
  • 1895-1897 Shelley, Yorkshire

References

W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990

Surman Index id: 27375

Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers

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