I have from the 1881 Census a Samuel (age 47) and Susannah Tonks (52) living at 39 Thomas St. West Brom. He is a Whitesmith and the rest of the household has Mary Agne (20), Martha Ann (18), Samuel (15), and William (13). These people may be related to my family in some way but I don't know the connection
In the same census I have Sarah Tonks (62) widowed and her family Thomas (28), Samuel (26), Frederick (23), Clara (21), Alice (17). Samuel (26) was a Holloware Cover Maker and is my Great Grandfather. His father was also named Samuel.
There is a branch in Staffs that I suspect is the root of the tree we are both looking for. The info can be found at Ancestry.com or www.familysearch.org. It starts with John Tonks b1611 in Oldbury Staffs. He had a son Richard Tonks (also Tunkes) b1643 Rowley, Regis, Staffs married to Mary Grove b1644 m 1663; Children Samuel b 1666, Elizibeth b 1667, William b1669 and Sarah b1671 all in Willenhall Staffs. From there the info goes through Samuel who married Ann Astley b 1672 m 1694 in Woverhampton; children Sarah b 1695 and William b 1698 in Willenhall. William married Hannah Carlis b1703 m1718 Wolverhampton; Children Sarah b1720, Richard b1722, Joseph b 1726, Lucy b1727, William b1729, Phoebe b1730, Izard b1732, and Benjamin b1737 all in Willenhall.
Between this date and abt 1850 I can't find info on the Tonks. As I said there was some rumour of church records being burnt and of the family having a hall in Staffs besides being related to the Earl of Dudley
FreeBMD is oly good back to 1838 and its not complete, I think our best bet is to find the nearest Family history centre from Family search.org and order in the films of the census to look at. I don't know of anywhere else to find them.
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