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Re: Tonks of Newark, NJ and Birmingham, Eng
Posted by: Karen Robertson Date: January 29, 2001 at 11:34:51
In Reply to: Re: Tonks of Newark, NJ and Birmingham, Eng by Harry Tonks of 327


Harry, thank you for responding to my message. According to Eddie Minthorne, my grandmother's nephew, Harry and Thomas Tonks opened a button factory in New Jersey. My grandmother Nellie and her sisters would sell the buttons their uncles made for $.75 a card (6 buttons on a card). According to the 1891 New Jersey Directory, Harry Tonks lived at 88 Norfolk Road, Newark, NJ and his occupation was listed as a button maker. The information I have for the Tonks family is as follows:
James Tonks, b: about 1828; d: about 3/1908. He was buried in Fairmount Cemetery, 620 Central Avenue, Newark, NJ. He was married to Elizabeth "Betsy" Dukes. She was b: about 1835 and d: about 12/1916. She is also buried at Fairmount Cemetery. James Tonks purchased the plot at Fairmount Cemetery 9/14/1898. Buried in that plot are James Tonks, William Tonks, Walter Tonks, Elizabeth Tonks, Sarah A. Franciso and Nellie Tonks. He paid $200 for 180 sq ft of burial space. The plot is located in Section 4, Lot No. 179. James and Elizabeth had the following children: Sarah A. (my great-grandmother), Thomas, Harry, William, Walter and Elizabeth (per 1870 census). I don't know when the Tonks came here from England. Any additional information you may have, I would greatly appreciate your sharing with me. Thanks again for responding. Sorry I took so long to answer. HOpe to hear from you soon.


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