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Re: Tunks' in Canada (Ontario)
Posted by: Paul K. Smith (ID *****8126) Date: June 16, 2002 at 08:08:14
In Reply to: Tunks' in Canada (Ontario) by dawn tunks laffey of 84

Couldn't help but notice this posting to the TUNKS forum....
and TONKS is a variation of TUNKS.

I'm trying to trace down my grandfather and grandmother (Thomas TONKS) and Annie Lydia MOWBRAY.

They were married in the 2nd. Quarter of 1922 in Ward End Birmingham and very shortly after emigrated to Canada ending up in the summer of 1922 at RR #4 Harrow, Ont. near Windsor. They had 2 daughters- Dorothy Blanche TONKS, born in 1923 in Windsor and Joan Barbara TONKS (my mother) born in 1927 in Smethwick, Staffordshire, England.

I strongly suspect there was a family connection, sic. they went to a farm operated by a relative. The emigration was somewhat unusual as the emigration record had my grandfather travelling alone and gave his nearest relative as Mrs. T. Tonks and it was obvious she had gone out ahead of him.

My grandfather gave his intended occupation as a farmer albeit he had never been near one in his life. He went on to work at the Little River Golf Club, Walkerville then to a golf course in Moncton, N.B. He ended up as the golf pro (1929-30) at Liverpool Golf & Country Club (White Point Beach Lodge) in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. He died in August, 1947.

If this rings a bell let me know.


Paul K. Smith
Queensland, Nova Scotia

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