John Benjamin Tolkien
Arthur Tolkien’s father and Tolkien’s grandfather. He was born in 1807, and started his life in London, but came to Birmingham to work as a piano maker and music seller. There, he lived very close to the Suffield family in King’s Heath and saw Tolkien and Hilary on occasions.
John was badly shaken by Arthur’s death, and died six months after his son, in 1896.