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Edmund Tomkins W

Uncle Edmund

Edmund Tomkins back W

Lucy & Emily’s Dad

Today’s photograph is of Uncle Edmund Tomkins, either from America or who went to America. Uncle Edmund is sporting a rather wispy beard and mustache that makes me think there is an unfortunate scratch or blemish on the surface of the image. He must have been proud of it to wear it for his photograph, but in my book, this is not something to memorialize.

According to the back of the card, Uncle Edmund was also Lucy & Emily’s Dad. He may also be related to our previous subject, Uncle Taylor from Sheffield, as the handwriting on the backs is the same. They don’t look at all similar in their facial features, so possibly are in-law uncles or from opposite sides of the family. We can never know.

The photographer selected by Uncle Edmund was Helsby & Co, 34 Church Street in Liverpool, England.

2 thoughts on “Edmund Tomkins

  1. Auntie Kat says:

    I think it is so interesting that whomever wrote this chose to underline certain words for emphasis.


  2. IntenseGuy says:

    In the 1881 England Census we find:

    Edmund Tomkins
    Age: 30
    Estimated Birth Year: 1851
    Relationship to Head: Head
    Spouse: Mary Tomkins
    Gender: Male
    Where born: Liverpool, Lancashire, England
    Civil parish: Fisherton Anger
    County/Island: Wiltshire
    Country: England
    Street Address: 6 Sidney St
    Marital Status: Married
    Occupation: Builder (Master Empg 3 Men)
    Registration district: Alderbury
    Sub registration district: Britford

    Household Members
    Name Age
    Edmund Tomkins 30
    Mary Tomkins 31
    Lucy Tomkins 5
    Emily Tomkins 1
    George Tomkins

    In 1900, he is living in Chicago, IL.


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