Ann Tonkin

1757–1836 (Age 78)
St Just in Penwith, Cornwall, England

The Life of Ann

When Ann Tonkin was born on 20 March 1757, in St Just in Penwith, Cornwall, England, her father, Thomas Tonkin, was 29 and her mother, Ann Davies, was 25. She married Peter Ellis on 30 October 1775. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 3 daughters. She died in 1836, at the age of 79, and was buried in St Just in Penwith, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.

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Family Time Line

Ann Tonkin
Peter Ellis
Marriage: 30 October 1775
John Ellis
William Ellis
Nancy Ellis
Peter Ellis
John Ellis
John Ellis
Peter Ellis
Pascoe Ellis
Thomas Ellis
William Ellis
Ann Ellis
Ann Ellis

Spouse & Children

30 October 1775


+7 More Children

Parents & Siblings

  • Thomas Tonkin


  • Ann Davies




  • Male1753–Male

  • Augustine Tonkin


  • Augustine Tonkin


  • Female1757–1836Female

  • Female1759–Female

World Events (8)

1770 · Boston Tea Party

Age 13

Thousands of British troops were sent to Boston to enforce Britain's tax laws. Taxes were repealed on all imports to the American Colonies except tea. Americans, disguised as Native Americans, dumped chests of tea imported by the East India Company into the Boston Harbor in protest. This escalated tensions between the American Colonies and the British government.
1775 · The Shot Heard Around the World

Age 18

"On April 18, 1775, a shot known as the ""shot heard around the world"" was fired between American colonists and British troops in Lexington, Massachusetts. This began the American War for Independence. Fifteen months later, Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence. The Treaty of Paris was signed in September 1783 which ended the war. The colonies were no longer under British rule. Many who fought for the British fled to Canada, the West Indies, and some to England."
1787 · English Convicts Sail to Australia

Age 30

The first fleet of convicts sailed from England to Australia on May 13, 1787. By 1868, over 150,000 felons had been exiled to New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land, and Western Australia.

Name Meaning

English (mainly Devon): from a pet form of the personal name Thomas .

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Ann in entry for Peter, "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010"
  • Ann Ellis in entry for Thomas Ellis, "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010"
  • Ann Tonkin, "England, Cornwall Parish Registers, 1538-2010"

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