John Tom Tyman (1867-1921) and Martha Crook (1877-1935)

John Tom Tyman was born in July 1866 in Orston, Nottinghamshire. He was the first of eight children born to William Tyman and Elizabeth Townsend.

In 1871 John Tom was five years old. He lived with his father, William, who was 36 and a brick layer, and his mother Elizabeth who was 26, as well as his younger brother, James, who was two. They lived at 16 Chapel Street, Orston.

By 1881 at the age of 14 years, John Tom had left home and was a farm servant (indoor) at Langar Hall, Nottinghamshire.

By the time he was 24 years old, John Tom had become a groom and was lodging at 18 Elvaston Mews, Kensington, with coachman John Rutter and his family.

At some point after this he moved to Darwen to become the groom for the family who were living at Woodlands, a 15 bedroomed, Victorian Mansion in Darwen:

Image from Darwen Days

Here he met Martha Crook who lived at 16 Duxbury Street, which isn't too far away from Woodlands.

John Tom married Martha on 9th May 1898 at St Johns Church, Darwen on 9th May 1898. John Tom was 32 and has his address as Woodlands; his occupation was a groom. Martha Crook was 21 and a weaver. Their witnesses were Edward Callum and Betsy Ellen Leach. Here is St Johns:

Image from Darwen Days

And here is a photograph of him in his groom's uniform:

Martha gave birth to their first child, Clara, in 1898 but sadly, Clara died the following year.

In the 1901 census John Tom is 34 and still working as a groom. Martha is 24 and still a cotton weaver. They are living at 16 Duxbury Street with Martha's mother, Ellen Crook, who is 44 and a widow, plus Martha's siblings, James H. who was 18 and a coal drawer; Nancy E. 15 and a cotton weaver; Elsie 8, John Thomas 6, and Walter 4. There was also a boarder, 7 year old Sarah Kay Taylor.

Ten years later and John Tom has obviously had to move to continue working as a groom. He and Martha are living at 3 Oakley Lane, Market Drayton, Salop. A good guess would suggest that John Tom is working at Oakley Hall:

We know they are back in Darwen by 1912 as that is when William James is born. I need Jim's birth certificate to confirm but I am almost sure they will be living at 16 Duxbury Street.

In 1921, on 12th February, John Tom dies, they are living at 522 Bolton Road, he was 55 years old. It seems highly likely that this was a fish and chip shop as when his son, William James, married my mother in 1961, the occupation of his father is chip and fish fryer; and 522 Bolton Road has a shop front.