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Tom Lanyon of Helston, about 1910

NumberHESFM:1977.1036
PlaceHelston Cornwall United Kingdom
Date1910. about
KeywordsPeople Helston
PhotographerHawke, Alfred Herbert
Copyright© Estate of A H Hawke

Tom Lanyon of Helston by A H Hawke, about 1910. Tom was an old time general dealer selling sand for floors and scouring, and used to take a leading part in the Hal-an-Tow on Flora Day with his dog Toby. Born on 24th August 1837, he married Lavinia Ann Praed (known as Ann) in December 1859 and together they had 8 children: Charles Henry, Fanny, Tamsy, William, Emmeline, Sidney, Clara and Thomas. In the 1901 and 1911 census Tom had the occupation of hawker and pedlar. Prior to this he had occupations as an agricultural labourer (1861 and 1871), general labourer (1881) and carrier (1891). Although married to Ann, he did not share the family home as the 1901 and 1911 census had him living elsewhere. Sadly, in 1911 he was an inmate of the Union workhouse Meneage and died as an inmate on 20th June 1913.