History

Tickle Brothers’ North Carolina Land Grants

While researching the Digel/Tickle lines, I’ve had to familiarise myself with American geography and history. If I make any mistakes in what I write, please forgive me and feel free to comment and correct! North Carolina lies on the east coast of the United States. It has Virginia to the north, Georgia and South Carolina …

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Wurttemberg town crests

The ‘Digel’ Tickles from Württemberg

Not all Tickles have English ancestry. If you’re a Tickle in the US, especially if your forebears lived in Virginia or North Carolina, you are probably descended from German immigrants, rather than English ones. These Tickles came from Württemberg, on the east of the River Rhine. They arrived in America in the mid 18th century, …

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Devonshire – Clotted Cream, Cider, and Shipbuilding.

Another English county in which Tickles and Tickells were found is Devon, formerly called Devonshire. It is mostly rural, with hills, coastal cliffs, and sandy beaches. About 25% of the county is heath or moorland, providing rough grazing. There are two large areas of open moorland that are now National Parks – Dartmoor and Exmoor …

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What Became of These Cornish Lads in California?

During the 19th century, about a quarter of a million people left Cornwall searching for a better life overseas. Many of them were miners, facing unemployment as first copper mining, then tin mining, collapsed. This is the story of the two sons of John and Grace Tickle, who were among those who emigrated. John & …

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