Information on individuals with one of the surname variants. Some are or were famous; others are just interesting.

William Tickle’s Glassmaking Sons

My last post featured William Tickle and Mary Ashall. They had ten children, seven of whom were sons. The two oldest boys, John ( b.1819) and Peter (b.1821), both followed their father’s footsteps and became ships’ carpenters. Their third son, Jame (b.1823), took a different path as a glassmaker. A fourth son, William (b.1829), died …

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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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A Valentine’s Day wedding – but was it romantic?

Next Friday is February 14th – Valentine’s Day – so I thought I’d see if I could find any Valentine’s Day weddings in my database of Tickles and Tickells. I drew a complete blank in my British records but I’ve recently been researching some American Tickle families. Sure enough, I found a wedding between a …

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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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