I’m working through the Tickle / Tickell families in the 1861 census of England & Wales. I want to include as many as possible in my database and upload it to this site. In doing this I’ve come across many people I want to research in more depth but I’m trying not to get diverted from the main task at hand. However, this is a short post about five marriages I’ve discovered.
These marriages are of the type that adds a level of complication to family history – when two people with the same surname marry. In the UK in the 19th century, it was illegal to marry a deceased wife’s sister but you could marry a first cousin. I think all the parties involved in these marriages were more distantly related, if at all, but still have to establish the relationships. All of the marriages took place in Lancashire – four of them between February and December 1854, with the fifth in 1857.
Wedding 1: Henry Tickle and Ellen Tickle
Henry Tickle, a glass maker, married Ellen Tickle in St Mary the Virgin, Prescot on 5 Feb 1854. Henry was the son of William Tickle, a carpenter. Ellen’s father was Peter Tickle, a blacksmith. Both families were living in Eccleston at the time of the couple’s marriage, although Ellen was born in Wigan.
In the 1861 census, there are a number of Tickle families living in Liverpool Road, Eccleston. Henry and Ellen, with four of their children, are among them. Just along the road we find William, Henry’s father, with his wife, Mary, with their youngest son, Joshua. A few doors further are James and Alice Tickle. James is Henry’s brother.
Wedding 2: John Tickle and Alice Tickle
John Tickle, a plumber, married Alice Tickle in St Clement, Toxteth, Lancashire on 1 September 1854. Alice was the daughter of a master mariner named William James Tickle. I believe John’s father was also named John Tickle, Officer of the Excise, although in the Lancashire OPC it is transcribed as John Dinsdel.
Wedding 3: James Tickle and Mary Tickle
James Tickle, a collier, married Mary Tickle in All Saints, Wigan on 26 November 1854. They both lived in Aspull. James was the son of Peter Tickle; Mary’s father was Thomas Tickle. Both fathers were deceased at the time of their marriage.
Wedding 4: James Tickle and Mary Tickle
This wedding is only same-surname due to a former marriage. James Tickle, a storekeeper, married Mary Tickle, a widow, at St John, Preston on 24 December 1854. James was the son of Richard Tickle, a farmer. Mary was born Mary Metcalf. I believe her first husband was William Tickle, whom she married on 13 September 1839 in Manchester.
Wedding 5: Charles Tickle and Sarah Tickle
Charles Tickle, a labourer, married Sarah in St Elfin, Warrington, Lancashire on 9 May 1857. In the parish record of their marriage, Charles’ father was Joseph Tickle, also a labourer, and Sarah’s father is also shown as Joseph Tickle, labourer. Were there two Josephs or is this an error? There is a Sarah of the correct age whose father was John Tickle. This marriage is strange as I can find no trace of a Charles Tickle, son of Joseph in any other records so far.
If you are descended from any of these couples, I’d love to hear from you. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org