Some Tickles of Manchester

Tracing your ancestry in the early 19th century is usually difficult, as this was before the civil registration of births, marriages, and deaths, began in 1837. Searching frequently needs to be combined with educated guesswork. You will often find more than one person with a given name and year of birth in the same location. It can be difficult to establish exactly who was who.

Peter, Ann, and John Tickle, from my previous post, were siblings who lived in Manchester in the mid 19th century. From Peter and Ann’s marriage certificates we know their approximate ages and that their father was Thomas Tickle, a glass cutter.

Farnworth, near Widnes

St Luke, Farnworth

Research I’ve done backs up what their descendants have found. The most likely candidates for their parents were Thomas Tickle, a glass cutter, who married Martha Heyes, on 6 September 1812 at St Luke’s Church, Farnworth.

Farnworth was a small village in the south of Lancashire, about 2 miles north of the River Mersey. It is now part of the town of Widnes in Cheshire. Although there is a marriage record for the couple, there are no baptism records for the Tickle children. As you can see from the map at the top of the post, Widnes is close to Warrington and later census returns give the Tickles birthplace as being Warrington.

Some Tickle families were non-conformist and it’s possible baptism records exist but have not yet been transcribed or put online. We may learn more in the future.

Manchester Residence

The family moved to Manchester, where there are records of Thomas Tickle in the Manchester Rate Books from 1832 to 1836, paying tax at 2 Bradford Road. There were a number of glassworks in the Bradford Road area in which he probably worked. From 1837, Martha’s name appears as the taxpayer, and the 1841 census shows Martha Tickle, a widow with four children, William, Elizabeth, Peter, and John, living in Bradford Road, Manchester. This suggests Thomas died in 1836-1837, just before the statutory registration of deaths.

Details of the known family are shown below.

Additional Family?

There was no mention of either father in Thomas and Martha’s marriage record so, until more evidence is found, tracing the line further back is a matter of speculation.

Thomas and Martha married in 1812 and Ann, the oldest child shown, was not born until 1818. It’s possible there may have been earlier children who either died in childhood, or who had married and left home by the time of the 1841 census.

There were other Tickle families in Manchester in 1841. I plan to explore them to see if I can find any clues as to whether they were related.

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