It’s unusual to be writing a post inspired by a female Tickell for a change. I came across the item below on the Devon Family History Society website and thought I would try to find the further information they were looking for.
I’m pretty sure the lady in question was Ermance Henrietta Anna Du Maine Tickell, also known as Emma, born in Lavender, Buckinghamshire, England on 12 October 1848. Her father was the Reverend Henry Tickell, who married Ermance Angelique Theodora Geraldine DuMaine in Berne, Switzerland, in 1847.
In addition to Henrietta, the couple had a son, Henry Edmund DuMaine Tickell, who also became a clergyman. He was the vicar at Dunsford, Devon for many years.
Henrietta is shown on the 1911 census living in Ilfracombe, Devon. She is 63 years old and living off her own means. Ilfracombe is a seaside town and parish on the North Devon coast. The Anti-Suffrage League formed in 1908 with branches across the country including Devon.
Neil Rainbird, a keen amateur historian from Exmouth, discovered a clipping from the Exmouth Journal of a suffragette meeting held in Exmouth’s Temperance Hall in November 1909. It appeared women had travelled from across the country and even as far as Finland to speak. A ‘strong force’ of police had been at the scene and also escorted the ladies to the train station following the conclusion of the meeting.
The suffragettes made speeches from the back of horse-drawn carts, lobbied MPs, went on protest marches, refused to pay their taxes, heckled cabinet ministers and even committed arson.
Although Henrietta is present on the 1911 census, many women boycotted it, hiding from the census officers. On the night of the census many different activities were going on. Some individuals left home for the night, while others participated in big gatherings. Other women defaced the census forms, writing things such as:
No vote, no census, as women do not count, they refuse to be counted.
Neither Henrietta nor her brother appear to have married or to have children.