I’ve been working my way through all the Tickles listed in the 1861 census of England & Wales. I want to enter them all into my database, but not as single entries. I’m hoping to recreate family groups and their ancestry.
A big challenge has been the Tickle families living in Wigan at that time. So many had similar names, dates of birth, and occupations. I hope to be able to upload them in the next couple of weeks but here are three of them, with a little about the Wigan area.
Bryan Tickle, a coal miner, & his wife, Elizabeth Hill, are on the census, living at Stoney Lane, Hindley, Wigan with four of their children.
Another Bryan Tickle, a blacksmith, with his wife, Mary Gaskell, are at Manchester Road, Ince, Wigan with two of their children.
James Tickle, an iron founder, & his wife, Ellen Harrison, are at Soho Street, Pemberton, Wigan with six of their children.
Wigan lies midway between Manchester and Liverpool in Lancashire and is also close to Bolton and Warrington. In the 1830s Wigan became one of the first towns in Britain to be served by a railway.
During the Industrial Revolution, the population grew as Wigan became a major mill town and coal mining district. At one time there were 1,000 pit shafts within 5 miles of the town centre. Many of the Tickle men on the 1861 census are listed as colliers or coal miners, or associated trades.
In the mid 19th century Wigan was considered to be one of the unhealthiest towns in the country, far worse than most other Lancashire towns of comparable size. While going through the births and deaths, it is noticeable how many children did not survive infancy. Almost every family I have researched lost children. Frequently, subsequent children of the same gender were named after the deceased child – in some cases this was repeated when that child also died.
Areas of Wigan
This map shows the main areas within Wigan. Tickle families could be found in most of them in 1861.
Once I have completed my research into the Wigan families, I will upload the data and post here. If you have ancestors from this area, please get in touch and do let me know if you have information that differs from mine. It is extremely hard to disentangle the families. I will try my best, using various sources, but I’m interested to know if you have arrived at different conclusions.