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Individual - Sarah Hawkins

Email correspondance
“I believe Sarah Margaret Tyack was sister to Elizabeth Tyack, an ancestor (my 3x great grandmother) I’ve been trying to trace. From what I’ve found Sarah appears to have been the youngest of 4 (Jane c.1833, Elizabeth c.1839, James 1840, Sarah Margaret 1847). Their parents, James and Mary were from Ireland and Harlech,  Merionthshire (Wales) respectively. They spent some time in Liverpool (where Jane and Elizabeth were both born) before moving to 82 Mersey Street, Seacombe some time between 1839-40. In the 1841 census James’ occupation is listed as ‘Boatman’ while the 1851 census shows him as working as a Dock Gateman.

By the 1861 census the family, with the exception of Jane who had presumably left home,  had moved to 200 Price Street, Birkenhead and enlarged by 2 – Elizabeth’s now husband, Robert Hamilton and their first child Elizabeth Ann. In addition the family had 2 lodgers sharing the house.

By April 1863 when Robert and Elizabeth had their second child, John Whinton, the Hamiltons had moved out to a home of their own at Rosemount, Oxton. 

The 1871 census shows only Mary and Sarah Margaret living together at 56 Cathcart Street, Birkenhead. Although Mary is recorded as married rather than widowed, she is registered as head of the household. There is no sign of either James senior or junior – both may of course have died in the intervening time or perhaps one or both emigrated (?) Mary’s status as head of the household does of course suggest that at any rate James senior was no longer residing at the family home (as opposed to simply being out at the time of the census).

By the 1881 census Mary and Sarah had moved down the road to 144 Cathcart Street. In this census Mary is registered as a widow. They are however joined by another James Tyack (11 months old) who is registered as son of the head of the household. By this time Mary was 76 suggesting that perhaps James was the illegitimate son of Sarah or possibly one of Mary’s other children.

Following Sarah’s death in 1885, her mother Mary passed away in 1890 (death register of Jan-Mar vol. 8a pg 399). There is no record on the 1891 census of the young James – perhaps he was adopted and therefore his name was changed or possibly died in infancy(?)

The cited information was sourced from Individual published by Sarah Hawkins on February 26th, 2010 <> This citation is considered to be evidence of questionable reliability (interviews, census, oral genealogies, or potential for bias for example, an autobiography).
Email correspondence, on shared research into the Tyack family from Birkenhead. 

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