Thomas Tingey was the oldest and illegitimate child of Ann Tingey of Witcham, Cambridgeshire, England.
At his baptism in 1769, Thomas is noted as a 'bastard' in the baptism register - a common term given to children who were born outside of marriage. The social stigma for both Thomas and his mother Ann would have been pretty harsh to live with, and by 1771 Ann had got married to a James Toll of Witcham. The couple had two sons - Ezekiel Toll and James Toll, which would have been seen to have somewhat redeemed her character.
Thomas meanwhile married Mary Barber, and the couple settled down to have at least three children.
Thomas is noted as working as a Shepherd at least towards the end of his lifetime, and he can be found with his wife Mary living at Cannon Street in Little Downham by the time of the 1841 census.
This would be his first and final census, as he pre-deceased Mary by about 8 years. He wrote a brief Will, written the day before his death, in which he left his entire estate to her.
Mary continued to live in their home along with their son Robert and his family until her death in 1851.
- circa 1769 in Witcham, Cambridgeshire, England.
- 12th March 1769 at St. Martin's Church, Witcham, Cambridgeshire, England.
- Mary Barber (1771-1851) on 8th April 1794 at St. Martin's Church, Witcham, Cambridgeshire, England.
- Robert Tingey (1798-1872) married Fanny Harrison (1802-1881)
- Elizabeth Tingey (1798-?)
- Sarah Tingey (c.1800-?) married Aunger Burgess (c.1800-?)
Census and Residence
- 1841: 70yrs, Cannon Street, Little Downham, Cambridgeshire, England.
- 1841: Shepherd
Last Will & Testament
- Written on 2nd October 1843, the day before his death.
- 3rd October 1843 at Little Downham, Cambridgeshire, England, aged 74 years.
- 6th October 1843 at Little Downham, Cambridgeshire, England.