George Matthew Tingle was born in 1845 in Littledean in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, the son of Matthew Tingle and Amelia Morgan (nee Bradley). The Tingles were iron and coal miners in the Forest of Dean, having mined there for many, many years. George was only five years old when his father, Matthew Tingle died following a coal mining accident in Aberdare, Glamorgan, Wales. Amelia became a widow for the second time in her young life with young children to raise, George being the youngest. To feed and shelter her family she took in boarders, operated a beer house and worked in the home of a widowed butcher helping to raise his daughter.
At the age of 21 years, George Matthew Tingle married Susan EVANS in Llanhilleth, Monmouthshire, Wales on March 24, 1866. They had two little girls while living in the Forest of Dean and later in Blaina, Monmouthshire, Wales. The eldest, Elizabeth Ann, died as a result of scarlet fever and I’ve never been able to find the death of her sister Clarissa but suspect that she too died in 1869 or 1870 of a childhood disease.
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