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W. J. Tickner and Sons Funeral Home records

Identifier: MS 2702


The collection consists of 50 volumes that record information on those buried by W. J. Tickner & Sons, 1878-1949, Henry W. Mears & Sons, 1888-1943, and outside funeral homes with whom Tickner cooperated, 1923-56.


  • 1878-1956


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

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Biographical / Historical

The William J. Tickner and Sons funeral home began operation in 1878, founded by William J. Tickner (1839-1928). The establishment was located variously on South Eutaw and North Gilmor Streets, later moving to North and Pennsylvania Avenues. William E. Tickner (1866-1952), son of William J. and Margaret Cooper Tickner, joined his father's business in 1886 and later succeeded him as director. William E. Tickner married Charlotte Bewley in 1888. At one point, he served as president of the Maryland State Funeral Directors Association.


25.5 Linear Feet (50 volumes)

Language of Materials



The volumes are arranged in chronological order. Each volume is alphabetically indexed by the last name of the deceased.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Alfred Blank, June 25, 1987.

Related Materials

PP140, Tickner Funeral Home photograph collection, 1880-1942.

Scope and Contents

The first volume from both the Tickner and the Mears records is missing from this collection. Information gathered on each customer includes: age, birthplace, cause and place of death, name and birthplace of the deceased's parents, eye and hair color, height, weight, as well as complete accounting records for the funeral.

Guide to the W. J. Tickner and Sons Funeral Home records
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Revision Statements

  • 2020-03-17: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Mallory Herberger.

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States