Dunno how useful this is, but I'm researching Actons in the Wigan area of northern England which is where my father's family come from. In the course of my research I turned up a Joseph Acton who was a coalminer, born around 1853, living at Regent Street in Wigan. His wife's name was Elizabeth and he had a daughter called Ellen born around 1880. On the 1881 census return his younger brother, Matthew is listed as living with the family. Matthew must have been born circa 1860. It is possible that another brother, James also lived in the same area. Hope this is useful to you.