Sorry it too me so long to reply. Happy New year to you too.
As I've mentioned to Bruce, I can't conclusively link my Blackrod Actons to your Wigan Actons, even though the families lived only about four or five miles distant.
I've no Josephs in my tree, but plenty of Ellens and Roberts, and as these names tend to follow in families there 'could' be a link. However, I'm yet to hit upon it. *sigh*
I need to get down to the archive in Wigan some time, but work does not permit it right now, I'm afraid. If I locate anything of interest to the pair of you once I do get the chance to go and have a look, I'll post it here never fear.