Family History Notebook

Ann Swindle

Daughter of Peter Swindle and Mary Swindal, baptised 5th September 1841 in Ninebanks, Northumberland (from Dryburn Hall)


Jane Ann, born 1867, baptised on the 5th of January 1873 at Bywell St Andrew, Northumberland

Died on the 22nd of October 1871 at Hall Moor, Bywell St Andrew, Northumberland, aged 30, buried on the 24th of October  at Bywell St Andrew. Childbirth complications.

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1    In the 1851 census there are three Ann Swindle s all about 10 years old whose subsequent history is hard to distinguish.

a    Ann, granddaughter of Nancy Swindle, aged 9, born in Allendale, Northumberland
b    Ann, daughter of Peter Swindle and Mary Swindal, aged 9, born in West Allendale, Northumberland. Dies 1871 (i.e. this one)
c     Ann, 'daughter' of Mary Swindle aged 10, born in Garrigill, Cumberland.

(There is also Anne Swindale, daughter of Joseph and Mary Swindale, but her history is well documented)

One Ann Swindle is working as a domestic servant for Thomas Thomason in Ashgill, Garrigill at the time of the 1871 census - this will be the the Ann Swindle who has an illegitimate child Elliot Thomason Swindle in 1877 and dies in 1911*. Not the Ann who marries in 1871 or the Ann who dies in 1871 ('b'). Not 'a' from 1871 census for 'a'. Therefore 'c'.

*An Ann Swindle of Garrigill was buried in St John's Garrigill, Cumberland on the 27th of November 1911 aged 71

The death of one Ann Swindle is registered in Hexham in quarter 4 of 1871 aged 30 - 'b'  from death certificate'

2    Old Nafferton is 2 miles north-west of Ovingham and 2.5 miles NNE of Bywell.

3    Hall Moor, in the 1871 census, separated from Bywell Hall by Seldom Seen. It is upstream from Bywell Hall, close to the modern A68.  NZ 0343 6208. It is shown on a 1951-1957 map but has disappeared by the time of the 1963 map.

4    Bywell St Andrew is an alternative name for Bywell, Northumberland. There are two churches, St Andrew's and St Peter's.


a)    1851 UK census    Living with her parents and grandfather in Dryburn Hall, West Allen
        1861 UK census    Living with the Lawes family in Nafferton2, working as an agricultural labourer.
        1871 UK census    Living, together with her daughter, with her mother in Hall Moor3, Bywell St Andrew.

Living with her mother at the time of the  1871 census

b)    The birth of Ann Swindle, mother's maiden name Swindle, was registered in the third quarter of 1841 in the Hexham district (FreeBMD / GRO 25 270)

        The death of Ann Swindle aged 30 was registered in the fourth quarter of 1871 in the Hexham district (FreeBMD 19b 195)

c)    Death certificate - transcribed by Norman Swindle

Died 22/10/1871 at Hall Moor, Bywell St Andrew. Age 30
Daughter of Peter Swindle, Lead Miner (Deceased)
Placenta Proevia. Haemorrhage.
Informant: Elizabeth Laws present at death. Hall Moor Bywell St Andrew.