Family History Notebook

Christopher Swindle

Son of Christopher Swindle and Hannah Lee, baptised on 9th November 1806 in Ninebanks, Northumberland (from 'Cleugh')

Probably father of Phillis, illegitimate child by Esther Coates, baptised on the 13th of April 1828 at Carrshield, Northumberland

Married Mary Press on the 13th of June 1829 at Ninebanks, Northumberland


?John, buried 21st of March 1830 at Carrshields, Northumberland at 3 weeks
Thomas, baptised on the 2nd of October 1831 at Carrshields, Northumberland
Hannah, baptised on the 26th of October 1834 at Carrshields, Northumberland
Christopher, baptised on the 29th of October 1837 at Carrshields, Northumberland

Married Esther Pert on the 19th of June 1841 at Ninebanks, Northumberland (from Limestone Brae) 3


Sarah, baptised on the 31st of October 1841 at Carrshields, Northumberland (died 1847)
Jane,  born at Limestone Brae on the 3rd of March 1844c, baptised on the 30th of June 1844 at Carrshield, Northumberland
Thomas, baptised on the 13th of September 1846 at Carrshield, Northumberland
John, born on the 25th of January 1848 at Limestone Brae, baptised on the 18th of June 1848 at Carrshield, Northumberland4
Sarah, baptised on the 22nd of September 1850 at Carrshield, Northumberland
Mary Ann, born on the 18th of September 1853 at Guier Coates, baptised on the 15th of July 1855 at Limestone Brae Methodist Chapel, Northumberland

Christopher had moved from Black Cleugh (1831) to Whitley Shield (1834) to Limestone Brae (1837). Living at the old Meeting House at Limestone Brae at the time of the 1841 and 1851 census, describing himself as a lead ore miner.

An Extract from the Journal of the Mine 1843

Christ Swindle have timbered the vein and removed the deads out of the same eastwd from Low Whimsey Shaft 90 feet, drift 6 feet high and under the No check of Pattinson, have seen no one yet went 15 feet of [....] up to climbing shaft beside Brouse Houde

(School study material for West Allen at Hexham Library - the 'deads' are the waste rock containing no ore)

Buried on the 13th of December 1857 at Ninebanks, Northumberland (from Farneyside)

Person ID 00691


1    This is definitely the Christopher who married Esther Pert since he is identified in the marriage registry as Christopher, widower, son of Christopher. Esther is living with him at the time of the 1841 census. He is also identified as the father of Hannah and Christopher in the 1851 census. His first wife is therefore Mary - presumably Mary Press - and this Christopher can be assumed to be the father of Thomas. This Christopher was therefore living at Black Cleugh after his marriage - as was his father's cousin Christopher. (It is just possible that this older Christopher was the husband of Mary Press and/or the father of John and Thomas). The parents of John (d.1830) are not identified but it would appear probable that he was the first son of Mary Press.

2    John and Thomas were born at Black Cleugh, Hannah at Whitelee Shield, and Christopher through to Sarah at Limestone Brae.

3    Esther was living with Christopher as a female servant at the time of the 1841 census at the beginning of June.

4    John's birth in 1848 was registered as John Swindale according to Norman Swindle 30/12/05. (First quarter 1848 Hexham FreeBMD 25 278).

5    Marriage register listed as Swindle but signed Swindel. IGI has Swindale. Swindle in GRO.


a)    1841 UK census, cont    A lead ore miner ('30') with 2 children and female servant Esther Peart living in the old Meeting House at Limestone Brae, West Allendale, Northumberland.
        1851 UK census    Married to Esther with six children. Living in Limestone Brae in West Allendale, Northumberland

b)    The marriage of Christopher Swindle and Esther Pert was registered in the second quarter of 1841 in the Hexham district (FreeBMD 25 307)

        The death of Christopher Swindle aged 52 was registered in the fourth quarter of 1857 in the Hexham district (FreeBMD/GRO 10b 149)