Family History Notebook

George Swinney

Son of  Edward Swinney and Mary Ann Hall, born in Swindon on the 21st December 1847, baptised on the 28th of January 1848 in the Weslyan Chapel in Swindon, Wiltshire

Married Jessie Piper in 1873 in the Plymouth area (c1850 - 1939)


George, born on the 15th of July 1878 in Stonehouse (Plymouth), Devon
Frank Percival, born on the 24th of August 1879  in Stonehouse, Devon
Edward, born 1888 in Plymouth, Devon

Died 1889

Person ID 05114


0    Text in red represents information obtained from the internet (family trees etc) which I have not yet confirmed.

1    Served as an Engineer in the Royal Navy. Promoted to Chief Engineer then Staff Engineer.

2    There are three marriages in FreeBMD  1868 - 1881 for a George Swinney
            1873 Q3 in East Stonehouse
            1878 Q2 in St Pancras
            1879 Q4 in St Pancras
The two St Pancras marriages can be positively eliminated (see #e)

The East Stonehouse marriage is promising since the district is effectively Plymouth. The two brides on this register page are Jessie Piper and Elizabeth Wilton.

There are three births registered 1873 - 1890 for Swinney / Piper (all in East Stpnehouse district) so it may be concluded that George married Jessie.


a)    1851 UK census    Living with his parents in Newton Abbot, Devon
        1861 UK census    Still with his parents but now in Plymouth
        1871 UK census    (Not found - should be aboard HMS Minotaur (Devonport?))
        1881 UK census    Engineer aboard HMS Tamar. Married.
        1881 UK census    Jessie (31) and children George and Frank are living with Jessie's widowed mother in East Stonehouse. (Swinny)
        1891 UK census    Jessie (40) and the children are living in Plymouth.
        1901 UK census    Jessie (51), Frank and Edward are still in Plymouth
        1911 UK census    Jessie (60) is living on her own in Plymouth. 3 children all still living.

b)    The birth of Edward Swinney was registered in the first quarter of 1848 in the Highworth district (Wiltshire) (8 331)

        The marriage of George Swinney and Jessie Piper was registered in the third quarter of 1873 in the East Stonehouse district (Plymouth) (FreeBMD 5b 508)

        The death of George Swinney aged 41 was registered in the third quarter of 1889 in the Portsea Island district (Hampshire) (2b 282)
        The death of Jessie Swinney aged 89 was registered in the fourth quarter of 1939 in the Plymouth district (5b 706)

c)    Reference: ADM 196/24/517
Name Swinney, George
Date of Birth: 21 December 1847
Rank: Staff Engineer
Date of Appointment: 23 March 1868
Date: 23 March 1868
Held by: The National Archives, Kew

d)    UK, Naval Officer and Rating Service Records, 1802-1919 [database on-line with images] 

Name: George Swinney
Birth Date: abt 1848
Gender: Male
Age at Start of Service: 20
First Service Date: 20 Mar 1868
First Ship Served On: Phoebe
Last Service Date: 18 Jun 1889
Last Ship Served On: Champion
Record Type: Engineers Service Records
Date Range: 1862 - 1879

e)    (Wrong marriage)   Marriage certificate 28 Dec 1879 St Pancras, Middlesex posted by malcolmgagg67 on Gagg/Emsley Family Tree on Ancestry.
George Swinney, Saddler, son of Daniel Swinney  / Jane Taylor

(Wrong marriage) Marriage certificate 10 June 1878 St Pancras, Middlesex []
George Swinney, metal worker, son of George Swinney / Clara Pinder

f)    National Probate Calendar 1939:
SWINNEY Jessie of 18 Wolseley-terrace Plymouth widow died 26 November 1939 at 2 Houndiscombe Villias Plymouth Administration (with Will) London 14 December to George Swinney retired captain merchantile marine.   Effects 1049 5s.

g)    The birth of George Swinney, mother's maiden name Piper, was registered in the third quarter of 1878 in the East Stonehouse district (GRO 5b 300)
        The birth of Frank Percival Swinney, mother's maiden name Piper, was registered in the third quarter of 1879 in the East Stonehouse district (GRO 5b 314)
        The birth of Edward Swinney, mother's maiden name Piper, was registered in the third quarter of 1888 in the East Stonehouse district (GRO 5b 265)