Family History Notebook

Jackson Swindle

Son of Andrew Swindle and Jane Jackson, born in 1857 in Seaham, County Durham 1

Married Jane Clough in 1878 (born 1857)


Mary Ann, born 1880 in Monkhesledon (or Monk Hesleden), County Durham
Andrew, born 1881 in Castle Eden
Jane, born c1885, in Castle Eden
Robert, born 1886 in the Sunderland district (d.1891)
Thomas, born 1889 in the Easington district (d.1890)
Thomas, born 1891 in Castle Eden
Jackson, born 1894 6  in Kelloe, Co. Durham
Matthew Clough, born 1896 in Kelloe, Co. Durham
Margaret Elizabeth, born 1900 in Trimdon, Co. Durham

Died on the 12th of May 1938 in North Shields, Northumberland

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1    Obtained his 2nd class managers certificate in 1881 and full manager's certificate in 1899. Elected member of the Institution of Mining Engineers in 1902.
Manager of the Trimdon Mine in 1901, Dunston Mine, Gateshead, Northumberland in 1902 and 1908 5 , Dunston, Norwood and Swalwell mines in 1909 5, and of the Swalwell Mine, Gateshead, in 1914, 1918 and 1921 5

2     Jackson was born sixteen years after the previous known child, Thomas.

It seemed possible that Jackson was the illegitimate son of one of Andrew and Jane's sons - probably William. Jackson Swindle and William Swindle and  his  mother are all living in Monk Hesleden at the time of the 1881 census. However the mother's maiden name is given as Jackson in the GRO records so if there any attempt to disguise an illegitimate child then it went back to the birth certificate which is unlikely.

3    Seaham is on the coast, north east of Durham and Monk Hesleden is 4 miles to the south.

4    Jackson is an onsetter at the time of the 1881 census, but has risen to colliery manager by 1908.

5    Information from the Durham Mining Museum site, eg, and a List of Mines in Great Britain and the Isle of Man, eg

6    Onsetter - Person who pushes full mine waggons on to the cage at the shaft bottom and takes the empties out

7    1901 census - transcribed as 'Serwidles'!



a)    1861 UK census    Living with his parents in Monkhesleden, County Durham
        1871 UK census, cont    Still in Monkhesleden with his parents - a miner at 13.
        1881 UK census    Now married to Jane with a young daughter. An onsetter (23) at Castle Eden Colliery
        1891 UK census    Still at Castle Eden Colliery. Three children at home - Mary is a few doors away.
        1901 UK census    Manager at Trimdon Colliery, living in the Office Building. 6 children at home
        1911 UK census    Manager at Dunston-on-Tyne

b)    The birth of Jackson Swindle, mother's maiden name Jackson,  was registered in the third quarter of 1857 in the Easington district (FreeBMD 10a 281)

        The marriage of Jackson Swindle was registered at Easington in the third quarter of 1878 (FreeBMD 10a 449). The marriages of Jane Clough and Mary Jane Hepple are listed on the same page.

        The death of Jane Swindle aged 69 was registered in the third quarter of 1927 in the Gateshead district (FreeBMD 10a 811)
        The death of Jackson Swindle aged 80 was registered in the second quarter of 1938 in the Tynemouth district (FreeBMD 10b 273)

c)    National Probate Calendar 1938
SWINDLE Jackson of 8 Highbury-place North Shields died 12 May 1938 Probate Newcastle-upon-Tyne 17 June to Andrew Swindle mining engineer and Thomas Swindle fitter.
Effects 219 17s. 1d.

d)    Managers Certificate
07 October 1891, Certificate Number: 1,309 (2nd), District: Durham
Second Class Certificate of Competency as an Under Manager of Mines granted under the Coal Mines Regulation Act, 1887 (50 & 51 Vict. Cap. 58, Sec 23.)
30 August 1899, Certificate Number: 1,580 (1st), District: Yorkshire and Lincolnshire
Certificate of Competency as a Manager of Mines granted under the Coal Mines Regulation Act, 1887 (50 & 51 Vict. Cap. 58, Secs. 23 and 80)
Durham Mining Museum - with more information.

e)    Elected to Institution of Mining Engineers 14 June 1902
1901-1902, Institute of Mining Engineers. Position: Member; Address: Colliery Manager, Swalwell, R.S.O., County Durham; Elected: 14 Jun 1902