Family History Notebook

John Swindle

Son of Peter Swindle1 born around 1771 2.
Probably son of  Peter Swindal and Susannah Nicholson. 3

Married Ann Bell on 14th June 1794 in St Cuthbert's, Allendale, Northumberland


 Peter, baptised 16th May 1795 at Ninebanks, Northumberland (from Nook)

Buried 29 June 1851 at Ninebanks, Northumberland (from Dryburn Hall) 4

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1    See marriage entry.

2    Aged 79 at time of death in 1851. Also recorded aged  in 1851 census.

3.   Peter and Susannah were married by licence 1st Jan 1771 but their first recorded child was not born till 1774. No other Peter is known who could be the father of this John so I agree with Anne Roberts that John is probably the first, unrecorded, son of Peter and Susannah. I would have expected John to have been baptised at Whitfield where his parents were married and the next three children were baptised. It is definitely not in the FamilySearch transcription of Whitfield baptisms for 1770 - 1773. The Bishop's transcripts available on Family Search start in 1762 but the next entries are 1773 - ie there is a gap around the time of John's birth.

There is also a John Swindle, baptised on the 25th of August 1771 in Chester-Le-Street, but he is son of John Swindle (not Peter) and Barbara of Birtley, County Durham and therefore not this John.

4    The date on the death certificate should be the date of death - though the burial date is five days earlier! The informant was Mary Swindle, presumably his daughter-in-law.

5    By 1839, at the marriage of his son Peter, John was calling himself 'Smelter's Agent' (ie manager). In 1841 he describes himself as a farmer but in 1851 as a fundholder (ie retired). On his death certificate Mary, his daughter in law, describes him as a lead ore smelter - probably a summary of his general occupation throughout his life.


a)    1841 UK census    A farmer (65) at Dryburn Hall with (his son) Peter (40) and (unknown relation) Margret. They have an 11 year old girl Margaret Brown to help and share the building with 50 year old Elizabeth Shield.
        1851 UK census, cont Still at Dryburn Hall but now retired (Fund Holder) living with his son Peter and family.

b)    The death of  John Swindle aged 79 was registered in the third quarter of 1851 in the Hexham district (FreeBMD 25 181)

c)    Death Certificate:       No. 377 on 4th July 1851 at Dryburn Hall, John Swindle, 79, Lead Ore Smelter
Cause of Death:          Old Age, no medical attendant
Informant:       X The mark of Mary Swindle present at the death, Dryburn Hall