Family History Notebook

John Swindle

Son of John Swindle and Thomasine Gray, born in Pelton / Beamish, baptised on the 24th of July 1825 at Chester-le-Street, County Durham

Married Margaret Mason on the 28th of December 1844 in Witton Gilbert, County Durham


No known children but apparently brought up John Brown as their son (probably son of John's sister Ann)3

Died 1900 in the Lanchester district

PersonID 05027


1    A coal miner living near his father at Wagtail Cottages, Holmside, County Durham at the time of the 1851 census; at Plawsworth (north of Durham) in 1861, at New Stanley in 1871, 33 Joicey's Square, Stanley in 1881, and Front Street, Havannah, Tanfield in 1891

2    John and Margret married between the 1841 and 1851 censuses. There are only two marriages for a John Swind* registered in County Durham or Northumberland in this period. The marriage of a John Swindle was registered in Chester-le-Street in the fourth quarter of 1844.  The marriage of Margaret Mason is listed on the same page. (FreeBMD 24 p37) The other marriage was registered in Durham in the third quarter of 1846 but is of John Swindle to Elizabeth Watson

3    In 1861 a 4 year old John Brown is listed as lodging with John and Margaret. In 1871 he is listed as John Swindle, son. This is probably a son of John's sister Ann, who married a William Brown in 1856.

4    There were a number of collieries in St Giles parish, eg Belmont colliery, Kepier colliery etc

5    Hillary Clinton's grandfather Jonathan Rodham was born in 1844 in Wagtail Cottages, Craghead


a)    1841 UK census    A miner (15) living with his parents in Chapel Street, St Giles parish, Durham
        1851 UK census    A miner married to Margaret, living in Wagtail Cottages5, Holmside, County Durham (born Beamish). His parents are two doors away.
        1861 UK census    A miner living in Plawsworth with his wife and 4 year old (nephew?) John Brown. (Swindel)
        1871 UK census, cont    A miner living in New Stanley, Tanfield with his wife and 14 year old son John. Born Pelton (near Beamish)
        1881 UK census    John and Margaret are living in Stanley. John is still a coal miner
        1891 UK census    At 65 John is now retired, living with his wife and grandson John S Brown (15)
        1901 UK census    Neither John nor Margaret found

b)    The marriage of John Swindle and Margaret Mason was registered in the fourth quarter of 1844 in the Chester le Street district (FreeBMD 24 37

        The death of Margaret Swindle aged 74 was registered in the second quarter of 1899 in the Lanchester district (FreeBMD 10a 170)
    The death of John Swindle aged 75 was registered in the second quarter of 1900 in the Lanchester district (FreeBMD 10a 177)