Family History Notebook

John Swindle

Son of Christopher Swindle and Esther Pert, born on the 25th of January 1848 at Limestone Brae, baptised on the 18th of June 1848 at Carrshield, Northumberland

Married Sarah Cowing  in 1870 (born c. 1841 Alston area, died 1904 Haltwistle area)


Thomas (Cowing), born 1860/1 in Allendale

Sarah Elizabeth, baptised on 2nd of October 1870 at St Mark's, Ninebanks, Northumberland from Old Schoolhouse Cottage2 (buried Nov. 16)
John, born on the 7th of April 1872 in Whitfield, Northumberland, baptised on the 2nd of June 1872 at Ninebanks.
Jane Ann, born 1874 in Haydon Bridge, Northumberland

Married Annie Teasdale in 1905 4 (c1857-1922)

Died on the 6th of August 1916 in Corrodale, Northumberland c

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1    Since John at the age of 23 apparently had a 10 year old son, and at 32 had a 20 year old stepson Thomas Cowing, it  seems that John either married a widow, Sarah Cowing or that Sarah had had an illegitimate son.

The birth of a Thomas Cowing, mother's maiden name not stated, was registered in the third quarter of 1860. This suggests that he may have been illegitimate.

The only Thomas Cowing of the right age found in the 1861 census is Thomas Cowing Smith, son of Joseph Smith and Rachel (Cowing) Smith in Knarsdale, north of Alston. He may, however, actually be the son of Sarah Cowing, 16, a servant in Knarsdale. A Sarah Cowing, illegitimate daughter of Elizabeth Cowing, was baptised in 1845 in Alston.

No marriage of a Cowing to a Sarah has been found in the north of England 1850 - 1861.

Sarah gives her maiden name as Cowing in the birth certificates for her children by John Swindle.

The above strongly suggests that Thomas Cowing was illegitimate (and that Sarah was 4 or 5 years younger than she states).


a)    1851 UK census    Living with his parents in Limestone Brae, West Allendale, Northumberland.
        1861 UK census    Living with his widowed mother Esther in Farneyside, with Thomas, Sarah and Mary Ann
        1871 UK census    Living at Ninebanks with his wife and stepson, working as a lead miner.
        1881 UK census    John was providing a home at Haugh Cottage, Henshaw (6km west of Haltwhistle) to his sister, Sarah, and her child, and a step-son Thomas Cowing.
        1891 UK census    Living with his wife and two children at Common House, 1km north of Melkridge, between Henshaw and Haltwhistle. 
        1901 UK census    Living at White Craig, just 1km north of Haltwhistle. His sister's son John is still living with John and his wife.
        1911 UK census    Married Annie (54) and living at Corrordale House, Haltwhistle, still working as a coal miner.

b)    The birth of John Swindale, mother's maiden name Peart, was registered in the first quarter of 1848 in the Hexham district (FreeBMD 25 278)

        The marriage of John Swindle and Sarah Cowing was registered in the second quarter of 1870 in the Hexham district (FreeBMD 10b 441)

        The death of Sarah Swindle aged 62 was registered in the first quarter of 1904 in the Haltwhistle district (FreeBMD 10b 254)

        The marriage of John Swindle and Annie Teasdalewas registered in the second quarter of 1905 in the Haltwhistle district (FreeBMD 10b 711)

        The death of John Swindle aged 68 was registered in the third quarter of 1916 in the Haltwhistle district. (FreeBMD 10b 401)

        The death of Annie Swindle aged 64 was registered in the fourth quarter of 1922 in the Haltwhistle district (FreeBMD 10b 389)

c)    National Probate Calendar 1916:-
SWINDLE John of Corrodale Haltwistle Northumberland miner died 6 August 1916 Probate Newcastle-upon-Tyne 23 August to William Lemon Robson farmer and John Swindle mason. Effects 496 4s. 11d.

National Probate Calendar 1923:-
SWINDLE Annie of Corrodale Haltwhistle Northumberland widow died 20 October 1922 Probate London 19 January to Mary Sproul (wife of John Sproul) and Elizabeth Hetherington (wife of Thomas Hetherington). Effects 105 0s. 11d.