Family History Notebook

John Swindle

Illegitimate son of Margaret Swindle, born on the 26th of November 1866 in Warden, Northumberland

Married Elizabeth Dixon on the 2nd of April 1892 in Newbrough, Northumberland (c1866 - 1919)


Sarah, baptised on the 5th of May 1895 at Newbrough, Northumberland from Kiln Cottages
Margaret Ann, baptised on the 10th of September 1896 (buried 12th September) at Newborough, Northumberland
Meggie, born 1898 in Fourstones, Northumberland
Tom Dixon, born in Fourstones in July 1899, buried on the 14th of September 1899 at Newbrough, Northumberland from Kiln Cottages
Mary Isabella, born in 1900 in Fourstones

Married Esther Dodd in 1924 (1900 - ?)


Margaret A., born on the 13th of July 1925 in Northumberland
Richard William, born on the 25th of October 1927 in the Morpeth district
Henrietta, born 1928 in the Morpeth district (d. 1928)
Irene, born 1929 in the Morpeth district
Evelyn, born 1931 in the Morpeth district (d.2014)
Robert J., born 1933 in the Morpeth district (d.1934)
John born in 1934 in the Morpeth district
Alice, born in 1935 in the Morpeth district
James Edward, born on the 8th of October 1937 in Northumberland
Thomas Henry, born on the 7th of March 1939 in Northumberland
Kenneth T, born 1940 in Northumberland

Died on the 19th of March 1947 in Morpeth, Northumberland

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1    Kiln Cottages are located in Fourstones, just east of Newbrough.

2    John's father as named on his marriage certificate is a fiction, probably referring to his step-father Edward Pearson.

3    There is a John Pearson in the 1891 census, age 24 born St John Lee, but working as a farm servant in Chollerton.

4    Dates of death for Irene, Evelyn, Alice, Thomas and Kenneth supplied by Colin Dorrey.


a)    1871 UK census    Living, 4, born Warden with his mother and step-father in Ebchester, County Durham
        1881 UK census, cont   Living, 14, with his mother and step-father (Edward Pearson), a coal miner in Great Whittington. John S Pearson.
        1891 UK census    Not found #3
        1901 UK census    A limestone quarryman in Warden. Wife Betsy and three children.
        1911 UK census  John (coal miner, 45, born Haydon Bridge), his wife Betsy (45) and children Sarah, Maggie and Mary are living in Winlaton, County Durham
        1939 Register         A retired general labourer in Morpeth, born on the 26 Nov 1866, living with Esther Swindle, born 15 Dec 1900 and Margaret Swindle, later Morrey, born 13 July 1925. There then follow 8 redacted entries.

b)    The birth of John Swindle, mother's maiden name *, was registered in the fourth quarter of 1866 in the Hexham district (FreeBMD / GRO 10b 255).

        The marriage of John Swindle and Elizabeth Dixon was registered in the second quarter of 1892 in the Hexham district (FreeBMD 10b 506a)

        The death of Betsy Swindle aged 53 was registered in the first quarter of 1919 in the Morpeth district (FreeBMD 10b 812)

        The death of John Swindle aged 80 was registered in the first quarter of 1947 n the Central Northumberland district (1b 328)

        The death of Esther Swindle, born 15 Dec 1900, was registered in the first quarter of 1971 in the central Northumberland district. (1b 643)

c)    Information from Norman Swindle 30/12/05 from marriage certificate

Married 2/4/1892 at Newbrough Church, Parish of Warden
John Swindle, 25, Bachelor, Labourer, of Horsley North Side Parish of Ovingham.        Father: Edward Swindle, Pitman
Betsy Dixon, 26, Spinster, of Kiln Cottages Fourstones.            Father: Thomas Dixon, Labourer

d)    e-mails from Colin Dorrey

Hello Alan.
I am trying to research my grandfather John Swindle on my mothers side of our tree. As yet the only information I can find is his birth date, his two marriages, but no divorce or widowhood from his first marriage to Elizabeth (Betsy) Dixon, his marriage to my grandmother Esther Dodd and his death date. I can find no record in any of the census from his birth date 1826 to his death date 1947. I would be grateful if you would be able to shed any further information on him and hid first wife.
Thank you

Colin Morrey   13 June 2017

I have just picked up your message.
I have difficulty in identifying which John Swindle you are referring to although if he lived from 1826 to 1947 he is probably unique!
Can you tell me where your John Swindle was born and where he was married?
Alan    19 June 2017

Thank you for your reply. In answer to your question, John Swindle born 1867 in Warden, Northumberland, he married Elizabeth (Betsy) Dixon in Hexham, Northumberland in April 1892. He then married Esther Dodd in Morpeth Northumberland, in Sept 1924. he died March 19 1947 in Morpeth Northumberland. Hope this is of help.
Colin    19 June 2017