Family History Notebook

John Swinney

Son of George Swinney and Dorothy Reavely, born at Wreckinton on the 1st of July 1825, baptised on the 4th of September 1825 in Gateshead, County Durham

Married Betty Cottle on the 8th of May 1856 in Farrington Gurney, Somerset c


Alfred John George, born 1858 in Chester-le-Street, County Durham

Died on the 4th of December 1894 in Upper Parkstone, Dorset

Person ID 05137


0    Text in red represents information obtained from the internet (family trees etc) which I have not yet confirmed.

1    Sending Alfred to boarding school must have been quite a financial sacrifice, even on an engineer's wages.

2    In 1891 there is a John Swinney aged 65 (ie born c1826) born Ireland in the Chester le Street workhouse. He was a labourer in the iron works.

3    In 1911 there is in Bournemouth an Elizbeth Swinney, widow, 78, born Bath, Somerset with a servant Mary Patterson born in Witton Gilbert.

4    John could have died any time between 1881 and 1911. The death registeed in 1900 could be this John or the Irish John Swinney. There is a death of a John Swinney registered in 1894 in the Poole district.


a)    1841 UK census    An enginewright Apprentice living with his parents in Heworth, County Durham
        1851 UK census    Still living with his parents in Heworth, a colliery engineering [...?]
        1861 UK census    A civil engineer at Ouston Pit, Harraton, married to Betsey with a three year old son Alfred. (Swiney)
        1871 UK census    Engineer at Ouston with Betsey. Alfred is at boarding school in Gainford
        1881 UK census    Still engineer at Ouston
        1891 UK census    Still engineer at Ouston - age incorrectly enumerated as '55'. See also note 2.
        1901 UK census    Neither John nor Betsy found
        1911 UK census    Betsy  is probably the Elizabeth Swinney, widow, in Bournmouth. (see note 3)

b)    The marriage of John Swinney and Betty Cottle was registered in the second quarter of 1856 in the Clutton district (FreeBMD 5c 1091) (The Clutton district is in Somerset and includes Radstock, Betty's birthplace)

        The death of John Swinney age 69 was registered in the fourth quarter of 1894 in the Poole district (5a 158)

        The death of a John Swinney aged 74 was registered in the third quarter of 1900 in the Chester le Street district (10a 280) (but see note 2)

c)   Somerset, England, Marriage Registers, Bonds and Allegations, 1754-1914 [database on-line with images] 

d)    National Probate Calendar:
SWINNEY John of Pleasant view Vale-road Upper Parkstone Dorset retired mining engineer died 4 December 1894 Probate London 7 January to Alfred John George Swinney mining engineer Effects 2082 10s.

e)    FindAGrave
Chester-le-Street Cemetery 
Durham Unitary Authority
County Durham, England
Plot: C 27

John Swinney
Death:  Sep., 1900
Note: Age: 74