Family History Notebook

Margaret Braddock / Swindle

Daughter of Richard Swindle 1, 4 , native of Hexham, born on the 6th of January 1792, probably illegitimate daughter Margaret Braddock, baptised at Allendale on the 25th of January 1792 2

Married Robert Christopher Thirlwell on the 23rd of May 1814 in All Saint's, Newcastle, Northumberland (d.1843 Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana)


William Brown, born on the 22nd of December 1814, baptised on the 1st of October 1815 in Whickham, County Durham. 1 (d.1881)
Leonard (1816 - 1859)
Robert Christopher (1818 - )
Elizabeth (1821 - )
John (1823 - )
Margeret (1826 - )
Ann (1829 - 1877)

Died on the 5th of June 1874 in Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana

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

1    Mother's father named as Richard Swindle in baptism record.

2    There are NO other known Margaret Swindles of an appropriate age to match with this Margaret.

3    There are a number of family trees on Ancestry quoting very precise birth and death dates for Robert Thirlwell and Margaret Swindle, but without referencing sources. This implies an original family data source. These place the family in the USA by 1843. There is another family tree on Ancestry referencing the same baptism but with William remaining in the UK.

(Robert Christopher Thirlwell Birth 14 MAR 1792  Lanchester, Durham, , England Death 03 OCT 1843  Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana, USA
Margeret Swindle Birth 06 JAN 1792  , Durham, , England Death 05 JUN 1874  Terre Haute, Vigo, Indiana, United States )

Source #b confirms that Robert and Margaret were in Terre Haute in 1835. I am therefore inclined to accept the associated birth and death information.

This then makes the identification of Margaret Swindele with Margaret Braddock very probable.

4    The only Richard Swindales discovered who could be the father of Margaret are:-

 Richard, son of Robert Swindale and Margaret Armstrong baptised 11 August 1765 in St John Lee, Northumberland, who married Isabel Ramsey on 24 Sep 1792 in St John Lee, Northumberland

the Richard Swindle who married Barbary Foster on the 14th of October 1804 in Newcastle All Saints

and these may well be the same individual.


a)    William Brown Thirlwell, S born 22 Dec 1814 bap 1 Oct 1815 at Whickham
1st s of Robert Thirlwell, Joiner, N of Lanchester P,
by his w Margaret, d of Richard Swindle, N of Hexham P

b)    "When Terre Haute was Young" - 1835 'Census' transcribed at
p70 Column 1
Thirlwell, Robert,
Thirlwell, Margaret (Swindle)

c)    1850 US census    Margaret Thirlwell, 58, born England, living in Harrison, Vigo, Indiana with William Thirlwell (33, Butcher) and Ann Thirlwell (17), both born England