Family History Notebook

Mary Ann Swindle

Possibly daughter of Mary Swindle baptised 19 January 1828 in St John Lee, Northumberland.

Possibly married John Currah in 1852 h, 3 (born 21st March 1827, baptised 21 Nov 1827 in Crossgill, Alston, Cumberland 9)


Fanny (Frances) Ann, born 10 July 1857 (died: 1932 )
Thomas (Tom), born 21st September 1859 4 (died: 21 APR 1912 in Georgetown, Ontario, Canada )
Joseph (Joe), born 21st September 1859 (died: 1940 )
John, born 26th September 1861 ( born: 25 SEP 1862 in: East Zorra Twp., Oxford, Ontario, Canada. died: 7 JUN 1927 in: Tavistock, Oxford, Canada )
Emmerson, born 1864 (died: 21 APR 1899 )

Died 27th April 1895 2, d, buried in Innerkip Cemetery, Oxford County, Ontario

PersonID 5316


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

1    Since no father is recorded in the baptism register, Mary Ann must be assumed to be illegitimate. Mary Swindle is identified as her mother on the basis of being of a suitable age in the same parish and as having remained a spinster until her death. If so then Mary Ann possibly died before 1841 since she is not listed as living with her mother in the 1841 census when she would have been 13.

An earlier note of mine from in the IGI gives the spelling of the surname as Swindale and gives her mother' location as Sandoe and occupation as 'hind or labourer'. Note that Mary would have been only 17 years old when Mary Ann was born and may well have been working on a farm at the time.

2    It is fairly certain that John Currah married a Mary Ann Swindle.  Both were born in England. John Currah is thought to have been born in Crosgill, Alston NO and the 'Swindle' spelling is consistent with a Northumberland origin for Mary Ann. A Mary Swindle is found in the 1851 census in Ontario and the childrens' births suggest a marriage in the next few years.

This marriage was first suggested by Bill Murphy on Rootsweb. My original note read "It has been suggested that John Currah born 1828 married a Maryanne born 1829 Swindle (Rootsweb Bill Murphy 8 May 2009) Brian Carol adds 3rd Aug 2009 that John Currah and Mary Ann Swindle are buried in Innerkip Cemetery, Ontario. Mary Ann Swindle died Apr 27 1895. John Currah died Feb 11 1902."

3    Mary Ann Swindle is stated on death certificates as mother of Fanny and John. Death register for Thomas, however, gives mother as Mary Ann Armstrong, as does the obituary #h. Had Mary Ann married and been widowed?

4    Birth date from age of 52 years and 7 months at death 21 April 1912

5    Census images 1861 - 1891 inspected on Ancestry

6    John Currah's birth place is said to be Crosgill, Alston.

7    The age at death is inconsistent with the baptism date.

8    There is also Mary Swindle, born 1826/7 in Northumberland to be considered.

9    The John Emmerson Currah of #e and #f can be shown to be a different John Currah with children through to 1877. See Wisconsin 1860 census. This is the John Currah born in Weardale Aug 9th 1827. Note also that his wife is almost certainly Ann Bell not Ann Robson. (Marriage 11 Apr 1853 Middleton in Teesdale)


a)    1851 Canada census    Mary Swindle, 20, Methodist, no stated occupation, living in Paris, Brant County, Canada West (Ontario)
        1861 Canada census    Maryan Curry, 33, born England, married to John Curry with children Fanny, Joseph and Thomas. Living in East Zorra, Oxford, Canada West
        1871 Canada census    Maryan Curry, 43, born England, married to John Curry with children Fanny, Joseph, Thomas and Emmerson. Living in East Zorra, North Oxford, Ontario
        1881 Canada census    Mary Corrah, 52, born England, married to John Corrah with children  Joseph, John and Emmerson. Thomas on adjacent propert. Living in East Zorra, North Oxford, Ontario
        1891 Canada census    Mary Currah, 62, born England, married to John Currah, with child John.  Living in East Zorra, North Oxford, Ontario


Grave memorial, Innerkip Cemetery, Ontario, Canada

Mary Ann
wife of
John Currah
Apr 27 18[8/9]5
66 Years [4?] Ms
[?] Days

(with acknowledgement to gerussell174 originally shared this on 04 Feb 2015 on Ancestry)
Mary Ann Swindle 1828 - 895

c)    O'Halloran Family Tree on Ancestry

d)    John Currah born 21 Nov 1827 in Crosgill, Alston according to 
baptised 7 Mar 1828 at Redwing Congregational Chapel Alston 

e)    An Emmerson Currah, 25, miner arrived in New York in 1853. He was accompanied by a wife Ann, son Thomas 2 1/2 and possible brother Thomas 18

f)   Yates Publishing. U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 [database on-line] Ancestry
Name: John Emerson Currah
Gender: Male
Birth Place: EN
Birth Year: 1827
Spouse Name: Ann Robson
Birth Place: EN
Spouse Birth Year: 1830
Marriage State: of NE
Number Pages: 4

g)    Obituary quoted on FindAGrave

At his residence one and a quarter miles west of Unadilla, on March 30, 1897, at 5:15 a.m., Mr. John Emerson Currah, departed this life after several months of very painful illness of a rheumatic or neuralgic nature, aged 69-years, 7-months and 19-days, leaving a family of a wife and nine children, (five sons and four daughters), to mourn his loss.

Mr. Currah was born at Wierd Dale, County of Durham, England, August 11, 1827, and during his early life pursued the avocation of a lead miner. In 1853 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Ann Bell, with whom in June of the same year he emigrated to America, locating near Darlington, Wisconsin, where for a period of 23 years he resided, engaging in farming in the summer time and lead mining in the winter. In November 1876, accompanied by his wife and nine children, he again turned his face westward and emigrated by wagon to the then new state of Nebraska, locating near Elmwood, in Cass County, where he resided for three and one-half years. In March 1880, he purchased the 80-acre farm, his present home, where he has resided for the past 17 years.

Mr. Currah was a man, whom to know was but to love and respect, and with whom to be permitted to associate as neighbor or friend was a great privilege. He was a man of high character, of kind and noble impulse, of broad charity and of great hospitality. He was honest, upright and courteous. His kind manner won the respect, admiration and esteem of all, and his loss will be greatly felt and sincerely mourned by all who knew or were permitted to associate with him.

A host of friends join with The Union in extending their heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family and hope that all will be sunshine and pleasure ........
(Contributed by Sue Erickson)
Family links: 
  Ann Robson Currah (1830 - 1912)

h)    Obituary Details Obtained from Canada Posted  on Ancestry13 Jun 2017 by paulrohalloran

After an illness of over a year Mr. John Currah, Sr., of the 16th line, East Zorra, died at his residence on Tuesday morning, February 11, 1902 in his 75th year. Mr. Currah was born in Cumberlandshire, England and came to Canada at the age of twenty-one settling at Paris. He married Mary Ann Armstrong in 1852. Leaving Paris about forty-five year ago they settled on Lot 25, Con 16, East Zorra, where they remained all their lives. Mrs. Currah died seven years ago. Mr. Currah was a life-long Conservative. There are four surviving children, Fannie at home, Joseph 16th line, Thomas 15th line and John at Bright. The remains will be interred in the Innerkip Cemetery.