Family History Notebook

Peter Swindal / Swindale

Son of Peter Swindall and Jane Thompson, baptised 4th December 1743 in Whitfield, Northumberland

Married Susannah Nicholson on 1st January 1771 in Whitfield, Northumberland (his cousin)


     John2 ?, born c1771
    Peter, baptised 15th June 1774 in Whitfield, Northumberland
    Francis, baptised 21 January 1777 in Whitfield, Northumberland
    Barbara, baptised 22 May 1779 in Allendale, Northumberland, buried 26 August 1784 in Whitfield, Northumberland
    Ann, baptised 4th August 1782 in Allendale, Northumberland (Wooly highhouse)
    Susannah, baptised 2nd October 1784 in Allendale, Northumberland
    Christopher, baptised 29th May 1787 in Ninebanks, Northumberland (Harsley)
    Barbara, born at Harsley, baptised 16th May 1790 in Ninebanks, Northumberland (Harsley)
    Jane, baptised 30th September 1792 in Ninebanks, Northumberland (Harsley)

Buried 24 October 1829 in Carr Shield, Northumberland from Black Cleugh

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1    Peter probably followed his father and grandfather into working at the Whitfield (lead smelting) Mill. From 1745 the Whitfield Mill was phased out of production by the London Lead Company in favour of their Nenthead Mill and was closed in 1811. This probably caused the family to move to Wooley High House in Allendale around 1778 to work at the Allen Mill but within ten years they had moved to Harsley in West Allendale, presumably for Peter to work in the lead mines around there.

2    Peter and Susannah were married by licence 1st Jan 1771 but their first recorded child was not born till 1774. No other Peter is known who could be the father of this John so I agree with Anne Roberts that John is probably the first, unrecorded, son of Peter and Susannah. Note that a John Swindle is the witness at the wedding of Peter (son of Peter).

 I would have expected John to have been baptised at Whitfield where his parents were married and the next three children were baptised. It is definitely not in the FamilySearch transcription of  Whitfield baptisms for 1770 - 1773. The Bishop's Transcripts available on FamilySearch start in 1762 but the next entries are 1773 - ie there is a gap around the time of John's birth.