Family History Notebook

John Rose Swindell

Son of  Richard Rose and Mary Harrison, baptised on the 19th of January 1793 at Weston upon Trent, Derbyshire

?Married Ann Parsale (Pearsall) (b1792) on the 23rd of November 1818 in Foremark, Derbyshire

Ann Pearsall baptised on the 9th of October 1792 at Foremark, Derbyshire, daughter of John & Ann Pearsall, died 1828 8.

Children (all listed parents John Rose Swindell and Ann in IGI)

Ann Jane, baptised on the 9th of February 1820 at Ockbrook, Derbyshire
Elizabeth Mary, baptised on the 16th of August 1821 at Ockbrook
John Rose, baptised on the 24th of September 1822 at Ockbrook (d.1823)
Henry Arthur, baptised on the 15th of November 1823 at Ockbrook

Died 1850 in Stourbridge district 5

Apparently moved from Burrowash (Borrowash), south east of Derby, to The Hermitage, Powick (south of Worcester)  where he was 'found a lunatic' shortly before the death of his wife 6. His two daughters married two brothers, James and Charles, sons of a Midlands industrialist Samuel Evers. In 1841 he was living in Repton Derbyshire but died in the Stourbridge area, ie probably back with his daughters.


1    It appears that John Rose adopted the surname Swindell between his marriage in 1818 and the baptism of his first child in 1820. (The marriage in 1818 is listed as John Rose, but the children are all baptised as the children of John Rose Swindell). His sons in law, the brothers James and Charles Evers, also adopted the surname Swindell in 1851 - apparently as a condition of John Rose Swindell's will.

I have not yet discovered why John Rose adopted the Swindell surname but it seem likely that it was the condition of a gift or legacy. The connection is Henry Swindell and his father Henry Swindel (both rectors of Borrowash/Ockbrook?). Henry Swindell was the son of Ann Harrison - could Henry Swindell and John Rose have been cousins?

The Monthly Magazine 1818, p571

"At Burrowash, 76, John Swindell, esq. who, about twenty years ago, when following the humble occupation of a labourer, very unexpectedly, by will, came into possession of the estates and other property of the Rev. Henry Swindell, M.A. of the same place. Dying without issue, Mr. S. has bequeathed a fortune of 2000l. a year to the family of Mr. Rose of Weston-on-Trent, near Castle Donnington, in grateful return for the kindness he received from them, whilst in their servitude, prior to his elevation in life."

2    John Rose Swindell was a landowner in
            Brailsford, Derbyshire (700 acres)
            Ockbrook and Borrowash, Derbyshire (main home)
            Peatling Magna, Leicestershire (Lord of Manor)

3    'Found a lunatic' on 21st February 1828.  (see court case regarding his estate)

"Who was late of Burrowash in the county of Derby, esq., but now resides in the Parish of Powick" (see notice from Court of Chancery)

4    The executors of the late `John Rose Swindell, esq (who has left two daughters) about 700 acres. {The History of the County of Derby p138 Brailsford - Glover, Noble 1829

5    The death of John Rose Swindell was registered in Stourbridge  in the first quarter of 1850 (FreeBMD 18 350)

6    Obituary Gentleman's Magazine, volume 98 part 1 May 1828  Sidmouth Devon the wife of J.R. Swindell, esq. of the Hermitage, Powick, and late of Burrowash House, Derb.

5    Borrowash Cotton Mill - Built about 1800 on the Derwent, on the site of ancient corn mills. Owned by Earl of Harrington, later by John E. Swindell The Industrial Archaeology of Derbyshire. Frank Nixon 1969

8    Living at Repton Villa c 1846
History, gazetteer and directory of Derbyshire, with the town of Burton-upon-Trent Samuel Bagshaw (of Sheffield.)  p38