Family History Notebook

Jane Bowness

Daughter of Stephen Bowness and Sarah Norman, baptised on the 25th of December 1813 at Crosthwaite, Cumberland


Norman (Bowness), baptised on the 27th of April 1834 at Crosthwaite, Cumberland
Samuel (Bowness), baptised on the 18th of August 1836 at Crosthwaite, Cumberland

Married Peter Swindle on the 9th of December 1841 at Keswick, Cumberland


Robert, baptised on the 24th of July 1842 at Crosthwaite, Cumberland
George, baptised on the 11th of August 1844 at Crosthwaite, Cumberland
Sarah, baptised on the 10th of October 1847 at Crosthwaite, Cumberland
Jane, baptised on the 22nd of September 1850 at Crosthwaite, Cumberland
Peter, born 1853
Susannah, baptised on the 12th of August 1855 at Crosthwaite, Cumberland

At the time of the 1841 census Jane is living, with Norman and Samuel, at Harriman's Field, Keswick, close to where Peter was staying with his brother, Thomas Swindle. Her occupation is given as Char Woman.

After Peter's death in 1860, Jane is earning an income as a Beer House keeper in 1861 and as a washerwoman in 1871.

At the time of the 1881 census Jane is entered as Lena Swindle - is this a transcription error in my CD-ROM of the census (probable) or has she adopted a nickname? Norman Swindle's transcription is 'Jane'.

Died 1890 ? (Registered Ulverston)


1    In the 1851 census, Norman (17) and Samuel (14) Bowness are listed as stepsons of Peter Swindle. These are the illegitimate sons of Jane. Norman was born 1834 - the period when the Swindle brothers appear to have moved over to Keswick from Garrigill; Peter would have been 19.

2    In 1891 Robert is no longer living with his mother but boarding at Gatey's Court.