Family History Notebook

Lily Swindle

Born 1884 in West Allendale, Northumberland. Illegitimate daughter of Betsy Swindle.

Married John William Sparke in 1907


Thomas William, born 1904/5
Joseph, born 1908/9
Hilda, born 1909/10

Died 1934


1    Living with her mother and (step?) father at Rushymea in 1891.

2    Recorded in the 1901 census at The States, West Allendale aged 16, born West Allendale and living with William Noble, his wife Betsy and  daughter Jane Ann. Her relationship to head of family is described as 'daur'.

Next door at The States is living Wallace Swindle, his wife Elizabeth, daughter Hannah and son Wilfred. Hannah is born 7 years before Wallace's marriage and Lily is eight years older. It appears that either Wallace has married earlier (although he is described as 'bachelor' at the 1900 wedding) or has two illegitimate daughters or that he is looking after Hannah and Lily for some other member of the family. His brother Smith appears to be unmarried in 1881 and 1891; brother Joseph has his own family and is in any case rather young to be Lily's father. His eldest brother John, however, is old enough to have been her father.  (All true but irrelevant now that Lily has been identified as Betsy's illegitimate daughter).

Living at Side House, Sparty Lea in 1911.

3    The birth of Lillie Swindle was registered in the fourth quarter of 1884 in the district of Hexham (FreeBMD 316)

The marriage of Lily Swindle was registered in the first quarter of 1907 in the district of Hexham (FreeBMD 10b 539). The marriages of  George Harrison and John William Sparke are listed on the same page.

The death of  Lily Sparke aged 49 was registered in the second quarter of 1934 in the Hexham district (10b 421)