Family History Notebook

Nancy Bell

Daughter of Joseph and Mary Bell born 1773? 1

Married Peter Swindle on 31st May 1794 in St Cuthbert's, Allendale, Northumberland


Nancy, baptised 31 August 1794 at Ninebanks, Northumberland (from Black Cleugh) (died in infancy)
John, baptised 3rd December 1795 at Ninebanks, Northumberland (from Black Cleugh) (died in infancy))
Malley, baptised 1st May 1797 at Ninebanks, Northumberland (from Black Cleugh) (died in infancy?)3
?Peter 4
Sarah, baptised 27th May 1799  at Ninebanks, Northumberland (from Black Cleugh)
Mary, baptised 4th October 1802 at Alston, Cumberland (from Wellgill Dykes)
Nancy, baptised 14th January 1805 at Alston, Cumberland (from Wellgill Dykes)
John, baptised 24th April 1806 at Alston, Cumberland (from Greenends)
Thomas (died 4th Aug 1810) (from Welhope)
Thomas, baptised 7th December 1811 at Ninebanks, Northumberland (from Millhouse)

Living with her son Thomas at Mill House at the time of the 1851 census

Buried 4th October 1861 at Carrshield, Northumberland (from Ruffside)


1    Parents from marriage entry and baptism records for Mary, Nancy and John. Mother from Knarsdale, a few km north of Alston. Reported aged 88 at death, 77 at time of 1851 census - hence the estimate of 1773 for her birth.

2    An Ann Bell was baptised in Alston 28th Jan 1779, daughter of  Joseph and Mary Bell. A Joseph Bell married Mary Carr on 23rd Jun 1776 in Alston. This Ann would have been rather young to have married in 1794 but it is possible.

3    Mary, born 1802, is described as the second daughter. Does this mean that Malley (pet form of Mary) had died (since we know Sarah survives)?

4    No trace of baptism has been found for Peter, who marries Mary Dixon in 1822 at Ninebanks. If  Peter were to be Sarah's elder brother, and he had moved into Smallburns before he married Mary Dixon (he was certainly living there in 1823) it would be a good explanation as to why Sarah was living at Smallburns when her son Joseph was born.


a)    1841