Family History Notebook

Sarah Swindle

Daughter of George Swindle and Margaret Whitfield, born in 1838 in Allendale, Northumberland

Possibly emigrated to Canada as an orphaned child

Married ?


    Six ?


Sarah would only have been 2 years old when orphaned by the death of her mother. The eldest of the three other children was 8. Their mother's family had emigrated to Canada in 1831 or 1832. It seems that somehow the children were taken to Canada to join them between 1841 and 1851.

William Swindell, Barbara and Sarah emigrated from Liverpool in 1845 arriving in New York on the 22nd of May 1845. William's age is given as 22 and his occupation as Farmer - probably a clerical error for 12. Adjacent n the list are John Whitfield, 23, Farmer, and his wife Mary, 20.

Not found in 1851 or 1861  Canadian census.

Two letters survive from her uncle Thomas Whitfield back to Allendale. One of them (1869) mentions 'Barbara Swindle and her family is in the country, she has four children' ... 'Sarah and family is in Port Hope and has six children'.

I do not know if Thomas Whitfield had another relative Sarah in Canada to whom he could be referring in this letter.

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