Family History Notebook

Mary Watson

Daughter of William Watson (miner) and Elizabeth Slack, born at Hougillsike6 on the 7th of May 1822, and baptised on the 14th of July 1822 at Tynehead (Methodist) Chapel in Garrigill, Cumberland.

Married Joseph Swindale on 6th June 1840 in Ninebanks, Northumberland (from Dyke Nook)


Anne, born 1841 in Moscow Black Cleugh, Allendale, Northumberland
Elizabeth born March 1843, buried 2nd May 1843 at Carrshield, Northumberland (from Dyke Nook)
Elizabeth, baptised 7th May 1844 in Carrshield, Northumberland (from Dyke Nook), buried 2nd November 1846 at Carrshield, Northumberland (from Dyke Nook)
William, born 1846 (in Moscow, Allendale, Northumberland?)
Joseph, born 14th January 1849 in Castleside, County Durham
John, born 29th April 1851 in Castleside, County Durham
Stephen, born 1852 in Castleside, County Durham
Thomas Henry, born 21st April 1855 in Castleside, County Durham

Buried on the 12th of July 1859 aged 37 in Muggleswick (Castleside), County Durham

PersonID 105052


1    A brick wall finally fell 16 Sep 2017 due to the publication on Ancestry (2013) of birth registrations from the Weslyan Methodist Metropolitan Registry (66, Paternoster Row, London) 1818 - 1838 ! This gave not only Mary's parents but also her mother's parents.

2    Howgill Sike is just south of Garrigill in the South Tyne valley.

3    A minor at the time of her marriage. The 1851 census gives Mary's age as 28, ie born 1822/3. Her age of 37 at burial implies born before July 1822 - ie April, May, June or early July 1822.

4    A John,  born 2/1848 died 3/1848, has been suggested but there is no supporting evidence. Possible confusion with John Swindale, son of Wallis Swindle and Elizabeth Smith, born at Carrshield, baptised on the 23rd of January 1848 at Carrshield, Northumberland or John Swindale, son of Christopher Swindle and Esther Pert, born on the 25th of January 1848 at Limestone Brae, baptised on the 18th of June 1848 at Carrshield, Northumberland

 5     I can find no record of Mary's baptism. 5  Her father's name is from the marriage register entry. (A William Watson married Hannah Parmenly on 31st August 1820 in Alston. They had two children: John/Joseph baptised 8 Aug 1821/9 Sep 1821 and Anthony baptised 13 Feb 1824. Mary could have been born before Anthony. A William Watson married Isabella Lee on 9 Dec 1821 - no obvious record of children).

 6   A Watson family tree has been published at but does not contain this Mary.


a)    1841 UK census    Married to Joseph, a lead ore miner, '20', living at Moscow, Ninebanks with a 2 month old Ann. (Swindle)
        1851 UK census    Married (28) to Joseph, a joiner (30) in Castleside, with three children. He is being visited by Elizabeth Hetherington (18), probably his half-sister. (Swindale)

b)    The birth of Mary Watson, daughter of William Watson and Elizabeth Slack, on the 7th of May 1822 at Hougillsike, Garrigill, Cumberland was registered at the Weslyan Methodist Metropolitan Registry on the 14th of June 1823. Birth certificate

        The marriage of Joseph Swindle and Mary Watson was registered in the second quarter of 1840 in the Hexham district (FreeBMD 25 336)   Marriage certificate

        The death of Mary Swindle aged 37 was registered in the third quarter of 1859 in the Durham district (FreeBMD / GRO 10a 118)