James Swinburn of Bishopwearmouth, Durham
JAMES SWINBURN, baptised 17 November 1776 Lamesley, Durham (son of Ralph Swinburn of Chowdean), he may have died (reg.Q3) 1852 Sunderland(a); married 23 January 1800 Bishopwearmouth DOROTHY MAXWELL, she may have died (reg.Q1) 1853 Sunderland (issue - see below)

James and Dorothy (Maxwell) were parents of:


  • JAMES SWINBURN, born 4 April 1801, baptised 1 July 1801 Bishopwearmouth; Master Mariner; died before 1871; married 11 September 1824 Sunderland MARGARET PATTERSON (possibly died reg.Q1 1855 or reg.Q2 1862 Sunderland) (issue - see below)

  • ANN SWINBURN, born 12 May 1803, baptised 25 September 1803 Bishopwearmouth, died 25 June 1807 aged 4

  • CATHERINE SWINBURN, born 3 April 1805, baptised 24 August 1806 Bishopwearmouth; married 1 March 1824 PETER WILLIAMSON (issue)

  • JOHN SWINBURN, born 12 December 1807, baptised 10 January 1808 Bishopwearmouth

  • RALPH SWINBURN, born December 1809, baptised 15 September 1811 Bishopwearmouth

  • ANN SWINBURN, born 25 August 1811, baptised 15 September 1811 Bishopwearmouth; she may have married 19 July 1830 Sunderland DANIEL MURPHY (issue - with descendants in Australia*)

  • THOMAS MAXWELL SWINBURN, born 25 September 1813, baptised 17 October 1813 Bishopwearmouth; died 25 March 1814

  • DOROTHY SWINBURN, born 5 March 1815

    James and Margaret (Patterson) were parents of:


  • JAMES SWINBURN, born 26/27 May 1825 Sunderland, died 13 August 1825

  • MARY SWINBURN, born 30 September 1826 Sunderland; married (reg.Q2) 1847 Sunderland WILLIAM DEMPESTER LAW, Mary is on the 1851 census (as Mary Laws), a Master Mariners wife aged 24, with daughter MARGARET LAW(S), aged 2 born Sunderland, and sister Elizabeth Ann, at 9 Moor Street, Bishopwearmouth

  • JOHN SWINBURN, born 20 July 1828 Sunderland

  • DOROTHY SWINBURN, born 31 January 1830 Sunderland

  • JAMES SWINBURN, born 14 October 1832 Sunderland, died young?

  • MARGARET SWINBURN, born 7 December 1833 Sunderland

  • ELIZABETH ANN SWINBURN, born 25 February 1836 Sunderland; on 1851 census with sister Mary at 9 Moor Street, Bishopwearmouth, a servant aged 19; married 16 May 1856 at Sunderland Parish Church WILLIAM LINDSAY (son of JOHN LINDSAY, Master Mariner), born c.1835, Mariner aged 21 and living at Wellington Lane at time of marriage, Elizabeth Ann was aged 20 and of 12 Nesham Square (issue)

  • JAMES SWINBURN, Ship Wright, born 9 March 1838 Sunderland; (there is a James Swinburn, Master Mariner, at 57 Lawrence Street, B(ishopwearmouth?), Sunderland in the 1850 Ward Directory for Newcastle and Durham); died (reg. Q2) 1900 aged 62; married 1 September 1862 Sunderland MARGARET HAZARD, born c.1840 Sunderland, they are on the 1881 census at Nesham Square, Sunderland with their four children; Margaret may have died (reg.Q2) 1898 Sunderland aged 58 (issue - see below)

  • RALPH SWINBURN, born 31 March 1841 Sunderland; General Labourer; married 5 November 1871 Salem Tree Chapel, Sunderland MARY FAIRCLOUGH nee SPAIN (daughter of WILLIAM SPAIN, Shipwright and widow of LAWSON FAIRCLOUGH whom she married in 1867), born about 1849 Monkwearmouth; Ralph was living at 12 Nesham Square when he married and Mary was at 16 Woodbine Terrace; they are on the 1881 census at 7 Lilburn Street, Bishopwearmouth, Durham, Ralph a General Labourer aged 40 and Mary (incorrectly entered as Margaret) aged 32, with three children, and on the 1901 census at 36 Moor Street, Sunderland, Ralph a Dock Head Foreman aged 60 and MARY aged 52, with son James; Ralph died (reg.Q4 Sunderland) 1905 aged 64 and Mary died (reg.Q4 Sunderland) 1905 aged 57 (issue - see below)

    James and Margaret (Hazard) were parents of:


  • JAMES SWINBURN, born (reg. Q3) 1864 Sunderland, on 1881 census with parents aged 16, Hairdresser, died (reg. Q1) 1897 aged 32

  • ?RALPH SWINBURN, born c.1872, died (reg. Q4) 1881 aged 9

  • ROBERT SWINBURN, born (reg. Q2) 1874 Sunderland; on 1881 census with parents, aged 7; on 1901 census at Sunderland, a brushmaker aged 25 with younger brother Arthur; died (reg. Q1 1931) aged about 56

  • MARGARET ANN SWINBURN, born (reg. Q1) 1879 Sunderland; on 1881 census with parents, aged 2; on 1901 census at Sunderland, a servant aged 21

  • JOHN WILLIAM SWINBURN, born March/April (reg. Q2) 1881 Sunderland; baptised 8 April 1881 Sunderland; on 1881 census with parents, aged 3 weeks; died (reg. Q3) 1943 aged about 62; married ANN, born c.1883 Sunderland; they are on the 1901 census at 7 Nesham Square, Sunderland, John a General Labourer aged 20 and Ann aged 18

  • ARTHUR SWINBURN, born (reg.Q3) 1884 Sunderland; on 1901 census with brother Robert in Sunderland, a Boiler Smith aged 16; he was a witness at his cousin James Patterson Swinburn's marriage in 1902; died (reg.Q2) 1930

    Ralph and Mary (Fairclough) were parents of:


  • WILLIAM R. F. SWINBURN, born c.1868 Sunderland, he was Ralph's stepson, the son of Mary's first husband and so a Fairclough by birth; on 1881 census with Ralph and Mary, aged 13

  • RALPH SWINBURN, born (reg.Q3) 1872 Sunderland, on 1881 census with parents, aged 8, died (reg. Q4) 1881 aged 9

  • MARGARET SWINBURN, born (reg. Q2) 1875 Sunderland, on 1881 census with parents, aged 5, died (reg. Q2) 1885 aged 10

    James Patterson Swinburn 1882-1947Eleanor Jane Swinburn (nee Smith)

  • JAMES PATTERSON SWINBURN, born (reg.Q2) 1882 Sunderland; on 1901 census with parents, a Ship Store Labourer aged 19; died (reg. Q1) 1947; married 4 August 1902 Parish Church, Sunderland ELEANOR JANE SMITH, born 1884 Guernsey, she was living at 30 Hartley Street, Sunderland and James at 36 Moor Street, Sunderland at their marriage (issue - see below)

    James Patterson and Eleanor Jane (Smith) were parents of:


  • JANE PEART SWINBURN, born (reg.Q4) 1903 Sunderland; died 1986; married (reg.Q2) 1925 Sunderland HENRY WILLIAM BATTY

  • RALPH SWINBURN, born 6 August 1905 Sunderland; died (reg.Q1) 1975; married 31 January 1927 Sunderland MATILDA SOUTER SMITH, born 1906; died 1984 (issue - see below)

  • MOLLY SWINBURN, born 1907; (married with 3 children)

    Ralph and Matilda Souter (Smith) were parents of:


  • RALPH SWINBURN, born 19 March 1927; died September 1993; married Coventry ELIZABETH DAVIES (7 children)

    James Patterson Swinburn 1929-1994

  • JAMES PATTERSON SWINBURN, born 18 January 1929 Sunderland; served on "HMS Illustrious" 1947-50 (see photograph); died October 1994; married 1967 Coventry MYRA JOY BODENHAM (2 children)

  • ELEANOR SWINBURN, born (reg.Q1 1932) 1931 Sunderland; died 1992; married 1stly Coventry JOHN WARD; married 2ndly CYRIL WARD (6 children)

  • EDNA SWINBURN, born Sunderland; married Coventry NORMAN MOONEY (4 children)

  • GLADYS SWINBURN, born Sunderland; married Coventry ALAN JONES (2 children)

  • ROBERT W. SWINBURN, born Coventry; married Coventry MARGARET SHEEPY (3 children)


    Sources: Jayne Longmore; 1851, 1881 and 1901 census; IGI; GRO indexes; *Ann Hansen, Australia; Judith Kilsby


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