Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Swadlings through the centuries

I have asked the question where do the Swadlings originate from many times.

The Domesday Book is a record of a survey that was completed in 1086 and lists a total of 13,418 place names. Amongst these are Swadlincote in Derbyshire and Swaythling near Southampton. The name Swadling is not listed. Of the list of names Swadling is also not listed. So are we related to a place?

Early records show that Swadling(e)s were living in Sunningwell and South Hinksey in Berkshire from the mid 1500's. By the early 1600's Swadlings were also living in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Kent and Greater London. By the mid 1600's they were living in Surrey and by the early 1700's they were living in Sussex. 

Sunday, 17 February 2013

William Swiss Swadling or William Swadling?

On the 1851 Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia census there is a family of ten Swadlings. William aged 61 and Margaret aged 53 and eight children. John 24, Robert 22, Elizabeth 20, Charles 18, Nancy 16, William F 14, Daniel M 12 and Jacob K 6. Although I think that Elizabeth is John's wife.

On the same census there is a Moses Swadlin 24, Charlotte Swadlin 19, Leonard W Swadlin 1 and Elizabeth Swadlin aged 19.

By 1860 William is 70 and Margaret is 60 and only Daniel M and Jacob K are still living at home.

On the Michigan, Deaths and Burials Index there is a William Swadling who dies in Lapeer Michigan on the 23 December 1874 at the age of 87 years. This means he was born in 1787. Who is this?

On the Find A Grave web site there is a William Swiss Swadling buried in the West Deerfield Cemetery and his date of birth is given as 6 July 1788 in England and he died on 29 December 1871. This makes him 83 years old.

On the same website Margaret Kennedy Swadling is also listed. Her date of birth is 28 December 1792 and she died on 29 March 1873. Making her 81 years old.

The grave stone states that William Swadling died Dec 29 1871 aged 83 yrs 3 ms and ? days. Margaret died Mar 29 1873 aged 73 yrs 3 ms and 1 day.

In 1870 the only William and Margaret Swadling living in Deerfield Lapeer are 79 and 70 respectively.

I have look at many family trees while searching the records looking for William Swiss Swadling and Margaret Kennedy Goodrich Swadling. So where did the Swiss come from and the Goodrich for that matter?

I would be very grateful for any helps.

William Swadling from England?

I have had a Facebook Swadling One Name Study group page for several years. Yesterday I changed it's status from private to public. Wow what a response!

The decision to change from private to public was because I had an enquiry from a gentleman in the USA about his ancestors who could have come from England and knew that there might be others out there who were related to him too.

The gentleman's grandfather was Roscoe Moses Swadling and he was born in Michigan USA in 1903. 

Is this anyone you know? If so get in touch.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Hello fellow Swadlings

It is now February 2013.

Family history research is now more popular than ever.

When I began researching over 13 years ago it was an effort to search for my ancestors. Nowadays with more and more records on line it is easy to research from the comfort of my armchair. So if an ancestor moved away from home it is easy to find them on the many on line census records. Even the registrations of births, marriages and deaths are all on line too. I am very lucky that some of the Electoral Registers for Birmingham are also on line. So I now know where my grandparents Fred and Minnie Swadling and Fred and Nin Austin were living between the two wars.

It is amazing how much information you can find on line these days. So get in touch and lets see who I can find for you.