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Job Swindell

1687 - 1748

Father Humphrey Swindell
Mother Margaret Bramwell
Wife Catherine Ridgeway
Children Margaret, Samuel, Ann, Ruth, Job


Job was born in 1687 in Tideswell, the son of Humphrey and Margaret (1). He had an older brother Samuel, and an older sister Ruth. A younger brother Joseph was born two years later, followed by three or four younger siblings, none of whom survived childhood (2).

His father died in 1721 (3), but nothing is known of Job's life until, just two months after his mother's death in 1734 (4) - by which time he was 47, when he married Catherine Ridgeway (5), 23 years his junior. There is no record of him being married before, and neither of his brothers ever married, so I can only speculate that his mother may have exerted some sort of control over her sons (6). He was a lead miner (8)(9)(13), like most of the rest of his family.

He and Catherine had a daughter Margaret in 1735 (8), a son Samuel in 1738 (9), then daughters Ann in 1740 (10) and Ruth in 1744 (11). They seemingly also had a son Job, who's date of birth is unknown (12).

Job died in September 1748 (13), aged about 61. Catherine survived him by almost 38 years (14).


Brief details of his children:



Sources:

  1. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell, includes the entry:
    [February 1686] Bapt Job filius Humph Swindle de Tiddswell       27
    This is dated by the Julian calendar, so is actually 27/2/1687 in the Gregorian calendar.
  2. See his father's page
  3. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell, includes the entry:
    [April 1721] Buryed Humphrey Swindell of Tiddswell       30
  4. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell, includes the entry:
    [Jany 1733] Buryd Margret Swindel Widdow of Tideswel
    The end of the line is not readable on microfilm, but it was the last entry under January. Val Neal's transcript dates it as 27th January. It is dated by the Julian calendar, so is actually January 1734 in the Gregorian calendar.
  5. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell, includes the entry:
    [March 1733] Married Job Swindle & Catherina Ridgeway Both of ye Parish       3
    This is dated by the Julian calendar, so is actually 3/3/1734 in the Gregorian calendar.
  6. It initially seems unlikely that the Job Swindell who married Catherine Ridgeway is one and the same as the Job Swindell, son of Humphrey and Margaret, given the diferences in their ages, and the fact that it means he was fathering children up to his late 50s. However I believe it can be clearly shown thus:
  7. Will of Joseph Swindell (ref: B/C/11/Joseph Swindell, Tideswell, 1767 @ Lichfield Record Office) reads:
    In the name of God Amen I Joseph Swindell of Tideswell in the County of Derby miner being weak in
    body but of sound and disposing mind and memory (praised be to God) Do Make Publish and Declare this my last
    will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say, First I will that all my just Debts then
    Legacies herein after by me Given and Bequeathed my Funeral Expenses the Charges of proving and all other
    Cherges attending the Execution of this my will be paid Discharged and satisfyed by my Executors herein after
    named by and out of my personal Estate; Also I Give and Devise all my messuages Buildings Lands
    Tenements and Hereditaments situate standing lying and being at Tideswell aforesaid or elsewhere in the
    said County of Derby unto my nephew Job Swindell of Tideswell aforesaid miner his Heirs and assigns
    for ever. Also I Give and Devise unto my said nephew Job Swindell Eight Twenty fourths of a certain Grove
    or Lead Mine lying within the Liberty of Little Hucklow in the said County of Derby commony called by the
    name of Mock Grove his heirs and assigns for ever. Also I Give and Devise unto my nephew Samuel
    Swindell of Tideswell aforesaid miner four Twenty Fourths of the said Grove or Lead Mine lying within
    the Liberty of Little Hucklow aforesaid commonly called Mock Grove his Heirs and Assigns for ever. Also
    I Give and Devise all other my Lead Mines and parts and shares of Lead Mines within the Liberty of the
    Hundred of High peak or elsewhere in the said County of Derby unto my said two nephews Job Swindell and
    Samuel Swindell their Heirs and assigns for ever as Tenents in Common and not as joint tenents. Also
    I Give and bequeath unto my said nephew Samuel Swindell the sum of Sixty pounds Sterling to be paid him
    by my said Exors herin after named within Twelve months next after my decease by and out of my
    personal estate. Also I Give and Bequeath unto my niece Margaret the wife of John Walton the
    younger of Tideswell aforesaid miner the sum of Thirty pounds Sterling to be paid her by my said Executors
    within Twelve months next after my decease by and out of my personal Estate. Also I Give and Bequeath unto my niece
    Anne wife of William Barber of Tideswell aforesaid miner the sum of Thirty pounds Sterling to be paid her
    by my said Executors within Twelve months next after my decease by and out of my personal Estate; Also I Give
    and Bequeath unto my niece Ann Howson of Tideswell aforesaid Spinster the sum of Sixty pounds sterling to be
    paid her by my said Executors within Twelve months next after my Decease by and out of my personal Estate
    Also I Give and Bequeath unto my nephew Thomas Howson of Tideswell aforesaid miner the sum
    of Thirty pounds Sterling to be paid him by my said Executors within Twelve months next after my Decease
    by and out of my personal Estate; Also I Give and Bequeath unto my said nephew Thomas Howson
    all my wearing apparel; Also I Give and Bequeath unto my nephew Robert Doson of Tideswell
    aforesaid Cordwainer the sum of Seven pounds and Tenn Shillings Sterling to be paid him by my said
    Executors within Twelve months next after my Decease by and out of my personal Estate; Also I Give
    unto John Joseph and Anne Hill Three Children of John Hill of Tideswell aforesaid miner
    by Margaret his wife the sum of seven pounds and ten shillings apiece to be paid them by my
    said Extors when they shall severally and respectively attain their several and respective ages of Twenty
    one years by and out of my personal Estate, And my will and mind is thatin Case any of the said Three
    Children shall depart this life before such timeas the part or portion of him her or them so dying shall
    become payable that then and in such Case the aprt or portion of him her or them so dying shall go and be
    Equally divided amongst the survivors and survivor of them share and share alike, if more than one, and to be paid
    to be such survivors or survivor at the time aforesaid. Also I Give and Bequeath unto John Thomas and Joseph
    Middleton the Three sons of John Middleton of Tideswell aforesaid miner by Ruth his wife the sum of Tenn
    pounds Sterling apiece to be paid them by my said executors when they shall severally and respectively attain
    their severall and respective ages of Twenty One years by and out of my personal Estate And my will and mind is
    that in Case any of the Three sons of the said John Middleton shall depart this life before such time as the
    part or portion of him or them so dying shall become payable that then and in such Case the part or portion of him
    or them so dying shall go and be equally devided amongst the survivors or survivor of them share and share
    alike if more than one and to be paid to such survivors or survivor at the time aforesaid, And my further
    will is that in case the said several legacys or sums of money herein before Given and Bequeathed to my
    several Legatees herein before named in manner as aforesaid by reason or on account of any Debt or Debts due
    and owing or hereafter to grow due and owing to my personal Estate or by any other Losses or misfortunes
    whatsoever whereby my said personal Estate shall prove Insufficient or deficiant to answer and pay to my said
    several Legatees or any of them their respective Legacys or sums of money at the Time and in manner
    herein before directed and appointed for payment thereof as aforesaid that then and in such Case, but not
    otherwise, I do hereby order direct and appoint that all Loss or Losses so happening to my said personal
    Estate in manner as aforesaid shall be born sustained and allowed by all my said several legatees in
    proportion to their several and respective legacys or sums of money herein before by me Given and Bequeathed
    anything in this will contained to the Contrary thereof. And lastly I Give and Bequeath all the Rest
    [residue] and remainder of my Goods Cattle Chattels, plate, ready money, money at Interest and upon securitys
    Bonds, Creditts and other my personal estate and effects whatsoever or wheresoever unto my said nephew
    Job Swindell, And I do heeby nominate and appoint my said nephew Job Swindell and William Barber
    executors jointly of this my last will and testament and I do hereby revoke and make void all former and
    other wills by me at any time herebefore made. In witness whereof I the said Testator Joseph Swindell have to
    this my last will and testamentwrote on two sheets of paper annext together. To the first sheet thereof
    put my Hand and to the last sheet thereof my Hand and seal this Twenty Fifth day of April In the
    year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Seven.
                                                                                                                                                          Joseph Swindell
    Signed , sealed, pubished and declared by the said testator Joseph Swindell
    to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who as witnesses
    thereto have hereunder subscribed our names in the presence of the said
    testator.           Jos Burks
                            Richard Haigh
                            Edward Bocking
  8. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell, includes the entry:
    [May 1735] Baptised Margret the Daughter of Job Swindell of Tideswell miner       the 22
  9. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell, includes the entry:
    [January 1737-8] Baptised Samuel the Son of Job Swindell of Tideswell Miner       the 5
  10. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell, includes the entry:
    [September 1740] Baptised Anne the Daughter of Job Swindell of Tideswell       the 26
  11. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell, includes the entry:
    [March 1743/4] Baptised Ruth the Daughter of Job Swindell & Catherine his wife of Tideswell       ye 8
  12. No baptism is extant in the parish registers for Job junior, but he is named as a nephew of Joseph Swindell in his will (7). Bearing the surname Swindell he must be the son of a brother of Joseph, and as his brother Samuel never married, he must therefore be the son of this Job. Job junior's date of birth is unclear, as his uncle Joseph's will, making Job junior the main beneficiary, albeit with his putative brother Samuel sharing much of the lead mine holding, seems to imply that he may have been the elder brother, and hence born prior to Samuel's birth in 1738. However at his burial in 1827, Job was said to be 81 years old, pointing a birth around 1746.
  13. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell, includes the entry:
    [September 1748] Buried Job Swindle of Tidswell miner       the 30
  14. Parish Register of St John the Baptist, Tideswell, includes the entry:
    [Funerals 1786, June] 26 Catharine Swindale T'll



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