Swaine ...

The entries for people & families with the surname Swaine are gathered together in this SideTrack.

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Swaine, MrRef 296-7501

He married Unknown.


  1. daughter [17??-1806]
  2. Robert

Swaine, MrRef 296-1291

He married Unknown.


  1. James
  2. Isaac
  3. Martha [b 1788] who married Robert Brier

Swaine, Charles WilliamRef 296-1322
[1897-1918] Known as Dick.

Son of Lillie & Henry John Swaine of 3 Second Avenue, Manor Drive, Halifax.

He was educated at Rishworth School / foreign correspondent for E. Lumby & Son & Wood Limited.

During World War I, and he served as a Sergeant with the 95th Field Ambulance Royal Army Medical Corps.

He was killed in action whilst supervising evacuation of the wounded [23rd March 1918] (aged 21).

He was buried at Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, France [Grave Ref VIII R 9].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance, on the Halifax Parish Church Members (WWI) Memorial, and on the Memorial at Rishworth School

Swaine, DonaldRef 296-1565
[18??-191?] He served in World War I.

He died in the conflict.

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Building Society

Swaine, FarrarRef 296-1667
[1859-1937] Son of James Swaine.

He was a mill boy [1871] / a core maker (iron foundry) [1881, 1891].

In 1891, he & his siblings were living at Pellon Lane, Halifax.

Farrar died 11th February 1937 (aged 78).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3943] with his brother William Henry

Swaine, Frank EdgarRef 296-719
[1889-1916] Son of Fanny & William Swaine of Halifax.

He lived at 474 Gibbet Street, Halifax.

During World War I, he served as a Sergeant with the Royal Field Artillery.

He was in France [from 1914]. He was wounded 8 times. He was discharged from Stoke War Hospital.

He was on leave and on his way home when he was found dead on the railway line at Longport.

He died 29th December 1916 (aged 27).

He was buried at Rishworth Particular Baptist Chapel [11] (6th January 1917) 

Swaine, GeorgeRef 296-1044
[1811-18??] He was a stone miner [1841].

Around 1830, he married Mary [1811-1865].

Mary was born in Northowram


  1. John [b 1830]
  2. Benjamin [b 1832]
  3. William [b 1833]
  4. Hannah [b 1836]
  5. Richard [b 1834]
  6. Sarah Ann [1853-1924] who was the ward of William  Smith of North Parade, Halifax, & married Oswald Hanson

The family lived at

  • Eve's House, Warley [1841]
  • 16 Garden Street, Halifax (Mary & Sarah Ann only)   [1861]

Mary died 26th June 1865 (aged 54)  and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2799] with daughter Sarah Ann & her husband

Swaine, IsaacRef 296-494
[1788-18??] Son of Mr Swaine.

Recorded in 1822, when he and his brother James were blacksmiths at Harrison Lane, Halifax

Swaine, JamesRef 296-1492
[17??-18??] Son of Mr Swaine.

He was a wheelwright [1815] / a blacksmith with this brother Isaac at Harrison Lane, Halifax [1822] / landlord of the White Horse, Halifax [1822].

In 1815, he married Maria Farrar [1795-1862].

Maria was born in Shipley


  1. James [b 1826] who was an apprentice woolsorter [1841]

James (senior) died before 1829.

After his death, Maria took over at the White Horse [1829].

She married James Brier

Swaine, JamesRef 296-1687
[1818-1883] Born in Northowram.

He was a woolsorter [1835].

On 20th April 1835, he married Nancy Elliott in Halifax.

Nancy was born in Ovenden, the daughter of
Aaron Elliott


  1. Thomas
  2. James [1838-1879]
  3. Henry [1840-1882]
  4. William [b 1841]
  5. Hannah [1845-1921]
  6. Edwin [b 1847]
  7. Sarah Grace [1849-1905]
  8. Sam [1851-1891]
  9. Ada [1854-1918] who died in Vancouver

James died 19th February 1883.

Nancy died 26th November 1886.

They both died in Halifax

The couple & other members of the family () were buried at Illingworth Church

Swaine, JamesRef 296-1668
[1823-1875] Born in Halifax.

He was a wool sorter [1861, 1871].

He married Frances Bairstow [1826-1870].

Frances was the daughter of
Isaac Bairstow


  1. William Henry
  2. Farrar
  3. Ann [b 1861]

They lived at

  • Hoyland's Passage, Halifax (with Frances's parents) [1861]
  • 13 Pellon Lane, Halifax (with Frances's parents) [1871]
  • Pellon Lane, Halifax (the children with William Henry as  head of the household) [1891]

Frances died in Halifax [13th November 1870] (aged 45).

James died 3rd January 1875 (aged 52).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3943]

Swaine, JohnRef 296-7650

He married Unknown.

Child: Joseph

Swaine, John R.Ref 296-2266
[18??-19??] Worsted spinner at Leafland Street Mill, Halifax [1905]

He married Hannah Rothery.

Hannah was the daughter of Peter Rothery


  1. John Rothery [1877-27th December 1880] who was buried with his Rothery grandparents at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1440]

Swaine, JosephRef 296-2756
[17??-18??] Of Copley Hall.

Son of John Swaine.

He was partner in Swaine Brothers & Company.

On 22nd April 1805 he married Miss M. A. Watson.

The bride's father was Rowland Watson Esq of Keighley

Swaine, Mary AnnRef 296-2668
[18??-19??] Lodging house keeper at 5 and 7 Smithy Street, Halifax [44 lodgers in 1903]

Swaine, RobertRef 296-432
[17??-18??] Son of Mr Swaine.

Partner in Hainsworth, Holden, Swaine & Pollard Bank and the Commercial Bank, Halifax [1806].

He was a Trustee of Northgate End Chapel [1782, 1797].

He was a subscriber to the new Halifax Theatre [1789]

He married Unknown [17??-1806].

They lived at Cross Hills, Halifax

Swaine, ThomasRef 296-1569
[18??-1917] Of Halifax.

During World War I, and he served as a Corporal with the 2nd/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died of disease [November 1917].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Swaine, ThomasRef 296-53
[1835-1885] Son of James Swaine.

Born in Ovenden.

He was innkeeper of the White Horse, Southgate [1881] / landlord of the Falcon, Salterhebble [1887].

In 1857, he married Hannah Dean [1838-1917] in Halifax.

Hannah was born in Ovenden


  1. Mary Hannah [1858-1899]
  2. William Henry [1860-1891]
  3. Edward James [1862-1930]
  4. Rosa Margaret [1865-1883]
  5. Dean [1867-1893]
  6. Edgar [1871-1893]
  7. Lilian [1874-1885]
  8. Amy [1877-1925]

Thomas died in the Falcon [20th September 1885].

After his death, Hannah took over at the Falcon [1894]

Hannah died 8th May 1917.

The couple & other members of the family () were buried at Illingworth Church

Swaine, VictorRef 296-1299
[1877-19??] Born in Halifax.

He was a policeman with Halifax Borough Constabulary [1918].

In [Q3] 1909, he married Florence Jenkinson in Halifax.

Florence was born in Halifax

They lived at 9 Dombey Street, Halifax [1911].

In September 1918, whilst on duty at Whitegate Bridge, PC Victor Swaine rescued a four-year-old child, Arthur Atkinson of 26 Whitegate Terrace, from the canal at Caddy Field.

Thanks to the constable's promptitude and pluck the boy, whose father is a soldier in Egypt, was no worse for his experience.

PC Swaine was awarded a certificate of the Royal Humane Society. He already held the medallion for life saving

Swaine, WalterRef 296-527
[1871-1935] Born in Halifax [7th May 1871].

He was a cart driver [1903].

On 3rd October 1903, he married Clara Fossey in Halifax.

Clara was the daughter of
George Fossey


  1. Kathleen [1910-1934] who never married

Swaine, WilliamRef 296-3405
[1747-1779] He married Mary [1753-1826].

The epitaph on their memorial in Halifax Parish Church is recorded in the book Monumental & Other Inscriptions

Swaine, WilliamRef 296-5710
[1798-18??] He was a whitesmith [1823, 1831, 1841] / a blacksmith [1861].

In 1823, he married (1) Mary Wilson

Mary came from Southowram

Details of Mary's death / burial place are not yet known

In 1831, he married (2) Jane Lees [1804-18??].

Jane came from Halifax

The family lived at

  • Brunswick Street, Halifax [1841]
  • River Street, Hulme, Manchester [1861]

In 1871, Jane was living with her uncle Benjamin Mallinson

Swaine, WilliamRef 296-1307
[1827-1899] Born in Halifax.

He was a station master in Mirfield [1851] / a railway clerk [1861] / a railway agent (advertisement) [1881].

He married (1) Hannah [1830-1879].

Hannah was born in Halifax


  1. William Henry [1851-1852]
  2. George [b 1853] who was a book keeper [1881]
  3. Mary H. [b 1856]
  4. William [b 1859] who was a book keeper [1881]
  5. Henry J. [b 1861] who was a book keeper [1881]
  6. Isaac who died 26th October 1862 (aged 7 months)   
  7. Emily who died 17th January 1865 (aged 8 months)   
  8. Annie [b 1866]
  9. Emma who died 17th August 1869 (aged 4 months)   

Hannah died 4th October 1879 (aged 49).

He married (2) Elizabeth [1837-1925].

Elizabeth was born in Liverpool

The family lived at

  • Crowther Row, Mirfield [1851]
  • 24 Church Street, Halifax [1861, 1881]

William died 11th May 1899 (aged 72).

Elizabeth died 12th June 1925 (aged 88).

He, his wives & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3138]

Swaine, William HenryRef 296-243
[1852-1912] Son of James Swaine.

He was a cart driver [1871, 1881].

In 1891, he & his siblings were living at Pellon Lane, Halifax, with William Henry as head of the household.

William Henry died 11th April 1912 (aged 60)  and was buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 3943] with his brother Farrar


The Swaine familyRef 296-1898
They lived at Longlands, Lightcliffe


Swaine surnameRef 296-1
There are 24 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Swaine, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Swaine

Marriages 1803, 1899; Death 1805

Unattached burials at Lister Lane Cemetery: Plot 4282


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