Baptism: 6th September 1821,West Felton, Shropshire
1841 census: Ifton Rhyn, Shropshire
Marriage: To Ann Jones, 21st December 1845 at St Philip's Church, Liverpool
1851 census: Bootle Village
1861 census: 151 St Domingo Road, Everton
1871 census: John Street, Everton
Death: September 1871 at 1 John Street, Everton, aged 50
Buried: 23th September 1871, Anfield Cemetery
We believe this to be Joseph's baptism, in 1821:
Joseph, son of John and Mary Swinerton was baptised in West Felton, Shropshire on 6th September 1821.
The register has a note that he was "received in church" on 13th October 1822
Joseph's father, John, was a labourer, living in "Rambles".
[There is a cottage called Cupid's Ramble about a mile north-west of West Felton, close to the canal. This was certainly there in the 1870s but we're not sure how much older than that. Perhaps "Rambles" refers to this cottage or to this small area near to the canal and Aston Locks?]
This is probably Joseph aged between 15 and 20 in 1841
Rhoswiel, in the Township of Ifton Rhyn (north of Oswestry, Shropshire)
William Williams age 45, Canal Boatman, born Shropshire
Ann Williams age 40, not born Shropshire
Thomas Evans age 20, Ag Lab, not born Shropshire
John Williams age 15, born Shropshire
Joseph Swinnert age 15, Blacksmith, born Shropshire
Samuel Swinnert, age 15, coal mine engineer, not born Shropshire
Eleanor Roberts, age 11, not born Shropshire
Joseph Swinnerton and Ann Jones, both of full age, were married, after banns, at St Philip's Church, Liverpool on December 21st 1845.
Joseph, a batchelor was a blacksmith, living in Copperas Hill.
Ann, a spinster, was living in Blake Street
Joseph's father was John Swinnerton, Book Keeper*.
Ann's father was Thomas Jones, deceased.
Witnesses were ?? Maddock (possibly Thomas?) and Samuel Rowe?
[*Although Joseph's father is clearly written as Book Keeper on the parish record of the marriage, we are very certain that this is a mistake and should read Lock Keeper.
Everything else about Joseph ties in with him being the son of John Swinnerton, Lock Keeper at New Marton, Shropshire.
Perhaps the vicar or curate misheard, or filled in the register from notes taken earlier, so this might be a transcription error.
Joseph Swinnerton age 30, Engineer, born Shropshire
Ann Swinnerton age 31, born North Wales
John Swinnerton age 5, born Lancashire, Bootle
Thomas Swinnerton age 5 months, born Lancashire, Bootle
James Derny, lodger, age 30, foreman, born Scotland
Ellen Owens, servant, age 16, house servant, born North Wales
151 St Domingo Road, Everton
Joseph Swinnerton age 38, Publican, born Shropshire
Ann Swinnerton age 39, born Denbighshire
John Swinnerton age 15, born Lancashire Liverpool
Thomas Swinnerton age 8, born Lancashire, Bootle Village
George Swinnerton age 7, born Lancashire, Bootle Village
Joseph Swinnerton age 5, born Lancashire, Liverpool
Wiliam Price, boarder, son?, age 26, joiner, born Montgomeryshire
Elizabeth Lindford, servant, age 21, House Servant, born Lancashire
By 1869, Joseph was a foreman working for the corporation water department. This article from the Liverpool Mercury in July 1869:
Occupation of a Public House by a Corporate Employee
Mr Beloe having moved the confirmation of the proceedings of the water committee:
Mr P H Rathbone asked whether it was true that the foreman of the Green Lane Works was interested in a public house near these works.
If it was the case, he thought some blame rested with the council that there was no regulation prohibiting those employed under the corporation holding public houses, for he thought it would be evident to all that it was most undesirable that persons in their employ should be interested in public houses, either directly or indirectly. (Hear, hear.)
Mr Belor said that, Mr Rathbone, having given him notice of the question, he was enabled to reply to it at once in the fullest possible manner. Many months since, Mr Holt , the deputy–chairman of the committee brought under his notice certain charges made against a certain person named Swinnerton, but who was not exactly foreman of the Green Lane works, but the general outdoor foreman, overlooking any works which might be going on in different parts of the town.
These charges were handed to the engineer to report on, and he (Mr Beloe) was happy to say that one and all fell to the ground and proved to be false, with one exception, and that was that he kept a public house.
Mr Holt and the engineer mentioned this to Swinnerton, and he said that he was not aware that it was against the law, and that he would take the earliest possible steps to get rid of the house. He (and Mr Beloe) hoped that after the remarks had been made those steps would be taken without further delay.
He was not aware that they could compel the man absolutely to sell the house at a sacrifice, but at all events, everything had been done on the subject that possibly could be done, and, the attention of the committee having been drawn to the point, they would see that the house was disposed of.
Mr Rathbone asked whether he was in order in giving notice of his intention to call the attention of the council to the question with a view to the adoption of some rule prohibiting the holding of public houses by corporate employees.
The Mayor – You must give notice in writing in the ordinary way.
The proceedings were then confirmed.
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John Street, Everton
Joseph Swinnerton age 49, Inspector of Engine Works, born Shropshire, West Felton
Ann Swinnerton age 51, born Denbighshire
Thomas Swinnerton age 18, Surveyor, born Lancashire Liverpol
George Swinnerton age 17, Engine fitter, born Lancashire Liverpool
Joseph Swinnerton age 15, born Lancashire, Liverpool
William Williams age 21, Joiner, born Shropshire, Ellesmere
Alice Gaskill age 21, Domestic Servant, born Liverpool
Joseph Swinnerton died at 1 John Street, aged 50, in September 1871 and was buried in Anfield Cemetery on 23th September 1871.
His wife, Ann, died in February 1875, aged 53, and was buried in the same grave at Anfield on 18th February 1875. She was living at 6 Torr Street, Everton.