Joseph Swinnerton (1821 to 1871).
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 (sic), age 15, Blacksmith, born Shropshire.
Samuel Swinnert, (sic), 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, Liverpool.
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.
GRO Reference: 1871. SWINNERTON, JOSEPH. age 50, September Quarter, in WEST DERBY AND TOXTETH PARK. Volume 08B Page 362.
Joseph's widow, 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.
GRO Reference: 1875. SWINNERTON, ANN. age 53 March Quarter, in WEST DERBY AND TOXTETH PARK. Volume 08B Page 363.