Ancestral Profile: Margaret SEWELL (c1777-1850)

22 Nov

I wrote yesterday that I wanted to look again at my Carlisle connections in preparation for a possible visit to the archives next year and Margaret SEWELL is one of those connection, so she seems a good place to start.

Margaret SEWELL was my 4x great-grandmother and although I have written much about her husband Thomas KINGHORN (of mail coach fame), I know very little about Margaret herself.

I don’t know a lot about Margaret’s early years, from her burial record I know she was born around  1777 and from the 1841 census I know she was born in the county of Cumberland. Unfortunately she died before the 1851 census, so I don’t know exactly where in Cumberland it was.

Margaret married Thomas KINGHORN on the 5th May 1803 at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Carlisle, Cumberland. The marriage was by licence, which may provide further clues, an index of the marriage-licence allegation and bond records that Margaret was from the parish of St. Cuthbert’s, Carlisle (which doesn’t necessarily mean that was where she was born). There is a reference to a George SEWELL of Carlisle, but I am not sure whether this relates to the allegation or bond or what his relation to Margaret was (father, brother or uncle?).

Margaret and Thomas had six children, it appears that all six were born in Moffat, Dumfriesshire, Scotland (presumably where Thomas was based whilst working as a mail guard) but were baptised at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Carlisle south of the Scottish border.

  1. John KINGHORN (baptised 30th October 1803)
  2. Mary KINGHORN (baptised 3rd August 1806)
  3. Thomas KINGHORN (baptised 13th March 1808) [my 3x great-grandfather]
  4. Abraham KINGHORN (baptised 10th June 1810)
  5. Elizabeth KINGHORN (baptised 19th March 1815)
  6. George KINGHORN (baptised 11th May 1817)

I am not yet sure what happened to their two daughters Mary and Elizabeth, but only one of their sons (George) remained in Carlisle. Both Margaret and her husband appear to have remained in Carlisle. Thomas died in 1833, aged 52 and was buried at St. Cuthbert’s Church.

In 1841 we find Margaret living in the Botchergate area of Carlisle at No. 2 King Street. Her age is given as 60 years old (presumably rounded down from 64 years) and she is of independent means, possibly some sort of pension or benefit from her husband’s time with the Royal Mail.

Margaret’s death was registered in Q2 1850 in the Carlisle Registration District (I don’t yet have her death certificate) and she was buried at St. Cuthbert’s Church (presumably with her husband) on the 4th May 1850.

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2 Responses to “Ancestral Profile: Margaret SEWELL (c1777-1850)”

  1. dvsewell November 25, 2010 at 1:08 pm #

    Hi John, I am myself starting to trace my ancestors. My grandfather is Thomas Sewell, born in Stirling Scotland, but his father George Sewell was born in the North of Scotland, Carlisle we think. I am unsure of dates although we hazzard a guess my grandfather was born around 1920 so his father George would have been maybe 1890 – 1900? From what we can gather he moved up to Scotland through working on the railways, im pretty sure he had a son my grandfather Thomas and a daughter Jean Sewell aswell. My dad has a full name of Thomas Bell Sewell, so I dont know if maybe the Bell comes from a wifes maiden name, maybe Georges wife. I dont know if any of this will be related to your search or if it will help you, but any info you can give me in return is most appreciated.
    dawnsewell@hotmail.com

    • John Gasson November 25, 2010 at 8:44 pm #

      Unfortunately I am pretty much in the dark when it comes to SEWELLs, Margaret is the only one I have in my tree so far, but when I find out more I will let you know.

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