Caroline Swaite

Author: Christine Gambles
Date published: 03/06/2021

Caroline Swaite



Caroline was born in Aldbourne Wiltshire she was baptised on the 8th April 1813 in Aldbourne the daughter of Thomas and Charlotte Cook (nee Palmer) who were married in Ashbury Berkshire  on the 24th April 1804 (Thomas was from Aldbourne and was a Carpenter)

Other known children of Thomas and Charlotte were (all baptised in Albourne):

Mary Anne baptised 22nd February 1807

Thomas baptised 25th December 1808

Charles baptised 15th February 1812

Charles baptised 3rd September 1815

Jane baptised 28th July 1817

William baptised 2nd September 1819


Caroline married in 1843 (FMP have James surname recorded as Strait)

Marriage details:

Place: St Mary the Virgin Speen Berkshire

Date: 9th May 1843

Groom: James Swait, full age, bachelor, occupation, Dealer, abode, Speen

Bride: Caroline Cook, full age, spinster, abode, Speen

Fathers: Thomas Cook, occupation, Carpenter and Matthew Swait, occupation, Butcher


James and Caroline had five children but sadly only two survived to adulthood. William James was born in 1844 followed by Edmund John (aka Edwin John) in 1846.

 Caroline Louisa was born in 1847 she died in 1848, before her 1st birthday.

Albert was born in 1849 he died in 1850 before his 1st birthday.

Albana was born in 1850 she died later the same year and was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 28th October.


Caroline was widowed in 1851. James died aged 38 he was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 8th January.

It’s possible that Caroline had another son in 1853 as there is a birth registered for a Henry Swait in Newbury in 1853 MMN Cook and a death registered in Winchester for a Henry Swait aged 0 in 1854

Caroline never remarried she was recorded  as a Cattle Dealer’s Widow in 1851, a Seamstress in 1861, a Charwoman in 1871 and being kept by her son in 1881.

She was recorded living at 2 Eyles Buildings Newbury in 1851, Trafalgar Place Newbury in 1861 and 1871 and Waterloo Place Newbury in 1881.

Caroline’s son Edwin John was recorded living with her in all census records. He was recorded as a Printer’s Apprentice in 1861, a Journeyman Printer in 1871   and a Printer in 1881 and 1891.


Caroline died aged 67 in 1881 she was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 25th May.

Her son William James was a Shoemaker in Bartholomew Street Newbury he married Sarah Ann Sheppard in 1868 and they had four children. William died on the 23rd October 1905 he was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 27th October.

Her son Edwin John married Caroline Edith Phillips in 1888. Edwin died on the 20th June 1892 he was laid to rest in the Newtown Road Cemetery on the 24th June


Sources: as above

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