James Swain (1862-1893)
James Swain was born in 1862.
As a bachelor Cork Cutter aged 24 residing at 12 St Mary St. on 22nd August 1886
[1886Q3 Bethnal Green Vol: 1c, Page: 144] he married Alice Aylett (1864-1920)
a spinster Machinist aged 23 residing at 12 St Mary St., Kingsland Rd.
His father was given as Edwin Swain
a Labourer, and her father as John Aylett a Carman. The witnesses were
Joseph Thornton (believed to have maried Alice's sister Sophia) and Harriet Swain (1870-??) who
was James' younger sister.
They had the following children:
- Alice Swain (1887-??)
- Florence Swain (1889-??)
- Rachel Swain (29/9/1891-??) born at 20 New In Yard, Shoreditch and her Mother's
address given as 11 Bell Street, Cable Street, St Geo in the East.
In the 1881 census [RG11/0427/66/46] at 65 Canrobert St., LOndon are recorded:
- Edward Swain Head age 56 Dock Labourer born Lambeth, Surrey
- Mary A Swain Wife age 51 born Marylebone, Middx
- Henry Swain Son unm age 25 Garden chair maker born Bethnal Gn, Middx
- Mary A Swain Daur unm age 23 Mantle Hand born Bethnal Gn, Middx
- James Swain Son unm age 21 Cork Cutter born Bethnal Gn, Middx
- Ellen Swain Daur unm age 17 Mantle hand born Bethnal Gn, Middx
- William Swain Son age 13 scholar born Bethnal Gn, Middx
- Harriet Swain Daur age 11 scholar born Mile End, Middx
In the 1891 census at there are recorded:
- James Swain Head age 26 Cork Butter Journeyman born London Bethnal Green
- Alice Swain (formerly Aylett) Wife age 26 born Romford Essex
- Alice Swain Daur age 4 born Chelmsford Essex
- Florence Swain Daur age 1 born London St Geo in the East
James Swain died on 22 Nov 1893 and about ten months later, infant James Oscar Swain died, 25/Sept/1894.
Subsequently Alice remarried (probably in late 1894).
In the 1901 census [RG13/315] the family is recorded at 9 Wainwright Place, St Geo in the East
and the family comprised:
- Dennis Driscoll Head age 43 Stevedore's Labourer born Ireland
- Alice Driscoll Wife age 37 Sewing Machinist born Essex Brentwood
- Alice Swain StepDaur age 14 born London Bethnal Green
- Florence Swain StepDaur age 12 born London St Georges East
Rachel Swain-Bush (1891-??) StepDaur age 10 born London Shoreditch
Mary Louisa Driscoll-Rigg (1896-1926) Daur age 5 born London St Georges East
Bridget Driscoll (1898-??) Daur age 3 born London St Georges East
and after the 1901 census
- Annie Elizabeth Driscoll/born 1902Q4 Mile End
James Swain's parents were Edwin Swain (??) and Mary Ann Wright who were married on 30/10/1848.
Alice Aylett's parents were John Aylett (1833-??) and Maria Barker (1834-??)