m. 30 Apr 1769
Facts and Events
William Swallow was baptised on 11th October 1770 at Kimpton in Hertfordshire, son of Elizabeth Swallow, formerly Wilds, and her husband John Swallow, a tailor who had been married twice before. William was the third of four children his parents had together, and he also had three surviving half siblings from his father's first two marriages. When William was only three years old his father died.
William married when he was 25 years old, on 12th October 1795, at the neighbouring parish of King's Walden to a Sarah Hopkins. After their marriage they moved to Wheathampstead, the opposite side of Kimpton to King's Walden. At Wheathampstead they had eight or nine children between 1799 and 1816, although at least two died as infants and their eldest daughter died aged just 16.
The Wheathampstead parish records include a survey of the "labouring poor of the parish" from 30th June 1814. William is listed in this survey as having lived at Hollybush. Hollybush is a 16th or 17th century row of cottages near the hamlet of Mackerye End in the west of Wheathampstead parish. Hollybush still stands today, but the whole row of cottages has now been combined into one house.
William continued to live with Sarah at Hollybush until his death in 1835 at the age of 65. Sarah outlived him by 13 years.