London and SE Swindales / Swindells
Naturally Swindells (mainly), Swindalls, Swindales, Swindles etc have migrated to London from their original parts of the country. The earliest recorded migrants to London I have noted so far are Alys Swyndelle who died in 1540 and John Swindell who died before 1580; other London dwellers are Sisley Swindall who married in 1599 and Edmund Swindells who married in 1608, both in Stepney, George Swindell of St Nicholas Acon, in the heart of the City of London, whose widow remarried in 1608 ; then there is Henry Swindell who married Deborah Sanders in 1654. Others appear to have moved to London from the early 18th century onwards to add to the families already established in London.
The records at present are somewhat disjointed since I have entered them when I found them without necessarily tracing ancestry or descendants. This is to prevent me revisiting the same source information later when searching for 'lost' individuals. Information has only been gleaned from on-line sources - research into parish registers etc not published on-line would give much more information but awaits someone with a direct family interest to delve more deeply.
It is usually hard to gain any understanding of a particular individual living so long ago but I recommend 'The Proceedings of the Old Bailey'. Enter a surname and see what you get - the theft of a gold watch in 1739 results in a death sentence but in the same evidence you find George Swindell, a barber, shaving a soldier and powdering his hair before he goes on parade. In 1832 the woman looking after Sampson Swindell 's wife Ann during her confinement takes advantage of her death to steal clothing and some money. Sampson is also witness in two cases of pickpocketing - transportation for the second offence.