The first ancestor in my tree with this surname was Margaret Haswell. The ancestral line is;
1 My ex-husband
2 Murray Irwin Willis (1931-1964)
3 Shirley Patricia Casey (1935-2013)
4 Thomas Arthur Willis (1900-1957)
5 Dorothea Isabella Sinclair Smith (1904-1979)
10 Thomas Smith (1873-1935)
11 Louisa May Clyne (1881-1949)
22 David Clyne (1825-1896)
23 Isabella Kerr (1837-1896)
46 Ralph Kerr (1787-1875)
47 Margaret Haswell (1794-1884)
Margaret married Ralph Kerr on 24 May 1816 at Hutton, Berwickshire, Scotland, and they had 13 children:
- Elizabeth Kerr christened 24 August 1817
- Margaret Kerr christened 6 June 1819
- William Kerr christened 19 November 1820
- James Kerr christened 25 August 1822
- Adam Kerr christened 9 May 1824
- Jessie Kerr born about 1825
- Susan Renton Kerr born about 1830
- Robert Kerr born about 1832
- Patrick Kerr born about 1834
- John Kerr born about 1834
- Isabella Kerr born about 1837
- Mary Kerr born about 1838
- Ralph Kerr about 1840
Margaret died 29 December 1884 at the Emu Hotel in Ballarat, in the colony of Victoria.
Margaret’s death certificate listed her parents as James Haswell and Betsy Buchanan. For some time, I had been unable to find a baptism record, until I recently tried searching for any children with the father given name James, mother surname Buchanan, in Berwickshire, Scotland, and finally found her baptism:
Margaret Hawswell, born 14 August 1795, christened 6 September 1795 at Chirnside, Berwickshire, Scotland, father James Hawswell, mother Elizabeth Buchanan
After finding her baptism, I was able to find more details about her family.
94 James Haswell (1747- 1819)
95 Elizabeth Buchanan (-1850)
James Haswell was christened 8 March 1747 at Hutton, Berwick, Scotland. His father’s name was Robert.
James Hawswell married Elisabeth Buchanan on 12 April 1785 at Chirnside, Berwick, Scotland. They had the following children:
- Janet Hasswell, born 8 December 1785, christened 25 December 1785 at Chirnside, Berwickshire, Scotland, father James Hasswell, mother Elizabeth Buchanan
- Robert Hauswell, born 1 October 1789, christened 26 October 1789 at Chirnside, Berwickshire, Scotland, father James Hauswell, mother Elizabeth Buchanan95
- John Hawswell, born 14 May 1792, christened 24 May 1792 at Chirnside, Berwickshire, Scotland, father James Hawswell, mother Elizabeth Buchanan
- Margaret Hawswell, born 14 August 1795, christened 6 September 1795 at Chirnside, Berwickshire, Scotland, father James Hawswell, mother Elizabeth Buchanan
James Haswell was buried 8 June 1819 at Hutton, Berwickshire, Scotland, aged 73 years
178 Robert Haswell (1715-?)
Robert was christened 2 October 1715 at Hutton, Berwickshire, Scotland. His father was James Haswell.
Robert was married 1 June 1746 in Hutton, Berwickshire, Scotland. His wife’s name was not given.
Robert had the following children:
- James Haswell christened 8 March 1747
- John Haswell christened 27 March 1748
- Agnes Hasswell christened 6 January 1751
- Robert Haswell christened 17 December 1752
- Mary Haswell christened 11 June 1755
- Watson Haswell christened 10 September 1760
I haven’t been able to find a death/burial record for Robert
356 James Haswell
James Hazwell married Elison Dod on 21 Jun 1695 at Longformacus, Berwickshire.
This marriage was the earliest I have been able to find for the surname in Berwickshire.
I then went back to find all the instances of the surname in Berwickshire, and set up the following spreadsheet with the results..
Since the earliest record found for the surname in Berwickshire was the marriage of James Hazwell and Elison Dod in 1695, it would appear that the family originally came from somewhere else. I therefore did a search for a James Ha*well between 1650 and 1677 in Scotland on FamilySearch, and the only entry (entries) was James Haswell christened 8 February 1676 in Jedburgh, Roxburgh, Scotland. His father’s name was Adam. Since the name Adam didn’t appear in the names of James’ children, I felt this entry was unlikely. Since the family lived close to the Scotland/England border, I then searched for any entries in Northumberland, England, and found the christening of James Haswell on 4 April 1669 at Tynemouth, Northumberland, England. His father’s name was John. This seemed a possibility, since James’s second son was named John. Unfortunately, Tynemouth is in the south of Northumberland, near the Durham border, which is quite a fair distance from the Scotland border. Jedburgh in Roxburghshire is actually closer to the towns in Berwickshire where the family lived. Therefore, at this stage, I haven’t been able to trace the family any further back than the marriage in 1695.