This week we’ve been looking again at the Swingewood branch of the family, which we hadn’t looked at for many years, but it seems that quite a few members of that branch of the family have become interested in the family history, and have left messages on the Internet, so we hope to make contact with some of them and share family information.
The connection came about when Marian Winifred Crighton married Joseph Swingewood in Kenilworth, Johannesburg, in 1923.
Marian Winifred Crighton (1903-1967) was the daughter of Frederick Crighton (1852-1916) and Helene Charlotte Ottilie Zeeman (1879-1929).
Frederick and Helene had four children, two of whom died fairly young. The remaining two, Arthur and Marian, married and had children. Marian married Joseph Swingewood and became Marian Swingewood, while Arthur married Marion Douglas who became Marion Crighton. Most of the information we have on the Swingewoods came from Marion Crighton (nee Douglas), who told us about her sister-in-law’s family, but that was 25 years ago now, so there’s a bit of catching up to do.
Helene Zeeman was Frederick Crighton’s second wife, and she was actually younger than his daughter by his first marriage (he was about 27 years older than she was). His first wife was Josephine MacLeod, and Josephine’s sister and brother also married into the Crighton family:
- William John Crighton married Anna Maria MacLeod
- Annie Crighton married Charles Augustus MacLeod
- Frederick Crighton married Josephine MacLeod
The Crightons were saddlers and leather merchants in Cape Town.
For more about the Crighton family see our family history wiki here.