September 14, 2014
Certificate Frederick Swindells, a Power Loom Overlooker Found
The handwritten label, signed by 3 men, reads:
This is to certify that Fred W. Swindells was admitted a member of the above General Union in the Leigh District on the 5th of July 1907
The bottom of the certificate reads
"Campbell & Tudhope Chromo Lith Glasgow"
The Union is the General Union Associations of Power Loom Overlookers. The seller is asking $250.00 and the Antique Store is the Barrie Antiques Centre in Barrie Ontario Canada.
Being the curious sort I couldn't resist looking for Fred W Swindell on Ancestry.com. To my delight I found him in the 1911 census with his wife Emily.
He is listed as a Silk & Cotton Weaving Overlooker, age 25 and born Macclesfield, Cheshire, England but living in the Leigh District of Lancashire England. His full name is recorded as Frederick William Swindell.
Ancestry.com and found him visiting England in various years - and listed as a citizen of Canada. So it appears he settled in Canada at some point in time.
Update: I just found Emily Swindells arriving in Canada in 1921, heading to join her husband in Guelph Ontario. That is where both my parents were born and my roots there go back to the 1840s.