James Sinton

(say 1730 - circa June 1802)
Relationship5th great-grandfather of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     James Sinton was born say 1730 Abbotrule, ROX, SCT.1
     James Sinton married ?Margaret? UnknownSurname say 1750 ?Par. of Abbotrule, ROX, SCT, (date inferred from assumption that Peter is this James' eldest son.)2
     James Sinton married Janet Oliver on 25 May 1762 Par. of Southdean, ROX, SCT, although the IGI has 21 May Southdean and 9 May Hobkirk the actual Southdean OPR reads: "Abbotrule 25 May 1762 James Sinton in this parish and Janet Oliver in the parish of Hobkirk gave up their names to be proclaimed for marriage etc", but to be fair to the transcribers, the 5 of the 25 could be open to conjecture (I like the etc!!).
The Hobkirk side of this event is a cash book entry for the parish showing 1/2½d collected May 9th "Recd from the following parties at their proclaimation for marriage viz James Sinton in Abbotrule & Janet Oliver in Unthank", (the next entry was for a Gideon Leggat in Unthank and Margt Oliver in Abbotrule).3,4,5,6,7

     James Sinton died cir. Jun 1802 Clesleepeel, Par. of Southdean, ROX, SCT; identification of this burial being this James being the Clesleepeel connection as his dtr Betty married there.1,8,9 He was buried on 27 Jun 1802 Southdean, Par. of Southdean, ROX, SCT, entry reads: "James Sinton Clesleepeel" (page headed "Burials in the Parish of Southdean.)9
     Many trees claim this James belongs to John SINTON and Margaret LEARMONT/LARMENT of Ashkirk.
As James is currently assigned two eldest sons Peter - estimated to be born about 1750/1752 - and Thomas - born 1755, he is unlikely to have been born after 1730.

John SINTON married Margaret LEARMONT/LARMENT in Dec 1735, immediately producing a Kathrine baptized the next month, and an Alexander the next year.
The first gap in the known children is between 1740 and 1746, too late for this James and 5 years prior to marriage being rather too much a gap for these to be his parents.
I'd love to be proven wrong - any direct male line descendants of the other lines around to see what yDNA testing would add to our knowledge?

There is a potential James Sintoune baptised in the Yarrow parish registers to a James Sintoune at Deloran (possibly modern day Deloraine in Kirkhope parish) that may be of interest, where West Deloraine Farm in Kirkhope parish features as a place some descendants are found in the 19th century - bit of a stretch as "proof", but interesting nonetheless.10

Given the exciting news (Oct 2008) from the Sinton Surname DNA Project that there is a match between a descendant of John Sinton and Alison Hall, and the descendants of Peter Sinton and Janet Donaldson, I have been rechecking all my Sinton data to see how the families might actually be connected.
Much of the original data was in the form of transcripts of the patchy Southdean and Abbotsrule OPRs received many years ago from Margaret Steele in Canada, a descendant ofJohn Sinton & Margaret Kay, John being believed to be a son of James Sinton & Janet Oliver.
The match is 64 out of 67 markers, so with the same surname and evidence of the families both being in the same small locality on the Borders, there is highly likely to be a close connection.

Anyway, as a result, I have currently surmised that:
- there was only one James, carrier of Abbotrule, in this timeframe, not two
- that this James married firstly someone unknown (poss. a Margaret by naming pattern of Peter and Janet's currently known children?) and had "my" Peter, plus at least three other children 1755 thru 1760
- that he then married Janet Oliver (1762). This makes step-brothers of my Peter and the James bap. 1772 to James and Janet.
- that this 1772 James is the one who married Barbara Oliver, this being based on the Clesleepeel connection. (James Snr died Clesleepeel in 1802, and a Barbary Sinton died there in 1809)
- that this Clesleepeel connection is also sufficient to identify the "son born to Jas Sinton Clesleepeel" as being the baptism of the John Sinton who married Alison Hall (he is of an age, and currently the only candidate).
- and now that Ken has found Classleypeel for me on a map (about 2.5km directly east of Chesters, passing Southdean Mill en route, assuming there was a road) I'm even more convinced, as this is slap bang in the middle of a heap of haunts and events connected with the Sinton families.

Regardless of how these families do all connect, somehow they do, and I do so wish Margaret was still with us to share this exciting new development.

Still looking for male Sinton representatives of as many different lines as possible for the Sinton surname dna project to try and identify further connections, particularly if your family is from Southdean and/or Northumberland. A subsidy may be available for first of a line to test, or where a participant may be able to help unravel "puzzles".

DNA testing to investigate relationship conjectures need not be confined to the SINTON males of the family, although that is the most direct way to check which lines are related to which. Any descendant may find exciting matches using autosomal testing - and if testing at FamilyTreeDNA would be welcome to join my FFLornaHen project there. (This is the same sort of test that Ancestry offers, but Ancestry offer less (no) tools for comparison of actual DNA results.)11,12,13

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     In Oct 1755 James Sinton was a carrier, when son Thomas baptized, and also when dtr Betty died (1862.)14,15
     Fr 1769 - 1773 James and Janet Sinton were living Strangeburnfoot, Par. of Southdean (or Abbotrule), ROX, SCT.16

All the other info

     James outlived his first wife ?Margaret? UnknownSurname who died bet. 1760 - 1762 (but check my assumptions that the two families are the same James.)2

External links

     Click here to see James's page on WikiTree, a (free) collaborative on-line tree.17
     James Sinton belongs to a DNA tested line. There may be more information available on DNASurnames under the DNA project for his/her surname/line.

Family 1

?Margaret? UnknownSurname (say 1730 - bet. 1760 - 1762)
  • Peter Sinton+ (say 1750 - cir. Oct 1811); relationship assumed from naming pattern, proximity, and as of Oct 2008, DNA matches between descendants of Peter and of John and Alison (Hall) Sinton11
  • Thomas Sinton (cir. Oct 1755 - )
  • Margaret Sinton1 (cir. Jan 1758 - )
  • James Sinton1 (cir. Mar 1760 - )

Family 2

Janet Oliver (say 1740 - cir. Dec 1805)
  • Mary Sinton (cir. Jul 1763 - )
  • Margaret Sinton (cir. Jul 1765 - )
  • Robert Sinton (cir. Jun 1767 - )
  • John Sinton+18 (Aug 1769 - bet. 1815 - 1841)
  • James Sinton (cir. Jan 1772 - )
  • Elizabeth Sinton (cir. Sep 1773 - Sep 1862)
My pedigree chart
Paternal ancestors of Lorna

Helen Sinton WIGHT's ancestors

Last Edited12 Dec 2021


  1. BDM: Southdean & Abbotrule: Parish #806.
  2. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Nov 2008, updated Feb 2009.
  3. BDM: Southdean & Abbotrule: Parish #806, Marr. (proclamation) 25 May 1762 James SINTON (Abbotrule) & Janet OLIVER (Hobkirk), OPR Marriages 806/0010 0177, copy d/loaded Nov 2008.
  4. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Marr. (proclamation) 9 May 1762 James SINTON (Abbotrule) & Janet OLIVER (Unthank), OPR Marriages Hobkirk 790/0010 0235, copy d/loaded Nov 2008.
  5. SINTON - my download, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Marr. 21 May 1762 James SINTON & Janet OLIVER, batch M118062, Southdean, ROX.
  6. SINTON - my download, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Marr. 9 May 1762 James SINTON & Janet OLIVER, batch M117902, Hobkirk, ROX.
  7. Ken Swanston, "EM FAIRBAIRN/SINTON ex Ken S," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Marr. 25? May 1762 James SINTON (Southdean & Abbotrule) & Janet OLIVER (Hobkirk), Par. of Southdean and Abbotrule, ROX, copy rcvd via Scott F, Jul 2008.
  8. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Bur. 14 Dec 1805 Janet OLIVER, widow of Jas SINTON, Abbotroul, from Southdean & Abbotrule OPR, copy d/loaded Nov 2008.
  9. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855), http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk/index.php, Bur. 27 Jun 1802 James SINTON, Clesleepeel, bur. Southdean, from Southdean & Abbotrule OPR, copy d/loaded Nov 2008.
  10. Www SINTON searches & misc. correspondence Jan 2017.
  11. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Oct/Nov 2008.
  12. BDM: Southdean & Abbotrule: Parish #806, Bur. 7 Jan 1809 Barbara SINTON/OLIVER, at Clesleepeel, Abbotrule, copy d/loaded Nov 2008.
  13. Ken Swanston, "EM FAIRBAIRN/SINTON ex Ken S," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, "Classleypeel", from http://www.geo.ed.ac.uk/scotgaz/counties/countymaps25.html, rcvd Nov 2008.
  14. BDM: Southdean & Abbotrule: Parish #806, Bap. 24 Oct 1755 Thomas s/o James SINTON, Abbotrule, copy d/loaded Nov 2008.
  15. GRO, SCT, BDM searches at GRO SCT: Dth 1862 Elizabeth WHITE nee SINTON, transcr Sep/Oct 1994/5.
  16. BDM: Southdean & Abbotrule: Parish #806, Baptisms to James SINTON, Strangeburnfoot, Southdean, rcvd from Margaret STEELE.
  17. WikiTree online at http://WikiTree.com/, Oct 2011.
  18. Ken Swanston, "EM FAIRBAIRN/SINTON ex Ken S," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, Birth 29 Aug/Bap. 12 Sep 1769 John s/ James SINTON, Strange Burnfoot, Par. of Southdean and Abbotrule, ROX, copy rcvd via Scott F, Jul 2008.

E. & O. E. Some/most parish records are rather hard to read and names, places hard to interpret, particularly if you are unfamiliar with an area.