John Sinton

(4 June 1806 - 3 November 1854)
FatherJames Sinton1 (cir. Jan 1772 - )
MotherBarbary Oliver1 (say 1780 - cir. Jan 1809)
Relationship1st cousin 5 times removed of Lorna Henderson

BMDB data

     John Sinton was born on 4 Jun 1806 Clesleepeel, Par. of Southdean, ROX, SCT, "son to Jas Sinton Clesleepeel", or at least it is my assumption that this is the right birth. Certainly it is the right timeframe, and in 1851 John said he was born Southdean, and was resident there when he married Alison in 1829. This is the best fit I've found to date, even though "son" isn't necessarily "John". Some weight is added to the identification in that at least one child has Oliver as a middle name.2,3
     John Sinton married Alison Hall, daughter of John Hall and Betty Briggs, on 30 Oct 1829 Southdean, Par. of Southdean, ROX, SCT, John of Southdean, Alice of Jedburgh (igi only has the Jedburgh entry for John and "Alison.")4,5
     John Sinton died on 3 Nov 1854 Arling House, ARL, SCT; 47, and unfortunately a few months short of civil registration in Scotland for us to fully confirm his parents!6 He was buried with Alison Hall Eckford, ROX, SCT, #53 EIMO John Sinton who died at Arling House Argyleshire 3.11.1854 aged 47 years also his wife Alison Hall who died at Bowmont Forest 10.3.1866 aged 58 years.6
     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.)7,8,9

Census/Where lived/Occupations

     In Oct 1829 John was living Southdean, Par. of Southdean, ROX, SCT, (when he married Alison.)10
     John Sinton and Alice Sinton appeared on the census of 1841 Highgate, Linthaugh Old Rd, Jedburgh, Par. of Jedburgh, ROX, SCT, and are assumed to be husband and wife. They were enumerated as SINTON: John, 35, ag. lab. Alison, 35 (assumed to be wife). Children (assumed): Robert, 9; John, 7; William, 5; Betsy 2. John FORSYTH 30 ag lab b ROX.11,12,13
     The census of 1851 showed John with his wife Alison, their sons John, William and James, their dtr Elizabeth Portnacroish, Lismore & Appin, ARL, SCT, household enumerated as SINTON: John 44 wood forrester b Sthdean, ROX; wife Alison (indexed as Alieen) 42 b Oxnam, ROX; Children: John 17 farm lab b Jedburgh; William 15, Betsy 13 both scholars b Jedburgh; James Oliver 2 b Jedburgh.3

All the other info

     John Sinton marr. to Alison Hall was initially considered, and subsequently rejected, as a potential duplicate of John Sinton s/o James & Margaret (Wilkie) Sinton. However the latter John is shown as living in 1855 on parent's dth cert but the former died 1854, and states he was of Southdean, not of Bowden.14

External links

     John Sinton belongs to a DNA tested line. There may be more information available on DNASurnames under the DNA project for his/her surname/line.


Alison Hall (May 1808 - Mar 1866)
  • James Sinton15 (Sep 1829 - bef. 1848)
  • Robert Sinton (Aug 1831 - aft. 1841)
  • John Sinton (Sep 1833 - Dec 1906)
  • William Sinton (Jan 1836 - Aug 1894)
  • Elizabeth Sinton15 (Aug 1838 - aft. 1881)
  • James Oliver Sinton15,16 (Jul 1848 - bet. Jan 1905 - Mar 1905)
Last Edited29 May 2014


  1. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Oct 2008.
  2. Scottish BMDB entries (from 1855),, Birth 4 Jun 1806 son to Jas SINTON, Clesleepeel, from Southdean & Abbotrule, OPR Dist 806/0010 0029, copy d/loaded Oct 2008.
  3. 1851 Census (images for ENG, transcriptions for SCT), UK, via, Lismore & Appin, ARL Par. 525 ED 11 Pg 6 Sched 23, hsehold of John & Alison SINTON, extracted Feb 2007.
  4. BDM: Southdean & Abbotrule: Parish #806, Marr. 30 oct 1829 John SINTON & Alice HALL, rcvd from Mgt STEELE.
  5. Online search: assorted surnames, International Genealogical Index (IGI), Marr. 30 Oct 1829 John SINTON & Alison HALL, batch M117928, Jedburgh, ROX, extracted Nov 2008.
  6. Borders FHS, MIs: ROX Eckford, Rechecked Oct 2007.
  7. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Oct/Nov 2008.
  8. BDM: Southdean & Abbotrule: Parish #806, Bur. 7 Jan 1809 Barbara SINTON/OLIVER, at Clesleepeel, Abbotrule, copy d/loaded Nov 2008.
  9. Ken Swanston, "EM FAIRBAIRN/SINTON ex Ken S," e-mail to Lorna Henderson, "Classleypeel", from, rcvd Nov 2008.
  10. BDM: Southdean & Abbotrule: Parish #806, Mar. 1829 John SINTON and Alison HALL.
  11. 1841 Census, Borders, SCT, LDS Film.
  12. FreeCensus, UK online at, 1841 Jedburgh, ROX SCT1841/792 ED 4 Folio 4 Page 7, hsehold of John & Alice SINTON, rechecked Sep 2005.
  13. 1841 Census (images for ENG, transcriptions for SCT), UK, Linthaugh, Jedburgh, ROX Par 792 ED 4A Pg 7, hsehold of John & Alison SINTON (indexed ancestry as LINTON), rechecked Nov 2009.
  14. "Lorna's Family History Musings", Sep 2005, updated Oct 2008.
  15. Margaret JENKIN, "EM SINTON/SYMINGTON ex JENKIN," e-mail to L McIntosh, Jun 2002 ex British Vital Records CD 2nd Edition.
  16. 1871 Census, ENG, Ancestry: Kirkleatham, YKS Dist 11 RG10/4856 Folio 45 Page 2 Schedule #4, copy d/loaded Sep 2005.

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.