|Thomas's naturalisation card of 1864|
|1860 census of Portsmouth, New Hampshire|
After having looked for the fate of this man for nearly 40 years, since beginning my study of the Swinfield family, Ancestry’s index to American census records revealed the solution to this mystery. Thomas G. Swinfield, aged 52 and a stocking weaver, was living in
, in June 1860. With him were Maria Swinfield, who was 53, and John and Elizabeth Warburton, all born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire . They had emigrated, presumably to find a better life on the other side of the England Atlantic. The same website includes an image of this naturalisation record issued at , on 5th March 1867. He had arrived in the Exeter, New Hampshire on 11th June 1854. The card even records his, previously unknown, date of birth as 2nd April 1808! There is no online record which tells us on what ship he, and presumably his family, sailed and from where. US
|1880 census of Portsmoth, New Hampshire|
|Thomas's death in 1893|
David abstracted the will, a copy of which is in the NEHGS Library. Thomas bequeathed the westerly half of his house to his daughter, Elizabeth, and the eastern half to his grandson. The property still stands to this day on the corner of Islington Street and Barberry Lane.
Thomas died on 1st June 1893, aged 85 years and 2 months of “old age” and was buried in Proprietor’s Cemetery,