W. Robert Swallow was born ca. 1790 in Yorkshire, England. His occupation was as a seaman and as a farmer. He married Catherine "Kate" Blackett.
Together they had five children: Robert Swallow, William Swallow, Mary Anne Swallow, Marie Swallow, and John (Black John) Swallow. After Catherine's death, Robert married Margaret Banks. Both Margaret and Marie died on the same day.
Robert died 21 April 1865 in Grand River, PEI.