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April 9, 2009

Family Group Sheets

I've added a family group sheet for each of my Swain families up to William Swain Sr. You can access them by clicking on each family in the "My Swain Line" section of this blog (to the right).

March 20, 2009

John William Swain b1893 Draft Card

World War 1 Draft Registration Card of John William Swain, my great-grandfather.

1) Name in Full: John William Swain Home

2) Address: Munday, TX

3) Date of Birth: March 28, 1893

4) Citizenship: Natural Born Citizen

5) Where were you born: Weatherford, TX

7) Present occupation: Farmer

8) By whom are you employed: Myself

9) Dependents?: Wife & One Child

10) Married: Married Race: Caucasion

11) Past Military Service: None

12) Exempt from draft?: -----

Registrar's Report:

1) Tall, medium, or short? Tall

Slender, Medium, or stout? Medium

2) Color of eyes? Gray

Color of Hair? light

Bald? ------

3) Disabilities? None

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Marriage License of Milus Swain and Margaret Detherage

Here is the marriage license of Milus Swain to Margaret Detheridge. They were married the 24 Feb 1879 in McNairy, TN.

Of note, in an index for this document, before finding the real thing, Margaret's name was spelled "Etheridge". Sine Margaret was one of my brick walls at the time, I thought for sure i had found the reason why she was so hard to find. Obviously, the index was wrong. Her name is indeed Detherage, but it made me realize who important looking at the actual document is.
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March 14, 2009

Parents of William W. Swain Sr.

I'm searching for real evidence that William W. Swain was indeed the son of Joseph Swain and Jedidah Macy of Nantucket Island. I took this as fact, having seen several other genealogists report this same information, but on the McNairy, TN genweb site I came across a biography of William W. Swain from a book titled "McNairy County History of Tennessee" published in 1887 by The Goodspeed Publishing Co. of Chicago and Nashville, that is having me question the data:

"William Swain of Irish descent, born in South Carolina in 1783; when about thirteen years of age he went to Georgia, where he married at the age of 26. He moved to Lincoln County in 1812, and in 1828 to Henderson, Chester Co., TN, and remained there until 1840, when he settled in McNairy County, resuming his farming and so continuing up to a year previous to his death , which occurred in 1871. Rebecca Williamson Swain was born in Georgia about 1788; she died in 1861; she and her husband were both faithful members of the Primitive Baptist Church."

This information contradicts some of the information I have. According to census records, it is stated that William was born in North Carolina. I also have him born in 1781, not 1783. I also did not know he was of Irish descent. So it brings up some questions, especially since this biography was written only 16 years after his death.

Today I found a link to the Barney Genealogical Record. "Eliza Starbuck Barney's journal is the most reliable genealogy for Nantucket’s families for the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. The Barney Record contains vital information on more than 40,000 Nantucketers". William Swain, b1781 is listed as a child of Joseph Swain and Jedidah Macy; however, when clicking on this William Swain it has him listed as married to a Nancy Osborn with no other identifying information.

Either this is the same William Swain who then remarried Rebecca Williamson in 1808, the person who wrote the biography was all wrong, or we have the wrong family all together.

March 13, 2009

Will of William W. Swain Sr.

Here is a transcription of William W. Swain Sr. will found on the McNairy Co., TN genweb site (thanks to the transcriber Jeff Kemp for getting this on the web!):

Will of William Swain Sr.
This day the will of William Swain Sen. was presented in open court and sworn by the subscribing witnesses in common form of law which was examined and ordered (illegible 2 words) which was done in the words & figures following.

To wit
In the Name of God Amen
I William Swain Sen. of the county of McNairy & state of Tennessee being of sound mind and disposing memory do make & publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking & making void all other & former wills by me at any time heretofore made.

First I direct that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be paid as soon as possible out of any monies that I may be possessed of as which may first come into the hands of my executor hereinafter named.

Secondly I will & bequeath to my daughters Patsy Melton Lucinda Brown Sylvania Page & Vernetta Brown & Matilda Graves for their sole and separate use free from the debts of their husbands all the real estate of which I may be possessed of to be equally divided between them to have and to hold said lands for and during their natural lives and at their deaths to go to their children.

Thirdly I will and direct that all the personal property which I may be possessed of shall be sold and the proceeds divided as follows. To each of my said daughters named in the 2nd clause of this will I give the sum of two hundred dollars if living or if any of them are dead then the children of such as are dead to have the share to which their mother would have been entitled if living. The balance to be divided amongst all my children except that the share of my son E. C. Swain shall be chargeable with the sum of fifty dollars (which sum I have already paid as security for him) and the share of my son Wm W Swain shall be chargeable with the sum of forty dollars for a wagon which sums shall be deducted from the respective shares of said E C and W W Swain and the fifty dollars to go to Patsy Melton and the forty dollars to be divided amongst all my said daughters.

Fourthly ---- I have heretofore given to my sons W W Swain E C Swain & R P Swain in land and other property what I considered an equal share of my estate and direct that they have nothing more except as above. In the 3Rd clause of this will & considering what they have already acquired an equal share with my said daughters.

I hereby nominate and appoint my sons Wm W & R P Swain executors of this my last will & testament given under my hand & seal the 19th September 1871.
William Swain

Signed sealed & published in our presence and we have hereunto set our hands as witnesses in the presence of the Testator and at his bequest day (illegible) above written
Witnesses names __________

Transcribed by: Jeff Kemp

March 11, 2009

Berkshire Record Office Information

From Berkshire Record Office
9 Coley Avenue
Berks RG1 6AF
Tel: 0118 901 5132

Transcript of an e-mail I received on December 13, 2005:
"Thank you for your email of 11 December.We have an Index and Transcripts to the Baptism Registers of Binfield parish which I have searched.

I found the following transcript:
1595 Sep 21 Rychard Swayne and also
1594 Aug 23 Rychard Swayne

It was only from 1597 that the father's name was included in the baptismentry, e.g.
1597 Jan 10 Elizabeth d/o William Swayne
1600 Jun 1 Edward s/o William Swayne

It would therefore be speculation to assume that Rychard's father wasWilliam and that the above are siblings.I also searched our Personal Names index for

Richard SWAIN/SWAYNE but foundonly the following:
Will of Richard Swayne of Binfield 1547 Doc. Ref. D/ED F80
This may or may not be an ancestor.I am sorry that I have not been able to find conclusive evidence for you."

Yours sincerelyRobin Elliott, Archives Assistant

Margaret Detheridge (wife of Milus Swain)

Margaret Detheridge was a brick wall for a very long time. Although we had birth and death dates for her we could not find her family. She passed away in 1895 leaving several children for her husband, Milus to raise. My great-grandfather was the youngest of the children, being just 3 years old when she died. After much research I came across a site by Ric Tobin entitled: Deatheridge: The first four generations in America. After corresponding with I came to the conclusion that the Margaret he had record of was the same Margaret that married my Milus Swain.

How I linked Margaret Detheridge to her parents John M. and Lydia McCollum:
This website linked me to a record of a Detheridge in McNairy, TN in 1880. This family had no record of having a Margaret since by this time she was already married. It linked this same family back 10 years to Mississippi where Margaret was in the census record.
1) Coincidence - Only family in McNairy, TN with the last name of Detheridge in 1880 had a daughter named Margaret. Not on 1880 census with the family since she was married, but on a Mississippi census in 1870. Her family would most likely have been in McNairy, TN as she only married 2 years prior.
2) Margaret's children in the 1900 census (after she was already dead) mention that her birth place was Mississippi. A possibility since she had actually lived in Mississippi before she married Milus.
3) The Swain family moved to Parker Co, TX. A brother of Margaret's also moved to Parker Co, TX. - From correspondence with Ric Tobin

From these three things I deduce that Margaret is a daughter of John M. Detheridge and Lydia McCollum.
1860 Roane Co., TN, federal census
1870 Alcorn Co., MS, federal census
1880 McNairy Co., TN, federal census