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March 10, 2014

Random William and Mary Swain

I'm hoping that if I just keep adding information I find about Swains, even if it doesn't apply to my line, I'll be able to sort out all these Swains easier. I'm so glad that my 3great grandpa's name was Milus! Every other Swain in my line is a John William or a William and there are so many other Johns and Williams it's hard to keep everyone straight. Here's a Swain that is very much not a part of my family line, but I thought I'd post it here anyway.

At the above website there is a William (b1827) and a Mary (b1842) buried at the Old Smithville Burying Ground in Brunswick County, NC.

Resaerch Needed

Land Deed to Check out:

 Lincoln Co TN Deed Book G, p.265
 8 Aug 1816 James Downing of LCT to William Swain of Giles
 Co TN 80 acres on waters of Bradshaw Creek.

An old query I found online included this information. I need to go back and check it out. Interesting that he was "of Giles Co" prior to Lincoln.

Ansearchin News, Volume 34, Winter 1987 has this information for the Swain surname

Surname Index: Swain 128 147 148 150 151 152 186 

McNairy Marriage Record: Susanna Swain m. J.N. Johnson 7 Nov 1861 R.M. Thompson (Officiant)

Index to Lincoln County, Tennessee County Court Minutes, 1830-1833: SWAIN William 212 278 

March 7, 2014

Settlement of Estate Records for the William W. Swain's of McNairy

Here are two documents that don't give us any new information, necessarily, but they are interesting.

R.P. Swain was the only son living when William W. Swain Senior died in 1871. R.P. became executor of his will and settlement occured on the 2 day of October 1871.  Although I have record of a will of William W Swain's that was presented in open court, and the names and dates in that will all match up with William's children, this document says that he died, leaving no will. Perhaps his will didn't hold up in court? Not quite sure what that means.

J.R Swain was not only a witness for this settlement but the settlement of William Swain Jr as well (see below). I believe John R. is the son of William Swain and Rachel Anderson, which adds to the evidence that there is some close family connection between the two.

It doesn't look like William Swain Jr. left a will either. Here, John R., Mary C. Swain, and W.R. Pyron are all administrators of W.W. Swain's estate. Settlement occured the 4 December 1865.