The Swaim Family of Indiana and Oklahoma


Elizabeth Flammang Mundy (b 1863)



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Elizabeth Flammang Mundy (b 1863)


Elizabeth “Ganga” Flammang was born in New York City, New York and was the daughter of Mathias and Augusta Flammang described previously. Elizabeth married Frederick127 Henry.128 Mundy who was born in New Jersey1526. Fred Mundy was the son of Henry Cook. and Lydia Dunham1527Mundy. In the 1870 and 1880 censuses, Henry C. Mundy and family were living in Raritan, New Jersey (Middlesex County).

Elizabeth and Fred were married around 18951528. Steven Paul Stymiest’s web site lists the marriage date as 4 Dec 1894 which supports census record information. This also confirms my mothers’ account (Olly Swaim) that Ganga did not get married until her 30’s.

In 1900 Fred Mundy, Elizabeth (Lizzie) and their two children - Mildred (my grandmother aged 2) and Leonie (aged 1) - were living in Metuchen, New Jersey (Middlesex County) at 234 Linden Ave. Fred Mundy’s occupation as listed in the 1900 Federal census129 was “Grocer and Hardware”.

According to my mother, Olly Swaim, Frederick and Elizabeth Mundy lived on a large farm in Maine in approximately the 1904 – 1913 time frame1529. I do not know the precise years in which they lived on the farm in Maine.

The Daily Kennebec Journal (Augusta, Maine) listed a real estate transfer involving Fred Mundy on June 27, 1905 in Monmouth in Kennebec County as follows:

“MONMOUTH – Almon B. Donnell of Lewiston, to Fred’k H. Mundy, land and buildings $1*130

The asterisk included this note “* A valuable consideration.” The Highmoor farm property they owned was quite large and impressive based on photographs I have. It was a large estate. Based on this real estate record and my mother’s recollection, it appears that Fred and Ganga Mundy purchased the property at Highmore Farms in June, 1905.

Another entry in the Daily Kennebec Journal on July 23, 1907 mentioned Mrs. Mundy of Highmore Farms as follows:

“MONMOUTH – Mrs. Mundy of the Highmore Farm is visiting relatives in New York. Mr. Phiney and wife are at work for Mr. Mundy”1530

The Maine farm is still there today and contains a large estate house called “Highmoor Farm”. It is located near Monmouth, Maine where they currently celebrate “Great Maine Apple Day” each year in November. Highmoor Farm is also the research farm of the University of Maine and the location for the Maine Compost School. 1531 When Mildred lived on the farm in Maine, she used to milk cows before school.

By 1910 Elizabeth and Fred H. Mundy, Mildred (aged 12) and Leonie (aged 10) were living in Kent County, Delaware. In the 1910 Census, Fred Mundy’s occupation was listed as “farmer”. This indicates they must have lived on the Maine farm from 1905 to sometime before 1910.

Fred and Ganga separated sometime around 19111532. Fred Mundy then lived with a nephew in Arizona and then would later live in Florida. My mother Olly Swaim provided me photos of their family visiting Fred Mundy in Arizona in 1929.

In the 1930 Census, there is a listing for Frederick H. Mundy, age 60, divorced, born in New Jersey with his parents having been born in New Jersey and living at 412 Hermavista Road, in Mesa, Arizona (Maricopa County).1533 This appears to fit the description of the Fred Mundy married to (and later divorced by) Ganga, however, I am not sure if it is, in fact, him.

At around the age 19 or so (~ 1916), Mildred went to visit a friend of hers in Tulsa, Oklahoma and decided to live there. That friend’s name was Ollie Truthdale, for whom my mother Olly Swaim was later named. Actually, my mother Olly’s name on her birth certificate was “Ollie”. My mother had her first name legally changed from Ollie to Olly when she was 18 and getting ready to start college because she always hated the name and the way people misspelled it.1534.

By 1920 or before Eliza Mundy and her two daughters, Mildred and Leonie, aged 23 and 20, respectively, had moved in with Ganga’s younger brother, Victor, who was single. In this census Ganga was listed as “Elizabeth Monday”. Ganga’s mother Sarah Augusta Flammang was also living with them. They lived at 322 Arlington Avenue in Newark, New Jersey (Essex County).1535

After Mildred married in 1920, Ganga would later move in with Dan and Mildred Robinson in Tulsa. She built a garage apartment. One concern Ganga had was that Fred could claim part ownership of her garage apartment. So she proceeded with a divorce which wasn’t that common in those times and divorced sometime during the 1940’s.1536

I have a photo of Leonie (Mildred’s sister) in 1927 with Leonie’s son Kenneth when Kenneth was an infant. I am not sure who she married.

The 1930 census identifies a “Eliza Mundy” living just a few houses away from Dan and Mildred in a large house headed by A. C. and Elsie Porter which also included numerous boarders.1537 Eliza’s age, 66, matches perfectly. Other information such as the state she was born in (Alabama) and her relation to the Head of household (Mother-in-law) are incorrect if this indeed my Eliza Mundy. The distinction of “Mother-in’law” implies that Eliza is the mother of the listed wife, Elsie, 37 years old and one year older than Mildred. The 1910 Census clearly shows that Mildred did not have an older sister. I find it highly unusual to have someone of this name living so close to my grandmother Mildred. Therefore I find it likely this is my great-grandmother Eliza Mundy who is living in this boarding house a few blocks away and the owner of the boarding house provided incorrect information to the census worker. The other alternative is this is a strange coincidence. I also did not find Eliza Mundy living anywhere else. .

This 1930 Census also lists Eliza Mundy as first being married at age 31 which matches closely family information that she married in her 30’s. The census lists her birth state and that of her father and mother as Alabama. This certainly does not match the census information for Mildred, her daughter, which states that Mildred’s mother was born in New York. Since there were only two Mundy’s in Tulsa in 1930, Eliza, 66, and Grace, age 45, it seems quite coincidental that an Elizabeth Mundy would be living just a few houses over from Mildred and not be her mother. Based on family information, Ganga had separated and moved to Tulsa in this time frame. Therefore I find it likely this is my great-grandmother Eliza Mundy who is living in this boarding house a few blocks away from her daughter Mildred and it is possible the owner of the boarding house provided incorrect information to the census worker. The other alternative is this is just a strange coincidence. However I have not been able to locate Eliza Mundy living anywhere else.

So, while I find some of this information puzzling, I feel it is still possible that this person identified in the 1930 Census is Elizabeth Mundy (Ganga).

When Mildred lived on the farm in Maine, she used to milk cows before school. I have a photo of Leonie (Mildred’s sister) in 1927 with Leonie’s son Kenneth when Kenneth was an infant. I am not sure who she married. At around the age 19 or so, Mildred went to visit a friend of hers in Tulsa, Oklahoma and decided to live there. That friend’s name was Ollie Truthdale, whom my mother Olly Swaim was later named after. Actually, my mother Olly’s name on her birth certificate was “Ollie”. My mother had her first name legally changed from Ollie to Olly when she was 18 and getting ready to start college because she always hated the name and the way people misspelled it.1538.

After Mildred married in 1920, Ganga would later move in with Dan and Mildred Robinson in Tulsa. She built a garage apartment. One concern Ganga had was that Fred could claim part ownership of her garage apartment. So she proceeded with a divorce which wasn’t that common in those times and divorced sometime during the 1940’s.1539 Ganga lived with Olly all during her childhood. I remember her in the 1960’s sitting in her bedroom with her pet bird.

Elizabeth (Ganga) Mundy died at the age of 95 while still living with Dan and Mildred Robinson at 2007 East 12th Street, Tulsa, Oklahoma. According to her Certificate of Death, Elizabeth had been living in Tulsa for 35 years. The cause of death listed was cerebral hemorrhage due to senility. Elizabeth was buried at Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

I am not sure when Fred Mundy died. Family information indicates he moved from New Mexico to Florida sometime after separation from Elizabeth. There is a Florida Death Index record for a Frederick H. Mundy for Hillsborough County, Florida in 1945 which could be him. There is also a Florida divorce record for Polk County, Florida in 1936 for a Frederick H. Mundy and Dotha Mundy. This could be a different Fred Mundy or it could indicate that Fred Mundy had a second marriage after Elizabeth. This is all the information I have regarding Fred Mundy.

Frederick H. Mundy (b 23 May 18681540, d 1945?1541) and Elizabeth Marie Flammang (b 30 Jul 18631542, d 5 Dec 1958)1543 had the following children:


  1. Mildred Mundy (b 24 Feb 1897, d April, 1984). Mildred Mundy married Daniel Robinson and had the following children: Ollie (Olly) Robinson, Jane Robinson.
    [details previously described]

  2. Leonie Mundy (b Oct 18981544). “Leo” married and became Leo Hodgson. I am not sure of her husband’s name although Steven Paul Stymiest’s web site lists him as Samuel Holt Hodgson. The Hodgson’s had a son named Kenneth. I have photos from my mother of Leo and Kenneth. Leo later divorced.


Frederick Henry Mundy’s father was Henry Cook Mundy1545.
Henry Cook Mundy (b 1837)
Henry Cook Mundy (b 24 Apr 1837, d 16 Mar 1897) married Lydia Dunham (b Apr 1844) on 25 May 1859 and they had the following children:


  1. William Fletcher Mundy (b 1 Apr 1860).

  2. Theresa Elmira Mundy (b 2 Dec 1861).

  3. Lucy Etta Mundy (b 9 Mar 1864).

  4. Frederick Henry Mundy (b 23 May 1868).

Henry Cook Mundy’s father was Melancthon Mundy.


Melancthon Mundy (b 1794)
The following describes Melancthon Mundy

“Melancthon Mundy was born on the farm long owned by Noah Mundy, about half a mile north of the Oak Tree school house. After his marriage he lived on a farm about two miles west of Metuchen, and about half a mile south-east of New Durham, where he died in 1859, and where his grandson, William F. Mundy now (1900) resides. In early life he taught school in the winters for three seasons. He was ordained an Elder in the Presbyterian Church, at Metuchen, in 1826, which office he resigned in 1844. He held the office of Trustee for about 30 years, and at the time of death he was President of the Board of Trustees. In his Will he left a legacy of between two and three hundred dollars (being a note for money loaned to the Trustees) to this church.”1546

Melancthon Mundy (b 25 Apr 1794, d 29 Jun 1859) married Phebe ? (b 28 Jun 1796, d 21 Jan 1863) and they had the following children:


  1. Gabriel Mundy (b 26 Apr 1816, d 13 Oct 1869).

  2. Benajah Mundy (b 19 May 1818, d 23 Oct 1892).

  3. Michael Mundy (b 4 May 4 1823. d 4 May 1884).

  4. Ezra Mundy - died an infant.

  5. Ezra F. Mundy (b 20 Jul 1833). A reverend in Presbyterian Church in Long Island, NY1547.

  6. Henry Cook Mundy (b 24 Apr 1837, d 16 Mar 1897).

Melancthon Mundy’s father was Benajah Mundy, born 1765.



Benajah Mundy (b 1765)
Benajah Mundy (b 22 Jul 1765, d 9 Sep 1823) and Lovicy Frazee (b 15 Jul 1769, d 1 Jan 1840) had the following children:


  1. Elizabeth Mundy (b 16 Pvlay 1788, d 28 Nov 1829).

  2. Isabel Mundy (b 11 Feb 1790, d 22 Feb 1827).

  3. Sarah Mundy (b 19 Mar 1792, d 19 Jun 1872).

  4. Melancthon Mundy (b 25 Apr 1794, d 29 Jun 1859).

  5. Benajah Mundy (b 26 Aug 1796, d 14 Oct 1877).

  6. Noah Mundy (b 25 Oct 1798, d 15 Mar 1894).

  7. Ezra Mundy (b 28 May 1801, d 19 Jun 1879).

  8. Mary Mundy, b June 13. 1804, d Aug. 16, 1864.

  9. Cristian V. Mundy (b 1 Jun 1807, d Sep 1890).

  10. Henry Frazee Mundy (b 20 Dec 1811, d 16 Oct 1842).

Benajah’s father was Samuel Mundy.



Samuel Mundy (b ?)
Samuel Mundy (b ?, d 1801) married Elizabeth Griffith (b ~ 1736, d 30 Oct 1793) had the following children:



  1. Henry Mundy (b 1752, d 1 Oct 1807) who married Humy Ayres (d 1 Dec 1827).

  2. Samuel Mundy (b 2 Oct 1755, d 13 Nov 1833) who married first a Barron and second a Rowlahd,and who lived at the Landing.

  3. Sarah Mundy () married Ellis Ayres (brother of Humy).

  4. Jeptha Mundy (d 12 Apr 1837, 75 yrs) married an Rachel Ayers (d May 22, 1850, 78 yrs),

  5. Phinehas (Mundy) who died young.

  6. Benajah Mundy (b 22 Jul 1765, d 9 Sep 1823) who married Lovicy Frazee.

  7. Edward Mundy () who married a Crowell (and lived in Woodbridge) .

  8. Ezra Mundy who married a Prall.

  9. Margaret Mundy () who died unmarried.

  10. Rachel Mundy () who married Reuben Freeman and afterwards

Samuel Mundy’s father was Nicholas Mundy.

Nicholas Mundy (b )
Nicholas Mundy (d ~ 1734) married Hope ?. (this may have been his second wife). Nicholas Mundy was the father of the following children:


  1. Joseph Mundy

  2. Hopewell Mundy

  3. Thomas Mundy

  4. Nicholas Mundy

  5. Benjamin Mundy

  6. John Mundy

  7. Abigail Gyles Mundy

  8. Hope Blackford Mundy

  9. Elizabeth Mundy

  10. Mary Luke Mundy

  11. Margaret Mundy

  12. Samuel Mundy (d 1801)

“Nicholas Mundy settled near Metuchen, Middlesex County, New Jersey, about the year 1665. There is a tradition of a Deed said to have been in possession of Samuel Mundy, who lived near the Landing, New Brunswick, N. J., showing that he took up land in 1665.

In Book of Deeds A, p. 226, at Trenton N. J., is recorded a Deed from Vincent Runyon to Nicholas Mundy, dated Feb 7, 1679, conveying a tract of land, near the Vineyard Road one side of this land being described as bounded * 'on the west by land of Nicholas Mundy."

In Dr. E. F. Hatfield's History of Elizabeth, N. J., on p. 146, after recording the breaking open of the house of Mr. Pardon, Gov. Carteret's Secretary, it is added, "James, the Governor's man, Nicholas Mundy, Cramer and his wife, and many others were standing by. ' ' The date is June 25, 1672.

It is thought that he lived near where the ' 'Vineyard Road" intersects the New Brunswick turnpike. This Vineyard Road formerly ran in a northerly direction and connected with the "Old Road" leading from Metuchen to New Durham. The New Brunswick turnpike and the Amboy turnpike were constructed years afterward.

He was a blacksmith, or at least worked at smithing; and the tradition is that he used a stone for his anvil. I have not been able to ascertain from what country he came, but it is supposed he was an Englishman.

As his name does not appear in the printed lists of Immigrants, he may have come over as a sailor working his passage, or possibly by way of the West Indies. Earlier in this century some Mundys came to Virginia, (about 1630) and it is possible that he is one of their descendants, who came North and settled in New Jersey.

In Trenton, N. J. , is recorded the Will of Nicholas Mundy, dated Sept. 2, 1734. In Book E of Deeds, p. 359, there is recorded an "Indenture" between Nicholas Mundy, of Piscataway and Mark Dissosway, of Staten Island, dated June 6, 1695, conveying certain tracts of land to Nicholas Mundy on condition that he "marry Elizabeth Douty, late of Somerset County."

In book F of Deeds, p. 102, date Sept. 16, 1695, is recorded a Deed, containing these words: "I, Nicholas Mundy, blacksmith, for the love I bear to my son Nicholas, convey to him two tracts of land, lying in the Vineyard, one of 17 acres, and the other of 56 acres. ' '

In the will mentioned above Hope Mundy is named as his wife. (This may have been a second wife. )

Twelve children are mentioned in this Will, and one grand-daughter. Providence Blackford.

Their names are as follows: Joseph, Hopewell, Thomas, Nicholas, Benjamin, John, Abigail Gyles, Hope Blackford, Elizabeth, Mary Luke, Margaret and Samuel.

The will is signed by his "mark" N N, looking a little like the initials of his name. Hope, his wife, and Thomas are named as the executors. His death took place (probably) Sept. 7, 1734.

From the wills recorded in Trenton, only a few facts can be gathered, in relation to these twelve children. In 1749 letters of administration were granted to Sarah Mundy, widow of Hopewell Mundy. Also in the same year, letters of administration to Elsie Mundy and Joseph Mundy.”1548





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