John Swaim, Jr., born 1748, was the father of Christopher Columbus Swaim described in the previous chapter. John was born on April 26, 1748 in Frederick County, Virginia514 or in Surry County, North Carolina depending on which account one believes.
There has been significant debate within genealogical circles as to who this John Swaim descends from. Specifically, the debate has focused on whether John Swaim’s father was Michael Swaim or John Swaim (more on that later) who were both sons of William (Willem) Swaim (Sweem).
In some accounts he is referred to John “Jr.”. This has led some people to believe he descended from a John Swaim. Although this would seem to be the norm, there have been instances where a nephew with the same first name as an uncle was referred to as “Jr.” in the context of an extended family living close to one another.
Based on information from his grandson Lyndon Swaim,
“John was a farmer in Randolph County and was a friend and hunting companion of Daniel Boone.”515 A similar account is included in the biographical sketch of Lyndon Swaim by Judge Douglas who said
“(John) he was born in 1748, reared in the pioneer surroundings of the times and became a friend and hunting companion of Daniel Boone. His wife was Elizabeth Vickery, a daughter of one of the Regulators who became the vanguard of American freedom on the field of Alamance”. (Editor – the last sentence is referring to Marmaduke Vickery, father of Elizabeth Vickery, who was arrested by the British and placed into chains and later released). “(John) carved out a home and farm out of the wilderness and became a successful farmer and raised a large family”.
According to one account, John Swaim was born in Frederick County, Virginia and moved from this area to Rowan County, North Carolina in 1752. There is a 23 August 1756 land survey for 640 acres in Rowan County, North Carolina near Abbot’s Creek performed for John Swaim. The chain carriers were Abraham Teague and Michael Swaim.516
John Swaim married Elizabeth Vickrey on May 19, 1767. Elizabeth was the eldest daughter of Marmaduke Vickrey and Elizabeth Nation. Marmaduke Vickery was a Revolutionary War hero and was known for his armed resistance against Governor William Tryon in the Battle of Alamance. In this battle Marmaduke and local farmers were armed with pitchforks and squirrel guns. Elizabeth was also known as Betty517. Elizabeth was born on May 11, 1750 in Augusta County, Frederick, Virginia518.
John and Elizabeth lived in what was regarded as Rowan County, North Carolina. This area became Guilford County in 1770 and later became part of Randolph County in 1779.
By 1790 John was in the Hillsborough District of Randolph County, North Carolina as described in the 1790 Census.519.
It also appears that John Swaim is referenced in the 1800 and 1810 censuses based on the ages of the oldest male, over 45, and the fact that John is known to have settled in Randolph County. The use of different spellings for the last name while interesting is troublesome from a genealogy perspective. John is listed as John Swim in the 1790 Census, John Swaim in the 1800 census and back to John Swim in the 1810 census. Of course one explanation is that John Swaim and John Swim were different people. However, there were very few people in Randolph County with a name spelled even close to Swaim/Swain/Swim. If you map out which counties had census listings for Swaim/Swain/Swim in years 1790-1810 and look at the family members’ ages, it does appear that we are viewing the same families that are being listed with variations in the spelling of the Swaim surname. This variation could simply be the result of the census taker misspelling the name. It does not necessarily mean John Swaim was using a different spelling of his surname although that is also a possibility.
John Swaim died in 1827 and his wife Elizabeth died in 1833. Both John and Elizabeth Swaim are buried in the Timber Ridge Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Randolph County, not far from the Guilford County Line520 near Level Cross, North Carolina. John Swaim, Jr.’s Will is located in the Greensboro Library. John Swaim, Jr.’s bible was left in his Will to his grandson, Lyndon Swaim. As of 1976 this Bible was in the possession of Ira Marvin Swaim.
“John Swaim, Jr.’s will was found in the Greensboro Library willing his all to his son Moses and his grandchildren as listed in the Yoder Papers down as far as were born at that time. He was definitely John, Jr. We found a Land Grant recorded in the State Land Grant Office dated 1798 to John Swaim, Jr. giving one of the boundaries on John Swaim, Sr.'s line. It was in Randolph County on the waters of Deep River, where he was known to live with his wife Elizabeth Vickrey and his 11 children.”521
John Swaim (b 26 Apr 1748522, d 16 Jan 1827523) was married May 19, 1767524 to Elizabeth Vickrey (b 11 May 1750525, d 3 Sep 1833526). John and Elizabeth Swaim had the following children527:
Massah Swaim (b 15 Jul 1768528, d 23 Mar 1846529) was married December 1, 1790530to Daniel Robins45531 (b 1770532, d 8 Oct 1831533). Daniel was the son of William and Francis Robins.
Massah and Daniel Robins had eight children (seven sons and one daughter):
Eli Robins (b ~ 1791)
John Robins46 (b 1799). John married Margaret Swaim (b 1801, d 1872)534. John and Margaret Robbins had at least the following children:
Mapah Robbins, Swaim Robbins, Sarah Robbins, Esther Robbins, Charity Robbins, Isaiah Robbins, John Robbins, William Robbins.535
Christopher Robins (b 20 Apr 1802, d 7 Sep 1870) was married 27 Sep 1829 in Randolph County, North Carolina, to Hannah Green (b 4 Apr 1801, d 14 Feb 1871)536.
Joshua Robins. Joshua married Esther Swaim.537
Richard Robins (b ~ 1809538).
Charity Robins. Charity died at age 13.539
William G. Swaim (b 10 Mar 1770540, d 13 Jun 1850541). Born in Randolph County,
North Carolina. William was married December 17, 1789542 to Elizabeth Sherwood543 (b 8 Nov 1773544, d 14 Aug 1835545). William was later married December 19, 1836 to Christiana Stone (b ~ 1780546) who was the widow of William’s cousin Michael Swaim. Christiana was born in North Carolina.
William and Elizabeth (Sherwood) Swaim had the following children:
Daniel Swaim (b 10 Nov 1790547, d 6 Jun 1853548) married June 7, 1815549 to Susannah Lamb. Susannah was the daughter of Henry M. Lamb and Ann Dennis. Daniel died at age 62 in 1853 at Tangier (Parke County), Indiana.
Daniel and Susan had at least the following children:
William P. Swaim (b 4 Jan 1825550, d 12 Sep 1846551)
Malissa Swaim (b 27 Apr 1836, d 2 Jan 1839)552.
John Swaim (b 27 Jan 1793553, d 5 Oct 1841554) married January 6, 1814555 to Elizabeth Lamb.
Mary “Polly” Swaim (b 3 Oct 1795556, d 11 Feb 1878557) married 1819 to William T. Wiley558 (b ~ 1796559).
Benjamin Swaim (b 13 May 1798560, d 23 Dec 1844561) married February 7, 1830562 to Rachel Dicks (b ?, d ~ 16 Mar 1841563). They were married in New Salem, North Carolina. Benjamin Swaim was an editor of the Southern Citizen newspaper. Rachel Swaim died in 1841 in Ashboro, North Carolina on Wednesday “leaving four helpless children-one only a few days old.”564 Rachel was the daughter of Reverend Peter Dicks of Randolph County, North Carolina.565
Charlotte “Lottie” Swaim (b 3 May 1801566, d 19 Sep 1859567) married Jonathan Redding568.
Joshua Swaim (b 8 Feb 1804569, d 7 Feb 1868570) was married September 1, 1824571 to Nancy H. Polk (b 26 Mar 1806572, d ~ 1865573). Joshua and Nancy Swaim had ten children:
James Polk Swaim (b 21 Nov 1825)
Elizabeth Swaim (b 30 Sep 1827, d 28 Jun 1846574)
Margaret J. Swaim (b 22 Mar 1829, d ~ 27 Feb 1846?575)
Mary Swaim (b ~ 1831)
William Walter Swaim (b 10 Feb 1833).
Rachel Director Swaim (b 15 Nov 1835).
Luther Clegg Swaim (b Dec 1837). Born in North Carolina. Married Dorsia E. [unknown]. Luther and Dorsia had eleven children, eight of which were still living as of 1900. In 1900 Luther was living in Arkansas.576
Susannah Swaim (b ~1840)
Hannah Swaim (b ~1841). Married 9 Oct 1864 to Henry Green.577
Martha Swaim (b ~1847)”578
Joshua Swaim was later married to Dorcus Aretha Odell579.
Frances “Fanny” Swaim (b 19 Feb 1807580, d 11 May 1853581) married 29 March 1825 to Absalom Carney. 582.
Elizabeth Swaim (b 25 Apr 1810583, d 18 Oct 1844584) married April 18, 1832 to Abiathar Vickery (b 26 Oct 1807585). Abiathar was the son of Harmon Vickery and Delilah Lamb. Abiathar then married Ann (unknown). 586.
Rachel Swaim (b 9 Jun 1816587, d 8 Jun 1880588). Born in North Carolina. “never married.” In 1850 Rachel was living with her step-mother, Christiana Swaim, in Randolph County, North Carolina.
Ashley Swaim (b 22 Feb 1820589). Born in North Carolina. Ashley married Elizabeth (unknown) (b ~ 1827590). Elizabeth (unknown) Swaim was born in North Carolina. In 1850 Ashley and Elizabeth were living next door to his step-mother, Christiana Swaim, in Randolph County, North Carolina. Sometime between 1848 and 1852, Ashley and Elizabeth moved to Parke County, Indiana. Sometime between 1860 and 1870, Elizabeth passed away. In 1870, Ashley, his son, John W. Swaim, and his daughter, Sarah, were living with the Nathaniel Waters family. A John Swaim (b ~ 1843) and Sarah Swaim (b ~ 1850) were living next door.
Ashley and Elizabeth Swaim had at least the following children:
Rachel Swaim (b ~ 1846591). Born in North Carolina.
Mary Swaim (b ~ 1848592). Born in North Carolina.
Martha Swaim (b ~ 1852593). Born in Indiana.
Nancy J. Swaim (b ~ 1853594). Born in Indiana.
John W. Swaim (b ~ 1855595). Born in Indiana.
Sarah Swaim (b 1858596). Born in Indiana.
Joshua Swaim (b 5 Apr 1772597, d 23 Dec 1855598) was married April 23, 1795599 to Sarah Elliott47. Joshua and Sarah (Elliott) Swaim had at least the following children:
Joseph M. Swaim600
Christopher Columbus Swaim (b 24 Dec 1774603, d 3 Jul 1851) was married September 28, 1794604 to Sarah Hinds (or Hines). Christopher later remarried ~ December 14, 1818605 (Bond) to Nancy Rebecca Wright.
[Details described in previous chapter]
Children (by Sarah Hinds):
John H. Swaim
Cynthia Albany Swaim
Simeon W. Swaim
[Children previously described]
Children (by Nancy Rebecca Wright):
Moses W. Swaim.
[Children previously described]
John Swaim48 (b 15 May 1777606, d 19 Oct 1841607) was married April 19, 1804608 to Mary Laughlin (b 24 Feb 1778609).
John and Mary Swaim had the following children:
Richard Laughlin Swaim (b 1 Nov 1806610, d 19 Feb 1894611) married September 14, 1836612 to Laura Vickery (b ~ 1816613).
Richard and Laura Swaim had the following children:
Elizabeth Swaim (b 27 Aug 1779615, d 16 Oct 1863616) was married July 30, 1801617 to George Swearingen. They supposedly had no children. 618
Ashley Swaim (b 25 Feb 1782619, d 21 May 1856620) was married August 12, 1802621 to Sarah Walton (b ~ 1782622, d 1874623) in Davidson County, North Carolina. Ashley was a pastor of a Baptist church624. Ashley was buried in Abbot’s Creek primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in North Carolina.
Ashley and Sarah Swaim had the following children:
Elizabeth Swaim (b 20 Feb 1803625, d 16 Aug 1835626). Married (unknown) Green.
Ashley Swaim, Jr. (b ~ 1820627). Ashley married 20 Jul 1846628 (bond) to Elizabeth Eibert (b ~ 1827629). Ashley and Elizabeth had at least the following children:
Rachel (b ~ 1846), Mary (b ~ 1849).
Elkanah Swaim630 (b 9 May 1808, d 24 May 1855631). Elkanah was married 24 Oct 1829632 to Rachel Meredith.
Hester Swaim (b 1812633). Hester Swaim was married 16 Sep 1830 (bond) to Aaron Meredith (b ~ 1810634).
John Murphy Swaim635 (b 16 May 1814636). Born at Abbott’s Creek, North Carolina. John married Elizabeth Idol (b 23 Feb 1815). “John was a Civil War Veteran and was thought to be dead. He was gone for three years. He rode into his home one day on a horse.”637
Rebecca Swaim (b 18 Nov 1813638). Married 22 Feb 1833 (bond)639 to Michael G. Walk (b 24 Nov 1806/9, d 15 Apr 1887)640
Priscilla Walk (b 1840). Priscilla married Christian Krull (b 1828). Christian born in Prussia.
William Walk (b 1844)
Samuel Walk (b 1847).641
Melinda Swaim (b 1817, d 1907642). Melinda born at Abbott’s Creek, North Carolina. Melinda married 14 Jul 1836 (bond) to Isaac Hammer.
Joseph Spurgeon Swaim (b 11 Aug 1820, d 18 Jun 1865643). Joseph married Keziah Emily Idol (b 24 Apr 1819644) in 1840. Keziah was a mid-wife. (went to Kansas and died there). Joseph was 1st Lt. in Civil War.”645
Phebe S. Swaim (b 28 Sep 1823, d 26 Sep 1824647).
Marmaduke Swaim (b 23 Feb 1784648, d 26 Dec 1822649, married on February 4, 1806650 to Jeanette Laurence (b ~ 1785651). Marmaduke died in Timber Ridge, North Carolina (Randolph County). Marmaduke was a soldier in War of 1812.652 Marmaduke and Jeanette Swaim had numerous children653 including
Nancy Swaim (b ~ 1808, 12 Jan 1885654). Married 5 Jan 1828655 (bond) to Allen Swindell (b 23 Apr 1798656, d 29 Sep 1859657). Allen Swindell was the son of Willis Swindell (b 5 May 1763, d 9 May 1851658). Allen and Willis were both born in Hyde County, North Carolina. Allen died in Willis died in Summitville, Indiana (Madison County) and was buried at Vinson Cemetery. Ellis Swindell was also buried at Vinson Cemetery. Nancy (Swaim) Swindell was also buried in Madison County, Indiana.
Nancy Swaim and Allen Swindell had at least the following children:
Laban Swaim660 (b ~ 1809661). Married 21 Feb 1841662 to Jemima Fentrise (b ~ 1810663). In 1850 Laban and Jemima were living in Randolph County, North Carolina.
Children (partial list):
Calvin Swaim665 (b ~ 1812666). Married Susanna Jane Ferree (b ~1815667). Calvin was a shoemaker.
Rachel Priscilla Swaim
Henry C. Swaim
Martha M. Swaim
Mary J. Swaim
Alexander W. Swaim.
Addison Swaim668 (b 27 Apr 1819, d 30 Aug 1895669). Married 28 Nov 1844670 (bond date) to Elizabeth Turner. Addison Swaim was buried Good Cemetery, Warren, Indiana.
Charity Swaim (b 1 Aug 1786673, d 25 Apr 1864674) was married January 16, 1806675 to James Laughlin49 (b 16 Dec 1783676).
Charity and James Laughlin had the following children:
Richard Swaim Laughlin (b 17 Oct 1806, d 6 May 1879). Married 7 Aug 1834 to Hannah Kearns.
John Laughlin (b 26 Dec 1808).
Joshua Laughlin (b 2 Aug 1810).
James Madison Laughlin (b 2 Aug 1816, d 26 Nov 1870). Married 24 Jul 1851 to Delila Ann Estes.
Franklin Laughlin (b 30 May 1820, d 14 Oct 1888). Married 25 Sep 1846 to Mary Laughlin.
Charity Laughlin (b 19 Aug 1822, d 22 Apr 1890). Married 14 Feb 1854.677.
Moses Swaim (b 31 Dec 1788678, d 25 Apr 1870679) was married February 13, 1812680 to Adah Swindell681 (b 17 Apr 1791682, d 2 May 1866683). Adah Swindell was from Hyde County, North Carolina.
“Her mother was Mary Harper of the family of the Harper Brothers publishers. Moses and Adah lived in Randolph County, North Carolina until the 1850s when they moved to St. Joseph County, Indiana and lived on a farm north of the South Bend on the St. Joseph River. Here Adah died May 2, 1866 and Moses returned to North Carolina on a visit and died there at the age of 82, April 25, 1870. Buried in North Carolina. He had been active in the anti-slavery movement for many years and was president of the manumission society, long before the War Between The States. Moses and Adah had eleven children”684.
Moses and Adah Swaim had the following children:
Lyndon Swaim (b 15 Dec 1812685, d 26 Mar 1893686).
1st marriage 3 Nov 1842687 to Abiah Shirley Swaim (widow of his cousin William);
2nd marriage 25 Oct 1859688 to Isabella Logan (d 9 Feb 1900689).
Lyndon and Abiah Swaim had the following child:
Emma Swaim (b 21 Sep 1843, d 18 Jun 1845)
Lyndon and Abiah Swaim had the following children:
Mahala Swaim (b 5 Apr 1816695, d 20 Nov 1891696). Married Abram Auten.
Ada Auten married Joe Tutt.697
Elizabeth Swaim (b 15 Mar 1818). Married David Hunt.
Mary (Polly) Swaim (b 10 Mar 1820698, d 12 Feb 1852699). Married Michael Estey700.
John Milton Swaim (b 26 Jan 1822701, d 5 Nov 1910702). Married Malinda Way.
David W. Swaim (b 21 Feb 1824703, d 3 Oct 1837704).
Marmaduke Curran Swaim (b 23 Feb 1826705, d 1 Sep 1897706). Married Mary Waite.
Benjamin F. Swaim (b 10 Jan 1828707, d 20 Nov 1860708).
Bartlett Y. Swaim (b 10 Jan 1830709, d 5 Jun 1845710).
Henry Swaim (b 19 May 1832711, d 24 May 1904712). Married Candace Waite. 713.
Michael Swaim (b 10 Feb 1791714, d 17 Dec 1878715) was married December 1, 1811716 to Susan50 Hinshaw717 (b 1 Sep 1789, d 24 Dec 1850). Susan was born near Deep River, North Carolina and died in Kennard, Indiana (Henry County).718 Michael and Susan Swaim had the following children:
Edwin W. Swaim (b 15 May 1813, d 18 Oct 1888719). Married 3 Mar 1836 to Catherine Morgan. Edwin died in Knightstown, Indiana.
Christopher A. Swaim (b 1814).
Jesse H. Swaim (b 21 Aug 1818, d 10 Dec 1898). Married Naomi Harris (b ~ 1822). Jesse died in Knightstown, Indiana. Jesse was a carriage maker. Jesse and Naomi Swaim had at least the following children:
Lucina (b ~ 1842).720
Ann R. Swaim
Rebecca W. Swaim
Branson E. Swaim
Mary E. Swaim
John Milton Swaim (b 20 Jan 1831, d 1911). Born in Indiana. Died in Knightstown, Indiana.
Elihu W. Swaim (b 30 Nov 1833, d 6 May 1868). Born in Indiana. Died in Knightstown, Indiana.721 In 1850 Elihu was living with his brother Jesse Swaim.
A summary of primary evidence for John Swaim, born 1748, being the father of Christopher Columbus Swaim is as follows:
The Swaim Family Genealogy by W. F. Crum (family information written down 3/13/1891 by W. F. Crum).
Swaim-Tysen Family book, page 324, which is based on John Swaim’s bible handed down to his descendants.