Elijah Swain and Susanna Cathcart

    Elijah Swain was the son of John Swain and Mary Swett. He married Susanna Cathcart 23 Jul 1735 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Susanna was the daughter of Gershom (or Robert) Cathcart and Phebe Coleman. The Swains may have been the ones shown on the Barrington, Shelburne, Nova Scotia census in 1770. Elijah died 26th 7 mo 1789 in Nantucket, Massachusetts and Susanna died 22nd 8 mo 1790 in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

Elijah and Susanna's children are:

1. Eunice Swain, married John Annibal, their intention was published 27 Mar 1762 in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
2. Mary Swain, married Simeon Bunker 27 Jan 1766 in Nantucket, Massachusetts, went “down east” (Maine).
3. Susanna Swain, married Jonathan Clark, lived in Kennebec, Maine.
4. Phebe Swain, married Peter Ripley.
5. Elijah Swain, never married, listed as “a poor one” in the Nantucket Vital Records.
6. Christian Swain (female), born 28th 1 mo 1746, married Stephen Gardner 15 Jan 1767 in Nantucket, Massachusetts, died 7th 9 mo 1830 in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
7. John Swain,[1] died 8th 8 mo 1812 in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
8. Robert Swain.
9. Owen Swain.

Sources:
1. Database of the Eliza Starbuck Barney Genealogical Record, Nantucket Historical Association (created from records collected by Eliza Starbuck Barney (1802-1889)).
2. Census, 1770, Barrington, Nova Scotia.
3. Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. I—Births (A-F), Boston:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1925.
4. Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. IV—Marriages (H-Z), Boston:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1927.
5. Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. V—Deaths, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1928.


Nantucket Births
SWAIN

Page 531
Christian, wife of Stephen Gardner (son of Andrew and Mary), daughter of Elijah and Susanna (Cathcart), 28th 1 mo. 1746, P. R. 38.[2]

Page 535
Elijah, son of Elijah and Susanna (Cathcart), —, P. R. 38.
Elijah, husband of Susanna (daughter of Gershom Cathcart Sr. and Phebe), son of John and Mary (Swett), —, P. R. 38.

Page 539
Eunice, wife of John Annibal, daughter of Elijah and Susanna (Cathcart), —, P. R. 38.

Page 548
John, son of Elijah and Susanna (Cathcart), —, P. R. 38.

Page 557
Mary, wife of Simeon Bunker (son of Zacchary and Desire), daughter of Elijah and Susanna (Cathcart), —, P. R. 38.

Page 560
Owen, son of Elijah and Susanna (Cathcart), —, P. R. 38.

Page 563
Phebe, wife of Peter Ripley, “No children,” daughter of Elijah and Susanna (Cathcart), —, P. R. 38.

Page 566
Robert, son of Elijah and Susanna (Cathcart), —, P. R. 38.

Page 572
Susanna, wife of Jonathan Clark (son of Jonathan and Miriam), daughter of Elijah and Susanna (Cathcart), —, P. R. 38.

Source:  Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. II—Births (G-Z), Boston:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1926.


Nantucket Marriages
SWAIN

Page 421
Christian and Stephen Gardner, January 15, 1767. [Christian, daughter of Elijah and Susanna (Cathcart), and Stephen Gardner, son of Andrew and Mary (Gorham), P. R. 38.]

Page 424
Elijah and Susanna Cathcart, July 23, 1735.[3] [Elijah, son of John and Mary (Swett), and Susanna Cathcart, daughter of Gershom and Phebe, P. R. 38.]

Page 426
Eunice and Isaac Annibal, intention March 27, 1762. [Eunice, daughter of Elijah and Susanna (Cathcart), and John Annibal [duplicate entry, Annabel], married —, P. R. 38.]

Page 438
Mary and Simeon Bunker, January 27, 1766. [Mary, daughter of Elijah and Susanna (Cathcart), and Simeon Bunker, son of Zacheriah [duplicate entry, Zachery] and Desire (Gorham), P. R. 38.]

Source:  Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. IV—Marriages (H-Z), Boston:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1927.


Nantucket Deaths
GARDNER

Page 294
Christian, wife of Stephen (son of Andrew and Mary), daughter of Elijah Swain and Susanna (Cathcart), 7th, 9 mo. 1830, P. R. 38.

SWAIN

Page 562
Elijah, husband of Susanna (daughter of Gershom Cathcart Sr. and Phebe), son of John and Mary (Swett), 26th, 7 mo. 1789, P. R. 38.
Elijah, single, son of Elijah and Susanna (Cathcart), “a poor one,” —, P. R. 38.

Page 568
John, son of Elijah and Susanna (Cathcart), 8th, 8 mo. 1812, age 63, P. R. 38. [11th, 8 mo., age 75 years 1 month, P. R. 63.[4]]

Page 579
Susanna, wife of Elijah (son of John and Mary), daughter of Gershom Cathcart and Phebe, 22d 8 mo. 1790, P. R. 38. [widow of Elijah, P. R. 63.]

Source: Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. V—Deaths, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1928.


1770 Census
Barrington, Nova Scotia

Head
Men
Boys
Women
Girls
Total
Protestant
American
Elijah Swain
1
3
1
-
5
5
5


Records from the Eliza Starbuck Barney Genealogical Record

Elijah Swain (M)
d. 26 Jul 1789, #2086
Elijah Swain was the son of John Swain and Mary Swett Jun. Elijah Swain married Susanna Cathcart, daughter of Gershom Cathcart and Phebe Coleman, in 1735. Elijah Swain died on 26 July 1789.
Children of Elijah Swain and Susanna Cathcart:
Eunice Swain
Mary Swain
Susanna Swain
Phebe Swain
Elijah Swain
John Swain, died 8 Aug 1812
Robert Swain
Owen Swain
Christian Swain, born 28 Jan 1746, died 07 Sep 1830

Susanna Cathcart (F)
d. 28 Aug 1790, #2087
Susanna Cathcart was the daughter of Gershom Cathcart and Phebe Coleman. Susanna Cathcart married Elijah Swain, son of John Swain and Mary Swett Jun., in 1735. Susanna Cathcart died on 28 August 1790.
She was also known as Eunice Cathcart. Her married name was Swain.

Eunice Swain (F)
#2085
Eunice Swain was the daughter of Elijah Swain and Susanna Cathcart. Eunice Swain married John Annibal.
Her married name was Annibal.
Child of Eunice Swain and John Annibal:
Abigail Annibal
John Annibal (M)
#2084
John Annibal married Eunice Swain, daughter of Elijah Swain and Susanna Cathcart.

Mary Swain (F)
#8018
Mary Swain was the daughter of Elijah Swain and Susanna Cathcart. Mary Swain married Simeon Bunker, son of Zacchary Bunker and Desire Gorham, in 1766. This family went down east. Her married name was Bunker.
Simeon Bunker (M)
b. 21 Mar 1736, #8007
Simeon Bunker was born on 21 March 1736. He was the son of Zacchary Bunker and Desire Gorham. Simeon Bunker married Mary Swain, daughter of Elijah Swain and Susanna Cathcart, in 1766. Simeon Bunker married Experience Studley in 1783; No children.
Simeon Bunker This family went down east.

Susanna Swain (F)
#13379
Susanna Swain was the daughter of Elijah Swain and Susanna Cathcart. Susanna Swain married Jonathan Clark, son of Jonathan Clark and Miriam Worth. Susanna Swain resided at Kennebec, ME; “These two families went to Kennebec.” Her married name was Clark.
Jonathan Clark (M)
b. 29 Jul 1737, #13378
Jonathan Clark married Susanna Swain, daughter of Elijah Swain and Susanna Cathcart. Jonathan Clark was born on 29 July 1737. He was the son of Jonathan Clark and Miriam Worth.

Phebe Swain (F)
#13595
Phebe Swain was the daughter of Elijah Swain and Susanna Cathcart. Phebe Swain married Peter Ripley; “No chn.” Her married name was Ripley.
Peter Ripley (M)
#13666
Peter Ripley married Phebe Swain, daughter of Elijah Swain and Susanna Cathcart; "No chn."

Elijah Swain (F)
#11159
Elijah Swain was the daughter of Elijah Swain and Susanna Cathcart. Elijah Swain died; “D. single. A poor one.”

John Swain (M)
d. 08 Aug 1812, #13006
John Swain was the son of Elijah Swain and Susanna Cathcart. John Swain died on 8 August 1812; “A. 63.”

Robert Swain (M)
#13007
Robert Swain was the son of Elijah Swain and Susanna Cathcart.

Owen Swain (M)
#13005
Owen Swain was the son of Elijah Swain and Susanna Cathcart.

Christian Swain (F)
b. 28 Jan 1746, d. 07 Sep 1830, #648
Christian Swain was born on 28 January 1746. She was the daughter of Elijah Swain and Susanna Cathcart. Christian Swain married Stephen Gardner, son of Andrew Gardner and Mary Gorham, in 1767. Christian Swain died on 7 September 1830 at age 84. Her married name was Gardner.
Stephen Gardner (M)
#647
Stephen Gardner was the son of Andrew Gardner and Mary Gorham. Stephen Gardner married Christian Swain, daughter of Elijah Swain and Susanna Cathcart, in 1767.

Source:  Database of the Eliza Starbuck Barney Genealogical Record, Nantucket Historical Association (created from records collected by Eliza Starbuck Barney (1802-1889)).[5]


Footnotes

[1] He was either born in 1749 or 7 mo 1737. See Nantucket Vital Records, Vol. V.
[2] Note in Vital Records:  “P. R. 38—private record, from the William C. Folger genealogical records in possession of the Nantucket Historical Association (This compilation has been used because of the valuable clues it affords, but its statements should be received with caution, as it is not free from errors. It should also be understood that in many instances the events recorded did not take place in Nantucket, and in a few cases attention has been called to the question of residence.)”
[3] Note in Vital Records:  “Intention not recorded.”
[4] Note in Vital Records:  “P. R. 63—private record, from a copy of a manuscript kept by Hon. Isaac Coffin, Judge of Probate, in the possession of the Nantucket Atheneum.”
[5] From the Nantucket Historical Association: “NHA staff consider the Barney Record to be its most reliable and comprehensive—although not infallible—genealogical resource.”


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