John Swain and Mary Wyer

    John Swain was born in 1633 to Richard Swain. John married Mary Wyer in 1656. Mary was the daughter of Nathaniel Weare and Sarah —. John lived at Polpis on the Island of Nantucket in Massachusetts. Mary died in 1714. John died in 1715 in Nantucket, Massachusetts and his will was proved 27 January 1717.

John and Mary's children are:

1. Mary Swain, “‘eldest’ child of John Swaine”, married Joseph Nason, died 27th 7 mo 1714 in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
2. John Swain, born 1 Sep 1664 in Nantucket, Massachusetts (first white male child born on the Island of Nantucket), married Experience Folger, died 29th 11 mo 1738 in Nantucket, Massachusetts, lived at Polpis, Nantucket.
3. Joseph Swain, born 17 Jul 1673 in Nantucket, Massachusetts, married Mary Sibley, lived at Polpis, Nantucket, died in 1766 in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
4. Benjamin Swain, born 5 Jul 1679 in Nantucket, Massachusetts, married Mary Taylor 10th 5 mo 1705 in Nantucket, Massachusetts, lived at Polpis, Nantucket, died 18th or 21st 8 mo 1757 in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
5. Elizabeth Swain, born 17 May 1676 in Nantucket, Massachusetts, married Joshua Sevolle, died 24th 5 mo 1760 in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
6. Sarah Swain, born 13 Jul 1670 in Nantucket, Massachusetts, married Joseph Norton.
7. Hannah Swain, married Dr. Joseph Tallman.
8. Patience Swain, married Samuel Gardner (who later married Mary Swett, the widow of John Swain 3rd — see entry above on John Swain 3rd) 27th 10 mo (Dec) 1710/11 in Nantucket, Massachusetts, died 23rd 8 mo 1747 in Nantucket, Massachusetts.
9. Stephen Swain, born 21 November 1666 in Nantucket, Massachusetts, said to have settled in Chowan, North Carolina, where he married Patience —[1] and his will was dated 24 Jan 1712.

Sources:
1. Savage, James, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1990 (originally published Boston, 1860-1862).
2. Database of the Eliza Starbuck Barney Genealogical Record, Nantucket Historical Association (created from records collected by Eliza Starbuck Barney (1802-1889)).
3. Austin, John Osborne, One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families, MA:  Privately printed, 1893.
4. Wills of Stephen Swain and  Patience Speller, Bertie County, North Carolina (http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/nc/bertie/wills/swain1713.txt),  submitted by Linda Harris.
5. Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. I—Births (A-F), Boston:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1925.
6. Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. III—Marriages (A-G), Boston:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1927.
9. Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. IV—Marriages (H-Z), Boston:  New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1927.
10. Vital Records of Nantucket, Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Vol. V—Deaths, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1928.


Nantucket Births
SWAIN

Page 529
Catharine, wife of Robert Wyer of Charlestown, daughter of John Jr. and Experience (Folger), —, P. R. 38.[2]

Page 535
Eliakim, husband of Elizabeth (daughter of John Arthur and Priscilla), husband of Abigail (widow of Nathaniel Woodbury, daughter of Jethro Coffin and Mary), son of John Jr. and Experience (Folger), —, P. R. 38.

Page 541
George, husband of Love (daughter of Nathaniel Paddack and Ann), son of John Jr. and Experience (Folger), —, P. R. 38.

Page 543
Hannah, wife of Thomas Gardner (son of George and Eunice), daughter of John Jr. and Experience (Folger), —, P. R. 38.

Page 548
John (Swaine), son of John, September 1, 1664. [Swain Jr., “1st white male child born at Nantucket,” husband of Experience (daughter of Peter Folger and Mary), son of John and Mary (Wyer), 1st, 9 mo., P. R. 38.]
John, husband of Mary (daughter of Moses Swett and Mary), son of John Jr. and Experience (Folger), —, P. R. 38.

Page 564
Priscilla, wife of Daniel (son of George Bunker and Deborah), daughter of John Jr. and Experience (Folger), —, P. R. 38.

Page 566
Ruth, wife of George Coffin (son of James Jr. and Ruth), wife of Jonathan Upham, daughter of John Jr. and Experience (Folger), —, P. R. 38.

Page 570
Stephen, husband of Eleanor (sister of Mordecai Ellis), husband of Catharine (widow of Edmond Heath), son of John Jr. and Experience (Folger), —, P. R. 38.

Page 574
William (Swaine), son of John Jr., October 2, 1688. [Swain, husband of Jemima (daughter of Peter Coffin 2d and Elizabeth), son of John Jr. and Experience (Folger), —, 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
GARDNER

Page 530
Sam[ue]ll and Patience Swaine, 27th 10 mo., “called December,” 1710-11.[3] [Samuel of Sherborne on Nantucket, son of James, and Patience Swain of Sherborne on Nantucket, daughter of John, C. R. 4.[4] Samuel, son of James and Mary (Starbuck) (first wife) and Patience Swain, daughter of John ad Mary (Wyer), P. R. 38.]

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


Nantucket Marriages
SWAIN

Page 419
Benjamin (Swaine) and Mary Tailer, 10th, 5 mo. 1705.[5] [Swain, son of John and Mary (Wyer), and Mary Taylor of Polpis, 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 313
Patience (Swain), wife of Samuel, 23d, 8 mo. 1746, C. R. 4.  [wife of Samuel (son of James and Mary), son of John Swain and Mary (Wyer), 23d, 8 mo. 1747, P. R. 38.  23d, 8 mo. 1747, P. R. 63.[6]]

NASON

Page 461
Mary, widow of Joseph, “eldest” child of John Swaine dec’d, 27th, 7 mo. 1714. [daughter of John Swain and Mary(Wyer), P. R. 38.]

SEVOLLE

Page 528
Elizabeth, wife of Joshua, son of John Swain and Mary (Wyer), 24th, 5 mo. 1760, P. R. 38. [“Savolla (Sevallian),” widow of Joshua, P. R. 63.]

SWAIN

Page 559
Benjamin, husband of Mary Taylor, son of John Swain and Mary (Wyer), 18th, 8 mo. 1757, P. R. 38. [21st, 8 mo., P. R. 63.]

Page 568
John Jr., husband of Mary (daughter of Nathaniel Wyer and Sarah), son of Richard “1st of Nantucket” and first wife, —, 1715, P. R. 38.
John Jr., husband of Experience (daughter of Peter Folger and Mary), son of John and Mary (Wyer), 29th, 11 mo. 1738, P. R. 38. [John 2d, age 73, P. R. 63.]

Page 569
Joseph, husband of Mary Sibley of Salem, son of John and Mary (Wyer),—, 1766, P. R. 38.

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


Volume 4

Swain,
JOHN, Nantucket, probably son of Richard the first, had John born 1 September 1664, by tradition the first male born there; Stephen, 21 November 1666; Sarah, 13 July 1670; Joseph, 17 July 1673; Elizabeth 17 May 1676; Benjamin, 5 July 1679; and Hannah; Patience; and Mary; without dates, but the last named is thought to be the eldest of all; all perhaps by Mary, daughter of Nathaniel Wyer, but we are not sure of more than that he died 1717; and is said to have been born 1633, but I doubt the report.

Source:  Savage, James, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1990 (originally published Boston, 1860-1862).


He (John Swain) and his sons John, Joseph and Benjamin, and son-in-law Joshua Sevolle, lived on farms in that section of Nantucket called Polpis. There also lived with him another John Swain, who came from England when young, and who to avoid confusion of names, was always called “John England”.
His will was proved Jan. 27, 1717. The executors were his sons John, Jos. and Benj. Witnesses were Wm. Worth, John Folger, Robt. Long and Moses Giles. To sons John, Jos. and Benj, and daugh. Eliz. Sevolle, his stock of cattle and sheep, equally; according to their two portions of land given each of them by me. To son Benj., a barn. To daugh. Mary Nason, 5s., and to daughters Sarah, Hannah, Patience and son Stephen, each 5 s. Dwelling house and household goods to rest of the children, with all money and plate to be divided equally between them, viz., all my children, “I mean to give it to John Swain, Jos. Swain, Benj. Swain and Eliz. Sevolle.”

Source:  Austin, John Osborne, One Hundred and Sixty Allied Families, MA:  Privately printed, 1893.


Records from the Eliza Starbuck Barney Genealogical Record

John Swain (M)
b. 1633, d. 1715, #23590
John Swain was born in 1633. He was the son of Richard Swain Sen.. John Swain married Mary Wyer, daughter of Nathaniel Wyer and Sarah ?, in 1656. John Swain died in 1715.
Children of John Swain and Mary Wyer:
Patience Swain   ( - 23 Aug 1747)
Mary Swain   ( - 27 Jul 1714)
Hannah Swain
John Swain Jun.   (1664 - 29 Nov 1738)
Sarah Swain   (1670)
Joseph Swain   (1673 - 01 Apr 1706)
Elisabeth Swain   (1676 - 24 May 1760)
Benjamin Swain   (1679 - 18 Aug 1757)

Mary Wyer (F)
d. 1714, #23591
Mary Wyer married John Swain, son of Richard Swain Sen., in 1656. Mary Wyer was born. She was the daughter of Nathaniel Wyer and Sarah ?. Mary Wyer died in 1714.
Her married name was Swain.

Patience Swain (F)
d. 23 Aug 1747, #4681
Patience Swain was the daughter of John Swain and Mary Wyer. Patience Swain married Samuel Gardner, son of James Gardner and Mary Starbuck, in 1710; His 2nd wife. Patience Swain died on 23 August 1747. Her married name was Gardner.
Children of Patience Swain and Samuel Gardner:
Jemima Gardner   ( - 11 Mar 1792)
Hezekiah Gardner   (1711 - 16 Feb 1751)
Mary Gardner   (26 Aug 1713 - 22 Nov 1797)
Hepsabeth Gardner   (05 Jan 1718 - 26 Jun 1795)
Hannah Gardner   (21 Nov 1720 - 15 Nov 1788)
Seth Gardner   (29 May 1722)
Daniel Gardner   (1727 - 09 Jul 1780)
Samuel Gardner (M)
d. 28 Oct 1757, #4680
Samuel Gardner was the son of James Gardner and Mary Starbuck. Samuel Gardner married Hepsabeth Coffin, daughter of Stephen Coffin and Mary Bunker, before 1710; His 1st wife. Samuel Gardner married Patience Swain, daughter of John Swain and Mary Wyer, in 1710; His 2nd wife. Samuel Gardner married Mary Swett Jun., daughter of Moses Swett and Mary Hussey, after 1744; Wid. of John Swain 3rd. No chn. Samuel Gardner died on 28 October 1757.

Mary Swain (F)
d. 27 Jul 1714, #32446
Mary Swain was the daughter of John Swain and Mary Wyer. Mary Swain married Joseph Nason. Mary Swain died on 27 July 1714. Her married name was Nason.
Child of Mary Swain and Joseph Nason:
Charity Nason   (07 Jul 1682)
Joseph Nason (M)
#32445
Joseph Nason married Mary Swain, daughter of John Swain and Mary Wyer.

Hannah Swain (F)
#36784
Hannah Swain was the daughter of John Swain and Mary Wyer. Hannah Swain married Dr. Joseph Tallman. Her married name was Tallman.
Dr. Joseph Tallman (M)
#36785
Dr. Joseph Tallman married Hannah Swain, daughter of John Swain and Mary Wyer.

John Swain Jun. (M)
b. 1664, d. 29 Nov 1738, #2470
John Swain Jun. married Experience Folger, daughter of Peter Folger and Mary Morrell. John Swain Jun. was born in 1664. He was the son of John Swain and Mary Wyer. John Swain Jun. died on 29 November 1738. He witnessed 1st white male child born on the Island in 1664.
Children of John Swain Jun. and Experience Folger:
Hannah Swain   ( - 03 Dec 1779)
George Swain   ( - 08 Dec 1797)
Eliakim Swain   ( - 06 May 1750)
Ruth Swain   ( - 08 Feb 1775)
Priscilla Swain   ( - 12 Sep 1737)
Stephen Swain   ( - 18 Feb 1785)
John Swain   ( - 28 Feb 1744)
Catharine Swain   ( - 1783)
William Swain   (1688 - 04 Mar 1770)
Experience Folger (F)
b. 1661, d. 23 Aug 1739, #2471
Experience Folger married John Swain Jun., son of John Swain and Mary Wyer. Experience Folger was born in 1661. She was the daughter of Peter Folger and Mary Morrell. Experience Folger died on 4 June 1739. She died on 23 August 1739.
Her married name was Swain.

Sarah Swain (F)
b. 1670, #36780
Sarah Swain married Joseph Norton. Sarah Swain was born in 1670. She was the daughter of John Swain and Mary Wyer. Her married name was Norton.
Joseph Norton (M)
#36781
Joseph Norton married Sarah Swain, daughter of John Swain and Mary Wyer.

Joseph Swain (M)
b. 1673, d. 01 Apr 1706, #20386
Joseph Swain married Mary Sibley. Joseph Swain was born in 1673. He was the son of John Swain and Mary Wyer. Joseph Swain died on 1 April 1706.
Children of Joseph Swain and Mary Sibley:
Margaret Swain   ( - 07 Jun 1783)
Caleb Swain   ( - 25 Jul 1785)
Ebenezer Swain   ( - 13 Mar 1753)
Elisabeth Swain   ( - 22 Dec 1743)
Charity Swain   ( - 25 Jan 1760)
Peter Swain   (1697)
Richard Swain   (1698 - 08 Aug 1744)
Mary Sibley (F)
#20387
Mary Sibley was of Salem. She married Joseph Swain, son of John Swain and Mary Wyer. Her married name was Swain.

Elisabeth Swain (F)
b. 1676, d. 24 May 1760, #36782
Elisabeth Swain married Joshua Sevolle. Elisabeth Swain was born in 1676. She was the daughter of John Swain and Mary Wyer. Elisabeth Swain died on 24 May 1760. Her married name was Sevolle.
Joshua Sevolle (M)
d. 1735, #36783
Joshua Sevolle married Elisabeth Swain, daughter of John Swain and Mary Wyer. Joshua Sevolle died in 1735.

Benjamin Swain (M)
b. 1679, d. 18 Aug 1757, #23592
Benjamin Swain was born in 1679. He was the son of John Swain and Mary Wyer. Benjamin Swain married Mary Taylor in 1705. Benjamin Swain died on 18 August 1757.
Children of Benjamin Swain and Mary Taylor:
Patience Swain   ( - 14 Apr 1796)
Peleg Swain   ( - 30 Mar 1789)
Jethro Swain   ( - 24 Apr 1791)
Nathaniel Swain   ( - 07 May 1745)
Christopher Swain   ( - 29 Oct 1784)
Sarah Swain   ( - 1740)
Abigail Swain
Lydia Swain   (1706 - 25 Jan 1796)
Mary Taylor (F)
d. 15 May 1762, #23593
Mary Taylor married Benjamin Swain, son of John Swain and Mary Wyer, in 1705. Mary Taylor died on 15 May 1762. Her married name was Swain.

Source:  Database of the Eliza Starbuck Barney Genealogical Record, Nantucket Historical Association (created from records collected by Eliza Starbuck Barney (1802-1889)).[7]


Will of Stephen Swain
District of Chowan, Bertie County, North Carolina
24 Jan 1712/13

    In the name of god amen.  I Stephen Swaine of the district of Chowan in the province on NC being sick and weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory praised be almighty god for it doe make and constitute this my last will and testament.  Revoking disanulling and making void all other wills by me heretofore made.  Imprimis.  I give and bequeath my soul into the hands of god my Creator hoping at the last day to have full pardon and redemption of all my sinns through the merits of my blessed Savior and redeemer Christ Jesus and as touchings such worldly estate as it hath pleased god to blessed me in this transitory life I give and bequeath the same in manner following my just debts and funeral expenses being firs payd and satisfyed by my executors hereafter named.
    Item    I give to my son John Swaine all my plantation and tract of land whereon I now live and to his heirs for ever
    Item    I give to my son James Swaine a tract of land lying in thick nick containing 50 a to him and his heirs forever
    Item    I give to my son Richd Swaine a tract of land lying at cushy containing 100 a with all the stock thereunto belonginge and to his heirs for ever.
    Item    I give to my son John Swaine one third of all my personal estate to be delivered to him soon after my decease
    Item    I give to my dau Elizabeth Spruell one shilling in full of all demands
    Item    I give to my loving wf Patience Swaine on other third of all my personal estate and to her heirs forever.
    Item    I give one other third of all my personal estate amongst my children vizt James, Richd, Mary, and Patience Swaine and to their heirs for ever equally to be divided amongst them
    I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my loving wf Patience and my son John Swaine executors of this my last Will and Testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal  this 24th day of Jany Anno Domi 1712

……………

Will of Patience Speller[8]
Bertie Precinct, North Carolina
3 Feb 1738/39

    In the name of God amen ye third day of February 1738, I patience Speller of bertie prect in ye county of Albmarl being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto god therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing the its appointed for all of us once to dye do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is so say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into ye hands of god that gave it and my body I recommend to ye earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial at ye desecration of my ex nothing doubting but at ye general resurrection I shall receive ye same again by ye mighty power of god and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased god to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of ye same in ye following manner and form
    imprimis        I give and bequeath to my son James Swain and his heirs my Mulatto fellow Sam
    Item    I give and bequeath to my dau Patience Ray and her heirs a mulatto girl named Sary
    Item    I give and bequeath to my dau Ann Ward and her heirs a mulatto girl named Beck my chest of drawers
    Item    I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Speller and his heirs a mulatto boy named Isaac
    I likewise desire that if ye Negro wench which is ye mother of ye above mentioned children should ever bare another child that my son Richard swains eldest dau should have it
    I give and bequeath to my three grand children Sarah Smithwich, John Smithwick and Elizabeth Smithwick tow cows and calves to each of them
    Item    I give and bequeath to my son Richard Swains eldest son William
Swain a young rone horse called Gackey I likewise desire that my old Negro wench Sarah should ever live among ye family of my children with whom of them she likes best where she likes best there she may stay longest but never to go out of ye family   I likewise constitute make and ordain my son James Swain and my son Thomas Speller my sole executaors of this my last will and testament and I do hereby utterly disallow revoked and disannul all and every other former testaments wills legacies and bequests and executors by me in any ways before named last will and testament  In witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal ye d and ye year above written:
    Wit:  Charlton Mizell, Philip Ward

Source:  http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/nc/bertie/wills/swain1713.txt


Footnotes

[1] Her last name is given by some researchers as Parris or Stiball but I have not seen primary sources to verify either name.
[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:  “C. R. 4—church record, Society of Friends.”
[5] Note in Vital Records:  “Intention not recorded.”
[6] 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.”
[7] From the Nantucket Historical Association: “NHA staff consider the Barney Record to be its most reliable and comprehensive—although not infallible—genealogical resource.”
[8] Patience married 1) Stephen Swain and 2) Henry Speller, according Linda Harris.


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