Thursday, July 01, 2010
His birth and marriage are listed in the Vital Record of Massachusetts to 1850 for the town of Haverhill. There are two histories of Havehill, MA both written in the 1800s and available for download in PDF format at Google Books.
[The History of Haverhill, Massachusettts by Benjamin L. Mirick, and John Greenleaf Whittier 1839]
According to Judge RA Wheeler's book on the History of Stonington, (Swan family p. 609-617) John and Susannah came to Stonington in 1707 before the area in which he lived was called North Stonington. Prior to that, they lived in Haverhill. When they came to Stonington, they lived in a section that came to be known as Swan Town Hill. [I searched for that and discovered a Swantown Hill Rd. in North Stonington which is only a short distance to where Capt. John and Susanna are buried]
Capt. John SWAN died 1 May 1743 in Stonington and lies buried next to his wife in the Great Plain Cemetery in North Stonington. Their son, Timothy lineage leads into mine through Noyes Wheeler who married Priscilla STEWART, a daughter of Nathan and Barbary (Palmer) STEWART, my direct line 3rd great grandparents.
I have still not determined why he is called Capt. but his death record in the Barbour Index of Vital Records list him with this title and gravestone says so too. His gravestone is marked with a flag but not in a flag holder
Wheeler's book states that his father and grandfather fought in King Phillip's War.
"In Memory of Capt. John Swan died May ye 1st 1743 in ye 75th year of his age"
Stay tuned for more on Capt. John and his wife Susanna's adventures with the Indians....