Davis Uriah I | Born 1707

SWAIN, Stephen

Male 1666 - Abt 1712  (45 years)


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  • Name SWAIN, Stephen  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Born 21 Nov 1666  Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 24/24 Jan 1711/1712  Chowan County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I14603  Uriah Davis I - Genealogy
    Last Modified 21 Jun 2018 

    Father SWAIN, John,   b. 5 Oct 1633, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1716, Nantucket Island, Nantucket County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother WYER, Mary,   b. Abt 1633, Newbury, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1714, Nantucket, Nantucket County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years) 
    Married 15 Nov 1660  Hampton Falls, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F4475  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • [Birch genealogy by Terry Birch - 680559_GM.GED]

      Notes for Stephen Swain:
      Stephen Swain, son of John & Mary (Weare) Swain, Nantucket, Mass., came to Colonial North Carolina before 1700. He was among a group of settlers from New England that migrated south as land was made available by the King of England through one of the Lord Proprietors, John Earl Granville. It appears he came on a ship that was under the command of his nephew, William Swain. Stephen Swain added an "e" to his name, but only a few of his children used the Swaine version, and only for a short period of time. Stephen probably added the "e" to distinguish the Swain family from the Swann family, rather prominent in the area at that time.

      His exact date of arrival cannot be determined, but it is well known that many of the settlers chose Chowan Precinct in Old Albemarle County (Chowan) was known first as the Shaftesbury Precinct, in the 1680-90 period. Stephen Swain was in the House of Burgesses from 1708-1710, during time Edward Moseley was Speaker. Some of the meetings of the early Assembly met at the home of Henklenfield in the Precinct of Perquimans. It was probably during some of the visits that Stephen met and married Patience Stiball.

      Most of the children in this family were minors at the time Stephen Swain died in 1712/13. Later, his widow married Henry Speller of Bertie County. He was a neighbor and a prominent citizen of the area. Although Stephen Swain's Last Will & Testament is recorded, he did not get to sign it. He was very ill when he gave all the information to his attorney, Thomas Snowden, who was to prepare the document for Stephen's signature. Later when he realized that death was near he sent for Mr. Snowden to come bring the Will for his signature; he died about an hour before Mr. Snowden arrived. The Will was proven in court by the deposition of Thomas Snowden. Patience (Stiball) (Swain) Speller died in 1738.

      The Colonial Records of North Carolina contain many references to deeds, wills, indentures of all types, and events in the lives of Stephen Swain and his family. He was a Justice of the Peace along with his neighbor, Edward Smithwick, in 1700. He was also involved with the " law", being fined about 10 shillings for an unlawful act which is recorded as follows:

      "1699/1700 - Stephen Swain was brought before Concil on information furnished by Robert Murrey for violation of an Act Against Sabbath Breaking. He did unlawfully Brand a horse, on ye Sabbath day and bring horses out of ye woods in order thereunto wherefore ye Honab President prays ye Penalty of sd Act may be Inflicted upon ye sd Swaine."

      This did not prevent him from holding office as indicated above, nor is it believed that he was a Quaker like many of his kin on Nantucket, since he was an office holder. Not many Quakers were allowed to hold office during the early Colonial period. He was not a sailor, as were many of his relatives, but rather chose to farm as evidenced by his accumulation of land which he passed on to his sons. In the inventory of his estate there was found a list of interesting items that told something about this early pioneer. There were a variety of tools and equipment that ranged from hoes, spinning wheels, harness, to cooper's tools, guns and a canoe so essential to the frontier family. It was also interesting to note that a Bible was included in the inventory and two women house servants by the same name, one a Negro and the other Indian.

      Stephen Swain named his wife and son John Swain as executors of his estate, but Patience declined and Henry Speller was named by the Court to handle the affairs and was also named guardian of the minor children. It appears that John Swain was the only child old enough to receive his part of the estate. This is recorded in the Colonial Records of North Carolina, taking place in 1717 when he received his share and discharged his guardian. The Court ordered Henry Speller to take into custody the remaining portion of the estate and give security bond, which he did. He gave bond in the amount of 266 pounds, a considerable sum at that time. His co-sureties were James Ward and Patrick Eggerton, recorded 22 Sep. 1719.

      The following was taken from the Colonial Records of North Carolina. It was included in a North Carolina History Edited by Hugh Talmage Lefler, Kenan Professor of History, The University of North Carolina, the book designed as a textbook for students:

      Orphan to be taught to read

      Upon the petition of John Swain praying that Elizabeth Swain
      His sister an Orphan Girle bound by the Precinct Court of Chowan
      To John Worlet esq. May in the time of her service be taught to read
      By her said Master.
      Ordered that she be taught to read

      From "Swains of Nantucket" by Robert Swain.
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  • Sources 
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      Date of Import: Dec 24, 2003

    2. [S476] Birch genealogy by Terry Birch - 680559_GM.GED.
      Date of Import: Feb 25, 2004

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    4. [S491] Terry Lytle BIRCH.
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    6. [S493] Folger genealogy by Lucy Folger - 2537872_GM.GED.
      Date of Import: Feb 27, 2004

    7. [S495] New England Historic Genealogical Society Register (Boston, MA), 7:181 (21 Nov 1666).

    8. [S497] Vital Records of Nantucket Massachusetts to the Year 1850, Volume II (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston,, p. 570 (O.S.).