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* Diana Coy: In Search of Deason/Herring/Swinney*

Updated September 6, 2000

I became interested in family history because of the stories my grandmother Deason told me growing up. She and her father, William Peters Swinney, set out when she was 16 years old from Oklahoma Indian Territory to homestead in New Mexico.
Rather than uproot the entire family, he took only one daughter with him, leaving the remaining members of his family in Oklahoma with the family farm and store. They traveled in a buckboard wagon over the hot, dry land, and Grandmother told of how beautiful the Pecos Valley looked when they arrived at the ridge!

My grandmother met and married Thomas Jackson Deason there outside Roswell, New Mexico, but things did not go well enough for my great grandfather Swinney, so he returned to Oklahoma and the rest of his family. So my grandparents raised their family in the Land of Enchantment, where the stomping grounds of the great Apache Geronimo had been; in the land of Billy the Kid.

Diana Lynn Coy
13708 Tastad Rd.
Arlington, WA 98223
United States

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