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John Swor and His Descendants Home Page

Updated November 25, 2008

Laura N. Masten

3303 53rd St.

Lubbock, TX 79413 4203

(806) 797-0911

Fax: (806) 793-7777

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This home page is dedicated to the research of John Swor's family and their many descendants. John Swor, born 16 August 1756, in Anson County, North Carolina. He married Mary (maiden name unknown) about 1774 in Anson County, North Carolina. They had at least seven children:

1. Richard born about 1779 in NC wife unknown, they had at least ten children.
2. Sarah born about 1784 in NC married Joseph Smith, on 22 September 1802, NC. They had at least one son.
3. John born about 1785 in NC married Mary Copeland. They had at least ten children.
4. Robert born about 1787 in NC married Sarah Rushing, on 28 June 1808 in Anson County, NC. They had at least seven children.
5. Armstrong born about 1796 in NC married Harriet Dorcas Hendricks, on 10 December 1839, had at least four children.
6. Rebecca Swor born about 1801 in NC married Elijah Etheridge. They had at least six children.
7. Annis Swor born in between 17941804 in Anson, NC married Vachel T. Cheairs on 09 Oct 1806. They had six children from this union.

The oldest known document we have to date on the Swor family is the Land Grant from the King of England to one John (Sware,) Swor, dated Nov. 26, 1757, Anson County, in the providence of North Carolina. This document was located by Bruce and Julie Swor, historians of the National Association of Swor Families.

In search for records of John Swor, his name is misspelled several different ways over the years. Some variations of the surname are: Gevar, Gnor, Levos, Sevor, Som, Shor, Snor, Sware, Swas, Swal and Swan, because of the old style handwriting and census takers writing what they thought they heard or understood!

There is still lots of research being done on old unboxed records in Paris, Henry County, TN that are in the process of being cleaned, sorted and made ready for microfilming. Plus there are several Swor records in NC just waiting to be discovered to lead us to new Swor families that we have not located in the records before or connected to John Swor.

As an ongoing project we are trying to contact all Swor descendants, anyone interested in sharing information, learning more about the Swor families and corresponding, please contact me! Also available is the Swor Family Quarterly for more information contact:

Swor Family Quarterly
c/o Ryan Kendall
1501 Great Castle Place
Charleston, SC 29414



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  • George Washington Lafayette Swor (33 KB)
    George Washington Lafayette Swor was the sixth child of Elizabeth Fowler and William C. Swor. "Wash" was b. 11 July 1842 in Henry Co., TN. He served in Co. A, 5th Regiment under command of Col. Wm. E. Travis. "Wash" lost his left hand in the Battle of Perryville, KY, on 8 Oct. 1862. He m. Mary Isabel Lemonds in 1865. They had six children. After his wife's death he m. Mollie Rogers. They had two children. "Wash" died 05 June 1920 in Henry Co., TN and is buried in Bethel Cemetery, Henry, TN.
  • Julia Ann (Swor) Boyd (3 KB)
    Julia Ann (Swor) Boyd was the daughter of William Robert and Mary (Hart) Swor. She married William Jameson Boyd and they had four children.
  • Elzada (Swor) and Ewing Marion Venable (26 KB)
    Elzada Swor was the ninth child of Richard Swor and wife's name unknown. She was born 28 December 1825 in Henry, TN. She married Ewing Marion Venable on 02 February 1848 in AR. They had nine children. Elzada died on 26 November 1890 in Center Point, Howard, AR and is buried in Sevier, AR. Ewing Marion Venable was born 07 January 1824 in Henry, TN. He died 08 December 1897 and is buried in TX.
  • Kenneth Theodore Swor (1 KB)
    Kenneth Theodore Swor was the only child of Ewing Farish and Velda (Spain) Swor. He 1st married Betty Vaughan and then his 2nd wife was Katherine Thomas. Ken had three children from his union with his 1st wife, Betty and one son from his 2nd wife, Kathy. Ken Swor, passed away Nov 10, 2004 in Houston, TX at the Texas Heart Institute after a 2 1/2 year struggle. Ken's grandfather was Thomas Bailey Swor and grandmother Lilllie May Moore. Ken worked as a teacher for a short time, and later worked in the movie industry in Los Angeles, CA, however; Ken never used his full name, not even in movie credits; he was that kind of man. In addition, Ken would say being a parent was the most important single job in any life. Born in Arkansas, Swor moved to California as an infant and graduated from Fresno State U. He spent several years teaching school and coaching basketball before entering the Directors Guild of America training program, where his first credit was as assistant director on "Two Lane Blacktop." He was A.D.A.D. on "The Great Santini," "My Side of the Mountain" and "Queen of the Stardust Ballroom," for which he shared a DGADGA Award. His credits as a production manager and producer include "Diner" and "The Formula" as well as television series "The Twilight Zone," "Police Story" and "Streets of San Francisco."
  • Pleasant G. Swor and Martha E. (Winn) Swor (36 KB)
    Pleasant G. Swor was the son of John and Mary (Copeland) Swor. In the lower right hand corner Martha E. (Winn) Swor, Pleasant G. Swor's wife. They married about 1870/1871 and they had five children from the union. They are both buried with their daughter, Jessie Swor in Garvin Memorial Cemetery, Dallas, Dallas, TX. This Garvin Memorial Cemetery is being threatened by land developers, because of it's location!
  • Mary Etta (Boyd) Grainger (4 KB)
    Daughter of James and Mary (Kirkwood) Boyd. Her 2nd husband was Zachary Taylor Grainger, son of Elizabeth Lively (Swor) and Ben Grainger. Mary Etta (Boyd) Grainger's siser was Susan Martha Boyd, who married Albert Gallatin Swor.
  • Swortown, Henry Co., TN (18 KB)
    Swortown, consisted of a grocery store, a post office, a grist mill, a backsmith shop, a saw mill and a distellery, located 2 1/2 miles from Buchanan, Henry Co. TN on Owens Hill was established shortly after the Civil War by George Washington Lafayette Swor and his wife, Mary Isabel (Lemmonds) Swor.
  • James Swor ? (30 KB)
    This photo was found lately in David Allen Jackson's files with the name James Swor written on the front and back, but which James Swor is he? I believe, this is James Luther Swor, son of Albert Gallatin and Susan Martha (Boyd) Swor, who registered for WWI in Dallas, TX on Sept. 10, 1918 probably about the time this photo was taken as he listed himself as an actor.
  • William and Mary Ann Elizabeth (Moore) Swor (124 KB)
    William W. Swor, son of John and Almeda (Smith) Swor married Mary Ann Elizabeth Moore. Papers located at Paris, Henry Co., TN show that infant child of Almeda Swor of Smith Co., MS - name as William W. Swor. From the union of William and Mary Ann Elizabeth (Moore) Swor, seven children were born.
  • Bert Swor (23 KB)
    Bert Swor was half of the team of the "Two Black Crows". They made several movies, including, "Why Bring That Up," and "Anybody's War." Bert Swor performed for President Woodrow Wilson at Keith's Theater. Bert Swor was a descendant of John and Mary (Copeland) Swor. He was born 09 January 1871 in Henry, TN and died 29 November 1942 in Tulsa, OK and is buried in Dallas, Dallas, TX.
  • George Washington Lafayette Swor's grave (71 KB)
    George Washington Lafayette Swor's grave located in Bethel Cemetery, Buchanan, TN. "Wash" was b. 11 July 1842 in Henry Co., TN. He died 05 June 1920 in Henry Co., TN
  • Kenneth Swor (4 KB)
    Family photo
  • Ewing Farish Swor's wife and their children (254 KB)
    Ewing Farish Swor is deceased, but this is a photo of his wife, Nancy Ruby (Wood) Swor and their children and their spouses. Front row seated: Thomas Calvin Swor, Edna Rushing (Swor) Moore, Nancy Ruby (Wood) Swor [widow of Ewing Farish Swor], Ida (Swor) Forrester. Back row standing: Robert Bailey Swor and his wife, Lillie Mae (Moore) Swor, Horace Moore [husband of Edna Rushing (Swor) Moore, Nora (Blassingame) Swor [wife of William Armstead Swor], Mastin Taylor Forrester [husband of Ida (Swor) Forrester and William Armstead Swor, [husband of Nora Lee (Blasingame)Swor.
  • William C. and Elizabeth Swor's graves (82 KB)
    William C. and Elizabeth (Fowler) Swor's graves located in the old Swor Cemetery near Buchanan, TN.
  • Bert Swor (132 KB)
    Bert O. Swor, son of Albert Gallatin and Susan Martha (Boyd) Swor. The Swor brothers starred together in "The Wizard of Oz" in 1903, but Bert Swor - whose father before him was a Tennessee minstrel - literally grew up in theaters. He saw his first show in Lebannon, Tenn., staged by his father. Bert starred in the following movies: 1.Rainbow's End (1938) 2.Sugar Plum Papa (1930) 3.Uppercut O'Brien (1929) 4.New Half Back, The (1929) ... aka Halfback of Notre Dame, The (1929) (USA) 5.Clancy at the Bat (1929) 6.Hollywood Star, A (1929) 7.Why Bring That Up? (1929) .... Bert 8.Golfers, The (1929)
  • Jesse Franklin Swor (8 KB)
    Jesse Franklin Swor, hosted many Swor Families reunions, was one of the founding members of the National Association of Swor Families and served as President of NASF. Jesse Franklin Swor was also author of a book called "Land of the Winds" in this book he states it is part fictional. Jesse wrote a dessertation on the history of the Garvin Memorial Cemetery in Dallas, TX. As a result, the Texas Historical Society marked the Garvin Memorial Cemetery with a marker as a historical site. Jesse Franklin Swor was a descendant of Robert and Sarah (Rushing) Swor. He was born 20 December 1912 in Dallas, Dallas, TX and died 06 November 1987 in Dallas, Dallas, TX.
  • Ewing Farish Swor (5 KB)
    Son of Robert W. and Sarah (Wood) Swor. Ewing was born 17 Nov 1840 and died 28 May 1888. He married Nancy Ruby Wood and they had eight children.
  • John Swor (82 KB)
    John Swor, son of Albert Gallatin and Susan Martha (Boyd) Swor. The Swor brothers starred together in "The Wizard of Oz" in 1903, but Bert Swor - whose father before him was a Tennessee minstrel - literally grew up in theaters. He saw his first show in Lebannon, Tenn., staged by his father. John Swor played in a movie called: CHARLIE CHAN CARRIES ON Fox (1931) 76 minutes. Charlie Chan was played by -Warner Oland and John Swor played Elmer Benbow In the movie "Up the River (1930) John Swor acted with Spencer Tracy. Spencer Tracy had the lead role as Saint Louis and John Swor played Clem. In the movie "Quick Millions (1931) John Swor again acted with Spencer Tracy. Spencer Tracy had the lead role of Daniel J. 'Bugs' Raymond and John Swor played the contractor. Here Comes the Navy (1934) (uncredited) .... Carousel Attendant
  • Capt. Pleasant G. Swor (9 KB)
    Capt. Pleasant G. Swor, son of John and Mary (Copeland)Swor. Fought in Co. E, 5th Tennessee Infantry. An officer's report dated April 17. 1862 stated that Captain Swor was slightly wounded in action on April 7th, near Shiloh, Tennessee. It is noted that he distinguished himself for bravery "gallantly leading a charge on the enemy's pickets at Corinth."
  • Susan Martha (Boyd) Swor (40 KB)
    Susan Martha (Boyd,) was the daughter of James and Mary (Kirkwood) Boyd. She married Albert Gallatin Swor. They had five sons: James Luther, Bert, William, John and Albert Lee Swor.
  • Richard Turner Swor (52 KB)
    Richard Turner Swor, son of Richard T. and Nancy Lewis (French). Richard Turner "Dick" Swor married Sarah Frances "Fannie" Trantham on 09 February 1878 in AR. They had six children from this union.
  • Garvin Memorial Cemetery (64 KB)
    The Garvin Memorial Cemetery located on Northwest Highway between Midway and Lemmon, in Dallas, Texas is the burial ground of several prominent Dallas pioneer residents. The original benefactor, James G. Garvin, donated the land to the public in April, 1897 for a "respectful burying ground". In 1868, when the cemetery was founded by a Methodist minister, the Rev. W.H. Hughes. Swor ancestors' buried here are: Colonel Pleasant G. Swor and his wife, Martha E. (Winn) Swor and their daughter, Jessie Swor and William Robert Swor and his grandson, John Wesley Swor.
  • Mary (Hart) Swor (67 KB)
    Mary (Hart) Swor was the daughter of George and Catherine (Johnson) Hart. She married William Robert Swor on the 27 August 1846. They had ten children from this union.
  • Sarah Frances (Trantham) Swor (48 KB)
    Sarah Frances "Fannie" (Trantham) Swor, daughter of Alfred Burney and Mahala (Epley) Trantham. She married Richard Turner "Dick" Swor on 09 February 1878 in AR. They had six children from this union.
  • Bert Swor (31 KB)
    Bert Swor was the eldest son of Susan Martha (Boyd) and Albert Gallatin Swor. This photo was printed in The Coshocton Tribune newspaper on Dec. 18, 1921. The article below this photo was entitled; 'SWOR'S TRIBUTE TO AL G. FIELDS.' Bert Swor was a blackface comedian in Al G. Fields Minstrels Show.
  • Owens' Hill School built by "Wash" G.W.L. Swor (209 KB)
    "The Little Round Schoolhouse" officially named the Owens' Hill School was built by George Washington Lafayette Swor in the late 1800's, according to Ola (Swor) French, daughter of Sivers and Sudie (Kemp) Swor. Students: 1. Freeman Bennett 2. Willie Swor * 3. Martha J. (Sadler) Pfleuger 4. Ola (Swor) French * 5. Grady (Bucy) Robinson 6. Vera (Swor) Hickey * 7. Ila Mae (Sadler) Mc Daniels 8. unknown 9. Quintus Bucy * 10. Mary (Swor) McKinney * 11. Mae Wilson 12. Minnie (Moody) Kemp 13. Ila (Evans) Wallace 14. Ruth (Bucy) Adams * 15. unknown 16. Minnie (French) Moody 17. Bessie French 19. Bedie Wilson 20. Lottie (Bennett) Caldwell 21. Rupert Bennett 22. Bertha (Oliver) ? 23. Flora (Oliver) ? 24. John Wilson 25. Lizzie Wilson 26. Ida Thomas 27. Dave Swor * 28. Ada (French) Swor * 29. Joe Williams 30. Lillie Moody 31. Bessie (Wilson) Wms. 32. Riley Miller 33. Ed Miller (all grades) Ed Miller boarded at "Wash" Swor's home. Riley Miller was Ed's brother and just visiting school that day. Ola (Swor) French says she really wasn't old enough to be in school... but was there every day! Ones with stars are Swor descendants or married a Swor descendant.
 

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  • John and Martha (Fowler) Swor and descendants (56 KB)
    John and Martha J. (Fowler) Swor and their descendants. We do believe Martha J. Fowler is a sister to Elizabeth Fowler who married William C. Swor. John Swor and William Harrison Swor are probably related to the same line since they both were in TX at the same time. So far we have not been able to connect these two lines to the other Swor descendants of Henry County, TN. We are presently doing research to connect this line!
  • Elizabeth Jane (Swor) and Joseph F. Wilson (16 KB)
    Joseph F. Wilson's brother, Meredith P. Wilson married Mary Elizabeth Swor d/o William C. and Elizabeth C. (Fowler) Swor. So far we have not been able to connect Elizabeth Jane (Swor) Wilson's line to the other Swor descendants of Henry County, TN. We are presently doing research to connect this line!
  • Charles and Mary Jane (Swor) McIntyre (11 KB)
    Mary Jane Swor, is probably a descendant of John Swor and Mary (maiden name unknown), but we have not been able to connect this line to the other Swor descendants of Henry County, TN. We are presently doing research to connect this line!
  • William Harrison and Ruth Verlinda (Strait) Swor (36 KB)
    William Harrison Swor, is probably a descendant of John Swor and Mary (maiden name unknown), but we have not been able to connect this line to the other Swor descendants of Henry County, TN. We are presently doing research to connect this line!
  • John B. and Evora (Swor) Richardson's descendants (3 KB)
    Evora A. (Swor) Richardson, is probably a daughter of Richard and Vashti (Womack) Swor and a descendant of John Swor and Mary (maiden name unknown), but we have not been able to connect this line to the other Swor descendants of Henry County, TN. We are presently doing research to connect this line!
 

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