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* The Neil Swanson Family Home Page*

Updated September 6, 2000


I am searching the SWANSON family tree that appears to come from North Carolina. I have some basic information on it but no definite conformation. I can trace the family as far back as 1761 where a boy by the name of John Swanson was born in Edgecombe County on April 14th. This same man happens to be my great great great great grandfather. When he was 12, his family moved to Wake County. It was from here that he entered the Revolutionary War under General Greene. He served with Dixon's company and was mustered out in May, 1782. He returned to Wake County and married a lady by the name of Betsy Clifton on February 11, 1784. On Dec. 10th, 1784 Betsy bore a son by the name of James Swanson who happens to be my great great great grandfather. James had 2 brothers named John and Richard. James also had 3 sisters named Nancy, Disey, and Penina. After this point it gets slightly fuzzy with the birth dates of James' children and grand children. What I do know is that James had a son named Richard Calvin who then had a son named James Lafayette and then it was James Lafayette who was the father of my grandfather Leslie Clyde Swanson born on March 10th, 1895 somewhere in NC. My father, John, was born on May 26th, 1931 in Boomer NC.
What I'm trying to find out is who was John Swanson's(1761) father and where did he come from? Unofficially I have discovered that these same Swanson's are of Scottish descent and are a sept of Clan Gunn. Also, if anyone happens to have any information of the birth dates and birth locations of Richard Calvin and James Lafayette Swanson it would be very much appreciated. I am also willing to assist anyone seeking any information about this part of the Swanson family such as wives of some of these same men mentioned before. Thanks.

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Neil Justin Swanson
4828 Warrior Dr.
Salem, VA 24153
United States
2342
nswanson@vt.edu

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