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Descendants of Alexander Sweatman

Generation No. 3


      9. William3 Swetnam (Thomas2 Sweatman, Alexander1) was born May 23, 1770, and died October 30, 1841. He married Martha Thompson, daughter of William Thompson and Nancy //. She was born October 1779, and died September 17, 1856.

Notes for William Swetnam:
He migrated from Virginia to Bath County, Kentucky, possibly due to his fathers' death in South Carolina. William was a first cousin of Neri Swetnam, also a great-grandfather of Ben M. Arnold, who married Mary Alice Swetnam, and Namie Belle Jones, who married Robert Richmond Swetnam.

There is a Swetnam family graveyard, overgrown and unkempt, located in Bath County, Kentucky, on the edge of the White Oak Creek north of Owingsville, Kentucky. Captain William, Martha, her parents, and many of William and Marth's children are buried there. It is noteworthy, that there are also Swetnams buried at the cemetery in nearby Owingsville. Apparently those with enough money were buried in the cemetery, the rest were buried on the family property.
     
Children of William Swetnam and Martha Thompson are:
+ 14 i.   Thomas T.4 Swetnam, born 1799.
+ 15 ii.   Joseph T. Swetnam, born January 3, 1800; died September 27, 1887.
  16 iii.   Nancy Swetnam, born July 26, 1804; died July 9, 1883.
  17 iv.   Elizabeth Swetnam, born April 12, 1807. She married Elias Jackson.
+ 18 v.   John B. Swetnam, born May 11, 1807; died August 27, 1864.
+ 19 vi.   Polly Swetnam, born August 9, 1809; died August 16, 1896 in Fayette, Howard County, MO.
  20 vii.   Trinvilla Swetnam, born February 4, 1812; died 1879. She married William Baily.
  21 viii.   Fanny Call Swetnam, born August 3, 1814; died 1855. She married William Moreland.
  Notes for Fanny Call Swetnam:
Living in 1834 when her father's will was written.

  22 ix.   Jeannette C. Swetnam, born December 13, 1816. She married David S. Thompson September 7, 1842.


      10. George Call3 Swetnam (Thomas2 Sweatman, Alexander1) was born 1772 in Virginia, and died Bef. July 19, 1832 in Scott County, Kentucky. He married Mary Sutton March 14, 1794 in Albermarle County, Virginia, daughter of John Sutton and Temperance Lane. She was born Abt. 1780 in Virginia, and died July 19, 1831 in Scott County, Kentucky.

Notes for George Call Swetnam:
[Broderbund Family Archive #018, Ed. 1, Family Queries: Everton's "Roots" Cellar, Date of Import: Aug 20, 2004, Internal Ref. #1.18.1.10292.18]

Individual: George Call Swetnam
Event: Married
Year: 1794
City: Albemarle
Location: Virginia
Submitter: Faye M. Railsback
Street 1: 1001 S. E. 5 St.
City: Knox City
State / Country: TX
Zip: 79529-9724
     
Children of George Swetnam and Mary Sutton are:
  23 i.   William S.4 Swetnam. He married Nancy Pitts.
  Notes for Nancy Pitts:
A Mortgage date May 11, 1840 shows Nancy (Pitts) Swetnam mortgaged 3 beds and bedding, a sorrel horse, a rifle gun; a shot gun, a cow, a clock, a loom, all her kitchen furniture, consisting entirely of cooking utensils to secure debts owed to Sorrency Thompson and Joseph F. Swetnam in the amount of $56 cash, which was expended by them in removing Nancy and her children from the state of IN, and to John B. Swetnam in the amount of $67, due by note executed on April 27, 1840. John E. Young and Skidmore Field witnesses.

+ 24 ii.   Sidney T. Swetnam, born in Scott County, Kentucky; died 1853 in Missouri.
  25 iii.   Malvina Swetnam. She married John Pitts.
  26 iv.   Fannie Swetnam, born in Scott County, Kentucky; died 1844 in Scott County, Kentucky. She married Thomas Pitts.
  27 v.   Cynthia Swetnam, born in Scott County, Kentucky; died Abt. 1830 in Scott County, Kentucky. She married John Pitts.
  28 vi.   Polly Ann Swetnam, born in Scott County, Kentucky. She married Edgecomb Suggett; born 1787.
  29 vii.   Harriet Swetnam.
+ 30 viii.   John Swetnam, born November 23, 1798 in Scott County, Kentucky; died January 7, 1864 in Howard County, Missouri.
  31 ix.   Temperance Swetnam, born January 1, 1803 in Scott County, Kentucky; died 1855 in Kentucky. She married Robert Grimes; born 1795; died 1847.
+ 32 x.   Elizabeth Call Swetnam, born Bef. 1804 in Scott County, Kentucky.
  33 xi.   Martha Coleman Swetnam, born Abt. 1806 in Virginia. She married Napoleon B. Christian; born April 28, 1804 in Scott County, Kentucky; died September 1, 1869 in Randolp County, Missouri.
+ 34 xii.   George Swetnam, born Abt. 1808 in Kentucky; died April 12, 1858 in Randolph County, Missouri.
  35 xiii.   Henry H. Swetnam, born January 1817 in Scott County, Kentucky; died in Owne County, Kentucky. He married Rachel Wilhoit.


      11. Neri3 Sweatman (John2, Alexander1) was born November 20, 1778 in Culpeper, VA, and died January 7, 1861 in Blaine, Lawrence, Kentucky. He married Mildred Cross December 25, 1803 in VA, daughter of James Cross and Bersheba Greenleaf. She was born May 20, 1778 in Culpeper, VA, and died July 20, 1860 in Blaine, Lawrence, Kentucky.

Notes for Neri Sweatman:
Neri Swetnam was a landowner and farmer. The first six of Neri and Mildred's eight children were born in Virginia. In 1818 or 1819, Neri moved his family and one slave from Culpeper County, Virginia to Lawrence County, Kentucky on Upper Blaine Creek, Where he took over an immense boundary of land.

This was early in the history of this land called Kentucke and most new immigrants settled in the fertile Blue Grass region of the state. Neri and his family moved to the much harsher eastern Coal region. He and his family were some of the first settlers in that part of the country. Walter Stafford Swetnam writes in his book, Kith and Kin;

"Among the rugged hills of Lawrence County, Kentucky, there is a place where Blaine Creek Valley unexpectedly broadens out into a large area of choice farming land. At the point where Hood's Fork joins Blaine Creek is the little village of Blaine. In this place Neri Swetnam settled and acquired a large portion of this valley and of the hills surrounding it. Whether this land was purchased, or received as a grant in recognition of his father's service in the War of Independence, we do not know."

When he first arrived in the territory, he filed an affidavit, as was required by local law, stating he had removed from Virginia and brought with him one Negro woman named Villet and did not bring her with any intent to sell her.

There are stories handed down from some members of the family that say Neri's father in law, a wealthy Virginian, wasn't overly pleased with his daughter's choice of a mate so he gave the couple some slaves and told them to go make their living elsewhere.

They very possibly brought the first slaves to Lawrence County, Kentucky. It is suggested that Neri settled at Blaine, Kentucky, because of the abundance of bear, deer, and buffalo, which were common to the area at that time.

The home he built was just north of where the crossroads on Blaine would later be established. The house, built in 1802, was destroyed by fire about 1921, it was a two-story log dwelling that had been weather boarded. This house was not the first he built on Blaine Creek. He built the first house too close to the creek, and when it flooded he had to recover most of the logs and use them to build his home on higher grounds.

Neri and Mildred had two other children born to them on Blaine.

On January 24, 1827, provisions were made for a road from West Liberty to Louisa and $500 appropriated in 1831. One year and then again three years later, the assembly gave $1000 in state warrants to improve the road from Louisa to the Beaver Iron Works in Bath County by way of West Liberty. The same act called for $1000 for a route from Prestonburg to the Little Sandy Salt Works, via Swetnam's. The two roads created a major junction on Blaine.

As the years passed, the Swetnam home become a stop over point due to their farm being on a cross-road between Louisa and West Liberty and from Grayson to Paintsville, Kentucky. Their home became the social hub of the area. Lawyers, politicians and other learned men would stop while traveling, and when people of the area would find out that Neri had company, they would come from miles around to listen to the travelers' speeches and learn the latest news. It is said that President Monroe was one of the notables that Neri and Mildred had entertained. Neri and his wife are written of in the book The Big Sandy Valley, by William Ely;

"Their home was the resting place of the Methodist preachers, for they were ardent Methodists. It was the stopping place for most of the great lawyers and statesmen who       so frequently, in an early day, passed by the Swetnam neighborhood on the road from Louisa to West Liberty, and from the interior of the State to the Sandy country. Mr. Swetnam and wife, in their day, often entertained Judge French, Leander Cox, Richard Menifee, John M. McConnell, Watt Andrews, Judge James M. Rice, and other noted men. Although Mr. Swetnam was a strong Henry Clay Wig, he always said that he liked Judge Rice, of his own county, better than any of the great men who stopped with him. Rice was much younger than he, and his jolly, ardent nature, as well as the great talents of the judge, won the love of his heart.

"Mr. Swetnam had a servant named "Bill," who used to attend the elections with gingerbread, to sell for his own profit, and was sharp enough to cry it off as "Rice-cakes", if Rice was a candidate, knowing that Master Rice was very liberal to the blacks,..."

Neri Swetnam was considered a well to do man in the area. As early as 1820, the initial tax records of the county assessed him to be worth six hundred dollars. He was a Methodist, Republican and a prominent citizen of Lawrence County.

The 1852 Lawrence Co, KY Birth records list Lavina Sweatman, born April 17, 1852 as owned by Neri Sweatman.

Neri and the other slave owners in the area freed their slaves before the Civil War and remained loyal to the Union. His Freed slaves, having only a first name, took the Swetnam name upon receiving their freedom.

Neri is believed to be buried in a little cemetery with other member of the family on the top of the hill above the home he built on Blaine.


Notes for Mildred Cross:
Bersheba was a daughter of John Greenleaf, who migrated from Massachusetts in the 1750's and settled in Frederick County, Virginia. His name is found in a list of vestrymen in Parishen in Frederick County, 1764 to 1780. The father of James Cross, name not known, was kidnapped, at the age of twelve, in Liverpool, England and brought to America. Have no record that he was sold into bondage, or held for ransom. The Cross family belonged to the Landed Gentry, and one theory is, he was an only heir to an estate and some unscrupulous relatives had him kidnapped. He became a ribbon manufacturer and Virginia planter.
     
Children of Neri Sweatman and Mildred Cross are:
  36 i.   Emily4 Swetnam. She married Riley Dean.
+ 37 ii.   Louisa Ann Eliza Swetnam, born January 28, 1805 in Culpeper, VA; died August 18, 1877 in Lawrence Co, KY.
+ 38 iii.   Claiborne L. Swetnam, born February 10, 1807 in Culpeper, VA; died November 5, 1898.
+ 39 iv.   Zephaniah F. Swetnam, born May 21, 1809 in Culpeper, VA; died May 16, 1855 in Prescott, Iowa.
+ 40 v.   John James Swetnam, born June 10, 1811 in Culpeper, VA; died August 18, 1898 in Bath, KY.
+ 41 vi.   Neri Ficklin Swetnam, born September 5, 1813 in Culpeper, VA; died April 29, 1892.
+ 42 vii.   Elzaphan M. Swetnam, born February 3, 1815 in Culpeper, VA; died in Blaine, Lawrence, Kentucky.
+ 43 viii.   Hamilton Steven Swetnam, born June 1, 1818 in Culpeper, VA; died September 20, 1893 in Louisa, Lawrence, KY.
+ 44 ix.   Paulina Elizabeth Swetnam, born January 22, 1821 in Big Sandy Valley, Lawrence, KY; died December 3, 1912.



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