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Descendants of Alexander Sweatman

      334. Chester6 Swetnam (Neri F.5, Elzaphan M.4, Neri3 Sweatman, John2, Alexander1) He married Hilda Lybeck. She was born 1905.
Child of Chester Swetnam and Hilda Lybeck is:
  513 i.   Judy7 Swetnam. She married // Baker.

      336. Harlan6 Swetnam (Leander C.5, Elzaphan M.4, Neri3 Sweatman, John2, Alexander1) He married Molly Roberts.
Child of Harlan Swetnam and Molly Roberts is:
  514 i.   Orville7 Swetnam.

      337. John6 Swetnam (Leander C.5, Elzaphan M.4, Neri3 Sweatman, John2, Alexander1) He married Blance Fraley.
Children of John Swetnam and Blance Fraley are:
+ 515 i.   Paul7 Swetnam.
  516 ii.   Earl Bernard Swetnam.
+ 517 iii.   William Donald Swetnam.

      349. Thomas Milton6 Swetnam (John Willis5, Hamilton Steven4, Neri3 Sweatman, John2, Alexander1) was born January 17, 1883 in Louisa, Lawrence, KY, and died October 9, 1928 in Ashland, Boyd, KY. He married Poppy Flannery December 1, 1901 in Ashland, Boyd, KY, daughter of James Flannery and Marha Patton. She was born March 10, 1880 in Alfreda, Floyd, KY, and died November 15, 1972 in Louisville, Jefferson, KY.

Notes for Thomas Milton Swetnam:
Not much is known of Milton's early life. The family moved to Myrtle in Johnson County in 1896. Mytle is present day White House and is situated on the Big Sandy River. When Milton was 17 years old, he was working on a packet that traveled up and down the river. He was receiving a dollar a day. They were on call for duty 24 hours a day, they would rest and sleep between landings. To be able to work on these boats, a man had to be able to carry a barrel of flour from the packet up the muddy river band to the fields high above the river. These barrels weighed 196 pounds. Milton's career on the river ended when he came down with typhoid fever. He recovered from the fever at Myrtle and then went to work on the C & O Railroad that was being laid up the Big Sandy River Valley.

Milton had another close call with death when in a confrontation with the town bully in Myrtle. The bully pulled a thirty-eight and shot him two or three times. The incident occurred in a General Store. Being shot so enraged Milton that he picked up a piece of grill steel in the store and almost beat the bully to death. He carried one of the bullets in his back the rest of his life.

In 1902, Milton met Poppy Flannery while she was working in a hotel in White House. They were married in December the same year. This marriage produced seven children. The first child died an infant. Milton and his wife set up housekeeping on Little White House Creek in a two room house. He continued to work on the C & O Railroad and raised a crop on the land he rented.

In 1903, Milton and a man named John Hinkle took a train to Dingess and then walked across country to Holden, West Virginia. He took a job working in the mines that were just opening in the Holden area of Logan County. It was some time before he moved his family to Holden in 1904. Milton worked his way up and became the Superintendent over Number 3 and 4 Mines on the Whitman Creek. The company he worked for is the present day Island Creek Coal Company. He left Island Creek and took a Superintendents job for Georges Creek Coal Company at Ethel. In 1911, he left Logan County and moved the family to Huntington, West Virginia while he worked somewhere on the New River in a coal mine. In late 1911, he moved back to Kentucky on Chestnut Creek near White House and rented a farm and raised a crop. He also worked in a mine while in Johnson County.

In 1912, Milton's father, John Willis, bought a farm in Rowan County, Kentucky on the Andy White Branch of Christie Creek. Milton took his family and took possession of the farm for his father while his father sold his buildings and business interests in White House. There were three houses on this farm. Milton farmed on this land until around 1917. Milton had been practicing veterinarian medicine for years. He had worked with his father for years and had picked up a great deal about medicine. He had studied veterinarian medicine on his own and did well in practicing it. In 1917, the State of Kentucky passed a law requiring those practicing veterinarian medicine who had not graduated from an accredited school could not practice unless they could pass a competency examination. Milton brushed up on his books and took the examination. He passed it and was granted a Certificate of Competency in Veterinarian Medicine. After this, he was appointed the Rowan County Veterinarian and held this office for several years. He was paid fifty dollars a year by the county.

Milton went back into mining during the First World War. Fireclay Mines were being opened on Old House Creek and he took a mine foreman's job there. He worked in the mines until 1925. He left the Fireclay Mines in Rowan County and came to Logan County, West Virginia and took a job in the coal mines. The mine was located at Monaville on Main Island Creek. He worked there a short while and returned to the farm in Rowan County.

On October 8, 1928, Milton was killed on Christie Creek in Rowan County, Kentucky and was buried at Georges Creek in Lawrence County, Kentucky. The accused Killer, Henry Fultz, was brought to trail but was never convicted. The family always thought a bad man by the name Lowrey Moore had actually been the killer. Lowrey Moore later shot his wife and his son, and finally had to be shot himself. If he was guilty of killing Milton, justice was served.

Milton was a Democrat, Mason, and Charter Member of the Knights of Phythais in Holden, West Virginia and a member of the Junior Order of American Mechanics in Rowan County, Kentucky. He was an avid gambler and liked women and whiskey. He also loved hunting. He was also a highly skilled blacksmith and wood worker.

More About Thomas Milton Swetnam:
Fact 1: October 10, 1928, Buried at George's Creek, Lawrence, KY

Notes for Poppy Flannery:
Her parents separated in her early childhood. Her uncle Newton Flannery, who was a school teacher, raised her. While growing up in the mountains, she learned how to hunt and to appreciate the outdoors. Her uncle and cousins taught her to shoot with the best of men. It was also during this period of her life that she learned to mountain crafts and herbal remedies that were practiced at that time. She also became an accomplished banjo picker. She met Milton Thomas while she was working in a hotel in White House, Kentucky. After a brief courtship, they were married in December of 1902. They farmed in Johnson County, Kentucky for a while, then Milton came to Holden in Logan County, West Virginia and worked in the mines. During these years in Holden, Poppy continued to study and add to the knowledge that had been passed to her from her uncle. Milton and Poppy's life were not without troubles and strife. Milton had lead a rough life before marriage and this carried over into his adult life. He abandoned his family in Huntington once and left them without funds to fend for themselves. Upon hearings this, John Willis sent after his daughter-in-law and grandchildren and had them to stay with him in White House where he was practicing medicine. Milton rejoined his family and shortly thereafter moved to a farm in Rowan County, Kentucky that his father had bought. This was in 1912. For the next twenty or so years she lived on the farm with her family. She went back to the kind of work she had done on her uncle's farm before was married. She worked the gardens and field on the farm and it is said that she could handle a team of horses as well as anyone could. In October of 1928 Milton was killed, leaving her with four children still at home. The next years were hard indeed, for the depression was just around the corner. Before the depression things had been unbearably tight, but during it, it was impossible for her. The boys who were still home went to a C. C. C. camp and worked until they were old enough to find other employment. While the family was farming she demonstrated how progressive she was, she experimented with growing cotton and peanuts on the farm. This was the first of this type of crop in Rowan County. She stayed on the farm for some time before coming to West Virginia. She moved to Holden and maintained a household with her son Charles. She moved to Roderfield in McDowell when Charles married. By this time she was getting on in years. She maintained a household by herself until her early eighties. She then spent the next year or so living with her children. Her mind began to fail her. When it became obvious that she was going to require constant care she went to the Masonic home in Kentucky. She spent the last years of her life there.

More About Poppy Flannery:
Fact 1: November 17, 1972, Buried at Jeffersontown, Jefferson, KY
Children of Thomas Swetnam and Poppy Flannery are:
  518 i.   Dixie7 Swetnam, born October 26, 1902; died 1903.
+ 519 ii.   John Swetnam, born February 23, 1904.
+ 520 iii.   Alice Burgess Swetnam, born January 21, 1907.
+ 521 iv.   Herbert Swetnam, born October 12, 1910 in White House, Johnson Co., KY; died January 22, 1988 in Lilburn, Gwinnett Co., KY.
+ 522 v.   Hobert Stevens Swetnam, born December 19, 1913; died March 26, 1972.
+ 523 vi.   Gordon Swetnam, born March 31, 1920.
+ 524 vii.   Charles Lawrence Swetnam, born February 4, 1922.

      359. Elizabeth Keith6 Swetnam (Charles Fleming5, John Alexander4, Levi3 Sweatman, John2, Alexander1) She married Ernest Paul Harrison. He died September 25, 1955.
Child of Elizabeth Swetnam and Ernest Harrison is:
  525 i.   Elizabeth7 Harrison. She married J. G. Roberts.

      363. Elizabeth6 Swetnam (Ecca Roane5, John Alexander4, Levi3 Sweatman, John2, Alexander1) died May 22, 1966. She married William Vernon Ford April 12, 1920. He died July 27, 1949.
Child of Elizabeth Swetnam and William Ford is:
  526 i.   Elizabeth Randolph7 Ford.

      364. William Roane6 Swetnam (Ecca Roane5, John Alexander4, Levi3 Sweatman, John2, Alexander1) died December 23, 1949. He married Marion Pannill November 18, 1919. She died 1974.
Child of William Swetnam and Marion Pannill is:
  527 i.   Ellen Roane7 Swetnam. She married Edward F. Sutton.

      365. Ford Heeb6 Swetnam (Ecca Roane5, John Alexander4, Levi3 Sweatman, John2, Alexander1) was born March 11, 1883, and died September 14, 1946. He married Susan Payne Jeffries October 12, 1910. She was born January 15, 1885, and died April 1, 1966.
Children of Ford Swetnam and Susan Jeffries are:
+ 528 i.   John Marshall7 Swetnam, born December 15, 1911.
+ 529 ii.   Ford Tyler Swetnam, born February 6, 1915.

      367. Charles Randolph Keith6 Swetnam (Thomas Randolph5, John Alexander4, Levi3 Sweatman, John2, Alexander1) died August 6, 1948. He married Wilhelmine M. Gossman 1909 in Yavapai Co. Az.

More About Wilhelmine M. Gossman:
Burial: February 16, 1910
Child of Charles Swetnam and Wilhelmine Gossman is:
  530 i.   Margaret Keith7 Swetnam. She married Russell Raney.

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