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John Swasey (bef. 1584 - 1675)

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John Swasey
Born before in Bridgeport, Dorset, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
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Husband of — married in Sherborne, Dorsetshire, Englandmap
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Died in Southold, Long Island, New Yorkmap
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John Swasey, Born before 1600, which probably brought it to 1584, in Suffold Co. England, Died about 1675 in Southhold, Long Island, N.Y. at the age of 91. Children other than John & Joseph are from Leslie Griffith Jacoby in a message on compuserve (4-Jul-93). She found information in the Suffolk Co. Historical Society Register, Winter 1988, Vol.X1V. No 3 p. 65. The will was dated 20 May 1692, proved in the Prerogative Court, 12 Nov 1692. From: B.F. Swasey Genealogy: John Swasey, was a planter, born probably before 1600, came from England. The name is possibly Franco German in origin. Other spellings incluse Swezey, Swayze, Sweazey, etc. John came to Salem Massachusets abt 1632 with 2 sons, John Jr. & Joseph. Joseph took the Freeman's oath in Boston or Charlestown. In 1640 John Sr. had 4 acres in Salem on ye Mayne road (Essex Street). His land extended to east & included English Lane (now English Street) Southern Boundary being "ye harbor." John Swasey, was a Quaker & was expelled from Salem by the Puritanical governor of Massachusetts, Gov. Endicott. He went to Setauket on Long Island ( Suffolk Co. N.Y.) for a short time, moved to Southhold on the extreme end of Long Island; bought land from Rev. John Younge, Pastor of lst Church there. Deed recorded in Southhampton, L.I. Later joined by son John. Left the estate in Salem to Joseph. In 1655, was appointed as one of the commissioners to fix the boundary line between Southhold & Smithtown, Long Island. On April 14, 1655, with 5 others was employed by Assembly of New Haven Colony (of which he was a member) to purchase the Indian Sachem Warawacmy, town of Brookhaven, L.I. He acquired large tracts of land & water privileges upon which as well as Southhold, where many of his descendants now live. John Swasey Sr. refused to take the Oath of Fidelity for the years from his expulsion from Salem to about 1660. He would, however, affirm to abide by the laws of the land. In 1660, he was forced to take the Oath of Allegience. After John Jr. moved to Southhold, he changed his name to Swayze.

John Swasey, planter; born, probably in England, before 1600; died in Southold, L.I. New York abt. 1686. But little is known of his early life. He was an Englishman for he wrote & spoke the English language. He was probably born in Suffolk County on the eastern borders of the Britislh Islands where many of the early settlers of Southold came from, his ancestors crossing the English Channel from France or Germany. The name which admits of a variety of spelling with but little change in pronunciation seems to be of Franco-German origin. A similar spelling of the name is found in Holland & still further back it is traced to the Northmen, the flower of whose army pounced upon & devasted England, A.D. 800. In the Doomsday book, an ancient record containing a survey of all the lands of England, made in the time of William the Conqueror, before 1086, we find the survey of "de Suavesey" & in an item on Normandy we have. "The Priory of 'Swavesey" was a cell or room to the Abbey of St. Sergius & St. Boeschius." A widespread tradition exists that the Province of Wales, on the western boarders of Great Britain, was at some time in the past their home, but they were not a Welsh-speaking people. The only authentic record that points to Wales is a tombstone that stood for many years in the Swazey cemetery at the village of Hope, warren Co. New Jersey. In the compilation of this genealogy upon making the acquaintance of Dr. George B. Swazey, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a native of Hope, , he says: "In the Fall of 1881, I visited the home of my childhood & slept in the old ancestral house of my great grandather, Israel Swazey. I then made a visit to the old Swazey Cemetery, taking notes of the inscriptions there upon the headstones. On one old weather-beaten stone I read the name "Barnabas" & also the words from Wales." In 1905, in the interest of this genealogy, he visited his old home again. After gathering many valuable records of the family, not otherwise obtained, he looked for the old Barnabas tombstone, but it could not be found, much of the ground having become sunken, location of graves obliterated & overgrown with grass & vines. The fact of the existence of this old headstone was verified by Miss Elsie Swazey, a life-long resident of the town of Hope; born 1834, died Sept. 28, 1907; a grandddaughter of Caleb Swazey. She could never distinguilsh the intervening words between the word Barnabas & the word Wales engraved upon the stone, but she says among her kindred the impression existed that this Barnabas was the father of Judge Samuel Swazey, (4Th. Generation), who moved from Southold, L.I. N.Y. in 1753, to Chester, New Jersey, & that he probably had a re-interment of the remains in his new territory. That he belonged to the family is evident, for we find his name handed down in the fifth & subsequent generations, & also she says that none of her ancestry spoke other than the English language, & if they moved to Wales, they must have emigrated from some other country & possibly were numbered among the Huguenots who were driven from France by the edict of Francis II; in the fifteenth century, or by the decree of Louis XIV; in the 16th. century, when many thousands escaped to Switzerland, Germany, Holland & England. Undoubtly this Barnabas was of the family of the third generation, but we have failed so far as the records show, to record him as the father of Samuel.


  • History on John Swasey: Suffolk Co Historical Society
  • Millennium File: Millennium File about John Swasey

Name: John Swasey Gender: Male Birth Date: 1584 Birth Place: Suffolk, England Death Date: 1675 Death Place: Southold, Suffolk, New York, USA Marriage Date: 1610 Children: John Swasey Source Information: Heritage Consulting. Millennium File [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2003. Original data: Heritage Consulting. The Millennium File. Salt Lake City, UT, USA: Heritage Consulting. 1 citation provides evidence for Name, Death, Birth

  • U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s: U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s about John Swasey

Name: John Swasey Arrival Year: 1632 Arrival Place: Salem, Massachusetts Source Publication Code: 1262 Primary Immigrant: Swasey, John Annotation: Date and place of settlement or date and place of arrival. Names not restricted to the Order of Founders and Patriots of America. Source Bibliography: COLKET, MEREDITH B., JR. Founders of Early American Families: Emigrants from Europe, 1607-1657. Cleveland: General Court of the Order of Founders and Patriots of America, 1975. 366p. Page: 282 Source Information: U.S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc, 2010. Original data: Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2012. 1 citation provides evidence for Arrival, Name


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