Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Van Swearingen

Male 1692 - 1787  (95 years)


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  • Name Van Swearingen  [1
    Born 1692  St Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Aug 1787  Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I008083  Tree1
    Last Modified 27 Jan 2021 

    Father Thomas Swearingen,   b. Abt 1665, probably New Amstel, DE Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Mar 1710/11, Prince George's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years) 
    Mother Jane Hyde,   b. 1669, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jun 1716, Somerset County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years) 
    Married Mar 1686/87  St Mary's Parish, Somerset County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F01871  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Walker,   b. 22 Dec 1695, Queen Anne Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1767, Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 14 Feb 1714/15  St Barnabas, Queen Anne's Parish, Prince George's, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Elizabeth Swearingen,   b. 4 Jul 1715, Queen Anne's Parish, Prince George's, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1785, Prince George's County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     2. Rebecca Swearingen,   b. 22 Oct 1716, Queen Anne Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1745, Monongalia County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 30 years)
     3. Mary Swearingen,   b. 17 Sep 1718, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Joseph Swearingen,   b. 9 Mar 1719/20, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. John Swearingen,   b. 15 Feb 1720/21, St Barnabas, Queen Anne's Parish, Prince George's, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1784, Springhill, Concord Twp, Fayette County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     6. Sarah Swearingen,   b. 20 Nov 1722, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1766, Berkeley County, West Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
     7. Samuel Swearingen,   b. 6 Sep 1728, Queen Anne's Parish, Prince George's, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1767, Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 40 years)
     8. Drusilla Swearingen,   b. 1 May 1732, Queen Anne's Parish, Prince George's, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Ruth Swearingen,   b. Abt 1734, Queen Anne's Parish, Prince George's, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Dec 1795, Rawlings, Allegany County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 61 years)
     10. Charles Swearingen,   b. 21 Aug 1735, Queen Anne's Parish, Prince George's, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1818, Berryville, Clark County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     11. Van Swearingen,   b. Abt 1725, Queen Anne Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1784, Middleton, Frederick County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)
     12. Thomas Swearingen,   b. 1741, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 27 Jan 2021 
    Family ID F05287  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by Martha Salberg MartSal@aol.com>

      Abt 1720 "Maryland Van"Swearingen took up lands in Washington County, MD, after words found to be covered by a prior grant--Ringgold's Manor. As he had made improvements he leased the land for his own life and that of his two sons, and it was held by them for eighty-nine years.

      Will dated 7 Jun 1784, proved 27 Aug 1787.Chris H. Bailey

      Baptized at St Barnabas parish which was established a few years after his birth. Settled 1733 first at Monacacy Hundred, Frederick County, Maryland then in 1737 to Conococheague Manor, near Fairview on the PA/MD line in which is now Washington County, MD, north of Hagerstown.

      Van Sr. and Van Jr. both served under Capt James Baxter, Col Nicholas Hyland, in the French and Indian War. In an endorsement on the back of his will he wrote "At the time of making the above will it is my desire and do hereby direct my sons ... that my Negri Moll now my slave at the time of my decease may be free from slavery of servitude to any person".

      1. Van Swearingen was born ABT. 1692 in St Mary's, Somerset Co, Maryland, and died 27 AUG 1787 in Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland. He was buried in Ringgold, Washington County, Maryland. He was the son of 2. Thomas Van Swearingen and 3. Jane Doyne. He married Elizabeth Walker 14 FEB 1714/15 in St Barnabas, Queen Anne's Par, Prince George's, Maryland, daughter of Charles T Walker and Rebecca Isaac. She was born 22 DEC 1695 in Prince George's County, Maryland, and died 1767 in Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland. She was buried in Frederick, Maryland Died Between 1740 And 1765.

      Children of Van Swearingen and Elizabeth Walker are:
      i. Elizabeth Swearingen was born 4 JUL 1715 in Queen Anne, Prince Geo Co, Maryland, and died 20 AUG 1785 in Prince George's County, Maryland. She married Johathan Simmons 20 JUN 1734 in Leeland, Prince George's County, Maryland. He was born 1704 in Prince George's County, Maryland, and died 20 AUG 1761 in Leeland, Prince George's County, Maryland.
      ii. Rebecca Swearingen was born 22 OCT 1716 in Ringgold, Washington County, Maryland, and died AFT. 1740 in Monongalia, Virginia. She married Joseph Tomlinson 21 OCT 1738 in All Mallows, Anne Arundal, Maryland. He was born 12 OCT 1712 in Dublin, Ireland, and died 1 DEC 1793 in Wheeling, Ohio Co, Virginia.
      iii. Mary Swearingen was born 17 SEP 1718 in Queen Anne Par, Prince George's County, Maryland, and died ABT. 1795 in Frederick, Maryland. She married ? Phillips ABT. 1734. He was born ABT. 1714 in Somerset Co, Maryland.
      iv. Joseph Swearingen was born 9 MAR 1719/20 in Queen Anne, Prince Geo Co, Maryland, and died 1794 in Abbyville, Edgefield, South Carolina. He married Mary Hannah Williams AFT. 1740. She was born ABT. 1717 in Philidelphia, Pennsylvania, and died BEF. 1758. He married Mary ABT. 1759.
      v. John Swearingen was born 15 FEB 1720/21 in Ringgold Minor, Somerset Co, Maryland, and died 13 SEP 1784 in Springhill, Concord Twp, Fayette Co, Pennsylvania. He married Catherine Mary Stull 15 SEP 1748 in Somerset Co, Maryland, daughter of John Stull and Martha Jones. She was born 1723 in Near Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland, and died 3 SEP 1786 in Spring Hill, Fayette Co, Pennsylvania.
      vi. Sarah Swearingen was born 20 NOV 1722 in Somerset, Maryland, and died 4 NOV 1766 in Shepherdstown, Jefferson Co, Virginia. She married Van Swearingen 19 JUN 1743, son of Thomas Swearingen and Lydia Jane Riley. He was born 22 MAY 1719 in Queen Anne Par, Prince George's County, Maryland, and died 20 APR 1788 in Strode's Station, Kentucky.
      vii. Van Swearingen was born 1725 in Somerset, Maryland, and died 1784 in Middletown, Frederick Co, Maryland. He married Margaret Stull ABT. 1747 in Middleton, Frederick Co, Maryland, daughter of John Stull and Martha Jones. She was born ABT. 1729 in Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland, and died ABT. 1820.
      viii. Ruth Swearingen was born 29 FEB 1727/28 in Prince George's County, Maryland, and died 1 DEC 1795 in Rawlings, Allegany Co, Maryland. She married Daniel Cresap 13 DEC 1750 in Washington, Maryland, son of Thomas Cresap and Hannah Johnson. He was born 29 FEB 1727/28 in Havre de Grace, Maryland, and died 1 JUL 1798 in Rawlings, Allegany Co, Maryland.
      ix. Samuel Swearingen was born 6 SEP 1728 in Queen Anne, Prince Geo Co, Maryland, and died ABT. 1820 in Frederick, Maryland. He married Anne Farrell 28 MAY 1752 in All St Par, Frederick, Maryland. She was born ABT. 1728 in Frederick Co, Maryland, and died AFT. 1756.
      x. Drusilla Swearingen was born 1732 in Somerset, Maryland, and died in Wrightsville, York Co, Pennsylvania. She married Thomas Cresap 1753, son of Thomas Cresap and Hannah Johnson. He was born 28 FEB 1732/33 in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, and died 27 APR 1757 in Savage Mountain, Maryland.
      xi. Charles Swearingen was born 21 AUG 1735 in Somerset, Maryland, and died 26 JUL 1818 in Washington County, Maryland. He married Susannah Stull 1759 in Queen Anne's Par, Prince George's, Maryland, daughter of John Stull and Martha Jones. She was born ABT. 1739 in Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland, and died 27 OCT 1820 in Washington County, Maryland.
      xii. Nancy Swearingen was born 1739 in Somerset, Maryland. She married ? Phillips ABT. 1755. He was born ABT. 1735 in Somerset Co, Maryland.
      xiii. Thomas Swearingen was born 1741 in Somerset, Maryland, and died ABT. 1808 in Mifflin, Juniata Co, Pennsylvania. He married Mary Baker BET. 1753 - 1760. She was born ABT. 1745 in Washington County, Maryland, and died BEF. 1800 in Waterloo, Juniata Co, Pennsylvania.
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      Prince George's Land Records 1730-1733 - Liber Q, Page 693
      Enrolled at request of William Holmes 26 Sep 1733:
      Indenture, 3 Sep 1733; Between Van Sweingen, planter, and William Holmes, planter; for 20; parcel called Hills Choice; bounded by Darnall's Grove; laid out for 100 acres; /s/ Van Swearingen; wit. W. Manduit, Jno. Bradford; ack. 3 Sep 1733 by Van Swearingan

      === Research notes by Deven Lewis

      If the John Sherwood of the St. Barnabus record is the John Sherwood of the Swearingen will, then I think it's possible his wife, Gemima "Ryley", is related to Hugh Riley. Also, in those St. Barnabus records is an Eliphaz Ryley, who was the son of Hugh Riley and brother of Lydia Riley, who married Thomas Swearingen.The Swearingens "gang" was also listed in the St. Barnabus parish records. If I've got this right, Thomas Swearingen had a brother, Van Swearingen, whose sons, Charles and John, married the daughters of John Stull (Catherine and Susannah); John Stull owned property near the Winders property close to Funkstown/Hagerstown, and was a witness to a Winders document. Just a lot of pieces, but can't put it together.
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      Northern Neck Warrants and Surveys Vol IV, Northern Shenandoah Valley 1786 Improvements (1200 Acres of Land on Potomack river) {Peggy Joyner}
      PETER PALMER tenant to Van Swearingham - Buildings: one indifferent cabbin; land in cult. and in pretty good order 30 a. bottom, 40 a. first rate high land; 50 apple trees.
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      Marylanders to Carolina-Henry C. Peden, Jr., page 182
      SWEARINGEN FAMILY. Thomas Swearingen (Branch 1) was born in Somerset County, Maruland in 1688 and married Lydia Riley (1691-1764) in 1712. In 1734 Thomas settled near the present site of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, on the Potomac River. He had two sons, Thomas and Van. "Capt. Thomas Swearingen (of the American Revolution) ran against George Washington for the House of
      Burgess and won. The next year George Washington won ... a Swearingen did not run." Van Swearingen (Branch 2), son of Thomas Swearingen and Lydia Riley, was born in Somerset County, Maryland
      circa 1692 and married Elizabeth Walker. Known as "Maryland Van," he owned the tract "Ringgold's Manor" and lived to be 109 years old. Van and Lydia had 12 children: Joseph, John, Samuel, Van, Charles, Thomas, Elizabeth (married a Simmons), Sarah, Ruth, Drusilla (married Thomas Cresap), Rebecca (married a Tomlinson), and Mary (married a Phipps). "The second branch migrated to North Carolina, eventually to South Carolina and a few other southern states. Marmaduke "Bluejacket" Swearingen fought for Shawnee
      Indian rights and they elected him Chief. History books have been written with all of his deeds and his descendants. In this branch, Van Swearingen, born in 1754, married Susannah Greathouse. She was burned at the stake for witchcraft. Samuel Swearingen married Elizabeth Farmer on February 14, 1715 in St. Barnabus Church, Maryland." Samuel Swearingen (Branch 3) was born in Somerset County, Maryland circa 1700 and in 1735 migrated to North Carolina to Edgecomb and Anson Counties. He had eight sons: Eli, Van, John, Bowling, Henry, Frederick, Thomas, and Richard Cheek Swearingen. Eli Swearingen was a surgeon in the American Revolution and was a friend of George Washington. John Swaringen [sic] (Branch 4) was born on August 6, 1735 and died on October 7, 1807. He married Elizabeth Shankle in St. Barnabus, Queen Ann Parish, Prince George's County, Maryland and served as a teamster in the American Revolution. Afterwards, he and Elizabeth and some of their children migrated to North Carolina to Montgomery County (now Rowan and Stanly). They settled outside the town of Albemarle. Their children were John (III), George, Myrack (Myrick), Elijah, Alfred, Samuel, Zealpha (Alpha), William, Green H., Elizabeth and Mary Swaringen [sic]. (Ref: "The Heritage of Rowan County, North Carolina," Vol. I, pp. 591-592, published by the Genealogical Society of Rowan County, Inc., 1991, and contributed by Robert E. Hedgcock, of Fruitland Park, Florida, in 1994).

  • Sources 
    1. [S044771] Early Families of Southern Maryland, Volume: 4.

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