Saturday, May 17, 2014

SWETT of Newbury and Marblehead

[NOTE: This entry was edited by me on 26 May 2014 and again on 15 June 2014 to correct errors]

I have a lot of SWETT ancestors, with several interconnected lines... in fact, this surname has the most numerous and tangled branches of any other in my family tree.

All of these can be traced back to John SWETT, who was probably originally from Guerney Island. He married Sarah UNKNOWN about 1603 In England. He was admitted as a freeman to the Massachusetts Colony on 18 May 1642, and was a grantee of Newbury, Massachusetts that same year. dying on 13 June 1651. His wife Sarah had died 11 December 1650. 

I descend from John SWETT and his wife Sarah through two of his children, Stephen and Benjamin. Stephen ran a tavern, and Benjamin was a soldier in King Philip's War.  


The Swett-Isley House in Newbury, MA, originally owned by Stephen SWETT (1620-1693)

Signature of Captain Benjamin SWETT (1626-1677)

Then I descend from two of Stephen's children, John II and Joseph, and three of Benjamin's children: Joseph II, Moses, and John III. 

Stephen's grandson, Joseph SWETT III (1689-1745), was of Marblehead, and he became successful and wealthy in the shipping business. His first wife Ruth PARKER, from whom I descend, died on 4 Apr 1725, and in September of that year Joseph remarried Martha STACEY. His daughter by her, also named Martha, married Revolutionary War hero Jeremiah LEE. 



A silver flagon bearing the crest (above) and names (below) of Joseph SWETT III (b. 1689). They donated this to the Church of Marblehead. Photos courtesy of Rick Ashley and obtained from Swettgenealogy.com


Martha Lee (nee SWETT), 1726-1791, wife of Colonel Jeremiah LEE, and my 8th great half-aunt

Ancestry line 1:
John SWETT I (d. 1651) m. Sarah UNKNOWN)
Stephen SWETT (1620-1693) m. Hannah MERRILL
John SWETT II (1648-1717) m. Mary PLUMMER
Samuel SWETT (b. 1680) m. Jane GERRISH
Samuel SWETT II (1706-1756) m. Elizabeth ADAMS
John SWETT IV (1731-1777) m. Sarah UNKNOWN
Sarah SWETT (b. 1772) m. Joshua PALMER I
Joshua PALMER II (1815-1864) m. Arvilla BAILEY
George BAILEY PALMER (1850-1926) m. Mary Olivia PURINTON
Frank Bailey PALMER (1888-1958) m. Bessie Maud WINSLOW
Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER (1918-1984) m. Henry Richard HOWES 
S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father
Me (b. 1974)

Ancestry line 2:
John SWETT I (d. 1651) m. Sarah UNKNOWN
Benjamin SWETT (1626-1677) m. Hester WEARE
John SWETT III (1670-1753) m. Bethia PAGE
Huldah SWETT (1699-1738) m. Samuel WINSLEY
John WINSLOW I (1729-1816) m. Elizabeth FRENCH
John WINSLOW II (1774-1848) m. Mary WEBSTER
William WINSLOW (1800-1860) m. Mary "Polly" SEVERANCE
James W. WINSLOW (1838-1906) m. Elizabeth A. MACE
Bessie Maud WINSLOW (1886-1970) m. Frank Bailey PALMER
Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER (1918-1984) m. Henry Richard HOWES 
S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father
Me (b. 1974)

Ancestry Line 3:
John SWETT I (d. 1651) m. Sarah UNKNOWN
Stephen SWETT (1620-1693) m. Hannah MERILL
Joseph SWETT I (b. 1657) m. Hannah DEVEREAUX
Joseph SWETT III (1689-1745) m. Ruth PARKER
Hannah SWETT (b. 1724) m. Joseph LEMMON
Elizabeth LEMMON (b. 1743) m. Thomas LEWIS
Mary LEWIS (b. 1777) m. Samuel THURBER
Margaret THURBER (1810- 1846) m. Anthony Christopher SPECHT
Hannah Melissa SPECHT (1843-1924) m. George Albert BAKER
Jessie May BAKER (1873-1927) m. Thomas Parker SIMMONDS
Estelle May SIMMONDS (1893-1930) m. Horace William HOWES
Henry Richard HOWES (1913-1987) m. Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER
S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father
Me (b. 1974)

Ancestry Line 4:
John SWETT I (d. 1651) m. Sarah UNKNOWN
Benjamin SWETT (1626-1677) m. Hester WEARE
Joseph SWETT II (1658-1721) m. Hannah WARD
Esther SWETT (1690-1719) m. John EATON V
John EATON VI (b. 1714) m. Hannah FOWLER
Jemima EATON (1747-1791) m. Christopher CROSS
Hannah CROSS (1768-1858) m. John MUNROE
Anna MUNROE (b. 1793) m. Richard SIMMONDS
Christopher SIMMONDS (1816-1894) m. Margaret Esther PARKER
Thomas Parker SIMMONDS (1871-1953) m. Jessie May BAKER
Estelle May SIMMONDS m. Horace William HOWES
Henry Richard HOWES (1913-1987) m. Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER
S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father
Me (b. 1974)