Thursday, April 22, 2010

Samuel Swain

Samuel Swaine son of William was born in England, he was in Watertown in 1635 and later at Wethersfield. He was "one of the founders of the church and town of Branford." In 1653 "propounded to the Court and approved as the chief military officer of Branford." He was deputy to New Haven, 1651-63. As a friend and coadjutor of Mr. Pierson, he accompanied him to Newark. The tradition is that Elizabeth Swaine, his daughter, was the first to land on the shore of Newark [1666], having been handed up by her lover, Josiah Ward, who hastened to secure this distinction for her. In his will Samuel Swaine gives all his estate to his "beloved wife Joanna."
Robert Atwater Smith 1902

Joanna ? was born ca 1625 in England. She died before 10 Dec 1694 when her inventory was recorded.

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