Biography of J. M. Swaim
Greene, St Joseph County, IN Biographies

J. M. Swaim was born in Randolph county, N. C., Jan. 26, 1822, where he worked on his father's farm until he reached his 23d year, when he removed with his family to Indiana in the autumn of 1844. The first four years of his life in Indiana were spent in teaching school and the study of medicine. In the spring of 1847 he was married to a daughter of Dr. Way, of Richmond. The next spring, with a number of his wife's relatives, he removed to the northern part of Illinois, then a comparatively new country, remaining, however, only one year, when he returned to Indiana, to the vicinity of South Bend, where he has since resided. Ancestry: Anthony Swaim came from Holland in 1700, and settled on Staten Island. Anthony had 3 sons: Michael, Mathias and William. The latter with his 3 sons, John, Moses and Michael, went southward and settled in North Carolina, then a British colony. John married Elizabeth Vickroy, by whom he had 8 sons and 3 daughters: The sons were Ashley, Christopher, William, Joshua, John, Marmaduke, Moses and Michael. Moses married Adda Swindell, by whom he had 7 Sons and 4 daughters. Four of the sons are still living, one, the subject of this sketch, in Indiana, one in Illinois, one in Missouri, and one in North Carolina. Two of the daughters are still living in Indiana. The family is numerous arid widely scattered over the United States. In some localities the name has degenerated into Swain, sometimes spelt Swayne; but they are all of the same family, and trace their ancestry back to Anthony, the Dutchman.

History of St. Joseph County, Indiana
Chas. C. Chapman & Co., Publisher
Chicago 1880.


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