Samuel Swann was born in Caroline county about 1828. He was educated in old Concord Academy and in the University
of Virginia. His first work was that of teaching. To him belongs the distinction, of having taught the first "free
school" ever established in Caroline county.
When the Civil War broke out Mr. Swann became a lieutenant in Company B, Ninth Virginia Cavalry, and in 1862 was
promoted to a captaincy. Shortly afterward he was made Colonel of the regiment and served in this capacity to the
close of the war.
After the war Colonel Swann became Sheriff of Caroline and representative in the House of Delegates. He was later
Superintendent of the Virginia State Penitentiary. He died while attending the marriage of his niece, Miss Shelton,
in Goochiand county, and was buried there.
Colonel Swann was never married. One of his sisters, Lydia A. Swann, married Cyrus Carson and had issue several
children, one of whom, Carrie Lee Swann, married Lewis Dudley George, of Penola, Caroline county, Va.
A History of Caroline County, Virginia
By: Marshall Wingfield
Press of Trevvet Christoan & Co., Inc.
Richmond, VA. 1924
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