"Some Old Surry Families," William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine (April 1908).

[page 234] VI. SWANN FAMILY. 1. WILLIAM1 SWANN patented lands at Swann Point and died in 1638. He had issue: 2 Thomas. 2. THOMAS2 SWANN was a man of great importance; was burgess and for many years a member of the council. He died Sept. 16, 1680, and his tomb, bearing his arms, remains at his former home. He is said to have married five times. By his first wife (not known) he probably had Susanna, who married, in 1659, Capt. William MARRIOTT, of Surry. His second wife was Miss CODD, possibly a daughter of Col. St. Leger CODD, by whom he had 3 Samuel, who in a deed to John TUKE (1705) is called "son and heir of Col. Thomas SWANN, dec'd." About October, 1662, he married Anne BROWNE, widow of Col. Henry BROWNE. She was probably his fourth wife. In 1670 George MANFEILD mentions in his will "his sister, Mary SWANN, wife of Colonel Thomas SWANN," and, in 1681, she gave a power of attorney to "her brother, William EDWARDS," who married her sister Anne. (QUARTERLY, XV., 195.) Issue by Mary MANFEILD: 4 Mary, who married Richard BLAND, Sept. 6, 1692; 5 THOMAS. There is a deed in Surry, Sept. 6, 1692, from Thomas SWANN to Samuel SWANN for a lot of land where Mr. Thomas JORDAN kept ordinary at Wareneck, said land being part of an acre granted to Mrs. Mary SWANN alias RANDALL, dec'd., mother of said Thomas SWANN," [sic] whose son and heir he was." 6 Sarah, who married (1) Henry RANDOLPH; (2) Giles WEBB, both of Henrico. Mary SWANN, widow of Col. Thomas SWANN, married (2d) Col. Robert RANDALL. 2. SAMUEL2 SWANN (Thomas1) moved to North Carolina and was speaker of the North Carolina Assembly. He married (1) Sarah, daughter of William DRUMMONDCa prominent friend of Nathaniel BACON; (2) Elizabeth, widow of Col. John SANDALL, and wife of Alexander LILLINGTON, merchant and governor of North Carolina. His descendants are numerous in that state. 5. THOMAS SWANN was a member of the Virginia house of burgesses from Surry, and sheriff. He married Elizabeth, daughter of William THOMPSON, of Nansemond. He was ancestor of the family of the name in Powhatan County. (See Va. Magazine, III., 154-156.) In the pedigree of the SWANNs in Berry's Kentish Pedigrees, William SWANN was the fourth son of Sir Francis SWANN, of Denton Court, in Kent, who married February 21, 1598-'99, Dorothy, daughter of Sir Edward BOYS. As the arms of this family are the same as the arms found on the tombstone of Colonel Thomas SWANN, of Virginia, William SWANN, the son of Sir Francis SWANN, may have been the settler of that name in Virginia.

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