Saturday, December 27, 2014


Fellow geneablogger Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small has issued the
52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge. Basically, we have to post something every
week on a different ancestor, whether a story, picture, or research problem. I've
been tracing the ancestral lines of my grandmother Cora Barker. continuing with
her Swan ancestors.

My 7x great grandparents Robert Swan and Elizabeth Acey had eleven children, the
tenth of whom was my ancestor Joshua Swan.  Unlike his father and grandfather,
Joshua appears to have stayed clear of court appearances. He was one of those
residents of Haverhill Ma. who petitioned for the formation of the town of
Methuen. His marriage to Sarah Ingalls is my family's connection to author
Laural Ingalls Wilder of "Little House on the Prairie" fame.  

From William Lapham's article on the Swan Family in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register:
5. Joshua' Swan (Robert,' Richard1) and Sarah Ingalls were married in Methuen, date not given. He was a prominent citizen of that town, as the records clearly indicate. Children:
i. Elizabeth, b. Oct. 31, 1702; d. Jan. 19, 1717-8.
ii. Sarah, b. April 11, 1704.
iii. Mary, b. Oct. 6, 1706.
iv. Joshua, b. Oct. 28, 1708; d. young.
v. Francis, b. March 31, 1710.
vi. Timothy, b. Feb. 19, 1712-3.
vii. Abiah, b. Feb. 19, 1712-3.
viii. Joshua, b. Sept. 26, 1715.
ix. Caleb, b. April 12, 1718; m. Dorothy Frye.
x. James, b. March 14, 1721-2 ; m. to Mary Smith, of Haverhill, April 10, 1746, by Rev. Benjamin

The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 33 (Google eBook)
New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1879

But if my 6x great grandfather led a comparatively quiet life, his son James more than made up for by leading an adventurous life.  We'll discuss him next in the series. 

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