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Flower III Swift, Col.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Frederick Co., MD Or VA
Death: Died in Knox Co. (Now Whitley) KY
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Swift, Sr.; Thomas Swift, Sr.; Martha Swift and Martha Swift
Husband of Mary Swift II and Mary Bedsaul
Father of Thomas Swift, Sr.; Alfred Swift; Amy Houk; Jestina Jones; Martha Currin and 9 others
Brother of Thomas Jr. Swift; Elias Swift; Thomas Swift, Jr. and Thomas Swift

Managed by: Alan K. Swift
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About Flower III Swift, Col.

SWIFT: Flower (Captain of the militia company)(Baptist)(on both lists)

Flower is the son of Thomas Swift and Martha. Thomas was born in St. George's Parish, Baltimore Co., MD and moved to the Monocacy area of today's Frederick Co., MD, then relocated to what is today Randolph Co., NC near Sandy Creek. Thomas' parents were Flower Swift, merchant of London who immigrated to Baltimore and Elizabeth Whitaker. Flower Swift of Chestnut Creek, New River (now Carroll county) married Mary Bedsaul, the daughter of Elisha Bedsaul, a Quaker in his militia company (see Quaker chapter). The Bedsauls with Flower Swift moved to the Chestnut Creek Community in 1771. Swift received a certificate on this land, as an assignee of Elisha Bedsaul - 400 acres on East Chestnut Creek - on 3 September 1782. He continued to buy land on Chestnut Creek and New River (13 May 1783, 40 A 13 June 1786 [includes iron ore bank], 40 A 20 Oct 1792, 80 A 16 June 1792). He and his family moved to Whitley Co., Kentucky about 1810 and after his death his family later moved to Henry Co., Missouri. His children were Amy, Jestina, Martha (m. George Currin), Thomas (m. Mary Catron), Margaret, John (m. Catherine Bird), Elisha (m. Elizabeth Ailsworth), Elias, Elizabeth, Cynthia and William Thomas (m. Rachel Walker). Flower Swift was a Baptist. See a more lengthy discussion of Flower Swift by clicking HERE. Flower's paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Whitaker was the first cousin of Joshua Teague, another of the 15 Regulators outlawed by Tryon after 1771. Elizabeth Whitaker's parents were Catherine Teague and Mark Whitaker. Catherine Teague was a brother of William Teague, Joshua's father and was the daughter of Edward Teague who was transported to Maryland about 1675 by Thomas Jones.

A much more detailed description of Flower Swift's genealogy, from Grady Loy, can be found at http://www.continuitypress.com/mullins.html on a page constructed by Pat Spurlock Elder, author of Melungeons, Examining An Appalachian Legend. Flower Swift was made a magistrate of Wythe county before Grayson was formed and was the first magistrate sworn in after the formation of Grayson in 1793. He was also the first commander of the Grayson county militia after the county was formed (Lt. Col. Commandant) on May 22, 1793. Two names found on the Swift Revolutionary militia rosters are found as officers in the first battalion of Grayson militia, 1793: John McCoy and George Martin.

One of the grandchildren of the Regulator propagandist Herman Husband was named Flower Husband. One wonders if one of Husband's sons married a daughter of Flower Swift. If so, this is one of numerous connections between the Swift Company and Husband.

1767-1771 Regulator Petitions: The signature of Thomas Swift, Flower's father is on two petitions. Another branch of the Swift family married the Patick Mullen line and Patrick is also on the Regulator petitions.

1782 Montgomery Co. tax list: Flower Swift, 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 4 horse, 12 cattle; On the 1793 Wythe list he has 1 black (>16) and 5 horses (did he acquire father-in-law Elisha Bedsaul's slave? The Quakers were passing rules against slave ownership during this time frame). In 1810 (Grayson Co.) Flower Swift had 3 whites, 0 slaves and 5 horses and Thomas Swift had 1 white, 0 slaves and 6 horses.

1785: Along with many of the prominent Presbyterians of Montgomery Co., VA, Flower Swift (a Baptist) signs a petition for Religious Freedom in Virginia. Also possibly signing the petition are William Norton and Samuel Cox (names partially illegible), non-Quakers on the Swift militia lists. No Quakers seem to sign this petition. (Library of Virginia)

1793 Wythe Co. Land tax: Matthew Dickey to Flower Swift, 303 acres worth 30 pounds. In 1796 he owned 80 acres.

SWIFT: Flower (Captain of the militia company)(Baptist)(on both lists)

Flower is the son of Thomas Swift and Martha. Thomas was born in St. George's Parish, Baltimore Co., MD and moved to the Monocacy area of today's Frederick Co., MD, then relocated to what is today Randolph Co., NC near Sandy Creek. Thomas' parents were Flower Swift, merchant of London who immigrated to Baltimore and Elizabeth Whitaker. Flower Swift of Chestnut Creek, New River (now Carroll county) married Mary Bedsaul, the daughter of Elisha Bedsaul, a Quaker in his militia company (see Quaker chapter). The Bedsauls with Flower Swift moved to the Chestnut Creek Community in 1771. Swift received a certificate on this land, as an assignee of Elisha Bedsaul - 400 acres on East Chestnut Creek - on 3 September 1782. He continued to buy land on Chestnut Creek and New River (13 May 1783, 40 A 13 June 1786 [includes iron ore bank], 40 A 20 Oct 1792, 80 A 16 June 1792). He and his family moved to Whitley Co., Kentucky about 1810 and after his death his family later moved to Henry Co., Missouri. His children were Amy, Jestina, Martha (m. George Currin), Thomas (m. Mary Catron), Margaret, John (m. Catherine Bird), Elisha (m. Elizabeth Ailsworth), Elias, Elizabeth, Cynthia and William Thomas (m. Rachel Walker). Flower Swift was a Baptist. See a more lengthy discussion of Flower Swift by clicking HERE. Flower's paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Whitaker was the first cousin of Joshua Teague, another of the 15 Regulators outlawed by Tryon after 1771. Elizabeth Whitaker's parents were Catherine Teague and Mark Whitaker. Catherine Teague was a brother of William Teague, Joshua's father and was the daughter of Edward Teague who was transported to Maryland about 1675 by Thomas Jones.

A much more detailed description of Flower Swift's genealogy, from Grady Loy, can be found at http://www.continuitypress.com/mullins.html on a page constructed by Pat Spurlock Elder, author of Melungeons, Examining An Appalachian Legend. Flower Swift was made a magistrate of Wythe county before Grayson was formed and was the first magistrate sworn in after the formation of Grayson in 1793. He was also the first commander of the Grayson county militia after the county was formed (Lt. Col. Commandant) on May 22, 1793. Two names found on the Swift Revolutionary militia rosters are found as officers in the first battalion of Grayson militia, 1793: John McCoy and George Martin.

One of the grandchildren of the Regulator propagandist Herman Husband was named Flower Husband. One wonders if one of Husband's sons married a daughter of Flower Swift. If so, this is one of numerous connections between the Swift Company and Husband.

1767-1771 Regulator Petitions: The signature of Thomas Swift, Flower's father is on two petitions. Another branch of the Swift family married the Patick Mullen line and Patrick is also on the Regulator petitions.

1782 Montgomery Co. tax list: Flower Swift, 1 tithe, 0 slaves, 4 horse, 12 cattle; On the 1793 Wythe list he has 1 black (>16) and 5 horses (did he acquire father-in-law Elisha Bedsaul's slave? The Quakers were passing rules against slave ownership during this time frame). In 1810 (Grayson Co.) Flower Swift had 3 whites, 0 slaves and 5 horses and Thomas Swift had 1 white, 0 slaves and 6 horses.

1785: Along with many of the prominent Presbyterians of Montgomery Co., VA, Flower Swift (a Baptist) signs a petition for Religious Freedom in Virginia. Also possibly signing the petition are William Norton and Samuel Cox (names partially illegible), non-Quakers on the Swift militia lists. No Quakers seem to sign this petition. (Library of Virginia)

1793 Wythe Co. Land tax: Matthew Dickey to Flower Swift, 303 acres worth 30 pounds. In 1796 he owned 80 acres.

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Flower III Swift, Col.'s Timeline

1750
1750
Frederick Co., MD Or VA
1771
May 16, 1771
Age 21
Grayson, Virginia
1775
1775
Age 25
1778
1778
Age 28
1780
1780
Age 30
1781
1781
Age 31
1782
1782
Age 32
Grayson County, Virginia, United States
1784
1784
Age 34
Grayson, VA, United States
1787
1787
Age 37
Cottage Grove, OR, USA
1789
March 11, 1789
Age 39
(Possible Dob In NC)