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Anthony Swaim (Tysen)

Dutch: Anthonij Thijssen
Also Known As: "Anthony Tyce alias Sweem"
Birthplace: Leerdam, Vijfheerenlanden, ZH, Netherlands
Death: June 16, 1719 (59)
Staten Island, Richmond County, Province of New York, Colonial America
Immediate Family:

Son of Mathijs Barentsz aka Thys Barentsen and Sijtie Cornelius
Husband of Neeltje "Eleanor" Jansz Swaim
Father of Cornelius Tysen Swaim; Mary Tysen Bebout; Matthys Swaim; Elizabeth Swaim; Hannah Swaim and 6 others
Brother of Cornelius Swaim; Elizabeth Dupuis; Johannes Sweem and William Swaim
Half brother of Sibilla Tysen, infant, twin to Belytje; Belytje Swaim, (died young); Belytje #2 Tysen, Infant; Belytje Tysen; Peterke Tysen and 1 other

Occupation: Yeoman
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About Anthony Swaim

Per immigration records, arrived in New York City on May 9, 1661, on the ship "St Jan Baptiste"[1]; He was about 19 mos old. Married Neeltje (aka Eleanor) Jansz in 1680. They had 10 known children.


Anthony Thysen Swaim was born in September 1659 in Leerdam, Utrecht, Holland. He was the third child of Thys Barentsen and Sytie Cornelius. He had an older and a younger brother and an older sister. His Father was 38 when he was born and his Mother was 23. His parents immigrated to the United States and lived on Staten Island, New York. Anthony married Neeltje Jansz around 1681. They probably were the parents of the following children: Albert, Elizabeth, Hannah, Jacobus, Mary, Matthys, Rachel, Johannes 1682, Cornelius 1685, and Leah 1702.

The Staten Island Census of 1706, shows: "Anthony, age 49 . . . living on the Southside, . . . his wife Eleanor (Nelltje) daughters Elizabeth, Mary, Ann, Rachel and Ledy, sons Cornelius (over 21) and Albert, Matthew, and Jacob.

Anthony died in March 1719 on Staten Island, New York. Neeltje was left a widow. She lived for another 8 years. She died in 1727 on Staten Island. There are no records that she remarried.

Anthony left a will. In it he is listed as living in Richmond County, New York and was a yeoman.

His will left: --

  • Five pounds to Johannes - his oldest living son and his "heir in law" --
  • Neeltje was left "all of real and personal estate during her natural life or widowhood" --
  • Daughter Elizabeth received 50 pounds above the amount given to the other children --
  • Grandson Thomas Wentworth 25 pounds --
  • Daughters Elizabeth, Hannah, Mary, Rachel and Leah 30 pounds --
  • Sons Johannes, Matthusz, Jacobus - Equal percentages of the rest of the estate --
  • To Cornelius - if he returns - a like portion to other sons

Neeltje was the executrix of the estate. Anthony signed the will with a mark of "A". His will was proved on March 10, 1719. I

Information from the Michael J. Swaim Family Tree. Compiled by G. Lewis, October 2013.


The Swaim Family of Indiana and Oklahoma.” by Jack S. Swaim. Page 191.

The children of Thys Barentsen (b ~1621, d ~ 2 Dec 1682) and Sijtie Cornelise (b 1636, d ~1704) include

1. Anthony Sweem / Swaim (bp 16 Sep 1659, d 16 Jun 1719). Anthony Sweem married Neeltje Jansz (b 10 Aug 1661, d 1727) around 1681. There is a baptism record where Anthony is listed as Anthony Thysz Sweem which combines Dutch patronymics with the new English influenced surname Sweem. Anthony calls himself Anthony Sweem in his will dated June 16, 1719.

Children of Anthony Tysen /Swaim/ and Neeltje /Jansz / are:

  1. Johannes Swaim (Sweem) was born 1682 in Staten Island, Richmond Co. NY.
  2. Cornelius Tysen Swaim was born 1685 in Staten Island, NY, and died 7/31/1762 in Kingston,Middlesex, Co. NJ.
  3. Albert Tisson Swaim (Sweem) was born Aft. 1685 in Staten Island, Richmond Co. NY.
  4. Mary Tysen Swaim was born Abt 1691 in Richmond Co. Staten Island, NY, and died Bef. 1719 in Richmond Co. Staten Island, NY.
  5. Matthys Michael Swaim (Sweem) was born Before 1695 in Staten Island, NY, and died in NJ.
  6. Jacobus Swaim was born Abt 1697 in Staten Island, Richmond, NY.
  7. Hannah Tisson Swaim was born 1701 in Staten Island, Richmond Co., NY.
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”Charlotte Megill Hix C.G.R.S, Staten Island Wills & Letters of Administration, Richmond Co., NY 1670-1800 (Heritage Books, Inc), p 65.

”Charlotte Megill Hix C.G.R.S, Staten Island Wills & Letters of Administration, Richmond Co., NY 1670-1800 (Heritage Books, Inc), p 65. "In the name of God Amen, June 16, 1719. I, Anthony Sweem, of the County of Richmond, being sick. I leave to my eldest son, Johanes, Ð5, in full of any pretence as heir at law. I leave all the rest of my estate, real and personal, to my wife, Neeltie, during her life or widowhood. I leave to my daughter Elizabeth, Mary, Hannah, Rachael and Leah, Ð30 [30 pounds]. To my grandson Thomas Willmoth, Ð25. I leave all the rest of my estate to my sons Johanes, Mathyas and Jacobus. If my son Cornelius is not deceased, and should ever return to this place, he shall share with the rest. I appoint Colonel Thomas Farmer, and Dr. Johnson, of New York, and Goesen Adrianse, of Richmond County, executors. Witnesses, Abraham Egbertsen, Obadiah Vinter, John Dupuis. Proved March 10, 1719/20, Liber 9:150, WNYHS II:212." 991.

Excerpt from: A Brief Record of Four Pioneer Families of St. Joseph County, Indiana[2]


"The Swaim family emigrated to America from Holland although many believe they were not of Dutch stock, but were English Pilgrims sojourning in Holland. The earliest record is of ANTHONY SWAIM, who came over from Holland in 1700 and settled on Staten Island in New York. From an old record we learn that he had four sons and his wife was a Huguenot lady.

  • 1. Michael Swaim, who remained on Staten Island and whose descendents now live "up the Hudson."
  • 2. Mathias Swaim, who moved to Essex County, New Jersey.
  • 3. WILLIAM SWAIM, who moved to Surrey County, North Carolina.
  • 4. 'Unknown' Swaim, who moved to Princeton, N.J.

Comments: (Interesting read, but a little dated. More recently discovered documentation proves Yoder to have been combining facts from 4-5 different family groups. He was neither complete, or 100% accurate in his assertions.)


Thys Barentsen married 2nd Abt 1658 Leerdam, Utrecht, Zuid Holland, Netherlands to Sijtie Cornelise (b ca 1635 - d aft 1704), daughter of unknown parents. They had 5 known children, the oldest born at Leerdam, the rest at “Oulde Dorp” on Staten Island. (The Dutch surrendered the New Netherland Colony to England in 1664.). They were:

  1. Anthony Tysen, b. Sept 16, 1659 Leerdam, Holland, Utrecht Section; d. Abt. 1719, Staten Island, NY. Married Neeltje {aka Eleanor} Jansz DuChene in 1680. They had 10 known children. Anthony calls himself Anthony Sweem in his will dated June 16, 1719.
  2. Cornelius Tysen, b. Abt. July 1661. / Aug. 10, 1661 Staten Island, New Netherland Colony, and died in 1762 in Middlesex County, New Jersey. Cornelius Sweem married (unknown).
  3. Elizabeth Tysen, b. Abt. 1663/ 1665; d. Abt. 1691, Staten Island, New Netherland Colony. There is no known baptism record for Elisabeth. Elisabeth married John De Puy (b 1657, d 1732).
  4. Willem or Wilem Tysen Sweem, born 1673 or 1676 Staten Island, Province of New York. 1st marriage to Jannete (unknown) 2nd marriage to Mary Lazelere (Lageler).
  5. Johannes Tysen, b. Abt. 1674 / 1675, Staten Island, Province of New York. Married Jannetje La Forge. We believe Johannes Sweem died in Windsor Township, New Jersey and Jannetje LaForge died in Piscataway, New Jersey.


Teinessin Barentson Van Pelt

The Swaim family arived in the US from Leerdam, Holland and settled on Staten Island. They were part of the original settlers of Staten Island. Three children came with tme family, Barent, Beleytje and Anthony. Barent and Belytje were children by Thys first wife Peterke jans. Anthony was the son of Sytje. They came to the US aboard the "De St. Jan Baptist" May 9 1661.

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Anthony Swaim's Timeline

September 16, 1659
Leerdam, Vijfheerenlanden, ZH, Netherlands
Staten Island, Richmond County, NY, United States
Staten Island, Richmond, New York, USA
Staten Island, Richmond, New York, USA
Richmond, New York, USA
Richmond, New York Colony, British Colonial America
Port Richmond, Richmond, New York, USA
Staten Island, Richmond, New York, USA