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Lydia "Leady" Riley

  • Birth: 1691 in Calvert (now Prince George's County,) Maryland
  • Parents: Hugh Riley, Margaret Plummer
  • Death: 24 FEB 1764 in Shepherdstown, Jefferson, Virginia (now West Virginia)


  1. Thomas Swearingen II b: 1688 in Maryland Married: ABT 1708 in Queen Anne's Parish, Prince George's Co., Maryland


  1. Thomas Swearingen (Sweringen) c: 8 Apr 1708 in St. Barnabas Church, Queen Anne Parish, Prince Georges Co., Maryland
  2. Mary Swearingen b: 11 Aug 1710 in Queen Anne Parish, Prince Georges Co., Maryland
  3. Laurana Swearingen c: 15 Oct 1713 in St. Barnabas Church, Queen Anne Parish, Prince Georges Co., Maryland
  4. Margaret Swearingen c: 17 Feb 1715/1716 in St. Barnabas Church, Queen Anne Parish, Prince Georges Co., Maryland
  5. Van "King Van" Swearingen c: 22 May 1719 in St. Barnabas Church, Queen Anne Parish, Prince Georges Co., Maryland


Thomas Swearingen and Lydia each inherited plantations from their fathers in Prince Georges Co, MD. On 17 Nov 1716, Hugh Riley of Prince Georges conveyed a deed of gift, 120 acres called "Riley's Giff ', "unto my daughter Leady Riley now wife of Thomas Swaringein". In 1717, Thomas obtained 96 acres in Prince Georges called "Swearinghams Pasture. On 24 May 1723, Hugh presented a deed of gift to Thomas Swearingen, his "son-iii-law". 120 acres, part of "The Forrest". Thomas and Lydia's children were christened at St Bamabas Episcopal Church. Queen Anne. Parish, Prince Georges Co, Leeland, MD (Hall of Records, Annapolis, MD). Thomas died in Prince Georges Co in 1726


  • (1) "Magazine of the Jefferson County Historical Society," Vol. XVI, Dec. 1950 (Charlestown, WV), "The Early Van Swearingens," p.11,14.
  • (2) "Prince George's Co. Genealogical Society Bulletin," Vol. 19, No. 5, Jan 1988. Transcript by Elizabeth F. Randolph. Cites: (a) "Hugh Riley and His Descendants," by Donald Ray Barnes, "PG Co. Gen. Soc. Bulletin," Vol. 10, No. No. 6, Feb 1979, p.6-8.
  • (3) "1658-1758 Charles County MD Familes "The first 100 years": Wills, Court, Church, Land, Inventories & Accounts," by Michael Marshall (, mrmarsha database, 14 Mar 2011). Cites: (a) "Early Families of Southern Maryland," Vol. IV, p.116. (b) "Abstracts of Wills, Inventories, and Administration Accounts of Frederick County, Virginia 1743-1800," by J. Estelle Stewart King (Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co. 1980) p.17.


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Lydia Swearingen's Timeline

Calvert, Maryland
April 8, 1708
Age 17
Queen Anne Par, Prince George's, Maryland, USA
August 11, 1710
Age 19
Prince George's , Maryland
October 15, 1713
Age 22
Prince George, Maryland
February 17, 1716
Age 25
Prince George's, Maryland
October 27, 1717
Age 26
Prince George's, MD, USA
Age 26
May 22, 1719
Age 28
Queen Anne's Parish, Maryland