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Richard Swan

Birthplace: Gilberdyke, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
Death: before May 14, 1678
Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Rowley, Essex, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Swan and Juliana Swan
Husband of Ann Swan; Anna Swan and Ann Swan
Father of Robert Swan; Richard Swann; Jonathan Swann; Juliana Stickney; Jane Wilson and 8 others
Brother of Joanna Hazeltine; Beatrice Regis; Isabella Swan; Elizabeth Swan and Judith Ellerton

Occupation: Husbandman
Managed by: Angus Wood-Salomon
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Immediate Family

About Richard Swan

Richard Swan (son of Robert Swan and Ann Trumbull) was christened December 23, 1607 in Gilberdyke, Eastrington Parish, East Yorkshire, England, and was buried May 14, 1678 in Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts.

He married Anna Spofford on February 24, 1624/25 in Kirk Ella, Yorkshire, England, daughter of John Spofford. He m. (2d), at Rowley, Mar. 1, 1658/9, Ann, wid. of John Trumbull.

Notes for Richard Swan:

  • A "husbandman", was admitted to the 1st Church of Boston, 06/nov/1638
  • Freeman 13may 1640.

He was one of the most prominent of the early settlers of Rowley, and is repeatedly mentioned in the town records in an official capacity in connection with its affairs as long as he lived.

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Richard Swan came from England to Boston Massachusetts about 1634 and was admitted to the church in Boston, "6-11 mo. 1638" and was dismissed to "ye gathering" of a ch. at Rowley, "24-9 mo. 1639." He was made a freeman May 13, 1640. He had a two acre house-lot assigned him in 1643. His wife, Anna, accompanied him to Rowley, and was bur. there Apr. 4, 1658. He m. (2d), at Rowley, Mar. 1, 1658/9, Ann, wid. of John Trumbull. Richard was Deputy to the General Court, 1666-77. He was in King Philip's War and in the expedition to Canada.

He was buried May 14, 1678. His will is dated Apr. 25, 1678, and was proved May 23, 1678. He was one of the most prominent of the early settlers of Rowley, and is repeatedly mentioned in the town records in an official capacity in connection with its affairs as long as he lived.

Children of Richard and Ann:

  • I. ROBERT, b. about 1626-7 England; (Essex Ct. Files XXX:35) Roberd Swan Senr. was aged about 54 years by his deposition on the 3 May 1680; (Essex Ct. Files XXXVII:104) Robard Swan saniar was aged 56 years by his deposition on the 8 May 1682; d. 11 Feb. 1697-8 Haverhill, Mass., as Robert Swan aged 74 [?], husband of Hannah, by his gravestone in the Pentucket cemetery; m. 1st Elizabeth Acie before 1653 Haverhill; dau. of William and Margaret ( ) Acie of Rowley, Mass.; b. about 1632 England; d. 11 Aug. 1689 Haverhill, as Elizabeth wife of Robert Swan Sr., aged 57 years by her gravestone in the Pentucket cemetery. Robert Swan Sr. m. 2nd widow Hanah Ross 1 Apr. 1690 Haverhill; b. about 1649; (Essex Ct. Files XLI: 38) Hannah Rose wife of ye deceased Fennill Rose was aged 35 by her own deposition in Mar. 1684; she d. after 1718, and probably before 1720.
  • 2. RICHARD, b. about 1629 England; d. before 1678 as he is not mentioned in the will of his father.
  • 3. JONATHAN, b. about 1631 England; d. before 1678 as he is was not mentioned in the will of his father.
  • 4. FRANCES, b. about 1633 England; aged 40 yrs. in 1673; d. July 1694 Ipswich, Mass., as widow Quilter; m. Mark Quilter about 1653; son of Mark and 1st wife (???) ( ) Quilter of Ipswich; b. about 1630 England; d. 4-6 Nov. 1678 Ipswich, the second day of the week (Essex Court Files XXXII: 2-5).
  • 5. JULIAN, b. about 1634 England; d. (???) 1670-3 Bradford, Mass.; as Julian Swan, she m. Samuel Stickney 18 Apr. 1653 Rowley, Mass.; son of William and Elizabeth Stickney; b. about 1632, came from prob. Frampton Co. Lincoln, England; d. about 1709 Bradford.
  • 6. JANE, b. about 1635 England; living 22 Mar. 1708-9 at Ipswich, Mass. (Essex Deed XXI: 53); m. Thomas Wilson about 1656-7; as Mary dau. of Thomas Wilson was b. 27 Dec. 1657 Ipswich, (Ct. R.); son of Theophilus and Elizabeth Wilson of Ipswich; b. about 1634 England; (Essex Ct. Files XXXII: 8) Thomas Wilson was aged about 45 y. by his deposition the 2 Oct. 1679; d. about 1703 (Essex Deed XV: 184).
  • 7. DOROTHY, b. about 1636 England; (Essex Ct. Files XX:100) Dorothy Chapman was aged 37 years on the 30 Sept. 1673; d. 21 Oct. 1710 Rowley, Mass., as Mrs. Dorothy Woodman; m. 1st Thomas Abbott 13 July 1655 Rowley; son of George Abbott of Rowley; b. before 1627 as he had no guardian in Mar. 1647, when his fathers estate was first settled; his younger brother George was born in 1631-2 by deposition; bur. 7 Sept. 1659 Rowley, as Thomas Abott. (George Abbott of Rowley, Mass., by Maj. Samuel Abijah Abbott). Dorothy Abbott m. 2nd Edward Chapman, who d. 18 Apr. 1678 Ipswich (Ct. R.), as Edward Chapman.
  • 8. JOHN, bapt. 13 Feb. 1638 Boston, Mass. (First), as John son of Richard Swanne; d. before 1678, as he was not mentioned in the will of his father, Richard Swan.
  • .9. MERCY, b. 4 July 1640 Rowley, as Mercy dau. of Richard and Ann Swan; d. 3 Apr. 1683 Dunstable, by Nashua, N. H.; m. SAMUEL WARNER 21 Oct. 1662 Ipswich; son of John Warner and Priscilla Symonds.
  • 10. FAITH, b. 30 Mar. 1644 Rowley, Mass., as Faith dau. of Richard and Ann Swan; d. before 1678, as she is not mentioned in the will of her father; prob. m. Richard Sutton about 1673, as Richard son of Richard Sutten was b. 5 Aug. 1674 Reading, Mass.; (Essex Inst. XXXV:107) ffayth Swans son Richard was bapt. 18 July 1675 by Rowley Church record; b. about 1621 England, as Richard Sutton was by his deposition aged about 63 y., on the 25 Mar. 1684 (Essex Ct. Files XLI: 38).
  • 11. SARAH, b. 1646 Rowley, Mass., as Sarah dau. of Richard and Anne Swan; d. 27 Feb. 1718-19 Groton, Mass., as Sarah the wife of Joseph Boynton; m. Joseph Boynton 13 May 1669 Rowley, also (Ct. R.); son of John and Ellen (Pell) Boynton; b. about 1645 Rowley; d. 16 Dec. 1730 Rowley as Capt. Joseph Boynton; aged 85 y. by gravestone (Rowley Epitaphs by George B. Blodgett); d. 17 Dec. 1730 Rowley, as Capt. Joseph Bointon, aged 85 y. Joseph Boynton m. 2nd Eliza Wood 11 Mar. 1719 Rowley (Ct. R.); prob. dau. of Thomas and Mary (Hunt) Wood; b. 8 Apr. 1694 Rowley, as Elizabeth dau. of Thomas and Mary Wood; d. (???). (The Boynton Family, by John Farnham Boynton and Caroline (Harriman) Boynton).
  • 12. SUSAN Swan, married Samuel Stickney.



Immigration: 1638

Last name also spelled as Swayne or Swain

From [James Savage, Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England]

RICHARD, Boston, join. our ch. 6 Jan. 1639, had John, bapt. next Sunday, and was dism. 24 Nov. foll. with others to form a ch. at Rowley, freem. 13May aft. was rep. 1666 and many yrs. more, and d. 1678. His w. was Ann,ch. Richard, Frances, Robert, Jonathan, Susan, or Julian, and perhaps more ch. certain. ds. Frances, m. Mark Quilter, and Sarah m. Joseph Boynton. Julian had m. 18 Feb. 1654, Samuel Stickney, bore him four ch.and d. bef. her f. But his will, of 1678, beside these, name ds. Abigail Bailey, Mary Kilborn, and s. Caleb Hopkinson, John Hopkinson, and John Trumbull. I conject. that John Trumbull rem. from Roxbury to Rowley soon aft. Swan, m. his d. Ann, and d. 1657, leav. sev. ch. prob. Joseph and Judah among them.

From Torrey

SWAN, Richard (-1678) & 1/wf Ann _____ (-Apr 1658); in Eng, by 1626; Boston/Rowley {Brainerd Anc. 294; Frame-Dana 277; Reg. 33:403; NYGBR 29:213; Bassett-Preston 43, 279, 281; Cross Anc. 47; Pillsbury Anc. 892, 897; Rowley MA Fam. 371; Abbott 1:9; Parker (#9) 307, 310, 318; Seeley-Vail 49; Cross Anc. 47; Dunham-Boyd 365; Woolson-Fenno 110}

SWAN, Richard (-1678) & 2/wf Ann [HOPKINSON] TRUMBLE/ TRUMBULL (1615-1678) (ae 60 in 1676), w Michael, w John; 1 Mar 1658, 1658/9; Rowley {Pillsbury Anc. 867, 897; Reg. 31:115; Rowley MA Fam. 371; Parker (#9) 310; Abbott 1:9; Seeley-Vail 49; Trumbull 7; Cross Anc. 47; Bassett-Preston 282, 303; Dunham-Boyd 365}


  • SWAN, Richard
  • b. 23 DEC 1607 England
  • d. 14 MAY 1678 Rowley, Essex, Mass.
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 24 FEB 1621/2 England
  • Spouse: SPOFFORD, Ann
  • b. ABT 1608 England
  • d. 4 APR 1658 Rowley, Essex, Mass.
  • Children:
    • SWAN, Robert
    • SWAN, Dorothy
    • SWAN, Mercy
    • SWAN, Faith b. 30 MAR 1644 Rowley, Essex, Mass.
    • SWAN, Sarah
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Richard Swan's Timeline

December 23, 1607
Gilberdyke, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
December 23, 1607
Gilberdyke, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
February 22, 1627
Age 19
Gilberdike, Eastrington, East Riding of Yorkshire, England
November 27, 1627
Age 19
Gilberdyke, East Yorkshire, England
Age 21
Of, Rowland, Derbyshire, England
January 13, 1631
Age 23
Eastrington, Yorkshire, England
Age 25
Eastrington, Yorkshire, England
February 15, 1634
Age 26
Eastrington, Yorkshire, England
November 16, 1635
Age 27
Gilberdyke, Eastrington, Yorkshire, England