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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Alexander G Swasey, Sr. 1784

Born Sept. 10, 1784, in Swansea, Bristol, Massachusetts, USA 

Alexander G. Swasey, Sr. was a sea captain, son of Jerathmel Swasey (1752-1826); he died in Newport, R I., Oct. 28, 1861; he married Ruth Woodward, (1788- 1842), Their children are listed under her celebratory blog post HERE.

But more information from the book gives their children, which includes my grandmother's (Ada Phillips Swasey Rogers') grandfather, Capt. A. G. Swasey (Jr.) of the Confederacy. 

Ruth Woodword Swasey and Alexander G. Swasey, Sr. had the following:

1. Delany D., b. at Newport, R. I., May 6, 1808; d. at St. Marys, Ga., July 27, 1833; m. William A. Creighton of St. Augustine, Fla.
2. Joseph Dean, b. Dec. 9, 1809; d. at Newport, Nov. 16, 1843.
3. Alexander G., Jr., b. April 14, 1812; d. at Charleston, S. C., March 26, 1866. 
4. Sarah Lewellyn, b. May 8, 1814; d. Sept. 20, 1815.
5. William Pitt, b. Aug. 20, 1817; d. in Philadelphia, Pa.; m. Aug. 6, 1843, Georgianna Sterne, b. Dec. 9, 1822. He was a sea captain and lived on Staten Island.
 6. Jerathmel Bowers, a carpenter, b. Jan. 1, 1820; lost at sea in passage to Georgia; m. Jan. 28, 1844, Harriet Elisabeth Sterne of Newport, b. Aug. 3, 1825; d. Jan. 7, 1848, dau. of John and Maria (Thurston) Sterne.
7. Charles A., a carpenter, b. Nov. 27, 1822; worked at his trade in Fall River, Boston and Newport; d. at Tiverton, Mass., May 26, 1882; m. at F. R., Nov. 22, 1842, Jeannette Church, b. in F. R., May 13, 1823; d. Nov. 15, 1895; dau. of Joseph and Hannah (Peckham) Church.  He was 5 feet 6 inches in height, thick set, sandy hair and beard, blue eyes and very vigorous.
8. Mark Antony, b. 1824; d. at Salem, Mass.; m. Sarah Ripley of Fall River.
9. Sarah Lewellen, b. in Newport, R. I., April 11, 1827; d. in New Bedford, Mass., 1853; m. 'n Newport, 1846, Albert Hammett, a lumber merchant, b. in Newport, Nov. 26, 1822, son of Edward and Mary Lyon Hammett.
10. Ruth A., b. May 31, 1828; m. Aug. 5, 1851, William D. James, a mechanic. He served four years in the Civil War. In 1872 they moved to Visalia, Tulare County, Cal., where he took up a quarter section of land under the soldiers' homestead law. They now reside there (1904) .
11. James Henry, b. July 6, 1832 ; d. at St. Augustine, Feb. 2, 1822. (sic, as published) (Don't know what correct date of death might be, since this date is before he was born!)
12. Mary Jane, d. 1833.

"He was a wood carver by trade but engaged for many years in command of ship to the coast of China." which is all the Swasey book says about him.  Among his 12 children was Capt. Alexander G. Swasey, blockade runner for Confederacy from Charleston, SC.

Geneology of the Swasey Family by Benjamin Franklin Swasey, 1910. 

In case you, like me, don't remember much about how Rhode Island and Massachusetts merge, the map shows how easy it must have been to relocate from Swansea, MA to Newport, RI.  It's just a boat ride down the river. Their 9th child, Sarah Lewellen was born in Newport, R. I. showing they had moved there before her birthday, April 11, 1827.

His father was Jerathmel Bowers Swasey, son of Joseph Swasey, of Somerset, MA.  I just posted information about Joseph Swasey HERE.

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