James MCSWAIN Rachel MCSWAIN William S MCSWAIN Emily J MCSWAIN John MCSWAIN Luther Carson MCSWAIN Adalissa MCSWAIN Margaret L MCSWAIN George Davis MCSWAIN Adalissa HOPPER Peter MCSWAIN Leroy Wellington MCSWAIN Lawson Mills MCSWAIN Avalona MCSWAIN Catherine DAVIS Clarissa Daisy MCSWAIN Zenos Hicks MCSWAIN Hugh Kerr MCSWAIN Elizabeth Sarah RIPPY Berry Hicks MCSWAIN Rachel RIGGINS Mini tree diagram

Hugh Kerr MCSWAIN1,5,2,3,6,4

27th Aug 18171,2,3,4 - 9th May 18994

Life History

27th Aug 1817

Born in North Carolina.1,2,3,4

about 1838

Married Adalissa HOPPER in Cleveland County, North Carolina.14,5

30th May 1840

Birth of daughter Rachel MCSWAIN in North Carolina.3,5,7,8

about 1841

Birth of son William S MCSWAIN in Cleveland County, North Carolina.2,5

about 1843

Birth of daughter Emily J MCSWAIN in Cleveland County, North Carolina.5,2

about 1846

Birth of son John MCSWAIN in Cleveland County, North Carolina.5,9

31st Dec 1849

Birth of son Luther Carson MCSWAIN in Cleveland County, North Carolina.2,10,5

1851

Birth of daughter Adalissa MCSWAIN in Cleveland County, North Carolina.11

about 1852

Birth of daughter Margaret L MCSWAIN in Cleveland County, North Carolina.2

13th Jan 1854

Birth of son George Davis MCSWAIN.12

8th Jul 1855

Death of son George Davis MCSWAIN.12

about 1857

Married Catherine DAVIS in Cleveland County, North Carolina.2

13th Apr 1857

Death of Adalissa HOPPER in Cleveland County, North Carolina.13

about 1858

Birth of son Peter MCSWAIN in Cleveland County, North Carolina.2

Jan 1860

Death of son John MCSWAIN in Cleveland County, North Carolina.9

28th May 1861

Birth of son Leroy Wellington MCSWAIN in Tennessee.1,22

8th Sep 1866

Birth of son Lawson Mills MCSWAIN in Cleveland County, North Carolina.23,24

about 1871

Birth of daughter Avalona MCSWAIN in Cleveland County, North Carolina.1

28th Aug 1879

Death of Catherine DAVIS in Cleveland County, North Carolina.3

Apr 1881

Birth of daughter Clarissa Daisy MCSWAIN.15,16

10th Apr 1883

Birth of son Zenos Hicks MCSWAIN in Earl, Cleveland, North Carolina.16,6,17

23rd Apr 1885

Birth of son Hugh Kerr MCSWAIN in North Carolina.17,18,19,20,21,16

Jan 1888

Death of daughter Rachel MCSWAIN.7

9th May 1899

Died in Cleveland County, North Carolina.4

after 9th May 1899

Buried in New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery, Earl, Cleveland County, North Carolina.4

Other facts

 

Married Elizabeth Sarah RIPPY

Her husband Hugh Kerr McSwain dies in 1899

Notes

  • Hugh Kerr McSwain's father came from the Baltimore line of McSwains.Some genealogies that have Hugh have a different parentage and line ofdescent from the dominant clan of McSwains in Cleveland County whoseline we know back to the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

    However, Dr Ed Ellis, who seems to do careful work, reports that thisHugh Kerr McSwain is the brother of Berry Hicks McSwain, son of JamesMcSwain and Rachel Riggins, which is in the same primary lineage ofMcSwains we are reconstructing in this genealogy.

    While Ed frustratingly does not include the documentation behind hisreconstructions, this seems to account for all the details.  There isa lot of confusion in many of the slap-dash genealogies out there, andmany misconnected families.  This connection of Hugh as the son ofJame and Rachel makes sense.

    1850 Federal Census, Cleveland County, North Carolina, 5 September,page 319 (scan 160), Hse/Fam #620
    Hugh K McSwain 33 M Farmer $200 Real Estate b North Carolina
    Ulissa McSwain 32 F b North Carolina Cannot read or write
    Rachel McSwain 11 F b North Carolina
    William S McSwain 9 F b North Carolina
    Emily J McSwain 7 F b North Carolina
    John McSwain 4 F b North Carolina
    Luther C McSwain 8mos F b North Carolina

    In 1860 Hugh is in the same area, but his wife Ulissa has died.  Thiscensus does not report the relationship of others in the household tothe Head of the household.  The listing after Hugh is CatherineMcSwain, who is identified in genealogies as Catherine David, hissecond wife.  Ed Ellis says the proper name of the wife enumeratedin1850 as Ulissa is Adalissa Hopper. Other genealogies also so nameher.

    1860 Federal Census, Cleveland County, North Carolina, 1 August, page51 (scan 430), Hse/Fam #363
    H K McSwain 43 M Farmer $900 Real Estate $1914 Personal born NoCarolina [b abt 1817]
    Catherine McSwain 37 F born So Carolina [b abt 1823]
    William S McSwain 19 M Farm Laborer born No Carolina [b abt 1851]
    Emily J McSwain 16 F born No Carolina [b abt 1844]
    Luther C McSwain 10 M born No Carolina [b abt 1851]
    Margaret L McSwain 8 F born No Carolina [b abt 1852]
    Peter W McSwain 2 M born No Carolina [b abt 1858]
    James McSwain 18 M Farm Laborer born No Carolina [b abt 1842]
    John T W McSwain 16 M Farm Laborer born No Carolina [b abt 1844]

    In 1870, Hugh is alone in the home, which would lead us to thinkCatherine has died.  But her grave says she died in 1879.  Perhaps shewas ill at the time of the 1870 census.   The children just have beenplaced with famliy relatives.  None of his children are in hishousehold.  His daughter Rachel, widowed in 1862, is enumerated as asecond family in this household.  There is also a 16-year-old HannahMcSwain keeping house in Hugh's household whom I have not identified.She is not in any census as a child of Hugh and any of his wives.

    1870 Federal Census, Cleveland County, North Carolina, 8 July,Township 3, P O Stices Shoals, page 7 (scan 112), Hse #45, Fam #51
    H K McSwain 33 M Farmer $200 Real Estate b North Carolina
    Hannah L McSwain 16 Keeps House F b North Carolina
    - Fam #52 -
    Rachel Paggett 28 Keeps House F b North Carolina Cannot write
    Cemantha Paggett 11 At Home F b North Carolina
    Susan P Paggett 8 At Home F b North Carolina

    In the 1880 census, Hugh's wife is Elizabeth (Lizzie) Sarah Rippy,sister of Mary Rippy McSwain.

    1880 Federal Census, Cleveland County, North Carolina, 21 June,Township 3, page 24, Hse/Fam #238
    McSwain, Hugh K  W M 62 Farmer NC NC NC [b abt 1818]
    McSwain, Elizabeth  Wife W F 33 Married House Keeper Cannot write NCNC NC
    McSwain, Petter  W M 21 Son Single  NC NC NC
    McSwain, Leeroy  W M 19 Son Single  Farm Hand NC NC NC
    McSwain, Lawson  W M 12 Son Single  Farm Hand NC NC NC
    McSwain, Avalona W F 9 Dau Single Cannot write NC NC NC

    Next door to Hugh Kerr McSwain Sr (b 1818) and his new wife ElizabethRippy is Edward Ross (Neddie) McSwain and his wife Barbara, in thehome of Neddie's mother Mary Rippy McSwain.  Mary's husband was BerryHicks McSwain.  In 1850 likewise Hugh was 2 doors away from Hicks andMary.

    1880 Federal Census, Cleveland County, North Carolina, 21 June,Township 3, page 24, Hse/Fam #238
    McSwain, Mary  W F 45 Married House Keeper Cannot read or write NC NCNC
    McSwain, Hannah  W F 27 Dau Single Female Weakness NC NC NC
    McSwain, Ross  W M 22 Son Farm Hand NC NC NC
    McSwain, Barbara W F 18 Dau-in-law Boarder Cannot write NC NC NC

    A detailed memorial on Find a Grave fills out some details and linksto memorials of several family members.  The child named Adalissa(spelled Adlissa here) is not found in any family census.  TheFind-a-Grave algorithms have calculated from the name that she is thedaughter of Hugh's wife Adalissa Hopper (also mistranscribed here fromher gravestone as Adlissa).  She should have been in the 1860 censusfrom her birth date reported here.

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    Hugh Kerr McSwain
    Birth Aug. 27, 1817
    Death May 9, 1899

    Parents:
    James McSwain (1789 - 1851)
    Rachel Riggins McSwain (1789 - 1839)

    Spouses:
    Catharine Davis McSwain (1832 - 1879) [2nd wife]
    Adlissa Hopper McSwain (1818 - 1857) [1st wife]

    Children:
    Rachel McSawin Padgett (1840 - 1888)
    Luther Carson McSwain (1849 - 1913)
    Adlissa McSwain (1851 - 1931) [no matching child appears in 1860 orother censuses with this family under any name; suggested by Find aGrave]
    George Davis McSwain (1854 - 1855)
    Leroy Wellington McSwain (1861 - 1935)
    Lawson Mills McSwain (1866 - 1954)

    Burial New Hope Baptist Church, Earl, Cleveland County, North Carolina

    Created by Elizabeth Dec 18, 2008
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #32257002,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=32257002
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