Sharon, Good to hear from you. We are definitely from the same clan! Probably 1/2 cousins!Over 20 years ago, my Mother, now deceased, took me to Ellistown to New Hope and Fairfield. Her Ggrandmother, Margaret Bell, is buried at New Hope along with Aunt Sarah Frances Bell Hardy Lummus and others, where you have probably visited.
Sometimes genealogy can be overwhelming and then 2 people make a connection with a small bit of information.Like you, Mother thought Robert Swan's 2nd wife was a Doshia? Brown?!!!!! I had it in my notes but haven't made a connection with any of Robert Swans' line until you. (and recently below). Since your gfather said his mother was named Docie Brown, could she have been married to a Snipes and had Florence BEFORE she married Robert Swan? That would make her 1/2 sister to your gfather. You didn't say WHY you think Rob't Swan may have been married to a Snipes.
We differ on one point though. Where you have Robert Swan's SIBLINGS, I have them as CHILDREN: 1. Andrew Jackson L. b 1882MS d 1943TX 2. Essie Bell(e)L. b 1886 d 1977TX m Robert Franklin Moore 3. Lewis L. b 1884 4. Silas L.b 1889 (I believe this is your Silas who died in WWI) (his age would be about right to have served).
This info (above) was given to me by my cousin in Tupelo, who received it from Essie Lummus Moore's grandson from Euless,TX. I have a little more info on Essie Bell(e) and Andrew Jackson if you would like it.
If you notice, Robert Swan L. was born in 1853, whereas Jack L. was born in 1883--- making them brothers seems unlikely.
Now, MY John Silas L., who married Lucy Jane Bell, sister of your Sarah, and served in the CIVIL WAR but wasn't killed (I have a copy of his record). He was a brother to your Robert Swan along with sisters, Elizabeth and Rececca who became deaf after an illness at age 4. Their father, William Thomas L., after the death of their mother, Jane D. McCay, left these 4 children in the care of relatives in MS, married and had another family. I have a few leads on locating him but haven't put it together yet. I'll let you know when I find out.
Let me hear from you.I hope we can make some sense out of this by sharing info--that's what genealogy is all about--LOVE of FAMILY!
I am still looking for the parents of our common ancestors-Thomas C.(Calvin) Bell and Margaret Templeton Bell.Any ideas?