I am descended from John Swaim, Jr., and his wife Eliz. Vickery.I had not done much research on John Swaim, Jr.'s, parentage.I had just taken the word of the Swaim histories that he was the son of Michael Swaim and his wife Martha.
I now realize that there is a major controversy as to John Swaim, Jr.'s, parentage.This isn't anything that DNA will be able to resolve - as I understand the problem. The candidates for John Jr.'s father were both closely related Swaims.
I found some interesting information about John Swaim,Jr., on Donald Gradeless' Home Page - entitled "North Carolina Family Notes."He credits Janet Jenkins as having provided the information
Janet credits a letter from Francine and Cletis Swaim for the following:
"John Swaim, Jr.'s, will was found in the Greensboro Library willing all to his son Moses and his grandchildren as listed in the Yoder Papers down as far aw were born at that time.He was definitely John, Jr.We found a Land Grant recorded in the State Land Grant Office dated 1798 to John Swaim, Jr., giving one of the boundaries on John Swaim, Sr.'s, land.It was in Randolph Co. on the waters of Deep River, where he was known to live with his wife Elizabeth Vickrey and his 11 children."
I had corresponded with Francine Swaim back in 1977.At that time she provided me with with a copy of a notarized transcription of a Bible that was willed by John Swaim to his grandson, Lyndon Swaim.
I do not have a copy of John Swaim, Jr's, will.It was an unregistered will which is now housed in the Greensboro Library, but I tend to believe that it establishes John Swaim, Jr.'s, identity in terms of his children and grandchildren.
Francine and Cletis Swaim also found (at the Greensboro Library?) "a Land Grant recorded in the State Land Grant Office dated 1798 to John Swaim, Jr., giving one of the boundaries on John Swaim, Sr.'s, line." If this is correct, it would appear to be the best evidence available that Johh Swaim, Jr., was indeed the son of John Swaim,Sr., who had married Charity Teague.
I don't enjoy changing what I had previously believed to be the case, but I admit that I had no particular reason to believe it in the first place.I also hate to give up the Worthington line, but I try to follow the facts.
If anyone has a copy or transcript of John Swaim's 1824 will or of the 1798 land grant to him, I would very much like a copy.In the meantime I will try to find copies in the Greensboro Library or elsewhere.
I'm sure that I am over simplifying the problem, but I would appreciate hearing from anyone about this question.