I'm interested in your comments regarding SWINT having derived from SCHWINDT.My grandfather's family said that our SWINT had orginally been SCHWINDT.They were supposedly from the area around Mainz or Hessen.My line is: John SWINT (unproven) John SWINT & Elizabeth CARTLEDGE (Rev.) Frederic SWINT & Rebecca HARRIS Samuel SWINT & Rebecca CARTLEDGE Frederic SWINT & Mary Frances "Molly" EMERSON Jefferson Frederic SWINT & Anita RAY [my maternal grandparents]
My understanding is that the GERSCHWINDT or GERSCHWIND or GERSCHWEND name was connected with the northern branch of SWINTs (some of whom were of Russian descent or perhaps Germans who lived in Russia before coming to America) and the shorter spelling was connected to the southern branch.Has anybody else heard that?I've also always heard that ALL the southern SWINTs are descendants of John SWINT who died in 1801 in Hancock County, Georgia (who was my 4th great grandfather). The latter seems to be proving out in my own experience.
About 25 years ago, I found Johannes SCHWINDT who arrived aboard the Loyal Judith on Sept. 2, 1743 and have long suspected that there might be a connection.I've found nothing to prove or disprove it. Has anyone found proof or even evidence of any generations farther back than John SWINT who m. Elizabeth CARTLEDGE and died in 1801 in GA?One more comment:This simple name is spelled numerous ways in old records, as follows:Swent, Swents, Swints, Swintz, Swentz, Swontz, Swonts, Swendt, Schwind, Schwindt, Schwend, Synnd, Synns, Swind, Swend, Schweindt, Swinte, Swink, Schwenck, Swyng, and Schwin.--Becky