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Moses Swann (b. Abt. 1713, d. Abt. 1791)Moses Swann (son of Richard Swann) was born Abt. 1713 in Ireland, and died Abt. 1791 in Paxtang(Dauphin) Co. PA.He married Jean Barnett on 1737.
Notes for Moses Swann:
Lancaster County Pennsylvania Surveys
Moses Swan----Nov. 8, 1774
150 acres adjoining
William McRoberts on the North,
Andrew Carson on the East,
John Jameson on the South and
Alexander Johnson on the West in Paxtang Township.
1790 Census Dauphin County Pennsylvania----P 97.
Moses Swan M 16 and up 1 Females 1
M under 16 1
Dauphin County Pennsylvania Will Book 1A (1785-1800), P 196
Will of Moses Swan
The following Will was left with me Joseph Montgomery Reg. to be registered the man alive which is as follows----June 15th 1791.
In the name of God Amen this 29th day of November 1789 I Moses Swan of the Township of Paxtang in the County of Dauphine of State of Pennsylvania.
Item I leave unto my daughter Jean Swan her heirs and assigns forever the whole of my Estate both real and personal except my wearing clothes. She paying or securing to be paid in gold and silver money the several sums and bequeathments herein after mentioned to the persons herein after named.
Item. To my son John Swan the sum of 5 pounds.
Item. To my son-in-law Thomas Porter and his wife Cathrine the sum of 100.
Item to the 4 children of my son William Swan deceased viz. Margaret, Sarah, William and Moses Swan 50 pounds that is to each of the boys 15 pounds and to each of the girls 10 pounds but in case any of them die before the time they are to receive their share then their part to be equally divided amongst the survivors of them.
Item. To my son Joseph Swan the sum of 10 pounds.
Item. To my son Moses Swan deceased his son Moses the sum of 5 pounds and to his daughter 5 pounds.
Item. To my son Hugh Swan the sum of 10 shillings and all my wearing apparel.
Item. To my son-in-law John Thompson and his wife Margaret the sum of 10 pounds and to their son Moses the sum of 5 pounds.
Item. To my son Richard Swan the sum of 5 pounds upon condition he delivers up to my Executors or to his sister Jean Swan peaceably the conditional conveyance he hath for the one undivided half of my land and gives no further trouble in the premises if not my will is that he shall receive 10 shillings as his full share
the within sums of bequeathments all to be paid within one year after my decease except my son William’s children shares who are to be paid when the boys arrive at the age of 21 years and the girls at 18.
Item. I appoint my trusty friends John Coper and Capt. John Barnet the only and sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament.
In presence of: Thomas Barnett
/s/ Moses Swan
“Pennsylvania Genealogies” by Egles
Moses2 Swan (Richard1)
Born 1713 in the north of Ireland; came to America with his parents about 1730,
and settled in Paxtang Township.
He died about 1785.
He married in 1737 Jean Barnett; born 1715, daughter of John and Jennett Barnett.
They had issue:
1. Hugh Swan born 1738, married April 4, 1782 by Rev. John Elder, Martha __________.
2. John Swan born 1740; married and removed to now Washington County PA prior to
1771 and had issue among others, John and Thomas.
3. Isaac Swan born 1742, died unmarried.
4. Catharine born 1743; married Thomas Porter.
5. William born 1745; married Martha Renick.
6. Joseph born 1747; resided in Hamilton Township, now Franklin County PA in 1785.,
7. Moses born 1749, married and had a son Moses.
8. Jean born 1751.
9. Margaret born 1753, married John Thompson.
10. Richard born 1755, married Catharine Boggs.
Notes: This Egles data is in error regarding Joseph and John Swan. They both moved to the area of Mecklenburg/Rowan County NC and York County SC area. Also moving to these same areas were Moses Swan Jr. and Catherine who married Thomas Porter.
The following records show proof for some of these families.
“Rowan County North Carolina Deed Abstracts, Vol. 2 1762-72”
Rowan County North Carolina Deed Book 6, P 164-165
July 10, 1765
Archibald McConnell to Thomas Porter of Lancaster County Pennsylvania cooper
85 pounds - - - 420 acres on Walnut Branch granted Dec. 21, 1761.
Wit: William Temple Coles, John Kerr, James Porter
Rowan County North Carolina Will Book
Will of Thomas Porter of Rowan County NC.
Executors: Davie Bell, David Cowan
Wit: James Gay, Joseph Swann, James Swann
Joseph3 Swann married Keziah Porter and John3 Swann married Ann Porter, daughters of James Porter.
James Porter was a witness to the Deed where Thomas Porter bought his land in Rowan County NC. James Porter died circa 1792 in Rowan County naming sons William, Samuel, James and daughters Susanna, Ann, Kesiah, Jane and Margaret. Thomas Porter witnessed his will which was written in Sept. of 1789.
Thomas Porter and wife Catherine3 Swan must have gone to Rowan County NC in about 1765 when Catherine was about 22 years old.
Thomas Porter and James Porter were closely related, either brothers or more likely James was the uncle of Thomas Porter since his daughters Keziah and Ann married brothers of Catherine3 Swann.
More research needs to be done in Pennsylvania to determine the relationship of these Porter families.
Mecklenburg County North Carolina Deed Book 5, P 169
May 1, 1770
Mary and Samuel Knox to
Moses Swann of Lancaster County Pennsylvania
400 acres Steel Creek adjoining the widow Armour
Mecklenburg County North Carolina Deed Book 7, P 289----1775
Moses and Margaret Swan to Joseph Swan - - - 400 acres. Wit: Joseph Johnston
Lancaster County Pennsylvania Surveys
Hugh Swan----Aug. 25, 1767
283 acres of land adjoining land of James Wallace, John Carson and the Blue Mountain in Paxtang Township.
Note: There is no Hugh Swan on the 1790 Census in Dauphin County. A Hugh Swan appears on the 1790 Census in Fayette County PA.
More About Moses Swann and Jean Barnett:
Children of Moses Swann and Jean Barnett are:
- +Joseph Swann, b. Abt. 1747, Paxtang(Dauphin) Co. PA, d. Abt. 1832, Mecklinburg Co. NC.