Re: Berks County PA Schweimler/Sweimler
I appreciate all of your thorough research on the Philip/Frederic & Andreas Schweimler brothers.It seems, though, that they were not the first ones in America bearing “like” names.I have been trying to trace a John “Jacob” Swimley who had settled in Berkeley County Virginia (now WV), b. abt. 1770.He married Elinor Lewis February 25, 1794, (she died 1802), and then married widowed Catherine (Pulse/Boltz) Snyder in 1804.He died in 1824 – she died in 1859.
Since Philip and Andreas were still being held prisoner at the time of this Jacob’s birth – I surmised that they would not be his Father.So the question for me was to see if there was another possible Father “out there” or whether he was an original immigrant.
When it seemed impossible to find – I located a “George Swimley just north of Berkeley County in the County of Washington Maryland.George Swimley is found in the in Marsh Hundred (“Hundred” essentially means “County”) during the time of our American Revolution.He was a member of the “Committee of Observation” to raise money to assist the Boston Tea Party. I have yet to find out more about this fellow, but seems possible that he was the father of Jacob…
However, I have since located a Johannes Swomley in the same County (Washington) – in the Frederick area that could also hold a key to Jacob and/or George.
Birth: abt 1727 / Palatinate, Germany
Death: abt 1810 / Frederick, MD
Marriage(s) (Anna) Margretha (Grosnickel) Becker, called “Margaret."They were married on 5 Oct1756, at St. Michael’s & Zion Lutheran Church, in Philadelphia.He was a widower from Cohansey, NJ. They made their home at New Market, MD.
Marriage Notice:October 5, Johannes Swaemle, widr, and Margr. Grosnikel, wid.
She was widowed from Peter Grosnickel.
“Swomley” descendants can still be found in the Frederick, Maryland area.“Swimley” descendants also live in the Berkeley, WV/Frederick County VA area.
Have you (or anyone !!) “happened upon” these men as you’ve been researching your line?