First Generation The Swaim family of Forsyth, Surry and Yadkin counties is of Dutch origin,and immigrated from Leerdam, Holland, to Staten Island, New York, between 1659 and 1676. John Swaim (1719-1803) left Staten Island as a young man and came to Frederick Co. VA, where he married Charity Teague, daughter of William Teague and Isabella Loftin (or Pennington?).
He received a land grant in Frederick County in 1750, but by 1759 had moved to Rowan Co. NC, where he obtained land in the Abbotts Creek area (present-day northeastern Davidson and adjacent counties.) Some of the Teague family settled in the same area. In 1765 John and Charity sold the original Abbotts Creek grant and probably moved soon afterwards to what is now Yadkin County, where a deed is recorded for him on Deep Creek in 1789 (then Surry County).
The Records of the Moravians in NC [2:791] refer to a visit by George Soelle to his house at Fox Nobbs, on the headwaters of Deep Creek, in 1772. John's brother Michael Swaim settled in Guilford County NC, and has many descendants in Guilford and Randolph County. We focus here mainly on John and Charity's descendants in Stokes and later Forsyth County.
This name sometimes appears in census and other records as SWIM. The name SWAIN also occurs in North Carolina. This is probably an unrelated family or families, of English origin, but researchers should be aware that the names are confused in some public records. The Swains of Guilford County were Quakers who came there from Nantucket.