Ben H. Swett
Colonel USAF (Retired)
11 November 2007
This paper is an attempt to integrate and verify several accounts of early Sweat and Swett families on Cape Cod. One of the questions is where they came from.
In the Foreword to his Swett Genealogy (about 1914), Everett S. Stackpole wrote:
It has been published that John Swett of Newbury came from the Isle of Guernsey, and that his descendants settled in Wellfleet and Truro, Mass. There seems, on investigation, to be no connection between the Swetts of Cape Cod and those of Newbury. --See History of Barnstable County, p. 821.
Simeon L. Deyo, History of Barnstable County Massachusetts 1620-1890 (New York, H.W. Blake, 1890), page 821:
James Swett -- This family name was transplanted in 1630 from the Isle of Guernsey, in the English Channel, to Newburyport, in the New World; and in 1670 two brothers, descendants of the name, came to the Cape, Benjamin, one of them, settling in Wellfleet, and Noah, the other, in Truro. They were seafaring men, and from them have descended the family in Barnstable county. Benjamin, grandson of the first of that name who settled here, married, and from him descended the subject of this sketch. [The next paragraph jumps to 1743.]
Deyo's statement, "This family name was transplanted in 1630 from the Isle of Guernsey, in the English Channel, to Newburyport, in the New World" is suspect, because Newbury was first settled in 1635 and Newburyport didn't exist until 1764. [Currier, History of Newbury, Mass., p. 30, 303]
The brothers Benjamin and Noah Swett are not in Stackpole or the vital records of Newbury. They could be descendants of John Swett of Newbury if he had a son or grandson not mentioned in the Newbury records, but I have found no evidence that brothers Benjamin and Noah Swett were living on Cape Cod as early as 1670. The brevity and vagueness of this opening paragraph suggests it was an ancestor legend (oral tradition) and not a matter of record when it was written in 1890.
In summary: Deyo's History of Barnstable County asserts but does not prove a connection between the Swetts of Newbury and the Swetts of Cape Cod, and infers but does not prove that John Swett of Newbury came from the Isle of Guernsey. These claims indicate possible avenues for further research, but should not be considered valid on the basis of this reference.
In his Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine (1909), George Thomas Little described several generations of families on Cape Cod and eastern Maine as descendants of John Swett of Newbury through his son Joseph.
I. John Swett, immigrant ancestor, was born in England about 1590. His widow Phebe died in May 1665.
II. Joseph, son of John Swett, was born about 1630. He was living in Newbury until 1650, was of Haverhill in 1653, and later removed to Boston. He married Elizabeth ____. Children:
III. Joseph, born October 26, 1658, was drowned near his home in Truro, Massachusetts, November 29, 1716, with an Indian and four other Englishmen going from Eastham harbor to Billingsgate.
III. Benjamin  was born in Boston, January 29, 1660. According to family tradition he and his brother settled when young men on Cape Cod, the brother Joseph at Truro and he at Wellfleet.
There is a problem in Little's paragraph about Benjamin . Joseph's brother, John Swett, Jr., had a son named Benjamin baptized at First Church of Boston 29 January 1660. [Boston VR, Vol. 9, p. 73] Joseph Swett and his second wife Mary Baxter had a son named Benjamin in 1673. [Boston VR, Vol. 9, p. 129] Therefore, Benjamin  in Little's account wasn't a son of Joseph Swett born in 1660, but could be the son of John Swett, Jr., born in 1660, or the son of Joseph Swett born in 1673.
An LDS Ancestral File posted by Joyce Wilman Hutchinson does not trace the Swett families on Cape Cod from John Swett of Newbury. Instead, it starts with:
John Swett, born about 1669 in Nantucket, died about 1714 in Eastham, Mass. Wife Mary born about 1673. Children: Joseph 1695, Elizabeth 1697, Benjamin 1699, Mary 1701, Sarah 1703, Solomon 1704, Hannah 1706.
Further research is needed to find where this John Swett [Sweet or Sweat] came from. There is nothing about him or his family in the Nantucket records, under any of the various spellings.
1590. John Swett of Newbury was probably born in Norfolk, England, about 1590. He had four of his children baptized in Wymondham Parish, Norfolk, England: Dorcas 1618, Stephen 1620, Joseph 1622, and Benjamin 1624. [Parish Records] The first solid evidence we have of this family in America is a pasture agreement he signed at Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts, 12 March 1642. [Newbury VR] He died 13 January 1651/2. [Newbury VR] Widow Phebe Swett died 6 May 1665 [Newbury VR]. The assumption that the Sarah Swett who died in Newbury 11 December 1650 was the wife of John Swett of Newbury is not supported by the Newbury VR.
1622. Joseph Swett, son of John, was baptized 21 January 1622 in Wymondham Parish, Norfolk, England. [Parish records] He married (1) Elizabeth Taylor in October 1651. [Stackpole. Not in Newbury VR.] I have not found her birth.
1658. Joseph Swett, Jr., son of Joseph and Elizabeth, was born 26 October 1658 in Boston, and “Joseph of Joseph Swett of Church of Newberry” was baptized at First Church of Boston 31 October 1658. [Boston VR, Vol. 9, p. 65 & 68]
1660. Benjamin Sweete, son of Joseph and Elisabeth, was born 22 January 1659/60 in Boston. [Boston VR, Vol. 9, p. 70] This must be the record that Little was citing. However, Benjamin, son of JOHN Swett [Jr] of Church of Newberry was baptized at First Church of Boston 29 January 1659/60. [Boston VR, Vol. 9, p. 73] If the birth record is correct, he died before 12 July 1673. If the baptism record is correct, this grandson of John Swett of Newbury could be the Benjamin  in Little's account. Stackpole has his baptism, as son of John Swett, Jr., but nothing else about him.
1669. John Swett [Sweat] was born about 1669 in Nantucket. [Hutchinson]
His wife Mary was born about 1673. Children: [Hutchinson. Names also listed
1. Joseph Sweat born about 1695 drowned 29 November 1716
2. Elizabeth Sweat born about 1697 married William Lewis in 1719
3. Benjamin Sweat born about 1699 married Sarah Eldridge in 1726
4. Mary Sweat born about 1701
5. Sarah Sweat born about 1703
6. Solomon Sweat born about 1704 married Sarah Baker in 1737
7. Hannah Sweat born about 1706 married Barnabas Twining in 1731
I have not found the births of these children in any VR. It is very possible that the records are missing, but finding where they were born would show whether this family lived on Cape Cod as early as 1695 or locate where they lived before they moved to Cape Cod.
1672. Joseph Swett, son of John Swett of Newbury, married (2) widow Mary (Baxter) Buttolph about 1672. She was born in February 1640 daughter of Nicholas and Ann Baxter. [RootsWeb: Baxter. Stackpole has her birth in December 1639 from misreading the Puritan date “12th month 1639”.] I have found nothing on the death of Elizabeth (Taylor) Swett, or where Joseph Swett lived from 1658 to 1672. This 14 year gap in the available data suggests they may have had other children, not born in Boston.
1673. Benjamin Swett was born 12 July 1673 in Boston son of Joseph Swett and Mary Baxter. "Benjamin of sister Swete baptized 18 day 5 mo 1673" (18 July 1673) at First Church of Boston. [Boston VR, Vol. 9, p. 129 & 130] He could be the Benjamin  in Little's account. Stackpole has his birth, but nothing else about him.
1695. Joseph Sweat was born about 1695 son of John and Mary Sweat of Eastham. [Hutchinson]
1696. John Sweet or Sweat was living in Eastham as early as 1696. [Stackpole gives no source for this statement] John Sweat's seven children were born between 1695 and 1706 but I have found no record that they were born in Eastham.
1697. Elizabeth Sweat was born about 1697 daughter of John and Mary Sweat of Eastham. [Hutchinson] William Lewis and Elisabeth Sweat, both of Eastham, published their intentions 14 August 1719. [MDM Vol. 28, p. 110] William Lewis and Elizabeth Sweat, both of Eastham, were married by John Doane, Esq., on 13 October 1719. [Eastham VR]
1699. Benjamin Sweat was born in 1699 son of John and Mary Sweat of
Eastham. [Hutchinson] Benjamin Sweat of Eastham and Sarah Eldridge of Truro
published their intentions 8 January 1725/6. [MDM Vol. 28, p. 114] Benjamin
Sweet and Sarah Eldridge were married 31 January 1725/6 by Mr. John Avery,
pastor of the church of Truro. [Hutchinson, and MDM Truro, p. 13] She was
born in 1707. They had eight children. He died in October 1748, in his
50th year. [MDM Vol. 12, p. 136] Her gravestone reads: "In Memory of Mrs
Sarah Sweat widow of Mr Benj'n Sweat died April 29th 1781 in the 74th year
of her age. The sweet remembrance of the just shall flourish when they
sleep in dust." [Duck Creek Cemetery, Wellfleet] Children:
1. Joseph Sweat born 9 February 1728
2. John Sweat born 4 April 1730 married Zibeah Young in 1754
3. Mary Sweat born 1 October1732 married Robert Rich in 1757
4. Sarah Sweat born 24 November 1734 died young
5. Sarah Sweat born 17 July 1736 married Thomas Linel
6. Benjamin Sweat born 4 April 1739 married Mercy Atwood in 1762
7. Hannah Sweat born in 1743 8. Noah Sweat born 31 March 1746 married Thankful Pierce in 1767
Little has Benjamin born in Wellfleet about 1700 son of Benjamin, but this is obviously an error because Benjamin is mentioned in the administration of his father, John Sweat who died in 1714. Deyo has Benjamin born about 1700, grandson of Benjamin, but this is unlikely due to other errors in Deyo's account. All the available evidence indicates that Hutchinson has it right -- the Benjamin Sweat who married Sarah Eldridge in 1726 was the son of John Sweat who died in 1714.
1701. Mary Sweat was born about 1701 daughter of John and Mary Sweat of Eastham. [Hutchinson]
1703. Sarah Sweat was born about 1703 daughter of John and Mary Sweat of Eastham. [Hutchinson]
1704. Solomon Sweat was born in 1704 son of John and Mary Sweat of Eastham.
[Hutchinson] Sollomon Swet and Sarah Beaker, both of Eastham, published
their intentions 18 November 1737 [MDM Vol. 28, p. 180], and were married
6 December 1737 by Joseph Doane, Justice of the Peace. [Eastham VR] She
was born 19 July 1717 daughter of Isaac Baker and Sarah Rich. [Eastham
VR] Solomon Sweat died 19 December 1753 aged 49. [Duck Creek Cemetery]
1. Shebna Sweat born in 1741 married Dorothy Collins in 1761
2. Solomon Sweat born in 1742 married Jemima Bickford in 1762
3. Mehitable Sweat born about 1743 married Cyprian Hinkley in 1763
1706. Hannah Sweat was born about 1706 daughter of John and Mary Sweat of Eastham. [Hutchinson] Barnabas Twining and Hannah Swet, both of Eastham, published their intentions 1 May 1731 [MDM Vol. 28, p. 173] and were married 11 June 1731 by Joseph Doane, Justice of the Peace. [Eastham VR] He was born 9 September 1705 in Eastham son of William Twining, Jr., and Ruth Cole, and died 5 March 1766 aged 61. [Hadaway]
1714. John Sweet or Sweat of Eastham died intestate about 1714, for July 7th of that year his widow, Mary, was made administratrix of his estate. [Stackpole] John Swett, born about 1669 in Nantucket, died about 1714 in Eastham. [Hutchinson] Together, these entries show how the surname was spelled three different ways.
1716. Little has "Joseph Swett born 26 October 1658 [son of Joseph Swett and Elizabeth Taylor] was drowned near his home in Truro 29 November 1716 with an Indian and four other Englishmen going from Eastham harbor to Billingsgate." If this is correct, he was a grandson of John Swett of Newbury, aged 58. However, Hutchinson has "Joseph [son of John and Mary Sweat of Eastham] born about 1695 drowned 29 November 1716." This contradicts Little's statement of his birth.
1721. At division of the estate of John Sweet or Sweat of Eastham in 1721, the following children are named: Benjamin "now the oldest son," Solomon, Elizabeth Lewis, Mary Sweet, Sarah Sweet, and Hannah Sweet. He is called "Sweat" in the inventory. Joseph, probably another son, was drowned 29 November 1716. See Probate Records of Barnstable County and also Diary of Dea. Moses Paine of Truro. [Stackpole] The quote that Benjamin was "now the oldest son" in 1721 supports Stackpole's comment that the Joseph who drowned in 1716 probably was the son of John Sweat of Eastham born about 1695, and not the son of Joseph Swett as stated by Little.
1723. The north part of Eastham was originally called Billingsgate. In 1723 it was organized as the "North Precinct" of Eastham. In 1763 it was incorporated as the "District of Wellfleet" and in 1775 it became a town. The records of Wellfleet begin with the organization of the North Precinct in 1723. [MDM Vol. 4, p. 227]
1724. Benjamin Swett was one of the taxpayers of Wellfleet who protested against paying rates or continuing in the ministry of Rev. Josiah Oakes. [Little] He was probably the son of John and Mary Sweat of Eastham born in 1699, aged 25.
1727. Samuel Mayo, Sr., and Mrs. Mary Sweat, both of Eastham, published their intentions 15 July 1727 [MDM Vol. 28. p. 116] and were married by Nathaniel Freeman 31 August 1727. [Eastham VR] The "Mrs." in these entries probably indicates that she was the widow of John Sweat of Eastham, aged about 53. This observation is supported by the fact that Samuel Mayo, Sr., was 72 years old in 1727. He was born 12 October 1655 in Eastham, son of Nathaniel Mayo and Hannah Prence, and married Ruth Hopkins 26 May 1681. Their son Samuel Mayo, Jr., was born 16 July 1684 and married Abigail Sparrow 6 August 1713. [Eastham VR]
1728. Joseph Sweat was born 9 February 1727/8 in Eastham son of Benjamin
Sweat and Sarah Eldridge. [Eastham VR. Hutchinson has Truro.] Benjamin
Swett of Truro had son Joseph baptized 21 April 1728. [Stackpole] Joseph
Sweet, Jr., and Ann Freeman, both of Eastham, published their intentions
5 October 1751. [MDM Vol. 28, p. 78] Joseph Swet and Ann Freeman, both
of Eastham, were married 9 January 1752 in Eastham by Mr. Isaiah Lewis.
[MDM, Vol. 16, p. 69] I have not found her parents, but she was born in
1730, because Ann Sweat, wife of Joseph, died 6 January 1768, aged 38 years.
[Duck Creek Cemetery] Children:
1. Joseph Sweat born in 1753 died 28 August 1756 aged 3 years.
1730. John Sweat was born 4 April 1730 in Truro son of Benjamin Sweat
and Sarah Eldridge. [Hutchinson, and Eastham VR] Benjamin Swett of Truro
had son John baptized 17 March 1730. [Stackpole] (Hmm ... unless he was
baptized before he was born, one of these dates is wrong.) John Swet and
Zibatha Young, both of Eastham, published their intentions 13 April 1754
[MDM Vol 28, p. 16]. John Sweet and Zibiah Young, both of Eastham, were
married in Eastham 1 May 1754 by Mr. Isaiah Lewis [Eastham VR]. She was
born in 1729 in Wellfleet, daughter of Barnabas and Rebecca Young [LDS],
and died 30 November 1807 in her 78th year [MDM Vol. 12, p. 136]. John
Sweat died 27 June 1813 aged 83. [Duck Creek Cemetery has "1813 aged 88"
in which "88" is probably a transcription error for "83".] Children:
1. Mary Swett born 5 March 1755 died 6 March 1844
2. Joseph Swett born 3 September 1757 married Jerusha Cole
3. Anna Swett born 10 April 1760 married (1) Samuel Baker, (2) John Holbrook
4. Barnabas Swett born 10 April 1760 [twin to Anna]
5. Zibeah Swett born 10 February 1763 died 27 June 1791 unmarried
6. Noah Swett born 6 December 1765
7. Rebecca Swett born 9 January 1766/7 died 7 June 1791 unmarried
The 1790 U. S. Census for Wellfleet has John Sweat as the head of a household consisting of 3 males over 16, probably himself (60), Barnabas (30) and Noah (25), and 3 females, probably his wife Zibiah (61), and their two unmarried daughters Zibeah (27) and Rebecca (23).
1732. Mary Sweat was born 1 October 1732 in Truro daughter of Benjamin Sweat and Sarah Eldridge. [MDM Truro, p. 84] Robert Rich, Jr., and Mary Swet, both of Eastham, published their intentions 23 October 1756. [MDM Vol. 28, p. 12] Robert Rich, Jr., and Mary Sweet, both of Eastham, were married 27 January 1757 in Eastham by Mr. Isaiah Lewis, minister. [Eastham VR]
1734. Sarah Sweat was born 24 November 1734 in Truro daughter of Benjamin Sweat and Sarah Eldridge. [MDM Truro, p. 50] She died young. See next entry.
1736. Sarah Sweat was born 17 July 1736 in Truro daughter of Benjamin Sweat and Sarah Eldridge. [MDM Truro, p. 84] Thomas Linel and Sarah Sweet, both of Eastham, published their intentions 2 May 1757. [MDM Vol. 28, p. 10] Thomas Linel and Sarah Swete, both of Eastham, were married 4 August 1757 in Eastham by Mr. Joseph Crocker. [MDM Vol. 27, p. 169]
1739. Benjamin Sweat was born 4 April 1739 in Eastham son of Benjamin
Sweat and Sarah Eldridge. [Eastham VR] Benjamin Sweet and Mercy Atwood
published their intentions 27 May 1762. [MDM Vol. 27, p. 187] Benjamin
Sweat and Mercy Atwood, both of Eastham, were married 8 September 1762
in Eastham by Mr. Isaiah Lewis. [Eastham VR] Capt. Benjamin Swett died
in the West Indies 23 January 1784 aged 45. [From gravestone with his wife
in Duck Creek Cemetery.] She was born 16 July 1744 in Wellfleet, daughter
of James Atwood and Mercy Young [Atwood] and died 7 July 1830 aged 86.
[Duck Creek Cemetery. The name is spelled SWETT on their gravestone.] Children:
1. Delilah Sweat born 2 August 1769 died 15 December 1771 aged 2
2. Benjamin Sweat born 2 August 1771 married Abigail Dyer in 1794
3. Polly Sweat born in 1780 died 9 August 1797 aged 17
1741. Shebna Sweat was born in 1741 in Wellfleet son of Solomon Sweat
and Sarah Baker. [Norwood] Shabner Sweat and Dorothy Collins, both of Eastham,
published their intentions 11 June 1761 and were married 12 November 1761
in Eastham by Mr. Edward Cheever, minister. [Eastham VR] Shebna Swett moved
his family to Hampden, Penobscot, Maine, about 1778, where he died in 1817
and his widow died in 1822. His will dated 22 May 1814 and probated in
June 1817 names his wife and all of the following children except Shebna
1. Shebna Sweat born 26 July 1762 [there is a question concerning his parentage]
2. Abigail Sweat born 29 June 1764 married Barnabas Young
3. Betty (or Betsy) Swett born 24 June 1766 married Nathaniel Ward
4. Abial Swett born 20 September 1779 married William Dunning
5. Ruth Swett born 26 July 1774 married (1) Samuel Holbrook, (2) Eben Crosby
6. Bethiah Swett born 20 March 1776 married Joseph Simpson
7. Rachel Swett born 5 April 1779 married Andrew Patterson, Jr.
Hampden and Orrington are towns on opposite sides of the Penobscot River about five miles south of Bangor, Maine. Several families moved to that area from Cape Cod in the late 1770's.
1742. Solomon Sweat was born in 1742 in Wellfleet son of Solomon Sweat
and Sarah Baker. [Norwood] Solomon Sweeat and Jemima Bigford, both of Eastham,
published their intentions 22 December 1761. [MDM Vol 27, p. 187] Solomon
Sweat and Jemima Bickford, both of Eastham, were married 14 January 1762
in Eastham by Mr. Isaiah Lewis. [Eastham VR] They moved from Wellfleet
to Orrington, Maine, probably in 1777. She died, and he married (2) Mary
Nickerson about 1785 in Orrington. She was born about 1765 in Harwich (Cape
Cod) daughter of Eliphalet Nickerson and Mary Higgins who moved from Harwich
to Orrington in 1774 and settled in the area that is now Brewer, Maine.
[Higgins] Solomon Swett died in Orrington 11 December 1811 aged 69. [Stackpole].
1. Shebna Sweat born 26 July 1762 [there is a question concerning his parentage]
2. Rachel Swett born 10 June 1764 married Moses Baker in 1785
3. Sarah Swett born 12 December 1767
4. Jeremiah Swett born 7 September 1773 married (1) Betsey Gould in 1794, (2) Barbara Smith in 1836
5. Samuel Swett born 22 April 1775
1743. Hannah Sweat was born 5 June 1743 in Eastham daughter of Benjamin Sweat and Sarah Eldridge. [Eastham VR]
1743. Mehitable Sweat was born about 1743, probably daughter of Solomon Sweat and Sarah Baker. Cyprian Hinkley and Mehitable Sweet, both of Eastham, published their intentions 22 April 1763. [MDM Vol. 28, p. 7]
1746. Noah Sweat was born 31 March 1746 in Eastham son of Benjamin Sweat
and Sarah Eldridge. [Eastham VR] He married Thankful Pierce 13 November
1767 in Wellfleet. [Wellfleet VR]. She was born 8 February 1747-8 in Wellfleet
daughter of Joseph Pierce and Susannah Newcomb. [Freker] Capt. Noah Swett
died at sea near Hispanolia, West Indies, 1 April 1784 aged 37. His widow,
Thankful Swett, died 18 December 1842 aged 93 years 10 months. [Duck Creek
Cemetery, Lot C-9. The name is spelled SWETT on their gravestone.] Children:
1. Benjamin Sweat born 28 December 1769 married Joanna Atwood in 1793
2. Noah Sweat, Jr., born 10 January 1772 married Hannah Howes in 1794
3. Martha Sweat born 26 June 1774 married Thomas Higgins in 1792
4. John Sweat born 11 December 1776 married Mary Collins in 1798
5. Thankful Sweat born 27 February 1779 died in 1798
6. Joseph Sweat born 27 February 1781 married Bethiah Higgins in 1804
7. Susanna Sweat born 7 March 1783 married Rev. Hezekiah Newcomb in 1826
Deyo wrote that Noah Swett son of Benjamin was born 1743 in Wellfleet and had five children: John, Benjamin, Joseph, Martha, and Susanna. I think Deyo was describing the family of Noah Sweat and Thankful Pierce, because the names are the same except for Noah, Jr., and Thankful, and the dates in this part of Deyo's account are not precise.
The 1790 U. S. Census for Wellfleet shows Thankful Sweat [widow of Noah] as the head of a household consisting of 2 males over 16 [Benjamin and Noah], 2 males under 16 [John and Joseph], and 4 females [herself, and her daughters Martha, Thankful, and Susanna].
1753. Joseph Sweat was born in 1753 son of Joseph Sweat and Anna Freeman. He died 28 August 1756 aged 3 years. [Duck Creek Cemetery]
1755. Mary Swet was born 5 March 1755 in Eastham daughter of John and Ziba Swet. [Eastham VR] She died 6 March 1844. [Hutchinson]
1757. Joseph Swet was born 3 September 1757 in Eastham son of John and
Ziba Swet. [Eastham VR] He married Jerusha Cole. [I have not found their
marriage.] She was born 19 November 1759 in Wellfleet daughter of William
and Eunice Cole. [Wellfleet VR] Capt. Joseph Sweat died 1 April 1796 in
his 39th year. [Duck Creek Cemetery] Children:
1. Barnabas Swett born 9 August 1786 died 21 April 1787 aged 8 months
2. Barnabas Swett born 17 November 1791
1760. Daniel Cole and Sarah Swet, both of Eastham, published their intentions 10 January 1760 and were married 13 March 1760 by Samuel Smith, Justice of the Peace. [MDM Vol. 27, p. 106, 108] This may be another marriage of Sarah Sweat born 17 July 1736 in Truro daughter of Benjamin Sweat and Sarah Eldridge.
1760. Barnabas Sweat and Anna Sweat [twins], son and daughter of John and Zibe Sweat were born 10 April 1760 in Eastham. [Eastham VR]
1762. Shebna Swett was born 26 July 1762 in Wellfleet. [Norwood] There
is some confusion concerning his parentage: he could have been a son of
Shebna Sweat and Dorothy Collins, or a son of Solomon Sweat and Jemima
Bickford. I have not found his birth in the vital records. He married (1)
Joann Nickerson 22 October 1789 in Orrington, Maine. She was born 29 May
1762 in Harwich (on Cape Cod) daughter of Eliphalet Nickerson and Mary
Higgins, and died 4 October 1823 in Orrington. [Nickerson] He married (2)
Mrs. Nancy (Thompson) Cobb 13 January 1822 in Hampden. [Hampden Marriages;
and RootsWeb, Chesebro. Norwood has Nancy Atwood] Unless he married his
second wife before his first wife died, there is something wrong with the
date of his first wife's death. Children:
1. Solomon Swett born 31 July 1794 died young.
2. Samuel Swett born 2 April 1797
3. Solomon Swett born 7 September 1806
1763. Zibeah Sweat was born 10 February 1763 in Eastham daughter of John Sweat and Zibeah Young. [Hutchinson] She died 27 June 1791 aged 28 unmarried. [Duck Creek Cemetery]
1764. Rachel Swett was born 10 June 1764 in Wellfleet, probably daughter of Solomon Sweat and Jemima Bickford. She married Moses Baker 20 December 1785. [Descendants of Francis Baker website]
1764. Abigail Swett was born 29 June 1764 in Wellfleet daughter of Shebnah Swett and Dorothy Collins. [Wellfleet VR] She married Barnabas Young.
1765. Noah Swett was born 6 December 1765 in Eastham son of John Swett and Zibeah Young. [Hutchinson]
1766. Betty (or Betsy) Swett was born 24 June 1766 in Eastham daughter of Shebna Swett and Dorothy Collins. She married Nathaniel Ward in 1788 and died in 1848. [Norwood]
1767. Rebecca Sweat was born 9 January 1767 daughter of John Sweat and Zibeah Young. [Hutchinson] She died 7 June 1791 in her 25th year, unmarried. [Duck Creek Cemetery]
1769. Delilah Sweat was born 2 August 1769 in Wellfleet daughter of Benjamin Sweat and Mercy Atwood. [Wellfleet VR] She died 15 December 1771 aged 2 years, 4 months. [Duck Creek Cemetery]
1769. Benjamin Sweat was born 28 December 1769 in Wellfleet son of Noah
Sweat and Thankful Pierce. [Wellfleet VR. Little has "Benjamin  son
of Benjamin  was born 29 December 1769" which shows that Little's line
of descent is erroneous at this point.] Benjamin Swett married (1) Joanna
Atwood 28 November 1793 in Wellfleet. [Little, and Wellfleet VR] They moved
to Hampden, Maine, about 1795, and had one child: Delia D. Swett, born
4 January 1796. [Little] Joanna (Atwood) Swett died in Hampden 17 May 1801
aged 27. [Stackpole] He married (2) Mehitable Atwood of Orrington in late
1801. [Little] She was born 9 July 1774 daughter of Jesse Atwood and Hannah
Doane, and died 17 January 1839 in Orrington. Thirteen children were present
at her funeral --see Bangor History Magazine. [Stackpole] These were all
12 of her children, plus her husband's daughter by his first wife. He died
in Hampden 13 October 1854, aged 84 years, 9 months. [Stackpole] The children
of Benjamin Swett and Mehitable Atwood were famous for their longevity:
as a family, their average lifespan was more than 86 years. [Little says
they were born in Orrington, but their obituaries say they were born in
1. Joanna A. Swett born 3 October 1802 married Moses Rowe, died in 1903
2. Emily H. Swett born 21 February 1804 died 27 April 1901
3. Noah Swett born 29 July 1805 died 8 September 1873
4. Benjamin Swett born 6 September 1806 died 14 April 1894
5. James A. Swett born 16 January 1808 died 4 May 1901
6. John Swett born 4 March 1809 died 30 June 1879
7. Mary E. Swett born 30 May 1810 died 6 June 1899
8. Sarah C. Swett born 2 September 1811 died 20 April 1901
9. Mehitable A. Swett born 8 March 1813 married Jonathan Burbank, died in 1906
10. Charles M. Swett born 30 August 1814 married Ruth Atwood, died 10 February 1892
11. William A. Swett born 10 July 1816 married Mary Banks Putnam, died in 1902
12. David W. Swett born 17 May 1818 married Mehitable Walker, died in 1902
1770. Abial Swett was born 20 September 1770 in Eastham daughter of Shebna Swett and Dorothy Collins. She married William Dunning. [Norwood]
1771. Benjamin Sweat was born 2 August 1771 in Wellfleet son of Benjamin
Sweat and Mercy Atwood. [Wellfleet VR] Benjamin Sweat, Jr., of Wellfleet
and Abigail Dyer of Truro published their intentions 10 January 1794. [MDM
Vol. 13, p. 159] Benjamin Sweett, Jr., of Wellfleet and Abigail Dyer of
Truro were married 13 February 1794 in Truro. [MDM Truro, p. 158] She was
born 10 August 1767 in Truro daughter of Napthali Dyer and Elizabeth Biggs.
(Her brother Napthali Dyer married Deliverance Sweat in 1792.) Benjamin,
Jr., and Abigail Sweat moved to Orrington, Maine, about 1795. He died 26
May 1849 and she died 29 August 1850. [Dyer has "Sweet" for these entires]
Children born in Orrington:
1. Benjamin Sweat born about 1795
2. Polly Sweat born 7 July 1799
3. Mercy Sweat born 20 August 1801
4. Jemima Sweat born 7 November 1803
1772. Noah Sweat was born 10 January 1772 in Wellfleet son of Noah Sweat and Thankful Pierce. [Wellfleet VR] He married Hannah Howes 20 February 1794 in Wellfleet. [Wellfleet VR] She was born 11 June 1776 in Wellfleet daughter of Abner Howes and Elisabeth Lewis. [Wellfleet VR]
1772. Rebecca Swett was born 25 September 1772 daughter of Joseph and Hannah Swett. She died 4 September 1773. [MDM Truro, p. 257] I have not found who her parents were.
1774. Deliverance Sweat was born 18 January 1774 in Wellfleet. [Dyer
has "Sweet"] I have not found her parents. Napthali Dyer, Jr., of Truro
and Deliverance Sweat of Wellfleet published their intentions 2 November
1792 [MDM Truro, p. 152] and were married 2 November 1792 in Truro. He
was born 21 June 1770 in Truro son of Napthali Dyer and Elizabeth Biggs,
and died 23 January 1797 in Wellfleet. [Dyer] (His sister Abigail Dyer
married Benjamin Sweat 13 February 1794.) Children:
1. Benjamin Dyer born 23 October 1793
2. Napthali Dyer III born 22 August 1795
1774. Martha Sweat was born 26 June 1774 in Wellfleet daughter of Noah
Sweat and Thankful Pierce. [Wellfleet VR] She married Thomas Higgins 29
January 1792 in Wellfleet. [Wellfleet VR] He was born 9 July 1764 in Wellfleet
son of Thomas Higgins and Anna Treat, and died 13 December 1842 in Wellfleet.
She died 5 March 1861 in Wellfleet. [Freker] Children:
1. Anna Higgins born 14 March 1796 died 24 January 1800
2. Thomas Higgins born 6 December 1797
3. Noah Swett Higgins born 27 April 1799 died 26 February 1800 aged 9 months
4. Noah Swett Higgins born 9 December 1800 died 12 July 1801 aged 6 months
5. Noah Swett Higgins born 23 March 1802
6. Patty Higgins born 4 December 1805
7. Anne Higgins born 5 December 1807
8. John Swett Treat Higgins born 18 July 1808
9. Betsy Alden Higgins born 19 August 1810
10. Ruth Higgins born 11 February 1812
11. Rebecca C. Higgins born 11 March 1814
1774. Ruth Swett was born 26 July 1774 in Eastham daughter of Shebna
Swett and Dorothy Collins. She married (1) Samuel Holbrook 11 November
1797. He was born 15 March 1776 in Wellfleet son of Naaman Holbrook and
Mary Conant, and died of a fever 10 April 1819 aboard the brig "Alert"
in Boston harbor. She married (2) Ebenezer Crosby 5 February 1828 in Hampden,
Maine. He died 15 November 1838 and she died 18 February 1850 in Hampden.
Samuel Holbrook and Ruth Swett had six children, all born in Hampden. [Norwood,
this entire paragraph]
1. Betsey Holbrook born 14 October 1779
2. Emily Holbrook born 21 February 1801 died 17 September 1802
3. Emily Holbrook born 11 October 1802
4. Naaman Holbrook born 25 May 1804
5. Caroline Dillingham Holbrook born 3 October 1807
6. Samuel Cobb Holbrook born 26 September 1811
1776. Bethiah Swett was born 20 March 1776 in Eastham daughter of Shebna Swett and Dorothy Collins. She married Joseph Simpson of Middleport, Ohio. [Norwood]
1776. John Sweat was born 11 December 1776 in Wellfleet son of Noah
Sweat and Thankful Pierce. [Wellfleet VR] John Swat, Jr., of Wellfleet
and Mary Collin published their intentions 23 January 1798. [MDM Truro,
p. 259] JOSEPH Sweat and Mary Collings were married 2 February 1798. [MDM
Truro, p. 203] Probably, these entries should have been written: John Swett
and Mary Collins. Children:
1. Thankful Swett born 26 September 1798.
2. Anna Higgins Swett born 30 December 1803 married Peter Rich in 1823
1778. Thankful Sweat was born 27 February 1779 in Wellfleet daughter of Noah Sweat and Thankful Pierce. She died 14 August 1798. [Duck Creek Cemetery, Lot D-9]
1779. Rachel Swett was born 5 April 1779 in Eastham daughter of Shebna Swett and Dorothy Collins. She married Andrew Patterson, Jr., of Hampden, Maine, 19 December 1799. [Norwood]
1780. Polly Sweat was born in 1780 daughter of Benjamin Sweat and Mercy Atwood. Polly Sweatt daughter of Capt. Benjamin and Marcy died 9 August 1797 aged 17 years. [Duck Creek Cemetery]
1781. Joseph Sweat was born 27 February 1781 in Wellfleet son of Noah
Sweat and Thankful Pierce. [Wellfleet VR] He married Bethiah Higgins 4
October 1804 in Wellfleet. [Wellfleet VR] She was born 14 November 1785
in Wellfleet daughter of Jonathan Higgins and Eunice Brown. [Wellfleet
VR] The inscriptions on their gravestones read: "Sacred to the memory of
Capt. Joseph Swett who drowned in Provincetown Harbor Nov. 15, 1828 aged
48 years" and "Sacred to the memory of Bethiah, widow of Capt. Joseph Swett,
who died Feb. 7, 1876 aged 90 yrs. 3 mos. A faithful and devoted mother
has gone to her reward." [Oakdale Cemetery, Row 17, Lot 77, two stones
on a single base.] Children:
1. Joseph Swett born 16 July 1805 married Susanna Rich
2. Benjamin Higgins Swett born 16 December 1806 married Jane L. Cole
3. Bethia Swett born 1 August 1808 married Israel Pierce
4. Sally H. Swett born 23 August 1810 married (1) Elisha Mayo, (2) John Chipman
5. Polly C. Swett born 18 August 1812 married Ambrose Snow
6. James Swett born 13 November 1816 married Sarah D. Stone
7. John Swett born 23 April 1819 married Clarissa A. Baker
8. Noah Swett born 18 December 1821 died 15 October 1825
9. Ezekiel Swett born 7 April 1825 died 13 September 1825
10. Noah Swett born 4 November 1826 married Louisiana A. Rich
11. Betsy H. Swett born 22 February 1829 married Jesse S. Newcomb
Deyo has "Joseph Swett, the third son of Noah, born in 1778 [sic], married Bethiah Higgins, daughter of Dea. Jonathan Higgins of Pamet Point. They had 11 children of whom Ezekiel and Noah died in infancy."
1783. Susanna Sweat was born 7 March 1783 in Wellfleet daughter of Noah Sweat and Thankful Pierce. [Wellfleet VR] Rev. Hezekiah Newcomb married (2) Susanna Swett 12 September 1826. He was born in 1769 and died 27 May 1841 aged 72. She died 12 August 1870. [Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Wellfleet, Lot # 648B]
1786. Barnabus Swett was born 9 August 1786 in Wellfleet son of Joseph Swett and Jerusha Cole. [Wellfleet VR] Barnabas Sweat son of Joseph and Jerusha died 21 April 1787 aged 8 months 16 days. [Duck Creek Cemetery]
1790. The 1790 U. S. Census for Wellfleet has only four families named
Mercy Sweat (1 male over 16, 1 male under 16, and 5 females)
Thankful Sweat (2 males over 16, 2 males under 16, and 4 females)
John Sweat (3 males over 16, and 3 females)
Joseph Sweat (1 male over 16, one male under 16, and 1 female)
Mercy was the widow of Benjamin (1744-1784). Thankful was the widow of Noah (1746-1784). John (1730-1813) married Zibeah Young. Joseph (1757-1796) married Jerusha Cole. Shebna (1741-1817), Solomon (1742-1811) and Shebna (1762-) had already moved to Maine. Benjamin (1769-1854) was still living at home with his widowed mother, Thankful Sweat. He moved to Maine about 1795.
1791. Barnabas Swett was born 17 November 1791 in Wellfleet son of Joseph Swett and Jerusha Cole. [Wellfleet VR]
1795. Naphthali Dyer was born 25 August 1795 in Wellfleet son of Napthali Dyer and Deliverance Sweat. His father died 23 January 1797. He was adopted by his uncle Benjamin Sweat and aunt Abigail Dyer. [Dyer. Little has Napthali Swett born 22 August 1795 adopted by Benjamin Swett and Mehitable Atwood.]
In 1797 the town of Eastham was divided and part was incorporated as Orleans. The original records of Eastham were in the possession of the town of Orleans in 1904, hence the references to Eastham & Orleans VR. [MDM Vol. 4, p. 227]
1798. Thankful Swett was born 26 September 1798 in Wellfleet daughter
of John Swett and Mary Collins. [Wellfleet VR. The name is spelled SWETT.]
She married Elnathan Higgins 9 March 1819 in Wellfleet. [Wellfleet VR]
He was born 20 July 1793 in Wellfleet son of Jonathan Higgins and Eunice
Brown. [Freker] Their home is still standing on the north side of Pamet
Point Road. [Hadaway] Children:
1. Eunice Horton Higgins born 12 September 1820
2. Elnathan Higgins born 24 March 1822
3. John Swett Higgins born 22 December 1823
4. Clement Meserve Higgins born 17 September 1825 married Dorcas L. Collins
5. Catherine Higgins born 20 September 1827
6. Harriet Ann Higgins born 27 August 1830 married Thomas Rich
7. Mary Collins Higgins born 27 September 1832
8. Benjamin Franklin Higgins born 5 September 1834 married Achsah Snow
1803. Anna Higgins Swett was born 30 December 1803 in Wellfleet daughter of John Swett and Mary Collins. [Freker] Peter Rich of Truro and Anna H. Sweet of Wellfleet published their intentions 28 July 1823. [Eastham VR] Peter Rich and Anna Higgins Swett were married 11 November 1823 in Wellfleet. [Freker]
1805. Joseph Swett, Jr., was born 16 July 1805 in Wellfleet son of Joseph
Swett and Bethiah Higgins. [Wellfleet VR] Joseph Sweet, Jr., and Joanna
Rich published their intentions 20 October 1827. However, Joseph Sweat,
Jr., married SUSAN Rich 1 January 1828 in Truro. [MDM Vol. 13, p. 159.
Deyo has Susanna Rich.] Susanna Rich was born 7 December 1807 in Truro
daughter of Joseph Rich and Hannah Hatch. She married Joseph Swett, Jr.,
1 January 1828 in Truro, and died 22 December 1889 in Wellfleet aged 82.
[Freker] Joseph Swett, Jr., was a farmer. He and two of his six children
were still living in 1890. [Deyo] He died 5 April 1891 in Wellfleet. [Freker]
1. Sarah Ann Swett born 21 August 1829 married Samuel P. Snow, Jr.
2. Joseph Swett III born 10 July 1831 married Betsey R. Smith
3. Susan Smith Swett born 13 August 1833 married Allen Freeman
4. James Swett born 19 January 1837 married Julia A. Ryder
1806. Benjamin Higgins Swett was born 16 December 1806 in Wellfleet
son of Joseph Swett and Bethiah Higgins. [Wellfleet VR] Benjamin H. Sweet
of Truro and Jane L. Cole published their intentions 6 November 1830. [MDM
Truro, p. 260] Benjamin Higgins Swett married Jane Lewis Cole 6 December
1830 in Wellfleet. She was born 25 October 1813 in Wellfleet daughter of
Isaiah Cole and Jane Lewis. [Freker] Capt. Benjamin Higgins Swett was a
master mariner. He died of yellow fever 24 November 1844 in Havana, Cuba,
aged 37 years, 10 months, 8 days, and his widow died 1 July 1872 in Wellfleet
aged 58 years 8 months 6 days. [Oakdale Cemetery, Row 30, Lot 6] Of their
five children, two were still living in 1890. [Deyo]
1. Malvina Allen Swett born 28 September 1833 married Stephen Brown Wiley
2. Barnabus Cole Swett born 5 September 1835 died 3 March 1841
3. Benjamin Higgins Swett, Jr., born 6 November 1837 died 28 February 1841
4. Jane Cole Swett born 6 January 1839 married Alonzo Hatch died in 1888
5. Benjamin Higgins Swett III born 8 July 1839 married Mehitable Small Snow
1808. Bethiah Swett was born 1 August 1808 in Wellfleet daughter of
Joseph Swett and Bethiah Higgins. [Wellfleet VR] Israel Pierce and Bethiah
Swett published their intentions 20 October 1827 [MDM Vol. 13, p. 159]
and were married 6 December 1827 in Wellfleet. [Deyo, confirmed by Freker]
He was born in 1804 in Wellfleet son of Israel Pierce and Deborah Rich,
and died in Wellfleet. She died 27 July 1869 in Wellfleet. [Pierce Project]
Of their fourteen children, eight were still living in 1890: James, William,
Alonzo, Sylvanus, Benjamin, Melzar, Warren, and Edward. [Deyo]
1. Israel Pierce born 6 October 1828 married Emma Coan Collins
2. James Pierce born 1 January 1831
3. Benjamin H. S. Pierce born 10 September 1832 married Ruth Gould Freeman
4. Warren E. Pierce born 20 September 1834 married Anna Hopkins
5. Alonzo L. Pierce born 15 March 1836 married Almera A. Chase
6. John S. Pierce born 28 November 1837
7. Bethia R. Pierce born 6 August 1839 died 15 April 1844
8. Deborah R. Pierce born 21 August 1841
9. William P. Pierce born 18 April 1843
10. Bethiah S. Pierce born 3 November 1844 died 27 January 1855
11. George A. Pierce born 28 July 1846 drowned 6 March 1866
12. Edward W. Pierce born 24 June 1848
13. Melzer Green Pierce born 1850
14. Sylvanus R. Pierce born in April 1853 married Mary Anderson
1810. Sally Higgins Swett was born 23 August 1810 in Truro daughter
of Joseph Swett and Bethiah Higgins. [Truro VR] She married (1) Elisha
Mayo 24 November 1828 in Truro [Freker] intentions 20 November 1828 [MDM
Vol. 13, p. 159]. He was born 2 December 1806 in Truro son of Nehemiah
Mayo and Malatiah Rich. They had two children. He died in 1831. She married
(2) John Chipman 2 June 1836 in Truro, and died 21 March 1869 in Wellfleet.
[Freker] Four children of her second marriage were still living in 1890:
John, William, Joseph and Sarah. [Deyo]
1. Mary Collins Mayo born 22 October 1829
2. Elisha Mayo born 2 March 1831
3. John Carver Chipman born 11 January 1838 married Lydia A. Atwood
4. William Chipman
5. Joseph Swett Chipman born 29 August 1846 married Martha Doane
6. Sarah Chipman
1812. Polly Collins Swett was born 18 August 1812 in Truro daughter
of Joseph Swett and Bethiah Higgins. [Truro VR] Ambrose Snow, Jr., and
Polly C. Sweet, both of Truro, were married 14 November 1833 in Truro.
[MDM Truro, p. 270] He was born 26 August 1810 in Truro son of Ambrose
Snow and Betsey Scull, and died in 1896 in Wellfleet. [Freker] Eight of
their children were still living in 1890: Ambrose, John, Fredrick, Freeman,
Noah, Jesse, Ellen, and George. [Deyo] She died 7 September 1905 in Wellfleet
and was buried in Oakdale Cemetery. [Freker]
1. Ambrose Snow born 27 October 1834
2. John Davison Snow born 19 January 1836
3. Frederic Walstein Snow born 9 November 1837
4. Freeman Atkins Snow born 5 November 1838
5. Noah Swett Snow born 6 April 1841
6. Mary Swett Snow born 21 July 1844 died before 1890
7. David Snow born 21 September 1845 died before 1890
8. Ellen Gould Snow born 1847
9. Jesse Smith Snow born 6 May 1851
10. George Albert Snow born 18 March 1853
11. Everett W. Snow born 2 November 1855 died before 1890
1816. James Swett was born 13 November 1816 in Truro near the Wellfleet
line, son of Joseph Swett and Bethia Higgins. [Deyo, and Truro VR] He married
Sarah Doane Stone 6 November 1841 in Truro. She was born in September 1820,
daughter of Dr. William Stone and sister of Dr. Thomas N. Stone, and died
6 October 1880 in Wellfleet. James Swett died 18 April 1897. Both were
buried in Oakdale Cemetery. [Deyo, supplemented by Freker] They had eight
1. Nancy D. Swett born 8 August 1842 died in 1855 aged 13
2. Eleanor W. Swett born 8 August 1844 died in 1864 aged 20
3. Sarah D. Swett born 11 April 1847 married Edwin Collins
4. James Allen Swett born 24 February 1849 married Mary L. (Unknown)
5. Anna Eliza Swett born 27 July 1853 married Capt. Anthony Freeman
6. William D. Swett born 31 July 1856 died in 1865 aged 9
7. Frank H. Swett born 30 September 1859, "now in business in Chicago" 
8. Nancie D. Swett born 21 August 1861 married L. W. Hathaway
1819. John Swett was born 23 April 1819 in Truro son of Joseph Swett
and Bethiah Higgins. [Truro VR and Wellfleet VR] John Swett of Truro and
Clarissa A. Baker of Boston published their intentions 8 March 1844 [MDM
Truro, p. 340] and were married 24 March 1844. [Deyo, and MDM Truro, p.
259] She was born 1 February 1824 in Boston. [Freker] They and six of their
children were still living in 1890: Lucy, John, Charles, Jerry, Clara,
and Alice. [Deyo] She died 2 February 1898 in Wellfleet aged 74. He died
25 February 1901 in Wellfleet aged 81. [Freker]
1. Lucy M. Swett born 15 January 1847
2. John Adams Swett born 2 April 1849 married Serena Laha
3. Nancy Jenkins Swett born 11 February 1851 died before 1890
4. Charles Webster Swett born 5 May 1852 married Elma Ellsworth Freeman
5. William S. Swett born 1867 died 21 July 1889
6. Jerry P. Swett
7. Clara E. Swett
8. Alice P. Swett
1821. Noah Swett was born 18 December 1821 in Truro son of Joseph Swett and Bethiah Higgins. [Truro VR] He died 15 October 1825 aged 3 years 10 months. [Freker]
1823. Ezekiel Swett was born 7 April 1825 in Wellfleet son of Joseph Swett and Bethiah Higgins. He died 13 September 1825 aged 5 months 6 days. [Freker]
1825. Mary Swett married Clement Meserve 11 August 1825 in Scarborough, Cumberland, Maine. [Scarborough VR. LDS Film # 0012225] Best guess: she may have been Mary (Collins) Swett, widow of John Swett. This is supported by the fact that Thankful Swett, daughter of John Swett and Mary Collins and wife of Elnathan Higgins, named their son born 17 September 1825 Clement Meserve Higgins. It looks as though she named her new son after her new step-father.
1826. Noah Swett was born 4 November 1826 in Wellfleet son of Joseph
Swett and Bethiah Higgins. [Wellfleet VR] Noah Swett of Truro and Louisaina
A. Rich of Wellfleet published their intentions 15 October 1848 in Truro
[MDM Truro, p. 346] and were married 19 November 1848 in Wellfleet. [Wellfleet
VR] Her name was Louisa Anna Rich, born 24 February 1829 daughter of Isaac
Rich and Mercy Pike. [Freker] Noah Swett was a mariner sailing out of Truro;
later  he and his wife lived in Watertown, Middlesex, Massachusetts,
where he was a cashier at a bank. He died 30 November 1895 in Watertown
aged 69. [Compiled from Deyo and Genealogies of Mayflower Families, NEHGS
Register, Vol III] Children:
1. Melville Howard Swett born 17 July 1851 married Georgianna E. Saunders
2. Noah Swett, Jr., born 15 July 1853 died 16 September 1854
3. Clara D. Swett born 17 June 1855, married, and was still living in 1890
1829. Betsy Horton Sweet was born 22 February 1829 in Truro daughter
of Joseph and Bethiah Sweet. [Truro VR] Jesse S. Newcomb of Wellfleet and
Betsy H. Swett of Truro published their intentions 28 October 1848. [MDM
Truro, p. 249] He was born in 1827 son of Susannah Newcomb. Betsy (Swett)
Newcomb died 24 August 1876 in Wellfleet leaving two daughters, Ida and
Mary, and was buried in Oakdale Cemetery, Row 15, Lot 73. [Compiled from
Deyo and Freker]
1. Sarah A. Newcomb
2. Ida Newcomb
3. Mary Newcomb
1829. Sarah Ann Swett was born 21 August 1829 in Wellfleet daughter of Joseph Swett and Susanna Rich. [Freker] Samuel P. Snow, Jr., of Truro and Sarah Ann Swett of Wellfleet published their intentions 23 May 1847. [MDM Truro, p. 344]
1830. Benjamin H. Swett bought land in Wellfleet from Thankful Swett, Thomas and Martha Higgins, Hezekiah and Susannah Newcomb, all of Wellfleet, Charles and Anna Rich of Truro, Benjamin Swett of Hampden, Maine, and Clement and Mary Meserve of Scarborough, Maine. [Freker] The list of sellers indicates that he probably bought jointly-owned land from the other heirs of his grandfather, Noah Swett, after the death of his father, Capt. Joseph Swett, in 1828.
1831. Joseph Swett, Jr., was born 10 July 1831 in Wellfleet son of Joseph
Swett and Susanna Rich. He married Betsey R. Smith 7 December 1853 in Wellfleet.
She was born 20 July 1833. He died 29 August 1874 in Wellfleet. She died
27 November 1916. [Freker] Children:
1. Justin Swett born 1854
2. Atkins R. Swett born 1857 died 2 March 1859
3. Lilla P. Swett born 1862
4. Ulysses Swett born 1868 [twin]
5. Osborn Swett born 1868 [twin]
6. Joseph Swett III born 4 August 1874 died 7 November 1874
1833. Susan Smith Swett was born 13 August 1833, probably in Wellfleet, daughter of Joseph Swett and Susanna Rich. She married Allen Freeman. They had one child, (Unknown) Freeman born 1871 died 1872.
1833. Malvina Allen Swett was born 28 September 1833 in Wellfleet daughter
of Benjamin Higgins Swett and Jane Lewis Cole. She married Stephen Brown
Wiley 5 April 1853 in Wellfleet. He was born 30 October 1830 in Wellfleet
son of Bethuel Wiley and Nancy Brown. Malvina (Swett) Wiley died 10 December
1895 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts. The 1897 Boston Directory
lists Stephen B. Wiley as the owner of S. B. Wiley & Sons Company,
Atlantic Avenue, Boston, teamsters. He died 2 August 1906 in Somerville,
Middlesex, Massachusetts. [LDS Ancestral File by Curtis Chapman, supplemented
1. Bethuel Wiley born 1857
2. Malvina Wiley born 10 April 1858 died 23 December 1875
3. Stephen Brown Wiley, Jr., born 20 October 1862
4. Benjamin Swett Wiley born 21 December 1864 [Pres. of S. B. Wiley & Sons, 1910]
5. George Wiley born 4 January 1872 died 27 January 1875
1835. Barnabus Cole Swett was born 5 September 1835 in Wellfleet son of Benjamin H. Swett and Jane L. Cole. [Wellfleet VR] The inscription on his gravestone reads: "To the memory of Barna Cole, son of Benj. H. & Jane L. Swett, who died March 3, 1841 aged 5 years 5 months. This lovely bud so young and fair, Call'd hence by early doom, Just came to show how sweet a flower, In Paradise would bloom." [Oakdale Cemetery, Row 30, Lot 6]
1837. James Swett was born 19 January 1837 in Wellfleet son of Joseph Swett and Susanna Rich. He married Julia A. Ryder. She was born 10 August 1839. He died 10 May 1905. She died 15 January 1910. [Freker]
1837. Benjamin H. Swett, Jr., was born 6 November 1837 in Wellfleet son of Benjamin H. Swett and Jane L. Cole. The inscription on his gravestone reads: "To the memory of Benj. Higgins, son of Benj. H. & Jane L. Swett, who died Feb 28, 1841 aged 3 years 3 months. Farewell Benjamin, sweetly rest: We mourn thy loss but thou art blessed. Thine infant voice is tuned to sing, the praises of our God and King." [Oakdale Cemetery, Row 30, Lot 6]
1839. Jane Cole Swett was born 6 January 1839 in Wellfleet daughter
of Benjamin H. Swett and Jane L. Cole. She married Alonzo Hatch 19 May
1867 in Wellfleet. He was born 25 August 1834 in Wellfleet son of Thomas
Hatch and Alice (Unknown). He was a mariner. She died 22 May 1888 in Wellfleet
aged 49. He died 9 December 1894 in Wellfleet aged 60. Both were buried
in Oakdale Cemetery, Row 30, Lot 4. [Freker] Children:
1. Alonzo Hatch, Jr., born in May 1868 died 12 June 1868 aged 4 weeks
2. Mary Hatch born in June 1870 died 19 September 1872 aged 2 years 3 months
3. Edna Hatch born in 1875 married Wilbur F. Atwood
1843. Benjamin Higgins Swett III was born 8 July 1843 in Wellfleet son
of Benjamin Higgins Swett and Jane Lewis Cole. He married Mehitable Small
Snow 9 June 1867 in Truro. She was born 8 April 1846 in Truro daughter
of David Snow and Betsy Collins. The 1888 Boston Directory lists him as
living at 194 Brook Street, East Boston, and working as a teamster at the
fish pier in Boston (possibly for his brother-in-law Stephen B. Wiley).
She died 7 April 1906 in Somerville, Middlesex, Massachusetts. He died
23 September 1915 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts. Both were buried
in Oakdale Cemetery, Wellfleet. [Freker]
1. Minnie Carlton Swett born 7 October 1867 died in 1881 aged 14
2. David Snow Swett born 16 November 1871 married Henrietta Bordan Beggs
3. Alice Higgins Swett born 11 April 1875 died 5 August 1888 aged 13
1843. Barnabus Swett Cole was born 15 September 1843 in Wellfleet son of Abram L. Cole and Betsey Swett. [Wellfleet VR] I have not found her birth or marriage.
1847. Sarah D. Swett was born 11 April 1847 in Wellfleet, daughter of James Swett and Sarah D. Stone. She married Edwin Collins. [Deyo]
1849. James Allen Swett was born 24 February 1849 in Wellfleet son of
James Swett and Sarah D. Stone. [Deyo, and Wellfleet VR] He married Mary
L. (Unknown). She was born in 1849. He died in 1920. She died in 1939.
1. George Swett born 1894
1849. John Adams Swett was born 2 April 1849 in Wellfleet son of John Swett and Clarissa A. Baker. He married Serena Laha. [Freker]
1851. Melville Howard Swett was born 17 July 1851 in Wellfleet son of Noah Swett and Louisa Anna Rich. He graduated from Harvard (A.B. 1873, A.M. 1874) and studied law in a Boston office. He was admitted to the bar in 1874, and married Georgianna E. Saunders 19 October 1875. For some years he practiced law in Boston, in association with the Hon. John Freeman Brown (Harvard, A.B. 1872, LL.B. 1874). After Mr. Swett gave up his Boston practice, he is said to have been engaged in newspaper work in Baltimore, Maryland, but in 1918 he had not been heard from for a long time, and it was not known whether he was still living. [Genealogies of Mayflower Families, NEHGS Register, Vol. III]
1852. Charles Webster Swett was born 5 May 1852 in Wellfleet son of
John Swett and Clarissa A. Baker. He married Elma Ellsworth Freeman. She
was born 10 May 1861, and died 16 August 1902. He died 29 March 1913 in
Wellfleet. [Freker] Child:
1. Jesse Freeman Swett born 12 December 1892 married Margaret Tailer Weeks
1853. Noah Swett, Jr., was born 15 July 1853 in Wellfleet son of Noah Swett and Louisiana Rich. [LDS. Not mentioned by Deyo.] He died 16 September 1854 aged 1 year 2 months. [Oakdale Cemetery]
1854. Anna E. Swett was born 27 July 1854 in Wellfleet, daughter of James Swett and Sarah D. Stone. She married Capt. Anthony Freeman. [Deyo]
1859. Frank H. Swett was born 30 September 1859 in Wellfleet son of James Swett and Sarah D. Stone. He was in business in Chicago in 1890. [Deyo]
1861. Nancie D. Swett was born 21 August 1861 in Wellfleet, daughter of James Swett and Sarah D. Stone. She married L. W. Hathaway, and died at the age of twenty-eight. [Deyo]
1871. David Snow Swett was born 16 November 1871 in Wellfleet son of
Benjamin Higgins Swett III and Mehitable Small Snow. He married Henrietta
Bordan Beggs 7 March 1895 in Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts. She was
born 14 August 1872 in South Boston, Massachusetts, daughter of Joseph
Beggs and Margaret Duane. He died 19 April 1942 in Charlestown. She died
19 January 1953 in Charlestown. Both were buried in Oakdale Cemetery, Wellfleet.
1. Joseph Benjamin Swett born 29 May 1897 married Iona Wetherbee
2. William Henry Swett born 5 April 1910 [twin] died 23 July 1911
3. Helen Margaret Swett born 5 April 1910 [twin] married Albert N. Giguere
4. Carl Raymond Swett born 2 January 1912 married Evelyn Crocker
1883. James Swett born 13 November 1816 in Truro son of Joseph Swett and Bethia Higgins, married (2) Susan F. Small, daughter of L. B. Crockett of Deer Island, Maine, 17 July 1883. In 1890 they were still living in their pleasant home on Truro road in the outskirts of Wellfleet village. [Deyo] Apparently, Deyo interviewed James Swett in 1890, and the Swett genealogy reported by Deyo was his family tradition.
The first Sweat or Swett families who moved from Cape Cod to eastern Maine were the sons of Solomon Sweat (1704) and Sarah Baker: Shebna Swett (1741) and Solomon Swett (1742).
Revolutionary War: Shebna Sweat is listed among men drafted to serve in the Continental Army to the credit of the town of Wellfleet but who paid fines in lieu of service, as returned by Winslow Lewis, Chairman of Selectmen and Committee of Wellfleet, to Joseph Otis, Brigadier of Barnstable County, 8 September 1777. Also: he was a Private in Capt. Joseph Smith's detachment of militia from the town of Wellfleet, Col. Freeman's Regiment; service, 2 days; detachment marched to Falmouth 10 September 1778 by order of Brig. Joseph Otis on an alarm. [Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, Vol. 15, page 287, posted on Ancestry.com]
Revolutionary War: Solomon Sweat of Wellfleet, in Capt. Winslow Lewis's Company; pay abstract for mileage to and from camp at Cambridge dated 13 January 1776; mileage for 218 miles allowed said Sweat. [Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, Vol. 15, page 287, posted on Ancestry.com]
1767. Sarah Swett was born 12 December 1767 in Orrington [correction: Wellfleet], daughter of Solomon Swett and Jemima Bickford. [LDS Film # 452074] She is probably the Sarah Swett who married Eliphalet Nickerson 8 November 1787 in Orrington. He was born 13 June 1761 in Harwich (Cape Cod) son of Eliphalet Nickerson and Mary Higgins, and died 4 October 1836. [Nickerson]
1773. Jeremiah Swett was born 7 September 1773 in Orrington [correction:
Wellfleet], son of Solomon Sweat and Jemima Bickford. [LDS Film # 452074]
He married (1) Bestey Gould 12 February 1794 in Orrington. She was born
6 September 1776 in Orrington and died 5 June 1836 in Orrington. They had
15 children, all born in Orrington [Mower]:
1. Joanna Swett born 12 May 1795
2. Abigail Swett born 12 September 1796
3. Nathaniel Swett born 3 April 1798
4. Delilah Swett born 12 October 1800
5. Mercy P. Swett born 22 June 1801
6. Betsey Swett born 13 April 1802
7. Charlotte Swett born 3 November 1803
8. Shebna Swett born 22 May 1804
9. Jeremiah Swett, Jr born 23 January 1805
10. Naaman H. Swett born 23 January 1807
11. Laura G. Swett born 4 January 1811
12. Rachel B. Swett born 9 September 1813
13. Alden Nathaniel Swett born 17 December 1815 married Mary Harding about 1838
14. Amelia N. Swett born 24 September 1817
15. Benjamin Swett born 4 July 1820
Jeremiah Swett married (2) Barbara Smith 20 October 1836 in Orrington. She was born about 1786 in Chatham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, and died 14 December 1871 in Orrington. Bruial: Dean Hill Cemetery, Orrington. [Mower]
1775. Samuel Swett was born 22 April 1775 in Orrington [correction: Wellfleet], son of Solomon Swett and Jemima Bickford. [LDS Film # 8676207].
1777. Stackpole wrote that Solomon Swett removed from Wellfleet to Orrington, Penobscot, Maine, in 1777, and died there in 1811 aged 69. The LDS International Genealogical Index has births of his children in Orrington ten years earlier, but his Revolutionary War record shows that he was still in Wellfleet in 1776. Little wrote: "There also came to Orrington, Solomon Swett, said to be not related, though coming from Wellfleet also." This family tradition that Solomon Swett was not related to the line Little was tracing proves to be false. All the Sweat and Swett families of Cape Cod were descendants of John Sweat who died in 1714.
1778. Shebna Swett moved from Wellfleet to Hampden, Penobscot, Maine, about 1778. His will dated 22 May 1814 was probated in June 1817. [email from Dick Norwood]
1779. The Penobscot Expedition. In 1779 during the Revolutionary War the British navy took control of Castine using only three warships and began building a fort. The Americans sent 19 warships and 24 troop ships carrying about 1,000 men to Castine to oust the British, who countered by sending three more warships and four transport ships. Despite outnumbering the British, American Commodore Dudley Saltonstall ordered his men to flee up the Penobscot River after he and his men reached Castine on July 24. American ground troops, led by Paul Revere, abandoned their ships near Bangor and fled into the Maine woods, headed to the Augusta area. The British burned American ships in Winterport, about 15 miles from Bangor, leaving 20 ships to escape to the mouth of the Kenduskeag Stream in Bangor. Of the 20 ships that remained, the Americans scuttled 10. Saltonstall was court-martialed for cowardice. Paul Revere requested a court martial to clear his badly tarnished reputation, but he wasn't court-martialed. [History of Bangor]
Little has "Benjamin  Swett was born about 1740 son or nephew of Benjamin  Swett. He was a soldier under Captain Joshua Gordon in Colonel Jonathan Mitchell's regiment in July 1779, in the Penobscot Expedition. This service in Maine indicates that he rather than his son Benjamin  first settled in Maine. Children: Noah, Benjamin (1769), James and John." I have not been able to confirm any of this statement, but the words "or nephew" may provide a clue. Although the description of the Penobscot Expedition doesn't sound very conducive to settlement, he may have hid in the woods and stayed there.
1783. Solomon Sweat (1742) was one of the "husbandmen" who bought land in the part of Orrington that became Brewer, Maine. On 28 October 1783 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts sold 10,864 acres on the east side of the Penobscot River "to John Brewer, Simeon Fowler, George Gardner, Thomas Campbell, Josiah Brewer, and James Ginn, Gentlemen; Charles Blagden, Samuel Knap, Emerson Orcutt, Joseph Mansell, Solomon Harthorn, Kennett McKenney, John Thomas, John Rider, Simeon Johnson, John Holyoke, Henry Kenney, John Hutchings, John Crocker, John Tibbetts, David Wiswell, Joseph Baker, Benjamin Snow, Solomon Sweat, Samuel Freeman, Jesse Rogers, Peter Sangster, George Brooks, Jesse Atwood, Oliver Doane, Warren Nickerson, Eliphalet Nickerson, Paul Nickerson, Henry Cole, Ephraim Downs, Moses Wentworth, James McCurdy, John Mansell, John Emery, Robert McCurdy, husbandmen; the widow of John Mansell, Junior, deceased, Hannah Ary, widow, and the heirs of Simeon Smith, their heirs and assigns..." [Androscoggin Historical Society] Several of these names appear in the genealogy of Swett families before and after they moved from Cape Cod to Maine.
1784. Shebna Swett (1741) was prominent in public affairs in Hampden, Maine, by 1784. He was elected to the board of selectmen at the first town meeting, which was held 17 April 1794. At this same meeting the citizens voted to raise £30 for support of schools, and also to build a house of worship. Mr. Swett served his town as a selectman for fourteen years, during nine of which he was chairman of the board. In 1795 he was on a committee to get framing for a new meeting house, and in 1798 he bid $51.00 for pew number 3. In 1802 he received a 100-acre grant of land in the western part of the town. As of 1807 Shebna Swett was referred to as Captain. He made his will 22 May 1814 and it was probated in June 1817. [Norwood: from the Hampden, Maine, Historical Society.]
1790. Hancock County, Maine, was established 25 June 1789. The 1790 Census Index for Hancock County has a Shebna Swett as head of a family in Conduskeeg Plantation. He may have been the Shebna Swett born in 1762 who married Joann Nickerson in 1789. By 1800 the township of Conduskeeg Plantation was divided and parts of it distributed to Bangor, Hampden, Hermon, Old Town, Orond, Veazie, Argyle and Milford. Thus, several years of records of this family may be in Hancock, the seat of Hancock County.
1794. Solomon Swett was born 31 July 1794 in Orrington [or Conduskeeg Plantation ?] son of Shebna Swett and Joanna Nickerson. [LDS] He died before 1806.
1795. Two men named Benjamin Sweat or Swett moved their families from Cape Cod to eastern Maine about 1795. One was Benjamin Sweat (1769), son of Noah Sweat and Thankful Pierce, with his wife Joanna Atwood; she died in 1801 and he married (2) Mehitable Atwood. The other was Benjamin Sweat, Jr., (1771), son of Benjamin Sweat and Mercy Atwood, with his wife Abigail Dyer.
1795. Benjamin Sweat was born about 1795 in Orrington son of Benjamin Sweat, Jr., and Abigail Dyer. [Dyer]
1796. Delia D. Swett was born 4 January 1796 in Hampden daughter of Benjamin Swett and Joanna Atwood. [Little] She married Isaac Doane.
1797. Samuel Swett was born 2 April 1797 in Orrington, son of Shebna
Swett  and Joanna Nickerson, and died 10 January 1861. He married
(1) Mehitable Snow 19 April 1922. She was born 25 February 1802 and died
9 August 1843. He married (2) Lucy T. Higgins 25 November 1844. She was
born about 1814 and died 25 July 1852. He married (3) Judith M. Jackins
25 April 1853. She was born about 1811. [Mower] Children of his first marriage,
all born in Orrington:
1. Samuel A. Swett born 18 March 1823 died 20 August 1843
2. Charles W. Swett born 28 February 1825 married Sarah E. Shaw 1865
3. Theophilus Swett born 29 June 1827 married Caroline Wood Rogers 1851
4. George G. Swett born 14 July 1829 married (1) Mary Ann Higgins 1853, (2) Sarah M. Baker 1864
5. Caroline M. Swett born 23 September 1832 married Joseph W. Higgins 1853
6. William E. Swett born 11 February 1836
1799. Polly Sweat was born 7 July 1799 in Orrington daughter of Benjamin Sweat, Jr., and Abigail Dyer. [Dyer]
1801. Mercy Sweat was born 20 August 1801 in Orrington daughter of Benjamin Sweat, Jr., and Abigail Dyer. [Dyer]
1802. Joanna Atwood Swett was born 3 October 1802 in Hampden daughter of Benjamin Swett and Mehitable Atwood. She married Moses Rowe of Bangor. He was a Lieutenant in the War of 1812. They had nine children. He died about 1863. She lived in Bangor until 1897 when she removed to Melrose, Middlesex, Massachusetts, with her daughter Mrs. Benjamin F. S. Patten. Four of her children were still living when she celebrated her 100th birthday in 1902: Mrs. Patten, Mrs. Emily A. Drew of Melrose; Mrs. William R. Johnson of Medford, Middlesex, Massachusets, and Benjamin S. Rowe of Nevada. She died in 1903 in Melrose aged 100 years. [From several newspaper clippings sent by Ken Palmer.]
1803. Jemima Sweat was born 7 November 1803 in Orrington daughter of Benjamin Sweat, Jr., and Abigail Dyer. [Dyer]
1804. Emily H. Swett was born 21 February 1804 in Hampden daughter of Benjamin Swett and Mehitable Atwood. She married Nathan Mayo, and lived in Chicago, Illinois, She died 27 April 1901. [Little]
1804. Shebna Swett born 22 May 1804 in Orrington son of Jeremiah Swett and Betsey Gould [Mower]. He was probably the Shebna Swett who married Cyntha Bearse 24 May 1832 in Orrington. [LDS]
1805. Noah Swett was born 29 July 1805 in Hampden son of Benjamin Swett
and Mehitable Atwood. [Little] He married Nancy Rice Wheeler 9 March 1835
in Hampden. [Norwood]. She was born 16 August 1805 in Hampden, daughter
of Daniel Wheeler. He was a clothier in Hampden, and gave her all the education
available in those days in such a frontier town. Her grandfather was Benjamin
Wheeler who came from New Hampshire in 1767 and was the first Yankee settler
on the Penobscot River. Soon after they were married, Noah and Nancy Swett
removed to Garland, Penobscot, Maine, where they lived for many years.
They had six children. He died 8 September 1873. She died 11 August 1905
in Auburn, Androscoggin, Maine, five days short of her 100th birthday.
[Obituary sent by Ken Palmer] Noah and Nancy Swett and their daughter Mary
Abbie Swett are buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Auburn, Maine. [RootsWeb Cemetery
1. Philander Wheeler Swett born 29 November 1835, died 24 December 1892 in Portland, Oregon.
2. Henry A. Swett born 20 January 1841, lived in Gloucester, Massachusetts
3. Frances E. Swett born 1839, lived in Auburn, unmarried
4. Sarah Curtis Swett born 7 November 1843, lived in Auburn, unmarried
5. Mary Abbie Swett born 31 May 1845, m. Dr. Elisha Coan, died 10 April 1938
6. Georgianna Swett born 1849, lived in Auburn, unmarried
1806. Benjamin Swett was born 6 September 1806 in Hampden son of Benjamin Swett and Mehitable Atwood. He went to California in the gold rush of 1849, and returned to Bangor. He died 14 April 1894. [Little]
1806. Solomon Swett was born 7 September 1806 in Orrington son of Shebna Swett and Joanna Nickerson. He married (1) Rachel Baker 11 March 1830 in Orrington, and (2) Sarah Ann Lowell 8 February 1836 in Orrington. [LDS]
1808. James Atwood Swett was born 16 January 1808 in Hampden son of
Benjamin Swett and Mehitable Atwood. [Little] He published intentions to
marry Sarah Copeland in Hampden 17 June 1835. [Norwood] They had 6 children.
He moved to Bangor where he was in business with his brothers William A.
Swett and David W. Swett, and died there 4 May 1901. [Little]
1. Cynthia Maria Swett born 8 July 1837, died 27 June 1840
2. Sarah Arbil Swett born 25 May 1840, died 30 April 1842
3. James M. Swett born 30 April 1843, married Abbie Cooper, died after 1900.
4. George F. Swett born 31 March 1845
5. Sarah M. Swett born 9 April 1847, married Roscoe G. Rollins
6. Almira G. Swett born 1849
1809. John Swett was born 4 March 1809 in Hampden son of Benjamin Swett and Mehitable Atwood. He died 30 June 1879 unmarried. [Little]
1810. Mary E. Swett was born 30 May 1810 in Hampden daugher of Benjamin Swett and Mehitable Atwood. She married Elisha Hopkins of Carmel, Maine. She died 3 September 1898 aged 88 years 3 months 3 days. [Little, and newspaper clipping sent by Ken Palmer.]
1811. Sarah C. Swett was born 2 September 1811 in Hampden daughter of Benjamin Swett and Mehitable Atwood. She married Reed Snow and lived in Hampden. She died 20 April 1901. [Little]
1813. Mehitable Atwood Swett was born 8 March 1813 in Hampden daughter of Benjamin Swett and Mehitable Atwood. She married Jonathan Burbank of Bangor in 1840. He died in November 1884. Three of their five children were still living when she celebrated her 91st birthday: Charles W. Burbank and Mrs. B. P. Palmer of Somerville, Middlesex, Massachusetts, and William H. Burbank of Worcester, Massachusetts. [From newspaper clippings sent by Ken Palmer] She died 4 May 1906 aged 93. [Little]
1814. Charles M. Swett was born 30 August 1814 in Hampden, son of Benjamin
Swett and Mehitable Atwood, and died 10 February 1892 in Hampden. [Little].
He married (1) Elizabeth S. Mayo 15 March 1840 [Penobscot Marriages]. She
was born 5 December 1817 in Provincetown, Barnstable, Massachusetts, and
died about 1846 in Hampden. They had three children:
1. Charles E. Swett born in February 1842 married Francis E. (Unknown) in 1892
2. Cynthia M. Swett born in 1843
3. Mary B. Swett born in February 1846 died 8 June 1880
Charles M. Swett married (2) Ruth H. Atwood 11 January 1848. [Norwood] She was born 6 April 1818 in Orrington daughter of William Atwood and Ruth Doane. [Atwood] They had four children:
1. Horace A. Swett born in April 1849, died 1908
2. Frank M. Swett born 20 October 1851, died 24 August 1871
3. Helen A. Swett born 3 April 1854, died 23 January 1858
4. Lewis Freemont Swett born in 1857, married Florence Bickford, died in 1932
War of 1812 -- The Battle of Hampden
The Battle of Hampden began on 3 September 1814, when Captain Charles Morris in command of the 18-gun American ship "John Adams" pursued a British ship of about the same size called "Rifleman". During the chase under full sail in choppy seas, the "Adams" developed more and more serious leaks, until it had nine feet of water in the hold. Captain Morris abandoned the chase, sailed up the Penobscot River, and docked at the long wharf in Hampden to repair his ship. "Rifleman" went and found the British fleet -- two ships-of-the-line, three frigates, three sloops-of-war, and ten troop transports -- and they all sailed after the "Adams".
When the news of their coming reached Hampden there was great excitement. Captain Morris prepared to fight this vastly superior force by moving most of his crew and all of his lighter guns ashore. He placed some on the wharf and some behind hastily erected earthworks on a bluff overlooking the river. His crew was joined by 30 regular soldiers and about 350 volunteers from local farms and towns. The local people who were not fit for fighting were hurried to places of safety.
On the morning of 4 September 1814 the British landed 1500 marines a couple of miles below the town, and commenced bombarding the area from their warships.
Benjamin and Mehitable Swett had sent their older children with neighbors back into the woods. She and their six-day-old baby [Charles, born 30 August 1814] remained hidden in the cellar of the house. They were given a great fright when a cannon ball from one of the British warships passed through the roof of the house and another imbedded in the wall.
The Americans fought for a little while, killing three British marines, and then, realizing they were hopelessly overmatched, fled into the woods. Captain Morris fired several volleys from his batteries, afloat and ashore, then spiked his guns, blew up the "Adams" and escaped. That was the end of the battle of Hampden. Benjamin Swett was taken prisoner, but he was released the next day on parole. [Condensed from newspaper articles sent by Ken Palmer]
The British went on up the Penobscot River to Bangor.
After forcing the Bangor selectmen to surrender their town, the British looted shops and homes and occupied the town for 30 hours. Before leaving, they threatened to burn ships in Bangor's harbor and unfinished ships on stocks. The Bangor selectmen feared the fires from the ships on stocks would spread into the town and destroy everything, so they struck a deal with the British in which they put up a bond and promised to deliver the ships by the end of November.
With the bond and the frightened Americans' promise to deliver the unfinished ships, the British floated the seaworthy ships into the middle of the Penobscot and set ablaze all but two ships, one brig, six schooners, and three sloops. They then took the remaining ships, horses and cattle back to their post in Castine, which they occupied until April 26, 1815, when they left for Canada.
The British didn't stay longer than 30 hours because in the midst of
celebrating their victory with rum they became drunk and in danger of becoming
vulnerable, according to one account of the British occupation.
[History of Bangor]
1815. Alden Nathaniel Swett was born 17 December 1815 in Orrington son of Jeremiah Swett and Betsey Gould. He married (1) Mary Harding about 1838. She was born about 1818. They had one child, William F. Swett born 1839. She died about 1845. He married (2) Susan Jane Freeman 18 October 1848 in Orrington. She was born 23 April 1823. They had one child, Charles Alden Swett born 1850 in Orrington. [Mower]
1816. William Atwood Swett was born 10 July 1816 in Hampden son of Benjamin Swett and Mehitable Atwood. He spent his youth and much of his later life in farming on the homestead. He also had a general store for ten years in Hampden, and then moved to Bangor, where he was in business with his brothers, James A. Swett and David W. Swett. They traded as the Swett Company of Bangor, engaging in the coasting trade and fish business in Bangor, Maine, and Gloucester, Mass., and in the manufacture of barrels at Hampden and Bangor. He married (1) Mary Banks Putnam about 1839. She was born 18 June 1805 in Littleton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, daughter of Daniel Putnam and Hannah Alexander, granddaughter of Israel Putnam, and had previously been married to Timothy Mayo. [RootsWeb: Putnam] William A. Swett and Mary B. Putnam had one child, Atwell William Swett, born 3 May 1840 in Hampden. She died 1 July 1878 in Bangor. He married (2) Mrs. Elizabeth (Patten) Kimball of Hermon, Maine, 21 May 1890, daughter of William Patten, Jr., and Sophronia Dole. They had no children. He died 25 January 1902 in Bangor. She was still living in Bangor in 1908. [Little]
1818. David Wiswell Swett was born 17 May 1818 in Hampden son of Benjamin Swett and Mehitable Atwood. Captain David W. Swett married Mehitable S. Walker 30 August 1846 in Hampden. [Norwood] He was a master mariner, sailing out of Gloucester, Massachusetts, captain of the ship "Gold Hunter" which carried the gold seekers around the Horn to California in 1849. He died 18 January 1902 aged 84. [Little, plus newspaper clippings sent by Ken Palmer]
1820. Maine became a state on 15 March 1820.
1825. Charles W. Swett was born 28 February 1825 in Orrington, son of Samuel Swett and Mehitable Snow. He married Sarah E. Shaw 13 March 1865 in Corinth, Penobscot, Maine. [Mower]
1827. Theophilus Swett was born 29 June 1827 in Orrington, son of Samuel
Swett and Mehitable Snow, and died 15 May 1857. He married Caroline Wood
Rogers 18 February 1851 in Orrington. She was born 10 February 1827 in
Orrington and died after 1880 in Brewer. [Mower] They had four children:
1. Henry Swett born 1852 died after 1880 in New Portland, Somerset, Maine
2. Ella Mehitable "Jennie" Swett born 11 May 1853 married Arthur Y. Rogers in 1873
3. Charles Allen Swett born 1 May 1855 married Stella M. Woodard in 1877
4. Edward Theophilus Swett born 16 April 1857
1829. George G. Swett was born 14 July 1829 in Orrington, son of Samuel Swett and Mehitable Snow, and died 21 March 1905 in Hampden. He married (1) Mary Ann Higgins 20 December 1853 in Orrington. She was born in October 1833. They had one child, Frank E. Swett born about 1855 who died 23 February 1860. She died 30 December 1861 in Hampden. He married (2) Sarah M.Baker, intentions published 27 November 1862 in Hampden. [Norwood] She was born in July 1837 and died 26 October 1921 in Hampden. They had one child: William E. Swett, born in February 1865 in Hampden. He married Viola (Unknown) about 1895 and died after 1930. [all data except intentions from Mower]
1837. The Special Census of Hampden, Maine, in 1837 lists as heads of
(1) Benjamin Swett with wife and children Betsey, Pierce, John, William, David, Everly, and Rowe. I have not found his birth.
(2) Charles W. Swett [perhaps Charles M. Swett born 30 August 1814]
1838. William Swett married Mary Mayo 30 November 1838 in Hampden. [Norwood] This is William Atwood Swett, son of Benjamin Swett and Mehitable Atwood, and Mary Banks (Putnam) Mayo, widow of Timothy Mayo.
1840. Benjamin Swett and Jane Mitchell published their intentions in December 1840 in Hampden. [Norwood] He is probably the son of Jeremiah Swett and Betsey Gould born 4 July 1820.
1840. Atwell William Swett was born 3 May 1840 in Hampden son of William
Atwood Swett and Mary Putnam. He graduated from Dartmouth Medical School
in the fall of 1863 and then took courses in the Post Graduate Hospital
of New York, Jefferson Medical School of Philadelphia, and DeMilt Dispensary
in New York City. He practiced medicine in Monroe, Maine, until the spring
of 1864, when he enlisted as an assistant surgeon in the Civil War. Mustered
out in February 1866, he located at Winterport, Maine, where for a period
of nineteen years he practiced medicine. He married Elizabeth Jane Patten
22 July 1868. She was born 20 April 1845 in Hampden, Maine, daughter of
John Ellingwood Patten. [Little] Children:
1. Frederick George Swett born 16 September 1869
2. Carlotta Mary Swett born 4 December 1873 married Charles H. Bunting in 1907
1850. Charles Alden Swett was born in 1850 in Orrington son of Alden
Nathaniel Swett and Susan Jane Freeman. He married Ella Frances Chipman
28 June 1876 in Waldo, Waldo, Maine. She was born in 1853. They had two
children, both born in Winterport, Waldo, Maine [Mower]:
1. Lizzie C. Swett born in 1878
2. Walter Everett Swett born in 1879 married Katherine Matilda Donovan about 1911
1861-1864. Civil War.
1869. Frederick George Swett was born 16 September 1869 in Winterport, Maine, son of Dr. Atwell William Swett and Elizabeth Jane Patten. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1892; was a reporter in New Orleans and telegraph editor of the Bangor "Daily Commercial," resigned in September 1907, and then traveled in Great Britain and the continent. He was still unmarried in 1908. [Little]
1873. Carlotta Mary Swett was born 4 December 1873 in Winterport, Maine, daughter of Dr. Atwell William Swett and Elizabeth Jane Patten. She graduated from Wellesley in 1896, and from Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1901; practiced medicine with her father at Bangor until the spring of 1907, and married Charles Henry Bunting, 19 June 1907, a fellow student at Johns Hopkins who was then professor of pathology at University of Virginia. "He is now professor of pathology at University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, where they reside." One child, Elizabeth Bunting, born 11 October 1908. [Little]
1885 Dr. Atwell William Swett moved from Winterport to Bangor, Maine, in 1885, "where he continues to practice medicine." [Little] Apparently, Little interviewed him in 1908, and the Swett genealogy reported by Little was his family tradition.
The New York Times, October 14, 1872
A REMARKABLE REUNION
Meeting of an Unbroken Family of Thirteen Members in Maine
Uncommon Instances of Longevity
From the Bangor (Me.) Whig, Oct. 12
One of the most remarkable family reunions ever held in this country was that of the Swett family on Wednesday at Hampden. The late Benjamin Swett, of Hampden, was the father of thirteen children, seven sons and six daughters, the oldest of whom is now nearly seventy-seven and the youngest fifty-four, and no death has ever occurred among the number. Business interests having separated the family, the paternal estate was sold and passed into the possession of Dr. B. R. Buker, who now occupies it. Being a warm friend of the family, he has always insisted upon their still regarding the old place as their home. Taking advantage of this kind invitation, and the presence here of one of the daughters who resides in the distant west, it was determined this year to once more get together under the old roof, where all had not met before since Nov. 1858, where they celebrated Thanksgiving Day together. Accordingly, the family, with their husbands and wives, children and grand-children, with other relatives and invited guests, met together on Wednesday to the number of nearly one hundred.
The house first erected by Benjamin Swett upon his removal to this State in 1793, having been destroyed by fire, the present house was built upon its site, and was first occupied October 9, 1801, seventy-one years previous to the day of the reunion. In this house twelve of the children of Mr. Swett were born, the eldest having been born in the old house. During the seventy-one years of its existence but three deaths have occurred beneath its roof, only two of these being members of the family -- the two wives of Mr. Swett, he himself having died after removing to the residence erected by his son on the same farm, and the same now occupied by Dr. Buker.
The house was very tastefully fixed up for the occasion, the host and hostess having exercised themselves to their utmost to co-operate with the "children" and make everything pleasant for the occasion. In front of the front door an archway was erected upon which was inscribed the word "welcome" in letters of green, and which was festooned with the national colors and entwined with evergreens. In the parlor over the fire-place were the words "home again" also in green. Opposite upon the wall was a chain composed of thirteen links of evergreen, representing the thirteen children, and in each of which was a letter, forming the words "chain unbroken!" Beneath this and over the place in the wall where a bullet entered the house during the invasion by the British in 1814, and which narrowly missed the mother of these children, who had just left the spot where it entered, a wreath was placed encircling this date, and a brief account of the affair was written and affixed to the wall.
Upon the walls were the date of the birth of the eldest, "1796," of the youngest, "1818," and of the occupation of the house, "Oct. 9, 1801," and of the present anniversary, "Oct. 9, 1872," each encircled in wreaths. Festoons and garlands of evergreens and Autumn leaves covered the walls in profusion, while the folds of the national colors were used to add to the effect. Two long tables extended the entire length of the old-fashioned kitchen, another filled the old "front room," and still another the adjoining bedroom, and these were loaded down with a groaning weight of "goodies," and garlanded with a profusion of bouquets and beautiful flowers, which kind friends and old neighbors had contributed for the occasion. The old "brick oven," long unused, was pressed into service, and from it poured out a bountiful supply of baked beans, brown bread and Indian pudding, such as delighted the palates and made the bone and sinew of the olden time. And this part of the dinner stood in the greatest demand, and was partaken of with a zest in the highest degree complimentary of the culinary skill of those who prepared this portion of the feast.
The old family cradle in which all the children had been rocked was brought out, and devoted to the benefit of "the baby." The remainder of the day was passed in social intercourse, reminiscences of the olden time, singing, looking over the old place, and in the thousand and one ways incident to such an occasion. The names and residences of the thirteen children are as follows, arranged in order of their ages : Mrs. Isaac Doane, Hampden ; Mrs. Moses Rowe, Bangor ; Mrs. Nathan Mayo, Chicago, Ill. ; Noah Swett, Garland ; Benjamin Swett, Bangor ; James A. Swett, Bangor ; John Swett, Hampden ; Mrs. Elisha Hopkins, Carmel ; Mrs. Reed Snow, Hampden ; Mrs. Jona. Burbank, Bangor ; Chas. M. Swett, Brewer ; William A. Swett, Bangor, and David W. Swett, of Gloucester, Mass. The united ages of the thirteen is 830 years. Their father died some years since at the advanced age of eighty-five, and his mother died at the age of ninety-two. His father died younger, having been lost at sea.
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Eastham VR: Births and deaths, 1751-1826; Town records, 1654-1863. Eastham (Massachusetts) Town Clerk. LDS Film #0907350.
Eldred/Eldridge Genealogy Forum on Genealogy.com
Freker: Descendants of Noah Swett (a documented research paper sent by email). Sources include: Certificates and Deeds from Massachusetts Archives, Truro VR, Wellfleet VR, Oakdale Cemetery, Duck Creek Cemetery, Mayflower Descendants through six generations by Stephen Hopkins, Mayflower Descendants through three generations by William Brewster.
Hadaway, Harry C., Jr., Linked Family Tree, Plymouth and Cape Cod Genealogy. <http://www.gendex.com/users/hhadaway/harry/>
Higgins: Jonathan Higgins Line <http://www.expage.com/page/stephcarsonhijo>
History of Bangor <http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/1538/history.html>
Hutchinson: An LDS Ancestral File posted by Joyce Wilman Hutchinson, 5457 Mountain Drive, Coopersburg, PA 18036.
LDS: Latter Day Saints genealogy website. <http://www.familysearch.org/>
Little, George Thomas, editor: "Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine" (Lewis Historical Publishing Company, New York, 1909), Vol. III.
MDM = Mayflower Descendant Magazine. Vital records copied in the early 1900's.
Mower = Mower Maine Connections, by Dale W. Mower, posted on RootsWeb
Norwood, Dick. His sources include: Cape Cod records; History and Families of Brewer, Orrington, Holden, and Eddington, Maine, by Mildred N. Thayer; Freeman's History of Cape Cod, Vol. 2, Annals of Wellfleet; Genealogical Notes of Cape Cod Families (Morse?); Vital Records of the town of Hampden, Maine; the Will of Shebna Swett (1741-1817); Maine Censuses for 1790, 1800, 1810, 1820.
Oakdale Cemetery, Wellfleet, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Orleans VR: Births, marriages, and deaths, 1637-1892. LDS Film #0778358
Penobscot Marriages: Record of marriages in Penobscot County, Maine, 1827-1888. LDS Film #0011948
Pierce Project <http://hometown.aol.com/Pierce476/>
Stackpole, Everett S., "Swett Genealogy, Descendants of John Swett of Newbury, Mass." (The Journal Printshop, Lewiston, Maine, undated, published about 1914)
Truro VR: Vital records of the town of Truro, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849, Bowman, George Ernest, 1860-1941. LDS Film #0911761
Wellfleet VR: Births, Marriages and Deaths 1734-1875. LDS Film #0779026