William Swann


OnNovember 5, 1635,WilliamSwann(Swan) patented 1,200 acres of land on the south side of theJames River.  His land abutted west upon Smith’s Mount (the plantation that eventually became known as Four Mile Tree) and extended eastward to what was then known as Halfway Neck.  Swann acquired his patent on the basis of 24 headrights, each of which entitled him to 50 acres of land (Nugent 1969-1979:I:32; Patent Book I Part I:293).  It is uncertain to what extentWilliamSwanndeveloped his property, although the eastern part of it became his family seat.  The Swann’s Point tract was not the only piece of land Swann owned, for he laid claim to a 300 acre parcel near Upper Chippokes Creek (Nugent 1969-1979:I:90; Patent Book I Part II:567).  A genealogical account compiled byWilliamSwann’s grandson,SamuelSwann, reveals thatWilliamresided near the promontory known as Swann’s Point.  The Swann family graveyard, located at Swann’s Point, is believed to be near the site of the Swanns’ domestic complex.WilliamSwann, who was born in 1586 and was the son ofSirThomasSwann, was fromSouthfleete,Kent,England. WilliamSwanndied at Swann’s Point onFebruary 28, 1638.  His wife,Judith, who was born inLondononFebruary 5, 1589, died there onMarch 16, 1636.  The couple wed onApril 16, 1612, in Stepney,Middlesex,England(Withington 1980:535).