Samuel Swann

Samuel Swann, Colonel Thomas Swann I’s son and principal heir, was born in 1653 and was the son ofSarahCod. In 1668SamuelSwannpatented 248 acres of land inSurryCounty, acreage that formerly had belonged to his brother,ThomasSwannII.  Later, he laid claim to 960 acres inLowerNorfolkCounty.  In 1673 he married the daughter ofWilliamDrummondI. He became aSurryCountyjustice in 1674 and served as high sheriff in 1675 and two years later was elected a burgess.  He represented Surry in the assembly in 1677, 1680, 1682, 1684, 1686, and 1692.  He also was a major in the local militia (Withington 1980:534-535; Surry County Deeds, Wills, &c. 1671-1684:115, 165, 272; 1687-1694:28; Stanard and Stanard 1965:82-84, 88-89; McIlwaine 1918:93; Nugent 1969-1979:II:55, 303).

During the early 1680s Samuel Swann and his stepmother, Mary, who were co-heirs to the late Thomas Swann I’s estate, shared ownership of the decedent’s taverns in Jamestown and at Wareneck, and they also were co-owners of some land in Surry County.  OnFebruary 25, 1682, Madam Mary Mansfield Swann released her dower interest in all of her late husband’s property to her stepson,Samuel, with the exception of the taverns inJamestownand Wareneck. However, onFebruary 15, 1685,Samuelconveyed toMaryhis interest in 300 acres at Swann’s Point, part of her dower share.  By July 1685 the widowedMarySwannhad remarried, taking as her husbandRobertRandall, with whom she moved toEngland(Surry County Deeds, Wills, &c. 1671-1691:297; 1694-1709:413, 418-419; Withington 1980:525).

Major Samuel Swann, who was intensely disliked by Governor Francis Nicholson, eventually moved to Carolina.  He married Elizabeth Lillington, the daughter of Carolina’s governor, and disposed of the ancestral plantation at Swann’s Point (Withington 1980:42, 534-535; Sainsbury 1964:22:158; Meyer and Dorman 1987:325).