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Descendants of Jesse D. or M. Swain of Whitley and McCreary Counties, Kentucky

Prepared by: Steven Curtis Perkins

Copyright (c) 1989-2000 Steven C. Perkins. All Rights Reserved in all media. Unless otherwise noted, all transcripts were made by this author from photocopies of the recorded instrument. Selections may be used for non-profit family history if this copyright notice is attached.

Photographs of Lorenzo Dow Swain, Edith Martin and Zora Tarver Copyright (c) Jennifer Howard.
Photograph of George Matt Ball and Rosa Genetta Swain Copyright (c) Steven C. Perkins.

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First Generation

1. Jesse D./M.[3] Swain (A4), possibly a son of John Swain and Isabella/Nancy -----. Born, circa 1825, in Whitley Co., KY[7]. Died, before 1916, in KY?[8]. Occupation: farmer-soldier. According to his Union Army records, Jesse M. or D. Swain, was a deserter. He was so tried and convicted at Court Martial. Jesse stated that, due to a wound, he was told to go home and recover but he lost the written order. Needless to say, the Army did not believe him. He is listed as being 5' 8" tall, of fair complexion, with blue eyes and dark hair. I have been told that Swain is not the actual name of this family. I have recently been informed that there maybe a connection to the Meadors/Meadows family. Any information to refute or confirm the actual ancestry would be appreciated. He married[9] Mary E (Polly) Ball (5) (A5), 11 Jan 1849, in Campbell Co., TN. Mary E (Polly)[3] Ball (William, 8) (A5). Born, 11 Jun 1828, in KY. Died, 26 Jun 1903, in Whitley Co., KY. Occupation: housewife. She married[9] Jesse M. Swain (4) (A4). Children: 2. William[2] Swain. Born, circa 1850, in Whitley Co., KY. Died after 1919.Census: 1860, in Whitley Co., KY, p. 750. 1920, in McCreary CO., KY, p. 54, aged 70, a Shoemaker. 3. John Swain. Born, circa 1851, in Whitley Co., KY. Census: 1860, in Whitley Co., KY, p. 750. 4. James Harve Swain. Born, circa 1854-5, in Whitley Co., KY. Died 18 Jan 1935, McCreary Co., KY. Census: 1860, in Whitley Co., KY, p. 750. 1920, in McCreary Co., KY, p 235. He married[10] Mary L. Stephens, 25 Aug 1879, in Scott Co., TN. 5. Simeon J. Swain. Born, circa 1858-9, in Whitley Co., KY. Died 17 Nov 1926, McCreary Co., KY. Census: 1860, in Whitley Co., KY, p. 750. He married[10] Eliza Jane/A. Kidd, 18 Mar 1877, in Scott Co., TN. 6. Elizabeth Nancy Swain. Born, circa 1858, in Whitley Co., KY. Census: 1860, in Whitley Co., KY, p. 750. She married Simon Doogan Patrick, b. June 1851, son of Henry Patrick and Celeter Jones. Three children. 7. Thomas Jefferson Swain. Born, 1861. Married Mary E. Kidd, daughter of John Kidd and Maliza Stephens. Seven children. 8. Emily Swain. Born Aug 1863. She married Ben Manning, b. 27 April 1859, son of William Manning and Anna Gilreath. Seven children. 9. Martha Jane Swain, b. 22 May 1867, d. 17 April 1945. She married, 25 Feb 1886, to William Manning, son of William Henry Manning and Armelda Jane Bryant. Eight children.

Second Generation:

4. James Harve Swain. Born, circa 1854-5, in Whitley Co., KY. Died 18 Jan 1935, McCreary Co., KY. Census: 1860, in Whitley Co., KY, p. 750. 1920, in McCreary Co., KY, p 235. He married[10] Mary L. Stephens, 25 Aug 1879, in Scott Co., TN. i. Laura Swain Born 8-13-1886 Died 1-27-1971 Buried Bethel Cem. Married Ronald Kidd s/o Larken Kidd and Sally Hamlin ii. George Swain Born 12-17-1888 Died 2-14-1945 Buried Bethel Cem. Married Nannie Perkins d/o Mark Perkins and Rachel Strunk. iii. Luther Swain Born 7-31-1891 Died 5-2-1972 Buried Pine Knot Married l. Daisy Hamlin Married 2. Ellen Kidd, Thomas d/o Martin Kidd and Nancy Hughes iv. Marion Swain Born 1-3-1894 Died 1-15-1967 Buried Pine Knot Cem. Married Sadie Stephens d/o James Stephens and Emma Ball v. Ruben O. Swain Born 10-26-1896 Died 1-1-1978 Duried Louisiana Married Louise vi. Verne Swain Born ? Died before 1978 Married John Stephens s/o Francis Marion Stephens and Mary Wilson vii. Ethel Swain Born 6-1899 Died before 1978 viii. Susan Swain Born c. 1902 Married Mike Marano 5. Simeon J. Swain. Born, circa 1858-9, in Whitley Co., KY. Died 17 Nov 1926, McCreary Co., KY. Census: 1860, in Whitley Co., KY, p. 750. He married [10] Eliza Jane/A. Kidd, 18 Mar 1877, in Scott Co., TN. Children of Simeon J. Swain and Eliza Ann Kidd: 1900 census states married 23 years 8 children 7 living i. J. H. Swain (son) Born c. 1878 ii. Nancy L. Swain born 9-1883 iii. Bertha E. Swain Born 1-1886 married ----- Clark iv. Dora A. Swain Born 10-1888 married Frank Spencer v. Violet O. Swain Born 6-1891 married Walter Routen vi. Etna B. Swain Born 2-1896 married James Click vii. Luella Swain "Ella" Born 7-1899 married James Shields viii. Mary Jane Swain Born ? married Wm. Harvey Clark 6. Elizabeth Nancy Swain. Born, circa 1858, in Whitley Co., KY. Census: 1860, in Whitley Co., KY, p. 750. She married Simon Doogan Patrick, b. June 1851, son of Henry Patrick and Celeter Jones. They lived in Red Bird Community, Pulaski Co., KY. Three children. i. Henry Alvin Patrick. ii. Silas Patrick, married Flora Davis. iii. James Patrick. 7. Thomas Jefferson[2] Swain (Jesse M., 4) (A2). Born, 18 Jul 1861, in KY[5]. Died, 10 Apr 1948, in McCreary Co., KY[6]. Burial: 12 Apr 1948, in Pine Knot, McCreary Co., KY[5]. Occupation: farmer. Census: 1910, 15 Apr, in Pine Knot, Whitley Co., KY, ED# 238, 513. 1920, in McCreary Co., KY, p. 240. aged 58. See Deed of Heirs of John Kidd, 30 March 1903, Whitley Co., KY, Deed Bk 54, pp. 576-. He married Mary E Kidd (3) (A3), 1883 (?). Mary E[2] Kidd (John, 6) (A3). Born, 23 Feb 1863, in KY. Died, 4 Oct 1900, in KY. Occupation: housewife. She married Thomas Jefferson Swain (2) (A2). Children: i. Lorenzo Dow[1] Swain. Born, circa 1888, in Whitley Co., KY. Died 25 June 1944 in Dallas, TX. Census: 15 Apr 1910, in Pine Knot, Whitley Co., KY, ED# 238, 513. Occupation: carpenter/Architect. He married first Edith Martin, he married second to Zora M. Tarver. He was named after a famous Methodist Circuit Rider, Lorenzo Dow. ii. Artee Swain. Born, 1893, in KY. Census: 15 Apr 1910, in Pine Knot, Whitley Co., KY, ED# 238, 513. iii. Mishie Swain. Born, before 1895, in Whitley Co., KY. Occupation: Housewife. She married John Perkins. iv. Nellie Swain. Born, before 1895, in Whitley Co., KY. Occupation: Housewife. She married Albert Clark. v. Rosa Genetta Swain. She married George Matt Ball. vi. Ada Swain. Born, circa 1895, in Whitley Co., KY. Census: 15 Apr 1910, in Pine Knot, Whitley Co., KY, ED# 238, 513. Occupation: Housewife. She married Charles Neal. vii. Mae Swain. Born, before 1896, in Whitley Co., KY. She married Davis. 8. Emily Swain. Born Aug 1863. She married Ben Manning, b. 27 April 1859, son of William Manning and Anna Gilreath. Seven children. i. Jesse T. Manning. ii. Simon E. Manning. iii. Mollie Manning. iv. Nellie Manning. v. Anna Manning. vi. Mary Manning. vii. Simpson Manning. 9. Martha Jane Swain, b. 22 May 1867, d. 17 April 1945. She married, 25 Feb 1886, to William Manning, son of William Henry Manning and Armelda Jane Bryant. Eight children. i. Bertha Florence Manning born 2-25-1887 Died 8-6-1966 Buried Freedom Church, Eubank, Ky. Married 2-25-1914 James Harlan Holt ii. Mary Ellen Manning Born 3-21-1890. Married 11-22-1904 James (Jim) Wallace iii. John Lewis Manning Born 6-18- Died as a baby. "Buried at Bethel Cem." No stone. iv. Thomas Jefferson Manning Born 1-30-1894 Died 10-6-1972 Buried Memory Garden Cem. Round Lake, Ill. Married Mary Lee (Odie/Otie) Hamlin d/o Joseph Hamlin and Sally Jane Loudermilk. v. William Jessie Manning Born 4-25-1897 Died 3-1920 "Buried Bethel Cem." No stone. Never married. vi. Colonel Alfred Manning (called Kerns) Born 1907 Died 9-25-1959 age 52 Buried Bethel Cem. vii. Harvey Washington Manning Born 11-22-1909 Died 11-2-1931 Buried Bethel Cem. Married Nannie Griffin viii. Winnie Manning Born 4-21-1913. Married 8-12-1933 Lawrence Edward Manning s/o Willis Manning and Lizzie Hinkle.

Third Generation:

7i. Lorenzo Dow Swain. Lorenzo Dow[1] Swain. Born, circa 1888, in Whitley Co., KY. Died 25 June 1944 in Dallas, TX. Census: 15 Apr 1910, in Pine Knot, Whitley Co., KY, ED# 238, 513. Occupation: carpenter/Architect. Lorenzo Dow Swain and Zora Tarver Swain He married first Edith Martin, he married second to Zora M. Tarver. He was named after a famous Methodist Circuit Rider, Lorenzo Dow. Edith Martin Swain Children by Edith Martin: i. Thomas Earl Swain 1914-Living. ii. Lewis Ernest Swain 1915-1975 iii. Mary Elizabeth Swain 1917-1994 Children by Zora M. Tarver: iv. Lorenzo Dow Swain Jr. 1924-1956 v. John Edmond Swain 1926-1963 vi. George Wesley Swain 1928- ? ? ? vii. Robert Edsel Swain 1930-1944 7v. Rosa Genetta[1] Swain (Thomas Jefferson, 2) (A1). Born, 14 Jan 1895, in Whitley Co., KY. Died, 27 Nov 1961, in Norwood, Hamilton Co., OH[1]. Occupation: housewife. George Matt Ball and Rosa Genetta Swain Ball She married George Matt Ball, son of Peter Coleman Ball and Frances Jane Strunk, 22 Dec 1915, in McCreary Co., KY. Born, 8 May 1892, in Whitley Co., KY. Died, 24 May 1954, in McCreary Co., KY[2]. Occupation: farmer barber. Children: i. Arnold Dow Ball[3]. Born, 8 Oct 1916, in KY. Occupation: carpenter. He married Anna Grace Moore, daughter of Cardine Moore and Etta Gilreath. Children. ii. Vernon Lawrence Ball. Born, 30 Apr 1919, in KY. Died 1997. Occupation: construction. He married Hazel Garland, daughter of Evan Garland and Sophia Hall. No children. iii. Ada Eudena Ball. Born, 6 Mar 1921, in Whitley Co., KY. Occupation: sales-clerk. She married John Arnold Perkins, son of William Perkins and Elizabeth White. Children. iv. Mary Ruth Ball. Born, 14 Jul 1923, in McCreary Co., KY. Died, 28 May 1960, in Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., OH[4]. Burial in Hamilton Co., OH. Occupation: housewife. She married Denval Perkins, son of Henry Franklin Perkins and Nellie Walker Inman, 7 Jun 1946, in Latonia, Kenton Co., KY. Child. v. Homer Darus Ball[3]. Born, 15 Aug 1925, in KY. Occupation: barber. He married Dorothy Adeline Sams. Child. vi. Charles E. Ball. Born, 1 Aug 1929, in KY. Died, 10 Jan 1931, in KY. Died young. vii. Clarence E. Ball. Born, 12 Sep 1931, in KY. Died, 12 Sep 1931, in KY. Died young. viii. Bertha Lou Ball. Born, 6 Feb 1934, in KY. Died, 31 Oct 1939, in KY. Died young. ix. Nobel Jefferson Ball. Born, 7 Oct 1935, in KY. Occupation: teamster. He married, Antonia Hickman, 1955, in Lawrenceburg, IN. Divorce, 1969. Children.