Alice Mulligan Swayze (1769-1850)

52 Ancestors #20 – Alice Mulligan Swayze (1769-1850)

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There are times when I am afraid that I might be perpetuating
mistakes of others.  Although I do not
have any certain issues with what I think I know about Alice Mulligan Swayze, I
have no original sources for anything.  I
do have, what I believe to be fairly reliable, references from the Daughters of
the American Revolution (DAR) and from the Sons of the American Revolution
(SAR).  I also have references to Alice
in a couple books, and finally I have references to her from a government from
years after her death.  Nothing that I have
is direct evidence.  I understand I can
purchase some copies of the material used in some of the DAR submissions; I
will probably need to do that in the future. I don’t know if the SAR has the
same or similar program.  Their website
is a bit more complicated and difficult to figure out.

Like most colonial period females, there is nothing about her
directly that I have found. References to her are based upon her husband’s
activities and actions.  David Swayze
married her; there is never a mention about her marrying him.  In any event, here is what I think I know.

Bio – Alice Mulligan

Cecil County, Maryland
Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons 

Alice was born 22 May 1769 in Cecil, Maryland[i].  I do not have her parent’s information.

She married David Swayze 20 Jan 1792 also in Cecil, Maryland[ii],
although it is possible that she married David earlier in 1788[iii].

Sometime before 1812, she located with her husband to New Salem,
Fairfield County, Ohio.

By 1829, her husband was a class leader & church officer;
circuit preachers made their home there & for years the M.E. preaching,
prayer meetings & class meetings were held at her house[ii].

Alice died 03 Jan 1850 in Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio[iv].

List of Greats

Rufus Harry Darling
Elizabeth Jane Swayze
David Swayze

Further Research.

      Get documents
originally used for DAR & SAR Applications.


[i] Sons
of the American Revolution – Volume: 150; SAR Membership Number: 22943
[ii]Genealogy of the Swasey Family,”
Page 185 –
Judge David Swazey.
[iii] “Official
roster of the soldiers of the American Revolution buried in the state of Ohio“ Columbus,
Ohio – Page 360 – Swayze, David (Fairfield Co.)
[iv] DAR
Genealogical Research Databases
– Descendants List – DAR – Nat’l #:
244347 – Ancestor #: A111692.

David Swayze (1762-1838)

52 Ancestors #10 – Judge David Swayze (1762-1838)

David Swayze is a great example of an individual that I know
I have so much more research to work on. 
Birth: I am
fairly certain that he was born on March 4th, 1762, to Amos and Ida
Swayze in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. 
There are a couple sources that indicate he may have been born on March
11th, which I would like to investigate further.  Another area is that his is the only child I
know that Amos and Ida had. I would need to investigate further and determine
if he had any siblings.
Revolutionary Flag – Bennington Flag 
Military: We also
know that he was a patriot.  He served as
a private for New Jersey during the Revolution. According to DAR and SAR
records he served under Capt. McKinney, Hazlet, Henry, Bonnel & Ribble. His
service is an area that I really need to do much more research. What actions
might he have seen.  He also received a
pension for his service and it appears that he received a land grant for his
Family:  He married Alice Mulligan on January 20th,
1792.   They had five children that I
know of.
David (Jr.) born in 1796
Sarah born in 1800
Evan Thomas born in 1802
Elizabeth born in 1804
William Marsh born in 1814
Sometime between 1796 and 1817, David moved to Ohio. Because
in 1817, David was a Justice of the Peace in Fairfield County, Ohio, where he
married his son David to Catherine Walter. 
Marker for David Swayze
Thanks to Find-a-Grave

According to an entry on Find A Grave, “David Swayze was one of the founders of New Salem,
Ohio. It may have been named after the town of Salem, Mass. It was laid out by
Abraham Hashbarger/Hershberger and David Swayze.”
David Swayze died on 2 Mar 1838 in New Salem, Fairfield
county, Ohio at the age of 75.
He is buried New Salem Methodist Episcopal Cemetery in Salem,
Perry County, Ohio, USA.
I remember my wife’s 4th great-grandfather, David Swayze, today, on the 252nd
anniversary of his birth.
The Great Ancestors
Rufus Harry Darling
Elizabeth Jane Swayze
David Swayze
Amos Swayze
Mathias Swayze
Samuel Swayze
John Swayze
John Swayze

Further Research: 

Investigate various sources for David’s birthdate.
Investigate Amos & Ida Swayze for additional children.
Further document David’s Military Service.
Follow David’s move to Ohio better.
Find/acquire a better image of David Swayze’s marker where the writing is legible.


DAR Genealogical Research Databases – Nat’l #: 109611 & Nat’l #: 244347 
Find a Grave Memorial# 7656916 – David Swayze
Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994 (vi – FHL microfilm 295268.
Ohio, Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997, (via – David Swayze, 1838.
Sons of the American Revolution – Volume: 150; SAR Memb. # 22943.
Sons of the American Revolution – Volume: 302; SAR Memb. # 60216.