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Posted by: Cheryl (ID *****3614) Date: December 02, 2009 at 07:15:29
  of 1832

Anna Margaretha (Becker) Grosnickel, b. abt 1729, was married to Johannes Swomley, b. abt. 1727 in the Palatinate, Germany. She was called “Margaret,” daughter of Johann Bernhardt (?) & Cathrina (?) Becker." She was the widow of Peter Grosnickel, Jr. Johannes Swomley ( Swamle/ Schwamle/Zwamle) was widowed and had come from the New Jersey township of Cohansey. They were married on 5 Oct. 1756 "in Daniel Grups residence before many witnesses" in Philadelphia at St. Michael’s & Zion. They moved to the now New Market area of Frederick County Maryland. One of their children was Daniel Swomley b. abt. 1760, d. 16 Sep 1827, Frederick Co. MD, m. Miriam Roberts abt 1787. Johannes Swomley died abt. 1810 in Frederick County MD.

From "Pennsylvania German Church Records, Vol. 1, Genealogical Pub. Co., Baltimore, 1983, p. 639 - "Grosnikelin, Margretha, (Reformed); m. October 5" (1756)

I’m wondering if a George Swimley is related to Johannes Swomley. He was one of our Revolutionary Patriots listed within Frederick County, Maryland, 1775-1783. He lived in the Marsh Hundred (“Hundred” same as “County”) area of then Washington County Maryland. He was a member of the Committee of Observation to raise money to assist the Boston Tea Party.

There’s also a John Jacob Swimley listed in the Berkeley County Virginia region (now WV), b. abt. 1770, who first married Elinor Lewis there in 1794. After she died in 1802 he married – in 1804 - a widowed woman by the name of Catherine Snyder, who’s maiden name has been cited as Pulse (Boltz/Pulce).

So here are the ??’s
1)       Are these men related?
2)       If so, when did Johannes Swomley immigate – and to what port? NJ would suggest New York bet. 1747-1755;
3)       If not, where did George Swimley come from – and is Jacob related, and
4)       If not, where did Jacob Swimley harken from?

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