I have a little information on Hester Ann's maternal family. I have just discovered the Swaney connection to my McKinna/McKinney family. According to the book," Abstract Henderson Co., NC Estate Records" by Kathleen Summers, Sarah Swayney is listed as an heir to the estate of John McKinney in 1861. Later on, there was a lawsuit between some of the children and grandchildren. Sarah Swayney's heirs are named in the lawsuit. They are: Merrill Swayney, Albert Swayney, Ann Swayney, Hannah Swayney and Elihu Swayney.These names are very close to the ones that you listed. I have sent off to the NC State Archives in Raleigh for a copy of these papers.
I believe my great-great grandfather, Thomas McKinney, was living with his sister, Sarah Swayney, and her family in 1850. The family was living next door to John and Martha McKinney.John McKinney, b. abt. 1785 SC, d.1861 Henderson Co., N.C. and Martha Simpson, b. abt. 1792 SC, d. March 8, 1884 Henderson Co., N.C. were Sarah and Thomas' parents.
I'm pretty sure this is the same family that you're looking for. I'd really like to find out more about Sarah Swayney. I look forward to hearing from you,
Karen McKinney Powell
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