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Swanger, Swanner, Swonger - Reunion
Posted by: Roy Swanner Date: March 18, 2001 at 09:53:35
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For any Swanner, Swanger or Swonger:

Fifth Annual Schwanger Family Reunion
Maggie Valley, NC
June 23 & 24, 2001

       In October 1747 Jacob and Maria Schwanger immigrated from Helleringen, Lorraine, Germany (now in France) to Philadelphia in the American colony of Pennsylvania. They soon moved west to Berks County, PA where they purchased land and had seven sons. This family established the line from which over the next 250 years nearly all Swangers and Swongers and many of the Swanners in America descended.

       Sometime before 1796 one of Jacob’s and Maria’s grandsons, John Jacob Swanger left Pennsylvania and made the long trip down the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia to the newly created Carter County in the new State of Tennessee. In this wilderness on the edge of the frontier, John Jacob Swanger married Violet Boring of Carter County and together they founded the “Smokey Mountain” line of Swangers and Swanners. Over the next 200 years this line has spread throughout the southeastern states and beyond.

       Sometime before 1830, one of John Jacob’s and Violet’s sons, John Swanger, married Peggy Stevens of Tennessee and they “crossed over the mountain” into western North Carolina in what is now Haywood County. Today, nearly all Swangers in the North Carolina area are descended from John and Peggy Swanger.

       In 1997 a Pulitzer Prize winning novel “Cold Mountain” was written by Charles Frazer, which includes the fictional characters of Esco and Sally Swanger and their story is closely related to the real life drama of our North Carolina Swangers.

       So, come join us for the 5th Annual Schwanger Family Reunion and discover your Swanger, Swonger and Swanner roots going back to the 1600’s in Europe through two presentations by our family historian, Dr. Alvin Swonger: “The Smokey Mountain Line of Swangers and Swanners” and “How the Schwangers/Swangers Came to America.” Plus, updates on the latest family research. A few of the 4th Edition “Schwangers, Swangers, and Swongers In America” will be on sale, plus a new book “Smokey Mountain Line of Swangers and Swanners,” both written by Al Swonger.

       The reunion this year will be held in the beautiful Smokey Mountain town of Maggie Valley in Haywood County, NC. Located about 35 miles west of Asheville, exit 27 off I-40, there are many vacation attractions to see and things to do. Below are some toll free phone numbers and websites for motels in the area. We suggest you make reservations soon, as many fill up quickly for the summer season. All are located on US Route 19 (Soco Road) in Maggie Valley:

·       Riverlet Motel 800-691-9952 or
·       Meadowlark Motel 888-326-1717
·       Comfort Inn 800-228-5150
·       Ramada Limited 800-305-6703
·       For a complete listing of all motels in the Maggie Valley area, contact the Tourism Development Authority at 800-334-9036, or view a wide selection at
·       If you wish to fly in, the nearest airport is Asheville, NC – about 35 miles from Maggie Valley.
·       For questions on the reunion, you may contact Roy Swanner, reunion coordinator, at (540)869-9182 or

The addenda for the reunion is as follows:

Saturday, June 23, 2001

8:00-9:00AM Check-In at the Maggie Valley Town Hall, located on Soco Road (Route 19) in the middle of Maggie Valley. If driving, take exit 27 off I-40 and head west on Route 19

9:00-10:45AM Welcome and introduction of Association officers and founders. Socializing hour with introductions of each family group attending (bring any information you may wish to share on your Swanger/Swanger/Swonger ancestors).

10:45-11:00AM Break (a children’s playground is next to the Town Hall)

11:00AM-1:00PM Presentation by Dr. Alvin Swonger: “The Smokey Mountain Swangers and Swanners,” tracing your ancestors from early eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina to today.

1:00-2:30PM Lunch Break – on your own. There are many different and good restruarants in the area.

2:30-4:00PM Presentation by Al Swonger: “How the Schwangers/Swangers Came to America,” tracing our ancestors back to the 1600”s in Germany/France.

4:00-5:30PM Free Time. You may use the time to get to know your newly discovered cousins better, ask questions on your Swanger/Swanner family line, or explore the Maggie Valley area.

5:30PM Catered NC Pit Bar-B-Que dinner at the Town Pavillion picinc area.

Sunday, June 24,2001

8:30AM Breakfast at Joey’s Pancake House in Maggie Valley (each person pays their own.) Family Business meeting during breakfast, announcement of next years reunion location, etc. Ajornment.

To register for the reunion, please complete the below form and mail it with your check to: Andrew Swanger, 2 Stryssenburg Drive, Hilton, NY 14468. Please mail early, so we will be prepared for all who attend.       

Please detach and mail with your check

Names attending________________________________________________________

Home address__________________________________________________________

Phone # ____________________ E-mail _______________

Number for Saturday Dinner ____ at $10.00 each = _______

Optional: One Year Membership in Schwanger Family Association (includes Quarterly Newsletter and e-mail updates/group exchange) at $10.00 per family =________

Total amount of check enclosed: $_______


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