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SWINKS - South Carolina - Oldest Person John Lewis SWINK
Posted by: mary harmon (ID *****7447) Date: August 30, 2006 at 08:12:56
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Dorothy and Jon, I have read all your posts concerning the descendants of John Lewis SWINK. I was recently in Gaffney & Spartanburg Counties of South Carolina pulling marriage and will information and became curious about the connection of John Lewis SWINK to the Rowan, Anson or Burke County SWINKS. SC has an on-line database of deeds, etc. that one can search for SWINK surnames.

I have done extensive research on the SWINKS of Burke, Cleveland, Catawba, Rutherford, McDowell, Gaston & Mecklenburg Counties of N.C. My oldest NC ancestor was also called John SWINK. He was born c1759 in Pennsylvania and was in Rowan County, NC when he was indentured out at the age of 16 to a Samuel Hughey. His uncle, Michael Swink was his guardian, appointed by his father, Adam Swink {Schwinck} in a Power of Attorney dated 1775.

I want to know if we can tie your John Lewis Swink in with one of these SWINK families. I have Rowan County, NC wills, deeds, etc. but haven't studied them as thoroughly. The microfilm is just so bad, its hard to discipher the handwriting. I also have the Census research completed on Rowan and Anson Counties of N.C. as well as the other counties I have mentioned.

John Lewis Swink {Louis} shows up first in the 1820 SC US Federal census. I don't know where the name John comes from. He was called Louis in the census records. This John has to be related to one of the other SWINK families, but which one? I do have the census research completed on the SC SWINKS.

If you have discovered any additional information that we can discuss, please let me know. I live in Columbia, SC so if there is a need for anything from the SC Archives, I will be glad to make a visit to try and retrieve it. I'm especially interested in knowing if he received a land grant in S.C., and if so, what year was this?

There was a John Swink in Rowan County who was called John Swink, Sr. and a younger Swink called John Swink, Jr. who had left Rowan County. This was not my John Swink, could he have been yours?


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