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Posted by: Bill Hatchell (ID *****2624) Date: May 09, 2009 at 05:24:43
In Reply to: Re: SEWARD'S SWAMP, QUARTER BRANCH, MARTIN'S BRANCH ca 1800 by Don Drewry of 1387

I believe Seward's Creek (as opposed to Sewards Swamp) is a tributary, perhaps tidal, off the Pagan River up near Smithfield. It was named for one of the earliest settlers there, William Seward, and may also be known as Williams Creek. The latter name I'm not 100% sure of.

Seward or Sewards Swamp, on the other hand, is a tributary off the Blackwater River in and around Corrowaugh Swamp, Horse Swamp, Beaverdam Swamp, etc. This would be around Collosse west of Windsor toward the Blackwater River. The only way I know this is to note its reference in the early deeds and grants of families who settled there, but at some point the name apparently shifted into disuse. I don't believe however that it is as far north up the Blackwater as Vellines or Pope, both of which are up around Zuni, at least not by the land records I know of tied to the families I've traced.

I hope this helps, and I thank you for your posting and reference re the 1770 John Henry map. Is there a web link to this old map?

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