English Swaynes (for the purposes of this discussion) are
a specific family of Swayne (or Swain) relatives that lived in England between the mid-1400's and
particular timeframe is
important because the first Swayne COA was granted in 1461, confirmed
by a Swayne descendent in 1602, and another grant occurred in 1612.
This timeframe is also important because Swaynes (and Swains) first arrived in
America (from England) in the early 1600s. This
150 year period also happens to be a period where genealogical records
for the Swaynes-Swains are less available. So, the
English Swaynes are those Swaynes that were granted the Coat of Arms by
College of Arms in England or were directly related to a Swayne (or
was. Any Swayne (or Swain) family that is not tied to this armigerous family are not the English Swaynes (or Swains)
that are being discussed here.
Swayne and Swain Immigrants
Here are some of the Swaynes and Swains that emigrated from
England to America in the 1600-1700s for your evaluation:
William Swayne: Traveled
from England to America on the
"Elizabeth and Ann" in 1635.
Richard Swain: Traveled
from England to America on the "Truelove" in 1635.
Passenger list: http://english-america.com/spls/635ne018.html
His children were on "The
Rebecca" same year.
Jeremiah Swain: Traveled from England to America in
Nicholas Swain: Traveled from England to America in
Francis Swayne: Traveled from England to America in
Abner Swayne: Traveled
from England to America in the late 1700's
Swaynes-Swains that could very possibly be related to the English
Swayne Coat of Arms are William, Francis, Richard and Jeremiah (although none
have been officially confirmed by The College of Arms). Descendents
of all of those Swaynes (or
Swains) cite William Swayne of Salisbury (COA 1461) from their
records as an ancestor. All of these families appear to have been
prominent and/or wealthy and some were granted land in America.
This is an important point when considering the probable connection
between these Swayne immigrants with the English Swaynes (who were also wealthy). Nicholas and
Abner may be connected as well but I haven't found any references to Nicholas or Abner except in the report compiled by the
American Media Group (which is discussed later). If
any visitors of this site have information pertaining to Nicholas or
Abner genealogies, please contact me. At the moment, there are no
known connections between the immigrants indicated above and additional
data may be able to connect these ancestors.
The following Swayne/Swain genealogies cover the pedigree
for the England immigrants indicated above:
- William Swayne: 'Records of the Swaynes of Wiltshire-
1940' by M. Swayne Edwards. This genealogy is not available online and it
is out of print. You may contact the Wiltshire Museum in England to
purchase a photocopy of this genealogy. After photocopy and shipping
costs it will probably cost $50-70. Here is a link to the Wiltshire Museum website contact page: http://www.wiltshireheritage.org.uk/contact/
Swain: 'Swains and Allied Families - 1896' by William C.
Swain. Have not found this genealogy online but it can be ordered
online for around $20 at Higginson Books online at: http://www.higginsonbooks.com/stroud-symmesSC5.html.
- Francis Swayne: 'Chester County Swaynes' 2ndEdition'
by Norman W. Swayne is available online at the following site: http://www.swayne.0catch.com/. Also, genealogy message
boards are frequented by genealgists for the Francis line of Swaynes which
may assist in connecting.
- Richard Swain: 'Swains of
Nantucket' by Robert H. Swain. I have not found this genealogy online
or elsewhere but descendents of Richard can be found on the Swain Country
website and there are additional links available at: http://friends.peoria.lib.il.us/community/swaincountry.html.
genealogical records for these Swayne immigrants either end or become
broken during the period of the early grants from The College, a
confirmation with the Swayne Coat of Arms appears to be unlikely for
descendents of these Swaynes-Swains. Although none of these
Swayne (or Swain) ancestors confirmed
their right to arms, this document (and
associated research) is predicated on the assumption that my line of Swaynes
(Francis) is related to the English Swaynes who were granted the
COA (whether it can actually be confirmed or not).