The Genealogy of the Beddow Family (and others)


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51 Reportedly died of Small Pox. Stover, James W. (I3622)
52 Seattle Star, March 16, 1903 Family F111
53 Section F-1 Site 456
15 May 1944 
Milnor, Walter Sears (I026)
54 Service was held at St Therese Catholic Church, Seattle, Wa. Reception followed in the hall.
Bammert, Richard M. (I440)
55 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. McAuliffe, M.N. (I634)
56 stated they were married 3 years in 1900 census Family F165
57 Took the name Turnell Turnell, Carl Johan Swenson (I2704)
58 Vol. 2 Pg. 120 #104 Family F1217
59 Vol. G Page 67 #62 Family F1216
60 Vol.2 Pg. 116 #50

William Walton 
Family F904
61 WALMSLEY-MILNOR THursday November 4, by the Rev. P. S. Henson, D.D., MORRIS WALMSLEY of Philadelphia and MARY daughter of the late John P. Milnor of Baltimore.

Wedding Announcement in the Baltimore Sun Newspaper, from 13 Nov 1875. Also note that this is just below an announcement of Maggie E. wedding on the same day. Double Wedding? 
Family F878
62 Wedding Announcement from the Baltimore Sun Newspaper
from 13 Nov 1875. FRANKLIN-MILNOR On Thursday November 4 at the associated reformed Church by the Rev Dr.Leyburn, J. WALTER FRANKLIN to MAGGIE E.daughter of Joseph K. Milnor, of Baltimore

just below it is the Wedding Announcement for Mary Milnor on the same date... double wedding? 
Family F876
63 [18212.ged]

Apparently Orley Hull's mother-in-law and brother-in-law were abducted by Indians and killed. According to an Oregon Donation Land Claim filed in 26 February 1856, Israel Clark stated that "my wife, Hannah Willis Clark, came to Territory 1 February 1855 & was murdered by Indians 5 July 1855, left as issue of our marriage--David Clark, Mary Hull, Abraham Clark, Sarah Ann Springer, Sarah Ann Springer, Elisbeth F. Roberts and Daniel O. Clark. He also stated "my son, James H. Clark arrived Terr. 1 Feb. 1855, was murdered by Indians 5 July 1855, leaving no wife or other heirs save myself. " A note attached to the file by Justice of the Peace of Grande Ronde says "Prob. within bounds of Grand Ronde Indian Reservation." (Yamhill County).

Family legend has it that years later the family encounted an Indian woman wearing Hannah's clothes.
Clark, Israel (I2180)
64 [18212.ged]

Apparently Orley Hull's mother-in-law and brother-in-law were abducted by Indians and killed. According to an Oregon Donation Land Claim filed in 26 February 1856, Israel Clark stated that "my wife, Hannah Willis Clark, came to Territory 1 February 1855 & was murdered by Indians 5 July 1855, left as issue of our marriage--David Clark, Mary Hull, Abraham Clark, Sarah Ann Springer, Sarah Ann Springer, Elisbeth F. Roberts and Daniel O. Clark. He also stated "my son, James H. Clark arrived Terr. 1 Feb. 1855, was murdered by Indians 5 July 1855, leaving no wife or other heirs save myself. " A note attached to the file by Justice of the Peace of Grande Ronde says "Prob. within bounds of Grand Ronde Indian Reservation." (Yamhill County).

Family legend has it that years later the family encounted an Indian woman wearing Hannah's clothes.
Willis, Hannah (I2514)
65 [18212.ged]

Living Individual, details withheld 
Williams, Paula (I1284)
66 [18212.ged]


Charles Sweazea was born about 1805 in Rutherford County, North Carolina. He moved at an early age with his parents to Jackson County, Tennessee. He farmed and raised his family there. He probably died there before 1880. He had at least three land grants in Jackson County, Tennessee.

Tennessee State Archives
Mountain District Grants

Charles Swezea and Richard Coulter, Grant No. 3664, 252 1/2 acres January 23, 1835, Jackson County, Tennessee Book E Page 406.
Book E page 406:
State of Tennessee No. 3664
To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting; Know ye that for and on account of and by Virtue of Entry No. 1699 made in the office of the Entry Taker of Jackson County and entered on the 17 day of March 1831 pursuant to the provisions of an act of the general assembly of said State papers on the 9th day of January 1830, there is granted by the said State of Tennessee unto Richard Coulter and Charles Swezea Assignees of Samuel Griffith and Harrison Osburn a certain tract or parcel of land containing two hundred and fifty two and one half acres by survey bearing date the 27 day of October 1831 - lying in said County on the south side of Cumberland River. Beginning at a beech tree on the bank of the river above Samuel Griffith's farm - running thence west 275 poles to a stake in Tilman Stubblefield's east boundary line - thence north with said line 160 poles to a large birch tree in said Stubblefield's upper corner on the bank of said river - thence up said river with it's various meanders north 49 degrees east 56 poles north 84 degrees east 40 poles - south 65 degrees - east 39 poles - south 41 degrees - east 48 poles - south 55 degrees - east 20 poles - south 73 degrees - East 34 poles South 39 degrees East 60 poles South 22 degrees East 84 poles to the beginning - Including the improvements of said Griffith and Osburn with the hereditaments and appurtenances to the said Richard Coulter and Charles Swezea and their heirs forever. In witness where of William Carroll, Governor of the State of Tennessee has here unto set his hand and caused the great seal of the state to be affixed at Nashville on the 23 day of January 1835 and 59 years of our Independence - By the Governor Wm. Carroll Sam G. Smith, Secretary.

Charles Sweezy, Grant No. 5900, 50 acres Feb. 24, 1838 Jackson County, Tennessee Book K page 38.

State of Tennessee No. 5900
To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting; Know ye that for and in consideration of the sum of twelve and one half cents per acre paid into the office of the entry taker of Jackson County and entered on the 5th day of July 1824 pursuant to the provisions of an act of the general assembly of said State passed on the 22nd day of November 1823 by No 321. There is granted by the said State of Tennessee unto Charles Sweezy a certain tract or parcel of land containing fifty acres by survey bearing date the 20th day of August 1836. Lying in said County on the north side of Cumberland River on the ridge dividing the waters of Jennings Creek and Cedar Trace Creek. Beginning at a Hickory and a rock west of a hollow of Indian Creek. Thence north crossing a ridge in all one one hundred and twenty poles to a chestnut north of a spring. Then west 66 2/3 poles to a hickory on the west side of a spring branch, then south 120 poles to a white oak and sugar tree, then east to the beginning. With the hereditaments and appurtenances to have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land with it's appurtenances to the said Charles Swezey and his heirs forever. In witness where of Newton Cannon, Governor of the State of Tennessee has here unto set his hand and caused the Great Seal of the State to be affixed at Nashville on the 24th day of February 1838 and 62 years of our independence.
Luke Lea, Secretary, By the Governor N. Cannon

Note; The name is spelled two different ways in grant 5900.

Book X Page 339;
The State of Tennessee No. 11314
To all to whom these presents shall come Greeting; Know ye that in consideration of the sum of one cent per acre paid into the office of the Entry Taker of Jackson County and entered on the 27th day of January 1827 pursuant to the provisions of an act of the General Assembly of said State passed on the 22nd day of November 1825 by No. 818.
There is granted by the State of Tennessee unto Charles Swezea and Mathew Swezea assignee of James G. Cunningham who was assignee of Johnson Hutchenson a certain tract or parcel of land containing one hundred acres by survey bearing date the 16 day of October 1837. Lying in said County of Jackson on the north side of Cumberland River and on the south fork of Jennings Creek.
Beginning at a stake eight poles south of the southwest corner of John Chisum's nine acre tract of land. Running thence north sixty two poles to a beech. Thence west ninety poles to a sugar tree and Hickory. Thence south one hundred and seventy three poles to a stake. Thence east one hundred and twenty two poles to a stake. Thence north one hundred and eleven poles to a stake. Thence west thirty two poles to the beginning.
Including and excluding a ten acre entry made by said Chisum and also an eighty acre tract belonging to said Chisum.
With the hereditaments and appurtenances to have and to hold the said tract or parcel of land with it's appurtenances to the said Charles Swezea and Mathew Swezea and their heirs forever. In witness where of Andrew Johnson Governor of the State of Tennessee hath here unto set his hand and caused the Great Seal of the State to be affixed at Nashville on the tenth day of May in the year of our Lord 1854. And of the Independence of the United States the 77th year.
By the Governor,
Andrew Johnson
W.B.A. Ramsey, Secretary 
Sweazea, Charles (I0970)
67 [18212.ged]


Allen Sweazea may be a son of Lydia's first marriage? 
Sweazea, Allen W. (I1168)
68 [18212.ged]


Andy Hill was a machinest at trade and he was a Baptist Minister in Wayne County, Missouri. 
Hill, Andy (I1417)
69 [18212.ged]


Anna Dycus? is believed to be the daughter of Edward Dycus. It appears that the Dycus and Sweazea families moved to Jackson County, Tennessee at the same time, about 1806-1808. Mathias (Matthew) purchased 100 acres of land from Edward Dycus in Rutherford County, N.C. in 1804. 
Dycus?, Anna (I0957)
70 [18212.ged]


Another son of Matthias Sweazea, Matthias Thomas [Matt] migrated to Oklahoma. Matt homesteaded near Union City, and was a farmer/rancher [planter] as was many of the Sweazeas, for generations before. He married L. A. Martin, Aug 16, 1881, who died of child birth, June 12, 1882, leaving a son Matthias Thomas, Jr, who lived only a short time, to Oct. 23, 1882. He married a second time, Apr. 19, 1883 to L. A. Gardner, and to this union was born three sons: Mark, Jan. 30, 1884 - Dec. 29, 1884, Ira, Dec. 13, 1885 - Sept. 29, 1959, and Aulsy Ernest, June 11, 1888 - Oct 12, 1910.
Matt died of pneumonia, Sept 11, 1889. After Matts death, his second wife, the mother of Ira and Ernest relocated near Piedmont, Okla., and staked out a new claim. there, she died, June 24, 1892, leaving her two sons as orphans.

Sweazea, Mathias (I1146)
71 [18212.ged]


Arthur Montgomery died in Virginia in 1918. He left home to go into the service, but instead he went to work in the shipyards. He died in the flu epidemic in 1918. He is buried in Virginia. 
Montgomery, Arthur Vernon (I0980)
72 [18212.ged]


as we find a Marriage for a Johnson A Sweazea married Jane Bridges 30th Oct., 1853. Also a Jane Swezea Married Abram Bridges 27 Nov. 1869.

1821 - 1837
SWEAZEA*, Johnston to Polly Eleanor BALLANCE, 1 May 1834, by James Boyd,
Sweazea, Johnston (I2364)
73 [18212.ged]


Aulsy Ernest Sweazea was shot to death by a town constable in Oklahoma. He is buried in Bellevue, Texas in the Thomas F. Sweazea lot. 
Sweazea, Aulsy Ernest (I1229)
74 [18212.ged]


Barney Cook Sweazea moved to Greenwood Valley, in Carter County, Missouri from Jackson County, Tennessee, before 1880 and married Melvina Carter. He was a Farmer and raised at least four children. Four of his children died before maturity. 
Sweazea, Barney Cook (I1013)
75 [18212.ged]


Bill Sweazea lived in Kansas City, Missouri, Chicago, Illinois. He moved to California, and died there in 1962. 
Sweazea, William (I1126)
76 [18212.ged]


Bob Sweazea drown in the Current River in 1910. 
Sweazea, Robert A (I2089)
77 [18212.ged]


Buried at Home Ranch at Quemado, New Mexico 
Guyer, Sarah Emlie (I1147)
78 [18212.ged]


Buried at OAK Cemetery, Sebastian, KS 
Moss, Milia Alice (I1590)
79 [18212.ged]


Buried at Rossville Cemetary, Chandler, Oklahoma
Wilson, Samuel Sweazea (I1747)
80 [18212.ged]


Button Sweazea lived at Glasgow, Kentucky.
Exertion and Excitement Claimed Contributed to Officer's Death. Grappling with Jodie Whitlow who was under arrest charged with being drunk, Mr. B. S. Sweeza, a constable, 67 years old, died here Monday evening at 6:45 o'clock in front of the First National Bank on Main Street. It seems that Mr. Sweeza arrested Whitlow for being drunk on a complaint of residents near the tobacco market and started to jail with his prisoner. When in front of the First National Bank Whitlow became unruly and a scuffle ensued, both men falling to the pavement. For several minutes the men struggled on the sidewalk and bystanders noticed Mr. Sweeza crumble down on his prisoner. Investigation revealed that Mr. Sweeza was dead.

Witnesses to the fatal scuffle state that the two men were struggling on the pavement from ten to fifteen minutes and several times while Mr. Sweeza was holding Whitlow down the prisoner kicked the officer in the back, but evidently the kicks did not affect the officer as he seemed to pay no attention to them. It is also stated that while the men were down Mr. Sweeza struck Whitlow with his stick, but the officer was evidently too weak to have much effect on the prisoner.

After being liberated by the death of the officer, Whitlow secured a large rock and staggered around in a threatening manner, it is claimed, until a bystander in wrenching the rock away from him threw him down on his head striking the curb with considerable force. Mr. Bryant Atkinson took charge of Whitlow until officers arrived.

The body of the dead officer was carried to Dr. Clifton Richard's office where an autopsy revealed the fact that he probably died of heart failure supinduced by excitement and the struggle. Whitlow was arraigned before Judge V H Jones, Tuesday morning, at 10 o'clock and was held to await the actions of the grand jury, under a bond of $2,500 on a charge of manslaughter, when he executed, Mr. Ed Farris becoming the bondsman.

Mr. Sweeza was a Tennessean by birth but came to Freedom country many years ago, where he married to Miss Hulda Smith, who survives him. He is supposed to have one brother whose whereabout(s) are unknown. For many years Mr and Mrs Sweeza, who had no children, lived in the Freedom country, farming, but engaged in the mercantile business at Freedom, Beaumont and finally in Glasgow, where they were very successful, and became quite well off financially, owning considerable property.

He was a member of the Methodist Church, and always bore the name of an honourable gentleman. Funeral services were held at the residence on West Main Street, yesterday, afternoon, by Rev. J. L. Piercy, and burial was in the Glasgow Cemetery.

B S Sweeza 1860-1929; Hulda C 1868-1948.

Unknown Glasgow paper.

Sweazea, Button S (I1174)
81 [18212.ged]


Capt. Robert Samuels Return of his Class Role belonging to the Eight Batallion of Cumberland County Militia Commanded by Col. Alexander Brown the year 1781-1782-1783. (c.)

Fourth Company; Richard Coulter. ( Son of Richard and Rebecca.)

An account of the second, third and fourth classes of the Eighth Battalion of Cumberland Militia, Called upon to perform a tour of duty by order of Council, March 12, 1782.
Third Company, Fourth Class, Richard Coulter. 
Coulter, Richard (I1345)
82 [18212.ged]


Carl McGhee was killed by an unknown assailant at his ranch near Deming New Mexico on march 30, 1968. Carl was a Rancher and had a trucking Business. He served in the Merchant Marines in WWII. 
Sweazea, Carl (I1231)
83 [18212.ged]


Carter County, Marriage Records show that Mrs Vina L Swezea was married to Monroe Rodgers Janurary 16, 1898.

The following census record of 1910, Carter Co., Missouri indicates that Melvina (Vina) was married a third time to;
Clyburn, Levi C. Head 45 (m2) Mo. S.C. S.C.
Vina wife 47 (8/4) Mo. unk. unk.
*Sweezea,Charles s.son 20 Mo. unk mo

Charles Sweazea b. 1888 is son of Barney Cook Sweazea. Here he is living with his Mother and Step father in 1910 Census of Carter County, Missouri. This record shows that she had eight children and four are still living in 1910. It appears these four would be Lee, Pearl, Charles, and Jewell. 
Carter, Melvina (I1063)
84 [18212.ged]


Carter County, Marriage records.

Elmer C. Drake to Willie Sweazea, consent of groom's father. 11 Sept., 1892 
Sweazea, Willie A. (I1214)
85 [18212.ged]


Carter Sweazea died 1915 in his late teens of T.B. 
Sweazea, Carter (I2090)
86 [18212.ged]


Centennial History of Missouri; 1921, Page 102
Thomas J. Sweazea, of St Louis, was born on his father's farm in Reynolds County, Missouri, October 14, 1870. He is a grandson of William Sweazea, a native of Tennessee, who removed to Missouri in 1808, becoming one of the pioneer settlers of the state. He located near the Black River, where he entered and purchased a large and fertile tract of land, which he tilled and developed and on which he made his home until his death in 1850. His son William Sweazea, born in Missouri in 1832, [1828] was reared in Wayne County, where he started in the business world as a farmer, cultivating first a small tract of land on the Black River. In 1865, he removed to Reynolds county, where he purchased other land and thereon spent his remaining days in the cultivation and improvement of his farm, which he developed into a valuable and productive property that was devoted to the raising of grain and live stock. Thereon he died in 1901 and in his death the community lost one of its substantial and highly respected citizens. He married Amanda (Jane) Mann, of Reynolds County, who was born in 1832, a daughter of George Mann, a native of South Carolina, who in early life removed westward, establishing his home in the Black River district of Missouri. His daughter, Mrs. Sweazea, passed away in 1880 (1882), at the age of forty-eight years. (fifty three years). Both Mr. and Mrs. William Sweazea were devout and consistent members of the Baptist church and in that faith they reared their family. They were parents of the following named: William A., a resident of Wayne county; Sophronia, the wife of Robert Benson, of Alabama; and Margaret, the wife of M.L. Sanders, of Leeper, Missouri (Mary Lou, married John Mann; Richard Sweazea, died a young man) Melvina;.
The other member of the family is Thomas J. Sweazea, whose name introduces this review. He lived upon his father's farm in his boyhood days and attended the public schools until he reached the age of twenty, when he entered Carleton College at Farmington, Missouri, there remaining as a student until 1893. He then took up the profession of teaching, which he followed successfully, imparting readily and clearly to others the knowledge that he had acquired. In 1895 he was elected County commissioner for a term of two years and in 1902 was elected county clerk of Reynolds County by a large majority in which position he served one term. Still higher political honors awaited him, for in 1907 he was chosen by popular suffrage as representative of Reynolds County in the forty-fourth general assembly, and his wise counsel on legislative and public matters is still a matter of comment. He carefully considered all the vital questions which came up for settlement and lent the weight of his aid and influence to further progressive legislation. At the close of his service as a member of the assembly he removed to Salem, (M0.) and studied law until admitted to the bar in 1909. He then removed to Piedmont, where he opened a law office and entered upon active practice. While there residing he filled the position of secretary and member of the Piedmont school board and rendered valuable service in developing and improving the school system of that place. He is still the owner of land in the vicinity of Piedmont.
On the 6th of June 1895, Mr. Sweazea was married to Miss Ella Malloy, a daughter of John and Mary (Warren) Malloy, of Wayne County. Their children are: Doyle J., who is employed by the Frisco Railroad Company; Pearl, who was graduated from the Central High School (St. Louis), in 1918 and who is now taking private vocal lessons; Ava, who was graduated from McKinley High School (St. Louis) in January, 1920, and from the Perry School of Oratory in June, 1920, and is now a student in the Art Department of Washington University (St. Louis); and Opal T., who is a student in McKinley High School and is also studying music. The religious faith of the family is that of the Baptist church and in political belief Mr. Sweazea is a democrat. He is a representative of pioneer families in both the paternal and maternal lines--families long connected with the development of the state. He came to St. Louis in April, 1912, and since that time has been engaged in the practice of law and in the real estate business. He has made for himself a creditable position both in business and professional circles.

Note: Except for the name Warren in Mary (Warren) Malloy, the words inside parentheses were inserted by me. O.S.A., June 4, 1965.

Note: Corrected dates on page 1 were obtained from tombstone inscriptions. O.S.A. (Opal Sweazea Allen). 
Sweazea, Thomas Jefferson (I1121)
87 [18212.ged]


Charles Sweazea was probably born in Rutherford County, North carolina about 1783. So he would have been only 3-4 years old when he went to Georgia to live with his Grandfather Richard Coulter.

Land records in Wayne County, Missouri. MISSOURI LAND PATENTS

SWEAZEA, CHARLES 12/30/1835 40 acres < 35-28-3 > location
SWEAZEA, CHARLES 07/01/1841 40 acres 35-28-3

For more about this Family, see, John Gilbert Swezea notes.

Charles Sweazea was married in 1807 in Roane County, Tennessee and came to Missouri about 1821 according to the History book of Southeast Missouri.


Marriage Bond of Charles Sweazea and Elizabeth Jones

We, ______Charles Sweazea______ &_______ Richard Sweazea__ are bound unto the State of Tennessee in the penalty of Twelve Hundred and Fifty Dollars.
Witness our hands, this____ 9 ____day of ___Feb.___ 1807.
The Condition of this Obligation is Such, That, whereas the above-bound ____ Charles Sweazea, _____address, Roane County, _____has obtained license from the Clerk of the County Court of Roane County, Tennessee, to marry Elizabeth Jones,___________ address, ____Roane County: ________________ Now, if there is no lawful cause to obstruct the marriage for which said license is obtained, this obligation shall be void; otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.
Charles Sweazea
Richard Sweazea

Charles and Elizabeth Sweazea left Roane County, Tennessee sometime about 1815 and lived in Hickman County for a while. In 1821 they moved on to Wayne County, Missouri. Charles was a Justice of the Peace in 1822 in Wayne County.

United States Census, 1830, Wayne County, Missouri Page 41;

Line 1. Charles Swezea; [ son of Mathias Sweesy?]
Free white males 5 to 10 yrs - 2
Free white males 15 to 20 yrs - 2 > one of these would be James b. 1817
Free white males 20 to 30 yrs - 1 > T. J. b. abt 1809
Free white males 40 to 50 yrs - 1 > Charles b. 1780 - 1790
Free white females 10 to 15 yrs - 3
Free white females 30 to 40 yrs - 1 > Elizabeth Jones wife of Charles Sweazea

Charles Sweazea, son of Charles and Elizabeth Jones Sweazea stated in the 1880 census record of Wayne County, Missouri, that his father was born in North Carolina.
Sweazea, Charles (I1056)
88 [18212.ged]


Charlie Sweazea lived at Leeper, Missouri most of his life. 
Sweazea, Charlie Fuller (I1064)
89 [18212.ged]


Copy of a letter from James Wm. Swezea of Walla Walla, Washington Territory, to his uncle, Wm. Swezea, Reynolds County, Missouri. ( Letter sent to me by Mrs Millie Sweazea, widow of Walter Sweazea, the above Wm Swezea's grandson.] [Opal Sweazea Allen)

Walla Walla, W. T. Mar. 8, 1871
"Mr. Wm. Swezea, Esq.
Dear Uncle, Sir,
I am again writing as it snows. This has been the severest winter that we have had since '61 & '62. We have had three months very severe weather this winter.
We are as well as common at present. Mother's eyes is entirely out from the affects of the measles. I do not know whether they can be brought to or not. Charley has been sick about a month with fever but he is getting about well. Times is very hard. Money scarce grain and stock very low. Wheat .40cents Oats .01cents per lb. Stock cattle $10.00 per head. We have to pay $1.00 a day for hands to work on the farm have had 3 cows to die. Father has lost 6 head. There is a great many cattle dying. I know two men that has lost 80 head apiece. This is a very backward season.
I am as ever yours,
James Wm Swezea

The letter is written on good quality lined paper in the old Spencerian style, with a few flourishes on capital letters, and a kind of scroll under his signature. It is yellowed with age.

The 1870 census of Walla Walla, Washington Territory shows that James William Swezea was a Saddle and Harness maker. 
Swezea, James William (I0865)
90 [18212.ged]


D.A.R. Library Washington D.C. D.A.R. Yakima, Wa.

Thomas J. Swezea, Lucinda Swezea, and Charles L. Swezea

Thomas Jefferson Swezea was born in Tennessee in 1809 and spent his early youth there. He later moved into South-eastern Missouri where he was married and lived until 1859. In 1859 he and his wife, Lucinda, (nee Sweazea, B. Jan. 4, 1820) began their journey Westward, six children with them. The trip was with a large wagon train and took five months, the family arriving in Walla Walla in September of 1859. Two girls were left in Missouri, one married, one deceased. The children coming were four boys and two girls, the older of which rode horseback a large part of the way. The family was prompted to leave because of the "war talk" of the time in a section of Missouri that was politically undecided.
Unlike many emigrants of the time, Mr. Swezea brought a considerable amount of his property with him. He drove a large herd of cattle across the plains. He brought about $500 in gold pieces, four of these gold dollars are still in possession of various members of the Swezea family. Mr. Swezea was a plantation owner in Missouri and was, perhaps, the only slave holder who ever brought his human property into Walla Walla. Before leaving all the slaves were sold except one Negro mammy who had nursed Mrs. Swezea in childhood.Coming West she attended the family here for several years, finally marrying and moving to The Dalles, Oregon.
Upon arriving in Walla Walla, Mr. Swezea purchased several lots between Second and First Streets on Main. Here he built a two room cabin. The rooms were connected by a shed roof. One section was heated by a cobblestone fireplace, and the other section contained the wooden bedsteads. The cabin stood here for many years and among the guests who shared its hospitality was the Methodist missionary Wilbur.
It was in this cabin that Charles L. Swezea was born July 6, 1860. He was the first white boy born in the City of Walla Walla. The birth was celebrated by a serenade which most of the citizens of the then small city attended. Gen. McAuliffe (an early mayor of Walla Walla) favored the event with a fife solo. The celebration was symbolic that the people had found a place for their homes, and a suitable place to rear their families.
Thomas J. Swezea later built a log house on the property now occupied by the First National Bank. But, herding his cattle in the outskirts of the town, he soon saw the need for additional land. He traded a yoke of oxen for 160 acres in the Cottonwood area. Later he secured an additional 110 acres in the Cottonwood district upon which property he made his home for many years. Here he planted an orchard and people came from as far as La Grande hauling the apples by the wagon load. Later he and his wife retired to the City of Walla Walla where he died Jan. 26, 1887. Lucinda Swezea died March 22, 1895.
Charles L. Swezea lived upon this 100 acre farmstead until his death, Nov 11, 1927 His early schooling was in the log type school, and he spent two years, 1876 and 1877, at the Whitman Seminary.

SIGNED: Bessie Alma Hargett
R.F.D. #3 Walla Walla, Wn.
April 6, 1940
Swezea, Charles (I0797)
91 [18212.ged]


Deanna Dell is buried at Dimmitt, Texas. 
Sweazea, Deannea Dell (I1257)
92 [18212.ged]


Died in a train accident at Henrietta, TX Buried at Bellevue, TX 
Sweazea, Lawrence Delbert (I1706)
93 [18212.ged]


E. G. {Jack] Sweazea started out in 1932 with a saw mill at Piedmont, Missouri. He was a very sucessful business man and was well known in Wayne County. He owned and operated two Hardware stores, one in Piedmont and one in Greenville. For many years he was the leading employer in Wayne County. 
Sweazea, Elmer Grey (I1125)
94 [18212.ged]


Edward Dycus fought in the revolutionary war from South Carolina 
Dycus, Edward (I1167)
95 [18212.ged]


Elizabeth Lovelady and her husband, Jonas Sweazea left Tennessee after the New Madrid Earthquake and set out for Missouri. The little group traveled for miles over almost impassable roads and trails into inland Missouri. The rolling hills were covered with forests of magnificent pine, oak, and black walnut. The lumber thirsty crews of men, who a few years later slashed and slew the trees and fed them to glutinous saw mills, before the government saw fit it make laws to protect the forests, had not yet appeared upon the scene. The river valleys were rich and fertile soil, of which they could have any amount with a clear title. Elizabeth and her husband bought a farm, for they decided they had reached the land where they wished to make their home. They set about building a small house and improving their land on the head of Brushy Creek. Life in the new country was very hard, but each day saw new families settling in the country; before long they were enjoying neighbors, had established a church and school, improved the roads and were leading a life not unlike the one they had left in northwest Tennessee.
Time has a way of passing rapidly when people are busy and happy. Very little news filtered into the backwoods settlements to ruffle the even tenor of their days. Now and then some traveler came through bringing news of heated political campaigns across the river and in the East, and of a young backwoods lawyer by the name of Abe Lincoln, who had been making a name for himself in the political world. Finally word came of his running for President, his election, and the declaration that all men are created equal and free. His call for volunteers for an army to preserve the Union, was answered by men from the backwoods settlements, as well as from cities, with the popular campaign song of the time, on everyone's lips--"We are coming Father Abraham, 60,000 strong". How different the entire way of life of the U.S. would have been, had men been able to see the extent of the most terrible of Civil Wars, where there was no compromise and men so lost sight of the teachings of Christ that fathers and sons, brothers and cousins and best of friends were lined up against each other.
The Sweazea household was completing preparations for moving northward out of the way of marauding bands of men known as guerrillas, who made war on the countryside, belonged to neither army and fabricated excuses for taking men who had not joined their bands, prisoners, stealing, burning and plundering, no farm home or smallest supply of food or any necessity, was safe from their watchful eye. The last night at home found them happy in the knowledge that early the next morning they would be on the way to a safer home in a new locality where they would remain while the father and husband would join the ranks of men who were fighting the Civil War. But other ears had heard of the plans. In the night a call came to Jonas Sweazea. Elizabeth saw the group of shadowy figures on horses at the gate. Her husband must have known the fatality of the hours, but reassuring her, he went out to them and silently disappeared into the darkness. This was only one of many similar cases which were occurring daily throughout that part of the country.
Elizabeth decided to remain where she was, and watched long hours daily for his return, but he never re-appeared. After a while she realized that she was a widow with a family depending on her for support. She took up practical nursing, accompanying the one remaining doctor on calls and learning to care for the sick. The war continued. The doctor went into the service of the army so Elizabeth found herself carrying on where the doctor had left off, doing all she could for the sick, watching over suffering little children and more than anything else ushering new life into the world. She was very proud of her record along this line, over a period of years, the groups of children of all ages were the best testimonials of her successful work, which had been carried on with the small insufficient aid at hand.
Her experiences were many and required much courage and fearlessness. She walked many miles over rough roads to answer the call of distress very often reaching home or a place of illness followed by wolves, that howled around the place long after she had entered. The pay was small and usually in the form of a bag of corn meal, now and then a hen or chicken, or sometimes a few pounds of precious flour or salt, which were carefully buried far enough away from the house that searching parties of marauders would not find it.
A daughter had married, but lived at home because her husband was in the army. The soldiers were paid a small salary at times, which was usually sent home. It was the habit of unscrupulous bands of men to watch all homes where they knew money would come, and take it. One day they came to Elizabeth's home and demanded money. She told them they didn't have any, but the men refused to believe her, and searched the house thoroughly, even tearing the paper from the walls. Mad, because of their failure to find the money, they decided to burn the house. Suddenly Elizabeth recognized one of the men. Calling him by name she asked if he would allow men to burn their home. He said, Mrs. Sweazea, if you will never tell that I was with them, I will see if I can stop them". He did, and Elizabeth carried the secret of the man's name to her grave. Incidentally, the money was buried beneath the ash hopper.
The close of the war found the country absolutely destitute of livestock, all cattle had been driven away or died from lack of food and protection, and horses had long since disappeared. Even the cats had died from starvation. Elizabeth had acquired an old broken down mule, which they used about the place, trying to keep up a part of the work. The mule was so decrepit he was scorned by both armies and marauders. One of her best jokes, she would laugh and her black eyes would sparkle, as she would tell about deciding to ride the mule to a town some miles north, where she believed she could find a cat and purchase some much needed household articles. After a few days she has home, with a cat, which she had carried all the way in her arms, and two yards of calico for a sunbonnet which she had purchased at the unheard of price of fifty cents per yard. The trip had been slow and uneventful, except for once--when a group of soldiers on their way home had passed her on foot and made fun of her mule. She told them very emphatically that it was because of such as they, that she was forced to own such poor stock.
Men who still lived returned to their homes, law was re-established and people went about the business of rebuilding a country devastated by four years of civil war. Throughout the period of reconstruction on and for many years following, Elizabeth took a keen interest in affairs connected with the building and improvement of the country. She witnessed the coming of the telegraph, telephone, the automobile, read stories in the fine modern newspapers of machines flying through the air, and often spoke of how much nicer such a way of travel would be, than being forced to depend upon the equanimity of a discarded mule.
The long and useful life, the most of which was spent in the service of others,
of one of Carter County's pioneer women, came to a close in the spring, when the country was alive with beauty and promise, after the sleep of winter, and the dogwood and red bud were in bloom.

This account of Elizabeth and Jonas Sweazea was written by the great great granddaughter, Marion Curtis (while she was in high school). It was loaned to Mrs. Ola Morlen by Mr. A.N. Tucker and permission was given by him to copy it for recording by the Carter County Historical Society. 
Lovelady, Elizabeth Ann (I1187)
96 [18212.ged]


Elza Sweezy had no Children. He lived in the Vicinity of Oak Grove, Tennessee. 
Sweezy, Elza (I1311)
97 [18212.ged]


Family History indicates that during the Civil War, Jonas Sweazea left his home in Greenwood Valley, Carter Co, Mo. and traveled to Bloomfield, Mo. to enlist in the Union Army. He was ambushed by "Bushwhackers" and kidnapped. He wrote his wife a letter from Bloomfield while a captive, but was never heard from again. Information from; Steve Rogers, gr gr grandson of Jonas Sweazea.

Jonas Swezea purchased land in Ripley County, Missouri. [now Carter County,]

Ripley County, Missouri

32 Original Land Plat Book [ 1832 - 1858 ]

Copied from the original plat book in the Recorders office, County Courthouse, Doniphan, Missouri.

Jonas L. Swezea, Residence, Wayne County, date purchased, 24 Nov. 1856,
Section 3 Township 27 Range 3 E.

Jonas D. Swezea, Residence, Wayne County, date purchased, 24 Nov. 1856,
Section 10 Township 27 Range 3 E.

The Cabin that Jonas Sweazea built in 1851 in Greenwood Valley has been moved to Van Buren, Missouri and set up on the Courthouse Yard. [1998]
A sign on the door of the cabin reads;
This cabin was built in 1851 in Greenwood Valley by the Sweeza family and taken apart and reconstructed on the Court House Square in 1959 during the Carter County Centennial Celebration to commemorate the county's first 100 years.
The rock fireplace is from the old Griffin house on Pike Creek, where it was built in 1853. The rocks are hand-hewn and were put together with a mortar supposed to be made of salt and ashes. It is now held together with lime and cement mortar.
The logs in the cabin are hand-hewn and some are 24 feet long and are interlocked with half dovetail corners and were held together with wooden pegs which are still visible.
The antique furnishings in the cabin have been loaned or donated by local persons.
The Carter County Historical Society is in charge of the cabin as custodians for the people of Carter County. 
Sweazea, Jonas (I1165)
98 [18212.ged]


Family history indicates that Harvey Allen Sweazea went away to fight in the Civil War and never returned home, and was never heard from again. 
Sweazea, Harvey Allen (I1010)
99 [18212.ged]


February 16, 1976
A 60th year wedding anniversary celebration was held Sunday Feb. 15 for Mr & Mrs Orea C. Sweezea of Tavares, Florida. The couple were married Feb. 16, 1916 in Alleene, Arkansas. Mr & Mrs Sweezea lived in Missouri in their early years of married life. Then they moved to Michigan where they raised their family. They have two daughters and three sons, thirteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Mr Sweezea has been retired from Michigan Bell Telephone Company for 22 years. They have been living in Florida for the past ten years at 918 County Drive, Tavares, Florida. Joining in the celebration were Mildred and Earle Rosenberger, Pickney, Michigan, Milton & Doris Sweezea of Tavares, Gerald & Janet Sweezea, Flint, Michigan, Geraldine & Sam Bell, Flint, Michigan, and Douglas & Charlotte Sweezea from Burton, Michigan. Also present at the open house celebration were grandchildren, relatives and a host of friends.
My Uncle Orea had a beautiful black horse with white stocking feet when they lived in southeast Missouri. His name was Prince. When Uncle Orea left, he gave this horse to his brother, Turner, my grandfather, and my grandfather said that Prince was a very smart horse. They used him as a saddle horse and they also pulled a buggy with him. Granddad used to be a big tease and he said he used to take Prince out for a ride in the woods and try to lose him. He said that he was never able to hide from Prince. Prince always found him no matter where he hid. Uncle Orea was a fine trainer with horses. My grand-dad never liked a roane horse. He saw his father killed by a roane horse when he was 7 years old. {by, Clete Sweezea.} 
Sweezea, Orea Cleveland (I0953)
100 [18212.ged]


Finis Sweazea
EARLY, Texas - Finis "Bud" Sweazea, founder and manager of Serta Mattress Co. in Austin and a cutting horse breeder, died Tuesday in a Fort Worth hospital. He was 66.
Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Davis Funeral Home in Georgetown.
Mr. Sweazea was born in Bellvue and had moved to Early from Georgetown.
He was a Navy veteran.
Survivors: Wife, Lou Sweazea of Early; two sons, Milton Sweazea of Round Rock and Tom Sweazea of Austin; daughter, Wendy Justice of Austin; two brothers, Bill Sweazea of Leander and Jeff Sweazea; sister, Lottie Bell of Cedar Park; and two granddaughters. 
Sweazea, Finis (I1666)

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