Samuel Swaine & Joanna

Sally’s great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great Grandparents:
emigrants”

Samuel Swaine ca 1625 – 1681/82 | his parents
& Joanna ? ca 1625 – 1694 | her parents
of England,
Watertown, Wethersfield & Branford. CT.
& 1666 Newark, New Jersey


This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!


Samuel Swaine son of William was born in England, he was in Watertown in 1635 and later at Wethersfield. He was “one of the founders of the church and town of Branford.” In 1653 “propounded to the Court and approved as the chief military officer of Branford.” He was deputy to New Haven, 1651-63. As a friend and coadjutor of Mr. Pierson, he accompanied him to Newark. The tradition is that Elizabeth Swaine, his daughter, was the first to land on the shore of Newark [1666], having been handed up by her lover, Josiah Ward, who hastened to secure this distinction for her. In his will Samuel Swaine gives all his estate to his “beloved wife Joanna.”
Robert Atwater Smith 1902

Joanna ? was born ca 1625 in England. She died before 10 Dec 1694 when her inventory was recorded.

Children of Samuel Swaine & Joanna:
1. Elizabeth Swaine 1647 – aft 1706
married Josiah Ward ca 1645 – bef 1676
married 2nd ca 1676 David Ogden 11 Jan 1638/39 – 1691/1692
a. David Ogden ca 1678 – 11 Jul 1734 Newark, Essex County, New Jersey
b. Josiah Ogden 1679 –
c. John Ogden 1681 –
d. Thomas Ogden 1684 – ? Elizabethtown, Essex County, New Jersey
e. Swaine Ogden ca 1687- 20 Apr 1755
2. Mary Swaine 1 March 1649 [bapt New Haven 1 June 1651] – 10 Nov 1655
3. Joanna Swaine 1651 – 16 Sept 1729 Newark, NJ
married ca 1675 Jasper Crane Jr. 2 April 1651 – 6 March 1711/12
a. Joseph Crane 1676-1726
married Abigail Lyon
b. Jonathan Crane 1678-1744
married Sarah Treat
c. Sarah Crane 1683-1736
married 1707 Joseph Wheeler 1683-1727
d. Elihu Crane 1689-1732
married Mary Plum 1694-1762
e. Hannah Crane 1690-
married Robt. Ogden, Esq
f. David Crane 1693-1750
married Mary ______ 1695-1769
4. Phebe Swaine 24 May 1654 –
5. Mary Swaine 12 June 1656 –
6. Christiana Swaine 25 April 1659 –
married Nathaniel Ward 2 Nov 1656 – Jan 1731/32
a.Joseph Ward ? – bef Dec 1731
b.Phebe Ward
c.Sarah Ward
d.Joanna Ward
e.Nathaniel Ward, Jr
7. Sarah Swaine 7 Oct. 1661 –
married Thomas Johnson
8. Abigail Swaine 1663/75 –
married Eleazer Lampson
a. Elizabeth Lampson 1695 – Jun 1791
b. Eleazer Lampson 17 Apr 1720 – [possibly another generation in here]
married Jane ? 24 Feb 1722/23 –
i. Martha Lampson
married Aaron Hedden
ancestors of Chris

NJ Archives XXI p 218 & Essex Wills
1692 March 25 Swain, Johanna widow of Samuel, will of
Daughter Elizabeth Ogden
Son-in-law Eliezer Lampson dau. Abigail Lampson
Son & daughter Jasper & Johannah Crane
Son & daughter Nathaniel & Christian Ward
Son & daughter Thomas & Sarah Johnson
Home lot in Newark, land at the Mountain, do beyond the great swamp.
Personal estate (a silver teabox)
John Curtis and John Browne overseers
Witnesses: John Browne and Joseph Harison
proved Sept 10, 1695

The will of Samuel Swaine was proved at New York, March 17, 1681-2, it was recorded in the Newark Town Book, and immediatly following is the inventory of the estate of Mrs. Joanna Swaine, dec., his widow, 15 Dec 1694. Her will, dated March 25 1692, was proved 10 Dec 1694, and filed and recorded at Perth Amboy, but the inventory was recorded in the Newark Town Book.

Savage p 235: Swain, Swayne, or Swaine, Samuel, Branford, elder brother of Daniel, born in England, was Lieut. & a rep. in 1663; as friend of Rev. Mr. Pierson, went with first settlers to Newark, NJ and was rep. in the first assembly of that province, but Whitehead, in “E. Jersey under the Proprs.” 52 calls him Swarne. Who his wife was is not known, but he had some children as Eliz. who married Josiah Ward, and next David Ogden; and Mary b 1 May 1649; but bapt at New Haven 1 June 1651 of wh. Mary d. at 6 yrs; Phebe b 24 May 1654; Mary again 12 June 1656; Christian, 25 Apr. 1659, who m Nathaniel Ward; Sarah 7 Oct 1661 and perhaps more bef or after rem.

e-mail from Claire Hield –There have been many researchers who erroneously believe that Joyce Traford was married to Stephen Ward when in fact he was Richard Ward of Stretton Rutland, Eng. I have his will dated 19 Jul 1635 proved 2 Oct 1635. Joyce was his 2nd. wife. Joyce Ward’s will was proved 4 Mar 1640-1. she mentions the same children in her will that he named in his. Neither mentioned a daughter, Joanna. I have never been able to prove that Samuel Swaine’s wife was a Ward. I am a descendant of Richard & Joyce Ward’s son Sgt. John Ward who is supposed to be a cousin of the other John Ward, called dish-turner to to distinguish him from Sgt. John.

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