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Richard Swaine

Male Bef 1595 - 1682  (> 86 years)


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  • Name Richard Swaine 
    Born Bef 26 Sep 1595  [1
    Gender Male 
    Baptised 26 Sep 1595  Binfield, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 14 Apr 1682  Nantucket, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID I20420  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others
    Last Modified 2 Sep 2019 

    Father William Swaine,   b. Bef 13 Aug 1568,   d. Bef 8 Jun 1630  (Age < 61 years) 
    Family ID F12294  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Basill Saunders,   d. 15 Jul 1657, Hampton, Rockingham, New Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 8 Sep 1617  Battersea, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. John Swain,   b. Bef 5 Oct 1634,   d. 1715, Nantucket, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 80 years)
    Last Modified 10 May 2019 
    Family ID F12267  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Jane Godfrey,   d. 31 Oct 1662, Nantucket, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 15 Sep 1658  [2
    Last Modified 2 Sep 2019 
    Family ID F15746  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • First appears in New England on 6 Sep 1638, when the Massachusetts General Court granted the petition of the Rev. Stephen Bachiler and others, including Richard Swaine, to establish a plantation at Winnacunnet, later renamed Hampton, New Hampshire.

      He held several tracts of land at Hampton and served in several of the usual civil positions. He had occasional difficulties with his neighbors. Most colorfully, on 5 Oct 1652 Henry Green brought a defamation suit against Richard Swaine for reporting that Green had "attempted the chastity of Bassill Swaine and used beastly and unseemly carriages and temptations toward" Grace Boulter, Richard Swaine's daughter. The suit was withdrawn.

      On 2 Jul 1659, Richard Swaine, along with Tristram Coffin, Sr., Thomas Macy, Thomas Barnard, Peter Coffin, Christopher Hussey, Stephen Greenleaf, John Swaine, and William Pile, purchased from Thomas Mayhew his rights to the island of Nantucket.

      On 12 Nov 1659 Richard Swaine was fined £3 and disenfranchised for entertaining Quakers.

      With his second wife Jane and his sons John and Richard, he appears to have moved to Nantucket by 16 Oct 1661.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2644] Clifford L. Stott, "The English Origin of Richard Swaine of Hampton, New Hampshire, and Nantucket." The American Genealogist 74:241, 1999.

    2. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.

    3. [S2413] Randy A. West, "Updates for some English Records for some Great Migration Immigrants Who Came by 1635." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 172:245 (Summer 2018); 172:353 (Fall 2018); 173:187 (Spring 2019).