The Swinton Family

of Charleston SC

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Jacob Milligan's Mother In Law was Margaret Swinton Bennett, b 1729 Craven Co., SC

Her parents were Hugh Swinton and Judith Simons. Hugh Swinton was born Dec 7, 1705 at Edinburgh Parish, Scotland. Hugh was a Physician in New York City.

Three brothers, Hugh, William and Alexander Swinton immigrated from Scotland. The rest of the family stayed behind. Hugh married Judith Simons "a women of unamiable disposition who made her husbands life a burden. From an article in the March 1995 Newsletter - it explains the confusion about Alexander and Hugh: "Hugh Swinton . . . Mary Anderson has found the link (reproduced on page 7) which establishes that Judith Simmons was married to Hugh Swinton and not his brother Alexander as is stated in the Jake Bonneau document. "

Research indicates that Judith made Hugh so miserable that he left. In the end, I believe he died in a Poor house in NY.
Some of this information comes from researcher Mary Anderson of Dana Point CA 
Research on the question of who married Judith Simons.... from SC Deed Abstracts 1719-1772, I (Easley SC Southern Hist. Press 1983) p. 339...SC Deed Book S. p. 399...... "17 July 1738 ...wheras John Colwell bequeathed to Judith Simons (now Judith Swinton)... his real and personal estate; & whereas Hugh Swinton and Judith his wife..... March 1732 sold ... 300a to James Armstrong of Christ Church parish ..."

Also in Deed Book I-3, p. 17, Renunciation of Dower (estate) "15 Oct 1767 Judith Swinton of Charleston, widow of Dr. Hugh Swinton, physician .... Hugh Swinton has resided in New York for several years but died recently..."

Also in book F-3, p. 344, "Alexander Forbes, keeper of the Poor House of New York City and Dr. Beekman Van Beeiren, physician of said Poor House, declared .... that Dr. Hugh Swinton physician of SC, died in said Poor House 26 Dec. 1759."

Apparently, Dr. Hugh Swinton went to London as a result of his wife's affair with John Steward, and upon returning to SC ended up mortgaging his property and moving to New York City, where he lived for some years before dying in the Poor House.

Hugh was a physician and planter, and dabbled in inventing, but died in a poor house.


Hugh Swinton was the son of Alexander Swinton (Swyne).  (Some of this information is courtesy of the late Gary R. R. Swinton of Australia, Coordinator of The Swinton Society.

 Up until the second marriage of Alexander the surname of his family was (SWYNE). About the time just prior to his second marriage to Margaret Moncrieff he is firstly documented as "Alexander Swyne or Swinton" after which time he and his descendants are known as "Swinton". I do not know what the reason was for the name change. In the marriage contract between Alexander and Margaret, which is dated 1 Dec 1691 on a additional piece of paper appended to the original, he is referred to as Alexander Swyne, baillie (lawyer) of Dysart.
In court records (sasines) he is referred to as both "Swyne" and "Swinton". In 1698 he was made a Burgess in Edinburgh, for "good services done at Convention of Burrows at Aberdeen". A sasine that neatly encapsulates Alexander's various aspects and ties them all together is dated 1 June 1714: "Alexander Swinton of Strathore, formerly designed Alexander Swyne, merchant in Culross, and writer, Dysart"

So be clear, the earliest family ancesters of the "Swintons of South Carolina" were not "Swintons" at all.
Sorry about this. It is a point that was established by Mary Anderson and myself back in 1994 and was documented in an article in our Society Newsletter Number (3 or 4?) - I do not have one in front of me to clarify which edition.

Fifeshire and Edinburgh Scotland.

The family estate is at Wester Strathore in Fifeshire, Scotland. Strathore is located in Fife, it's an estate (today) located just northwest of Dysart. Today Strathore House is on the southern edge of Glen Rothes.

More info in the June 2001 issue of Swinton Family Society Newsletter.
"The father of these sons (Alexander, William, Hugh, David), Alexander was in fact not a Swinton but was born Alexander Swyne, the son of Alexander Swyne Snr (senior) and probably Christian Ramsey, being the grandson of George Swyne. The fact is the the father of William (1) was firstly married to Jean Dougal and produced two daughters, Helen and Christian Swyne. Jean died c 1690/91 and he married a second time to Margaret Moncrieff, mother of William (1) and his brothers. At the time of this second marriage, or just prior to it, Alexander became known as 'Swyne or Swinton' and remarried as Alexander Swinton.

Alexander was a "Bailie" or municipal officer, Clerk of the Cannongate, corresponding to an Alderman in England. (lawyer).

An inventory of his estate upon his death revealed that he owned, among other things,.... four feather beds, bolsters, pillows, blankets, two old chests of drawers, two easy chairs, a stricking clock, nineteen chairs very old, various kitchen utensils, chests and trunks, two looking glasses, one of them broke, and some old books. His personal estate added up to 16 Lb 3S sterling (scots money). It isn't a very impressive list and most of the items seem to be old and well used. The estate isn't mentioned.


Descendants of Alexander Swyne, Sr.

1 Alexander Swyne, Sr. b: Bet. 1600 - 1635

. +Christian Ramsey

.. 2 [1] Alexander (Swyne) Swinton b: ABT 1654 in Strathmore, Fifeshire, Scotland d: 01 Jul 1740 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland d: 01 Jul 1740 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

...... +Jean Dougall b: ABT 1660 m: ABT 1685 d: Bet. 1690 - 1691 d: Bet. 1690 - 1691 m: ABT 1685

...... 3 Helen (Swyne) Swinton b: ABT 1688

...... 3 Christian (Swyne) Swinton b: ABT 1690 in Scotland d: 22 Mar 1758 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland d: 22 Mar 1758 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland

.......... +John Grierson b: ABT 1690 m: 07 Dec 1709 in Canongate Parish, Edinburg, Scotland d: 10 Feb 1735/36 in Edinburgh Midlothian, Scotland d: 10 Feb 1735/36 in Edinburgh Midlothian, Scotland m: 07 Dec 1709 in Canongate Parish, Edinburg, Scotland

........... 4 Alexander Grierson b: 19 Mar 1710/11 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland d: 1734 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland d: 1734 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland

........... 4 Elizabeth Grierson b: 19 Sep 1712 in Edinburgh, Scotland d: 28 Sep 1712 in Canongate Parish, Edinburgh, Scotland d: 28 Sep 1712 in Canongate Parish, Edinburgh, Scotland

........... 4 Isobell Grierson b: 15 Apr 1715 in Edinburgh, Scotland d: 30 Mar 1769 in Canongate Parish, Edinburgh, Scotland d: 30 Mar 1769 in Canongate Parish, Edinburgh, Scotland

.. *2nd Wife of [1] Alexander (Swyne) Swinton:

...... +Margaret Moncrieff b: 15 Jul 1664 in Auchtemuchty, Fifeshire, Scotland m: 17 Nov 1691 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland d: Apr 1740 in Scotland d: Apr 1740 in Scotland m: 17 Nov 1691 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland

...... 3 Alexander Swinton b: 04 Sep 1692 in Edinburgh, Midl. Scotland d: 25 Apr 1732 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland d: 25 Apr 1732 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland

.......... +Mary Alexander b: 1692 d: 1732 d: 1732

........... 4 William Swinton b: 04 Dec 1726 in Edinburgh Midlothian, Scotland

........... 4 Margaret Swinton b: 03 Jul 1716 in Edinburgh Midlothian, Scotland

............... +James Renny m: 13 Dec 1735 m: 13 Dec 1735

........... 4 Malcolm Swinton b: 18 Apr 1721 in Edinburgh Midlothian, Scotland d: Apr 1722 in Canongate Parish, Edinburgh, Scotland d: Apr 1722 in Canongate Parish, Edinburgh, Scotland

........... 4 Elizabeth Swinton b: 11 Nov 1724

........... 4 Mary Swinton

........... 4 Isobell Swinton

...... 3 Anna Swinton b: ABT 1694 d: ABT 1742 d: ABT 1742

.......... +Rev. Robert Grey b: ABT 1690 m: 23 Aug 1716 in Dysert, Fifeshire, Scotland d: Bet. 1738 - 1739 in Brechin, Angussh., Scotland d: Bet. 1738 - 1739 in Brechin, Angussh., Scotland m: 23 Aug 1716 in Dysert, Fifeshire, Scotland

........... 4 Luce Grey b: 08 Jul 1719 in Brechin parish, Angussh., Scotland

........... 4 Alexander Grey b: ABT 1720

........... 4 Margaret Grey b: 26 Jul 1721 in Brechin parish, Angussh., Scotland

............... +Robert Watson

........... 4 Adam Grey b: 15 Apr 1724 in Brechin parish, Angussh., Scotland

........... 4 Robert Grey b: 18 May 1726 in Brechin parish, Angussh., Scotland

........... 4 William Grey b: 23 Aug 1727 in Brechin parish, Angussh., Scotland

...... 3 Elizabeth Swinton b: ABT 1696

...... 3 William Swinton b: 1698 in Scotland d: 27 Sep 1742 in Georgetown, South Carolina d: 27 Sep 1742 in Georgetown, South Carolina

.......... +Hannah White b: 13 Sep 1715 in Prince Frederick Parish, Winyah, SC m: 22 Oct 1730 in Charleston, SC d: Sep 1742 in Georgetown, SC d: Sep 1742 in Georgetown, SC m: 22 Oct 1730 in Charleston, SC

........... 4 Alexander Swinton b: 1732 in Sampit Plantation, SC d: 1814 in South Carolina d: 1814 in South Carolina

............... +Elizabeth Potts b: 11 Jun 1733 in Craven Co., SC m: 1754 in SC d: in South Carolina d: in South Carolina m: 1754 in SC

........... 4 Hugh Swinton b: Dec 1737 in Dundee, Scotland d: 19 Jan 1809 in Charleston, South Carolina d: 19 Jan 1809 in Charleston, South Carolina

............... +Susanna Hayne Splatt b: 01 Jan 1747/48 in South Carolina m: 1762 d: 30 Jun 1822 in South Carolina d: 30 Jun 1822 in South Carolina m: 1762

........... 4 Margaret Swinton b: 1735 in South Carolina Comment 1: Unmarried

...... 3 Katherine Swinton b: 07 Jan 1701/02 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland d: 14 Nov 1746 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland d: 14 Nov 1746 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland

.......... +Adam Thomson b: 1680 in Inveresck, Musselburgh, Midlothian, Scotland m: 1719 in Canongate Parish, Edinburgh, Scotland m: 1719 in Canongate Parish, Edinburgh, Scotland

........... 4 Catherin Thomson b: 10 Mar 1725/26 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland d: 1758 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland d: 1758 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland

........... 4 Adam Thomson b: 11 Dec 1727 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland

........... 4 Alexander Thomson b: 27 Dec 1728 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland d: 1728 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland d: 1728 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland

........... 4 Christian Thomson b: 03 Oct 1730 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland d: 1735 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland d: 1735 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland

........... 4 Charles Thomson b: 07 Jul 1732 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland d: in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland d: in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland

........... 4 Elizabeth Thomson b: 07 Jul 1732 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland

........... 4 William Thomson b: 03 Jan 1733/34 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland

........... 4 Hugh Thomson b: 03 Jan 1733/34 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland

........... 4 James Thomson b: Jun 1737 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland d: 03 Mar 1737/38 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland d: 03 Mar 1737/38 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland

........... 4 Barbara Thomson b: 29 Apr 1739 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland

........... 4 Hugh Thomson b: 1740 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland d: 1741 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland d: 1741 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland

........... 4 Adam Thomson b: 20 Jul 1744 in Canongate Parish, Edinburgh, Scotland

........... 4 Anna Thomson b: 26 Feb 1724/25 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland d: 1750 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland d: 1750 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland

........... 4 Geills Thomson b: 16 Dec 1723 in Canongate Parish, Edinburgh, Scotland

........... 4 Margaret Thomson b: 19 Feb 1721/22 in Canongate Parish, Edinburgh, Scotland d: 04 Feb 1750/51 in Edinburgh, Scotland d: 04 Feb 1750/51 in Edinburgh, Scotland

...... 3 David Swinton b: 16 Sep 1704 in Canongate Parish, Edinburgh, Scotland d: in South Carolina d: in South Carolina

.......... +Hannah Stone b: ABT 1705 d: in South Carolina d: in South Carolina

...... 3 Hugh Swinton b: 07 Dec 1705 in Edinburgh Parish, Scotland d: 26 Dec 1759 in New York City d: 26 Dec 1759 in New York City Comment 1: Possible connection WFT Vol1, #15

.......... +Judith Simons b: 01 Mar 1711/12 in Middleburg Plantation, Berkeley County, SC m: ABT 1728 d: Sep 1781 in St. Phillips, Charleston SC d: Sep 1781 in St. Phillips, Charleston SC m: ABT 1728

........... 4 [2] William Simmons Swinton b: Jul 1735 in Craven Co., SC d: 23 Mar 1780 in Colleton, SC d: 23 Mar 1780 in Colleton, SC

............... +Annie Mary (May) Slade b: 19 Sep 1740 in South Carolina m: 07 Jun 1759 in Craven Co., SC d: 1765 in Colleton, SC d: 1765 in Colleton, SC m: 07 Jun 1759 in Craven Co., SC

........... *2nd Wife of [2] William Simmons Swinton:

............... +Sarah m: 12 Jun 1766 in St. Pauls Parish, Colleton, SC m: 12 Jun 1766 in St. Pauls Parish, Colleton, SC

........... 4 Daughter Swinton d: WFT Est. 1756-1849 d: WFT Est. 1756-1849

........... 4 Margaret Swinton b: 1729 in Craven County, South Carolina d: 09 Nov 1807 in Charleston, South Carolina d: 09 Nov 1807 in Charleston, South Carolina

............... +John Bennett b: 02 Jan 1727/28 in Charleston, Christ Church Parish, SC m: 11 Apr 1751 in Christ Church, South Carolina d: Bef. Nov 1779 in Charleston SC d: Bef. Nov 1779 in Charleston SC Comment 1: of Christ Church Parish, SC m: 11 Apr 1751 in Christ Church, South Carolina

...... 3 Margaret Swinton b: ABT 1708

...... 3 Magdalen Swinton b: ABT 1710 d: in London, England d: in London, England

.......... +Rev. Hugh Stewart b: ABT 1705 m: 16 Jun 1733 in Canongate Parish, Edinburg, Scotland Comment 1: In 1737 he was in SC m: 16 Jun 1733 in Canongate Parish, Edinburg, Scotland

.. 2 James (Swyne) Swinton b: 1648

 

 

 

 

Allied Families

Bennett Family

Benjamin Simons

Swinton Family

Dupree Family

Middleburg Plantation

Pompian Hill Chapel

Swinton Society Files:

Swinton Ch. 17, pt. 1

Swinton Ch. 17, pt. 2

Swinton Ch. 17B, pt. 1

Swinton Ch. 17B, pt. 2

Swinton Ch. 17B, pt. 3

See Bennett Files

Notes from the Timmonstree.org...

 Margaret Swinton was the first cousin of Mary Esther Simons, the love of General Francis Marion (The Swamp Fox). Francis Marion had been in love with Mary Esther SIMONS, but she refused him and married Jack Holmes. (Source The Simons folder at the SC Historical Society, Letters of James SIMONS, probably a letter from Harrier Hyrne Simons to Mary Simons (Mrs. Horatio Allen).) Mary Esther Simons is the granddaughter of Benjamin Simons.   Another Simons family member, Keating SIMONS (grandson of Benj. Simons) served with Francis Marion as an aide from July, 1781 until the end of  the war, and was a close friend until his death. Mr. Simons had been captured by the
British when they took Charleston, but had been "released on parole" to his Lewisfield plantation.  However when General Greene came to the area, Colonel Wade Hampton went to visit his love, Keating's youngest sister.  However, he found a party of British
there which he and his men defeated.  The British thought that Mr. Simons had broken
his parole and sent out Black Dragoons to bring him back "dead or alive".  But being
warned, he joined General Marion at Snow Island.  The hideout was on the end of Snow
Island where Lynches River joins the Pee Dee River.  (My Timmons ancestors lived up
Lynches River, a few miles away.)  A painting by William T. Ranney, titled, "Marion Crossing the Peede" hangs at Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas.  This image of that painting is from here   (warning,
large file).  Copies of Ranney’s "Marion Crossing the Peede" are at the Marion County
and the Greenville County Museum of Art. (Peede is an early spelling variation of what is now spelled Pee Dee.)
 

 

 

 


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