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. Hugh and Judith married March 1, 1712 at St. Thomas and St. Denis Parish, Charleston South Carolina.  They made their home at Sampit Plantation.  Their great grandson, Thomas Bennett, became Governor of South Carolina, and the town of Bennettsville is named in his honor, although he never lived there.

Three brothers, Hugh, William and Alexander Swinton immigrated from Scotland. They were the sons of Alexander (Swyne) Swinton (1654-1740) and wife Margaret Moncrieff (1664-1740).  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. "

Mary Powers  Anderson Document - "My Relations in Scotland... William Swinton's Family

Research indicates that Judith made Hugh so miserable that he left. In the end,

I believe he died in a Poor house in NY.

 

See also:  William Swinton's Scottish Family

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.

 
 

William Swinton - "The Royal Surveyor" or Royal Surveyor to the Crown

The William Swinton listed above and below was known as "The Royal Surveyor".  One can assume but it is not known for certain that he was appointed to this position by the King.

William Swinton was the surveyor who, in 1729, laid out the city of Georgetown SC, the third oldest city in South Carolina.

The Swinton Society Reports that there were African American descendants of William Swinton. (Chart 39, Sheet 1, Maurice Swinton) (This may be now available at studylib.net)

DAR PATRIOT LIST: Associated Ancestor (Revolutionary) Record, SWINTON, HUGH, Ancestor #: A112122, Service: SOUTH CAROLINA Rank: PATRIOTIC SERVICE, Birth: 1737 DUNDEE SCOTLAND, Death: 19 Jan 1809 CHARLESTON CHARLESTON DIST SOUTH CAROLINA, Service Source: HEMPHILL, STATE RECS OF SC, EXTRACTS FROM THE JOURNALS OF THE PROV CONGRESSES OF SC 1775-1776, P 26, Service Description: 1) MEMBER OF COMMITTEERecords in the family Bible of Mrs. Mary Legare, daughter of Hugh and Susannah Swinton, and granddaughter of William Swinton the surveyor who came to American about A.D. 1729 or 30. William the Surveyor married the widow Hannah Brown. They died early in life and left three children, Alexander, Margaret and Hugh.
Hugh Swinton, was but five years of age at the death of his father. He was sent to Scotland to his Aunt Margaret Stuart in London and graduated in the University of Edinburg or Aberdam, a little more than sixty years before his grandson Hugh Swinton Legare went to Edinburg to study Law (1819). Hugh Swinton for a while was commissary for prisoners, a responsible office conducted by him with humane exactness.
One of their grandchildren was attorney general of the United States. (He was son of Mary, and was named Hugh Swinton Legare.) RESEARCH NOTE: On Google books, WRITINGS OF HUGH SWINTON LEGARE', Late Attorney General and Acting Secretary of the United States... 1846,  LINK

Writings of Hugh Swinton Legaré ...: Consisting of a Diary of ..., Volume 1, Page 364

By Hugh Swinton Legaré
He was born 1737 and died 1808 in Charleston, S.C. and was buried in the old Circular church yard on Meeting Street. He was a man of honor and piety.
From tombstone inscription in the Old Circular Church, Charleston, S.C.:  :Sacred to the memory of Miss Hannah Swinton; daughter of Hugh & Susannah Swinton; died April 13, 1843 - aged 79 years. ....Also to the memory of her father, Hugh Swinton of Dundee Scotland... who died Jan. 19, 1809 - aged 72 years. and of Susannah Swinton, her mother who died June 30, 1822, and of Hannah Splatt, relict of John Splatt, who departed this life Nov. 1781 - aged 77 years. Let worms devour this wasting flesh, and crumble all these bones to dust. This frame shall be restored a fresh at the revival of the just.
Tombstone from Old Circular Church, Charleston, S.C.: Sacred to the memory of Eliza Swinton, daughter of Hugh and grand daughter of William Swinton of Swinton, Berwick, Scotland. 21st Mar 1848.
The Tombstones of Hannah and Eliza show the Swinton line back to Scotland.

 

Information from Rootsweb Genealogy Website as provided by John J. Simons III:1
  • Name: William Swinton 
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1700 in Scotland
  • Death: 27 SEP 1742 in Georgetown, South Carolina
  • Note:
    Also known as William "The Royal Surveyor"

    William Swinton, from (South Carolina) will book 1740-1747:
    William Swinton, Craven County (South Carolina) planter. Wife Hannah, plantation bought of John Prichard for life, at her death to son Alexander. Sons: Alexander, Iand bought of Col. Thomas Lynch , plantation on the Pee Dee River called the Bluff; Hugh under 21 years, plantation on the Pee Dee River called Pleasure Garden, plantation in Craven County on Sampit or George Town River. Dau: Margaret, under 21 years and unmarried, 6 lots in George Town. Brother Hugh Swinton. Sisters: Elizabeth and Margaret Swinton; Magdalen Stewart; Katherine Thomson. Nephew: William, son of Alexander Swinton. Mentions unborn child; James Abercrombie of Charles Town, Esq. ; Mr. William Fleming of George Town, Merchant; relations in Scotland; 25� Stg. (25 lbs Sterling) to be remitted yearly to Scotland to be disposed of among my friends; saw - mill on land bought of Col. Thomas Lynch; 100� to trustees of Presbyterian Meeting House in Price Fredericks Parish for building a new Meeting House. Exors: James Abercrombie, Esq.; Mr. William Fleming; Brother Hugh Swinton. Wit: Sal. Hunter, Willm. Brown, John Brown.
    (D: 20 Feb 1741. P: 29 Mar 1742. R: 1 Nov 1742 page 84)

    Father: Alexander Swinton b: 1656 in Straithore, Fifeshire, Scotland 
    Mother: Margerat Moncrieff b: 15 JUL 1664 in Auchtemuchty, Fifeshire, Scotland

    Marriage 1 Hannah White b: 13 SEP 1715 in Prince Frederick's Winyah, South Carolina

    Children
    1. Has No Children Alexander Swinton b: 1732 in Sampit Plantation, Georgetown, South Carolina
    2. Has No Children Margaret Swinton b: 1735 in South Carolina
    3. Has Children Hugh Swinton b: DEC 1737 in Sampit Plantation, Georgetown, South Carolina
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    Descendants of Alexander Swyne (Swinton), 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

    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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