Saturday, January 30, 2016

Surname Saturday ~ SWETT of Newbury, Massachusetts


John Swett, my 10th great grandfather,  was one of the original 91 grantees of Newbury, Massachusetts on 18 May 1642.  He died in Newbury on 13 January 1652.

John Swett’s son, Benjamin, baptized on 12 May 1624 in Wymondham, Norfolk, England, was my 9th great grandfather.  He married Hester Weare, a daughter of Nathaniel Weare, who was also one of the original Newbury grantees.   The Weare and Swett families removed together from Newbury to Hampton around 1662.  In 1670 Benjamin Swett received a grant of 100 acres from Hampton.   He became the captain of the militia.  During King Philip’s War he was killed at Black Point (Scarborough, Maine) in an Indian raid in 1677.

Benjamin Swett’s widow administered his estate in probate records found in Essex County, Massachusetts.  His estate was valued at 558 pounds, 19 shillings.  The widow remarried to Ensign Steven Greenleaf of Newbury in 1678. 

I descend from Benjamin’s son, Captain Joseph Swett (1658 – 1721) my 8th great grandfather, who was also the head of the militia and led a company to Saco, Maine in 1703.  He was several times a representative of Hampton to the General Court.   His son, Captain Benjamin Swett (1710 – 1762), my 7th great grandfather, was also the head of the Hampton militia (three generations!).

Some SWETT resources:

“The Swett Family”, New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 6 [1852], pages 49 -  61.

Swett Genealogy:  Descendants of John Swett of Newbury, Massachusetts, by Everett Schemerhorn Stackpole, 1888.

History of Newbury, Massachusetts 1635 – 1902, by John James Currier, 1902.
I found this handy website  “John Swett of Newbury: A Collection of Genealogical Research Papers”

My SWETT genealogy:

Generation 1:  John Swett, born about 1583 in Norfolk, England, died 13 January 1652; married to Phebe Unknown.  Five children.

Generation 2:  Benjamin Swett, baptized on 12 May 1624 in Wymondham, Norfolk, England and died in an Indian raid on 29 June 1677 in Black Point (now the town of Scarborough), Maine;  married on 1 November 1647 in Hampton to Hester Weare, the daughter of Nathaniel Weare and Sarah Unknown.  She was born about 1630 in England and died 16 January 1718 in Hampton Falls.  Eleven children.

Generation 3: Joseph Swett, born 21 January 1658 in Newbury, died before January 1721 in Hampton; married on 20 November 1701 in Hampton to Sarah Andrews, daughter of Thomas Andrews and Martha Baker.  She was born about 1670 in Boxford, Massachusetts.  Six children.

Generation 4:  Benjamin Swett, born 2 May 1710 in Hampton, died 6 June 1762 in Hampton Falls; married on 20 July 1732 in Hampton to Elizabeth Norton, daughter of Bonus Norton and Mary Goodhue.  She was born 31 March 1703 in Hampton and died 25 March 1759 in Hampton Falls.  Four children.  Benjamin remarried to Mary Green.

Generation 5:  Elizabeth Swett, born 29 May 1742 in Hampton Falls, died 12 August 1769; married on 24 July 1760 in Hampton Falls to David Batchelder, son of Josiah Batchelder and Sarah Page. He was born 13 January 1736 in Hampton Falls, and died 11 March 811 to Hampton Falls.  David remarried to Mary Emery in 1771 in Newbury and had eight more children.

Generation 6:  Elisha Batchelder m. Sarah Lane
Generation 7: Jonathan Batchelder m. Nancy Thompson
Generation 8: George E. Batchelder m. Abigail M. Locke
Generation 9:  George E. Batchelder m. Carrie Maude Batchelder m. Joseph Elmer Allen
Generation 10: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ SWETT of Newbury, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy, posted January 30, 2016, ( accessed [access date]). 

1 comment:

  1. I descend directly from each of Benjamin's sons Joseph (through his first wife Hannah Ward) and Moses. Also directly through Benjamin's brother Joseph. My grandmother was Delpfine Swett Jennings of Salem MA. I found the deed to the Hampton Falls property from Hester Greenleaf to her son Joseph Swett at the Rockingham County Registry of Deeds.