Thank you so much for the opportunity Gina! Definitely have to polish up on omitting the "ums." Will work on that for the future. Glad to be able to research new information on John I. Blair and make this presentation.
We are excited to announce that we'll be posting the first installment of #ShippenTalks soon.
Our first #ShippenTalks was taped at #footbridgepark in Blairstown with Christine Beegle of the #blairstownnjhistoricpreservationcommittee regarding the life of John Insley Blair (1802-1899), the town's namesake. Christine was originally scheduled to speak to our visitors at the museum today, but we are currently closed to the public due to the Covid-19 situation.
Since Facebook will not allow the video to be shown in its entirety, we'll be posting the presentation in three parts.
Once the videos are posted, we will share it with you.
Before we go into this interesting aspect of Swayze history, we wanted to make a point that the colony of Southold, NY has a special relevance to #ShippenManor. We have come across the location a few times while doing research and we think it may be associated with one of the early families associated with the Manor. Once we verify the information (and clarify the connection), we will post the information.
The Swayze family (at least from what we can surmise) lived in Southold (colony) in Suffolk Co., NY before moving to Roxbury in Morris Co., NJ. Then the family splits, as many do, and some came to Hope, which was then Sussex Co. The rest are found not only in Morris County, but also in Warren, Sussex and Hunterdon Counties in NJ, as well as out west (Ohio in particular) and Canada.
Canada? Yes. A part of the Swayze family aligned themselves with Loyalists during the American Revolution. After the war, they could not really stay in the US, so they relocated to Ontario, Canada. (That's for a different post.)
JUDGE SAMUEL SWAYZE
We will starting with Judge Samuel Swayze (20 March 1689 in Southold, Suffolk Co., NY to 11 May 1759 in Roxbury, Morris Co.). (According to Benjamin Franklin Swasey's book, Genealogy of the Swasey Family, page 51, Judge Samuel Swayze moved with his family from Southold, NY to the German Valley in NJ in 1737 and moved to Roxbury (now Chester, NJ) to "Swayze Settlement".)
Wife 1: Penelope Horton Swayze (14 Feb 1690 in Long Island City, Queens Co., NY to 1 Dec 1746 in Chester, Morris Co., NJ, buried in Chester Congregational Cemetery in Chester, Morris Co., NJ). She bore four children to Judge Swayze.
• Rev. Samuel Swayze, Jr. (1712-1784) • Richard Swayze (1717-1786) • Israel Swayze, Sr. (1720-1774) • Mary Swayze Seward (1733-1816)
Wife 2: Susannah Huntington Swayze (1696 in Matituck, Suffolk Co., NY to 5 Nov 1776 in Roxbury, Morris Co, married 20 April 1747 in Morristown, Morris County, NJ).
Judge Swayze moved his family to Roxbury, Morris Co., NJ in 1727 and later to the “Swayze Settlement” in Chester, Morris Co., N.J.
In his will dated 10 May 1759 in Roxbury Twp., Morris Co., NJ, his will states, “I give to my beloved wife Susanah, one halve of my household furniture and the one halve of all my stock and one hundred acres of land whereon I now live together with the Houses Barns Orchards and all of the privileges there unto belonging or in any ways belonging during her natural life and no longer and then the Land or one hundred of acres of land together with Houses Barns to be sold at the discretion of my Executors and the moneys arising therefrom to be equally divided between by Daughters or children of the deceased.” Judge Swayze divided the remainder of his land amongst his sons—Samuel, Richard, Barnabas, Israel, Caleb, and his grandson-in-law John Carns. sherrysharp.com/gentree/getperson.php?personID=I28648&tree=Roots
ISRAEL SWAYZE, SR.
Israel Swayze, Sr. (16 Oct 1720 in Southold, Suffolk Co., NY to 27 Aug Sussex Co., NJ) brought his family to Hope, which at the time was in Sussex Co. (now Warren Co.). He moved to Roxbury with his parents and siblings in 1727 and then to Chester to the “Swayze Settlement”.
We will discuss Israel Swayze, Sr. and his family at a later time.
MARY SWAYZE SEWARD
Mary Swayze Seward (16 April 1733 in Southold, Suffolk Co., NY to 29 Feb 1816 in Florida, Orange Co., NY, buried in Florida Cemetery in Florida, Orange Co., NY) was the daughter of Judge Swayze and his wife, Penelope. She married John Seward (22 May 1730 in Somerset Co., NJ to 29 Dec 1797, buried in Florida Cemetery in NY). They had ten children.
John Seward was a freeholder in Hardyston Twp. (1767) and enlisted as a private in Captain McMire’s Co., 1st Battalion, NJ Line during the American Revolution. He was promoted to Captain of the 2nd Reg’t, then on 29 Feb 1777, he was promoted to Lt. Colonel. Following Col. Ephraim Martin’s resignation, Seward became the colonel of the Reg’t. He drove off gangs of Tory marauders in the Snufftown Mountains and once the British posted a reward of £50 for his head.
(Stay with us…)
Mary and John’s third son was Dr. Samuel Swayze Seward (5 Dec 1768 in NY to 24 Aug 1849 in Florida, Orange Co., NY, buried in Florida Cemetery, NY) and was an American physician, businessman, jurist (lawyer) and politician. He served in the NY State Assembly, became judge of Orange Co. Court in NY (1815), and served as their first judge for 17 years. He had amassed a substantial fortune by the 1840s and established the S.S. Seward Institute in 1846 in which he created a $20,000 endowment providing for the purchase of land and the building of a school. (52 North Main Street in Florida, NY).
SECRETARY OF STATE WILLIAM SEWARD
Dr. Swayze’s son, William Henry Seward (16 May 1801 in Florida, NY to 10 Oct 1872 in Auburn, NY, buried at Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, NY) is where the Swayze story becomes a part of our national history.
William H. Seward was a lawyer, U.S. Senator, a Presidential Cabinet Secretary, and US Secretary of State during Lincoln and Johnson’s presidencies. (Yes, THAT Seward.)
In early April 1865, he and his family took a carriage ride through the countryside. During his ride home, one of the horses became too excited and as a result, ejecting the Secretary from his carriage. Seward suffered a number of injuries including a broken jaw (which required an extensive metal splint). As a result of the accident, he was bedridden for weeks.
On the evening of 15 April 1865, Lewis Powell/Payne (1844-1865), a part of a conspiracy ring which planned to assassinate Pres. Lincoln, VP Johnson and Secretary Seward. In his attempt to assassinate the injured Seward, Powell/Payne attacked a nurse, four of Seward’s children, a bodyguard and a messenger. Powell made his way into the Secretary’s bedroom and stabbed him in the neck and chest. It is believed that the metal jaw brace saved the Secretary from death by protecting his arteries from the blade.
Note: John Wilkes Booth and several co-conspirators plotted to kill key figures in the government during the final weeks of the Civil War.
• Booth shot President Lincoln as he watched an evening performance of “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater. Lincoln died the next morning. (This was after several attempts to kidnap him failed.) • Vice President Andrew Johnson was supposed to be killed by George Atzerodt (but he didn’t do it and instead went to the hotel bar). • Secretary Seward was healing from the carriage accident when Lewis Powell (also known as Lewis Payne) attacked several staff and family members on his way to the Secretary’s bedroom. Once there, Powell attacked the Secretary, stabbing him multiple times. (It is believed that Seward’s metal jaw brace saved him from death.)
John Wilkes Booth (1838-1865) was fatally shot and killed after the VA barn he was hiding in was set on fire. Lewis Powell/Payne, David Herold (who fled the attack on Seward), George Atzerodt and Mary Surrat (boarding house owner) were hanged on 7 July 1865 for their participation in the plot to assassinate Lincoln, Johnson and Seward.
Secretary Seward survived this vicious attack, but was never the same.
In 1867, he purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million in the “Alaska Purchase”. Critics called it “Seward’s Folly” and journalists mocked his willingness to spend such a large amount of money on “Seward’s icebox”. (Alaska was seen as a barren wasteland until two things were found—gold in the late 1890s and oil in 1968). Alaskans approved statehood in 1946 and a state constitution in 1955. On 3 January 1959, Pres. Eisenhower announced Alaska’s entrance into the Union as the 49th state.
Ah, I figured it out! It's not someone from Shippen Manor, but the Vails who came from Southold. (Jeremiah Vail) dunhamwilcox.net/ny/southhold_li_hist.htm I knew it was someone that I've researched this past year! So, it's Blairstown and Hope that have connections to Southold. (Although I think there may be some other families from our area from Southold-- I'll keep looking!)
Now that is interesting!
Related to patrick perhaps?
Thank you so much for posting this! It provides great clues for me to follow in researching my Whitesell ancestors. They ultimately wound up in Hope, NJ, then Nazareth, PA, but there are references to Roxbury, NJ.
Cool. I had no idea about the Seward connection. Or Southold -- I have a friend who's a police officer there. It's in the heart of North Fork Wine Country. German Valley (Long Valley) is now part of Washington Township, Morris County. So it was Roxbury back then? Also cool to know.
We are starting something new and fun. When able, we will be posting pictures of a particular item, site and/or location that is a part of the County’s historical fabric to see who knows what it is.
This one may be easy for some and difficult for others. While venturing out into the county to find a historical site or artifact to post about, we happened upon this bridge. We want to see if you know where it might be.
1. It is long and crosses over a river
2. It connected a community to others
3. If you don’t pay attention, you’ll miss it
Post your answers below (not in the comments for the picture). The next time we update FB this week, we will provide not only the answer but also more pictures of that particular location.
#WHATCOULDITBE #WARRENCOUNTYHISTORY #NJHISTORY #WHERECANITBE ... See MoreSee Less
The answer is: Blairstown Footbridge. (I told you it would be easy for some.) There's a reason why I started with this picture (you'll find out soon enough 😀) Here are some more pictures from the Footbridge Park. #BlairstownHistoricPreservationCommittee
Bridge that connects Footbridge park in Blairstown to rt 94
I know! I know! I know! 😁
Footbridge park walking bridge
Hi all! Post your answers in the comments for the post. All guesses are accepted. Have fun! Check in with you all in a day or two.
Hi friends. We wanted to let you know that weed chemicals have been sprayed today along our driveway (upper and lower) and back parking lot at the Manor. So, that means the raspberries and wine berries (or what remains of them) and flowers will have the chemicals on them. We really don't want anyone to get sick (especially the kiddos).
#DIDYOUKNOW APOLLO 11's RETURN TO EARTH (7/24/1969)
On 20 July, we posted about the Apollo 11 lunar landing that had three astronauts on board-- Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins. Well, today (7/24/1969) they returned to earth, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean. They were then flown by helicopter to the recovery ship, the USS Hornet.
This was the first successful lunar launch and landing in American history. On July 20, 2020, a Saturn V rocket into the Earth’s orbit from Cape Kennedy launched it.