The Families of Swan's Island
From the Late 1700s To Present

We at the Swan’s Island Historical Society have been gathering family history or 'Genealogy' information based upon the work of Dr. Hermon W. Small's 'History of Swan's Island' and the work of Grace Bishoff, a former summer resident of the Island.  Ms. Bishof traced connections of many Island families to Mayflower and Revolutionary ancestors.

 

We will periodically assemble and add portions of this huge work for presentation on the Swan's Island Web Site.  The initial information provides ancestor roots and descendant trees of some of the earliest settlers of the Swan's Island group of Islands.

  • We ask all viewers to please provide us details about any detected errors, and information to more completely cover all related people and additions about people not currently documented.
  • Also, if you'd like to ask for specific family information, please contact us and every effort will be made to satisfy your request.
  • We  provide on this site, files you can download to print blank forms to submit additional family information for which we will be most grateful. 

We have now added descendant reports for families who settled on Swan’s Island after those Dr. Small recorded in his book.   Mostly those arriving until the early Twentieth Century.

PDF copies of blank genealogical documents are available to download here.
Download Blank Family Group Sheet

Download Blank Pedigree Chart

Many early settlers came after the Revolutionary War and were former soldiers.  A lot were enticed by Colonel Swan, also a former soldier, to work on his Island and take up a lot of land for their own.  Others later came for the same purpose but perhaps not with the soldier background.

See Explanations to find out about what is and is not included in the reports available here.

Email Swan's Island Historical Society with any questions you may have about this genealogy information.

The Early Settlers

Person

Approximate Arrival

Comments

Thomas Kench

About 1777

Harbor Island

‘King’ David Smith

His Ancestors

About 1791

Employed at Swan's Mills

Joseph Toothaker

His Ancestors

About 1791

No known descendents

Moses Staples

His Ancestors

About 1793

 

Joshua Grindle

His Ancestors

1794

 

John Rich

1794

 

William Davis

1794

Went to Frenchboro in 1797

Alexander Nutter

1796

At Irish Point

William Nutter (See Alexander Nutter’s descendents)

About 1800

 

John Finney

1803

 

Samuel Kent

1805

At Irish Point

James Joyce

His Ancestors

1806

 

Benjamin Stinson

His Ancestors

About 1810

 

Courtney Babbidge

His Ancestors

Before 1812

 

Jeptha Benson

After 1812

Marshall's Island

Levi Torrey

His Ancestors

About 1814

 

William Stanley

His Ancestors

After 1814

 

Robert Mitchell

1814

 

Rev. Bryant Lennan

1814

 

John Stockbridge

His Ancestors

About 1816

 

Thomas Dunbar

1819

 

Peter Gott

His Ancestors

Before 1820

 

James T. Sprague

His Ancestors

About 1820

 

Israel Conary

His Ancestors

1820

 

Zachariah Kempton

His & Seth’s Ancestors

1821

 

Seth Kempton

1821

 

Cushing Stewart

His Ancestors

1822

 

Thomas Colomy

1823

 

Silas Hardy

His Ancestors

1825

Harbor Island

Joshua Trask

1825

 

Enoch Billings

His Ancestors

1826

 

Elias Morey, Jr.

1832

 

Joshua, Thomas and Moses Sadler

Their Ancestors

1834

 

Hardy Lane

His & Oliver’s Ancestors

About 1835

Harbor Island

Oliver B. Lane, Jr.

About 1835

Harbor Island

Abram Holbrook

His Ancestors

1836

 

Kimball Herrick

His Ancestors

1839

At Irish Point

John Adams

1840

 

Alexander Kiff

1841

 

Solomon Barbour

His Ancestors

1843

 

Jacob S. Reed

His Ancestors

1845

 

Moses Bridges

His Ancestors

1847

 

 

 

 

The Settlers of the Intermediate years

Several of these settlers were likely living on Swan’s Island before or at the same time as Dr. Small, but he didn’t mention them in his book.  Perhaps because he was focusing on families from the earliest times of settlement and their descendents.

 

Person

Approximate Arrival

Comments

James Rowe

Before   1847

 

Curtis Robinson

Before   1852

 

Alexander Gross

Before   1870

 

Dana Burns

Before   1873

 

David McKay

Before   1878

 

Sylvester Morse

About   1880

 

Nelson Carter

About   1880 

 

Fred Turner

After     1883

 

John Scott

Before  1890

 

William Martin

About   1891

 

George G. Lawson

After     1892

 

Addison Parker

Before  1895

 

Alfred Orcutt

Before  1895

 

Walter H. Stinson

About   1901

 

Charles White

After     1901

 

Maroni Harvey

Before  1902

 

Capt. Abram Johnson

Before  1904

 

Ralph Grant

Before  1905

 

Edward Wheaton

Before  1913

 

John T. LeMoine

About   1915

 

Everett Carter

Between 1916 & 1919

 

Elbridge Simmons

Before  1920

 

Elden Colbeth

After     1920

 

Axel Carlson

Before  1926

 

Peter Powers

Unknown

Which Peter?

Genealogy Reports about ancestors are being prepared for some of the above early settlers