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
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
Fritz Johnson Before 1922
Axel Carlson Before 1926
Peter Powers Unknown Which Peter?
Genealogy Reports about ancestors are being prepared for some of the above early settlers