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James Swallow family of Chester Nova Scotia

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Re: James Swallow family of Chester Nova Scotia

Posted: 1050843023000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1072669835000
Hi Linda,

We corresponded a couple of years ago about Mary Kendrick's book and how she had the information mixed up. At the time, you were looking for Thomas Linnell/Chase, who had first been a Chase and I can't remember why but changed his name to Linnell and in later life reverted back to Chase.

I realized early on, when I found Jame's marriage to Rhosty/Rust at St. Stephen's Chester that Kendrick's had two Swallow families mixed up. It was the Swallow family in Wentworth that descended from the James that came from England, I believe, very early 1800's. She had based her book on stories by the old people and not on hard research (I currently correspond with a descendant of Mary).

Many people seem to be trying to hammer this Chester family together with a lot of children named in her book. A second cousin of mine, dead these past 10 years, once corresponded with a very elderly Swallow from Springfield, Annapolis Co. who descended from David Swallow. Neither he nor the gentleman he corresponded with were able to prove
conclusively that David descended from our James of Chester.

Your Thomas and his wife Rebecca are listed in the 1881 census of Wolfville, Kings County, N.S. District 17, sub-district H, Division 1, page 24, Household 114 and are as follows:

Thomas, married Ethnicity English, age 62, born N.S., cooper
Rebecca, married, " " " 64, born N.S.
Dorcus, (strange, listed as a male, a mistake?) age 28
Mary, age 25, James, age 23, a cooper, Catherine age 21, Hannah age 19, Edgar born Jul. 6/12.
All are listed as being of the Baptist faith.

Now, census records are great but they can also be wrong. I have seen misspelled names, wrong birth dates (when compared to church records), ethnicity very often wrong, and even wrong sex attributed to people. I believe the above Dorcus is probably female for two reasons, Rebecca had a sister Dorcas and if it was indeed a male I believe they would have
listed an occupation for him.

I believe the James Swallow at Chester was probably a Loyalist and am pursuing that avenue. I have a couple of reasons for this: The time frame is right and at the old Swallow homestead at Upper Tantallon, that James Swallow 3rd built for his family (I have a picture), there appears to be a black band around the chimney. I know in the St. Margaret's Bay area, it was a custom of the Loyalists to paint a black band around their chimneys.

Linda, I have a PDF file on the Swallows. If you can view PDF files, I would be willing to send it to you. I am also interested to know what you have on your ancestor Thomas and his wife Dorcas.

Cheers, cousin Sandy
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