Monday, December 15, 2008

Dear Genea-Santa: Wishin' Impossible?

Dear Genea-Santa,

Every Christmas with my precious daughter and husband has been so special. Seeing Christmas again through the eyes of a child has served as a reminder that this season is about sharing love with the people who mean the most to us.

However, this year I've got a few extra requests for myself that I really hope you will be able to fulfill. I know it will be hard to find these things, but if anyone can do it, it's you, Genea-Santa!

1. Any information about Miles SWANAY (SWANEY).

Miles was my 4th-great grandfather, and I know very little about him. Where did he come from? Who were his parents? Did his family come from Scotland (specifically, Orkney)?

He was born abt. 1758 in Johnston, North Carolina, and was married to Jane JOHNSON. He probably died in Tennessee, but I don't know that for certain. He had at least five children, including my 3rd-great grandfather, Hiram SWANAY. As far as I know, no one on any branch of this family tree has been able to find this information, so whatever you can bring, Genea-Santa, would be a gift we all can share!

2. Information about Samuel Marion DUNN.

Samuel was my great-great grandfather. He was born abt. 1818 in Lincoln, North Carolina. He married Julia Ann BLANTON in 1839 in Rutherford, North Carolina. He and Julia had eleven children, including my great-grandfather John DUNN. Samuel died in 1871 in Hamblen Co., Tennessee, but I don't know where he is buried. I would love to know who his parents were and where his grave is located.

You'd think it would be easy to find information about a man with the middle name of Marion, but it just isn't.

3. My Great-Grandfather Frank SWANAY'S violin and banjo.

My grandfather tried to recover these items many years ago, but he was never able to do so. He always wanted me to have his father's violin, and he talked about it all the time. If you could find either or both of these items, it would mean a lot to me to know that my grandfather's wishes were finally fulfilled.

Thank you, Genea-Santa. I'll have milk and cookies waiting for you by the tree, provided that my husband, daughter and/or dog don't get to them first.


P.S. If you can't find any of these items, I would be thrilled to have my grandfather's typewriter show up under my tree!


Written for the 62nd Edition, Carnival of Genealogy: 3 Wishes!

Copyright © 2008 by Elizabeth O'Neal

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Taylorstales-Genealogy said...

Elizabeth, I sure hope you get at least one of your Christmas wishes! My favorite would have to be the musical instruments...bless you and your family this holiday season. Merry Christmas Friend.

Colleen Johnson, CMJ Office said...

Oh man, do I wish I had my great grandfather's fiddle! I think that's your best wish too. Best wishes and Merry Christmas.

Anonymous said...

I just learned that John and Sarah were my Great Grandparents, my Grandfather was Sam'l Dunn/ Jennie Mae Knight.