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The Thomas Swords Family

FOOTNOTES
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THE THOMAS SWORDS FAMILY
by Polly Hoppin

1. Letter 11 , Joseph D. Webb to James Swords remains the only descriptive information of Maryborough, Ireland. It gives enough of a sense of what Thomas' childhood years must have been like to support the creativity of "The Irish Nest." The letter reads in part, "Did you ever hear of the particulars of his [Thomas'] younger days? I remember my mother tell them to me and they were like a Romance."

2. The "Family Tree" records Thomas' birth date as Sunday, June 19, 1738. Bibliography #1, Misc.

3. Letter 11 , Joseph Webb to James Swords, August 24, 1842.

4. General Barrington of the War Office to the Honorable Henry (Knox?) (Henry's last name is difficult to decipher and may be recorded incorrectly.) Bibl. #53 Public Record Office documents .

5. Catherine S. Crary, The Price of Loyalty: Tory Writings from the Revolutionary Era , pg. 46

6. "The Note" written by James Swords, pg. 2 Bibl. #2, Misc.

7. "The Note" pg. 2 Bib. # 2, Misc.

8. Letter from Lieutenant Thomas Swords to Lord Jeffrey Amherst, October 17, 1763. It reads in part, "I shall be glad to know if the Soldiers is to be made Any Allowance for Providing Wood for this Garrison, for the Ensuing Winter, and if Barracks Utensils will be provided for Cooking their Victuals. They have Hitherto Provided for themselves but now Complain they Cannot do it any longer." Bib. #73, P.R.O. documents .

9. Three pages from "The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record" do not disclose the exact date of Thomas and Mary's marriage. Because their son Richard was born in December of 1762, one would like to think that they were married before the preceding March!

10. The " Family Tree " records Thomas Jr.'s and Richard's birth dates as Thursday, January 5, 1764 and Tuesday, December 7, 1762, respectively.

11. Letter 3 , pg. a , from Lieutenant Thomas Swords in London to his father Old Richard, in Maryborough.

12. "Evidence on the Foregoing Memorial of Mary Swords, April 6, 1785, pg. 2. Bib. #62, P.R.O. documents .

13. Pg. 3, Bibl. #62, P.R.O. documents

14. Ibid. Pg. 4, Bibl. #62, P.R.O. documents.

15. Ibid. Pg. 3, Bibl. #62, P.R.O. documents.

16. Ezekial Ensign's testimony, August 23, 1788. Bibl. Van Wyck Papers, Dated Document #5.

17. Pg. 5, Bibl. #62, P.R.O. documents.

18. Ibid. Pg. 2, Bibl. #62, P.R.O. documents.

19. Letter 5 , pg. b, from Thomas Swords to his brother "Dick" January 10, 1766.

20. Pg. 5, Bibl. #62, P.R.O. documents.

21. Pg. 10, "The New York Historical and Genealogical Register" Bibl. #3, Misc.

22. Carl Bridenbaugh, The Colonial Craftsmen , cited in Wallace Brown, The Good Americans , pg. 4

23. The Good Americans , Pgs. 2.-7.

24. The Good Americans , pgs. 23-27

25. The Good Americans , pg. 21

26. The Price of Loyalty , pg. 13

27. The Good Americans , pg.?

28. North Callahan, Royal Raiders , pg. 9

28a. A. G. Bradley, Colonial Americans in Exile , pg. 66

29. W. G. Shelton, "The United Empire Loyalists: A Reconsideration" in "Dalhousie Review," pgs. 5-16

30. Lord North was persuaded to repeal all the duties except that on tea.

31. Alexander Flick, Loyalism in New York during the American Revolution , pg. 55

32. In his letter to his brother "Dick" of January 10, 1766, Thomas wrote, "In my last I Promised to give you a Satisfactory Acct. of what we Talk'd of in London, but the confection the Stamp Act had Occationed to which I dare say you are no stranger, had put that out of my powers." Letter 5.

33. "The Note," pg. 2. #2, Misc.

34. See pg. 4 of the narrative.

35. "The Note," pg. 1, #2 Misc.

36. The Price of Loyalty , pg. 55

37. The Good Americans , pg. 48

38. Loyalism in New York during the American Revolution , pg. 56

39. The Price of Loyalty , pg.56

40. Loyalism in New York during the American Revolution , pg.78

41. The Price of Loyalty pg. 56

42. Ibid. Loyalism in New York... pg. 118

43. George M. Wrong, Canada and the American Revolution , cited in The Good Americans , pg. 131

44. The Good Americans , pg. 130

45. The Good Americans , pg. 135

46. Colonial Americans in Exile , pg. 67

47. The Price of Loyalty , pg.201

48. The word "obnoxious," having connotations of annoyance today, was used to describe the most odious and ardent Loyalists during the Revolution.

49. The Good Americans , pg. 141

50. Richard H. Phelps, History of Newgate of Connecticut , cited in The Price of Loyalty , pg. 216

51. Loyalism in New York... pg. 103

52. Letter from John Sullivan, Brigadier General, to Colonel Dayton May 1776. #6, Misc.

53. October 1788, Dated Document #9 , Van Wyck Papers.

54. "The Public Records of the Colony of Connectidut", #5, Misc.

55. Lorenzo Sabine, Loyalists of the American Revolution , Vol. II, pg. 344

56. Thomas Swords' letter to Governor Trumbull, November 13, 1776. #7, Misc.

57. "The Public Records of the State of Connecticut" November 1776, pg. 58.

58. October 1788, Dated Document #9, Van Wyck Papers

59. Loyalism in New York... pg. 31

60. "The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record" pg. ll

61. Harrison Bird, March to Saratoga , pgs. 78-83

62. The Price of Loyalty , pg. 71

63. Letter 7 , From Joseph D. Webb to James Swords, August 30 1841.

64. Pamphlet: Charles Snell, Saratoga National Historical Park, New York, pg. 7

65. Loyalism in New York... pgs. 109-110

66. Loyalism in New York... pg. 115

67. Loyalism in New York... pg. 110

68. "The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record" pg. 11. #3 Misc.

69. " The Note ," pg.3, #2 Misc.

70. "Schedule of the Real & Personal Estate of the Late Thos. Thomas Swords, decd." Reference 3, Van Wyck Papers

71. "To the Honorable the Commissioners of American Claims," from Mary Swords, claimant. Undated Document 14, pg. 2, Van Wyck Papers.

72. "Saratoga" pamphlet, pg. 13

73. The Good Americans , pg. 61

74. Petition of Thomas Swords to General Horatio Gates, Esq., Oct. 19, 1777 #6 Misc.

75. #57. P.R.O. documents . In her claim Mary describes only herself and her children as fleeing the farm. Yet to proceed to New York City, they would have needed the "flag" which Thomas had been granted, indicating that the entire family left Saratoga together.

76. #57, P.R.O. documents.

77. The Good Americans , pg 85.

78. Colonial Americans in Exile , pg. 75

79. Loyalism in New York... , pg. 51

80. Royal Raiders , pg. 78

81. Royal Raiders , pg. 78

82. Loyalism in New York... , pg 108

83. Royal Raiders , pg. 79

84. Undated Document 14, pg. 2, Van Wyck Papers

85. The "Family Tree," #2 Misc.

86. Testimony of Elizabeth Phillips, Dated Document 8, Van Wyck Papers.

87. Colonial Americans in Exile , pg. 79

88. Anne Borden Harding, "The Port Roseway Debacle: Some American Loyalists in Nova Scotia," in the "New England Historical and Genealogical Register," Pgs. 1-18; January, 1963

89. "The Port Roseway Debacle..." in the "New England Historical and Genealogical Register."

90. Neil MacKinnon, "The Changing Attitudes of the Nova Scotian Loyalists towards the United States, 1783-1791" in "Acadiensis" pgs. 43-55, Spring 1973

91. "The Port Roseway Debacle..."

92. "Acadiensis" op. cit.

93. "Acadiensis" op. cit.

94. "Acadiensis" op. cit.

95. William S. Wallace, The United Empire Loyalists , cited in The Good Americans , Pg. 58

96. Van Tyne, C. H. The Loyalists in the American Revolution , pgs. 293-294

97. "Acadiensis" op. cit.

98. Loyalism in New York... , pg. 192

99. Loyalism in New York... , pgs. 192-199

100. From four pages written for a planned pamphlet describing New York's Trinity Church and its congregation. The pages were never published.

101. Marie Tremaine, A Bibliography of Canadian Imprints, 1751-1800 . pg. 616

102. Canadian Imprints , pg. 615

103. Canadian Imprints , pg. 615

104. Canadian Imprints , pg. 613

105. Colonial Americans in Exile , pg. 124

106. Wallace Brown, The King's Friends , cited in The Good Americans , pg. 76

107. Information for these paragraphs was gathered from The Good Americans , pgs. 170-172

108. Loyalism in New York... , pg. 207

109. Dated Document 1 , November 11, 1783, Van Wyck Papers.

110. The Good Americans , pg. 183

111. Loyalism in New York... , pg. 210

112. The Good Americans , pg. 187

113. Mary did present the testimonies of Henry Monroe, and of Edward and Ebenezer Jessup, which described the Swords' dwelling and losses, as well as verifying their Loyalist status. However, the Forty Pounds which Mary had already been granted was to cover these farm losses. As a result, three official testimonies did not benefit Mary in her pursuit of further compensation.

114. Document 12 , date doubtful, Van Wyck Papers.

115. Dated Document 5 , August 1788, Van Wyck Papers.

116. Dated Document 7 , October 1788, Van Wyck Papers,

117. Dated Document 8 , October 1788, Van Wyck Papers.

118. Dated Document 6 , September 1788, Van Wyck Papers. [Note: This item is not in the Bibliography]

l19. Dated Document 10 , November, 1788. Van Wyck Papers.

120. Dated Document 11 , November 1789, Van Wyck Papers.

121. See Appendix 2. [This document is not included in the online presentation.]

122. Work prepared for Trinity Church pamphlet, pg. 3 (See above, footnote 100.)

123. Loyalism in New York... , pg. 167

124. Loyalism in New York... , pg. 163

125. The Good Americans , pg. 179

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