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FOUR SUNDAY TIMES, CUMBERLAND, MD. SUNDAY, MARCH 11, 1945 Carl's Scrapbook (jeti. John Swan Gar-roll Co, Landowner .(jov. Titos. Johnson Village of Switntou Noble Ancestry Connections -By f HA.XK LEE CARL. fcVl'AN CAME KKOM NOBLE : | U.VEAGK IX KKIT.UN . General Jomi Svau. was ths Isrg- «sc simulator in the lands oi what is IWA" itaown <IA Garrfctl county, Maryland. Iu: tjie ztiseas- mt-nt o( this par! rr! Allegany cuun- .-..^.S.- : :y in 5798, Swan i^'fcy.f tiv_H assessed will) uvcr ai.OOO acres, ai; A -1 it t e r he owned aa much ai 50.000 acrea. The name fjwan U or ancient Dan- Uh extraction. Swau — oi noble ; ancestry — settled f -r»nk L« c.n in: souUieast Britain. The Swans paR.$c;tfed Unded properly in Kent ami Derby from the period;of.the Not man Cfjnciue;u .Branches ot the faini: 1 . scattered thrfjusli England. Scotland' and Ireland, and. It U from the Scotch !iii« that th<! Swans ol MnryUncf are descended. • ; .;. ••. Jrjha Swan waj b;ipti/.eii in Tor- Uwr'vaU! Parish, November 27. 175Q, And .wiw only a l.vi of Bixieen • v'ear'a John Swan, Jr., lived with his family anil a Jew slaves in a good log house on-"John's Prospect," 692 acres, which "include* the site of the town of GorUier, Swan's house on the high ground west of the tne'r Mil!,,The house was destroyed by fire many years ago. It is said that Mr. Swan's father-in- law was buried near the house in a grave now unmarked. In his later years John Swan and hi* family, in summer, resided in O&klwici. .When past seventy years Mr. Swan once remarked to neighbor, Mr. Thayer, "Sir, I (have spent three fortunes but never i earned a dollar." siituted a high misprison, punishable by heavy fine'and Imprisonment as a contempt of Court, Johnson decided to fte» with his bride from England." They cam* ..to Maryland In 1690 and settled In Calvert county, la Maryland, Johnson soon became involved In Colonial politics, espousing the caaw of King James against William of Orange, He was arrested, brought before the Colonial Coun cil and required to give ball. He appears to hav< broken ball and to have fled to the Indians, with whom Uved traded for Finally Johnson sailed for England OWNED MILL ON SITE OF TOWN OF SYVANTON with a cargo of turs, but the vessel lands. Washington as president of the Potomac Company. MKS. JOHNSON WAS ANN JENNINGS OF ANNAPOLIS Thomas Johnson married Ann Jennings, of Annapolis. They were the parents of seven children, two of whom—Thomas J. and Joshua— settled In what is still known as the Johnson District of Garrett county, <then part of Allc-gany county.) When Lord Baltimore opened his lands "Westward of Fort Cumberland 1 ' • in 177-4, Thomas Johnson (later to become Governor), became one of the early speculators in these was captured by Spaniards and those on board were robbed and Exrisoned. . Thomas Johnson finally escaped his troa furnace in Frederick county and moved on the Johnson .farm. Thomas J, Johnson, Sr., owned a large hotel on the Johnson farm, located on the site of the present frame dwelling. The History of Al- legauy county states: • • "Thomas Beall kept a tavern at the foot of Little Savage Mountain in J830. He was succeeded by Thomas J. Johnson, who entertained his guests by playing a flddle, and he had a negro man who danced to the music for-their further delectation." The Johnson property was well timbered with white pine, hemlock and other trees, and in 1853, when Joshua died, there were two saw- Robert Swan resided on ine rv, rQ thv Meadows" tract 'southeast * the and landed in Canada in destitute condition. He walked all the way to Maryland, only to flritt! his cabin burned by Indians, his wife dead from anxiety and grief, Wrecked by exposure and exhaustion, he, too, soon died. Thomas Johnson IV, oinly son of the immigrant, was born in 1702. and was left an orphan at the age of 'twelve. He was 1 cared for by friends and was well educated. At the age of twenty-three he married He surveyed and patented "Tho-[mills on the estate which then con- mas and Ann", 3000 acres, so namedjtalned 14,175 acres, for himself and wife, Ann Jennings. Joshua Johnson was a bachelor tentco. "The Promised | UtlU i i ale ln Ufe> and j, ad no chu , i .'., u acre f' T 1 ^ 5 ?,'"!?" are !<*«n. HU property was inherited by located northwest of Oakland on orjhU brother, Thomas J, who died near >.he old McCullouijh Pack l ftt the -farm in 1875. t.rif ^- ' , . , i , ' '•'' j! Thomas J. Johnson, Jr.. who was When General Washington passed j bom in 1847, resided on the John- he wrole jn nist^j Iarm untl , j B3g _ when Jt wsz out of the family. of Gortner. . homestead later Sedgwlck, and soon after wns sent to the Colonial Assembly WM ' re - way in 1784, ournal: "Part of these glades is the prop-i Greeks ColclTo Turks'War Entry Fear Turkey May Lay Claim lo ut Least Some of Dodecanese Islands By WILLIAM B. KING ; Athens, March 10 — VP) —Geeks fearing that Turkey's declaration of war against Germany may result in claims to at least some of the Do- decanese islands, took a cold view of the Turkish entry into the conflict. i ,...":•,. .•;•:: (Ankara dispatches said that one of the most likely military results of Turkey's declaration would be Turkish assistance in cleaning up German-held Islands in the Aegean, Including the Dodecanese, which lie pfi the Turkish coast and were Italian before :he war. The remainder of the island-dotted Aegean is largely Greek.) Greeks are convinced, that the new turn of events will cloud postwar territorial settlements in the Aegean area, where Greece is intent on holding her own against all claimants. • • '.,.-•... '• •••••• There was no official comment from the foreign ministry. The usually well-informed wsis- paper Anexartlsia quoted Turkish quarters in Athens as saying that Turkey would send a division to the Western Front to symbolize her participation in the Allied cause. Four. Cars Derailed On Pcnii. R. R. Main Line Philadelphia, March 10 tffi —Four freight cars were deraileiMJarly today on the Pennsylvania Railroad's main line on the approximate site where the Congressional Limited was wrecked in September 1943 with a loss of 80 lives. A railroad spokesman said the cars were' being pushed by a yard eneluo when they left the rails east of Frank ford Junction. Three cars overturned and the fourth Seek Cause Of Death Of Marlinsburg-Woman Greencastle. • March 10. (/p> — Coroner S. D. ShuU has ordered an analysis made of the blood and stomach contents of the body of a woman found Wednesday in. a tourist cabin here. ...-,.,. State Police Cp!. J. L. Pochyba said the woman was identified as Lucy Donovan, of near Martinsbur;', W. Va., by two .men sought for questioning who voluntarily reported to the barracKs. •-• :: . The coroner sajfl an autopsy dlsf- closed no marks of violence on the body and that he har? ordered the analysis made. Pochyba said records oi the tourist. cabin showed that the woman and a man registered triero last Monday. * came to rest against a pile of UM. Main line Washington-to-New York trains were rerouted on adjacent tracks and were delayed only slightly, the spokesman said. >unt)l about the time of the birth of ihls distinguished son and namesake. r. the year 1801. M. Swan resided in, the I Creek Valley In AllegariyjBORN IN SAME YEAR AS County, while Jiimc.s Swan, the (GEORGE WASHINGTON' crty of Govr. Johnson, of Maryland, who has settled two or three families of Palatines (Germans) uponj them." • •• . I Johnson also surveyed and pat-1 ented "Peace and Plenty," 1500' acres, near Deer Park. A younger brother, Bafcer John- year to year son, ai the same time (177-i) sur- youngest 'son, rettialucd ih"'Bnhl-| more. HP VMA president of ihe Mer- luioiury War ho wrote;', j ^ Swnn's . boot.' Arrived "at I Maryland, from Scot- .. . Tliomas Johiison V was born in Wash- Railroad. HK wi(s was Ellz- Ington. .wus bom in nearby Virginia. .-Thomas .was-the fifth of twelve He. was Swn'.h o! In Gtu-rtt', .County, near'the top! children. At . an early, age he was of the Seventeen Mile Grade'(B. &i sent w Annapolis and was given O. R. R.I we have ihe .town ol!employment in Lord Baltimore's Sw.'inton which Js "said to take 'JujLar.d Office, where lv? doubtless de- nam* from Swan's : .Mlll', located on i velopecl his first Interest In the '.he san-.e .site where;'the old State |lands ot Western Maryland. Soon Crab' Tree Run. On he besan the study of law and in iU part of Western due time was admitted to th-t bar. Young John Swan came lo Anier- Marjland drawn in 1823 and pub-j At the awe of twenty-nine Tho- lanc!, on 30th August. 1766." the eldest sori': of JohJi C/xklofieid, liwice '.the nairne of ''Cricltlefleld ' which John Jr.';:'-giive to oiu» of his firs' land oticts; anotht'r li<- cnlled "Durn-i road. cro.acd fries." for his Scottish town. •' .[a map of :•'• i lisheti. in the report of ihe Chesa-jmas Johnson V took his seat as a " " ~ " ' 'Deiegate from Anne Arundel county in the Provincinl Assembly, thus be- xinrnarried, is peake anc! Ohio Cahftl Commtoloz;, 1764. John soon) which was .planning R canal across itn « Liu; heir nf his iinc'.i:, Robert Swan, who died. Annapolis, May V removed to Frederick County Undjtht mountulns p«.sslnij through later to BaULmorc, where he resided point: "Swan's Alill", .a grist until his death, August 21, 1824. The M* shown on the present site oijyears r*".r,aiai of John Swim, his wife and!$-vanton. .The Swan frtmily ownedjverssUlity and importance of veyed "Covent Garden," 2400 acres, nnd "Mt. Pleasant,"^ 1000 acres, In the southern end of the county, and' "Kindness," 2072 acres, at Hutton. None of these lands were patented until after the War, in 1786. : . Governor Johnson continued to| acquire land in what Is now Garret' \ country. In the roll of 17S8 he wasj assessed with over 25.000 acres/ and [ Baker Johnson was assessed with. over 6000 acres. One of the big land! deals in the early history of the! county was the transfer in 1814, for I $10,000, from a group of Phlladel-1 phla merchants to Thomas Johnson, of 14,800 acres, including "Spruce Spring," and 296 Military Lots—land in the northeast section of the county, the Johnson District. Tills large tract had been deeded to Thomas Johnson by the Philadelphia! people In 1795. Robert Morris, who -• •" "••*- -* ."'»"*.".* *.^~-*,iv*.', it.i*^> w\.-ijjtru^ie ui iitfj. ttot/trrt ftiorris, wno thU ginning a career in public life which I helped to finance the Revolution mill,!covered a. period of ,.thirty-nine!was interested in this land deaJ e of years—a career, which, for length,' The aged patriot firuilly slept son James ara- interred in a vault ... , ... , . tri Wwtminstr'r'Prrsby'tcrlan church-known'whether they owned the mllljof the state.. m Baltimore. " ! prior lo 3323. .but it is presumed; TO name a few'of'his' services .. Like moit Scottish-American*..of"; l !' e na , me "Swaiuon^-fSwan Town) | he vas a lea dlng revolutionist, and, aged patriot firuilly slept, ser-'away at Rose Hill Mansion in the! ' in this neiuhbpriiuod. It is not i vices—is unparalleled in the annaL=i87th year of his a?e, on "Tuesday 1776. Johi! Swan w,w a Revolution-l ci<mp "•">"'General Swan. .Ki. !:: H77 Sir. \xr:aixs captain .of : r , RST Ml) r,r>VKRNOU the Third Con'.uicntal DragoonB, !ow ,,- KU GARKKTT LANDS rj-'crulied in FrertiTicltsburg. -Vir-^ and in 1730 he w;is promoted mnjor In tho First , , as a : member of Congress, nominat- jed Colonel .Washington for com- imandrr of. the Revolutionary Army. •In 1777, Colonel Johnson command-) Johnson, first Maryland when the 1 Governor et Maryland He M-rved with gallanrry until the; colonists Ixcame Tree of Ihe British ' *!*• thp famous morning, October 26, 1819. His remains now rest in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Frederick. HOME SOLD OUT OF FAMILY IN TAST EIGHT YEARS Joshua Johnson, son of the Gov- was chosen first Governor of Maryland "Flying jernor, inherited from his father,ex- .-.nme year he! rensive tl . ac t5 o f land. —- ; - •""" close of thc ;; .var, velien he was madelyake. is oi mtere.st to us, not only State, serving three years. -O«wrai ol _the Maryland Militia; j because of his extensive land hold-! After the Revolutionary .Washlnytoii an<! Lafayette his personal. friends, Gens'rrtl Swan owned wereliniis In Giirrett cotinty, .but also (Governor Johnson made his home ! l30t-ause of-hLs- lona and.; .'valuableilh Frederick county, where he can- 1836 moved'from Frederick county to I what is known aj the Johnson Farm* War. I on the National Road, In Johnson | homp r^itirrfr.i- W*» - Vinrt-rra.-i»H *Q fW\ frnmt <'normou.i; st ' rvlcps l <? tne ! itate during and tinuted active in public and private tracts of land in Maryland and m> neTr th* Revolutionary War, .! The Johnson ancestry traces lr?c!l>(Hng ..15,166.. acres' to Virginia for his'i james J«n»soii, one of the two bsll- Virgin Is Hevlfutwimrv ";ervu"es'."""ln""i777.i ltrs ol Yarmouth, England. In the when Lord 'Baltimore opened . hislynars'lojO. His son Thomas Johnson Kinds -"wcatw'ard of Fort Cumber- J - in 1S25 ' w " as a member of the lurul" for settlement. .John Swan famous "Short Parlla^nent" of England. Thomas Johnson 11 was a captain .- in the Parliamentary Army during life. He was Interested in the development of the navigation of the Potomac and In 1VS3 suweded District. He borrowed $2,000 from his brother, Thomas J. Johnson, toi build a house and begin farming; but Joshua Johnson was 'Tand noor" and failed to pay the debt, so about 1840 Thomas J. Johnson gave up H '8 n Chancellor. 'Inasmuch as abduction : and Imarrylnij of muios in Chancery con- ( BY A .Last erx ci 2; Th. f Aclt uthu: Old Si •rhej n»ntk if-Fpu x pre was one of th« speculators who surveyed and patented extensive in what is now Garrett roiuity;, . ,.„,,Later Uw State of Maryland .p n t-the rebellion against Km<! Charles I, ented to him large tracts, among hul a£t «r the execution of the King, trw.m. being "Swan's Meadows," ai g a P'^ J"" 1 ^" went over to the Gortner. f!798); "Potomac ^5:lnar."' R< ^? ll£ '' s . . 10,749 acres (18<X»; "Yough Manor", , Thoma.'; Johnson III married S,fil3 acres, (1798J; "Walnut Hills", Mrtr >'.Baker, then, a ward In chan- at Avllton. 4,OSfl acres, (1800;; ^'^ without the.. .consent of '-"Strawberry Plnlns," near Swallow Falls, 7,380 acres U806K BOUGHT 50 ACRES IX GARRETT CO. FOR 58 When the Military Lots were allotted to sol die rv of .the Maryland Line in 1788 none of them went j tq live on their lots. General Ssvnn J bought mariy of these tow from vetrrana, such as Patrick Doreen, of Baltimore county,."late sergeani", j who! In 1798, deeded his lot. of 50 , acres, to John Swan for three; pounds f-H-rHng orelght dollars! The: General also bought .tracts and lot.s fvom Jewer speculators,.isuch 113 the -piirchiVM In 1803 from Davl'd Lynn, i oi twenty-one Military, tots for! t6CO. Tlrese lots Includert. Muddy j Creek FiiiU nrid valuable farm land: near. Gortner. As this county became settled, the Swans . Icn-seti .or .wld small trncts to settlers. .William Chisholm, Jr.: a (nllow Srol.. was their agen!.] In the Ynuglv G!a<li-.'i.. and William'; Sharplcas looked after th« lajids' Rcros.? thp Greru Bnrkbone MOUII-! tain. John SwA:I married July 12, 1787 HIM wife. Elizabeth, was rhc da'ug 1 !-• tpr of George . Mnxwell, ' n'tid they; were the parents of .four .sorts'.; Robert, John. Georifn M: : arid Jumc.v! 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