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The Tenmile Country and its Pioneer Families: A Genealogical History of the Upper Monongahela Valley

Source: Howard L. Leckey, The Tenmile Country and its Pioneer Families: A Genealogical History of the Upper Monongahela Valley, Volume 4 (Waynesburg, Pennsylvania: Waynesburg Republican, 1950).

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3.  Charles SWAN, son of John and Elizabeth (LUCAS) SWAN, born 1749, died February 25, 1839, aged 83 years and 14 days.  He married Sarah VANMETER, born 1758, died July 4, 1825, aged 67 years, 10 days.

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Children of Charles and Sarah (VANMETER) SWAN […]

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10.  Phoebe SWAN, born March 17, 1791, died March 16, 1856; married, September 4, 1812, John F. McCLAIN, born October 18, 1791, died in Knox County, Ohio, April 17, 1848.  He was a son of Abijah and Permelia (DOUGHTY) McCLAIN.

Children of John F. and Phoebe (SWAN) McCLAIN

1.  Charles S. McCLAIN, married Ruth BERRYHILL.

2.  Abijah McCLAIN, married Catherine HOOK.

3.  Henry McCLAIN, married Sarah SMITH.

4.  Samuel McCLAIN.

5.  William McCLAIN, married Sarah MARQUIS.

6.  Sarah McCLAIN, married Edward WELSH.

7.  Permelia McCLAIN, married James HUFTY.

8.  Mary Ann McCLAIN, married Morgan BOOZE.

9.  Cassandra McCLAIN, married Levi SELLARS.

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Richard SWAN, son of John and Elizabeth (LUCAS) SWAN, born January 31, 1752, died February 11, 1822 […]

Richard SWAN married Martha VANMETER, born December 24, 1754, died October 24, 1836, daughter of Henry and

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Martha VANMETER […]

Children of Richard and Martha (VANMETER) SWAN […]

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9.  Martha SWAN, married David McCLAIN.  (See O.C. Docket March 18, 1822.)

Children of David and Martha (SWAN) McCLAIN

1.  Thomas McCLAIN, went to Knox County, Ohio.

2.  Sarah McCLAIN, married Mathias ROSEBERRY, born February 28, 1811, died in Harvard,Nebraska in 1878.  He was a son of Mathias and Sarah (HUGHES) ROSEBERRY.

3.  Martha McCLAIN, married John HUGHES, born at Jefferson, March 31, 1816.

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    Children of Charles and Sarah (VANMETER) SWAN […]

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    10.  Phoebe SWAN, born March 17, 1791, died March 16, 1856; married September 4, 1812, John F. McCLAIN, son of Abijah and Permelia (DOTY) McCLAIN, born October 18, 1791, died in Knox County, Ohio, April 17, 1848.

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    THE JACOB VANMETER FAMILY

    Jacob VANMETER, son of John and Margaret (BODINE(?) VANMETER, was born in Somerset County, New Jersey, March 17, 1723, and died in what is now Hardin County, Kentucky, on November 16, 1798.  He married, in Virginia, Letitia STRODE, daughter of James STRODE of Frederick County.  She was born August 3, 1725, and died December 25, 1799.  In April 1769, he was granted land on the west side of the Monongahela River but may not have settled there immediately for, in 1770, Jacob and Letitia VANMETER were among those who instituted the Great Bethel Baptist Church at, what is now, Uniontown, Pennsylvania.  Then in December 1773, Jacob and Letitia VANMETER, with their married children and a few others, organized Goshen Baptist Church in what is now Greene County, Pennsylvania.  At that time they were living near Carmichaels close to what is known as Baily’s School House.  Here probably the following year they erected the Jacob VANMETER Fort on the high ground just to the south of Bailey’s School House, where at one time there was in existence one branch of Goshen Baptist Church, about which there was a cemetery, which has since disappeared.  On September 18, 1779, Jacob VANMETER, with his wife and most of their children — three sons and seven daughters with their husbands and wives — were granted certificates of dismission by Goshen Baptist Church, preparatory to leaving for Kentucky.  They left soon after, in what was to prove an ill-fated journey to some, in a party reported to have consisted of 27 flat-boats, and ended their eventful journey in the Severn Valley, near the present Elizabethtown.  Here, with several others of their party, they erected three forts, each about one mile from the other, at a time when they were they only inhabitants between the Ohio and the Green River.

    Jacob VANMETER served in the French and Indian Wars and was one of those chosen at Pittsburg, on May 16, 1775, to act as a Committee of Observation for that part of Augusta County, Virginia, lying west of Laurel Ridge.  (Penna. Archives, Series VI, Volume 2, pp. 3).  Other service in the Revolution is confusing because of a similarity of names, with another Jacob VANMETER, son of Abraham, of Berkeley County, Virginia, also being a settler in the Severn Valley.  (Berkeley County Will Book 1, pp. 348).

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    11.  John VANMETER, born about 1761; he married Rebecca STRODE, daughter of Samuel STRODE, who patented a tract of land next to Henry VANMETER.  He and Rebecca were among the organizers of Goshen Baptist Church.  He accompanied his father’s party on the voyage to Kentucky.  A Kentucky source says he married Diana HOLTZCLAW, but this may have been a second marriage.

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    7.  Mathias ROSEBERRY, born February 28, 1811, died at Harvard Nebraska, in 1878, married at Jefferson, Pennsylvania, Sarah McCLAIN, who died in 1850.

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    9.  John Hughes ROSEBERRY, born March 31, 1816, married Mary McCLAIN, daughter of David and Martha (SWAN) McCLAIN.

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