William Henry Roll

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They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. --Laurence Binyon,"Ode of Remembrance"

I have gathered a posie of other men's flowers, and nothing but the string that binds them is mine own. --Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

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Not to know one's ancestors, is to be a tree without roots, a stream without a source. --Kung-fut-se

The wind whispers through the trees, recalling words and dreams and memories of those who left us long ago. --Unknown

St. Basil of Caesarea, born about 330 A.D., said, "A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love."


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Anthony Swaim
The Swaim House

Spouse(s): Abigail Sanford
Family tree: Anthony Swaim 1719-1758

The owner's stone

The original date stone from the rear chimney

The house on South Springfield Avenue, Springfield, New Jersey,* was built by Anthony Swaim in 1744 for himself and his wife Abigail. He was baptized at the Port Richmond Reformed Dutch Church on Staten Island in Richmond County, New York. His parents were Mattys Sweem and Catharina Mangels Ral. Anthony Thysz Sweem and Neeltje Jansz, his paternal grandparents, were the baptismal witnesses.** He was a joiner, a skilled woodworker who crafted such structures as doors and stairs. His skill shows in the photograph below.

The Anthony Swaim house

The Anthony Swaim house, built in 1744.

In the old Springfield cemetery is the headstone reading "Anthony Swaim, who died in 1758 when he was forty years of age." His wife died in 1764. There were six children by the marriage; all of them were under age at the death of Abigail Swaim. The guardians were Samuel Brook and Samuel Miller. The will stipulated that when the oldest son John came of age, the property was to be divided.

The abstract of his letters of administration reads, "1758. Aug. 22. Swaim, Anthony, of Elizabeth, Essex Co., joiner. Int. Adm'x-Abigail Swaim, of same place, his widow. Bondsman- Samuel Brooks of said town. Witness- Thomas Bartow. 1758. Aug. 16. Inventory, £84.17.5, by Jacob Brookfield and Philip Denman, both of Elizabeth. Lib. F, p. 547."***

* "The Swaim Homestead" Built in America: Historic American Buildings Survey/Historic American Engineering Record. Includes Drawings, photographs and documentation.

** Wright, Tobias A., Editor. Staten Island Church Records. Collections of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Society, Vol. IV; 1909. Reprint. Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1997. Page 21.

*** Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Vol. III, 1751-1760. Page 315.