Brunswick County NC Genweb

Swain Cemetery
Contributed by Cindy Hardy Sellers
January 2008
Brunswick County, North Carolina
Dutchman Creek - Swain Family Cemetery
on private property - Trail's End Road; off of Hwy 211
just south of the Long Beach Rd intersection, Southport NC

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thanks to Cindy Hardy Sellers for the photographs.
John Julius Swain is the grandson of George Frederick Swain who was the former owner of the cemetery and surrounding farm. His home stood on a hill overlooking the farm. George's father, George W Swain, also buried here, owned the land when the cemetery was begun. John Julius was my guide and took me along the winding wooded trail to the small graveyard. There was originally a fence. These old wood (probably cedar) posts are all that remain of the gate.
George Frederick Swain
August 7, 1866
death date not inscribed

Evalina Brinkman Swain
July 17, 1870
March 7, 1936
Lettie A Swain
wife of J V Waters
born April 13, 1875
died Sept 16, 1905
C C Swain
born Dec 15, 1851
died Nov 5, 1929
Benjamin F Swain
born Oct 20, 1843
died July 2, 1927
George W Swain
born Jan 26, 1815
died May 4, 1890
Ann Eliza Swain
born August 6, 1822
died December 6 1902
sunken ground, unmarked
John R Swain
born July 11, 1839
died May 2, 1883
Amelia G
wife of John R Swain
born Dec 4, 1840
died Jan 3, 1910
Charlie B
son of J R and A G Swain
born July 11, 1880
died Feb 2, 1881
Emma G
daughter of J R and A G Swain
born Aug 28, 1861
died Oct 3, 1869
George T McKeithan
died in Hamilton, Bermuda
Sep 27th, 1864
age 35 Years

James L McKeithan
died in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Sep 2nd 1864
age 25 Years
In Memory of
Mary R
wife of James G McKeithan
died Sep 25th 1864
aged 60 Years
G T ?
(small stone in front of Mary, partially buried)
Sacred to the Memory of
Margaret Jane
wife of George W Trout
who departed this life at Smithville NC
January 11th 1865
aged 41 Years, 9 Months, 26 Days
and of their son
John Davis Trout
who was born Sep 8th 1845
lost off Smith's Island Lighthouse
December 11th 1872
(stone broken, lying on ground intact)
Sacred to the Memory of
George W Trout
a native of Smithville
born June 18th, 1819
died Mar 14th, 1860
aged 40 Years and 9 Months
John S Davis
born Sep 11th 1825
died Mar 20th 1853
(Masonic Emblem)
John Julius Swain standing approximately where he remembers the grave location of his uncle, Alexander Swain, who was killed while trying to cut down a dead pine tree. This grave was not visible or mentioned in the 1983 book or the 1959 book.
*John N Swain
May 24, 1861
Aug 2, 1934
(1983 book has this grave next to John R Swain, placing it at or near the location of the sunken unmarked grave noted above)
*George S Davis
Sept 11, 1825
Mar 20, 1853

(Contributor's Note: There is no stone for George. The dates from the 1983 book are the same as the stone for John S Davis, whose dates are incorrect in the 1983 Book. I believe these graves are one and the same.)

*Information from Dorcas Schmidt's "The Cemeteries of Southport" 1983. These stones were not visible on Dec 15, 2007, when this survey was made.