Name of Patriot: John Swan
NSSAR Patriot # P-300741

Submitted by: Richard C. Schoening

Patriot John Swan was born on 13 Sep 1755 in Peterborough, New Hampshire. He was the son of Jeremiah Swan and Abigail Stuart. Jeremiah Swan was a soldier in Rogers Rangers and was killed in battle in 1758 near Lake George during the French and Indian War. John was married in 1779 to Anne Mitchell, the daughter of Deacon Samuel Mitchell of Peterborough, New Hampshire. They had six children; John, Jeremiah, Hannah, Ann, Eliza and Ashel. The family moved first to Vermont and then to Broome County, New York, where Anne died in 1834. John then moved to Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, where his oldest son, John, resided. He died on 8 Jul 1843 and is buried in Fruit Hill Cemetery, Ansonville, Pennsylvania.

John enlisted on April 10, 1781 as a private until December 23, 1783 and was promoted to corporal. He served in Captain Bowman’s Company under Colonel Rufus Putnam, 5th Regiment Massachusetts until June 1783, when he was transferred to Colonel Joseph Vose’s Regiment in the 1st Massachusetts line. He was then moved to the Quarter Master General’s Department under command of Brevet Maj Benson. He was promoted to Corporal and served until Dec. 1783.

He applied for a pension in 1820, then living in Chenango, Broome County, NY , which was granted (pension S40545) for his service.