I am trying to figure out who Susannah Anderson really was. Was she Susannah Swann, daughter of Thomas Swann as many people show, or was the Susannah Swann that married Cornelius Dabney and David Anderson some one else? If so who was she? Indian?
One source I found that shows the wife of Cornelius Dabney was NOT Thomas Swann's duaghter Susannah is "Extract from "The Virginia Magazine, Vol. XXVIII" (1920)". This seems to show (as written by Samuael Swann d. 1707) that Susannah had no issue and was married to William Marriot.
We are indebted to Captain T. A. Ashe, of Raleigh, N. C. for the following copy of a family record prepared by Samuel Swann (son of Col. Thomas Swann of Virginia) who removed to North Carolina.
The following is a copy of a paper compiled by Samuel Swann who died in 1707, (in Perquimans Co. \emdash Albemarle, N. C.)
"My Grandmother, Judith Swann, was born on the 5th day of February 1589, being Wednesday and died on the 16th, day of March 1636 in the 47th year of her age and was buried at Swann 's Point.
My Grandfather William Swann married again the 1st day of May 1637, and died the last of February following in the 52nd year of his age and was buried at Swann 's Point.
My father, Col. Thomas Swann was born in May 1616, \emdash was married to his first wife Margaret Debton the 13th of January 1630, by whom he had two sons and one daughter, to wit: Susannah Swann who was born the 26 October, 1640 \emdash and died the 25th of November 1660, without issue\emdash having been married to Maj. William Marriot eight months and 22 days \emdash and was buried at Swann 's Point. William Swann \emdash who was born 30th October 1644 and died young in London, England and was buried there. And Thomas Swann who was born the 23rd of March 1645 and died without issue at St. Edmunds Bury in Suffolk England the 19th of February 1666, and was there interred.
My said father's first wife died the 5th of April 1646 and was was buried at Swann 's Point.
My father was married to his second wife, my dear mother, Sarah Cod, the 13th of January 1649, by whom he had issue, likewise, two sons and one daughter \emdash Sarah; who was born the 15th of October 1651 and died the 9th of August 1652, and was buried at Swann 's Point. Samuel who was born the 11th May 1653, and Sampson who was born the 28th May 1654, and died the 1st of November 1668, and was interred at Swann 's Point.
My said mother departed this life to a better, the 13th of January 1654, having been married that day, just five years and was buried at Swann 's Point.
My father was married to his third wife, Sarah Chandler, the 30th of July 1655, by whom he had two sons and two daughters, viz, Judith, who was born the 22nd April 1656 and died the 30th March 1668 and was buried at Swann 's Point. Anne, who was born the 9th, of July 1657 and died the 21st of. August 1659 and was buried at Swann 's Point. A son \emdash not baptized, who was born the 11th of December 1658 and died the 20th of the same month \emdash and another son born 1st November 1662 and died at the birth.
My said father's third wife died 10th November 1662 \emdash and was buried at Swann's Point.
My father was married to his fourth wife, Ann Brown, widow and relict of Henry Brown, one of the Council of State, the 23rd day of * * * * * \emdash who died the 12th of August 1668, without issue and was buried at the Four Mile Tree.
My father married his fifth wife. Mary Mansfield the 20th of December 1668, by whom he had issue one son and three daughters -- Mary who was born the 5th of October 1669, who married Mr. Richard Bland, Thomas and Frances, at one birth, who were born the 14th December 1670.
Frances died 14th April 1676 and was buried at Swann's Point.
Thomas married Eliza Thompson, daughter of William Thompson.
Sarah who was born the 8th of and was first married to Mr. Henry Randolph and after his death to Mr. Giles "Webb.
My honored and dear father, Col. Thomas Swann departed this life for a better the 16th of September 1680, being 64 years and was buried at Swann's Point at my Grandfather's feet."
Extracts from a paper drawn up by Hon. Samuel Swann, Collector of His Majesty's Customs at Roanoke.
"My dearly and most entirely beloved wife Sarah, daughter of William Drummond Esq., was born the 2nd day of March 1654, being Friday, about 2 of the clock in the morning, and was married to me the 24th March 1673 being Tuesday, \emdash by whom I had seven sons and two daughters.
My dear and most entirely beloved wife Sarah Swann departed this life to a better on Saturday the 18th of April 1696 about 8 o'clock in the morning in North Carolina, and was buried at Swann's Point in Surry County at her own mother's feet on Friday the 28th of the same month, being 41 years one month and 16 days old, having been married to me 22 years and as much more as from the 24th of March to the 18 of April aforesaid.
My dear and entirely beloved wife Elizabeth daughter of Alexander Lillington of North Carolina, was born the 17th of June 1679, married to me the 19th of May 1698, being Thursday, the widow of John Tandall, by whom I had issue as follows \emdash viz:
1. Elizabeth who was born the 26th of June 1699, being Monday, about 12 o'clock at noon; baptized the 9th October following, being Monday.
2. Sarah who was born the 29th of December 1701, being Monday about a quarter of an hour before sunset \emdash was baptized the 2nd of February, following, being Monday.
3. Samuel who was born the 31st of October 1704 being Tuesday at 1 o'clock in the afternoon. The Moon being full at 12 o'clock, was baptized on Thursday the 23rd of August 1705.
4. John Swann, who was born the 25th of April 1707 being Friday about half an hour before Sundown and was baptized by William Gordon."
Addendum of Col. Edward Moseley:
Some of his children by his first wife were "buried at my plantation at Lawns Creek" \emdash so there he probably resided before coming to Albemarle, only William, Thomas and Henry, issue of his first marriage, seem to have survived \emdash to attain manhood. One of that branch was John Swann, Member of Congress. The District Attorney in New York (1919) descends from Sarah, No. 2 who married a Jones \emdash one of her sons returning to the name of Swann, about 1790.
The Honorable Samuel Swann Esq., Collector of His Majesty's Customs in Eoanoke departed this life the 14th of September 1707 just at daybreak at his dwelling plantation in Perquimans and lies interred there, at whose death and funeral, I the subscriber was present.
If the above was in fact written by Samuel Swann then the credibility has to be pretty good.