Samuel SWEARINGEN was born about 1692 in Somerset Co., Maryland. He died after 25 Nov 1782 in Anson Co., North Carolina. Following the death of Samuel's mother Jane in 1727 they began their migration west. They first settled, according to records found, in Bertie County, NC. Sometime between 1765 and 1766 they joined their children in migration to Anson County, NC, where they settled in the area of Little River, which was a part of Great Peedee River. In 1717 Samuel obtained 100 acres, Prince Georges County, "Swearinghams Expectations" He was identified with the Regulators who banded together to protect themselved in the proclaimed rights from The Declaration of Independence.His sons were also named as Regulators. On 11 May 1728 Samuel Swearingen bought 338 acres of land from Joseph Lane and his wife Patience for 40 pounds. This land was located on south side of Morattuck River and south side of Connoconnaro Swamp at side of String Medow of Reedy Pocoson and 'Goodson Corner'. On 20 February 1733, Samuel Swearingen and Elizabeth his wife sold 338 acres of land to Joseph Lane Junior for 40 Pounds of 'good silver or gold'. This was the land bought from Joseph Lane and his wife Patience in 1728. On 21 February 1737 Samuel Swearingen sold 200 acres of land to John Stevens for 40 Pounds. This land was Located on The north side of Tar River which said land he the said Swearingen formely sold to Arthur Crafford, joining Mr. Richard Cheek and the River,'. On 1 March 1739 Samuel Swearingen received a patent for 600 acres of land in Edgecombe County, North Carolina from the province of North Carolina. On 16 November 1741 Samuel Swearingen Sr. deeded 200 acres of land to Samuel Swearingen 'for the love and affection I bear my son'. This land was located near John Stevens' landing, joining a marsh and slash part of 600 acres whereon I now lives'. On 15 February 1742 Samuel Swearingen Sr. sold 40 acres to Francis Bettis for 4 Pounds. This land was located above John Stevens Landing, part of the tract the said Swearingen now lives on and was a Patent to him 640 acres. On 23 June 1754, Samuel Swearingen Sr. deeded 100 acres of land to Thomas Swearingen "for love, goodwill, affection I Bear my son". This land was located near a small run, my mill pond and a path. On 15 August 1756 Samuel Swearingen Sr. bought 50 acres of land from David Averitt for 2 Pounds 10 Shillings Virginia Currency. this land was located on the south side of Tar River, joining the said Swearingen, Jumping Run, and Samuel Swearingen the eldest son of the said Samuel Swearingen Sr. On 21 January 1761, Samuel Swearingen Sr. sold 125 acres of land to John Wombwell for 4 Pounds 17 shillings 6 pence. This land was located near Matthew Cook and William Allen's Pattent line, it being part of a tract of 640 acres granted to said Swearingen in 1738. On February 1764 Samuel Swearingen Sr. sold 40 acres of land to James Cravey for 40 pounds... 'him hereunto moving, more especially on ye sincere request and desire of Mr. Charles Evans and Mr. William Randall for and in behalf of Francis Bettis and Alexander Randall Senr., persons herein concerned.' This adjoined the lands of Samuel Swearingen Sr., Samuel Swearingen Jr., and the 'now' dwelling plantation of said Cravey. Circa 1765/66 Samuel Swearingen and his wife joined their children in migration to Anson County, North Carolina. They settled in the area of Little River, a part of Great Peedee River in Anson County, North Carolina. On 24 October 1767, Samuel Swearingen 'the elder' of Anson County, North Carolina bought 250 acres of land from Van Swearingen of Anson County, North Carolina for 30 Pounds. This land was located on the south side of Tar River and on the south bank of Autry's Creek at or near Josiah Swearingen's land. On 14 April 1772, the Inferior Court of Anson County, North Carolina ordered Samuel Swearingen Senior'poor, inform and aged' to be exempted from payment of public taxes and doing public duty. On 25 November 1782 Samuel Swearingen Senior was listed as 'invalid -150 acres of land' in Montgomery County, North Carolina. Source: 'Smoky Mountain Clans, Volume 2', 1983 Donald B. Reagan, p 209-210. 'Family Register of Garret Van Swearingen and Descendents', Parents: Thomas VAN SWEARINGEN and Jane Doyne. He was married to Elizabeth FARMER on 14 Feb 1714/15 in Queen Anne's Par, Prince Georges, Maryland.
Children were: Samuel SWEARINGEN Jr., Josiah SWEARINGEN, Thomas SWEARINGEN, Van SWEARINGEN, Roseanna SWEARINGEN, John SWEARINGEN.