The Life Of Green Swearingin B. 1838 Marshall County, Alabama

Back: William Lily and James David Front: Green Mary

Back: William Lily and James David
Front: Green Mary

Green Swearengin/Swearingin was born in Marshall County, Alabama in August of 1838, the son of Samuel Swearengin and Lucinda (Green) Swearengin. Part of Green’s family spelled the name Swearengin, but Green normally spelled it Swearingin, not that he could read or write, however.

Green served in the CSA from 1861 to 1865 in Captain Bibb’s Co. G, 12th Alabama Infantry. The 12th Alabama Infantry was a part of Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia, and was in the following Battles: Yorktown, Williamsburg, Seven Pines, Seven Days Battle, Gaines’ Mill, Malvern Hill, South Mountain, Antietam (Bull Run), Fredricksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, The Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, and several others.

Green was one of only a handful from his infantry still alive to surrender, along with General Robert E. Lee, at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on April 9, 1865.

In 1865, in Kennemer Cove, Marshall County, Alabama, Green married Sarah Lee, who was born August 27, 1838, to John Lee and Mary Lilly. John Lee was born March 31, 1800, in Virginia to Stephen Lee. John claimed to be a cousin to “Lighthorse Harry” Lee, father of Robert E. Lee.

John Lee married Mary Lilly on January 12, 1826, in Madison County, Alabama. Mary was born about 1805 in Virginia. SARAH LEE SWEARINGIN

Green and Sarah had four children: John Frank (1866); William Lilly (1868), who married Dona Washburn, James David (1869), who married Lydia Allvienia Elizabeth Price, and Mary (3-30-1873; 2-1969), who married William Isaac Davis; all were born in Alabama.

In 1873, Green and his family, along with John Lee’s family, moved to Nacogdoches, Texas, where some of John’s sons lived. They arrived in Nacogdoches on November 2, 1973, one day after the fourth birthday of their third son, James David. Green’s and Sarah’s baby girl, Mary, was eight-months-old. Sarah died January 12, 1875, and is buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Nacogdoches next to her father, John Lee.

I believe this photo was taken on the same day that Green took the picture with his first set of children. Virginia was his second wife. His known children with her: Sarah E. "Sallly" (1876), Lucinda E. (1877), Florence E. (2-1878), Thomas Eaton (March or April 1880), Anna L. (1882), Walter B. (5-1885), Ida May (6-1888), John Aaron (9-14-1900)

I believe this photo was taken on the same day that Green took the picture with his first set of children. Virginia was his second wife. His known children with her: Sarah E. “Sallly” (1876), Lucinda E. (1877), Florence E. (2-1878), Thomas Eaton (March or April 1880), Anna L. (1882), Walter B. (5-1885), Ida May (6-1888), John Aaron (9-14-1900)

Green married (2) Mary Virginia Roberts on November 10, 1875. They had six children born in Nacogdoches: (1) Sarah E. (1876) married R.H. Howell; (2) Lucinda E. (1877) married E.H. Keese; (3) Florence E. (1878) married G. Van Boen; (4) Thomas Eaton (1880) married Myrtle Iva Marshal; (5) Anna L. (1882); and (6) an infant boy (1884?).

In 1884, after farming for eleven years in Nacogdoches, Green moved his family by wagon to Comanche County. His daughter, Mary, stated that they had to stop for two days in Palestine (in Anderson County) to bury the infant son who died of diarrhea. She told of how nice the people were to them during their sorrow. The trip to Comanche took three weeks.

Green settled his family in the Mercer Gap area, later locating in the Center Point Community (now Hasse) near his son, James David. Green and Virginia had four more children born in Comanche County: (1) Walter B. (1885) married Arra Gray; (2) Ida May (1888) married _____ Addis; (3) an infant son born and died 1893, buried in Zion Hill Cemetery, Comanche County; and (4) John Aaron (1900).

Later, Green and Virginia moved to Electra, Wichita County, Texas where he lived until his death on November 6, 1918, during the flu epidemic. Green drew a Confederate pension the last several years of his life. He is buried in the plot with his son, William Lilly, and William’s wife, Dona Swearengin, in the Riverview Cemetery in Wichita Falls, Texas.

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