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Notes for Swayne Risley MCILVAIN




He was named for Noah Swayne of Culpepper, VA, whose family came to
Chester Co, PA, from Berkshire, England, in 1710.

In 1846 he began the trip to California with his father, brothers,
William & Purdy, and other gold hunters, but never made it.

"Swayne, in bad health, had returned to Wyandotte to visit with a Miss
Brady, an Indian girl whom he had known in Ohio before the Wyandottes,
a civilized tribe, had moved westward. While there he died....When
Col. McElvain returned, an Indian stepped up to the boat which came
down the river from St. Joseph and inquired if Col. McElvain was in
the party, and instinct of the father told him before the Indian
announced it, that his favorite son was dead." It was said he was
engaged to the girl.

He was buried in the Bradley family plot.
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