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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Hester Miller and William Swaney

Hester Miller was the daughter of Anderson Miller and Cynthia Hickam and the sister of my Great Grandmother Noda Vesta Miller Lamb. Hester would have been my great great aunt.

Hester Miller was born 5/1/1874 in Cocke County, TN to Anderson Miller (DOB 11/1834 in Old Buncombe County in an area that is now Madison County, NC; DOD 3/1907 in Grassy Creek, Madison County, NC) and Cynthia Hickham (DOB 11/1841 in Old Buncombe County in an area that is now Madison County, NC; DOD 10/12/1929 in Hot Springs, Madison County, NC). She was their 5th child.

Hester married William Swaney, aka Bill Swaney, William Benny Swaney, William L. Swaney. William Swaney was born 3/1887 in North Carolina. They had no children that I'm aware of.

My mother remembered "Aunt Hester" as having a dirt floored house and let the chickens come in and out of the house. She evidently wasn't a very good housekeeper and we still make jokes about it. Whenever our house gets messy we say, "We don't want to be like Aunt Hester!" One of my contacts told me he also remembered Aunt Hester who would come to visit them for several weeks each year. He said, "her husband ran a saw mill and the house was made of slabs and had a dirt floor with chickens and pigs moving in and out."

1910 U.S. Census of Hot Springs, Madison County, NC, Roll T624_1107, Pg 10B, ED 80, Image 267, Lines 78-79, Dwelling 202, Family 212, They were living next to Lambs and Swaneys. Hester's sister, Noda Miller would marry one of those Lamb neighbors, John Edward Lamb.
Swaney, William, Head, M, W, 22 yrs old (DOB 1888), 1st Marriage, Married 5 yrs, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC, Laborer & Farmer, Teaster (sic), Rents home
Swaney, Hester, Wife, F, W, 33 yrs old (DOB 1877), 2nd Marriage, Married 5 yrs, 0 children, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in NC

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
William Benny Swaney, Madison County, North Carolina; Roll: 1765689; Draft Board: 0 , Serial # 1408, Order #110, DOB 1887
Serial #1408, William Benny Swaney, Order #110
Address: Tennelina, NC
DOB "- - 1887" in Hot Springs, Madison County, NC
Occupation: Farming for self in Tennelina, NC
Married, Dependents: Wife
Medium Height, Stout Build, Black Hair, Black Eyes
Signed by him on 6/5/1917 in Hot Springs, Madison County, NC

1920 U.S. Census of Hot Springs, Madison, North Carolina; Roll: T625_1294; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 116; Image: 798, Lines 18-19, "Williams Sweney", sic, William Swaney
Williams Sweney, Head, Rents home, M(ale), W(hite), 32 yrs old (DOB 1888), Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Labor Logging
Hester Sweney, Wife, F, W, 40 yrs old (DOB 1880), Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC

1930 U.S. Census of Meadow Fork, Madison County, North Carolina; Roll: 1704; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 14; Image: 893.0, Lines 1-3, "William Swinney", sic, William Swaney
William Swinney, Head, Rents home, M(ale), W(hite), 48 yrs old (DOB 1882), Married at age 17 yrs old (DOM 1913), Cannot read or write, Born in NC, Both parents born in TN, Laborer in lumber mill
Hester Swinney, Wife, F, W, 55 yrs old (DOB 1875), Married at age 24 yrs old, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
William Price, Boarder, M, W, 48 yrs old (DOB 1882), Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, No occupation

Hester Swaney died 2/13/1964 in the Broughton State Hospital, Morganton, Burke County, NC.

NC Death Certificate #3972, Registration District #12-00, Hester Miller Swaney, DOD 2/13/1964 in Broughton Hospital, Morganton, Burke County, NC
Usual Residence: Mountain View Rest Home, Marshall, Madison County, NC
Hester Miller Swaney
Female, White, Widowed, DOB 5/1/1874 in Madison County, NC, age 89 yrs old, 9 mos, 12 days
Occupation: Housewife
Father: Anderson Miller, Mother: Cynthia Hickam, Spouse: Will Swaney
Informant: Broughton Hospital Records
DOD 2/13/1964 at 11:35am
Cause of Death: Cerebral Vascular Accident, 5 days between onset and death
Physician attended deceased from 11/8/1962 to 2/13/1964, last seen alive on 2/13/1964. Death occurred at 11:35 am
Dr. John M. Gambill
Burial on 2/14/1964 at Antioch Cemetery in Hot springs, NC
Funeral Director: Brown Funeral Home, Newport, TN

I have been unable to find when Bill Swaney died. According to Hester's death certificate, she was already a widow when she died in 1974 and they were listed together in the 1930 census so he died sometime between 1930-1974. If you have further information about this, please contact me.

Hester Miller Swaney was buried at Antioch Cemetery, U.S. Hwy 70, Hot Springs, Madison County, NC. It is still used (there is one further on with the same name that is no longer used) at Latitude: 35° 54' 17.93" N Longitude: 82° 53' 1.14" W (35.904981 , -82.883649). Her grave is unmarked. It's possible that this is where Bill Swaney is also buried and he is unmarked as well.

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For more information on Hester's family go to my Miller posts .

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