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Posted by: Bauke P. Swint (ID *****5644) Date: May 04, 2006 at 12:24:31
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THE DUTCH FAMILY SWINT, founded by Joseph Swint.

The marriage register of the Noorderkerk (Northern Church) in the city of Groningen, where Joseph went into betrothal with Hinderkien Jongbloed on the 26th of December in 1761 , says that his profession is: “grenadier in the Company of the first Battalion of the Colonel Acronius”. This register is also suggesting that Joseph lives in “Lange Acker Schans” {this Dutch town is nowadays called Nieuweschans and is located in the eastern part of the province of Groningen).

According to the history of "Infantry Regiment 557A" (the regiment of Acronius) Langakkerschans was garrison place of this unit in 1761, which is why Jospeh is supposed to be living there as well. His name however, is not in the local Baptist book nor is he registered as a member from elsewhere.There are no indications that Joseph lived in any other place but Groningen after he got married, since all his children were baptised there.

Joseph probably met Hinderkien in Groningen, for example in 1758 when his regiment was encamped in Groningen. It is registered that Hinderkiens father was “Corporal Jongbloed”.

In those days, soldiers did not get paid during the winter, and Joseph probably did not resign for the army after his marriage on the 4th of February in 1762.

When Hinderkien died in 1816, her death certificate stated that Josephs profession was stoker servant and that he is deceased. As the civil administration has no registration of his dead, he probably died before 1811 (the start of the Dutch civil administration).

Joseph Swint is the ancestor (based on our current knowledge) of all the Dutch Swints.

People named Swint were already living in the United States before 1760 but only a small branch (which emigrated in 1913) is descendant of Joseph.

Probably Joseph originally comes from Germany, because the sentence “van Camburg in Frankenland” in the marriage register points to his birthplace. Frankenland is an area in Germany and is situated near Nuremberg.

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