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The Diamond Jubilee Reunion was held in Natchez and Kingston on April 25-27, 2014, in honor of the founding seventy-five years ago of The Descendants of the Jersey Settlers of Adams County, Mississippi. Ann Severance created a web page with details for the 75th reunion. 2014 Reunion brochure.

Friday Events

Lee Smith, Ph.D.:  From Jersey to the Wilderness:   Black River, New Jersey to Kingston, 1773.   Discussed life in Chester, New Jersey, prior to the migration to Mississippi, explored possible motivations for leaving New Jersey and the Jersey Settlers role in the development of religion in Mississippi.

  billcWilliam L. Costley: Descendants of Mary Swayze Seward. Mary Swayze, the youngest of eleven children of Judge Samuel Swayze  married into a prominent  New  York family,  the Sewards.    This talk primarily covered her grandson,   William Henry Seward,  prominent politician who was responsible for the  acquisition of Alaska from Russia while U.S. Secretary of State. An article about William Henry Seward

jms  Jim M. Swayze: Swayzes in Early America: Reassessing History.    DJS books tell us a John Swayze came  to  America,   likely  around  1629,   along with his two sons,   Joseph and John.   Where does this information originate?   Is it substantiated or even likely accurate?  Jim took a look back at history beginning in England in the 14th century in an attempt to establish a reasonable scenario for Swayzes in America. This is Jim's essay.

Patricia Swayze Larsen: The Movers and Shakers of DJS:  Those that Shaped our History.  Pat shared the highlights of the organization history and her personal reflections on the personalities she came to know from when she began attending the reunions, during her presidency, and beyond.  While too many to name all here, her talk included Frances Rhea Preston Mills, William Aubrey Sojourner, Louisa Catherine Sloan Drane, Dorothy Seale Sojourner, Annis Neva Laird, Ruth Fletcher Latham, the McCraines, and the Swayze Sisters--Betty Jo Swayze Scott, Alyne Swayze Gray, and Minnie Swayze Smith.

Friday night social was hosted by Billy and Bobbie Aguillard
at their Commencement Plantation in Kingston.

Saturday featured a Re-dedication of the Reverend Samuel Swayze Memorial Marker by the Samuel Swayze Chapter of the Colonial Dames of XVII Century, Kingston United Methodist Church, 1090 Hutchins Landing Road.            re-dedication
Webbie Eidt: History of the Kingston United Methodist Church.  Here is a blog post about the history of the church.

On Saturday afternoon there was also time for tours of Kingston Plantations:
Cedar Grove
  Cedar Grove B& B
Magnolia Hill
DJS Genealogy VP Polly Tarver Scott and George W. Armstrong Reference Librarian Marianne Raley were available Saturday afternoon at the library to assist with family research.

Saturday Night Social was at the Natchez Community Center.

Sunday morning general meeting, April 27, 2014


After the short memorial service and business meeting, the Trum ladies dressed in period dress gave a reading from the Civil War Diary of Alice Phipps (1842-1871), wife of Daniel Smith Farrar (1836-1914) and daughter-in-law of Daniel Farrar (1786-1845) and Eliza King (1791-1864). The diary entries were from the spring of 1865. Diary extracts can be read here.  These ladies consist of the children of Carla Scharnberg Trum, grandchildren of Sydney Todd Scharnberg, great grandchildren of Ruth Anna Phipps Thistle Todd, great-great grandchildren of Caroline Ireson Phipps, great-great-great grandchildren of Hannah Swayze Ireson, and great-great-great-great grandchildren of Rev. Samuel Swayze.  Alice Phipps Farrar was great-great aunt of Hildegarde, Sydney, and Carla.


Sent by Wayne King of Oklahoma:

My Dad Wayne King Sr., my nephew, Skye King McNan and he is holding Brice McNan, then me, Wayne King Jr. holding Brennon McNan. 

We are all descendants of Justus and Sarah King.


Texas descendants of Reverend Samuel Swayze's grandson James Swayze's son Alexander P. Swayze:
Jim Swayze,  KC Swayze,  Carolyn Fowler Myers,  Fran Swayze Fowler,  Sherry Fowler Pitcock,  Marilyn Fowler Gravelle

Group photo, Sunday, April 27, 2014, Kingston   group

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