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Re: [jacksongenealogy] MARCUS LAFAYETTE SWAN, composer of Sacred Harp Music

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  • Rayedene
    1850 Knox Co TN has a Marcus L Swan age 23 in the HH of William Swan b PA 1798. Marcus is listed as author of music. This family is not in age order. It is
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      1850 Knox Co TN has a Marcus L Swan age 23 in the HH of William Swan b PA 1798. Marcus is listed as author of music. This family is not in age order. It is hard to tell who is wife of William. He is first and then Hannah W. 32 TN, Jane 49 PA, Martha 54 PA and then Marcus 23 TN. William is a lawyer.

      Looking at ancestry family trees, they have this William as being married 3 times. (1)Polly Lawson White in 1827 Knox Co (2) Mary Ann Scott 1830 (3) Hannah Crozier 1847. Martha and Jane in the above paragraph are his sisters.

      The Tennessee Marriage and Bible records state that Polly Lawson White and William Swan had no children. So, this still is not a sure thing.

      I did see that ML Swan and William Harvey Swan Jr were the authors of the harp music.

      Don't know if this helps, hope it does. Did not find out where he was buried.

      Rayedene

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Ann B. Chambless
      To: jacksongenealogy@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, November 27, 2006 9:41 AM
      Subject: [jacksongenealogy] MARCUS LAFAYETTE SWAN, composer of Sacred Harp Music


      MARCUS LAFAYETTE SWAN, born 1825-1826 in Tennessee, began composing hymns for sacred harp singing in the 1840s.
      Marcus Lafayette (M. L.) SWAN was recorded as "music author" in the 1850 Knox Co, TN census. In 1850, M.L. Swan was in the home of William Swan, age 52, whose occupation was lawyer.
      In 1849, M. L. Swan and William Swan published the "New Harp of Columbia" for "old harp singers." This song book became THE standard for sacred harp singing in Eastern Tennessee and North Alabama. Due to its popularity, the Swans' book was republished several times.
      On September 15, 1853, M. L. Swan married Mary MORRISON (daughter of Dr. John A. and Nancy Morrison) in Bellefonte, AL. In the 1860 Jackson Co, AL census, M.L. Swan gave his occupation as farmer. In the 1870 Jackson Co, AL census, his occupation was retail merchant. M. L. Swan's children were: Ida, Luella, Wilson, Lorena, and John G. Swan.
      Although M. L. Swan is shown in the 1870 Jackson Co, AL census, one record shows he died of typhoid fever in 1869, in Bellefonte, AL. (Source: OLD HARP SINGERS OF EAST TENNESSEE published by George Pullen Jackson in 1933)
      I found his widow and children in the 1880 Franklin Co, TN census. Swan's oldest daughter, Ida Morrison Swan, married Joe Lenehan circa 1878 in Franklin Co, TN, and Ida (Swan) Lenehan was still in Decherd in Franklin Co, TN, at the time of the 1900 census. By 1920, Ida and her daughter were living in Nashville, TN. Ida (Swan) Lenehan told author George Pullen Jackson that her father taught singing schools for a livelihood after the Civil War.
      Marcus Lafayette Swan is credited with writing at least 14 songs which appeared in his song book, the "New Sacred Harp of Columbia." For this reason, M. L. Swan was (posthumously) inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.
      QUESTION: Does anyone have additional information about M. L. Swan? Was he buried in the old Bellefonte Cemetery? Who were his parents?
      Ann B. Chambless

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