- Cuz Jewel Casey suggested I send this excerpt from Paint Rock Valley Pioneers
to the list in case there are any other Swaim descendants out there. (My
husband descends from Moses Swaim through His and Alcey's son William J.
Excerpt from Paint Rock Valley Pioneers, P. 215
This cemetery is located in Township1 South, Range 4 East, Section 35 on
County Road #9. It is just a few yards from the Estill Fork post office. It
only a few feet off the road and there is an iron fence around five of the
graves and two graves are just outside the fence. It is said that there were
many more graves here that have been plowed over.
Buried here are members of the Moses Swaim family. Moses Swaim was one of
the earliest settlers in the valley and owned land in the Estill Fork
community, including land where the Freedom Church now stands and probably
where the Estill Fork post office now stands.
Moses Swaim was married three times and was the father of 25 children. Many
descendants are still in this area and others are all over north Alabama,
Tennessee and Texas. His first wife was Elizabeth "Betty" Frazier; his
second wife was Alcey Houston, and his third wife was Elizabeth Adeline
Vandiver. It is believed that Moses Swaim and his second wife, Alcey Houston
are buried in the Collins Cemetery with no markers...
Moses Swaim obit (Scottsboro, Alabama Citizen, Friday, Oct. 15, 1880.
"Died in Paint Rock Valley Oct 7, 1880, Mr. Moses Swaim. He was an old and
respected citizen, having moved to the Valley in 1823, consequently he was
one of Jackson's pioneers. Mr. Swaim was the father of twenty-five children,
thirteen of who are still living. He has sixty-five great grandchildren. He
had been married three times, his last wife surviving him. He was
universally esteemed by his neighbors and his death is genuinely regretted."