Elihu Swain was the 2nd of 6 children of Nathaniel Swain and Bethiah Macy.
Elihu Swain moved with his family and other settlers of Nantucket to Guilford County, North Carolina in September 1773. Guilford County was the center of a large colony of the society of friends. About 1800 they moved to Lost Creek, Tennessee (Jefferson County) Where John Mills and William Millikan had started a new colony. This location was 24 miles North-East of present Knoxville, called Friends Station.
On August 8, 1815, they moved to Wayne County, Indiana on the southern railway and the old meeting house and school house are still there (1935).
Elihu Swain Sr. broke away from the Nantucket families by marrying Sarah Mills. Her parents, John Mills and Sarah Millikan were married in Guilford County, NC. on Jan 28, 1761 at the New Garden Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends/Quakers.
Elihu Swain Sr. married Sarah Mills on February 21, 1782 in Guilford County, North Carolina.
Elihu Swain and Sarah Mills had 11 children 8 boys and 3 girls.
Nathaniel - 1782-1783
John - 1784-1857 Married: Ann Lewis
Nathaniel - 1786-1807
Hannah - 1790-1878 Married: Charles Osborne
Samuel - 1792-1862 M: Elizabeth Barnard
Joseph - 1795-1795
Lydia - 1796-1843 Married: John Willis
Elihu - 1800-1847 Married: Mary Worth
Rachel - 1802-1890 Married: (1) John Thornburg (2) Elihu Davis
Job - 1806-1877 Married: (1) Nancy Hodge (2) Emily Shafer
Ira - 1810-1880 Married: Phoebe Macy
The Swain Family is buried in Rows 12 & 13 in the old section of the 'Economy Cemetery'. Many of the graves in these rows are unmarked, of the graves that are marked, most are so badly weathered that they are unreadable.