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Eva M Schwan 1910-1995 - If you believe you are related to Eva M Schwan come chat with us - Facebook page for talking about our ancestors - - Website for information on the research done -

Born Maureen FitzSimons in Dublin, the young actress adopted the name O'Hara, an ancient Irish last name historically found in Sligo and Antrim.

SURNAME: SWAN. "Jonathan Swan, of Scipio, a Friend, was granted a patent July 5, 1814, and another April 24, 1824, for improvements in plows. He was a merchant as well as a natural mechanic...He came to Aurora about 1810, from western Oneida County, and was a very intelligent man; had a large family...He died at Aurora and was buried in the Friends' Cemetery in the Quaker settlement. Source: Collections of Cayuga County Historical Society. Issues 1-3. Aurora, NY: The Society, 1879. 114-115.

SURNAME: SWAN. LOCATION: CAYUGA, NY. ITEM: LATE STRAWBERRY APPLE. According to "the venerable and talented David Thomas. . . thirty years ago, when Jonathan Swan bought the place in this village (Aurora) where he long resided, he discovered the Late Strawberry Apple. . . " (N.Y. State Agricultural Society, 1849, p. 280). Transactions of the N. Y. State Agricultural Society with an Abstract of the Proceedings of County Agricultural Societies. Volume VIII. New York: Weed, Parsons & Co…

Ireland: Watters. Arms: Sa. on a fess wavy argent between three swans of the second two bars wavy azure. Motto: “Toujours Fidele”, (Always Faithful). Crest: Waters — Ireland, an eagle rising regardent — ppr — spiro spero. Waters, Ireland, a demi-heraldic tiger per pale indented argent, and azure, holding a branch of three red roses slipped, ppr.

SURNAMES: LEE SWAN. Charles Lee and George O. Swan both perished aboard the steamship Lexington when it caught fire on the night of 13 January 1840. Bad visibility, freezing temperatures and overcrowded lifeboats contributed to the high death toll of one hundred and thirty-nine with only four survivors. SOURCE: Description: Conflagration of the Steam Boat Lexington. Date: 13 January 1840. Source: Library of Congress. The image is in the public domain because the copyright has expired.

MacDonald of the Isles tartan--According to Brian Thomson at Scots Family: The surname McSwain originates from the isle of Skye, meaning “son of Swan” meaning “sveinn”, or "boy" in Old Norse. In 1726 a John McSwain is recorded in Back, on Skye. The name has no association with McSween or McQueen. The McDonalds were the principal Clan on Skye. McSwain is a sept of McDonald/MacDonald.