“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
St. Mary's City in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Van Sweringen Family

The Van Sweringen Family Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), August 30, 2019
1. The Van Sweringen Family Marker
Coming to a New World
Born in the Netherlands in 1636, Garrett Van Sweringen began a family that has long endured in American history. He and his first wife, Barbara, possibly had five children. After her death, he married Mary Smith in 1676. Their marriage produced at least seven children. Many people living across America today trace their ancestry directly to St. Mary's City and the family of Garrett, Barbara, and Mary Van Sweringen.

What's In A Name?
In the 17th century, standardized spelling was rare. Garrett Van Sweringen's name appears as Gerrit van Sweringen in Dutch records. Clerks in Maryland spelled his name in many ways in legal documents. The one shown here is from 1660: A common 17th-century Maryland spelling was Garrett Van Sweringen which is used in this exhibit. Today, his descendants also use various forms of the name. Regardless of the spellings, most are related to this Dutch settler in early Maryland.

In various 17th-century documents, Garrett Van Sweringen's name is spelled at least 47 different ways.
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1636.
Location. 38° 11.13′ N, 76° 26.045′ W. Marker is in St. Mary's City, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from Old State House Road north of Point Lookout Road (Maryland Route 5), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 47414 Old State House Road, Saint Marys City MD 20686, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. An Innovative Entrepreneur (here, next to this marker); The Van Sweringen Site (here, next to this marker); Meet Garrett Van Sweringen (here, next to this marker); A Busy Enterprise (here, next to this marker); From Many Lands (here, next to this marker); …Adjourn to the Arbour at Vansweringens (a few steps from this marker); Tobacco... "our meat, drink, clothing and monies" (a few steps from this marker); Keep It Clean (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Mary's City.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 4, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 533 times since then and 29 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on September 4, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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Feb. 24, 2024