Alva Ellen (Quill) Swayze – Texas

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Birth: Jul. 11, 1895 in Texas, USA

Alva Ellen (Quill) Swayze, daughter of Daniel James Quill of Ireland and Alice Nettie Lewis of Texas.

Married:  Robert Edward Swayze on 11 July 1915 in Bexar County, Texas.

Mother of Roy Albert Swayze, who was born in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas.
Grandmother of two adopted children, Robert “Bob” Edward Swayze of Houston, Harris County, Texas; and Kennon (Swayze) Fletcher Clark of Eutaw, Greene County, Texas.

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Kirkwood is a historic plantation house in Eutaw, Greene, Alabama. The house was recorded by the Historic American Buildings Survey in 1934 and by Carol M. Highsmith in 2010. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 17, 1976, due to its architectural significance. source: Wikipedia

Great Grandmother of Kimberly Mary Fletcher of Eutaw, Greene County, Alabama. Alva spent the last few years of her life at the Kirkwood Mansion with her son, Roy and daughter-in-law, Mary (Bender) Swayze. Her Granddaughter, Kennon (Swayze) Fletcher, cared for her up until her death.

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111 Kirkwood Dr., Eutaw, Greene, Alabama

Kirkwood Mansion in 2010 (above), by Carol M. Highsmith

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Kirkwood Mansion in 1939, aka Kirksey House

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Kirksey House, began 1860 but was not finished until after the Civil War in 1865, Eutaw, Greene, Alabama, Built by Foster M. Kirksey

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Family links:

Robert Edward Swayze (1888 – 1963)

Roy Albert Swayze (1919 – 1987)

Death: Sep. 3, 1991 in Eutaw, Greene,  Alabama, USA 

“U.S. Social Security Death records state:
first name: Alva
middle name: Q
last name: Swayze
name suffix:
birth date: 11 July 1895
social security number: 577-30-0567
place of issuance: District Of Columbia
last residence: Eutaw, Greene, Alabama
zip code of last residence: 35462
death date: 3 September 1991
estimated age at death: 96
Source Citation
“United States Social Security Death Index,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 28 Aug 2012), Alva Q Swayze, 3 September 1991; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).” source: Wikipedia

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Mesopotamia Cemetery (Oak Hill). Greene County, Alabama

Mesopotamia Cemetery
Greene County
Alabama, USA 
Created by: TEXAS TUDORS
Record added: May 04, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26605083

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Robert Edward Swayze, Ontario, Canada

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Birth: Sep. 19, 1888 in Ontario, Canada

Ontario is a province in east-central Canada that borders the U.S. and the Great Lakes. It’s home to Ottawa, Canada’s capital, known for Parliament Hill’s Victorian architecture and the National Gallery, featuring Canadian and indigenous art. Toronto, Ontario’s capital, is home to the 553m-high CN Tower, with expansive views from its revolving restaurant, as well as High Park, site of a rare oak savannah habitat.  source: Wikipedia



Death: March 1963 in Fairfax, Fairfax County, Virginia, United States.


City Hall, San Antonio, Texas, 1906


Married to Alva Ellen (Quill) on 11 July 1915 in San Antonio, Bexar, Texas.

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Children: Roy Albert Swayze

U. S. Census for 1920, 1930, and 1940 states residence as San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.

Census: 1920 Iron Worker, construction company, living with wife, Alva, and son Roy in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.

Resided: 1935 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.

Draft Registration in 1942 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas for World War II.


Died: March 1963 in Fairfax, Fairfax County, Virginia.

Family links:  
Alva Ellen Quill Swayze (1895 – 1991)

Roy Albert Swayze (1919 – 1987)

Robert Edward Swayze

Fairfax Memorial Park
Fairfax County
Virginia, USA 
GPS (lat/lon): 38.82861, -77.28667


Created by: TEXAS TUDORS
Record added: Aug 28, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 96113998

My Maternal Fifth Great Luxembourger Grandfather, Mathias Haupert

Haupert Family Genealogy

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My maternal fifth great grandfather, Mathias Haupert.

Born: 17 September 1737 in Garnich, Capellen, Luxembourg.

Commune in Luxembourg
Garnich is a commune and small town in southwestern Luxembourg. It is part of the canton of Capellen, which is part of the district of Luxembourg. Wikipedia

Died: 18 December 1819 in Niederkorn, Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg.

Town in Luxembourg
Niederkorn, sometimes spelled Niedercorn, is a town in the commune of Differdange, in south-western Luxembourg. Wikipedia

Married: about 1772 in Luxembourg to Magdalena Kunsch.

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My Maternal Ninth Great English Grandfather, Henry Hammond

Hammond Family Genealogy

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Name Henry Hammond
Gender Male
Christening Date 10 Sep 1668
Father’s Name John Hammond
Mother’s Name Margaret
Citing this Record
“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” database, FamilySearch ( : 30 December 2014), Henry Hammond, 10 Sep 1668; citing TOPSHAM,DEVON,ENGLAND, reference ; FHL microfilm 962,976.
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Married: Sarah Penefeller in about 1687 in Topsham, Demon, England, United Kingdom
Topsham is a village near to Exeter in the county of Devon, England, on the east side of the River Exe, immediately north of its confluence with the River Clyst and the former’s estuary, between Exeter and Exmouth. Although village-sized, with a current population…

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Richard Tudor – Glamorgan, Wales


Richard TUDOR (aka TUDER)

Birth: 1648

St. Michael, Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom


Marriage: 11 February 1669 in Saint Michael, Barbados, Caribbean 
Wife: Mary Fowler
Name: Richard Tuder
Spouse’s Name: Mary Fowler
Event Date: 11 Feb 1669
Event Place: Saint Michael,Barbados,Caribbean
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M51395-1 , System Origin: Caribbean-ODM , GS Film number: 1157923
Caribbean, Marriages, 1591-1905
Citing this Record
“Caribbean, Marriages, 1591-1905,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 17 January 2015), Richard Tuder and Mary Fowler, 11 Feb 1669; citing Saint Michael,Barbadoes,Caribbean, reference ; FHL microfilm 1,157,923.
Children: Mary (1679-1725), John Tudor, Sr. (1684-1721)
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Death: 1697
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Coat of arms of Glamorgan, Wales by AlexD

Glamorgan (/ɡləˈmɔːrɡən/) or, sometimes, Glamorganshire (Welsh: Morgannwg [mɔrˈɡanʊɡ] or Sir Forgannwg [ˈsiːr vɔrˈɡanʊɡ]) is one of the thirteen historic counties of Wales and a former administrative county of Wales. It was originally an early medieval petty kingdom of varying boundaries known as Glywysing until taken over by the Normans as a lordship. Glamorgan is latterly represented by the three preserved counties of Mid Glamorgan, South Glamorgan and West Glamorgan. The name also survives in that of Vale of Glamorgan, a county borough.Although initially a rural and pastoral area of little value, the area that became known as Glamorgan was a conflict point between the Norman lords and the Welsh princes, with the area being defined by a large concentration of castles. After falling under English rule in the 16th century, Glamorgan became a more stable county, and exploited its natural resources to become an important part of the Industrial Revolution. Glamorgan was the most populous and industrialised county in Wales, and was once called the “crucible of the Industrial Revolution,” as it contained the world centres of three metallurgical industries and its rich resources of coal. Glamorgan, Wales, Wikipedia

Burial: 1697 Cefn-Y-Parc Cemetery or aka Llantrisant Cemetery, Glamorgan, Wales

William Hammond-Binderton, Sussex, England

My maternal seventh great grandfather. Son of John and Sarah Hammond. Husband of Catherine Hammond (maiden name unknown). Father of Catherine Hammond (Peavey). 

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Born: 1710 in Binderton, Sussex, England, United Kingdom. 

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Name: William Hammond

Gender: Male

Christening Date: 13 Feb 1710
Christening Place: South Bersted, Sussex, England
Father’s Name: John Hammond
Mother’s Name: Sarah
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I03578-2 , System Origin: England-EASy , GS Film number: 1041594
England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975
Citing this Record
“England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 26 January 2015), William Hammond, 13 Feb 1710; citing South Bersted, Sussex, England, reference ; FHL microfilm 1,041,594.

Died in 19 January 1807 in Chichester, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom.

 “Chichester is a cathedral city in West Sussex, in South-East England. It is the only city in West Sussex and is its county town. It has a long history as a settlement from Roman times and was important in Anglo-Saxon times.” Wikipedia

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Married in about 1729 in England to Catharine Hammond (maiden name unknown). 

Birth: 1710
Binderton, East Sussex, England

Christened: 13 February 1710 in South Bersted, Sussex, England, United Kingdom.

Death: Jan. 19, 1807
Chichester District
West Sussex, England

Family links: 
Mrs. Catherine Hammond (1709 – 1782)

Catherine Hammond Peavy (1732 – 1798)

May not be a headstone.

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St Peter the Great Churchyard
Chichester District
West Sussex, England 

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Record added: Nov 10, 2015
Find A Grave Memorial# 154825394

My Maternal Second Great Luxembourger Grandmother, Mary “May” Haupert Palen

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My second great maternal grandmother was Mary “May” (Haupert) Palen.
She emigrated from Luxembourg in 1854 to Ellis Island, New York City, New York at the age of 9 with her father, Frank Haupert.

They resided in Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota. Leopold was a farmer and May was a homemaker, and they had fifteen children according to Family records.
The 1880 U. S. Census for Caledonia, Minnesota, showed her father, Frank Haupert, a widower, and retired farmer, residing with them according to PALEN family records.

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Diekirch is a commune with town status in north-eastern Luxembourg, capital city of the canton Diekirch and the district of Diekirch. The town is situated on the banks of the Sauer river. Wikipedia

Birth: Apr. 11, 1844
Diekirch, Luxembourg

City in Minnesota
Winona is a city in and the county seat of Winona County, in the state of Minnesota. Located in picturesque bluff country on the Mississippi River, its most noticeable physical landmark is Sugar Loaf. Wikipedia

Death: Jan. 8, 1937
Winona County
Minnesota, USA 

Daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Frank Haupert (mothers name unknown) of Luxembourg.

My maternal second great grandmother, Mary “May” (Haupert) Palen, wife of Leopold “Leo” Frank Palen.

Mary May <i>Haupert</i> Palen

Leo and May married in 1864 in Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota.

Leopold was a farmer, and Mary was a Homemaker.

Parents of fifteen (15) children: Frank Joseph, Anne (Molitor), Mary A. (Hengel), Charles, Frances (Fuos), Nicholas Frank “Nick”, Franciska (Molitor), Anna Catherine, Johanna “Jennie” (Gaspard), Henry, John, Emil Francis, Josephine (Westcott), Lucille “Lucy” N. (Koel), and Joseph Frank “Joe” Palen.

Leopold Frank PALEN’s Family, 1909,(Leopold’s funeral) Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota.

Name: Mary Palen

Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1865
Event Place: Mayville, Houston, Minnesota, United States
Gender: Female
Volume: 5
Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Leopold Palen M
Mary Palen F
Francis Palen M
Family Number: 19 , Line Number: 34 , GS Film number: 565715 , Digital Folder Number: 004539663 , Image Number: 00304
Citing this Record
“Minnesota, State Census, 1865 ,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 Sep 2014), Mary Palen in household of Leopold Palen, Mayville, Houston, Minnesota, United States; citing volume , line , State Library and Records Service, St.Paul; FHL microfilm .

According to the U.S.Census for Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota for 1880, Mary’s father, Frank Haupert (Hupert), resided with “Leo” and “May” Palen in 1880. He was listed as age 72, retired farmer from Luxembourg.
All were Catholic.

1880 U.S. Census for Caledonia, Houston County, Minnesota list a “Hupert FRANK”, Father-in-Law, W, Male, age 72, born in Luxembourg, Retired Farmer, Parents born in Luxembourg, as residing with Leo & May Palen and their eight children.
name:Leopold Palen
residence:Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota
relationship to head:Self
spouse’s name:May Palen
spouse’s birthplace:Luxembourg
father’s name:
father’s birthplace:Luxembourg
mother’s name:
mother’s birthplace:Luxembourg
race or color (expanded):White
ethnicity (standardized):American
martial status:Married
age (expanded):40 years
nara film number:T9-0623
page character:B
entry number:2583
film number:1254623
selfLeopold PalenM40Luxembourg
wifeMay PalenF38Luxembourg
sonFrank PalenM15Luxembourg
dauAnna PalenF13Minnesota, United States
dauMary A. PalenF11Minnesota, United States
dauFrances PalenF8Minnesota, United States
sonNicholas PalenM6Minnesota, United States
dauJane PalenF5Minnesota, United States
sonHenry PalenM3Minnesota, United States
sonJohn PalenM4MMinnesota, United States
Hupert FrankM72Luxembourg
Source Citation
“United States Census, 1880,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 25 June 2012), Leopold Palen, Caledonia, Houston, Minnesota.

Name: Mrs. Mary Palen
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 08 Jan 1937
Event Place: Winona, Minnesota
Record Number: 745657
Certificate Number: 017500
Certificate Year: 1937
File Name: 017500
Affiliate Batch Identifier: NN362DO
Typed or Handwritten: H
Citing this Record
“Minnesota, Death Index, 1908-2002,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 Sep 2014), Mrs. Mary Palen, 08 Jan 1937; citing “Minnesota, Death Index, 1908-2002,”; Winona, Minnesota, record 745657, certificate number 017500, Department of Health, Minneapolis.

Mary May <i>Haupert</i> Palen

Thanks to Leonard Greenwood, I now have a photo of Leopold & Mary Palen’s headstone. Thanks so much, Leonard.

“Today (August 21, 2012), my Mom, Virginia (Palen) Long, became the longest-living Palen in the family tree. She surpassed May “Mary” Haupert Palen by one day today. My Mom actually knew May, her Great Grandmother. May used to have Mom sit at her feet and tell her stories about riding a covered wagon all the way to Caledonia, Minnesota. She also told her how the Indians sometimes would ride into town and scare the women. May, who was quite brave, helped care for the squaws and their babies. Its remarkable that Mom knew someone who was born in 1844! Mom’s memory is very short these days, but she’s outstanding when she reminisces about things that happened in her childhood!”
~~~source: Mark Richard Long (my cousin)

Family links: 
Leopold Frank Palen (1839 – 1909)

Frank Joseph Palen (1864 – 1953)
Anna Palen Molitor (1865 – 1945)
Mary A. Palen Borth (1869 – 1954)
Charles Palen (1871 – 1871)
Frances Palen Fuos (1872 – 1959)
Nicholas Frank Palen (1873 – 1952)
Franciska Palen Molitor (1875 – 1950)
Johanna Palen Gaspard (1875 – 1932)
Henery Palen (1877 – 1959)
Anna Catherine Palen (1878 – 1879)
Lucille N. Palen Koel (1885 – 1942)

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Calvary Cemetery
Houston County
Minnesota, USA 

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Record added: Mar 09, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 25165835