M, b. circa 1512, d. 1541
John was born circa 1512 in Upton, South Milton, Devonshire, England. John married Johane Scoos, daughter of William Scoos and Isett (?), circa 1530 in Upton, South Milton, Devonshire, England.2 John departed this life in 1541 in Upton, South Milton, Devonshire, England.
- [S1645] Swet, Swete, Swett Coat of Arms: 1530. John Swete of Upton in South Milton, born about 1512, married Johane Scoos, daughter of William and Isett Scoos, about 1530. [Hooppell, and the Trella Hall Manuscript Collection at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA.] South Milton is a small village about seven miles south-southeast of Modbury; it includes the hamlets Upton and Sutton.
1541. John Swete of Upton in South Milton died in 1541 aged 29, leaving his widow Johane (Scoos) and their ten-year old son John Swete. [From a book in the possession of W. L. A. Rogers, the owner of Traine in 1962, cited by Trella Hall]
1547. King Edward the Sixth inherited the throne when his father died. He was 9 years old. He granted Arms to someone named SWEET, but this grant isnít in the records of the Heralds' Visitations and I donít know to whom it was granted. It may be the one in Burkeís Armory described as [translated]: A red shield with two silver stars over two silver chevrons over a silver rose seeded gold and barbed green. Crest: a tower rising normally, topped by a gold eagle with its wings raised back-to-back holding a green oak branch in its beak. This indicates that Swete and Sweet were the same family, but different branches of that family.
1550. ìIn the Chancery Proceedings and those of the Star Chamber, Johane Scoos, as widow of John Scoos of Upton in South Milton, who died without issue, says she has divers Deeds concerning tenements called Brownston, Brownswell, Treyne, and six messuages in ye borough of Modbury now claimed by John Swete, as Plaintiff against her, because of his descent from William Scoos and Isett his wife, who died about 1541. This was proved, with Agnes, widow of John Scoos of Trewen (aged 70), as witness that their daughter Johane was married to John Swete of Upton in South Milton, from whom the Complainant, John Swete, was descended, and who now recovered Traine, Brownston, and Brownswell, as heir of John Scoos of Mylton who died about 1520.î [Hooppell]
Thus, John Swete, born about 1531 son of John Swete and Johane Scoos, inherited Traine through his mother. William Scoos and John Scoos of Milton must have been brothers, sons of John Scoos of Traine whose widow Agnes (aged 70) testified that John Swete of Upton married [her granddaughter] Johane Scoos, daughter of William and Isett Scoos. The decision of the Court apparently was that Traine passed from John Scoos of Traine to his son John Scoos of Milton who died without issue about 1520; then back to his other son William Scoos who died about 1541, and then via Williamís daughter Johane to Williamís grandson John Swete, as the only surviving male heir., Ben H. Swett - swett-genealogy.com/07/Arms.html.
- [S1645] Swet, Swete, Swett Coat of Arms: Ben H. Swett - swett-genealogy.com/07/Arms.html.