When Susan Elizabeth Swearingen was born on 22 August 1843, in Cooper, Missouri, United States, her father, Nicholas Dawson Swearingen, was 50 and her mother, Mary Nowlin Mahan, was 40. She married Gideon Thompson Shelton on 26 November 1861. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Clear Creek Township, Cooper, Missouri, United States in 1860 and Missouri, United States in 1870. She died on 2 February 1871, in Texas, United States, at the age of 27, and was buried in Denton, Denton, Texas, United States.
Americanized form of Dutch Van Sweeringen: probably a habitational name for someone from one of two places in Germany named Schweringen, one in the Hanover region and the other near Bremen. Alternatively, an altered form of Swieringa . The surname (Van) Sweeringen is not found in the Netherlands. Compare Van Swearingen .
History: A 17th-century law-enforcement officer by the name of Gerrit van Sweeringen is recorded at New Amstel on the Delaware River.