Lizzie Borden Link to Deadwood’s Al Swearingen

05 Apr

Ian McShane received a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Al Swearingen

My all time favorite TV drama series was the now defunct HBO’s DEADWOOD, starring Ian McShane as “Al Swearingen”, (Ellis Alfred Swearengen) a true life character who owned The Gem saloon in Deadwood, South Dakota in the 1870’s. The series was created by genius David Milch.

The Gem Saloon. Al Swearingen believed pictured in the carriage on the left.
My all time favorite classic unsolved crime is, of course, the Borden murders. I mean, gee whiz, can you compare The Beatles and Elvis to The Back Street Boys and Barry Manilow? Neither can you compare HBO’s DEADWOOD and Lizzie Borden to anything else of compelling caliber. So imagine the stunning symmetery I realized when a correspondence from a fellow Deadwood fanatic winged its way with the following:

“I thought you might appreciate what I just confirmed last week while researching Al’s mother, Keziah Montgomery. Keziah Montgomery is named after her great grandmother Keziah Huff (1744-1797) who married Eli Branson (1734-1797), a pretty infamous Carolina Tory during the American Revolution (he was a Patriot but switched sides and fought for the British). While I knew Eli’s mother was a Borden (Rebecca Borden), I didn’t research that line too far until this weekend and made a few more Borden connections. Rebecca’s grandfather was John Borden (1640-1716) who had nine children. My family (and Al’s) descended from John’s son Benjamin (1675-1743); Lizzie’s family descended through John’s son Richard (1671-1732). That makes Al Swearingen and Lizzie Borden sixth cousins — a fairly distant connection, but related nonetheless. So I’m related to both Al Swearingen and Lizzie Borden … probably won’t be putting that on a resume.”


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4 responses to “Lizzie Borden Link to Deadwood’s Al Swearingen

  1. Barbara Lane

    April 6, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Would you please tell me how you connected E. A. Swearington to Eli Branson? I cannot get past his father. I am also related to both him and Lizzie.
    Thank you so much.

  2. phayemuss

    May 6, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    I sent you an email. 🙂

  3. Syd

    September 18, 2010 at 10:27 PM

    I know this is kind of late, but could anyone possibly tell me if Al and Elizabeth Montgomery are related? I know Lizzie and Elizabeth are related(6th cousins once removed), and Al’s Mother’s Maiden Name is Montgomery, so i figure that the same name and mutual cousins is too much of a coincidence to not mean anything. i would like to be sure though, Since Al is a great(i dont know how many times) uncle, and Elizabeth is my favorite actress. not only would it be cool to say im related to both of them, but its even cooler to say that I picked my favorite actress then found out we’re related!

  4. Drew Swearingen

    March 5, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    It interesting to find out how I’m related to people. I haven’t found the direct link to Al, but my Swearingen’s show up in the same town in Pennsylvania as his Swearingen’s. Now add Lizze to the mix, cool.


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