My man from Nantucket is sixth-great-grandfather John Swaine, a weaver by trade.
He was also known as John England (and England Swaine) to distinguish him from the other Swaines of Nantucket who'd been there longer (I'm also descended from them). John was considered "a stranger" among the people of Nantucket.
Early Swaine researchers often pondered the possibility that the two Swaine families were somehow related, but recent DNA results firmly disproved the notion. According to fellow researcher Brian Smith, "Richard was from a group associated with European males but ... England John followed a line associated with Norwegians and Swedes."
No one knows where John was born, but I've got my eye on Lewes, Sussex, England. A man named John Swaine was born there on 26 April 1679, the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Swaine.
The surname has been spelled many ways through the generations, including Swaine, Swain, Swayne, Swane, etc., but we'll stick with Swaine for consistency.
John Swaine, born Abt. 1680 in England; died 5 Oct 1749 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. He married Patience Skiff 3 Oct 1706 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Patience Skiff, born 1681 in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts; died 17 Feb 1721/22 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of James Skiff and Sarah Barnard.
Children of John Swaine and Patience Skiff:
In closing, I can't resist sharing my own little "man from Nantucket" limerick, "Like Any Good Swain" (not high art, just a bit of fun):
There was a young man from Nantucket
Went after a whale with a bucket
Like any good Swain
He couldn't refrain
His harpoon was broken, so "#&@! it!"