This has been a good month, although a very busy month. We were gone for about 10 days, so my genealogy searches slowed down somewhat. However, by keeping up with my Ancestry.com hints, I came across a whole new line to pursue!
Here's what I had known: my great-great-great grandmother, Elizabeth Swain, had been born in 1838 in Ohio to parents John Louman Swain and Nancy Waters.
I had never researched Elizabeth's mother, Nancy Waters, so when I saw a hint for her, I was thrilled. That hint led me to her parents, James Waters and Mary Lanier. I learned that they had married in Pendleton County, Kentucky in 1810. I then found James Waters listed in the 1850 census of Preble County, Ohio where he was listed as age 73 living with his son James Waters.
However, this is where my research veered off. I found that Mary Lanier's parents were Isham Lanier and Catherine "Caty" Underwood. Isham was born in 1765 in Virginia. His parents were James Henry Lanier and Mary Cooke. James was born in 1724 in Virginia. And James' parents were Thomas Sampson Lanier and Elizabeth Washington (Thomas born in 1682 in Virginia). And lastly, Thomas's parents were John Lanier and Sarah Edmonds (John born in 1656 in England).
So to sum up, this has taken me from my 3rd grandparent to my 9th grandparents! All of this information will now lead to further research to successfully verify for myself that it is all accurate. It is so thrilling to find new information! As for now, I'm off to do more research!