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SWAN GENEALOGY


SWAN, WILLIAM 1
m  MARY HONEYWELL
b 1770      d ____
b ____      d ____
  SWAN, CHARLES 2
m  ANN C. MORRISON
b 1792      d 1841
b 1795      d 1859
  SWAN, JAMES W. 3
m  JANE BROWN
b 1827      d 1910
b 1839      d 1922
  SWAN, JAMES ALBERT 4
m  MARGUERITE "MAGGIE" MARKLEY
b 1874      d 1937
b 1875      d 1949
  SWAN, PAUL REESE 5
m  MILDRED LOUISE HARTZELL
b 1903      d 1953
b 1903      d 1989
  SWAN, PAUL REESE 6
m  MILDRED LOUISE "MILLIE" HAMILTON
b 1929      d ____
b 1930      d 1998


Introduction

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Family sources of knowledge concerning our immigrant James W. Swan and his ancestors include a history written by Hattiebel and Jean Swan, granddaughters of James by his son Hamilton, and genealogical notes recently found which had been written by our uncle Albert Swan, grandson of James W. by his son James Albert. The sisters recorded stories handed down in the family in a manuscript entitled “The Story of Mary Alice”, [Swan and Swan, 1939], written for the daughter born 1939 to their first cousin Don Swan and his wife Percita Waggoner. The handwritten document is neither dated nor signed, but it will be referred to informally, hereafter, as that of “Hattie and Jean”. We are indebted to Mary Alice (Swan) Black for making available to us a copy of this manuscript, so central to any knowledge of our Swan ancestry in Great Britain.

The notes written by Albert [Swan, Undated] were discovered by our cousin Vickie (Dial) Smith in papers left by Albert's widow after her death in 1983. They provide information primarily about our immigrant James W. Swan that we could have found nowhere else, and provide the basis for a wonderful story concerning how James met his future wife. Many of the details from these two sources have been verified and expanded by primary source documents, but without those two family records those primary sources would never have been found. These written versions of an oral history handed down over several generations exemplify the value to the genealogist of information existing within the family itself.

The family history by Hattie and Jean, in three chapters and three charts, tells the story of Ann Morrison and her life with her mother and British Army father, of Charles Swan, a son born in India to Mary and William Swan and Sergeant-Major in the British Army, and of the life of Charles and Ann together in Hulme, a suburb of Manchester, England. Although there are some internal inconsistencies, and probably other imprecise details such as exist in any oral family history, the “flavor” of the story seems authentic, and extensive passages are quoted here and in the Morrison family history to preserve the essence of this valuable work of Hattie and Jean.

Working from the facts in that document, the 1841 and 1851 British censuses were searched and our Swan family members found, and the parish records in Hulme also searched, but with ambiguous results. British Army records in India were also consulted with questionable success in an attempt to document William's service and Charles' birth there. The details from these primary sources are presented in the appropriate places below.

Before commencing the Swan history with William, we extract here a short sentence from a quote given more fully below by his wife Mary: "There have been enough Swan menfolk in the army.” Taking this as a hint, it is at least of passing interest to see if any earlier generation Swans can be found in the army records. Of course, it is likely that William's predecessors would also have been enlisted men, and finding and identifying those may be extremely difficult, if not impossible, from army records alone.

However, English Army Lists, compiled by Charles Dalton, does include three Swans who served as officers in the first half of the eighteenth century. Cornelius Swan was an ensign in a Regiment of Foot as early as 1694, and a Lieutenant in the Coldstream Guards by 1697. He was Lieutenant Colonel when his name appeared on the Malplaquet Roll of 1709 in a “Liste of Officiers Anglois Tués et Faits Prisonniers à la Bataille D’Almanza”, and served several more years as ensign (aide) to senior officers before leaving the regiment in July of 1713. In that same regiment in 1705 was a William Swan, ensign in 1708, and Lieutenant Colonel by 1738. He was in Flanders in 1745, and was "believed to have been at Fontenoy”. Considering their particular years of service in the Coldstream Guards, Cornelius and William might well have been father and son.

In another regiment, the Royal Scots Fusiliers, we find Charles Swan, a 2nd Lieutenant in 1704, and so a contemporary of William, above. He was a Lieutenant in his last appearance in the Malplaquet Roll of the Royal Scots in 1728. The chance of any of these three being ancestors of our William is practically nil, but coincidences do occur, and it seems not inappropriate to at least mention them here.

It is also of interest to speculate as to how our Swan lineage came to find itself in Ireland. Although the various records we have so far are not completely consistent in detail, it seems clear from the 1841 census that some of the children of Charles and Anne were born in Ireland before the family came to England about 1825. Why Charles would have settled in Ireland is unclear, but implies at least the possibility that his father William was also from that country while he was serving in the English Army.

It is known that several Swans took up land in Ireland after the failure of the Irish Rebellion of 1641 against Cromwell [O'Hart, 1884]. Names showing in the various records include Nicholas, Thomas and Edward Swane, as well as Thomas, Edward and John Swan. Nicholas "transplanted" into Limerick in 1653/54, and the two Thomas's and Edward Swane were Commissioned Officers who received land for having served King Charles prior to 5 June 1649. The name of Edward Swan (possibly the same man as Edward Swane) shows up over the longest period. He received or purchased land in 1661-65, was declared innocent of rebelling against Cromwell in 1662 (so his land wasn't forfeit), was granted land under the Williamite Confiscations in 1688, and purchased an estate under the same law in 1702/03. If these are all records of the same man, then he must have been born in about the 1620s. This would place him four or five generations before our William.


William Swan  &  Mary Honeywell
William 1, Charles 2, James W. 3, James Albert 4, Paul Reese 5, Paul Reese 6   Top  


William Swan was born about 1770. 

William and Mary were married. 

Mary Honeywell was born in Wales. 


According to Hattie and Jean, William Swan's son Charles was born in 1795. This is the earliest useful date we have to work with, and from it we estimate that William and Mary were born not much later than 1770, and possibly a decade earlier, as they had four sons altogether.

From Hattie and Jean's family history we read:

"William Swan was a sergeant-major in the army. Later when William Swan retired from the army he had more years of service to his credit than he had years of age because one year served in India counted as two. When he retired he received three shillings or almost a dollar a day as his pension. This was big money in those days.

"Before William came back to England he fought under an American born British General from Boston, by the name of Putman (Putnam?). This was when they were fighting the French in India.

"Later, in the year 1810 at the Isle of France (now Mauritius), William had the experience of having the men on the left of him and on his right, both shot down, but he came through unhurt."

The British Army records of births and marriages in India are thought to be complete, and all three Presidencies have been thoroughly searched in the hope of identifying William's unit. The one item of interest located was the Bengal record of the birth 31 Aug 1795 of Elizabeth, daughter of "William Swan, Priv. 2nd Cy. Arty", recorded by the Rev. T. Clark Futtyghas (if I have read the somewhat ornate script of the minister's name correctly) [Anon., 1795]. I'm not sure that companies of the British Army were officially numbered; if not, the reference to this William's unit is probably an informal way of distinguishing between two companies of artillery at that time stationed at the same place. The location of the birth is difficult to ascertain because of the complex layout of the large ledger pages, but may have been the Fort William garrison.

This date presents something of a problem. If this is our William, with a hitherto unknown daughter, then his son Charles could not have been born in 1795, as was claimed by Hattie and Jean. As discussed in detail under his name in the next generation, however, Charles' actual birth year is in considerable doubt. But in any event, we still don't have an answer as to why his birth itself cannot be found in the British records, whatever the date. Thus, it still seems entirely possible that William Swan, of a "second" artillery company, who had a daughter Elizabeth in 1795, may have been our ancestor.

In the battle of 1810 mentioned by Hattie and Jean, the English captured, on 3 Dec, the Île de France, an island in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar, which they renamed Mauritius. (It's companion island, then Bourbon, now La Réunion, remained a possession of France.) The Île de France bears modest infamy as the home of the extinct dodo, gone long before the time of that battle. France had been using a base there to harass British shipping to India during the long struggle with Napoleon. There were four companies of the Royal Artillery in the Indian Ocean in 1810 [Laws, 1952]. Of those, only one,the 5th Battalion, actually mustered at Mauritius, in December of that year. (A muster was a roll call certified by a civil authority.)

There is a record in 1814 which is difficult to read but intriquing ['The Royal Horse Artillery', War Office/69/62]. It reads, in so far as I can make out in the copy I saw:

1 Jan 1814

5th Battalion, Gr.

Swan, William

… to 5th

July 1814

This record, four years after the battle referred to above, might have been of a transfer from one battalion to another during the process of mustering out a retired Sergeant Major for his return to England, as the date agrees approximately with what we know from Hattie and Jean's family history. But that is pure surmise.

The regiments of the Royal Horse Artillery, dating from 1793, are part of the Royal Regiment of Artillery (commonly termed Royal Artillery) of the British Army. From the "History of the Royal Regiment of Artillery", Volume 1, by Francis Duncan, we read: "On the 14th August, 1794, an augmentation of five companies to the Royal Artillery was sanctioned, to be called, after organization, the Fifth Battalion. The companies were formed, —two at Plymouth and three at Woolwich, —by transfers from other battalions." In his book he records at least some of the engagements undertaken by the 5th Battalion, including the expedition of Company 9 to the Île de France:

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The other three companies were stationed at Colombo and Trincomali, Ceylon, (the large island at the southern tip of India, then in the process since 1795 of being wrested from the Dutch) for the entire year. While they did not muster at Mauritius, any of them could have participated in that battle between their monthly musters at Ceylon, or on their way back to Britain. Since William had presumably been more or less continuously in the Indian theatre of operations up to this time, one of these last three could also possibly be his if, in fact, it was our William serving in the Royal Artillery.

To make matters more obscure, however, there were also Royal Horse Artilleries (not researched by Laws in the preceding reference), which were formed during the war with France from various Indian Artillery units, as well as Field and Garrison Artilleries. The company referred to in the birth record could have been from one of these regiments. I've found no records saying whether or not any of these units fought on the Île de France.

Addendum, Jan 2015: The image above shows A. J. Clason as Captain of Company 9 as of 1803. In that list is complete, he was also Captain during the Île de France battle. A search for his name online reveals a record that A. J. Clason was promoted to be Company Captain of the "20th regt. Native Infantry" in Jan 1806, three years after the above record lists him as a Captain in the Royal Regiment of Artillery in 1803. I confess to be baffled by these two, apparently conflicting, records, and cannot be sure of what records belong to the regiments of Indian soldiers, and what do not. (A. J. Clason died 11 Nov 1815 in Cape Town at age 29 years, a "Member of Hon. East India Comp.", and is buried there in the Somerset Road Cemetry. Note that that is the same year that the captaincy of No. 9 Company passed on to a Henry Bates -- the same name as that of William's grand-son, born 1816! )

Addendum, Feb 2015: Recently I found a War Office record, WO 69/618/6427, in the National Archives online index for a William Swan, enlisted 1799, discharged 1817 with pension. The 69/618 records are described as "Royal horse artillery royal artillery, and royal field artillery, etc.: miscellaneous...". The only other information in that index entry is the notation "Place of birth not given", but the record itself should give at least that William's place of enlistment, and his entire service record. If that includes service at the battle 1810 for the Île-de-France, that would give strong credance to the supposition that this record refers to our ancestor. (And that the birth of Elizabeth in 1795 to a William Swan refers to another father.) I'm currently attempting to obtain a copy of this record.

Sometime soon after the turn of the century, 1803 or 1804 if Hattie and Jean have it right, Mary left William in India to take their son Charles to Wales. "He had never been a sturdy child and the Indian climate did not prove any too good for him." For this reason, and for his education, Mary took him to the home of a relative, Wade Honeywell, a minister and school teacher who lived in Wales.

Mary "was a very strong minded Welsh woman. She had seen enough army life and warfare to last her always. She made up her mind that just because this army business was her husband's calling it need not be her son's. To her kinsman Wade Honeywell she said, before she returned [to India], "Now is the time for military service in this family to stop. There have been enough Swan menfolk in the army. Charles will learn to do something different." Charles did. He became a baker."

Before Charles finished his schooling, William and Mary returned to England, but we have no knowledge as to where they settled, nor how long they lived. However, their grandson James was told tales of his youth that reveal a little more about their family: "Two of his uncles had brought the first damask loom to England from India." This is an anachronism, but the tale must have had roots in some family connection with the India-England textile trade. "Then there was the story of Uncle John Swan who had set sail for India and had never been heard of after that." This implies that there were at least four sons in the family, but their relative ages are unknown. They most probably got their education in India, as their later trading occupation indicates a knowledge of the country that would have exceeded that of Charles who left as a child. Whether they too were born in India, or in Britain before William went overseas, we do not know.

A William Swan, born in Armagh, Ireland, immigrated to this country on 10 July, 1807, at the age of 22 [Scott, 1981]. This is the right age for him to be one of the brothers to Charles. This might be taken as a hint that the William Swans, as well as Ann Morrison who married Charles, lived in Armagh before or after William's service in India, and would explain where the two of them met. Unfortunately, the reference for the immigration is very poorly recorded, and there seems to be no index card for it in the Federal Archives.

This deserves further research, for it might reveal another branch of our Swan family in this country. As will be discussed below, William and Mary's grandson James W. Swan was born either in Hulme, England or Armagh, Ireland [Swan and Swan, 1939]. In the Parlimentary Returns of 1740, the name of Jno Swan appears on a list of Protestant Housekeepers in Derynus(?) Parish in county Armagh. This could be an ancestor if indeed the Swan family came from there before William's time. The English name of Swan appearing in Ireland probably stems from the "plantation" of English and Scotch settlers on land from which James I expelled the Irish owners at the beginning of the seventeenth century. However, I have not been able to find a source which provides a complete list of surnames involved in that settlement. The family could, alternately, have emigrated to Ireland some time after that infamous act of King James.

The four children of William and Mary (Honeywell) Swan:   Charles, John, ____ and ____. 

1    Swan, Charles was born about 1792.    

2    Swan, John. 

3    Swan, ____. 

4    Swan, ____. 


Charles Swan  &  Ann C. Morrison
William 1, Charles 2, James W. 3, James Albert 4, Paul Reese 5, Paul Reese 6   Top  


Charles Swan was born about 1792 in India and died before 1841 in Hulme, Lancashire, England. 

Charles and Ann C. were married 1819 in Ireland?. 

Ann C. Morrison was born 1794/1795 in Flanders, France and died about 1859 in New York, New York, New York.  She was the daughter of ____ and Mary (Wade) Morrison. 


Charles' birth year is in considerable doubt. Albert Markley Swan in his genealogical notes says that Charles (he names him incorrectly as James) was born in India, and that he died at age 49. Moreover, we know from the 1841 English census that Anne was by that date a widow. Combining these two data would imply a birth year of 1792 or earlier. Hattie and Jean say in one place in their family history [Swan and Swan, 1939] that Charles was born in India about 1795. Elsewhere, however, they say that he was taken to Wales when he was about six years old in 1803 or 1804, giving a birth year of 1796 to 1798. The possible birth to William and Mary of a daughter in 1795 in India (discussed above in William's history) would, if true, require an earlier or later date. From all of these possibilities, I've selected 1792 as a best guess for Charles' birth, but that's what it is, a guess.

Charles went with his mother to the home of a relative, Wade Honeywell, a minister and school teacher, who lived in Wales. Hattie and Jean write that Charles' trip with his mother from India to Wales "was on a slow sailing boat and was a dreadfully long journey for a small boy. He thought the water would never end. He had been much awed by the sea but he was very very glad to see the land again.

"When little Charles reached Wales he looked up at the mountains and saw something he had never seen before. It was snow! Here he was in Wales now and his school days had begun." Before Charles finished his schooling his parents returned from India, some time after 1810.

We do not know the circumstances that allowed Charles and Ann to meet and marry, but it was evidently in Ireland. From the census data discussed below, we think that they moved to England about 1826. Hattie and Jean write, "they opened a bake shop at Hulme, a suburb of Manchester, England". In the 1838-39 edition of Pigot and Sons's General, Classified, and Street Directory of Manchester and Salford, there is a Charles Swan listed at 4 John St., Hulme (pronounced Hume), but no occupation is given. There were as many as a dozen other Swans listed in that directory and later editions through 1852, many of them in Hulme, and any of these could be unrecognized brothers or cousins of Charles.

One of the tales of his role as father concerned Charles' daughters' request to visit another church. "Ellen and Sarah Sabina… were raised in the Episcopal Church and were in the habit of going there. They had been told of the very different services being held in the Methodist Chapel and out of curiosity decided they and their friends would have fun visiting the Dissenters. However, when they asked their father's permission, Charles soberly answered "You may go to the chapel services as long as you behave yourself. Remember it is their way of worship so show respect for it." This answer took the wind out of their sails so they decided if they had to be as sober in the church of the Dissenters as they did in their own church they would not go — it would not be fun."

That the family were members of the Church of England seems natural, but it is curious that there is no record of any of the last three children being baptised in Christ Church, Hulme. There are no indexes to the parish records, but a search through all of the volumes turned up not a single reference to our Swans. Other Swans appeared, with baptisms from 1791 through 1829, one or more of whom might even have been Charles' brothers, but we have no way of establishing any relationships. The family names of the sons-in-law also appeared in those records. Bates, Hargreaves, and, to a lesser extent, Tweddle, seem to have been common names in that church, but references specifically to the daughters' husbands and children cannot be found in the church records of marriages and baptisms.

Charles and Ann's eldest daughter Mary married young, and died leaving a son Charlie Hargreaves. He was raised in the Swan household, and grew up as a brother to the other children, being only three to five years younger than William. By the time of the census of 1841, Charles had died, and the widowed Ann was the head of her household. The family lived in "Cellars" below No. 1, Paradise Court, an interesting juxtaposition of names. The rest of the full address was St. George's Ward, township of Hulme, Borough of Manchester, hundred of Salford, county of Lancashire.

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1841 Census of Hulme, Manchester, England

Ann's employment was not given, but her age was 45 and she was born in Ireland. (See the introduction to the Morrison family history for a discussion of her birthplace.) Her daughters Ellen and Sarah were both aged 15, one born in Ireland and the other in Lancashire, England! Both also were employed as "Cotton doublers", while James, aged 14, born in Lancashire, was a "Cotton piecer". William, then about 8 to 10 years of age, was for some reason missing in that census, but Ann's grandson Charles, 4, was listed. All of the childrens' surnames were indicated with ditto marks, so Charlie was probably known as a Swan.

A curious juxtaposition of employments appears on this census page. Just above Ann's name can be seen that of John Longley, a watchmonger, and in the household before his appears Thomas Hickney, an iron founder. James Swan, then 14, later became a brass founder, and his brother William apprenticed in NYC to James' future father-in-law, Hamilton Brown, a watch glass maker. Most surely all coincidence, but interesting, nonetheless.

That the "Irish" Ellen and "English" Sarah were both 15 is conceivable, if they had been born less than one year apart. But even allowing for the typical census inaccuracy, this does seem to point to a move by the family from Ireland to Hulme about 1826. Hattie and Jean say in the text of their history that all of the children were born in Hulme, and then indicate in one of their charts that James was born in Armagh, Ireland in 1827. Albert Markley Swan in his notes says that James was born in Ireland while his parents were on a visit, but that his "home" was in Manchester. (One has to remember that Irish ancestry was not necessarily something to be avidly claimed by descendants with an English surname.) The 1841 census clearly gives James' birth as being "in the county", i.e., Lancashire, and for the 1900 census he himself testified that he was born in England. The reference to Armagh, however, is undoubtedly in some way a valid family recollection, and is probably the place where Ann and Charles were married and started their family. Probably the census data is the more reliable as to the family's move from Ireland to England than the family recollections recorded by Hattie and Jean.

With this in mind, I interpret the mutual 15 year ages of Ellen in Ireland and Sarah in England as their being born about 1825 and about 1826, respectively.

Ann Morrison was definitely raised as "an Army brat", in our more modern slang. Hattie and Jean write: "One of the earliest things she could remember was watching the horses being watered in the cold winter mornings. She remembered this because the water froze on the nostrils of the horses, making them look very funny." (Hattie and Jean were born when Ann would have been in her nineties had see been still living, so this memory had to have been handed down by at least one intermediate generation.)

"At the time of the Battle of Waterloo Ann was a girl of eighteen (more nearly twenty if her census age is accepted). All her life she remembered these stirring times and told many stories to her children and grandchildren. One of the stories was as follows — In those days the wives and children of the soldiers kept as near to them as they could — even following them to the battlefields to carry food and to give them aid when they were hurt. On this occasion — it was at the Battle of Waterloo — the women and children were following the army in large wagons or wains, as they called them. All of a sudden there was a loud Pop-Pop. Each of the women thought that she herself had been shot and great was the excitement. It was soon found, however, that it was only the corks popping out of the bottles of spruce beer, which were being taken to the soldiers on the battle field."

Ann Swan was censused 1841 in the Chorlton registration district of Hulme, Manchester, Lancashire, with her three children and grandson. Her age was given as 45 years, Ellen born in Ireland, 15 years, Sarah born in Lancaster, 15 years, James in Lancaster, 14 years, and grandson Charles, Lancaster, 4 years of age. Although no relationships were specified on the census index, we know that Charles was the son of Ann's deceased daughter Mary Hargreaves. Ann's birthplace was listed as Ireland, probably a claim intended to avoid the complications of reporting a foreigh birth (in Flanders, see the next paragraph).

We know from Albert Swan's notes that James, and probably Ann, had left England for Glasgow some three years before they came to America. In the 31 March 1851 census for Glasgow, we find (courtesy of John D. McCreadie of Glasgow, 12 Dec 2001) her and James residing at 7 Cheapside Street, Anderston District, Glasgow. (This is a one-block long street ending on the River Clyde, somewhat to the west of the center of the city. Some 109 years after they lived here, the street was devastated by a fire and explosion of a bonded whisky warehouse which constituted the worst fire services disaster in Britain , with 19 responders killed.) Ann, aged 55, was listed as a widow and head of household, and worked as a laundress. Her birth was recorded as France, and it was noted that she was a British subject. This is documentary evidence that the family history by Hattie and Jean was correct in stating that she was born in Flanders while her father was serving in the army. James, age 23, was censused with her as an Iron Moulder born in England. Also in the household were Mary Devote, 34, and her three children, Angelina, Virginia and Louis, designated as lodgers. Mary's occupation was given as "domestic duties", and she was born in Italy. Thus it seems that having left behind England and the family bakery, Ann was taking in laundry and lodgers as James worked as an apprentice iron molder in Glasgow.

The 1880 census of James and Jane Swan in Topeka, Kansas, indicates that James had immigrated in the last half of 1851, and Hattie and Jean indicate that he came with his mother, Ann. Thus William Swan came here first (he was censused in New York City in 1850), and was followed a year or so later by his mother and older brother James. Apparently Ann's grandson Charlie Hargreaves, whom she raised from infancy after her daughter Mary's early death, did not come to this country with her. He would have been around 14 or 15 years old when the family emigrated to America, and capable of earning a living at that age in industrial England, just as James was working at that age ten years earlier.

In The Famine Immigrants [Glazier, 1986] there appears an Anne Swan on the Martha's Vineyard from Glasgow which docked 27 Oct 1851. According to the genealogical notes written by Albert Markley Swan, Glasgow is where her son James had been working as a foundryman, and Albert writes that this is precisely the date (the day after her twelth birthday) when James first met Jane Brown, his future wife and daughter of his brother William's employer, Hamilton Brown. See the following section describing James’ life which verifies that he was indeed on that ship, but under an inadvertantly, but very effectively, disguised name. With that discovery, it is undeniably a fact that this Anne Swan is our Ann. The entire list is in one handwriting, and it is more than likely that the purser simply spelled her given name the way he was used to spelling it.

The City Directories then trace Ann in New York. "Ann Swan, widow of Charles", lived at 648 Houston in 1852–53 and 1853–54. Houston crosses the Bowery right where her son William's shop was located, and to the west passes Greenwich Village where her son James was married. But 648 is not a valid street number today for either East or West Houston. It may be that the street has been renumbered since the 1850s.

Ann had moved quite some distance north to 72 W 32nd (18th ward) by 1855–56 and 1856–57. (One directory lists her as "widow of George" at that address.) Finally, in 1857–58 and 1858–59, she appeared two doors down at 68 W 32nd where, in the last directory, she was listed as Ann C. Swan. (Could this be “C” for Charlotte, her granddaughter’s name?).

The last record I've found so far for Ann is the 1860 census of her son James and family in Baltimore, Maryland. There she was listed as 66 years of age, and born in England. I've been unable to find her in the 1870 censuses, nor have I found a death record for her.

The six children of Charles and Ann C. (Morrison) Swan:   Mary, Ellen, Sarah Sabina, James W., William C. and Alfred. 

1    Swan, Mary was born before 1820 in Ireland and died after 1837 in Hulme, Lancashire, England.  She was married to Charles Hargreaves. 

Since Mary's son Charlie was aged four in the 1841 census, and so born 1836 or 1837, Mary must have been born no later than 1820. Hattie and Jean give her parents' marriage as 1819, so this seems to pin down Mary's birth date fairly closely. I am assuming her birth in Ireland from my reconstruction of her family's move to England around 1826 given elsewhere. Her death must have occurred between Charlie's birth and the 1841 census, when he was living with his grandmother Ann.

A daughter of Charles and Mary (Swan) Hargreaves:   Charles "Charlie". 

i    Hargreaves, Charles "Charlie" was born 1836/1837 in Hulme. 

Charlie was censused as a Swan when he was four years old, and may have retained that surname as an adult.

2    Swan, Ellen was born about 1825 in Ireland.  She and James Tweddle were married 20 Oct 1844 in Hulme, Lancashire, England.  He was the son of Joseph and ____ (____) Tweedell. 

Hattie and Jean reported that Ellen had married a Jacob Tweedle and that they had a son Jake. This turns out to be a somewhat inaccurate account. In 2006 a record was found of the marriage of a James Tweedell and Ellen Swan on 20 Oct 1844 at the Manchester Collegiate Church (later Manchester Cathedral). The Manchester Cathedral is the seat of the Deaconry of Manchester of the Episcopal Church of England. To determine whether or not this Ellen was the daughter of James and Ann, an order was placed online with the Manchester City Council. This resulted in the receipt of a certified copy (dated 5 Sep 2012) of an "Entry of Marriage" for that couple. The significant information contained in that document was that the parent of that Ellen was James Swan, a baker. That is sufficient to unambiguously identify the marriage as that of the daughter of our James and Ann.

Hattie and Jean spelled the surname as Tweedle, the above record uses Tweedle, the baptismal record (below) of their daughter Amelia spells it as Tweddle, and that of daughter Mary uses Tweedale. A search on the internet (2015) with the search terms England and each of those surname spellings, separately, shows Tweddle about twice as common as Tweedle, and four times as common as Tweedell or Tweedale. That's a poor way of distinquishing among discordant records, and I'm waffling and recording it as Tweddle/Tweedle, despite the primary marriage record.

See Henry Mantell for an interesting discussion of why marriages at that time and place were performed in the Collegiate Church.

The additional information in the "Entry of Marriage" on Ellen's husband was that James was a widower, his occupation was a smith, and his father was Joseph, a farmer. The address of Ellen was 2 Ann Street in Hulme; that for James was 19 Ann street, a few houses away. I have not been able to locate Ann Street, although there are several references to that street in the ninteenth century showing up in a Google search. (In particular, an S. Shalliker, a volunteer in World War I, was badly wounded on the Somme and invalided to his home at 19 Ann Street, Hulme.) There is a two block long St. Ann’s Street which might be the same, but the house numbers today don’t extend to 19.

James' occupation as a smith is important, as in the 1851 census for Hulme (taken on Sunday 30th March 1851) there is listed an Ellen Tweedle as head of household, aged 30, born in Hulme, and a blacksmith's wife (not widow). Her children are given as Jacob, aged 6, Amelia, aged 3, and Mary, 5 months, all born in Hulme. They were living at #2 Lilly Court, and at the same address were James and Elizabeth Williams, aged 60 and 55 years, born in Holywell, and Bridget, 60, a widowed sister, born in Ireland. These might be only in the same house, not household. The family apparently moved fairly often, as in 1848/1849 they were living at 81 Moss Lane, Hulme, and in 1850 on Erskine St. in Hulme, where James had been working, first, as a laborer, then in 1850 as a smith.

Ellen's age is five years older than that given in the 1841 census, and her birthplace is given as Hulme rather than Ireland. Why Ellen as wife, not widow, is head of household remains a mystery, but indicates that for some reason, James was not in the home during that census.

The three children of James and Ellen (Swan) Tweddle:   Jacob "Jake", Amelia Ann and Mary. 

i    Tweddle, Jacob "Jake" was born about 1845 in Hulme, Manchester, Lancaster, England. 

Jake's baptismal is not recorded in the index for St. George, Hulme, although those for his younger sisters were. The Church of England had no other church in Hulme that early, so either he wasn't baptised (unlikely), or they lived or churched elsewhere early in their marriage.

ii    Tweddle, Amelia Ann was born 16 Apr 1848 in Hulme and baptized 2 Feb 1849 in St. George, Hulme. 

Amelia's baptism record was found online and provides additional information about the family:

Baptism: 2 Feb 1849 St George, Hulme, Lancs.
Amelia Ann Tweddle - Daughter of James Tweddle & Ellen (formerly Swan)
Born: 16 Apr 1848
Abode: 81 Moss Lane, Hulme
Occupation: Labourer
Parents' Marriage: Cathedral
Baptised by: Robt. B. Davies
Register: Baptisms 1846 - 1853, Page 121, Entry 966
Source: LDS Film 2113127

iii    Tweddle, Mary was born 19 Oct 1850 in Hulme, Manchester, Lancaster, England and baptized 1 Dec 1850 in St. George, Hulme. 

Baptism: 1 Dec 1850 St George, Hulme, Lancs.
Mary Tweedale - Daughter of James Tweedale & Ellen (formerly Swan)
Born: 19 Oct 1850
Abode: Erskine St. Hulme
Occupation: Smith
Parents' Marriage: Cathedral 1843
Baptised by: William Whitelegg
Register: Baptisms 1846 - 1853, Page 192, Entry 1533
Source: LDS Film 2113127

3    Swan, Sarah Sabina was born about 1826 in Hulme, Lancashire, England.  She was married to Henry Bates.  Henry was born 1816/1817 in England. 

The name of Sarah's husband (as Bate) is from Hattie and Jean [Swan and Swan, 1939]. I was unable to find a Sarah, or Sarah Sabina, Bate in the 1851 census for St. George's parish, Hulme, but have not been able to check the Glasgow census for that year where her mother and brother James were found. A Peter and Mary Bates lived next to the Peter Tweddle mentioned above, in Pryne Ct. in Hulme. This couple were both 51 years old, born in Cheshire, and had living with them Ann, unmarried, age 29, and a granddaughter Mary Ann, aged 9, a "scholar". Whether or not this evidences any family connection is problematical.

The Hattie and Jean family history lists only a son by the name of Henry for Sarah and Henry, and his birth date would have been sometime after 1840 (when Sarah was eighteen).

A daughter of Henry and Sarah Sabina (Swan) Bates:   Henry. 

i    Bates, Henry was born after 1840 in England. 

4    Swan, James W. was born 15 Aug 1827.    

5    Swan, William C. was born 1831/1832 in Hulme, Lancashire, England and died 24 Jan 1883 in Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey.  He and Mary Ann Barlow were married about 1849/1850.  Mary Ann was born 1831 in Ireland and died 22 Dec 1882 in Elizabeth, Union, New Jersey. 

Five households past Hamilton Brown in the 1850 New York City census are listed William and Mary A. Swan. (This entry was first spotted for me by the eagle eye of Wilma Adkins, genealogist at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.) William, aged 21, i.e., born 1828/29 in England, is listed as a glass cutter, and Mary Ann, 22 (born 1827/28) was born in Ireland. The 1860 census, in which he was listed as a "Watchglassmaker", has both William and Mary (nmi) of age 28, thus born 1831/32.

In their Swan family history, Hattie and Jean recorded William Swan as being born in 1831 and married in 1849 to Mary Ann, last name unknown. Their death records in the New Jersey Sate Archives say they borth died at age 51, so that puts Williaam's birth between 24 Jan 1831 and 24 Jan 1832. Ignoring the 1850 census, the other three reports place his birth in 11831/1832.

The 1850 census confirmed that they had been married within the previous year, but doesn't indicate whether in New York or in Great Britain. The 1860 census provided us with the ages of their first four children (the eldest daughter is listed as “Mary A.”); Hattie and Jean's listing of the children is not by age.

In 1870 William was censused in the 6th Election district of the 17th Ward in New York as a maker of artificial flowers, and as a U. S. citizen. Mary was not so noted. Their son James, 17, was working as an office boy.

That the watch glass maker William Swan is indeed the younger brother of our immigrant James Swan is indicated by two pertinent facts. When this William was first listed in the NYC directory in 1853 as a watch glass maker, he was located at 261 Bowery, the shop which Hamilton Brown had vacated the previous year. Much later, on October 16, 1866, William the watch glass maker at this same address was naturalized as a citizen in the Superior Court of New York County, and the witness was H. Brown, watch glass maker, of De Kalb Avenue in Brooklyn. It seems clear that William lived nearby and apprenticed with Hamilton Brown from at least 1850 to about 1853, whereupon he took over his mentor's home and shop when the latter moved his business to Lower Manhattan. Some three years later, William's brother James married Hamilton Brown's daughter Jane.

According to the Hattie and Jean Swan family history, William and Mary Ann had seven children: Mary Ann, who married Dick (incorrect) Reed and had a son David, Sarah and Ellen, both named after their father's sisters, Emma, James named after William's brother, William named for his father, and Tessie. (The names Emma and Tessie, which do not otherwise appear in the Swan family, might prove useful as clues to Mary Ann's origins.) William stayed on the Bowery as a watch crystal maker until 1870. Then, although his home address remained listed as 261 Bowery, he had moved his business to 498 Broome, just off West Broadway, and listed his occupation as "piquets". (In the 1870 census, he had listed himself as a maker of artificial flowers.) After this 1870–71 edition, he no longer appears in the New York City directories.

This was as far as I was able to trace William until, at the end of August, 2004, Liz McPherson of Waldorf, Maryland, found a query I had posted online and recognized that her great-grandfather was this William Swan. The following information presented here has been given to me by Liz.

The same year, 1870, that William listed himself in the city directory with an occupation “piquets”, he told the census taker that he was an artificial flower maker. Liz’s understanding is that these were very intricate flowers made for ladies to wear in their hats. A scan of google search results shows piquets made of silk, rubber and feathers, but not of glass, so his work may have been quite unique.

The 1870 census for William, Mary and their children is quite frustrating. All of the ages in the family have been overwritten (as on about half of the families on adjacent pages) in large, heavy ink with completely different numbers. Thus we do not have a usable set of ages from that census. It does show, however, some interesting individuals in William’s household: A 40 year old flower maker with surname Dickison born in New York, an Irish servant girl, and a 40 year old engraver from Germany. In addition, the previous household censused included a 30 year old German watchmaker by the name of Muller.

Around 1878 (as shown by the birth places of the grandchildren) William’s son James moved to New Jersey. It’s probable that William moved his family at about the same time, as he and James lived a few houses apart in Elizabeth, Union County, according to the 1880 census which Liz McPherson located. William and William, Jr. were both listed as working for the Singer Sewing Machine Company:

William SWAN
Mary SWAN
William SWAN
Emma SWAN
Teressa SWAN
Self
Wife
Son
Dau
Dau
47
47
19
17
9
ENG
IRE
NY
NY
NY
Works In Singers
Keeping House
Works In Singers
At Home
At School
ENG ENG
IRE IRE
ENG IRE
ENG IRE
ENG IRE

For some reason, Emma's age is given as 17 years instead of 21 that would be inferred from her age of 1 year in 1860. The 1880 age can't be correct since she appeared in the 1860 census.

Also, Teressa’s age of 9 has to be incorrect as she appeared in the 1870 census (with an over-written age of 9!). I think the original number might have been one year in 1870, so am estimating her birth as 1868/69.

Mary Ann was born in Ireland according to the three New York censuses. We don't know whether they were married overseas or in New York, but the former is the most likely, considering their youth at the time of the marriage.

The seven children of William C. and Mary Ann (Barlow) Swan:   Mary Ann, James, Sarah "Sally", Ellen, Emma, Teresa "Tessie" and William C. 

i    Swan, Mary Ann was born Feb 1851 in New York City, New York and died 1900/1910.  She and Thomas Hastings Reid were married 25 Jun 1873 in Manhattan, New York, New York, New York.  Thomas Hastings was born Nov 1846 in Massachusetts and died after 1910.  He was the son of David and Anna (Hastings) Reid. 

Hattie and Jean's Swan family history, cited in the introduction, incorrectly named Mary Ann's husband as Richard "Dick" Reid. However, the couple's marriage license in Manhattan, New York, corrects this error. That license names the parents of both of the couples, so the son-in-law of William and Mary (Barlow) Swan is confirmed to be Thomas Hastings Reid, the son of David and Anna (Hastings) Reid.

The 1880 census gives us the birth place of Thomas as Massachusetts, and his parents as born in Scotland and Ireland. That year he was working as a Police Officer. Their home was at 124 St. Mark's Place in the East Village area of Manhattan, New York City. (St. Mark's Place is a three block section of East 8th St.; their home was between 1st Ave and Avenue A. There were ten families censused at that address, so it was probably an apartment building.)

Then, in 1900, the family was censused on 150th Street in the Bronx, New York, and from this record we get the names and birth years and months of Thomas and Mary and seven of their children. Mary Ann reported that she had borne nine children, of whom seven were at that time living. Since their eldest son David was born in March 1876, three years after their marriage, their two lost children were probably born before David.

By that time Thomas was working as a Real Estate dealer, a position from which he retired sometime before 1910. Mary Ann had died by the time of the 1910 census, and Thomas was living in the Bronx with four of his children, Thomas, Anna, Clifton and Edwin, all in their twenties.

The nine children of Thomas Hastings and Mary Ann (Swan) Reid:   Mary Emma Hastings, David Hastings, Mabel L., Thomas William, Annie V., Chester R., Clifton Knox, Edwin R. and ____. 

1    Reid, Mary Emma Hastings was born 30 Jul 1874 in Manhattan, New York, New York, New York and died before 1880. 

Mary Emma Hastings' birth is recorded on [familysearch]. She did not appear in the 1880 census, so must have been one of the two children in the family who died according to the 1900 census.

2    Reid, David Hastings was born 21 Mar 1876 in New York.  He and Louise Maude Jones were married 6 Aug 1903.  Louise Maude was born 1878 in England.  She was the daughter of William and Sarah Ann (Coleman) Jones. 

David, the eldest son of Thomas and Mary Ann, was named after his paternal grandfather, the Reid immigrant to this country sometime before 1846.

David and Louise were married twice. The first time was in New Shoreham, Rhode Island, on 6 Aug 1903; their second marriage was in the Bronx, New York, on 31 Dec 1905. For both marriage records (see familysearch.org) their four parents were all named, so there's no doubt that these are for the same couple. The circumstances leading to this unusual situation are presently unknown, but New Shoreham, on Block Island six miles south of the mainland coast of Rhode Island, may have been the place of choice for elopements.

David registered for the draft on 12 Sep 1918, at which time he and Louise were living at 2028 Concourse in the Bronx. His occupation was recorded as President, Consolidated Engraving at 151-155 W 25th St., NYC.

David and Louise were censused 1910, 1920 and 1925 in the Bronx, but by 1930 were living on 218th Street, Queens, New York, and in 1940 on 159th Street in that city. He was then working as a salesman for a photo engraving and a printing company.

The 1920 census records that Louise had immigrated in 1889 (with her parents when she was eleven years old), and was a naturalized citizen.

3    Reid, Mabel L. was born Aug 1880 in New York. 

4    Reid, Thomas William was born Jan 1879 in New York. 

Thomas was working as a clerk in a leather store at age 21 in 1900, living with his parents and siblings in the Bronx. Still at home in 1910, he was working as an office clerk.

A Thomas W. Reid was working as a 41 year old Railroad Trainman in 1920, and living as a lodger in the home of James and Florence Mcgann in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York. That was probably this Thomas, but could have been someone of the same middle initial and age.

5    Reid, Annie V. was born Feb 1882 in New York. 

6    Reid, Chester R. was born Oct 1883 in New York and died 16 Jun 1902 in New York. 

As I have not been able to find later records for Chester, the New York, New York, death record of 16 Jun 1902 for a Chester R. Reid, born about 1883, is probably this son. Chester would have been eighteen years old at the time.

7    Reid, Clifton Knox was born 3 Oct 1884 in New York. 

Clifton was living with his widowed father and three siblings in 1910, working as an office clerk. He registered for the draft both in 1918 and in 1942. For the first world war he listed his occupation as a motorman on an Elevated R. R., Interborough R. T. Co., and his address as 448 East 145th Street, the Bronx. His brother David was listed as his nearest relative, living at 2028 Concourse (probably what is now named the Grand Concourse) in the Bronx.

For the second world war registration, Clifton gave his address as 4281 Oneida Avenue, Bronx, his contact as Mr. Keeman, and his employer still as the I. R. T. Co., 270 Hudson Street.

8    Reid, Edwin R. was born 17 Feb 1887 in New York, died 2 Jun 1955 and was buried 6 Jun 1955 in Farmingdale, Nassau, New York.  He was married to Lucinda ____.  Lucinda was born 1895/1896 in England. 

Before the war, Edwin R. (born in New York) and Lucinda Reid were censused 1940 in Brookhaven town, New York City, Suffolk County, New York. This seems to be also a record of the son of Thomas and Mary Ann, and gives us the name of his wife, Lucinda, born in England. Brookhaven lies on the southern coast of Long Island, about 30 miles east of the Long Island National Cemetery, and is the location of well known Fire Island.

Edwin R. was censused 1900 as being born in February, 1887 in New York. An Edwin R. Reed, a corporal in the US Army, born 17 Feb 1887 and died 2 June 1955, was buried 6 June in the Long Island National Cemetery, Farmingdale, Nassau, New York. I believe the correspondance of middle initial and month of birth is sufficient to claim that these two records pertain to the same Edwin. This listing appeared on ancestry.com in the index to "U. S. Veterans Gravesites, ca. 1775-2005, Casualties", so that Edwin died while in the service, less than a year after the armistice negotiations were completed in Korea. Whether that was where Edwin died is unknown.

Mary Ann's 1900 census indicated that two of her children had died, one of whom was their first-born, Mary Emma Hastings, who did not appear as a five year old daughter in the 1880 census. The other, unknown child, I list last in the family, but I have no record of his or her birth date.

9    Reid, ____. 

Mary Ann's 1900 census indicated that two of her children had died, one of whom was their first-born, Mary Emma Hastings, who did not appear as a five year old daughter in the 1880 census. The other, unknown child, I list last in the family, buy I have no record of his or her birth date.

ii    Swan, James was born Nov 1852 in New York City, New York and died 1920/1930.  He and Mary Bhm were married about 1874.  Mary was born Dec 1854 in Austria. 

In 1870 James was censused at age 17 in his father's home in NYC both as having attended school, and working as an Office Boy.

According to the 1880 census (which Liz McPherson originally pointed out me), James lived at 1037 Bond Street, Elizabeth, New Jersey. Also in the home along with his wife Mary, aged 23, and their three children were Geo. W. Coapman, 34, Fannie Coapman, 28, and Hattie Coapman, age 1 year, brother-in-law, sister-in-law and niece, respectively. Hattie, then, was Mary's sister, and also born in Austria of Austrian born parents. George Coapman, born in New York, was a "Manufactor Ladies Hats", and this evidently points to the connection between the Coapman and Swan families that resulted in James' and Mary's marriage. (The surname spelling of Coapman is consistant throughout three censuses.)

George can be found in two previous censuses in Brooklyn. In 1860 he was a 17 year old Apprentice Silver Plater in the home of Simeon and Harriet Coapman, both 56 years of age. Also in the Coapman household were Catherine, 30, Melinda, 38, and Thomas, 19. The relationships among these six people is not obvious. In 1870 Gorge Coapman, 24, a Silver Plater, was living with James "Ldds", a "seafaring man" and Catherine, his wife. That George as a silver plater was working for a manufacturning plant for ladies hats probably means he was involved in the making of silver decorations for the hats.

The 1879/80 Elizabeth City Directory lists "Swan, Mary Mrs., widow, 1037 Bond Street" (the same address as above), but none of the males in the family. Since both James, husband of Mary Böhm, and his father William, husband of Mary Ann Barlow, were alive during the 1880 census, this Mary, living in James' home, is simply mysterious. Possibly the "widow" appelation is simply a mistake, but that seems unlikely.

In the 1881/82 directory James is shown working at the Singer Sewing Machine Company with his father William and son William. The directory lists William Swan, Sr. on "Bond Street corner of Catherine Street", and William C. Swan at 421 Catharine, which is right at the same corner and might even be the same house. James' residence is given as 524 Meadow, which is about eight blocks north of his father and brother.

By 1900 James and Mary and their three children were back in Manhattan living in an apartment house at 119 E 120th Street. Tht address is in the East Harlem section in the northern part of Manhattan. Charlotte was now Lottie Seiferd, married five years, with one child, Grace, then four years old. Mary was listed as "May E.", and it is from this census that we get the months and years of all of their birth dates.

By 1910, the family had moved about three miles northeast to 986 Union Street in the Bronx with their daughters Mary and Charlotte, and granddaughter Grace. James listed his occupation as machinist in a shop; the daughters were working as office clerks. The 1920 census record shows the family had moved again across the East River, resideing in Cliffside Park, Bergen, New Jersey. The census contributed he additional information that Mary had imigrated in 1864, from Austria, and had been naturalized.

A search in the 1870 census, a few years before James and Mary were married, finds a family of four Böhm sisters, all working in the millenery business, and all born in Austria. These were Emilie, 20, Mary, 16, Fanny, 15, and Helene, 11. Clearly the two middle ladies were Mary (Böhm) Swan and her sister Fanny (Böhm) Coapman, living together in 1880 (above). Also living with the four sisters was a Frederick Böhm, four years old, and born in New York.

The Böhm sisters in 1870 were living at 157 Ludlow Street in Manhattan. Ludlow parallels the Bowery some six blocks to the east, and their apartment building is just a block south of East Houston Street. This is just six blocks from where James' father William had taken over the Bowery residence and worked in the same watch glass business as his father-in-law, Hamilton Brown. William had moved there by at least 1853, so James grew up six blocks from where his future wife Mary Böhm immigrated to when he was about twelve years old.

Mary's maiden name was transcribed from the marriage record of her daughter Charlotte as "Boehrn or Boehm". Choose "m" rather than "rn", substitute "ö" for "oe"; that gives Böhm.

The last we know of Mary is that she had moved to California by 1930 with her daughter and granddaughter, and was living in San Diego at 4930 "Elevation" Street, although the name is not clear on the census and no street my that name exists today.

The three children of James and Mary (Bhm) Swan:   William C. J., Charlotte "Lottie" and Mary. 

1    Swan, William C. J. was born May 1875 in New York and died 1920/1930.  He and Nora J. or G. ____ were married 1900/1905.  Nora J. or G. was born 1876/1879 in Massachusetts. 

William appeared in the 1890/91 Elizabeth, New Jersey, City Directory as a machinist boarding at 98 Trumbull Street. Since his father was a machinist, it appears that William followed him in the trade, even though he was only 15 or 16 years of age. That address doesn't exist now, but was probably located at that time at what now would be 98 Puleo Place, the extension of Trumbull at its east end.

Since William moved around a bit during his life, it's interesting that he held fast to a rather specialized profession:

IMAGE: Swan_typewriters.jpg

Starting in 1905, his records are also identifiable by the name of his wife Nora, but that year and in 1910 he used two initials, as "William C. J. Swan". Their home in 1920 was at Barry Town Road & Ammandale Road, Red Hook Township, Dutchess County, NY, about 100 miles north of the Bronx.

According to all of her census records, Nora was born in Massachusetts, but I've been unable to find anything online to identify her maiden name. In her five censuses, her middle initial was recorded twice as "G" and twice as "J", and the ages recorded for her were inconsistent by a few years.

The four children of William C. J. and Nora J. or G. (____) Swan:   Maria M., Eleanor G., William J. and James G. 

i    Swan, Maria M. was born 1904/1905 in New York. 

The only records I've found for Maria are censuses, the first when she was nine months old in the 1905 New York State Census; the last when she was working as a clerk in a life insurance office in the Bronx in 1930, still living

with her mother and siblings. Since I couldn't find her in 1940, she may either have died or been married during that decade.

ii    Swan, Eleanor G. was born about 1906 in New York.  She and ____ Van Benschoten were married 1930/1940. 

Eleanor's census ages were 4 in 1910, 13 in 1920, and 22 in 1930, so the year of her birth is somewhat uncertain. She was living with her mother and siblings in 1930, but in 1940 she was listed as Eleanor Van Benschoten, head of household, with her mother Nora and brother James G. in her home. That census gave her marital status as married, not divorced. An examination of the New York City census in 1930 didn't turn up any eligible bachelors, so it isn't obvious where to look for her husband.

iii    Swan, William J. was born 1910/1911 in New York. 

William only appears as the nine year old son of William C. and Nora in the 1920 census in Dutchess County, New York. He couldn't be identified in 1930 or 1940.

iv    Swan, James G. was born 1912/1913 in New York. 

James appeared as the 7 year old son of William and Nora in 1920 in Dutchess County; as the 17 year old son living with his mother and two siblings in 1930, and with his mother in the home of his married sister Eleanor Van Benschoten in the Bronx in 1940.

2    Swan, Charlotte "Lottie" was born 11 Jun 1877 in Manhattan, New York, New York, New York.  She and Edward Everett Seiferd were married 13 Aug 1895 in Manhattan.  Edward Everett was born 1872/1873 in New York.  He was the son of Louis and Mary Frances (Purdy) Seiferd. 

It is from Charlotte's 1877 birth record, in Manhattan, that we get her mother's maiden name of Bohn [FamilySearch].

Charlotte and Edward's 1895 marriage license (on which she was "Lottie") in Manhattan provides us with his middle name and his parent's names, including his mother's maiden name of Purdy. It also gives her mother's maiden name as "Boehrn or Boehm" [FamilySearch].

By 1900 Charlotte was back living with her parents, and stayed with them through 1910 and 1920, where the latter census indicated she was a widow. Whether Edward died shortly after their daughter's birth in 1896, or they separated and she was widowed later, I don't know. The 1910 census is ambiguous, as marital status that census was not indicated.

Edward was censused in 1880 as the seven year old son of Louis and Mary F. Seiferd in New York City, and with his older brother Harvey. Louis was 38, born in New York, and reported that his parents were born in Prussia. Mary was 35, and born in New York as were both of her parents. Edward's parents were also censused in Manhattan in 1910, where three of his younger brothers, Charles, Louis and William, all in their twenties, were living at home.

A daughter of Edward Everett and Charlotte "Lottie" (Swan) Seiferd:   Grace Charlotte. 

i    Seiferd, Grace Charlotte was born 13 May 1896 in Manhattan, New York, New York, New York. 

Grace was named on her 1896 birth record as Grace Charlotte, and recorded over the years as Grace, Grace C., and, when living alone in 1920, as Grace Charlotte. She never married, and lived with her mother much of her life.

In 1910 she lived with her mother and grandparents in the Bronx. By 1920 Grace was off on her own, working as a stenographer for a medicine company in Manhattan. By 1930 she, her mother and grandmother Mary Swan were back together and had moved to San Diego, where she worked as a stenographer in an aviation school, apparently supporting both of the older women.

3    Swan, Mary was born Jan 1880 in New Jersey. 

iii    Swan, Sarah "Sally" was born 15 Feb 1855 in New York City, New York and died 15 Jul 1939 in Ronkonkoma, Long Island, Suffolk, New York.  She and Henry Meyer were married 6 Sep 1874 in New York City, New York, New York.  Henry was born Nov 1853 in New Jersey.  He was the son of Henry and Anna (Shoemaker) Meyer. 

"Sarah owned a confectionery shop in Brooklyn, NY, for years. The 1910 Kings County census shows Sally and my grandmother [Charlotte] living there. My grandparents married in 1916 and the 1920 census shows Sally as living with them on Long Island." [Liz McPherson].

Sarah's birth year as a child in her parents' home was given as 1854/55 in both the 1860 and 1870 census. Then, after her marriage, she gave her birth as 1859/60 in 1880, and as Feb 1859 in 1900. Why a five year discrepancy I don't know, unless it was considered that a wife in the German community into which she married should be much younger than her husband. After her husband's death she reverted to 1855. Where I found the specific date given here I didn't record; possibly from Liz McPherson.

I believe Liz did give me the names of Henry's parents, but I was unable to find records of any of them before he married. In 1880 he reported that both of his parents were born in Bavaria; in 1900 he reported Germany. He was a Car Driver in 1880, when they lived at 442 E 23rd, New York City, and a clerk for the Brooklyn Railroad in 1900 when they lived in Brooklyn, Ward 28.

That year, 1990, Sarah also reported that she had had six children, of whom three were then living. Henry and Otto had died as infants, and Minnie died at age about seventeen.

Sarah was listed as a widow in 1910, when she had her sixteen year old daughter Lottie living with her in the same Ward as before in Brooklyn. They were still together in 1920 and 1930 as she was living with Charlotte and her second husband, Peter Taylor and their children.

The six children of Henry and Sarah "Sally" (Swan) Meyer:   Mamie/Minnie, Sadie, Henry †, Otto †, Hannah and Charlotte "Lottie". 

1    Meyer, Mamie/Minnie was born 1875/1876 in New York and died 1893. 

2    Meyer, Sadie was born 1877/1878 in New York.  She was married to Frederick Noll.  Frederick was born 11 Jan 1877 in New York. 

Frederick first appears in the 1880 record in Brooklyn as the two year old son of Ernst and Louisa Noll, ages 31 and 28 years. Also in that home was his grandfather, Ernst, age 65. By the time of the 1900 census in Philadelphia, Federick's mother's name was Louisa Mertens. She had in her household three sons: George, Fred K. and Charles Noll, born 1876, 1877 and 1880, and a daughter Anna Mertens, born 1883. Evidently she was widowed or divorced sometime after 1880, and remarried to a Mertens who was not living with her in 1900.

Frederick spent most of his married life living in Queens, New York City, being censused there 1920, 1930 and 1940. However, he was censused in the 1925 New York State census as living in Brooklyn. Hs work was as a stone grainer (surprisingly, several examples of that online, but NO definition) for a Lithograph Company. His 1918 draft registration card records that he worked for a Robert Gair(?) on Adams Street, Brooklyn, and resided at 444 Fairview Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens. His address in 1930 and 1940 was 109-36 207th Street, a neighborhood about ten miles east named Queens Village.

The four children of Frederick and Sadie (Meyer) Noll:   Sarah/Sadie, Charlotte, Frederick "Fred" and Marion. 

i    Noll, Sarah/Sadie was born 1904 in New York and died 1983.  She was married to Leonard Buckley.  Leonard was born 1893/1894 in New York. 

Liz McPherson gave me this daughter's name as Sarah, but she is consistently named as Sadie on the census records. Sarah's and Leonard's daughter Marilyn married Daniel Hayes [Liz], but I don't have a date for her birth or marriage.

Sadie and Leonard lived with her parents in 1930 and 1940, he working as a tile helper in construction in that first census, and as a porter in a hospital the second one.

ii    Noll, Charlotte was born 1905 in New York and died 1988.  She was married to Edward Bloom.  Edward was born 1905/1906 in New York. 

Edward was born in New York, his father in Pennsylvania, and his mother in the Irish Free State, according to the 1930 census. He was working as a Chauffeur for the U. S. Mail (delivery man?) that year, and ten years later he was a patrolman for the New York City Police. In both of those censuses he and Charlotte were living with her parents in Queens.

A daughter of Edward and Charlotte (Noll) Bloom:   Edward J.. 

1    Bloom, Edward J. was born 1922/1923 in New York. 

iii    Noll, Frederick "Fred" was born 1907/1909 in New York. 

Fred Noll appears in his parents' home from age two through age twenty-two in censuses from 1910 through 1930. In that last one, he reports that he was working as a mechanic for an ice cream company.

iv    Noll, Marion was born 1911/1916 in New York. 

Marion's reported ages in three censuses are rather inconsistent: 4 in 1920, 13 in 1925 and 15 in 1930.

3    Meyer, Henry † was born 1881 and died 1883. 

4    Meyer, Otto † was born 1888 and died 1889. 

5    Meyer, Hannah was born 1889/1890 in New York and died 1908. 

6    Meyer, Charlotte "Lottie" was born 1892/1894 in New York and died 1966.  She was married (1) to John Henry.  She was married (2) to Peter Taylor 1916.  Peter was born 1886/1888 in New Hampshire and died 1968. 

The names of Lottie's husbands and children I have from Liz McPherson, but I've found no supporting records about her first husband, John Henry. Much of the rest of her life, however, appears in the censuses from 1920 through 1940, where the names and ages of her nine children are recorded.

Peter was born in New Jersey, and reported that his parents were both born in Canada. In 1920 he was working for the Parks Department and living at 66 Richard Ave., Glendale Borough, Queens, New York. Ten years later, he was working as a mason in a cement works, and living in Hempstead, Nassau County. in 1935, they were living in Elmont, Nassau, about five miles west of Hempstead. By 1940 the family was in Huntington, Suffolk County, and Peter was working as a mason in the building industry.

A daughter of John and Charlotte "Lottie" (Meyer) Henry:   John †. 

i    Henry, John † was born 1914 and died 1914. 

The nine children of Peter and Charlotte "Lottie" (Meyer) Taylor:   Alvina Ann, Peter, Harry, Frederick, Charlotte, Mary, Leonard, Charles and Elizabeth. 

i    Taylor, Alvina Ann was born 1917 and died 1986.  She was married (1) to Doyle Hiott.  Doyle was born 1911 and died 1998.  She was married (2) to James I. Okuszki.  James I. was born 1916. 

A daughter of James I. and Alvina Ann (Taylor) Okuszki:   Elizabeth Taylor "Liz". 

1    Okuszki, Elizabeth Taylor "Liz". 

ii    Taylor, Peter was born 1918/1919 in New York. 

iii    Taylor, Harry was born 1920/1921 in New York. 

iv    Taylor, Frederick was born 1922/1923 in New York. 

v    Taylor, Charlotte was born 1924/1925 in New York. 

vi    Taylor, Mary was born 1926/1927 in New York. 

vii    Taylor, Leonard was born 1928/1930 in New York. 

viii    Taylor, Charles was born 1931/1932 in New York. 

ix    Taylor, Elizabeth was born 1938/1939 in New York. 

iv    Swan, Ellen was born in New York City, New York. 

Since Ellen was not listed in either the 1860 or 1870 censuses of her father's household, she probably was both born and died either before or after 1860. Hattie and Jean list her between Sarah and Emma, which I follow here since that's a four year gap, but that same list of children has James as the sixth child instead of the second, so is not particularly reliable.

v    Swan, Emma was born 1858/1859 in New York City. 

vi    Swan, Teresa "Tessie" was born 1868/1869 in New York City. 

Teresa’s age was given as six years in the 1870 census

vii    Swan, William C. was born Dec 1861 in New York City.  He and Catherine O'Leary were married 1894/1895.  Catherine was born Dec 1860 in Ireland. 

According to the 1880 census William was 19 years old, and worked at Singer Sewing Machine Company with his brother and father in Elizabeth, NJ.

William C. Swan, born Dec 1861 in New York, was censused 1900 in Ward 5, Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY, with wife Catherine, born Dec 1860 and brother-in-law John O'Leary, born Dec 1863. His father was born in England, and mother in Ireland; Catherine was born in Ireland as were her parents. William's occupation was Machinist, and John's was Artificial Flowers. I believe this correspondence with William, Sr.'s one time occupation is sufficient to clinch the identification of this record as being for the son of William and Mary Ann, and thus accept Catherine O'Leary as his wife. This record also noted that Catherine had borne one child, still living, but no son or daughter was living with them that year.

William and Catherine somehow escaped the 1910 census, but in 1920 they were found living at 720 John St. , West Hoboken Ward 1, Hudson, New Jersey. He, as William C. aged 59, was working as a machinist in a factory; she, as Katherine aged 58, was noted as having immigrated 1861 and had been naturalized. The immigration date is problematic, as in the 1900 census it was recorded that she and her brother John O'Leary had immigrated 1890.

Another individual in their home in 1920 was listed in a messed up record which looked like the census taker had first written a long dash to indicate "Swan" (as he did for Katherine) followed by "Lequin". Then the dash was overwritten with "Lucian". This person's age was given as 41 years, and the relationship "Daughter" was overwritten with "Son". Finally, his occupation was given as "Chaffeur, Private Car".

The age of 41 means that he was born in 1878 or 1879, before the 1900 census. So he could indeed have been the son of William and Catherine. If his name was Lucian, I was unable to locate him in any other census record for 1900 or later years.

The birth years for William in the 1880 and 1900 censuses are in agreement, but William was listed 1870 as age 6 instead of 9. This is a rather unusual error for young children. It’s possible that he was indeed born 1863/1864, but consistently represented himself as three years older than his true age. However, I’m recording his birth here as he claimed it in the 1900 census.

6    Swan, Alfred was born 1831/1832 in England. 

This last child listed here for Charles and Ann comes from only one source which is ambiguous in its interpretation. When James and Jane Swan were censused in 1860 in Baltimore, the last individual listed in the household was Alfred "Swann", 28, also an iron moulder, and born in England. (Both James and Alfred's surnames were spelled with two n's, an error we can lay to the census enumerator.) I believe that we can certainly interpret these bits of information as indicating a familial relationship between the two men; that they were brothers is a less certain assumption on my part.

A search for this Alfred in Baltimore, New Jersey where James next moved, and New York City turned up no records that could be attributed to this Baltimore moulder, nor did an immigration record search on ancestry.com.


James W. Swan  &  Jane Brown
William 1, Charles 2, James W. 3, James Albert 4, Paul Reese 5, Paul Reese 6 Brown Top  


James W. Swan was born 15 Aug 1827 in England, died 29 Dec 1909 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California and was buried 3 Jan 1910 in Inglewood Park, Cemetery, Inglewood, California. 

James W. and Jane were married 19 Aug 1857 in Brooklyn, Kings, New York. 

Jane Brown was born 26 Oct 1839 in New York, New York, New York, died 8 Jul 1922 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California and was buried 10 Jul 1922 in Inglewood Park, Cemetery, Inglewood, California.  She was the daughter of Hamilton and Mary (Biggert) Brown. 


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James W. Swan and Jane (Brown) Swan

James' middle initial was "W.", but we have never found a reference as to what that stands for. His paternal grandfather was William, so it is quite likely that he was given the name James William, but that is at this time pure speculation.

Of James' life as a child in England we have a charming description by Hattie and Jean in their chapter entitled "Household in Hulme":

"Ann was a strict churchwoman and her family were invariably in their place of worship in the Episcopal Church in Hulme each Sunday. As a matter of fact the boys' Sabbath observance commenced quietly at sundown Saturday evening. However it did not end at sundown on Sunday and the boys could never understand this.

"To the brothers and their young and more restless nephew the church services would have been very tiresome if it had not been for the soldiers who had to attend also. At one time there were ten thousand soldiers stationed there. Their bright uniforms made a large spot of brightness to the young boys.

"Jim Swan was delicate as a child and was not sent to school very much. Later, after his father's death, when he was stronger, he had to go to work to help his mother support the family. When he was an old man he liked to say,

"I went to school but one half day and me schoolmaster was absent the day."

"He often said that he learned more in Sunday school than in the Old Dames schools. These Dame schools were kept by old women, widows and spinsters who were unable to do much else. In their own homes they herded the youngsters of the community while the mothers and other able bodied women were out helping to earn a living or tending to their younger children.

"Jim's teacher at Sunday school was a retired old army sergeant named Walters. He heard many of the experiences of these old soldiers. One story which made an impression on the boy was the one told about Sir John Moore who had a man shot for stealing a loaf of bread.

"One day, when Jim had grown to be quite a boy, Captain Dick Taylor, of the Fifth Dragoon Guards, stopped at his house looking for recruits for the army.

"What about this young fellow going into the service a bit later?" he inquired of Ann.

"But Ann shook her head. "I'll say what my husband's mother said, "There have been enough Swans in the military. Jim will do something else."

According to his grandson Albert Markley Swan's genealogical notes [Swan, Undated], James at age 14 went to work in a foundry in Manchester to learn the trade. He was also censused at that age as a cotton piecer in Hulme, so that year evidently marks his passage from "children's work" to that of a young man starting his own career. Albert wrote that, after his apprenticeship, James worked at his trade in Glasgow, Scotland for three years just prior to coming to this country at age 24. It would have been about 1848, then, that he moved to Scotland, and 1851 that he came to America. That latter year is confirmed by a later census which recorded his time in this country.

It is a tradition in the family that Ann and Jim came to this country in order to prevent his having to go into the service. Whether or not this was a realistic threat at this midpoint of the nineteenth century in England is not clear, but certainly the family antipathy to more military service was quite firmly established. Some seventy years later, however, James' grandson William Hamilton Swan, son of Hamilton and Clara, died in the service of his country in World War I.

Another family tradition says that James came over with his mother, Ann. Several years ago a record was found, the ship's list for the Martha's Vineyard which arrived in New York City from Glasgow on 27 Oct 1851 [Glazier, 1986]. The difficulty was that an Anne Swan, age 55, was listed, but James Swan, age 24, did not appear on the list. Then we found from Albert Swan's notes that James had already worked as a molder in Glasgow before coming here, and that he met his future wife on the day after her twelfth birthday -- that very same date. Therefore the immigration record was reexamined. Wonder of wonders, the entry on the ship's list immediately preceeding that of Anne Swan, age 55, was James Leaven, 24, with an occupation of molder! Somewhere in the transcription process, the "S" of Swan had been read as "Le", the "w" became "av", and the final "an" became "en". A poorly written entry in the ship's manifest led to one of the most outlandish recording errors we have encountered, as can be seen when we finally found a copy of the original, handwritten lines:

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Manifest of the ship Martha's Vineyard for 27 Oct 1851

The index to James' census in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, twenty years later, reads "James Iwan". He didn't have good luck with records of his name!

There were at least six James Swans, distinquishable by their occupations, listed in the New York City directories from 1846 through 1856, but not our James, a molder or foundryman. Why his brother William appears both in the census and in the city directories, but James doesn't, is a small mystery. Since his profession was that of a foundryman, at which we know he worked in England and Scotland, and later in Wisconsin and Kansas, he probably did that kind of work in New York, but we have as yet to find any records to that effect. Were the foundries all across the river in New Jersey, where he lived after returning from Maryland? The 1855 N.J. census is incomplete and unindexed, so would probably be of little help, although a scan of Paterson is not out of the question.

James' and Jane's 1857 marriage date, six years after he immigrated, we originally had from mother's notes, but this was confirmed when the original marriage certificate was found in the effects of their granddaughter-in-law Lillian Swan after her death in 1993 [Anon., 1857]. The certificate was exactly the same form used for Jane's mother Mary's marriage 24 years earlier (see the Brown family history), but now the minister, Nicholas E. Smith, was of the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church in Brooklyn, where Hamilton and his family were living by that time. The certificate was for some reason given at Brooklyn 13 Feb 1858, some six months after the marriage date of 19 August the previous year. We don't know if Jane's father and stepmother Charlotte (both born in Scotland) also were members, but obviously Jane still belonged to the Reformed Dutch Church of her mother, Mary Biggert.

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Marriage Certificate
of James Swan and Jane Brown

The other primary evidence found for James and Jane in New York City is the birth record for their daughter Charlotte on 10 March 1859, for which the address given was 118s Harlem. The attending physician was J. Stotley [Birth Certificate, 1859]. Pat found a Harlem St. listed in the 21st ward in 1878, and was told by someone who had lived near there that Harlem was an old street in the Wall Street district, but that it no longer exists. This latter seems the most probable location for James and Jane, as that was near where her father, and James' brother William, both worked in the watchmaker trade.

Shortly after Charlotte's birth, James and Jane started out on their peripatic life of the next twenty years. The map below provides a log of their travels across the country, with the dates of their moves when these are known, and locates the births of their four children. Most of the information for this slow trek to Kansas comes from a Topeka Daily Capital biography of their son William on the occasion of his candidacy in 1892 for election to the State legislature. The details are also confirmed in part and extended by the genealogical notes of their grandson Albert Markley Swan.

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James W. & Jane Swan in the U. S.

For their first move James and Jane, with their baby daughter Charlotte, went to Maryland, where in 1860 Hamilton was born, in Baltimore according to Albert's notes. But even more came to light when their 1860 census in Baltimore was found. (That discovery was delayed somewhat, as the head of the family was recorded as "Jas Swann", which required a broader online search algorithm than originally used.). The first discovery provided by that census was that a child named William was part of the family along with Charlotte, their first child. This was not the William later to be born in 1864 in New Jersey, and must have been a child who died before that latter date.

A possible date anomaly is also apparent in this census, in that Albert Swan's genealogical notes that Hamilton Swan was born in Baltimore 4 Aug 1861, two days before the census was taken. Would James, even if Jane and the baby were in the hospital, not mention this to the census enumerator? Hamilton's 1900 census confirms that he was born in August of 1860 in Maryland, but doesn't speak to the specific day of that month.

The second surprise in 1860 is that James, an iron moulder, had living in his home an Alfred "Swann", 28, another iron moulder also born in England. This was surely a relative, and I have assumed for the time being that Alfred was a younger brother of James. More discussion of these two discoveries appears elsewhere in the appropriate place in this narrative.

Then, at some time by 1863, they moved back north. This time they settled in Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey, across the Hudson River from their former home, and so not too far from James' brother William and Jane's father. If James had been working in New Jersey when they first lived in New York City, it could well happen that he returned to his old job, and they chose to live closer to his work than before. There their second son named William was born in 1864.

Note that the above years from Maryland to New Jersey include the time of the Civil War. In June, 1863, James registered for military service. That record lists him as a Moulder, born in England, and living in the 5th Ward of Paterson, New Jersey. No record has been found of James having actually served in the military during that conflict. (Although a James Swan had enlisted in 1862 in Maryland, the New Jersey draft register showed no entry for our James in the column marked "Previous Military Service".)

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James Swan Civil War Registration for Military Duty

According to William's biography, because the New Jersey climate did not agree well with James' health, the family decided in April, 1870, to move to the north central part of the country. The actual decision may have been fairly abrupt, for they took the children out of school before the end of the term, William having just started first grade the previous fall. Albert's notes claim that Jane's father, Hamilton Brown, went with them, and that they settled on his farm. This, however, is erroneous, as Hamilton had died some five years earlier.

The first record we have of James and Jane in Wisconsin is that they lived in the 1st Ward of the City of Fond du Lac, where they were censused in 1870. The name Fond du Lac means, literally, "at the bottom (geographically) of the lake", the town being located at the southern tip of Lake Winnebago. James was working in a Brass Foundry, but didn't report owning land or personal property. By 1875, James was censused in the town of Fond du Lac with four males and two females in his household. No further information was collected in that census. The City of Fond du Lac is located mostly within the town, although a small portion extends into adjacent towns. These two records may thus indicate two separate living places over those five years.

James both farmed land and established a foundry, the trade that he learned in Scotland and which would continue to occupy him for the rest of his working life, and furnish work for all of his sons, as well, over the years. Albert's notes also say that James worked for the C. & N. W. Railroad (Chicago and North-Western) for about three years before James Albert's birth, thus from about 1871 to 1874. It is quite likely that he was doing foundry work for that railroad, as he did for the Santa Fe later in Topeka. The C. & N. W., for which the ground breaking ceremony was held in Fond du Lac 10 Jul 1851, was one of four railroads serving the city.

The children attended school for a few months each winter for the next eight years, but the boys spent the rest of each year working on the farm and in the foundry, while Lottie undoubtedly worked with her mother in the farmhouse. That these young boys worked in their father's foundry here indicates that his work for the C. & N. W. must have been as an independent contractor, and this may have set the pattern at least in part for his later work for the Santa Fe.

Early in May of 1878 the Swan family contracted "Kansas fever" and started out (in a covered wagon, according to an addition on a copy of Albert's notes) on the overland route to that frontier state. James first homesteaded a claim two miles north of Fort Larned; Albert says 10 miles from town, in Pawnee County. On an 1873 map of Kansas by Asher and Adams, Fort Larned is shown as approximately four miles square with its center about ten miles southwest of the town. The two descriptions of James' land would place it near the south border of Range XVIII West, Township 21 South. The fort, some thirty miles southwest of Great Bend, is now a national monument. James soon concluded that farming was not then a viable business in that part of Kansas, and the next year moved the family to Topeka, where they remained the rest of his working life. It's noteworthy that there were five James Swans in Kansas by 1870, two of whom were in Shawnee County -- one in Dover and one in Topeka.

Of the three of our ancestral lines to come to Topeka — Swan, Markley, and Hartzell — James was the first. We give here a brief chronology of the settlement and joining of the three branches of our family in Topeka, the capital city of Kansas:

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In March of 1880 James took charge of the brass foundry at the Santa Fe shops, and William at age 16, and Hamilton at 20, went to work there for their father. Their residence at that time was on Hancock Street, one block east of the Santa Fe line, about where the Topeka Amtrak station is today, and all of the children were still living at home. Here is their census that year:

James SWAN
Jane SWAN
Charlotte SWAN
Hamilton SWAN
William SWAN
James A. SWAN
Self
Wife
Dau
Son
Son
Son
M
M
S
S
S
S
52
40
21
20
16
6
ENG
NY
NY
MD
NJ
WI
Moulder
Keeps House
Seamstress
Apprentice To Moulder
Moulder Apprentice

ENG ENG
SCT SCT
ENG NY
ENG NY
ENG NY
ENG NY

They lived there less than a year, according to Albert, and from 1882 through 1885 on three adjacent streets on the other side of the tracks — 77 Madison, then a brick house also on Madison "next door to Goodrich", 29 Monroe, and at 100 Quincy — all about a year each. These are blocks near the riverfront on streets which terminate at the Kaw, the local name for the Kansas River, and the Santa Fe Shops were located within walking distace just a few blocks to the east.

In William G. Cutler's "History of the State of Kansas" (published by A.T. Andreas, 1883) is found a history of the Santa Fe shops in Topeka, which were established in the buildings of then defunct "King Wrought Iron Bridge Manufactory and Iron Works". The history reads, in part: "The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Company commenced their work in these shops, August 12, 1878, and they have so gone on step by step increasing their business, as to now have the shop divided into twelve distinct departments … under the management of a separate foreman, …, brass moulding shop, James Swan, foreman". This documents that James was in 1883 an employee of the Santa Fe, not an independent contractor providing brass moulding services.

By 1887, James and Jane had moved away from the river and railroad, where they now lived at 622 Buchanan. Probably up to this time they had lived in rented houses. Radge's City Directory locates him at this address through 1902. On 9 Oct 1891 James purchased Lot 206 in Horne's Addition on Buchanan Street, probably the house at number 622 in which they had been living. According to the record, they sold Lot 204 on Buchanan for $1950 on 29 Mar 1904 [321:486], and this is probably the same lot, with a confusion of numbers in the record or in our reading of it.

In 1895 in the Kansas State Census we find James Swan, 67, and born in England, with Jane, 55, born in New York, Sharlott (sic), 35, also in New York, William B., 30, born in New Jerrsey (sic) and James A. Swan, 21, born in Wisconsin. All had listed Wisconsin as the place from whence they had come to Kansas. James and both of his sons are listed as Molders, although William's entry reads "apprentice[?] Molder", and the next census column indicates he was studying to be a physician.

Over the years James is listed in the city directory as a Brass Molder, presumably remaining in charge of the Foundry Department for the Santa Fe. But in the later years he was listed alternately as Contractor and Brass Molder, so he must have set himself up a least part time with an independent business. His son Hamilton worked as a moulder as early as 1885, William by 1887, and the youngest son James Albert went to work for his father by 1893 (but see also his employment history, below). All three of his sons continued to work with him for varying periods up until his retirement around 1902, at age about seventy-five years.

On 22 Jul 1895 James purchased for $200 six lots, numbered 405-07-09-11-13-15, on Grand Avenue in Norton's 1st Addition [223:259]. As will be seen later, he also owned lots 415-17-19-21-23, but we did not find the record of that purchase. The six constitute about one fourth of the block of what is now Plass Street between 11th and Munson. On 8 Feb the next year, he and Jane sold this property for $325, a quick 62% profit on their investment. But then, an interesting transaction occurred. J. H. Hunt on 11 Mar 1896 paid the back taxes of some $15 for 1892 on three of James' lots on Plass for which we do not have the purchase record. Hunt then transferred the certificate of overdue tax payment back to James. Finally, since the assessments had been paid for the intervening years, the third part of the court action transferred the ownership back to James and Jane. Possibly a real estate attorney could explain just what transpired in that particular shuffle.

In 1899 their son James Albert solved a similar problem, apparently paying the back taxes for 1896 on lot 421 for his parents [272:45]. Then, on 20 May 1908, James and wife Jane, "of Los Angeles", sold lots 421 and 423 on Plass for $1250 [340:552]. We don't know that they ever lived on Grand (Plass) Street, and it may be possible that these were investment properties.

In 1900 James and Jane were living with their daughter Lottie on Buchanan Street in Topeka adjacent to their son William and his wife Belle. In that census James gave his profession as Moulder, his immigration date as 1851, that he had been in the country for 48 years, and that he had been naturalized. This is the census in which he reported that his parents were both born in England. Also, Jane reported that she had had four children, all still living (but see below regarding the 1910 census).

James held two patents on inventions of his. In 1898 he was granted a patent on a new journal bearing for freight cars which prevented the lining from becoming loose and displaced. This was evidently quite a success, as attested in a news article which reported that the Santa Fe Railroad was building 100 of the largest freight cars ever constructed in the west, and that they featured these new journals. (Click any of the thumbnails below to see the full size image in a separate window.)

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Patent #607,576 to James Swan, July 19, 1898

One of the witnesses on this patent was his son, "Wm. B. Swan". Then, four years later, James was granted a second patent, #703974 dated July 1, 1903, which substantially improved on his original invention. The description of the patent begins:

"This invention relates to journal-bearings, and more particularly to that character of bearing disclosed in a former patent granted to me ...

"One of the objects of this invention is to greatly improve this structure by extending the holding-lugs from the outer edges of the sockets and so constructing the same that they will have a better interlocking engagement with the lining, which latter will thus be more firmly held in place.

"Another important feature of the present invention resides in a novel means for storing a lubricant in the bearing, said lubricant being securely sealed in place against leakage between the lining and the body and being automatically fed to the journal during the movement of the same."

The full text and illlustrations of this second patent can be seen as a PDF file online. The witness for this patent was his youngest son, James Albert. I have no idea whether James profited from these inventions, or whether in those days they belonged exclusively to the AT&SF Railroad. James listed himself in the Topeka city directories during that period both as an employee of the railroad and as a contractor, so possibly he was able to claim some benefits from his inventions.

A real estate transaction the meaning of which has been lost is the one of 27 Sep 1902 in which James transferred for $1 to Jane, “his wife”, lot 206 on Buchanan, apparently their home at number 622 [290:574]. This was just about the time he retired, and presumably represented some kind of machinations prepatory to selling their property and leaving for California. On 15 Nov 1904 James and Jane sold, for $300, a 20 rod (320 foot) square property on the southwest corner of Huntoon and Wanamaker Road, now cut diagonally by the Interstate 470 bypass.

After James retired, he and Jane moved to West Los Angeles, settling at 931 West 36th Place. The eastern portion of this street including their address is now named Downey Way, and its location is within what is now the University of Southern California Park Campus (a single building when they moved there). Their home was just two blocks north of Exposition Park. Originally an agricultural park, it was renamed in 1913 and contained at that time the California Museum of Science and Industry, National Armory, Domed National History Museum and the Sunken Garden (which was later renamed the Rose Garden). After James' death in 1909, Jane and their daughter Lottie continued to live in this home until Jane's death in 1922.

The 1910 census for Jane, very recently a widow, differs from that ten years earlier. Now Jane testified that she had borne five children, of whom three were living. Her first son William had died as an infant, and her second son named William Brown Swan died back in 1902. Incidently, the census shows Lottie, a dressmaker, as head of household, and Jane as an unemployed "Mother".

Seven years after moving west, James died of "chronic gastroenteritus". The specific nature of his illness is unknown. The information on his death certificate was provided by their daughter Lottie. It's interesting that Aunt Lottie was confused about her grandfather's name, listing James' father as James, rather than as Charles, and that her brother Albert Markley Swan made the same mistake in his genealogical notes on the famiy.

In 1920 Jane and Lottie were still at 931 36th Place, ages 80 and 60, and neither is shown on the census as working. Jane, this time listed as head of household, is noted as owning her own home which, however, was still mortgaged.

Dated thirteen years after James died, Jane's death certificate, with Lottie Swan again as informant, indicates she died of "senility", which would today be termed either dementia or Alzheimer's disease.

In response to an e-mail query, a representative of the Inglewood Park Cemetery wrote "Our records indicate that James Swan was interred in Grave #2, Lot 445, Sequoia Plot, on 1/3/1910. Jane Swan was interred next to him, in Grave #5, on 7/10/1922. Neither of these graves is marked." Thus there are no tombstones of which photographs can be taken.

The five children of James W. and Jane (Brown) Swan:   Charlotte "Lottie", William †, Hamilton, William Brown and James Albert

1    Swan, Charlotte "Lottie" was born 9 Mar 1859 in New York, New York, New York and died 18 Feb 1950 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas. 

Charlotte, "Aunt Lottie" to all of us for many years, was the first born in our direct Swan line in this country, although her Uncle William Swan had several of his children born here before her. The record of her birth in New York is amusing, for there she is named "Charles, a white female" [Anon., 1859]. Her nephew Albert Markley Swan, in one place (only) in his genealogical notes, writes "(Ann)" after her name, which presumably he thought might be her middle name. Her grandmother, Ann, in her last listing in the New York City directory, is listed as "Ann C.". Could it be that Jane named her daughter Charlotte Ann after her own mother, Ann Charlotte?

Lottie never married, and lived with her parents until her mother’s death. In the 1889 Topeka Directory, she is listed as a dressmaker. After her mother's death, Lottie stayed in California at least until 1927, for we have in our possession our parents' wedding announcement mailed to her in Los Angeles. Eventually, however, she returned to Topeka and lived the rest of her life with her brother Albert and Maggie, our grandparents.

2    Swan, William † was born about May 1860 in Baltimore, Maryland and died 1860/1864. 

This first son of James and Jane is known from only three records, one direct and two indirect. In the 1860 census in Baltimore, James and Jane listed two children, Charlotte, age 2 and born in Maryland, and William, age 1 year, also born in Maryland. We know from her birth certificate that Charlotte actually was born 9 Mar 1859 in New York City and would have been one year, five months old at the time of the 6 Aug 1860 census, so we have some measure of the accuracy level of that record. (And the census enumerator spelled the surname as "Swann".)

We also know that there was a spacing of two years, five months, between Charlotte and the subsequent birth of Hamilton on 4 Aug 1861. A date half way between those two, the most probable birth date of a second child, would be the middle of May, 1860. That would make William less than three months old at the time of the census, hardly one year old. A minimum time of, say, ten months between Charlotte and William would have made William seven months old at the census.

Finally, the indirect records concerning this William are, first, that James and Jane named another son William born in 1864, and second, that Jane in 1910 certified to the census taker that she had borne five children, of whom three were alive at that time. The second William we know died in 1902. Thus these two bits of information indicate that the first William died at an early age, and certainly before 1864. We know the family was in New Jersey before June, 1863, so the place of the infant William's death cannot be deduced, and no death record has been found.

3    Swan, Hamilton was born 4 Aug 1861 in Maryland, died 24 Jan 1937 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas and was buried in Topeka Cemetery.  He and Clara Davidson were married 1 Dec 1884 in Parsons, Labette, Kansas.  Clara was born 4 Nov 1860 in St. Louis, Missouri and died 19 Aug 1936 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas.  She was the daughter of James B. and Amanda M. (____) Davidson. 

From the 1900 census we find Hamilton's birth date as August, 1860, and his age as 69. Albert Markley Swan, in his notes, in one place gives 4 Aug 1861, but appends a question mark, while elsewhere he writes 1861. I've merged these records. To all of the family, Hamilton was known as "Ham".

In contrast to his brother Will, Ham had only one place of employment throughout most of his life — the Santa Fe Shops. But if he worked at only one place, he moved often enough. From the birthplace of his first daughter, we can presume that he lived right after his marriage in Johnson Co., Kansas. We know that during his married life he lived in eleven homes in Topeka, three of which at least were houses that he built himself. His name has been found on sixteen Shawnee county land deeds (and we know we missed some), and it may be that he built more than the homes at 2801 (or 03), 2809, and 2810 Ohio St. in Highland Park. (2801 is where he lived according to the 1920 and 1925 censuses, and where my sister Pat and I were raised.)

The first three Topeka homes that Hamilton and Clara lived in were close to where his father first lived, near the Kaw River and the Santa Fe Shops. About 1896 he moved to 1141 Clay St., some six blocks from where his parents had moved some ten years previously in the western part of town, and lived there for about three years. It's interesting that just one block south was located the property purchased in 1892 for the glove fitting and dress cutting system of Aaron and Mary Alice Markley. While Ham and Clara were living on Clay, his youngest brother James Albert in 1898 married Marguerite, the daughter of Aaron and Mary Alice, and these are our grandparents. This is probably the neighborhood where the two families became acquainted.

In 1899 Ham and Clara moved to Lime Street on the block where it abuts Shunganunga Creek in the east part of town, and in 1902 back to the western part of town at 1115 West 10th. They seem to have been there, although during this time Ham executed seven land deeds, until they moved to 2803 Ohio where they were listed in the 1914 directory reproduced in the Highland Park History. By 1921 they lived across the street at 2814 Ohio while Ham built the adjacent home, probably numbered 2810, later owned by Bill Root, the Superintendant of Mails in Topeka. From Highland Park they moved by 1924 to Elmwood, then to Lincoln, and finally to 801 Lindenwood where they spent the last decade of Hamilton's life.

Hamilton and Clara were censused 1900 through 1930 in Topeka, the 1910 and 1920 locations adjacent to his parents James and Margaret on Ohio Street. Hamilton worked as a Brass Moulder (his father's profession) in 1900, in a Pattern Shop 1910, and as a Clerk for the Santa Fe Railroad in 1930. Hattiebel and Jean lived with their parents at least through that year.

Below are summarized the land transactions found under Ham's name in the Shawnee County deed books. In an attempt at brevity and clarity, the original lot and subdivision descriptions have been omitted and replaced with their street number equivalents. However, the deed book and page numbers for each transaction have been retained so that the original descriptions could be easily found if desired.

On 5 Sep 1893, a parcel consisting of a lot and a fraction belonging to Ham, on the west side of Clay north of Munson, was sold for taxes [244:242]. We failed to find the deed recording Hamilton's original purchase of this property. On 15 Apr 1899 Ham repurchased this land for $900 [257:425], and this purchase price probably indicates that a house existed on the lot. On 25 Jan 1901 Ham and Clara sold this property for $1000 [280:355], and this small increase in price certainly indicates that Ham had not improved the lot by building on it.

3 Jul 1895 Ham bought, for $100, one and 1/2 lots on Lime north of Sixth Street [239:387]. Almost four years later, 7 Mar 1899 (six weeks before his Clay street repurchase), he bought for $300 from his brother James Albert and wife Maggie another two and one half lots on Lime toward Shunganunga Creek adjoining the original parcel [278:54], and they lived there at least by this time. 23 Jan 1902 Ham and Clara sold to Marion G. Wright for $250 two lots of the Lime Street property [307:562], and on 22 Mar 1904 they sold to Wright for $200 another one and 1/2 lots of this property [312:359]. (Sale of the remaining one-half of a lot seems not to have been recorded.) A comparison of purchase and sale prices seems to indicated that Ham didn't build on any of these lots.

24 Sep 1898 Ham and Clara sold for $1250 a lot on Madison between Crane Street and the river [270:539]. We didn't find a record of the purchase of this property.

15 Mar 1899 Ham bought for $900 two lots on the south side of 10th Street in the middle of the block between Clay and Buchanan [270:116]. On 20 Feb 1907 he and Clara sold this property for $2450 [315:385]. This substantially increased value surely is due to Ham having built a house on the property. In 1909 there was another entry in the deed index concerning the 10th Street property [348:433], probably the final payment on a mortgage given by Ham to the buyers in 1907. They were censused in 1900 while they lived on 10th Street, and Hamilton was described as a brass molder:

Ham's brother James had purchased six lots on Ohio in Highland Park in Sep 1906. We believe that Ham soon after that date built the house for James and Maggie on the most southern three lots. No record of the construction has been found, nor of the payment James must have made for the work. This became our grandparents' home for the rest of their lives.

Then, 7 May 1909, Ham purchased for $325 from James the first three of the Ohio lots on the corner of Eagle (28th) [351:529]. Here Ham built a second house, numbered 2803 Ohio, and moved into it sometime before 1916 when he and his wife and their three grown children were listed at that address. He then sold it 21 Aug 1921 to W. C. Lamb [472:567].

That house was bought back by our grandparents, James and Margaret Swan, from Lamb on 9 Jan 1926 [544:443]. On 8 July that year they mortgaged it for $2000, and on 23 September for an additional $200. On 8 Dec 1936 they sold the house and land to our parents Paul Reese and Mildred Swan for the balance due on the mortgages of $1785 and $200 [735:205]. However, our family moved into the property (and renumbered it 2801 Ohio) before Pat was born 19 Nov 1931, so it was probably being rented from Dad's parents until that time. Mother finally sold the property 13 May 1981 when she moved to an apartment in Mission Towers at 29th and Minnesota.

5 Sep 1913 Ham sold to his brother J. Albert Swan for $1 and other considerations one and 1/2 lots on the west side of Monroe Street between 1st and 2nd Streets [394:273]. We didn't find a record of the purchase of this property.

19 Aug 1919 Ham bought for $2900 from Maggie Swan and James the eight lots at 28th Street on the east side of Ohio [452:288]. Margaret's parents Mary Alice and Aaron Markley had purchased this land and house, in two parcels, 10 Oct [326:496] and 3 Dec [327:214] 1906 for a total of $1050. Ham built a house on the corner parcel of six lots (whether before or after purchasing the land from his brother is not known), while he and Clara lived in the Markley home, at 2814 Ohio, on the next two lots. On 11 Jan 1923 Ham sold these eight lots and the two houses to Bill Root [489:168] in exchange for a lot and a half on Lincoln Street between 11th and Munson Streets [489:164]. Bill was the postmaster of Topeka.

The last transaction found in the deed books for Ham is his sale 6 Sep 1936, for $1 and love, an undivided interest in their home at 801 Lindenwood to his daughters Hattie and Jean. Three months later Ham died, of cardiac insufficiency, and is buried in Topeka Cemetery.

Clara's natal family was quite peripatetic. Her parents James (born in Scotland) and Amanda Davidson were in St. Louis, Missouri in 1860, in Fond du Lac, Michigan in 1870, in Ness County, Kansas (central part of the western half of the state) in 1880, and finally in Topeka, Kansas by 1900. In that first census they and their two year old daughter Ida were shown as living in the home of Truman Lindsay, 45, with Lindsay family members ranging in age from 29 down to 6 years, all except the youngest born in Canada. Amanda, 22 at that time and born in Michigan, might possibly have fit into that family, so Truman might have been her father. I haven't been able to find any records to substantiate that premise.

In her burial record at Topeka Cemetery, Clara is recorded as "Harriet, wife of Hamilton Swan". Whether that is a first or middle name I don't know. However, I would guess that, although she went by the name Clara all her life, perhaps the cemetery required her legal first name for their records. (Or, the name Harriet is simply an error.) From that cemetery record we have her birth and death dates, the former corroborated by her 1900 census.

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Jean Clara, William Hamilton and Hattiebel Charlotte Swan
Children of Hamilton and Clara (Davidson) Swan

The three children of Hamilton and Clara (Davidson) Swan:   Hattiebel Charlotte, Jean Clara and William Hamilton. 

i    Swan, Hattiebel Charlotte was born 3 Oct 1885 in Mission, Johnson, Kansas, died 1959 and was buried in Lawrence, Douglas, Kansas. 

Hattiebel and her sister were the Hattie and Jean who wrote the Swan family history, cited many times above in this genealogy.

I am combining their stories under Jean's heading below, as they spent their entire lives together, and their two stories are actually one.

ii    Swan, Jean Clara was born 23 May 1887 in Kansas, died 1 Jul 1951 and was buried in Lawrence, Douglas, Kansas. 

There were several society news items in the "The Topeka Daily Capital" mentioning one or other of the two sisters. These give a flavor of the life they led in Topeka over the years:

"Miss Edythe Hughes of 201 Chandler street was given a delightful surprise party last evening af her home by her young lady friends. An oyster supper was served and the following guests enjoyed a good time: … Miss Hattiebell Swan …" - Sunday, December 19, 1909.

"The Dally Capital extends an Invltatlon to the public to visit it in its new home. Visitors will be shown the big presses and through all departments of the building. Those who visited the Daily Capital yesterday were: ... Jean Swan, city ... " - Wednesday, June 1, 1910.

"Mrs. Jesse Van Cleave and daughter Leona, Mrs. Sam Newman and son Robert, Mrs. George Gustin, and Mrs. Earl Ready were the guests one day of [garbled OCR text]. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. James B. Davidson [Jean and Hattie's maternal grandparents], Mr. and Mrs. James R. Davidson, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Magee, Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton Swan [their parents], Mr. and Mrs. Guy Magee, Miss Alice Magee, Miss Mildred Davidson, Miss Hattiebel Swan, Miss Jean Swan, Mr. William Swan (their young brother], Mr. Ralph Davidson, Mr. Harry Davidson and Mr. Clyde Davidson." - Thursday, May 16, 1912. Clyde and Anita Davidson were friends of my parents for many years, and lived a few blocks away in Highland Park. Clyde, Dad, and my uncle Don Swan graduated from eighth grade together.

"The K. K. Ks. held a grand Halloween party Friday evening at Parrish's. Those present were: Hattie Swan, ... Jean Swan, …" - Tuesday, November 3, 1914. Surely not the Klu Klux Klan (although they did start recruiting in Topeka by 1922), but I haven't been able to identify the "K. K. Ks".

"The Eighth grade pupils of the Oakland school will hold a class picnic at the home of Miss Jean Swan in Highland Park next Saturday afternoon." - Thursday, May 13, 1915. Oakland is a neighborhood in a large loop of the Kansas River, the "Kaw", to the west of the Topeka Airport.

"John F. Eby, county superintendent of schools, announced the names of the teachers who have been employed for the year 1915-16 for the county schools. ... Oakland: Jean Swan…" - Tuesday, July 27, 1915

"Dr. and Mrs. G. H. Ensign entertained the members of the Oakland W. C. T. U. and their families and the teachers of the Oakland school at their home … Tuesday evening at a Halloween dinner. The teachers present were: Miss Jean Swan, ..." - Thursday, October 28, 1915. That's the Woman's Christian Temperance Union.

"Mrs. Hamilton Swan, Miss Hattiebel Swan and Miss Jean Swan left Monday for Siloam Springs. Ark., to spend several weeks. Mr. Hamilton Swan will Join them later in the summer." - June 18, 1916

"The teachers chosen for the Oakland city schools for the coming year are …Miss Jean Swan. Miss Ruby Bush, high school teachers …", - Thursday, June 7, 1917.

"Miss Hattiebel Swan and Miss Jean Swan entertained Friday evening in honor of Miss Clara May Haynes of Sherman. Tex., who has been a guest this weeK at the Hamilton Swan home." - Sunday, December 30, 1917. Clara May in a few months' time would marry Hattie and Jean's brother William just before he left to die in France during WW I.

"The following girls enjoyed a Halloween tacky party Wednesday evening at the home of Miss Mabel Cromwell, on Adams street:..., Miss Jean Swan, Miss Hattiebell Swan, ..., Miss Clarice Zirkle." - Monday, October 31, 1921. Miss Zirkle was my first grade teacher thirteen years later.

In 1930 Hattie and Jean were living with their parents at 801 SW Lindenwood Ave, just off of 8th Street in the southwest part of Topeka. But by 1935 the sisters were living together less that a mile away at 1029 Liane St, just off of 10th Avenue, as attested in their 1940 census. At that time Jean was listed as head of household and working as a school teacher. No occupation was listed for Hattiebel.

Hattibel and Jean had been living together in Highland Park in their later years, if my recollection is correct, but apparently moved to Lecompton, a small community about halfway between Topeka and Lawrence, sometime in the 1940s.

In August of 1948 Jean was hired as a new faculty member in the Lecompton school as a teacher of home economics and English.

Jean's obituary in the "Lawrence Journal-World" of 7 Jul 1951 reads:

"Friends here of Miss Jean Swan, a former De Soto high school teacher, have learned of her death a few days ago. Miss Swan and her sister, Miss Hattie Bell [sic] Swan, made their home in Lecompton in recent years were they operated an antique shop."

Hattiebel and Jean are buried in Section 14, Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, Douglas, Kansas, according to findagrave.com memorials. Those memorials give correctly their years of birth and death, but provide no family connections.

An inquiry to the Oak Hill Cemetery elicited the information from Mitch Young that Hattiebel bought the cemetery plot for $50 on 2 Jul 1951 when she lived in Lecompton. That was the day after Jean's death.

iii    Swan, William Hamilton was born 9 Jan 1890 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas, died 29 Oct 1918 in France and was buried 18 Oct 1921 in Topeka Cemetery, Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas.  He and Clara May Haynes were married 1917/1918.  Clara May was born 6 May 1888 in Wartrace, Bedford, Tennessee, died 17 Jul 1961 in Sherman, Grayson, Texas and was buried 20 Jul 1961 in West Hill Cemetery.  She was the daughter of James W. and Pattie (Dobson) Haynes. 

William entered the Army 19 Sep 1917, Company D, 353rd Infantry, 89th Division. He died in France following wounds received 25th of Oct 1918. He appears on the Shawnee County Honor Roll online at www.shawneeww1.infol:

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On 10 Feb 2004 Jim Laird posted an obituary of Williams's from the Topeka Daily State Journal of Dec 17, 1918:

"Killed October 13; William H. Swan of Highland Park

"Topeka has another man on its roll of honor, the name of William H. Swan, who died October 13 [sic] from wounds received in action on the western battle front. Word of the death of their son was received Monday by Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton Swan, of Highland Park. It is thought that the battle in which young Swan received his death wounds was between the Argonne Forest and the Meuse River. He was a member of Company D, 353rd infantry, 89th Division.

"Before entering the army Swan was a teacher in the manual training department of the Topeka schools. He had previously taught two years in the Leavenworth high school. He was educated in the Topeka grade schools, the Los Angeles high school and the Kansas State Manual Training Normal School. He was 28 years of age at the time of his death.

"Swan left Camp Funston [Fort Riley, Kansas] May 28, 1918. A short time before leaving he was married to Miss Clara May Haynes of Sherman, Texas. He is survived by his wife, his parents, and two sisters, Hattibel C. Swan and Jean C. Swan."

From Clara May's gravestone memorial, see below, I was able to find her family in the 1880 and 1900 censuses. In that latter year, the family was in Sherman, Grayson County, Texas; J. W. and Pattie R Haynes, with daughters Lula M, 21, and Clara May, 12, all four born in Tennessee His occupation was given as "Furniture Undertaker". Was that a coffin maker? In 1900 James W. and Patty R. Haynes were censused in Shelbyville, Bedford, Tennessee, with son Jimmie, 3, and daughter Lula M., 1 year old. In 1910, he was listed as James, an undertaker, and Clara May was still at home that year.

In The Athenium, published by the student body of the Sherman High School, 1916 [ancestry.com], Clara May is listed as "Assistant Domestic Science" of the faculty, and her picture is shown:

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Clara May Haynes - 1916

Clara May attended Pittsburgh State College in Kansas, and graduated in the [class of 1917]. In that directory, she was listed as "Haynes, Clara May (Mrs. Wm. Swan)", so she wasn't married by the spring of 1917. They must have been married less that a year before William left for the war in May, 1918.

By 1920, after being married and widowed, Clara May was back living with her parents and sister in Sherman and working as a high school teacher. In the 1930 and 1940 censuses in Sherman, she and her sister were living together, with no occupation shown for either one, either year.

On 4 Jan 2015, Don Ruperts published a memorial on findagrave.com giving Clara May's birthdate, birthplace and parentage, which he obtained from her death certificate, a copy of which he forwarded to me 14 Jan 2015. He also included in the memorial an image of her gravestone in West Hill Cemetery in Sherman:

Clara May’s death certificate names her as Clara May Haynes Swan, living at 703 N Elm Street in Sherman, Grayson, Texas, where she died of acute myocardial infarction after suffering for about two years with arterioscleriotic heart disease. The informant was her sister Lula Haynes.

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Clara May Haynes Swan Gravestone

4    Swan, William Brown was born 16 Feb 1864 in Paterson, Passaic, New Jersey, died 1 Sep 1902 in Ludington, Mason, Michigan and was buried in Topeka Cemetery, Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas.  He and Belle B. Bennett were married 5 Jan 1898.  Belle B. was born Nov 1871 in Illinois, died 23 Jan 1944 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois and was buried 25 Jan 1944 in Topeka Cemetery, Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas.  She was the daughter of Henry and Mary F. (Vreeland) Bennett. 

William Brown Swan's birth is to be found on familysearch.org which cites "Records of births, marriages, and deaths of New Jersey, 1848-1900, Microfilm of original records at the New Jersey State Library, Trenton". He was the second son of James and Jane to be named William, which indicates that the Maryland born William of the 1860 census had died before 1864.

William, known as Will to his family, was a man of many talents — brass molder, foundry foreman, graduate of Baker University, Methodist minister, newspaperman, legislator, homeopathic physician who studied under Karl Menninger, Secretary of the Kansas State Board of Health, and University Trustee. His accidental death at the age of thirty-eight was a tragic loss.

Will B. Swan was listed for Representative, thirty-seventh District on the Republican County Ticket of 1892 [Topeka Weekly Capital, 27 Oct 1892]. In that election he was a successful candidate for the Kansas legislature. During the campaign, the Topeka Daily Capital endorsed him for the seat, and ran a biography in support of his candidacy. This short article provided us with our first knowledge of the itinerary of his parents as they moved from New Jersey to Wisconsin to Kansas, and relates William's own life up to that time.

As a youth Will worked on his father's farms and in his foundrys as a brass molder. He entered Baker University at Baldwin, Kansas in the fall of 1882. After having taken two years off to secure more funds for his education, he earned his A.B. with honors in 1889. After graduation, he was invited to fill the pulpit of the Methodist Episcopal church at Peru in Chautauqua county, Kansas, just west of Coffeyville and a few miles from the Oklahoma line. He left there at the end of the Methodist conference year, in March, 1890, and returned to Topeka to work again for his father as a brass molder at the foundry in the Santa Fe Shops.

Early in 1891 William accepted a position as advertising agent for the Knoxville, Tennesee Journal, and was associated as well with the Memphis Commercial. After only nine months in Tennesee, he returned to a job as foreman with his father at the Santa Fe brass foundry. It was at this time he was elected to the legislature. These were turbulent political times, and at one point violence became the preferred method of political action. In the legislative war of 1893, the statehouse had been barricaded by the Populists in an effort to prevent the Republican legislators from taking their seats. William is mentioned as one of the crowd who battered down the door to enable Stephen Douglas to legally call the house to order. Pistols were brandished by several men of both parties, but no shots were actually fired and only votes, not lives, were lost.

While working as the foundry foreman, and carrying out his legislative duties, Will had begun studying medicine under Dr. Karl Menninger, and in 1893 went to the Chicago Homeopathic (Webster: "Homeopathy: a system of medical practice that treats a disease especially by the administration of minute doses of a remedy that would in healthy persons produce symptoms of the disease treated".) Medical School, Chicago, Illinois, to continue his studies. (One source says he also studied there in 1891-92, but that conflicts with his biography which puts him in Tennessee and back in Topeka at that time. This is probably a confusion with his study under Dr. Menninger.) Upon graduation with an A.M. (1895) and M.D. (1896), he entered practice in Topeka, opening an office at 725 Kansas Avenue (telephone 942, according to an ad for his practice.). In 1899 William was elected secretary of the State Board of Health, a position which he held until his death, and in March 1902 was chosen as a Trustee of Baker University, representing the Kansas Conference of the Methodist Church.

In 1900 William and Belle (censused as Bella) were living on Buchanan Street in Topeka, with his birth date given as Feb 1863 rather than 1864. They were censused adjacent to his parents James and Jane and sister Lottie.

That year William came into conflict with the state auditor. The Kansas Board of Health had voted to send him to the national convention of health boards at Atlantic City, New Jersey. When he submitted his expense account for reimbursement (railroad fare plus $15 for a hotel room for two weeks!), the auditor refused to allow the bill, stating that the health board had no right to use money for any purposes outside the state of Kansas. This despite the fact that the auditor had previously approved funds expended in Missouri. Feelings ran strong: Dr. Minick of the board, and the Governor's personal physician, said "The nine members are of sufficient standing financially to buy out the whole administration and not feel the outlay", arguing that the board wasn't complaining about the money, but the principal they should be able to spend the money given to the board as they see fit in carrying out their duties.

While on vacation with his family on Lake Michigan in 1902, Will and two friends decided to attempt rowing in the face of a rough sea. The boat capsized, and Will, being unable to swim, was drowned despite the efforts of his friends to rescue him. His body was returned home for burial in Topeka Cemetery.

William's wife Belle was the daughter of Henry Bennett, for whom an extensive biography can be found in A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans [Connelley, 1918] We abstract a few of the highlights here:

Henry served with the Chicago Board of Trade Battery for almost three years during the Civil War, and started a very successful construction business in Chicago before coming to Kansas in 1876. There he engaged in an impressively wide range of construction work, including buildings for the insane asylum at Ossawatomie, many of the state buildings in whole or in part, churches, banks, business blocks and many of the important structures for the Santa Fe Railway. In 1878 he went to Manhattan and put up several structures for the state at Manhattan, including the auditorium, the mechanical engineering building, the veterinary building and the original creamery building. (A KSU archive states that Henry Bennett of Silver Lake was awarded the contract for the interior work on Anderson Hall.) In 1888 he took the contract for remodeling the east wing of the State House as a senate chamber and put in between $250,000 and $300,000 of interior finish work on the central part of the building.

Some of the more conspicuous of his operations in Topeka alone have been the Governor Crawford Block, the Columbia, the Masonic Block, the Independent Telephone Building, the original Central National Bank Building, the National Hotel, the old Copeland Hotel which was destroyed by fire and the present fireproof building on the old site. He built the governor's mansion, the Topeka Library Building, and the Edison office building. After he had passed his seventieth birthday his organization undertook the new Santa Fe office building, the Grace Cathedral, and the Sunday School building of the First Methodist Church.

In 1891 Mr. Bennett went to Mexico and constructed the general offices, a depot and a hotel for the Gulf & Monterey railroad, and also built a number of stations between Monterey and Mexico City for the Mexican National Railway. He also had several contracts for construction work on the World's Fair grounds at Chicago, and put up the Territorial Building for the territories of Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico and Alaska. In 1896 he erected the National Hotel at Cripple Creek, Colorado, and has erected many buildings for the Santa Fe Railway Company all over the Southwest. When Oklahoma was open to settlement he had a contract with the Rock Island Railroad for building every station on that company's line in Oklahoma. That was one of his largest years and besides all of this work he put up the roundhouse and other buildings for the Rock Island at Blue Island, Illinois.

Mr. Bennett was a member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Topeka, a Knight Templar Mason, a past commander of the Loyal Legion in the State of Kansas, and belonged to the Rotary and the Topeka Commercial Clubs.

After William died, Belle took out permit #10724 for a $2,250 house at 914 Munson (then King) where she then lived with her father, who established an office in the building [skyways.lib.ks.us/orgs/schs/preservation/virtualtours.html]. She appears as Belle B. Swan at this address in the 1902 Radge's Topeka City Directory, while William B. Swan has an entry listing his profession of physician, his position as secretary of the State Board of Heath, and his residence at 624 Buchanan Street. William drowned that year, and these separate listings probably represent "before and after" entries during the publishing process.

Belle appears in the 1905 census index for Topeka, age 33, as Mrs. Bell B. Swan.

I cannot find Belle in the 1910 census, but her father was censused in the 3rd ward in Topeka on a page [Series: T624 Roll: 457 Page: 43] that is so faded as to be almost entirely illegible, so Belle was probably listed there also but her entry not readable.

In 1915 the census lists "Bell" and her daughter living with her parents at 914 W 11th Street in Topeka. In 1920 Belle and her daughter were censused living with Henry on King Street in Topeka, her birthplace given as Illinois and her age as 49. Wilma was 17 years old. Both are listed with no occupation [Series: T625 Roll: 551 Page: 234].

On 13 Jul 1922 Belle B. Swan purchased lots 110, 112, and part of 114 on King Street in Giles subdivision [443:575]. This is now Munson Street, and the lots lie in the middle of the block between Western and Fillmore, around the corner and a block over from her where her in-laws, James and Marguerite Swan, had lived.

After William's death by drowning, Belle remarried to Charles B. Minor, and she is buried in the Bennett family plot in Topeka Cemetery, Section 69, Lot 136.

A son of William Brown and Belle B. (Bennett) Swan:   Wilma Bennett. 

i    Swan, Wilma Bennett was born 1 Dec 1902 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas, died 21 May 1925 and was buried in Topeka Cemetery, Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas. 

Wilma's birth and death years given here are from her tombstone in Topeka Cemetery. The cemetery record says that she died of tuberculosis.

5    Swan, James Albert was born 29 Mar 1874.    


James Albert Swan  &  Marguerite "Maggie" Markley
William 1, Charles 2, James W. 3, James Albert 4, Paul Reese 5, Paul Reese 6 Markley Top  


James Albert Swan was born 29 Mar 1874 in Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and died 28 Jan 1937 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas. 

James Albert and Marguerite "Maggie" were married 4 May 1898 in Topeka. 

Marguerite "Maggie" Markley was born 20 May 1875 in Indiana and died 29 Dec 1949 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas.  She was the daughter of Aaron and Mary Alice (Mitchell) Markley. 


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James Albert Swan and Margaret (Maggie) Markley

James Albert, called "Burt" within the family, was much the youngest child, being born ten years after his brother Will. He was a small child when the family moved to Kansas. His name first appears in the Topeka directory of 1893-94 when he is listed as a brass molder, living with his parents.

According to The History of Highland Park [Anon., 1956], page 72, James Albert worked for the Hewitt Company, "a brass factory, located in the Santa Fe yards". An advertisement in The Santa Fe Magazine in 1918 described "The Hewitt Company" of Chicago as providing Babbitt Metals, "Machine Finished Standard Metallic Packing Rings". This is the kind of material used in the journal bearings for which his father had received patents in 1898 and 1903 . It seems quite likely that this is the company that maintained a branch in the Santa Fe yards in Topeka.

The The History of Highland Park goes on to say "Later he started a business of his own in a steel corregated building at his home. Because of transportation difficulties this business did not prosper and he went into the store department of the Santa Fe where he worked until his death". (These events must have been before 1907, when we know that Burt went to work as a clerk for the Santa Fe, and the home and business may have been on the Lane Street property, but of that we're not sure.) By 1909 he was a clerk auditor of disbursements, an assistant clerk and general storekeeper or clerk in the R. R. Store House [census] in 1910, and was listed as a clerk in the shops from 1916 until at least 1935.

On 25 Jul 1895, James bought twelve lots on Indiana Street next to the new Highland Park Addition. (Described as Lots 2, 4, and 16 [sic?] on Indiana and lots 6-8-10-12-14-16-17-18-19 on Indiana in Hughes Park Addition and Lot 20 on Indiana [223:265]. Lots on the west side of Indiana, within the Highland Park addition, carried odd numbers. Highland Park lots to the south, on both sides of the street were above 100, and Indiana was not platted north of 23rd.) I failed to examine the relevant plot maps, but it is likely that this purchase was on the east side of Indiana between Oriole (23rd) and Falcon (24th). The land was bought just five days after his father bought lots on Grand in downtown Topeka, and both were apparently buying investment property. The disposition of this Indiana Street property was not found in the Shawnee County deed index, but may simply have been overlooked in our search. Alternatively, this purchase might have been made by the James Swan, unrelated, who lived south of Topeka. The record of the sale (with the wife's name) would have to be found to determine this.

James Albert and Margaret were married, Wednesday, 4 May 1898, by George S. Dearborn, Minister of the Gospel at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Highland Park. Their son Albert in his genealogical notes says that they were married in the Markley home on the southeast corner of 29th (then Jay) and Minnesota Streets.

Burt and Maggie first made their home at 1194 Clay, across the street from his brother Hamilton and a block south of the dress making establishment of her parents. This is probably the lot 440 which Margaret's mother Mary Alice bought 13 Oct 1892, but I failed to examine the plat map carefully enough to determine this. This is probably the address given as 1161 Clay by their son Albert in his notes, and corrected by someone else to 1261, but those numbers would have been on the other side of the street. Here a least four of their boys were born. Burt bought lots 496 and 498 on Buchanan 28 Mar 1901 for $700, across the street from Mary Alice's dress making establishment. There they lived until 1905, according to Albert, when they moved to Highland Park.

On 15 Sep 1906 Burt bought for $35 land on the west side of Lane between 5th and Willow (fractional lots 127-29-31 and the N 1/2 of 133 [319:278], the block being quite small and trapezoidal in shape), and apparently mortgaged the lots to the Cheshire Provident Institution. However, our copy of that transaction [326:294 and 324:15] is incomplete and may be misinterpreted, as the day we wrote was 1 Sep, before the purchase. On 4 Nov 1910 they sold this property for $1200 [368:399], and so must have had a home or business built on it during that period. Whether they lived there for a time and did not in fact move to Highland Park until 1910, is unknown (but see below).

About the same time as the Lane Street purchase, James bought the six lots on the west side of Ohio Steet in Highland Park, 1 Sep 1906, from Cornelia Curry [326:299]. These were directly across the street from the six lots that Mary Alice Markley bought the next month. Then, in December, Aaron Markley bought the next two lots and house on the east side of the street. Surely the two families planned these purchases together.

The location was a choice one in the Park, as the electric train line to Topeka ran along 28th Street right by these properties. Converted from the old steam line in 1903, the route started in a loop in downtown Topeka, ran across the Shunganunga Creek and through a pasture to 21st and Maryland. There it ran south to 28th where it turned and ran several miles east to Vinewood Park. This was a wooded area developed by the Edison Electric Company with lagoons, band shell, skating rink, dancing pavilion, and other fairground type of amusements. The electric line from there continued east as a freight line to the stone quarry about where Lake Shawnee is now located. Regular freight runs were made carrying supplies for Vinewood and feed and machinery to the farmers, and returning with grain, crushed rock, and often cattle and sheep destined for Topeka. While the freight movements might have seemed a nuisance, that was surely more than offset by the ready passenger access both to Vinewood, and every forty five minues to downtown Topeka. This service continued until 1926 when the trains were replaced by bus service ['The History of Highland Park'].

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James A. Swan, his uncle Hamilton Swan,
and father-in-law Aaron Markley, 1910 census

Margaret's parents Aaron and Mary Alice Markley had purchased the eight lots in Highland Park on the east side of Ohio at 28th Street in 1906. These had been passed on to their children (the details are not known), and on 19 Aug 1919 Margaret and James Albert sold them to his brother Hamilton [452:288]. By this time they had been living for some fourteen years in the house across the street at 2809 which they made their home for the rest of their lives. That was the first house built by Ham on Ohio. (Burt much later also bought lot 253, either the house south of 2809, or an empty lot, on 18 Oct 1923 [502:488].)

Burt bought the corner lots (241-43-45) between his land and 28th from Cornelius Curry 1 Sep 1906 [326:299], and sold them to his brother Ham 7 May 1909. That was the same time he bought the Lane Street property described above. Then, on 9 Jul 1926 Burt repurchased those corner lots and house from W. C. Lamb for $1 and other considerations, probably an exchange of property. Apparently Ham had sold the house he built there (where he lived in 1914) probably around the time he purchased the Markley property across the street in 1919.

A few months after selling the corner lots on Ohio to Ham, and while owning the Lane Street property, Burt on 19 Oct 1909 purchased, for $200, three quarters of a square mile (SW 1/4 and the W 1/2 of the SE 1/4 of Section 27.T11.R15, from the Coromedo Development Company [324:237]) on the Kaw (Kansas) River in west Topeka. This land is now bisected by Interstate 70, but includes the present location of the Governor's Mansion. We missed finding the sale of this property, which is unfortunate, as the record of the sale would confirm, by his wife's name, that this buyer was indeed our James Albert Swan.

On 8 Jul 1926 Burt and Maggie mortgaged the three corner lots for $2000, to be repaid to the Capitol Building and Loan Association of $22.20 monthly until July of 1938. Two months later, on 23 Sep 1926, they took out an additional mortgage on the property of $200, to be repaid at the rate of $2.22 monthly. The larger loan was repaid in full by 1935, but the small loan continued until its original maturity date. This is the home, then numbered 2801, that our parents moved into before 1931, and purchased from James Albert and Margaret in 1937.

"The Topeka Daily Capitol"

"The graduation exercises of the eighth grade of the Highland Park school were held Wednesday evening at the schoolhouse. The following was the program: Processional. Miss Roberta McKirahan; invocation. Rev. C. W. Marlin; song, class; address. Rev. Harry Wise; piano solo, Retta Main. Mr. J. A. Swan presented the diplomas to Marius Ahlstrom, Margaret Anderson, Roberta Cromwell, Carol Dean, Paul Hill, Edwin Leuenberger, Nettie Leuenberger, Lillle Sayler, Donald Swan, Paul Swan, Clyde Davidson, Retta Main and Harriet McCarter."

Maggie's name was spelled "Marguerite" by her father Aaron in recording her birth in the family bible. It was also printed that way on her high school graduation program. There she headed the list of speakers, reciting "The Painter of Seville" on 2 May 1894 at the Highland Park Chapel. All later spellings I've seen have been "Margaret", but she was known mostly as "Maggie", even at age 5 on the 1880 census.

The six children of James Albert and Marguerite "Maggie" (Markley) Swan:   Albert Markley, Donald Eugene, Paul Reese, James Aaron, Francis Hamilton and Margaret Louise. 

1    Swan, Albert Markley was born 9 Dec 1899 in Topeka and died 25 Dec 1968 in Topeka.  He and Lillian Evangeline Jeanette Harrison were married 16 Mar 1940 in White City, Kansas.  Lillian Evangeline Jeanette was born 30 Sep 1908 in Dwight, Morris, Kansas and died 21 May 1993 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas.  She was the daughter of Charles Henry and Hilda Elizabeth (Tysell) Harrison. 

Albert and Lillian were married in the home of J. J. Richards, the pastor who performed the wedding ceremony. The license had been obtained at Alma, Kansas. They lived with his parents for some years at 2809 Ohio, then moved to 1434 Washburn in 1946. Albert for most of his life was an electrician, and owned the Swan Electric Company at 1414 West 15th Street in Topeka. His brother Fritz in 1937 worked for him and received mail at that location, and may have lived in the building at that time.

On 2 Mar 1918 Albert enlisted in Company A, Ninth Battalion, of the Kansas State Guard, and was promoted to Corporal 29 July of that year. He was discharged 16 Aug 1918 from the Kansas State Guard because he had enlisted in the Kansas National Guard, although his State Guard enlistment had been "for the peroid [sic] of the war and one year thereafter", according to the printed discharge document.

Albert then registered for the draft on 12 Sep 1918, at which time he was working as an electrician for the Santa Fe. According to a source I've since lost, he entered the Army 1 Oct of that year. Then, on 9 Dec 1918 Albert received his honorable discharge from the Army of the United States by reason of the expiration of his term of service at Washburn College in Topeka.

Al and at least two of his brothers, Dad and Fritz, were amateur radio enthusiasts. Al gave his return address on a 1962 letter to Fritz in New Mexico as "W0JCZ, 1414 W. 15th St., Topeka, Kansas", thus identifying himself by his ham call letters.

Albert wrote several pages of undated notes on our family history which contain considerable detailed information on our line which is otherwise unrecorded [Swan, Undated]. These notes were found in Lillian's home after her death in 1993 by their niece, Vickie (Dial) Smith, who had looked after Lillian in the later years of her life. They have been cited above, primarily in regard to the life of his grandfather James W. Swan.

Albert's Social Security number was #511-32-4471, issued in 1951, and the SS Death Index indicates that he was born 9 Dec 1899 (which is correct) and that his last benefit payment was Dec 1968 at Zip Code 66604, in the south part of Topeka.

According to the Social Security records, another Albert Swan, #511-36-8785, was born 10 Nov 1899, about a month before Al, and died Jul 1985 in Topeka at Zip Code 66605.

Lillian's Social Security number was 512-50-0459, issued in Kansas 1963 or 1964, and the Death Index gives her birth and death dates.

2    Swan, Donald Eugene was born 28 Dec 1900 in Topeka, died 10 Oct 1991 in Bedford, Tarrant, Texas and was buried in Topeka Cemetery, Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas.  He and Percita Robbins Waggoner were married 4 May 1935 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas.  Percita Robbins was born 28 Sep 1906 in Topeka, died 1 May 1994 in Keller, Tarrant, Texas and was buried in Topeka Cemetery, Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas.  She was the daughter of Albert Tenney and Margaret Grace (Jones) Waggoner. 

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Don and Percita (Waggoner) Swan

Don worked for 20 years at the Topeka Supply Depot. Late in life, he and Percita moved in Aug 1990 to Bedford, Texas, in order to be closer to their daughter, Mary Alice. However, he and Percita are buried in the Topeka Cemetery.

Don's Social Security number was 709-16-1304, which is interesting because that number was assigned to railroad workers through 1963, so he must have been employed with the Santa Fe when his card was issued. For some reason, no Zip Code was recorded for his last Social Security payment, but his birth date and death year were correctly recorded.

The two children of Donald Eugene and Percita Robbins (Waggoner) Swan:   Mary Alice and Jean Rosanne "Annie". 

i    Swan, Mary Alice was born 6 Mar 1939 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas.  She and Charles "Chuck" W. Black were married 16 Nov 1957.  Charles "Chuck" W. was born 30 Aug 1936 in Henryetta, Okmulgee, Oklahoma.  He was the son of Charles Frank and Lois Velma (Hawkins) Black. 

The three children of Charles "Chuck" W. and Mary Alice (Swan) Black:   Teri Dawn, Timothy David and Thomas Daniel. 

1    Black, Teri Dawn was born 24 Apr xxxx in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas.  She and Mark Johnson were married 24 Apr 1982.  Mark was born 24 Apr xxxx. 

The three children of Mark and Teri Dawn (Black) Johnson:   Adam Robert, Katrina Marie and Alex Charles. 

i    Johnson, Adam Robert was born 16 Jul xxxx in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

ii    Johnson, Katrina Marie was born 30 May xxxx in Germantown, Maryland. 

iii    Black, Alex Charles was born 3 May xxxx in Shawnee, Kansas. 

2    Black, Timothy David was born 6 Jul xxxx in Aurora, Kane, Illinois.  He and Jennifer Margaret Harris were married 12 Nov 1994. 

The two children of Timothy David and Jennifer Margaret (Harris) Black:   Addison Rebeka and Megan Elizabeth. 

i    Black, Addison Rebeka was born 25 Nov xxxx in Dublin, Ohio. 

ii    Black, Megan Elizabeth was born 19 Sep xxxx in Southwick, Massachusetts. 

3    Black, Thomas Daniel was born 30 Sep xxxx.  He and Micaela Marie Bergstrom were married 24 Jul 2002 in Clark, Nevada. 

Tom, Micaela and their son Evan reside in Indianapolis where Tom is doing his residency in emergency medicine and critical care [Personal Communication, 2006, Mary Black].

A son of Thomas Daniel and Micaela Marie (Bergstrom) Black:   Evan Thomas. 

i    Black, Evan Thomas was born 1 Sep xxxx in Galveston, Texas. 

ii    Swan, Jean Rosanne "Annie" was born 6 Jun xxxx.  She was married (1) to John Albert Corn 28 Nov 1968.  John Albert was born 12 Jul xxxx in Saint Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri.  He was the son of John Henry and Anna Lee (Hill) Corn.  She was married (2) to Gary Armstrong 5 May 1990 in Saginaw, Michigan. 

According to her sister [Personal Communication, April 2004], Rosanne had her name legally changed to Annie Swan Armstrong. Annie herself got in touch with me in Nov 2009, and her name is now Annie Robbins Swan.

3    Swan, Paul Reese was born 15 Oct 1903.    

4    Swan, James Aaron was born 13 Sep 1904 in Topeka and died 9 Jun 1964 in California.  He and Inez LeClerc were married 16 Oct 1939 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas.  Inez was born 1 Feb 1903 in Hutchinson, Kansas and died 15 Dec 1992 in Grants Pass, Josephine, Oregon.  She was the daughter of Harry and May (Sample) LeClerc. 

A letter from his brother Fritz in Mexico City was sent to Jim at 11057 South Atlantic Ave., Lynwood, California, and the envelope later returned to Fritz for the Mexican stamp. Unfortunately the cancellation is faint and the date unreadable, but there is another registered envelope to Fritz from Jim at that same address on 20 Jul 1957. Lynwood is in greater Los Angeles, some twelve miles east of the L. A. airport, and a few miles south and east of Watts.

I did have an address for Jim and Inez in May 1957 at 8530 Lemoran Avenue, Riveria, a town just north of Santa Monica, and four miles west of Beverly Hills, California.

Apparently Jim did not receive Social Security payments, probably because he worked for the Santa Fe all of his life. However, there was a James Swan recorded, #150-09-5491, who was born less than six months before Jim in 1904, and who died one month before he did in 1964.

5    Swan, Francis Hamilton was born 26 Oct 1908 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas and died 22 Jan 1984 in Alamogordo, Otero, New Mexico. 

The two main activities of interest to Fritz were radio electronics and stamp collecting. He apparently at one time had a ham radio license, but his main interest was in building electronic gadgets and listening, as did our father, to short wave transmissions from around the globe.

At his death Fritz left behind with his friends of many years, Susan and Michael Shyne, all of his personal possessions. Included in these effects was a collection of envelopes he had received (or, in a few cases, mailed), some still with the letters, some empty. From these, we have been able to reconstruct a list of the places Fritz lived over the years.

The earliest envelope in this set was obviously saved for its philatelic value, as it bore a "first day" cachet and was cancelled in Atlanta, Georgia, 2 May 1928. Apparently the envelope had travelled on a New Orleans to New York airmail flight before continuing to Fritz's address at 2809 Ohio. The next envelope was from his mother, sent to him 21 Jul 1928 at Walden, Colorado, where he was presumably vacationing.

There follows a gap of over nine years in Fritz's collection of old envelopes. We then find him receiving mail in January 1937 at 1414 West 15th Street in Topeka, his brother Al's Swan Electric Company business address. He probably worked there for Al, and may have lived at the shop as well. However, by the time of his notice to appear for his Selective Service examination 17 Jul 1942, he was back living with his mother at 2809 Ohio. In October 1942 and February, 1943, Fritz received mail at 721 Washington Blvd., Kansas City, Kansas. The first letter was from a friend Cleora discussing army matters, and enclosing a newspaper clipping reporting his sister Louise's marriage to Martin Tritt. The other envelope had as a return address the Officers Mess at Topeka Army Air Field. On 17 May 1943 Fritz received a draft notice, classifying him as "1C", but he had already mailed a letter to Cleora Campbell on 22 Mar 1943 and given his return address as "Pvt. F. H. Swan 17058639, R. C. 1773, Fort Levenworth Kans." The reason for this sequence of events is somewhat obscure.

Twelve days after his draft classification notice was mailed, he was back in Topeka at the Army Air Base where Lieut. J. T. Pierce signed a pass (typed on a three by five inch file card) entitling Fritz "to be admitted at any time" to the Office of the Officer-in-Charge, Signal Section, 307th Depot. On the reverse was another typed note good for admittance to the "confidential radio room", also signed by J. T. Pierce. Jack Pierce became a long time friend of Fritz, as we have a letter he mailed 15 Oct 1945 from Irumagawa, Japan, discussing a Japanese radio receiver he had "liberated" and sent to Fritz at 2809 Ohio. Incidently, John was incensed at that time about being marooned in Japan because the longshoremen were on strike, and there was no transport available back to the U. S.

After Pierce did return to this country, on 3 Dec 1945 he sent to Fritz in Topeka a series of six small photographs taken at various locations in Japan. His letter, with the photographs taped on, was written from the Madigan General Hospital in Tacoma, Washington, where he was recuperating from some illness. The letter mentions that he had been corresponding with various photographic and cartoonist schools, and was anxious to get back to an artistic profession. He also hoped that Fritz might "drop in with Henrietta" to visit, indicating that she had been on his staff along with Fritz. By 19 Dec Fritz received a letter from his mother addressed to him at 4125 Brooklyn, Seattle, Washington, so presumably did in fact journey there to see his friend.

In May of 1947 Fritz sent a letter to his mother postmarked Camp Verde, Arizona, and the next month our Dad sent him a letter at 4628 Date Street, La Mesa, California. This was evidently a vacation to the southwestern part of the country, and possibly the time in which he first became aquainted with the areas to which he would later return to live the rest of his life. On 9 Jun 1948 he received a registered letter from Jack Pierce (at 2613 12th Ave. No., Seattle) addressed to him at 2615 Virginia Street, Topeka. This was the address of his brother Don, and confirms my vague recollection that he lived for a time with Don and Percita before building his own house at 2807 Ohio. Exactly when over the next years he built this small home next to ours, with Dad's help, is not known. There he received in April, 1953, a postcard titled "Official Bulletin Nr. Umpteen From KVRC Hdqrs., Police Department, 5th & Jackson, Topeka" requesting his presence at the next meeting of the Kaw Valley Radio Club.

Soon after our father died, Fritz sold his house to mother and moved to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Although he continued to correspond with his brothers for several years, as far as we know Fritz never returned to Kansas. While in New Mexico he lived first at several addresses in "T or C" from August 1954 through July 1956. He then moved to La Luz, New Mexico, just outside of Alamogordo, where he lived from August, 1956 through January 1957.

Fritz gave to his brother Jim a power of attorney dated 16 May 1957 to sell for him approximately 200 acres of subdivided land in Los Angeles County. By 20 July 1957 Fritz had moved back to Truth or Consequences, where he received a registered letter from Jim (at 11057 Atlantic, Lynwood, CA) on that date. Fritz's address there was 618 Silver Street until he left for California. However, the date of his move from New Mexico is somewhat unclear. A return notice from the Society of Philatelic Americans was sent 20 Dec 1957 to him at 8530 Lemoran Avenue, Rivera, California, acknowledging his change of address. But he continued to receive mail at 618 Silver Street through May of 1958. Then, by September of that year, mail was being forwarded to him at the Lemoran Avenue address, but by May or June of 1959 he was back in New Mexico where he stayed for the rest of his life. What the connection was between the California land he asked Jim to sell in 1957, and the Rivera address he lived at late that year and early 1958, is presently unknown.

6    Swan, Margaret Louise was born 9 Feb 1924 in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri and died 21 Oct 1991 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas.  She was married (1) to Martin Tritt.  Martin was born 22 Oct 1922 in Jennings, Decatur, Kansas.  He was the son of Oscar and Jennie (____) Tritt.  She was married (2) to Royce Dial 8 Nov 1965 in Charleston, Kanawha, West Virginia.  Royce was born 26 Dec xxxx in Huntington, Cabell, West Virginia.  He was the son of Elijah Allen and Thena Mae (Williamson) Dial. 

Margaret Louise, whose natal name was Helen Lucille Ebner, was adopted as a five months old baby by James and Margaret. She was born in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, at 12:45 pm, 9 Feb 1924. Louise's original birth certificate states that her mother, Mildred Ebner, was 17 years old and was born in Haskins, Iowa. Mildred lived at 2905 Campbell Avenue in Kansas City, and worked as a Telephone Operator. The place of birth was given as Kansas City General Hospital, the attending physician was Joseph G. Webster. The father's name was blanked out on the certified copy of the birth certificate released 29 Nov 1991 to Louise's daughter Vickie by the Local Registrar of the State of Missouri. (Vickie tells me (July, 1994) that she has found records of Mildred Ebner in Haskins, Iowa, and will send me the details of her parents and siblings.)

Louise's adoption was approved 5 Jul 1924 in the Juvenile and Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri, at Kansas City. The original order appears as No. A 3468 in book 12, page 413, and was witnessed 12 Jul 1924 by the Clerk of the Court. It is interesting that James and Margaret on 1 Mar 1944 obtained from the state of Missouri a certificate of birth for Louise. In that document Margaret certifies that she "attended" the birth, but it in no way indicates that she and James were not Louise's natural parents.

Louise graduated from Highland Park High School in 1942, and was a member of the Highland Park United Methodist Church. She died 21 Oct 1991 in a Topeka hospital, and was buried 24 Oct in Topeka Cemetery.

Royce was stationed at Forbes Air Base, near Topeka, until 1967.

A daughter of Martin and Margaret Louise (Swan) Tritt:   Virgie Louise. 

i    Ratliff-Tritt, Virgie Louise was born 23 Nov xxxx in Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri.  She was married (1) to Ernie Bouten.  She was married (2) to Leroy Dengault. 

Virgie Louise was adopted by Louise and Martin after several years of being a foster child in their care.

A daughter of Ernie and Virgie Louise (Ratliff-Tritt) Bouten:   Danny. 

1    Bouten, Danny was born 28 Mar xxxx in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas. 

A daughter of Leroy and Virgie Louise (Ratliff-Tritt) Dengault:   ____. 

1    Denault, ____. 

A daughter of Royce and Margaret Louise (Swan) Dial:   Vickie Lou. 

i    Dial, Vickie Lou was born 19 May xxxx in Topeka.  She and Brian Lynn Smith were married 28 Jul 1990.  Brian Lynn was born 29 Jul xxxx.  He was the son of Jessie Dale and Joyce (Rinehart) Smith. 

Vickie found the genealogical notes of her uncle Albert, and pictures of Jane and James Swan in the effects of Al's widow Lillian after her death. We are grateful to her for making copies of these very valuable family documents available to us. Vickie and Brian live on SE California Avenue, Topeka, KS 66605.

A daughter of Brian Lynn and Vickie Lou (Dial) Smith:   Brianne Louise. 

1    Smith, Brianne Louise was born 10 Feb xxxx in Topeka. 


Paul Reese Swan  &  Mildred Louise Hartzell
William 1, Charles 2, James W. 3, James Albert 4, Paul Reese 5, Paul Reese 6 Hartzell Top  


Paul Reese Swan was born 15 Oct 1903 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas and died 11 Oct 1953 in Topeka. 

Paul Reese and Mildred Louise were married 4 Jun 1927 in Topeka. 

Mildred Louise Hartzell was born 11 Jan 1903 in Mulhall, Logan, Oklahoma Territory and died 3 Jul 1989 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas.  She was the daughter of John Eaton and Mary Jane "Merrie" (Alford) Hartzell. 


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Paul and Mildred were married in Topeka Saturday, 4 June 1927, by the Rev. C. Clark Buckner, Minister of the Gospel in the Christian Church. It is not known where the marriage ceremony took place. Dr. Buckner had been born in 1887, and was a graduate of Christian University, now Culver-Stockton College, in northeastern Missouri. He held pastorates in Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Nebraska before coming to Topeka, and in Texas and Missouri subsequently. He initiated in Missouri (as did Lyndon Johnson in Texas) the National Youth Administration program under President Roosevelt in 1935.

Dad entered Santa Fe service as a clerk in the Topeka freight auditor's office in November 1919, just after his sixteenth birthday. He resigned in May of 1923, but was again employed by the Santa Fe in June 1926 as a signal helper on an Eastern Lines construction crew, and was promoted to assistant signalman 1 Apr 1927. He entered the signal engineer's office in Topeka as an assistant draftsman 8 Oct 1927, and subsequently held the positions of material supervisor 9 Mar 1929 and second draftsman 16 Nov 1930. On 1 Nov 1935 he transfered to the office of the Signal Engineer System as a draftsman, and was promoted to Chief Clerk in that office 20 Jan 1936. He held that position until his death in 1953 [Obituary, The Santa Fe Magazine, November, 1953, p. 91].

Dad purchased the three corner lots #241-3-5 on Ohio, which he renumbered as 2801, from his father 8 Dec 1936. These included also the home which had been built by his uncle Ham Swan. The deed states that he assumed the balance due on two notes, of $1785 and $200, payable to the Capitol Building and Loan Association. Those notes had been taken out ten years earlier by our grandparents, and the payments of $22.20 and $2.22 per month were to run until 1938. We believe that mother and dad had been renting the home from grandfather Swan since about 1930, but the exact date of their move to Highland Park is not known.

Mildred's parents moved to Mulhall in 1898, two years after they married, when Mildred's father transfered from Norman, Oklahoma to become manager of the Carey-Lombard Lumber Company in Mulhall. (This biography is an abridged version of one written in 1993 by Leo K. Thiessen, Mildred's son-in-law. We thank him for the care he took in creating this memorial to mother.) On June 30, 1904, when she was just one and a half years old, her father died quite suddenly from a bowel obstruction. He had resigned from the lumber company shortly before his death to engage in farming, possibly with his in-laws, John Weller and Elizabeth (Teeter) Alford who were farming near Mulhall.

About 1909, Mildred moved with her family to Guthrie, Oklahoma, where her mother was a seamstress and ran a boardinghouse for the state legislators in order to support her family. Merrie also taught school at times. In 1917, the family moved to Topeka, Kansas, so that her brother Lawrence could become a boiler maker apprentice in the Santa Fe railway shops. Mildred attended the eight grade at Lincoln Grade School and completed the 9th grade of Junior High in 1919. She then worked at Crosby Brothers Department Store in Topeka until 1922. During her last year there, she also attended the Strickler School of Business, learning to be a comptometer operator. She went to work in 1922 for the W. A. L. Thompson Wholesale Hardware Company as a comptometer operator, and worked there until her marriage in 1927.

An item in "The Topeka Daily Capital" for July 29, 1922, listed 40 girls signed up for the YWCA week-end near Maple Hill, including Mildred Hartzell. Maple Hill is a small town about 20 miles due west of Topeka.

One of Mildred's friends for most of her life was Loretta Arens. Loretta worked as a teller in one of the banks in Topeka, as I recall. The Social Security file shows a Loretta Arens born 28 Aug 1902 and died in February of 1987, her last residence being Sebastian, Indian River, Florida. This may well be Mildred's friend, as the date of birth is just before Mildred's, and we do remember her retiring and moving away from Topeka.

A few years after their marriage, Mildred and Paul set up their home at 2801 Ohio in the Highland Park section southeast of Topeka, Kansas. (See the description of Paul's uncle Hamilton Brown Swan for the history of this house which Ham built before 1909.) Mildred lived there until 1981 at which time she sold the house and moved into an apartment in Mission Towers on East 29th, behind the Highland Park Methodist Church. Just across Minnesota on that corner is the location of the home of Aaron Markley, Paul's grandfather, who bought that land in 1885, and where Paul's parents James Aaron and Marguerite (Markley) Swan were married.

As a young wife and mother, Mildred was active in the Brownie Scout organization when Pat was small, and served as President of the Topeka Girl Scout Council. She worked in grade school activities and the Sunday School. Mildred was an active member for over fifty years of the Highland Park Methodist Church which she joined 9 Dec 1934, and where Patricia and Paul, Jr., were baptised 9 Jun 1940. She was also a graduate of the well known Menninger Bible Study Classes conducted in Topeka by the wife of Dr. Karl Menninger.

Mildred became a member of the Order Of The Eastern Star, as was her mother since the family's days in Mulhall. Mildred was initiated into Buelah Chapter in Topeka on 20 October 1923, and was later chosen for Buelah Belles.

When Paul died of cancer in October, 1953, Mildred renewed her business skills by taking a six week refresher course as a comptometer operator at Clark's Secretarial School. She then went to work 23 Mar 1954 for the Kansas Corporation Commission, and moved 1 Sep 1955 to the Department of Administration where she verified vouchers and payrolls. While working there she took a twelve week course in basic accounting in 1959, and then transfered into the Department of Public Instruction, 19 Apr 1960. There her job was as a traveling auditor of the School Lunch Program in the smaller towns' schools throughout Kansas. Mildred moved from the traveling job to work in the office in July, 1964, where she worked until she retired 31 Dec 1967.

Mildred was able to live comfortably and independently after her retirement. One of her favorite recreations, both during her marriage and later, was playing bridge, and she was a member of many bridge clubs over the years. She remained very active in all of the church groups and served the Topeka Rescue Mission as volunteer and secretary. Mildred liked to travel and was able to do so both while she worked and during her retirement. She was a member of the Topeka Travel Club and thus was usually able to travel with friends and acquaintances. During this time Mildred traveled to all of the continents, except for Antartica, some more than once.

[I am greatly indebted to Leo Thiessen, Mildred's son-in-law, for compiling the above biography of my mother - PRS.]

After Paul died, his youngest brother Fritz, who lived in a small house he had build next door on the first lot of their parents' property, wanted to leave for the southwest. Mildred on 12 Nov 1953 purchased the house, 2807 Ohio, and sold it in 1971, the deed being transferred 28 Aug 1981 when the mortgage was paid off. She sold her own longtime home at 2801 Ohio on 13 May 1981.

Mildred enjoyed excellent health until late December, 1987, at which time she began to have many health problems. She spent the last 6 1/2 months of her life in the Manor House nursing home in Topeka. The official cause of her death was heart failure, but she suffered from many other ailments. Her will, dated 21 Jul 1964, bequeathed to her daughter Patricia Thiessen her diamond ring, dishes, and glassware, and to her daughter-in-law Mildred Louise Swan her silverware. The residue of the estate was given to Patricia and her son Paul, share and share alike.

At Paul Sr.'s death in 1953, a gift of an altar bible had been given to the Highland Park Methodist Church in his memory. Thirty six years later the scriptures were read from this bible at Mildred's funeral service.

The two children of Paul Reese and Mildred Louise (Hartzell) Swan:   Paul Reese and Patricia Lee "Pat". 

1    Swan, Paul Reese was born 7 Feb 1929.    

2    Swan, Patricia Lee "Pat" was born 19 Nov 1931 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas and baptized in the Highland Park Methodist Church.  She and Leo Kurtis Thiessen were married 26 Aug 1956 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas.  Leo Kurtis was born 26 Sep 1933 in Inman, McPherson, Kansas.  He was the son of Henry D. and Tina D. (Klaassen) Thiessen. 

The two children of Leo Kurtis and Patricia Lee "Pat" (Swan) Thiessen:   Amy Susanne and Julie Marie. 

i    Thiessen, Amy Susanne was born 14 May xxxx in Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas. 

ii    Thiessen, Julie Marie was born 12 Oct xxxx in Atchison, Atchison, Kansas.  She and Duane Orval Hartshorn were married 22 Jun 1986 in Denver, Denver, Colorado.  Duane Orval was born 12 Jan xxxx in Canada.  He was the son of Denzel Fred and Janet Sue (Johnston) Hartshorn. 

The four children of Duane Orval and Julie Marie (Thiessen) Hartshorn:   Denzel Henry, Lucy Ann, Ella Sue and Meam Kathlene. 

1    Hartshorn, Denzel Henry was born 19 Jan xxxx in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw, Michigan. 

2    Hartshorn, Lucy Ann was born 15 May xxxx in Ann Arbor. 

3    Hartshorn, Ella Sue was born 26 Jan xxxx in Grand Junction, Colorado. 

4    Hartshorn, Meam Kathlene was born 12 Mar xxxx in Grand Junction. 


Paul Reese Swan  &  Mildred Louise "Millie" Hamilton
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Paul Reese Swan was born 7 Feb 1929 in Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas and baptized in the Highland Park Methodist Church. 

Paul Reese and Mildred Louise "Millie" were married 7 Jun 1951 in McKeesport, Allegheny, Pennsylvania. 

Mildred Louise "Millie" Hamilton was born 22 Jul 1930 in McKeesport and died 21 Sep 1998 in Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, California.  She was the daughter of George Oliver and Florence Mae (Johnson) Hamilton. 


The three children of Paul Reese and Mildred Louise "Millie" (Hamilton) Swan:   Deborah Lee "Deb", Paul Reese and Mark Hamilton. 

1    Swan, Deborah Lee "Deb" was born 7 Mar xxxx in Orange, Essex, New Jersey. 

2    Swan, Paul Reese was born 25 Nov xxxx in Plainfield, Union, New Jersey.  He was married (1) to Janine Bisharat 15 Apr 1982 in Menlo Park, San Mateo, California.  He was married (2) to Kathryn Deloris Gordon 7 Jun 2000 in Las Vegas, Clark, Nevada.  Kathryn Deloris was born 1 Jan xxxx in Miami, Florida.  She was the daughter of Ellis Arnell and Hollie Nell (Israel) Gordon.  He was married (3) to Lenore Renee Grier 5 Jul 2012 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio.  Lenore Renee was born 22 Mar xxxx in Cleveland, Cuyahoga , Ohio.  She was the daughter of Sellers and Claudia Mae (Williamson) Grier. 

3    Swan, Mark Hamilton was born 16 Apr xxxx in Newton, Suffolk, Massachusetts.  He was married (1) to Nancy Marshall Ames 10 Jan 1987 in Stanford, Santa Clara, California.  Nancy Marshall was born 16 Apr xxxx in San Francisco, San Francisco, California.  He was married (2) to Linda Jennifer Stevens 2 Sep 2000 in San Francisco.  Linda Jennifer was born 2 Aug xxxx in San Mateo, San Mateo, California.  She was the daughter of Harry Ferdinand and Winnie Ernestine (Geway) Stevens. 

Mark and Linda's marriage on 2 Sep 2000 took place in the Westin St. Francis Hotel on Union Square in San Francisco.

The two children of Mark Hamilton and Nancy Marshall (Ames) Swan:   Melanie Elsbeth and Benjamin David. 

i    Swan, Melanie Elsbeth was born 9 Sep xxxx in Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California. 

ii    Swan, Benjamin David was born 5 Oct xxxx in Santa Clara. 

The three children of Mark Hamilton and Linda Jennifer (Stevens) Swan:   Lily Kathleen, Oliver Hamilton and Ruby Antoinette. 

i    Swan, Lily Kathleen was born 24 Nov xxxx in Los Gatos, Santa Clara, California. 

ii    Swan, Oliver Hamilton was born 8 Oct xxxx in Los Gatos. 

iii    Swan, Ruby Antoinette was born 18 Sep xxxx in Los Gatos. 

Ruby was 8 pounds, 12 ounces at birth, and 21 inches long.




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