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SWANSON FAMILY

Edward Swanson and his wife, Mary Myers Conn are the biggest challenges in my genealogy research. The earliest I have been able to find him with certainty is in Highland County, Ohio, 10 Nov 1808, when he bought a lot there. According to the articles by John Arnold detailed below, people in Rush County, Indiana, didn't know where Edward came from. Edward is quite an enigma, being a frontiersman and indian fighter who loved literature and reading at a time when most frontiersmen were illiterate. Mr. Arnold believed Edward was from one of the more settled colonies and a biography of his son, John, said that Edward was born in England. I have found an Edward Swanson owning property in the 1790s in South Carolina, but nothing to indicate if that was "my" Edward. It is certainly possible. He could have come up into southwest VA and met Mary and Samuel Conn there, then gone up through Kentucky to Ohio.

There were Swansons in Virginia and the Carolinas in the 1700s and the name Edward does appear in that family, but to date, I have been unable to connect the two. And was this family descended from one of the early Swedish colonists or were they English? Another interesting possibility is that my Edward is connected in some way to the Edward Swanson who was a founder of Nashville and a Revolutionary War soldier. The name was sufficiently unusual in this country prior to 1800 that it is certainly possible. Another coincidence that suggests that possibility is that the Edward Swanson of Nashville was married to Mary Looney. One of the friends my Edward entrusted with his burial was David Looney. Coincidence or connection? If anyone knows of a definite connection, I would love to hear from you.

I have been very fortunate to work with several other researchers on these families. Jean Laws has contributed a great deal, and it was she who located the articles by John Arnold that give so much information on Edward as a person, not just the murder for which he was well known. The late Anna Salierno also provided much information on the Swanson/Sherman families she researched for many years, and it was through her that I met Jean. Dennis McFerran has given me a lot of information on the Conn families and filled in some holes there. Other people who have contributed are mentioned within the file. If you helped and aren't given credit, please let me know so I can correct that.

The Myers familiy will be detailed on another page, along with Mary's first marriage to Samuel Conn. I have seen elsewhere work that lists a father for Mary, but nobody I've spoken to has been able to cite how that connection was made. To date, I have found nothing to support it, so still have no parents listed in my file. There were Myers in Lee County, Virginia, where Samuel and Mary Conn lived, and there was a Henry Myers there, but that is far too common a name to make any assumptions. Again, if anyone can shed light on Mary's parentage, I would love to hear it.



Descendants of Edward Swanson



1-Edward J. Swanson [897] was born before 1775, possibly in England, and died on 11 May 1829 in Rushville, Rush Co., IN, and was buried on 11 May 1829 in Rush Co., on David Looney's Property.

General Notes: Place of birth for Edward is from a bio of Amanda Swanson in Guinn's history of Tulare County, CA.

1796 History of Ross and Highland Counties, Ohio" lists the original voters in Highland Township, Highland Co., OH, in 1807. Edward's name was not on that list, although he did buy a lot there in 1808.

Book E pg 259, Highland Co., OH deed dated 10 Nov 1808 to Edward J. Swanson, of the County of Highland, State of Ohio, for Lot 23, Town of Hillsborough, from the Director of the Town of Hillsborough. Copy in the possession of the author.

Book E pg 258, Highland Co., OH deed dated 12 Dec 1808, to Edward J. Swanson, of the County of Highland, State of Ohio, for $25.00, for Lot 17, Town of Hillsborough, from Adam Brouse and wife Sarah. Copy in the possession of the author.

Book F page 160, Highland Co., OH, deed dated 24 June 1809, Edward J. Swanson and wife Mary sold for $25 to Benjamin Golliday, Lot 17, Town of Hillsborough. Edward signed the deed, Mary signed by her mark. Copy in the possession of the author.

Book G pg 258, Highland Co., OH, deed dated 1 Oct 1809, Edward J. Swanson and wife Mary sold for $65 to James D. Scott, Lot 23, Town of Hillsborough. Edward signed the deed. Deed doesn't specify Mary signed by her mark, but there is an "X" to the left of her name. Copy in the possession of the author.

Voting Register: 10 Oct 1809. Poll Book for election in Liberty Twp., Highland Co., OH, published in Roots & Shoots, Spring 1992, lists Edward T. Swanson

Voting Register: 11 Aug 1810. Poll Book for election in Liberty Twp., Highland Co., OH, published in Roots & Shoots, Fall, 1992, lists Edward I. Swanson.

Voting Register: 9 Oct 1810. Poll Book for election in Liberty Twp., Highland Co., OH, published in Roots & Shoots, Summer, 1992, lists Edward I. Swanson.

Between 28 Nov 1812 and 28 Feb 1813. Private in Capt. William Holeman's Co., Indiana Militia. "Indiana War of 1812 Soldiers Militia" Charles M. Franklin, 1984, Ye Olde Genealogie Shoppe & copy of Index card from NARA.

"Indiana Land Entries, Vol. 1, Cincinnati District, 1801-1840" by Margaret R. Waters, 1948; Indianapolis. Pg. 67 lists Edward J. Swanson and Michael Culver acquiring title to the NE 1/4 of S35 T12 N R2W of 1st PM, in Union Co. IN, on 28 Dec 1813. Copy in possession of the author. In Union Co. 1st Entry Book. It also shows John Myers acquiring title to the NW 1/4 of S24 same township and range, as of 13 Jan 1808; SW 1/4 S23 same townshp and range as of 9 May 180 ; NE 1/4 S7 same township and range, as of 25 Oct 1811 and NE 1/4 of S 32 same township and range also as of 25 Oct 1811. It is not proven that any or all of those are Mary Myers Swanson's brother.

No. 7550 issued at Land Office at Cincinnati 31 Dec 1818: It is hereby certified, That, pursuant to an act of Congress, passed on the tenth day of May, 1800, entitled “An act to amend the act entitled “An act providing for the sale of the Lands of the United States in the Territory northwest of the Ohio, and above the mouth of Kentucky river,” Edward J (or I) Swanson & Mich’l Cullver of Wayne County on the 23rd day of Dec’r 1813 purchased of the Register of the Land Office at Cincinnati, the lot or North East quarter of section numbered thirty five in Township No. twelve in the Second Range of the Cincinnati district, lying West of the Meridian line drawn from the mouth of the Great Miami River containing One hundred & fifty Six 22/100 acres at the rate of two dollars –cents per acres; for which said quarter section the said Edward J. Swanson & Michael Cullver has made full payment – his account therefore being finally settled and closed in the books of this office, as will appear by the following statement thereof, viz: -
DEBIT
1813 Dec 28 To amt of purchase money $312.44
1818 Dec 21 To interest 46.85

359.2 9

CREDIT
1813 Dec 28 By Cash $78.00
1815 Dec 26 Ditto 78.00
1818 Dec 21 Ditto 203.07

359.2 9

Now therefore be it known, that on presentation of this Certificate to the Secretary of the Treasury William Whiteman. ? ? Edward J. Swanson & Mich’l Cullver shall be entitled to receive a patent for the land above described. Signed ? ?, Register of the Land Office.
Copy of the above document is in the possession of the author.

Edward Swanson is on printed page 36 of the 1820 census for Brownsville Twp., Fayette Co., IN. Photocopy of entire page in the possession of the author. On the same page are two Wright families and 4 Thomas families, including an Ephraim. On page 34 is John Mires. On page 12 is Joseph Frazier and Peter Frazier.

1 m 45 and over (Bef 1775) [Edward]
1 f 26-45 (1775-1794) [Mary]
1 f 10-16 (1804-1810) [Mahala Conn?]
2 m under 10 (1810-1820) [John and Edward]
2 f under 10 [Narcissa and Mary]

"History of Rush County, Indiana", no author, 1888 Chicago: Brant & Fuller; Reprinted 1966 by Eastern Indiana Publishing Co., Knightstown, IN. Pg. 337 states that no land could be entered before the first Monday in October, 1820. Pg. 338 states "In what is now Union Township, Ben Davis' Creek, or as it was called by the Delaware Indians, Mahoning Creek, seemed to be the center of attention." The earliest settlers are listed and include Edward Swanson.

Oct 1822. Edward was foreman of the Grand Jury in Rush Co., IN.

Mar 1827. Edward was paid $3.12 1/2 for work done on the farm for the Estate of John Harlock, Rush Co., IN. Probate Order Book V. 1-2, pg. 18, LDS film 1630370. Copy in file.

"History of Rush County, Indiana", no author, 1888 Chicago: Brant & Fuller; Reprinted 1966 by Eastern Indiana Publishing Co., Knightstown, IN. On page 332/333, the history talks about shooting matches as a popular contest of skill. The matches were made by a number of persons uniting to buy a fat steer or heifer for beef. The animal was divided into five shares, the four quarters and the hide and tallow. The best shot had the first choice, the next the second, and so on . At other times there would be only one prize, perhaps a rifle an axe or a cow or calf. These contests were always interesting, not only on account of the value of the prize, but also the glory of the victory. Shooting at a mark even when there was nothing to be won was a constant source of amusement and was greatly appreciated by the frontierman and indulged in on all public gatherings, such as musters, elections, etc.. The skill of many with the rifle was indeed wonderful. Snuffing the candle with their ball was a feat that required the greatest tact and coolness. After night a candle was lighted and placed against a tree, say forty or fifty yards distant, and then the object was to cut the lighted wick off, without striking the candle itself. Edward Swanson, afterward famous as the murderer of Elisha Clark, and as being the only man in this county who has ever expiated his crime on the gallows, was the champion in this feat. His skill with the rifle was something wonderful, his sagacity as a hunter and woodsman could not be excelled. He was a typical frontiersman and Indian fighter, cool, crafty and courageous.

"History of Rush County, Indiana", no author, 1888 Chicago: Brant & Fuller; Reprinted 1966 by Eastern Indiana Publishing Co., Knightstown, IN. on page 403, says: "At the April term, 1829, Edward J. Swanson was indicted and tried for the murder of Elishi Clark; the prosecution was conducted by William W. Wick and James Whitcomb and the defense by Charles H. Test. The indictment embodied the essentials of the common law. It was drawn by James Whitcomb, and from it and the crushing prosecution escape was hopeless. The jury returned a verdict of guilty, which stands alone in the severity of punishment in the judicial history of the county. The defendants filed a motion for a new trial, assigning as one of the reasons that the Judge had charged the jury "that they were the judges of the facts and the court the judge of the law." The Judge, Hon. B. F. Morris, over-ruled all the motions and sentenced Swanson to be hanged on the following May 11, one month after the trial. Swanson disheartened, yielded to the inevitable and refused to appeal his case to the Supreme Court where there is scarcely any doubt that it would have been reversed. The execution occurred at the time fixed, and Swanson was the only man who ever paid the extreme penalty of the law in Rush County by an ignominius death upon the scaffold." A copy of the minutes of the April Term, 1829, obtained from the Rush County court confirms the above information.

On page 290 is a description of the early Rush County jail. It was a two-story building 14 x 18 feet, eight feet between floors, constructed of substantial timbers, hewed one foot square. The lower room was lined with two-inch plank; the entrance to that room was a door in one end, to be closed with iron shutters made of bars one-half an inch thick. The upper room was divided into two areas, one for females and one for debtors. Edward was most probably incarcerated in the downstairs room while awaiting execution.

On page 350 is part of some Reminiscenses of Dr. John Arnold, an early settler, who was also a witness to the Clark murder, speaks of one day being sent on an errand to his uncle Isaac Arnold and was accompanied by a Jane Richardson, a young woman from England who was living with the family. On the way they saw a gigantic wolf watching them from a distance of only 20 or 35 yards away. Jane screamed and ran for home. Dr. Arnold says "I felt disposed to follow her example, but remembered that I had heard Swanson, a famous hunter, a few days before say that the wolf would not attack even a woman or child if they boldly faced him, but that if they turned and fled it would be sure to kill them." He then picked up a handspike lying nearby and faced the wolf, and started backing away. Then the wolf howled and turned and left.

Darrol Pierson, Indianapolis, IN, sent newspaper articles as follows: "Reminiscenses of an Old Settler" by Dr. John Arnold. Mr. Pierson believes that these were originally published in the Rushville Republican sometime early in 1875, but is not positive. The source of the copies was Rush County Historical Society, Bicentennial Microfilm Project, 1976, Sec. 192 (Reel 4) pp. 30-33.
Paper IV, dateline Arnold's Home, Feb. 20th, 1875.
Friend Delbert: There are few of your readers who do not know that Edward Swanson was executed in Rushville for the murder of Elisha Clark, but beyond his crime and its punishment, but little or nothing is known of this man, and I propose in this paper to record all those matters relating to him, which I know and which I deem would be interesting. He was a man of mystery, for though known as pre-eminent in all woodscraft, successful as a hunter, and famous for his hostility to the Indian race, and the cunning and savage ferocity with which he pursued them, yet no one knew from whence he came or what were his antecedents; but enough was known to prove that his early years had not been passed in the wild woods of the West. He had a considerable acquaintance with literature and a great fondness for reading, two things never found in the native born back-woodsman. These traits led to my first acquaintance with him sometime in the year 1822.
My father, who was of literary tastes, brought with him to this country, a well selected library of several hundred volumes of standard works on history, philosophy, natural history, poetry and general belles-lettres. Swanson, as soon as he learned this fact, sedulously cultivated the acquaintance of my father so as to obtain the loan of his books. My father cheerfully loaned him his books, and took much interest in his tales of hunter’s life and the recital of conflicts with the Indians. He was a blood-thirsty man and hated the whole race with a perfect hatred, and boasted that he had killed many a one in time of peace as well as war, whenever an opportunity presented for doing it in safety. He used to boast that he could show plenty of bones, in this country, of Indians who had fallen by his hands. It appears that he had come to the west early in the present century, and had had his share of adventures. As a woodsman he could scarcely be excelled; it seemed more like instinct than reason, the certainty with which he would traverse the pathless forest, by day or by night; the desired direction was all he required. In the year 1823, my father being entirely unacquainted with the process of sugar making, proposed that they should join together and make in partnership. They accordingly opened a camp on the school section, where there was a great abundance of fine sugar trees. This was about three miles from my father’s and still further from Swanson’s. They took provisions with them sufficient to last for several days, so that they would not have to return home during the run. Whenever they would get all the water boiled down they would start, frequently late at night and very dark, and at that time the woods were dense with spicebrush, rendering it still more difficult to keep a straight course, but it made no difference with Swanson, he always struck the north-east corner of my father’s clearing. If there were no stars visible, he kept his course by feeling the moss on the trees; you are no doubt aware that it grows most luxuriantly on the north side.
I will mention here a little incident that occurred illustrating a particular trait in his character, showing that though he feared nothing human he was superstitious and troubled at the supernatural. One night they were boiling very late, their fire beside a large log giving a bright light, when they heard the rustling of the leaves and saw what at first they supposed to be a dog approaching along a well worn Indian path passing within a few rods of and in the full light of their fire, but which they presently saw was a large panther. It passed by slowly, deliberately, not even turning its head to look at them, giving no signs of either fear or anger. My father expressed his astonishment at its boldness in coming so near them in the strong glare of the fire, as such animals usually fear it. Swanson replied that it was not a real panther, but the spirit of some Indian whom he had slain, and had taken this form to manifest itself to him, but for what purpose he knew not. He was then and ever afterwards unwilling to discuss the subject.
He was once taken prisoner by Ben Davis’ band and held in captivity for some time in their village, a short distance from where I now live, but his cunning and knowledge of Indian character enabled him to escape. He was personally unknown to his captors, who had no idea that they held one of their most dangerous foes. The Indians would frequently invite him to shoot at a mark, which he invariably missed; when they took him with them on their hunts he never could kill anything; he also took pains to carry wood and water for the squaws; all these things excited their contempt and convinced them that he was no warrior, and they had no fears that so poor a hunter would try to escape. Finally the warriors had all gone away on some expedition, leaving none but the old men, the women and the children, when Swanson equipping himself with rifle, tomahawk and knife, struck a bee line for the nearest settlement, where he arrived in safety, having traveled night and day. I will here merely note the fact, that he was one of the best marksmen on the frontiers, and his awkwardness in the use of the rifle was a cunning ruse to deceive the Indians.
To illustrate his innate ferocity, I will relate some incidents that I have heard him frequently relate: At one time, when there was peace between the whites and the Indians, an irrepressible desire to kill one of the hated race seized him, and he determined at all hazards to gratify his inclinations in this particular. Accordingly, with his deadly rifle on his shoulder, his tomahawk and long hunting knife at his side and carrying a small sack of dried venison and parched corn, he set out for one of the White river towns. Arriving after night, he secreted himself behind a large log in a dense pawpaw thicket, his ambush commanding a much used path. Here in the confident assurance that the first solitary Indian that passed this road would fall an easy victim to his vengeance, he lay and watched three days and nights in vain, for it so happened that though many passed, there were always two or more together, and if he had shot one an immediate alarm would have been given and a relentless pursuit followed, and as he had no desire to lose his own scalp he did not shoot. His provisions being exhausted, and not daring to shoot game, for he said the Indians could at once detect that it was the report of a white man’s rifle by that wonderful nicety of hearing peculiar to the savage, he was obliged to go home without the gratification of having slain another of the hated red men. He always spoke with regret of the cruel disappointment.
He had a congenial associate, a brother-in-law named Myers, as keen a hunter and unsparing an Indian fighter as himself. In my earliest recollections of him, he was a squatter in the Popular Grove, about a mile west of William’s creek, and a little south of the Connersville and Rushville turnpike. Physically, he was powerful and active; morally, unscrupulous and dangerous. On one of their hunting expeditions they fell in with a man who told them that he had discovered a silver mine, and who agreed after much persuasion and some threats to show it to them. He took them down to the southern part of the State, and after winding about through innumerable ravines and climbing steep and rocky hills for a day or two, told them he could not find it. This made them extremely angry, for they were convinced that the alleged discovery was an idle boast made to deceive, or if real, he had determined not to let them share in its advantages, so one morning they told him that if he did not find it that day, that he would never return to the settlement. At this point Swanson always stopped as if all the tale was told; if any one, not satisfied with such an impotent conclusion, enquired if he showed them the silver mine, Swanson would reply that he did not; and if curiosity prompted further questioning as to what became of him, would reply evasively, though suggestively, that he was never afterwards seen in the settlement, leaving his hearers to draw their own inference. His wife was a suitable companion for him. She was a sister of the Myers just mentioned, and when Swanson married her was a widow by the name of Conn. He had formed an acquaintance with the family during her husband’s life-time and was a frequent visitor at their cabin in the wilderness. Business compelled Conn to go back to his old home, I think in North Carolina, but he never again saw wife or child. He was last seen when only one day’s journey from his home, well mounted and with saddle bags under him containing a considerable sum of money in silver. But he never reached home and all search and enquiry failed to dispel the mystery of his fate. In a short time Swanson married the widow, and there were many, who knowing how unscrupulous and reckless of human life he had always been, believed that he could, if he would, tell more about the missing man than any one else.
I have always thought that Swanson was brought up and educated in some of the old settled States, but having committed some bloody deed, fled to the frontier for concealment and safety and that having found the wild adventurous life of the wilderness congenial to his taste, had adopted it, forever renouncing the milder pleasures of civilization. When I first saw him he was probably over fifty years old, a little above the average height, slender but muscular, quick in his motions; his complexion had been originally fair but constant exposure to the elements had bronzed it; his hair was thin and light colored; his eyes a cold gray, but his most striking peculiarity was his immense bushy eye-brows, almost white, which he had a trick of drawing down when excited, and which gave to his countenance a most savage and sinister expression. He had the walk characteristic of both the red and white hunter; that is he lifted his foot high bringing it down lightly but firmly, which prevents the rustling produced among dried leaves by the usual mode of walking. This style of walking seems very singular to the uninitiated. Another hunter’s habit was his constant watchfulness, his eyes continually turning to the right and the left, as if he was in an enemy’s country momentarily expecting an attack.
I will conclude this paper next week, by giving the particulars of that deed by which he is best known to the community, the murder of Clark. Respectfully, J. Arnold.


PAPER V

Arnold’s home, March 6th, 1876
Friend Drebert: I will now, as briefly as possible, give the surroundings and circumstances of the murder of Elisha Clark, which happened in the fall of 1828.
At that time my father lived on his farm and kept store. He had rented his land to Swanson, who lived in a house not more than a rod from the one in which he himself resided. The two houses were on a line on the north side originally, but my father had subsequently erected the store room and porch the whole length of it, so that the store extended some twenty feet farther north than the house in which Swanson lived. Between the two houses was a board fence with a small gate in it. I mention these particulars so that the reader may clearly understand the circumstances of the killing.
I think it was in October that the muster was held at my father’s store, and as was customary on such occasions, the company indulged pretty freely in drinking old Monongahela whiskey, (Bourbon had not then attained its high reputation.) In the evening after the rest had gone home, Elisha and Lewis Clark and Richard Blackledge still remained in the store. My father was tired and wished to shut up, had gone back into his residence thinking that they would soon retire. I remained until they finally went out of the store and turned their course to the west. When they passed out I also went out on the porch and walked to its west end. The three men were walking abreast, Elisha Clark in the middle; just then the gate opened and Swanson advanced three or four steps and in an instant presented and fired his rifle. Clark fell, and Lewis Clark and Blackledge sprung upon Swanson and a fierce struggle ensued, the men rolling over on a pile of lumber that lay there. At this moment Mrs. Swanson, Mrs. Cruzan and Polly Swanson, a stout girl of eighteen, rushed to the rescue and instantly freed Swanson from the hands of Clark and Blackledge. He picked up his gun and returned through the same gate. My father and the two men took up the murdered man and laid him on a long table in our kitchen. He gave one or two convulsive gasps after they took hold of him and all was over. The ball had passed through his heart.
Lewis Clark and Blackledge appeared to be bewildered by the dreadful catastrophe and the liquor they had drank, so that for the time they were incapable of any action. As it was necessary to give the alarm to the neighbors, my father proposed going to John Mungel’s and to my uncle Isaac Arnold ’s, but as I knew that Swanson entertained a bitter hatred toward him because he would not let him have the farm another year, and as his fierce passions were now fully aroused, I feared that he would waylay and kill my father if he left the house on that errand, and I therefore insisted th at he should remain and that I would go, for I was swift of foot in those days, and had no fear of his catching me by running, nor did I fear his rifle shot in the thick woods, for the night was dark. I went, and as I dashed through the gate towards the east, I heard some one breaking through the brush by the side of the road. I supposed it was Swanson and I was right, for after he was taken he said that he was watching for my father, thinking it probable he would take that direction. He made no attempt to molest me and I ran on to Mungel’s, but he would not turn out until I went and got my uncle Isaac and a hired hand. When we got to my father’s we found that Blackledge was gone to George Zion’s, where there was singing school. In a short time he returned with several men, and as the alarm was given they continued to come in until late at night. Clark’s family, consisting of a wife and six daughters, came, and I shall never forget their frantic screams and agonizing cries as they embraced the cold and inanimate form of the kind husband and loving father, who but a few hours before had left them in the possession of vigorous health and strength. I have since then witnessed many pathetic scenes beside the bed of death, but I recollect none equal to this in its terrible despair and utter abandonment to grief from this awful and sudden bereavement.
The next day the whole country was roused and the woods far and near were scoured by the excited people, but in vain, for Swanson had made good his escape. A reward was offered for his apprehension, but he was too old a woodsman to leave any traces by which he could be followed. His house was watched for some time every night in the expectation that he would return to see his family. At last he was taken about two weeks after the murder by Jerry Washburn [sic – Dr. Arnold later corrected to Washam ], who lived about half a mile this side of William’s creek on what is now the Connersville and the Rushville Pike. He was building the old house that still stands on his farm, and had two carpenters working on it. He was also clearing up the field south of it, and one morning went out to stir up his log heap before daylight, and saw beside one of them a man wrapped in his blanket and the barrel of a rifle protruding from it. Believing it to be Swanson he hurridly returned to the house and then accompanied by the two carpenters cautiously approached the sleeper and secured the gun before he was aroused. As soon as awake he realized the situation, and coolly observed: “Washburn [sic], I have slept too late,” and made no attempt at resistance or escape, for it would have been useless. Washburn [sic] put him in a wagon, took him to Rushville, delivered him to the authorities and received the reward.
He laid in jail five months until court sat in April, 1829, and he was tried. The presiding Judge was Bethuel F. Morris, the associate Judges were John Gregg and Montgomery McCall, the Prosecuting Attorney was William W. Wick, the Attorney for the defense was Charles H. Test, and the Sheriff, William ? Bussell. [paper smeared on his initial.]
He was tried on the 9th of April. Wick was a cool strong man well versed in the law, and prosecuted the case with great vigor. The defense was ably conducted by Test, who was young and ambitious and most anxious to distinguish himself as a criminal lawyer. He had been successful in one or two previous cases, and remarked to a friend, that if he could clear Swanson his fortune would be made. I was of course an important witness, as I had seen the whole affair, and although my first appearance in a court of justice, was able to give a clear and connected account of the terrible tragedy. I shall never forget the events of that day; the most minute circumstances are indelibly impressed on the tablets of memory. When the jury came in, the most intense excitement prevailed in the crowded court room; not the slightest sound disturbed the utter silence, as the foreman arose and read: “We the jurors empanneled for the trial of Edward I. Swanson, having heard all the evidence for and against him, do unanimously find him guilty in manner and form, as he stands charged in the indictment aforesaid .” The defense filed exceptions and demanded a new trial. The next day the exceptions were argued, the Judge overruled them and decided that they were insufficient to warrant a new trial and proceeded, after some touching and appropriate remarks, to pronounce the dread sentence of the law, that on Monday the 11th of May, 1829, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., he should be hanged, and by his death on the gallows expiate his crime against society and give warning to all to restrain their blood-thirsty propensities. Test besieged the Governor with petitions for pardon, but he very properly declined to interfere with the course of the law, rightly judging that a jury of disinterested men, who had heard all the evidence were better prepared to do justice in the case than himself. The dread day to the wretched prisoner soon rolled around, and in the midst of the hollow square, formed by the military, he calmly met his ignominious death. He died with the stoical indifference of the Indian warrior. The vast crowd, drawn from all parts of the country by a morbid curiosity failed to detect any blanching of cheek or quivering of lip as the fatal cap was drawn over his face by sheriff Bussel, preparatory to launching him into eternity. The noose and the knot were accurately adjusted and he was swung off and after a few convulsive struggles he was forever still; all was over, justice was vindicated and thereby society protected – all assented to the fitness of his doom. The gallows stood on the hill about where the alley west of Dr. Pugh’s crosses the railroad in Rushville. Previous to his death another peculiarity had cropped out; though he feared not death he, strangely enough, had a horrible dread that his body would fall into the hands of the doctors and be subjected to the mutilations of the dissecting table. To prevent this dreaded result, he had obtained the solem promise, guaranteed by oath, from three of his friends, that they would take charge of his body and bury it where it might rest in peace, undesecrated by the scientific strokes of the surgeon’s knife. These men, David Looney, John Hughes and Lewis Smith proved true to their trust. The body was put in Smith’s wagon and hauled to Looney’s house; then in the still hours of night it was taken out into a clearing east and a little south of the house, where he was deposited in a grave and a large brush pile built over it, and as there were many more piles around, it would attract no attention itself and would conceal the newly moved earth. The next day Looney was out at work in his clearing, burning brush, and this completely effaced every trace of the recent burial. For over forty-five years the grain and the grass have grown over his last resting place, but no man can point out the precise spot, where the mortal remains of Edward I. Swanson still rest undisturbed.
There is nothing more of interest to relate, unless I briefly allude to the cause of discord that led to the murder of Clark. The Swanson family were on terms of most friendly relations with Robert Cruzan’s family. Mrs. Cruzan was a fine looking woman and a good neighbor, but it seemed that years ago previous to her marriage, there had been in circulation reports most damaging to her character. Clark had revived and circulated these stories through the neighborhood, thereby exciting the intense indignation of the subject of them. She made her husband fight Clark, but the result was not decisive, and he refused to try it again. Swanson and family strongly sympathized with the Cruzans and severely denounced Clark; this led to a bitter quarrel between the parties, which ultimately culminated in the slaying of Clark; but as there had been no trouble on that day or for some time previous, no one was expecting so terrible a result; they did not know that Swanson never forgot or forgave, but could patiently bide his time. I think it probable that he had fixed on that day to revenge himself not only on Clark but also on Jacob Mibourn, who had in some way kindled a hatred which nothing but blood could satisfy. As soon as the murder was over, Mr. Milbourn started for home; in a little while Swanson got his gun and went in the same direction. After a time he returned and in reply to a question of where he had been, said that he had seen a big buck in the woods, but was unable to get a shot, as he had got too great a start of him. It appears that Mr. Milbourn being in a hurry had started on a run and had kept it up until he reached home. After his conviction Swanson said that he could die happy, if he had only been able to kill Milbourn and my father as well as Clark. I remain yours, Respectfully, J. Arnold
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A friend has handled us the following list of the names of the jurors who tried Swanson, which will probably prove interesting in connection with Dr. Arnold’s paper.
James Tyler, Beverly R. Ward, John Holman, Wm. J. Birt, John Lewis, Charles W. Morrow, John Qucery, Hames Hackleman, John Harecoat, Wilson Laughlin, Abner Conde, and Milan W. Melton.

Paper VI

Arnold’s home, March 26th, 1876
Friend Drebert: In my last paper you make me say that it was Jerry Washburn who arrested Swanson; now everybody that knows anything about it, knows that it was Washam, and so I wrote it as you will plainly perceive if you will refer to my manuscript. Again, the Sheriff’s name is given as William T. Bussell, whereas, I had it correctly, William S. Bussell. These errors in names are especially annoying, as it would imply that I did not understand the facts about which I wrote.
I believe I will devote this paper to Rans Byrd Green, as he was connected by one link with the tragical events of the last one, and also because he represents another type found among the early settlers. The connecting link alluded to, was the fact that it was his rifle in the hands of Swanson that killed Clark. The gun was famous for the precision with which it carried a ball, and in the hands of the skillful marksman had won many a quarter of beef. In those days, when men might be said to be in a transition state, gradually passing from the wild, free life of the hunter, to the tamer but more profitable avocations of the agriculturalist, they still loved and practiced the sports of the frontier, and a test of skill in the use of the rifle was a favorite amusement. Frequently a dozen or more men would join together and buy a fat steer or heifer, all contributing equally, and then after dividing it, the two hind, the two fore quarters and the hide and tallow making five shares, would shoot for the choice of these. In these contests not only the cool skill of the men was displayed, but also the accurate reliability of certain guns became widely known and valued. Green’s was one of this sort and had been borrowed by Swanson some time before his murderous use of it.

The balance of this paper was about another incident.

The Western Register & Terre Haute Advertiser had this article on 22 Nov 1 828, page 3:
From the Connorsville, Ia [sic], Observer
It is our unpleasant duty, to give a history of one of the most deliberate and cold blooded murders that has for some time occurred. On Saturday last the 4th instant an election took place for a captain of a company at the house of Mr. John Arnold, in Rush county. In the evening Elisha Clark, Lewis Clark, (brothers,) and Richard Blackledge their brother-in-law, started from the house on their way home – they had gone but a few paces from the door, when the two latter discovered Edmund Swanson posted in a corner, between the fence and the house, with his rifle raised to a shooting position, and aimed at Elisha; Lewis Clark and Blackledg [sic] became instantly alarmed but before they had time either to speak or act the fatal trigger was drawn, and Elisha received the contents of the gun in his back. Lewis caught his brother before he fell, and laid him upon the floor of the porch – when he and Blackledge immediately caught Swanson, and took his gun from him – after having secured the gun, Lewis was attracted by the groans of his brother – let go his hold on Swanson, and returned to Elisha’s assistance, who was now expiring on the porch – at this moment Swanson’s wife assisted by some other women rushed from the house, attacked Blackledge, and rescued Swanson from him, who immediately fled and has not since been heard of. No quarrel had, during the day, taken place between the deceased and Swanson – though it is said they had for some time previous manifested hostility to each other.
The ball entered Clark’s back, near the shoulder blade, and came out at his breast – he died in a few minutes. He left behind him to bewail his untimely end, an aged father and mother, several brothers and sisters, a tender wife, and to render the affair more calamitous, six little children (all females,) are thrown orphans upon the world, destitute of the means of subsistence.

Centreville Western Times on April 18, 1829, page 2, had this:

On Monday, the 6th inst Edmund Swanson, (who had been confined in the county jail since October last,) was arraigned before the Rush Circuit Court, sitting at Rushville, Indiana, on an Indictment for the murder of Elisha Clark, by shooting with a rifle. The cause occupied the Court 2 days, and elicited considerable attention. The jury were in their room but a few minutes, when they returned with a verdict of “Guilty;” and on Friday morning the Hon. B. F. Morris, President judge, pronounced the judgment of the Court that the defendant be publicly executed, on Monday the 11th of May, by being hanged by the neck until he is dead.
The prosecution for the State was conducted by the Hon. W. W. Wick, assisted by J. Whitcombe, Esq. Late Circuit prosecutor; and C. H. Test and M. Willits, Esqs. were Attorneys for the defendant.

(Madison) Indiana Republican on 27 May 1829, page 3, had this:

MURDERER EXECUTED – Swanson, the murderer of Clark, agreeably to sentence of the Court, was executed at Rushville on Monday last. We learn from a person who witnessed the melancholy scene, that a sermon was preached on the occasion by the Rev. James Havens, and, that the criminal {who is said, had for several weeks previous, been religiously concerned about his future state) not only expressed the most perfect resignation to his fate, but shouted aloud for joy under the gallows, in prospects of eternal bliss; declaring to the last that, he had no knowledge of committing the crime for which he was to suffer.
We expect shortly to learn the particulars of the case, as we understand that his confession is to be published.

(Terra Haute) Western Register on 11 June 1829 page 4, had this:

Connersville, May 16
Execution of Swanson – According to the judgment of the law, this unfortunate man was executed at Rushville, on Monday last. A large multitude assembled at the scene of execution at an early hour; and by the time of the catastrophe, the concourse had increased – according to the general estimation – to about four thousand. The prisoner was brought to the scaffold, from which the spectators were feelingly addressed by two clergymen. It was then publicly announced, at the request of the prisoner, that this was the only act of the kind that he had ever perpetrated, although reports to the reverse had been circulated; - and that for himself he was not conscious of having perpetrated this. He declared that he harboured enmity against none; - and expressed a firm belief, that although he had been guilty of the blood of his fellow, he was now at peace with his God, - and that he met death undismayed, as he trusted that this brief conflict would introduce him to an happy hereafter. – This man had an aged wife – had children, and relations with him before this melancholy occurrence; but we understand that when all hopes of pardon were despaired of, they departed from the country. The prisoner himself was fast approaching his three score years, and his appearance was that of decline, but he conducted himself to the last with a calm composure; and he parted with life without a convulsion. We hope that his, was the fortitude of the Christian.

Edward married Mary Myers [898] [MRIN: 207], daughter of Myers [1923] and Unknown, on 18 Jun 1811 in Franklin Co., In..1 2 Mary was born about 1781 in PA and died on 10 Nov 1853 in CA 3 about age 72. They had four children: Narcissa, John Henry, Mary, and Edward J..

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1820. Fayette Co., IN. Edward Swanson was head of household. One female 26 - 45 (1775-1794) was most likely Mary.

• Census: 1830. Widow Mary Swanson in Vermillion Co., IL, census. Next to brother, John Myers.

• Residence: 1831. Moved to LaSalle Co., IL, near the mouth of the Little Vermillion,. "History of La Salle County Illinois", Elmer Baldwin, pg. 373.

• Residence: Between 1835 and 1836. Mary Swanson in Rock Run Twp., Stephenson Co., IL, "History of Stephenson County Illinois" Addison L. Fulwider, A.M.,1910. Pg. 72 says 1836, but Pg. 382 has 1835.

• Census: 1840. Stephenson Co., Silver Creek Pct., IL, pg. 114. Edward (Mary's son) head of household, 1 F 40-50, 1 F 15-20, 1 M 20-30..

• Property: 1 May 1843. Patent No. 12463 issued to Mary Swanson of Stephenson Co., IL, by preemption on the EE half of NW qtr and the W half of the NE qtr of S29 T27 R8E.

• Property: 6 Oct 1847. Patent No. 1628 for the SW qtr S12 T33N R1E,, 160 acres, issued to Mary Swanson and John Swanson. Near land of John Myers, Peru Township, LaSalle County, IL..

• Census: 1850. Salisbury, LaSalle Co., IL, Family #534. Mary, 69 (1781) born Penn., with son Edward and his family.

2-Narcissa Swanson [1549] was born about 1811 in OH and died on 29 Nov 1876 in Lane Co. Or about age 65.

General Notes: Possible birth place of Canton, Stark Co., OH and death information from Anna. Not verified and it seems unlikely. Anna didn't give me a source for that.

I have left Narcissa listed as the oldest child of Edward Swanson and Mary Myers Conn, but since Edward has now been found in Ohio with a wife, Mary, before he married Mary Myers Conn in Indiana, it is probable that Narcissa was Edward's child from a previous marriage. That would explain the references to "half-first-cousin", etc., that have been made in regard to the family. No records of a first marriage for Edward have been found as of Dec., 2006, however.

In a letter to Ethel Pratt Brown on 27 Jul 1979, Anna said that W.P. and Narcissa Fletcher farmed in Farmersville and two of their sons lived in Visalia. Alfred was married and James still single. Levi was married in January 1872 and lived in the Farmersville area. She believed Stearns Fletcher lived with his parents. The Fletchers were house painters. Daughter Mary Eunis was not only Aaron Swanson's wife, she was his first cousin. Aaron referred to the Fletchers as "half-cousins" and they became his half-brothers when he married. Levi Fletcher was ambushed and shot as he walked with his wife Louise in April 1872. The trial and an undercurrent of feud left many bizarre speculations. Stearn's death, 8 months after Levi's; Aaron's divorce and departure of the Fletchers have left big gaps in our search for dates and places. She further asked Ethel what were the events surrounding the death of Nancy (Day) Fletcher, wife of Alfred and even the death of Alfred in 1910. Another place in the letter gives Levi's death as April 1872 in Farmersville and Stearn's in Dec. 1872.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1850. Town of Florence, Stephenson Co., IL. She is head of household age 39 (1811) born OH.

• Census: 1 Jun 1860. P. O. Leon, Eden Twp., Decatur Co., IA, pg 128; Narcissa Fletcher, 49 (1810-1811), born OH, cannot read and write.

• Census: 1870. Tulare Co., CA. Age 59 (1811) born OH.

Narcissa married Warden Pope "Pony" Fletcher [1548] [MRIN: 525] on 14 Mar 1839 in Rock Run Twp., Stephenson Co., IL.4 Warden was born 1810 in Lee Co., VA and died in Dec 1890 in Oakesdale, Whitman Co., WA. They had five children: Alfred Moore, Mary Eunis, Levi Myers, James Worden, and Stearns J..

Marriage Notes: Reference:
In a letter to Ethel Pratt Brown 27 Jul 1979, Anna Salierno said that the marriage of Narcissa to Worden P. Fletcher was performed by Julius A. Smith, JP. He was the father of Chloe Ann Smith, who married Edward Swanson. NV

"History of Stephenson County, Illinois" ,No author, Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1880, page 486 regarding Rock Run Township, says that "Pony" Fletcher and Narcisse Swanson were married in the fall of 1838, it is said, and claimed to be the first marriage in the township."

General Notes: His parents' names, death information for him and Narcissa and residence info in WA and OR, along with details on children, from Jean Laws. Jean obtained birth info of 1810 in Lee Co., VA, from his pension papers from the Black Hawk War.

Printed pg 227, Freeport Pct., Stephenson Co., IL W. P. Fletcher, head, 1840 1 m 30-40 [1800-1810] W. P. 1 f 20-30 [1810-1820] [Narcissa] 1 f 5-10 [1830-1835] 1 m under 5 [1835-1840]

According to article on Amanda O. Swanson in Guinn's book, "William" P. Fletcher was of Scotch-Irish ancestry. Born in VA and when 16 moved to Jo Daviess Co., IL, where he worked in the lead mines. He served under General Dodge in the Black Hawk War and then located within 6 miles of Freeport. He remained in IL until 1850, when he came to CA and engaged in mining for 3 years. He returned to IL for a short time and moved to Iowa, near Leon, and farmed. In 1862 he moved back to Tulare Co., CA, where he purchased land in Deep Creek, near Visalia. Later he moved to Washington, where he died at 81.

"History of Stephenson County Illinois" by Addison L. Fulwider, A.M., Chicago, the S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1910, on page 87 says: "Claim jumping was a common crime in the early days. Worden P. Fletcher, known as "Pony" Fletcher, was one of the guilty claim-jumpers. He came to the county in 1830 and that year was arrested and brought to trial before Justice Richard Hunt, at the corner of Galena and Van Buren Streets. At the close of the trial, the justice decided "Pony" guilty and meted out to him rather stringent punishment. Fletcher objected to the severity of the sentence, pleading that claim-jumping was just a common crime and a nominal offense. He was an eccentric character and, not having too much respect for the law, decided to take the affair into his own hands and at once made an attempt to escape without having complied with the conditions of the court. But in this he made a bad guess. The audience, which was composed of men who had no love for claim-jumpers, at once took a hand, became a self-appointed posse comitatus, and the guilty man was restrained from taking sudden leave. Enraged at his plight and seeing escape shut off, Fletcher seized his gun and fired at the justice. The aim of the prisoner was bad, luckily, and no injury was done except the vest of the justice was ruined. Fletcher was pounced upon and disarmed and session of court was resumed. Finally he gave bail to appear later. Among those present at the time were Frederick Baker, Isaac Stoneman, Allen Wiley and others. Fletcher then opened a farm in Rock Run township where he later married a daughter of the Widow Swanson, and became a good citizen. The case against him was dropped."

Noted events in his life were:

• Residence: Between 1826 and 1827. Moved to Jo Daviess Co., IL and worked in lead mines.

• Census: 1840. Printed pg 227, Freeport Pct., Stephenson Co., IL.

• Property: 1 Mar 1848. Patent No. 21,940 to Worden P. Fletcher of Stephenson County, IL. SW 1/4 NE 1/4 S10 T26 R7E, 40 acres.

• Property: 1 Jul 1848. Patent No. 24,856 to Worden P. Fletcher of Stephenson County, IL. E 1/2 SW 1/4 S15 T26 R7E, 80 acres. Copy in possession of author.

• Census: 1850. Mud Springs and Vicinity, Eldorado County, CA, page 365, dated 9 Oct 1850. Worden P. Fletcher, 40? (1809-10), born VA, ( merchant. Enumerated in a hotel.

• Census: 1 Jun 1860. P. O. Leon, Eden Twp., Decatur Co., IA, pg 128; Worden P. Fletcher, head, 50 (1809-1810), born VA, farmer, real estate of $800 personal of $550.

• Census: 1870. Tulare Co., CA. Wordon P. age 60 (1810) farmer born VA.

• Census: 7 Jun 1880. Dist. 2, Farmington, Whitman Co., WA, pg 352D, family 99. W. P., 70 (1810) born VA. Both parents born VA. Farmer.

3-Alfred Moore Fletcher [1601] was born in Jan 1840 in Freeport, Stephenson Co., IL, died on 1 Aug 1910 in Oakland, Alameda Co., CA at age 70, and was buried after 1 Aug 1910 in Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, CA 6 Ward.

General Notes: Birth place and date (Jan, 1840), death date and place and names of wives from Anna Salierno.
Marriage date and place, as well as other family information, from Jean Laws. Jean's family group sheet has "baby girl?" as a 4th child and says there was one child from his second marriage. From the gaps between children, it is certainly possible there was at least one more child.

History of Tulare County by Kathleen Edwards Small, v. 1, S. J. Clarke, 19 26, page 138/139, has a mention of Al Fletcher, an artist who was residing at that time in the Deep Creek district. It states that he was an "ardent Southern sympathizer".

One memo received from Anna Salierno has his middle name as Monroe, not Moore, but Jean doesn't believe that is right.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1850. Town of Florence, Stephenson Co., IL. Age 10 (1840) born IL.

Alfred married Nancy Jane Day [1602] [MRIN: 542], daughter of Leroy Day [2773] and Eliza Jane Tuttle [2774], on 26 Feb 1860 in Johnson Co., MO. Nancy was born on 19 Mar 1846 in Fleming Co., KY and died on 25 Mar 1874 in Eugene, Lane Co., OR at age 28. They had four children: Lee Worden, Cora Narcissa, Alfred L., and Baby Girl?.

4-Lee Worden Fletcher [2763] was born on 19 Feb 1865 in CA and died on 6 Feb 1933 in Camas, Clark Co., WA at age 67.

General Notes: Lee had 6 children by his first wife, according to Jean Laws.

Lee married Mary E. Bridgefarmer [2766] [MRIN: 957] on 12 Feb 1890 in Washington Co., OR. Mary was born on an unknown date and died on an unknown date.

Lee next married Matilda Barnes [2767] [MRIN: 958]. Matilda [2767] was born on an unknown date and died on an unknown date.

4-Cora Narcissa Fletcher [2764] was born on 19 Aug 1869 in CA and died on 26 Sep 1950 in Battle Ground, Clark Co., WA at age 81.

General Notes: Cora had 4 children according to Jean Laws.

Cora married Henry Rosecrans Morris [2768] [MRIN: 959] on 20 Jan 1887 in Oakesdale, Whitman Co., WA. Henry was born on an 2 Mar 1863 in Scio, Linn Co., OR and died on an unknown date. They had four children:Nancy Margaret, Henry Lee, Bessie May Bell and Sylvester Osmer.Syl.

5-Sylvester Osmer Morris [2427] was born on 12 Apr 1898 in Nez Perce, Ida Co., ID and died 26 Jan 1987 in Columbia Co., WA.

Syl married Jessie Mickey [2951] [MRIN: 1025]. Jessie was born on an unknown date. They had four children.

4-Alfred L. Fletcher [2765] was born on 6 Jan 1874 in Eugene, Lane Co., OR and died on 12 Mar 1876 in Eugene, Lane Co., OR at age 2.

4-Baby Girl? Fletcher [2769] was born on an unknown date.

Alfred next married Adelina Jane Jolly [1600] [MRIN: 942] in 1876. Adelina was born on 13 Apr 1852 and died on 23 Apr 1921. They had two children: Della Mae and Unknown.

4-Della Mae Fletcher [2770] was born on 28 Aug 1879 in San Francisco, CA and died on 29 Jun 1965 in Spokane, Spokane Co., WA at age 85.

Della married William Woodruff Maxey [2771] [MRIN: 960] in 1901-1902. William was born on an 29 Apr 1877 in IL and died after 1 Jan 1920. They had one son, Leonard W.

Della next married Pierre Louis Tullus [2772] [MRIN: 961]. Pierre was born in 1882-1883 in PA and died on an unknown date.

4-Unknown Fletcher [1841] was born on an unknown date.

3-Mary Eunis Fletcher [1544] was born on 25 Apr 1842 in La Salle Co., IL,5 died on 28 Mar 1933 in Visalia, Tulare Co., CA 6 at age 90, and was buried on 30 Mar 1933 in Tulare, Tulare Co., CA.

General Notes: Anna Salierno states Aaron and Mary divorced.
Marriage certificate and 1900 census have her as Mary U.. Anna Salierno has Mary Eunis. Probably spelling errors due to pronunciation.
According to Mamie Swanson Clark, Mary was very deaf from the time Mamie first met her in Jan 1900. She later became almost totally deaf. Mamie also said that Mary was a "very difficult, almost dangerous person who always carried a pistol in her skirt right side pocket - hidden in the folds ." Amanda warned Mamie to never suddenly surprise her mother. Mary was very eccentric and according to Mamie ruined Amanda's life, as in later years she was never able to leave her mother alone.
Jean Laws notes that Mary Eunice may also have been born in Stephenson Co ., IL.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1850. Town of Florence, Stephenson Co., IL. Age 8 (1842) born IL.

• Census: 1 Jun 1860. P. O. Leon, Eden Twp., Decatur Co., IA, pg 128; Mary Fletcher, 18 (1841-42) born IL, attended school within the year.

• Census: 1870. Tulare Co., CA. Age 28 (1842), housekeeper, born IL.

• Census: 1 Jun 1880. Eugene Pct., Lane C., OR, ED 65 pg 20C, stamped pg 249; Mary Swanson, head, 38 (1841-42), born IL father born TN mother born OH, keeping house.

• Census: 1900. Tulare, Tulare Co., CA. Age 58; birth date as Apr. 1842. Mother of 5, 1 living, divorced. Born IL, father born VA, mother born OH. can read and write. Living with daughter, Amanda.

• Census: 15 Apr 1910. Exeter Twp., Tulare Co., CA, ED 189 Sh 5B; Mary Swanson, servant, 56 (1853-54), born CA father born Sweden mother born CA. In home of Frances Misten [sp?] family.

• Census: 1 Jan 1920. Tulare Twp., Tulare Co., CA, ED 221 Sh 13A; Mary U. Swanson, mother, widow, 76 (1843), born IL father born VA mother born IN. Lives with daughter Amanda.

• Census: 15 Apr 1930. Tulare Twp., Tulare Co., CA, ED 69 Sh 11A; Mary U. Swanson, mother, 87 (1842-43), born IL father born VA mother born IN. With daughter Amanda.

Mary married Aaron Swanson [1536] [MRIN: 523], son of John Henry Swanson [860] and Hannah Sherman [861], on 22 Jan 1863 in Tulare Co., CA.7 The marriage ended in divorce. Aaron was born on 22 Dec 1839 in Lasalle Co., IL, died on 10 Feb 1915 in Tulare, Tulare Co., CA 8 at age 75, and was buried after 10 Feb 1915 in Tulare Cemetery, Tulare Co., CA. They had three children: Amanda O., Henry, and Willard.

Marriage Notes: Reference:
1880 Census says that Aaron is divorced.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1850. Putnam Co., IL census. Age 10 (1840) born IL.

• Census: 1860. Tulare Co., CA. Age 21 (1839) born IL.

• Voting Register: 6 Aug 1866. Tulare Co., CA. Swanson, Aron, 26 [1840] born Illinois, Res. Farmersville

• Census: 1 Jun 1870. Farmersville Twp., Tulare Co., CA, pg 249. Age 30 (1840) born IL Farmer. Real estate of $3,000, personal property of $800. Had Elizabeth Hunt age 12 born CA listed in household. (Per Margaret Gallup. Not personally searched.)

• Court Records: 28 Jun 1876. Certificate of Separation filed

• Census: 1880. Kaweah and Mineral King T., Tulare Co., CA. Aaron age 40 (1840), farmer born IL, father born IN, mother born OH. He was head of house hold with brothers Oliver P. and Burton living with him.

• Voting Register: 27 May 1884. #5830, Tulare Co., CA. Age 44, born Illinois, Farmer in Pleasant Grove.

• Voting Register: 1898. No. 87, Lindsay, age 57, born Illinois. Copied from index.

• Census: 1 Jun 1900. Lindsay Twp., Tulare Co., CA, ED 60 Sh 4A; Aaron Swanson, born Dec 1839, 60, widower, born IL father born IN mother born OH, farmer. Only one in his household.

4-Amanda O. Swanson [1545] was born in Oct 1865 in Tulare Co., CA and died on 5 Feb 1946 in Tulare Co., CA 9 at age 80.

General Notes: 1900 Tulare, Tulare Co., CA. Age 34, born Oct. 1865. Divorced, born CA, both parents born IL. Farmer, owns farm free and clear, can read and write. Mother and a Harry Garver, servant, living with her. He is listed as farm laborer, 22.

Article on her in Guinn's book on Tulare County. She was a member of the Women of Woodcraft and belonged to the Tulare Grange.She started by purchasing 20 acres and then purchased more, owning 150 acres two miles east of Tulare at the time of the article. 70 acres were in alfalfa and all irrigated. Her interests were largely centered in stock raising.

Obituary called her Mrs. Amanda (Mandy) Swanson, age 79 in Feb. 1946 (the Tuesday before the obit). Services by the Enterprise Rebekah Lodge. States she was born in Visalia and lived her entire life in Tulare County. She spent the last 25 years at her home a mile east of the "Y" on the Lindsay highway. Cousin Oliver Perry Swanson, Visalia, was in charge of funeral arrangements. Services were at the Hamilton Peers Funeral Service.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1870. Tulare Co., CA. Age 5 (1865) born CA.

• Census: 1 Jun 1880. Eugene Pct., Lane C., OR, ED 65 pg 20C, stamped pg 249; Amanda, daughter, 14 (1865-66) born CA both parents born IL.

• Census: 1 Jun 1900. Tulare, Tulare Co., CA, pg 142A. Amanda, head, 34 born Oct 1865, born CA, both parents born IL. Farmer, can read and write. Mother living with her.

• Census: 1 Jan 1920. Tulare Twp., Tulare Co., CA, ED 221 Sh 13A; Amanda O. Swanson, head, single, 54 (1865), born CA both parents born IL, farmer. Mother lives with her.

• Census: 15 Apr 1930. Tulare Twp., Tulare Co., CA, ED 69 Sh 11A; Amanda O. Swanson, head, 64 (1865-66), born CA both parents born IL, farmer with stock farm.

4-Henry Swanson [1546] was born about 1869 in Tulare Co., CA and died after 1 Jun 1870.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1870. Tulare Co., CA. Henry, 1 (1868-69) born CA

4-Willard Swanson [1550] was born about 1870 in CA and died in 1898 in Chicago, Cook Co., IL about age 28.

General Notes: There is a probate filed as #1031 on 22 Jun 1899 for Willard A. Swanson in Tulare County. Not reviewed as of 11/2004.

Noted events in his life were:

• Voting Register: Between 1897 and 1898. Willard Swanson, #31, Yokohl, age 27, born CA. Info from index.

• Census: 1 Jun 1880. Eugene Pct., Lane C., OR, ED 65 pg 20C, stamped pg 249; Willard, son, 11 (1868-69) born CA both parents born IL.

3-Levi Myers Fletcher [1584] was born in 1844 in Stephenson Co., IL, died on 15 Apr 1872 in Farmersville, Tulare Co., CA 10 at age 28, and was buried on 18 Apr 1872 in Deep Creek Cemetery, Tulare Co., CA.

General Notes: Wife's name and marriage date from Anna Salierno.
Levi was a house painter.

The Tulare Times of 15 Apr 1872 had this article under "Local News".
"A COLD-BLOODED MURDER"
A terrible cold-blooded murder was committed near Farmersville last Monday about 10 o'clock, when Mr. Levi Fletcher, a young man well known in Visalia, was assassinated while walking by the side of his young wife to whom he had been married but a few weeks. At the time, they were just crossing Cameron Creek, in the lane leading from Eric Swanson's to Farmersville, when someone concealed behind the fence and weeds, but a few feet distant, fired two shots, from a shotgun at him. Mr. Fletcher was carrying a small sprig of evergreen in his right hand, which was cast over his shoulder, the hand being elevated, as in walking, when the first and fatal shot struck him, passing through the back of the portion of the arm, and penetrating his side, causing almost instant death. The charge consisted of rifle balls and duck shot some of which passed through his body to the opposite side, near enough to the surface to be felt, but not coming out. The second shot swept down the whole side of his body, and down his leg to the knee, and wounded Mrs. Fletcher in the hand, seven shot passing through her shawl. Mrs. Fletcher screamed and turned to the direction the shots came from, when a man rose up from the ambush over the fence and fired another shot at them. The man then ran, taking a course parallel with the road, and the woman pursued, screaming at the top of her voice. The chase extended about 200 yards - there being a fence between the two - when the man sprang across a creek and disappeared in a swamp. Mrs. Fletcher returned to the spot where the dead body of her husband lay, just as it had fallen, and the sad horror burst with full force upon her. A little girl at Mr. Swanson's house about 1,000 yards from the scene of the murder, heard the piercing shrieks of Mrs. Fletcher, and told Mr. A. M. Fletcher, a brother of the deceased, who drove at once to the scene of the tragedy and picked up the body. A messenger went in haste to Farmersville, a mile distant, and Constable Firebaugh was soon informed and reached the spot. He quickly arrested K. Kissey at his house, on suspicion of being accessory to the murder. As Mr. Fletcher had seen Wm. H. Hart in company with Kissey a very short time before the hour of the shooting, he procured his arrest also. They were taken before Justice Brundage and placed in a room full of men, when Mrs. Fletcher was asked to point out the man whom she had chased from the scene of murder, and pointed out Hart as the man. An examination was then had, and the two men were committed to appear before the Grand Jury. Deputy Sheriff [Boxer] brought the prisoners to Visalia, and lodged them in jail, where they are heavily ironed. One of the principal witnesses against them before the Justice was the wife of Kinsey who is supposed by some to have been at the bottom of the trouble between her husband and Fletcher. The parents of Mr. Fletcher reside near Farmersville, and two brothers live in Visalia. Mr. Hart has been a soldier, and was a member of Lieut. Daly's Company, formerly stationed at Visalia. The funeral of the murdered man took place in Farmersville, at 3 o'clock P.M. on Tuesday, the 16th, and was very numerously attended.
The parties under arrest for the murder have heretofore borne a good character, according to general report. Our reporter visited them at the jail since their incarceration. They both appeared cheerful and hopeful."

Jean Laws provided a copy of the County Court record of May, 1872, for The People of the State of California against K. H. Keeney and William A. Hart. The Grand Jury returned an Indictment for the crime of murder committed by the defendants on 15 Apr 1872 by inflicting mortal wounds to Levi M. Fletcher. Witnesses in the case included A. M. Fletcher, Mr . S. M. Fletcher, Mrs. Narcissa Fletcher, Aaron Swanson, W. P. Fletcher, James Fletcher, and several others, including the two defendants.

According to Anna, Levi was in Santa Rosa and came back to Tulare County and got married. He was living with a couple and a small child. The child was reported to be Levi's, not the husbands'. The husband in this couple shot him, encouraged by a friend. He was tried in Farmersville.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1850. Town of Florence, Stephenson Co., IL. Age 6 (1844) born IL.

• Census: 1 Jun 1860. P. O. Leon, Eden Twp., Decatur Co., IA, pg 128; Levi, 15 (1844-1845) born IL.

Levi married Louise M. Ingram [1604] [MRIN: 541] on 14 Jan 1872 in Tulare Co., CA. Louise was born before 1857 and died after Jan 1872.

3-James Worden Fletcher [1583] was born between Apr 1848 and 1849 in Stephenson Co., IL and died on 9 Jul 1933 in Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA.

General Notes: According to sister Mary's obituary, he was living in Stockton at the time of her death.
Birth month, death date and place and wife's first name and middle initial from Anna Salierno.
James was a house painter.

I have conflicting death dates for James. Jean Laws has 19 July 1937, Stockton, San Joaquin Co., CA. Anna Salierno has 9 July 1933, also in Stockton. Another paper from Anna also has 1937.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1850. Town of Florence, Stephenson Co., IL. Age 2 (1848) born IL.

• Census: 1 Jun 1860. P. O. Leon, Eden Twp., Decatur Co., IA, pg 128; James W., 12 (1847-48) born IL.

• Census: 7 Jun 1880. Dist. 2, Farmington, Whitman Co., WA, pg 352D, family 99. Jas. W., 32 (1848) , born Ills, both parents born VA, painter, in father's household,

James married Emma J. Broughton [2723] [MRIN: 943] on 21 Nov 1878 in Lane Co., OR. Emma was born about 1854 in OR and died after 7 Jun 1880. They had one son: L. M..

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 7 Jun 1880. Dist. 2, Farmington, Whitman Co., WA, pg 352D, family 99. Emma, 26 (1854) born OR, father born England, mother born IN.

4-L. M. Fletcher [2957] was born in Dec 1879 in Washington Territory and died after 7 Jun 1880.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 7 Jun 1880. Dist. 2, Farmington, Whitman Co., WA, pg 352D, family 99. L. M., 6/12, born Dec., father born OR, blank for mother's POB. He is listed as son, below Jas and Emma.

3-Stearns J. Fletcher [1603] was born on 3 Jul 1852 in IL, died on 19 Dec 1872 in Farmersville, CA 10 at age 20, and was buried on 22 Dec 1872 in Deep Creek Cemetery, Tulare Co., CA. The cause of his death was Brain Fever.

General Notes: Stearns died of brain fever at the residence of his father in Farmersville /Deep Creek. Tulare/Times 21 Dec 1872. Information from Anna Salierno.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1870. Tulare Co., CA. Age 18 (1852) farm laborer born IL.

• Census: 1 Jun 1860. P. O. Leon, Eden Twp., Decatur Co., IA, pg 128; Sterns [sic] J., 8 (1851-52) born IL.

2-John Henry Swanson [860] was born on 12 Apr 1812 in Union Co., IN,11 died on 12 Aug 1863 at Home, Tulare Co., CA 12 at age 51, and was buried after 12 Aug 1863 in Deep Creek Cemetery, Exeter, Tulare Co., CA.

General Notes: Property: 30 Jul 1836. Bk E pg 283, LaSalle Co., IL. John Swanson and Mary Swanson, mortgage of $2600 on SW 1/3 S12 T33 R1. Filed 5 Nov 1836. From Grantee Index.

Property: 16 Mar 1837. Patent No. 1628 issued and cancelled by John Swanson. Same property, same patent No. re-issued 6 Oct 1847.

Property: 23 May 1839. Book M pg 118, Putnam Co., IL. John Swanson bought, for $800, S half of W half NE qtr, S36 T33N R1W, 40 acres & S half E half NW qtr S1 T32N R1W

Census: 1840. Printed pg 224, Silver Creek Pct, Stephenson Co., IL:
John Swanson, head of household. William Sherman and family on one side and Edward Swanson and family, including Mary most probably, on the other side.

1 m 20-30 [1810-1820]
1 f 20-30
2 m under 5 [1835-1840]

In 1850 census, Grace Sherman, 25, born OH, owned real estate of $900, was living in John's household.

Property: 2 Oct 1841. Bk 6 pg 428, LaSalle Co., IL. John Swanson and Mary Swanson bought for $1500 pt S14 T33 R1. Info from Grantee Index.

Property: 6 Oct 1847. Patent No. 1628 for the SW qtr S12 T33N R1E,, 160 acres, issued to Mary Swanson and John Swanson. Near land of John Myers, Peru Township, LaSalle County, IL..

Property: 13 Jun 1848. Bk P Pg 307 Putnam Co., IL. John Swanson "of Putnam County" bought for $50 an Undivided 1/9 part of abt 43 acres: NE qtr NW qtr S1T32R1W of 3rd PM & 40 acres at NE qtr NW qtr S36T33R1W.

Property: Between 1848 and 1852. Bk Q pg 4 Putnam Co., IL. John Swanson from Jo Miller and Henry Delong. Info from Grantee Index-no date or property.

Property: Between 1848 and 1852. Bk R pg 231, Putnam Co., IL. John Swanson from N.G. Wedgewood & wife. Info from Grantee Index-no date or property.

Property: Between 1848 and 1852. Bk R pg 501 Putnam Co., IL. John Swanson from Loren Wright. Info from Grantee Index-no date or property.

Property Sale: Between 1848 and 1852. Bk P Pg 540 Putnam Co., IL. John Swanson & wife & Henry Delong etal to "same". ptn "NE NW 36,33, N/W - NE NW 1,32,NW. Copied from index with no date of deed.

Property Sale: Between 1848 and 1852. Bk Q pg 338, Putnam Co., IL. John Swanson & wife & J. Miller etal to Henry Delong, pt "NE NW 36,33 N1W" & pt "NE NW 1,32, NW". Copied from index with no date of deed.

Property Sale: Between 1848 and 1852. Bk R pg 389, Putnam Co., IL. John Swanson & wife to Joseph Kilby, long legal. Copied from index with no date of deed.

Property Sale: Between 1848 and 1852. Bk R pg 500, Putnam Co., IL. John Swanson & wife to Isaac Sherman, long legal. Copied from index with no date of deed.

Property Sale: Between 1848 and 1852. Bk S pg 543, Putnam Co., IL. Putnam Co., IL. John Swanson & wife to Mary Swanson. Long legal, last part of which reads "which is deeded to Isaac Sherman".

Census: 1850. Putnam Co., IL census. Age 38 (1812) born Indiana. Farmer; Value of real estate owned was $3,000.

Property Sale: 5 Jan 1852. Bk 26 Pg 412, LaSalle Co., IL. John and wife Hannah and Mary Swanson sold for $1400 pt S14 T33 R1. Info from Grantor Index.

Property Sale: 15 Jan 1852. Bk 26 Pg 471, La Salle Co., IL. John and wife Hannah sold for $25.00 pt of S14 T33 R1. Info from Grantor Index.

Property Sale: 2 Mar 1852. Bk 28 pg 209, LaSalle Co., IL. John and wife Hannah sold for $490 pt S10 T33 R1. Info from Grantor Index.

Property Sale: 3 Mar 1852. Bk 27 Pg 79, LaSalle Co., IL. John and wife Hannah and Mary Swanson, release on pt S14 T33 R1. Info from Grantor Index.

Census: 23 Jun 1860. Tulare Co., CA, page 3, dwelling 21. Age 40 (1820) born Indiana. Farmer; Value of real estate was $6,000, personal property $2,300.

Property: 1 Nov 1860. Patent No. 126916 to John Swanson for 22.86 acres, part S25 T18S R25E, Tulare Co., CA.

Property: 1 Nov 1860. Patent No. 130519 to John Swanson for 97.39 acres. Pt. S2 T18S R27E, Tulare Co., CA.

Property: 1 Nov 1860. Patent No. 130520 to John Swanson for 96.33 acres, part S3 T18S R27E, Tulare Co., CA.

Property: 1 Nov 1860. Patent No. 130524 to John Swanson for 50.45 acres, part S2 T18S R27E, Tulare Co., CA.

Property: 1 Nov 1860. Patent No. 130525 to John Swanson for 95.37 acres, part S3 T18S R27E, Tulare Co., CA.

Property: 1 Nov 1860. Patent No. 130526 to John Swanson for 40 acres, part S3 T18S R27E, Tulare Co., CA.

Property: 15 Nov 1860. Patent to John Swanson and William Haum for 160 Acres, part S2 T18S R27E, Tulare Co., CA.

Property Sale: 20 Dec 1860. Book D Pg 251, Tulare Co, CA. John and Hannah Swanson, of Tulare Co., CA, granted to O.H.P. Duncan for $200, the following: The SW 1/4 S30 T18S R26E, MDB&M, containing 160 acres. John Swanson signed his name and Hannah Swanson made her mark.

Property: 22 Jan 1861. Patent No. 127020 to John Henry Swanson for 160 acres, part S25 T18S R25E, Tulare Co., CA. Father or son???

Property: 22 Jan 1861. Patent to John Swanson recorded Book L page 36. No. 128427 to John Swanson for 160 acres, part S30 T18S R26E, Tulare Co., CA.

Will: 10 Aug 1863. John executed his will. Copy in possession of the author.

Probate: 9 May 1864. #51, Tulare Co., CA. John's will was admitted to probate. First doc filed 22 Apr 1864.

The article on Burton Swanson in Guinn's book states that John was born in Indiana and lived there until after attaining his majority. "Migrating westward, he spent a few years in Illinois, but on hearing the exciting reports of the discovery of gold in California he came by boat to this state in 1849. Meeting with fair success as a miner, he went back to Illinois in 1850 for his family, with whom he returned, crossing the plains in 1851 with an emigrant train drawn by ox-teams. Locating at Mud Springs, Eldorado county, he engaged in mining and also established a trading post, which he conducted for a year. Coming to Tulare county in 1852, he took up land six miles east of Visalia, and partly improved it. Subsequently removing to Lemon Cove, he bought land, and there engaged in farming and stock raising until 1862, when his house was washed away by the floods, and his crops destroyed. He then returned to his original homestead, the possession of which he had retained, and here resided until his death, August 12, 1863." It later states that he and Hannah had 12 children; 7 sons and 5 daughters.

The article in the same book on the Duncans, states that "John Swanson was a native of Union County, IN, who came to IL and located in Putnam County where he conducted a flour mill. Later he engaged in farming, in 1850 crossing the plains to California by means of ox teams. Upon his arrival he engaged in mining in Eldorado County until the following year, when he returned East for his family, which he brought back in 1852. They left their home in the Praire State March 5th, and arrived in Placerville in August. There the father engaged in mining operations. He eventually went to Suisan City, Solano County, and took up land, which he found was a Spanish Grant, so in June, 1854, he located near Visalia, Tulare County, where he bought 480 acres of land. Later he added 200 acres of school land, and in 1858 bought the 740 acres which comprises Lemon Cove. He there built the Lemon Cove ditch and did much toward the development and up-building of this section, and he afterwards sold the property. His death occurred in August, 1863. His wife, formerly Hannah Sherman, of Ohio, also died near Visalia."

The article in the same book on Amanda Swanson, has some additional information. It says he built the first irrigation ditch in Tulare County. He came to CA in 1849, crossing the plains, and upon his arrival in the state followed mining in Tuolumne county, near Gold Hill. In 1851 he went east via Panama, and after disposing of his holdings, returned with his family, consisting of his wife, Hannah, and thier chidren. He took up 1800 acres in Tulare county, in what is now known as the Lemon Cove country, where he was a successful pioneer, inheriting the sturdy traits of character which distinguish the natives of England, from which country his father had immigrated to America.

A letter from Annie Mitchell, Tulare County Historical Society, to Mrs. Wells, dated 10 Apr 1982, says that J.H. Swanson took part in the Tule River Indian War of 1856. He signed up as a member of Captain Foster deMasters Company on March 29, 1856. He served 24 days. The men were allowed by the state, 40 cents a day for their horse, 12-1/2 cents a day for clothing and were paid $12 a month. The muster roll shows that he was paid a total of $13.20. She also said that on March 3, 1864, "under an order from Brig.-Gen. Dobie, the Tulare Home Guards held a meeting on Saturday 29th ult ., to elect a captain. On the first ballot, Mr. J. H. Swanson was chosen captain, beating his competitor, Lieut. J. T. Collins by two votes." No documentation other than the letter.

John Swanson recorded a brand in Tulare Co., CA, in Book A page 99. Page in the original, old book is 102. Copy of brand in file. Dated 7 March 1858.

Will of John Swanson dated 10 Aug 1863, signed by his mark and witnessed by S. C. Brown provides: to daughter Ruth Swanson, born 5 Sept 1855, the following land: the NE qtr of S 25 T18S R25E in Tulare County and nominated W. S. Powell of Tulare County her guardian until she reached 18. To wife Hannah, 1/2 of all horses and cattle he owned. To son Myron Swanson, 1/2 of all horses and cattle he owned. To wife and son Myron jointly, the following property in Tulare County: the East fractional half of the NE qtr of S3 T18S R27E and the NE fractional quarter of the NW qtr of S2 T18S R27E and the West fractional half of the NW qtr of S2, T and R East aforesaid: Also the SE 1/4 quarter of the NW qtr of S3 same township and range: Also the SW qtr of S2 T and R last aforesaid: Also the North half of the SE qtr of S eight? (can't tell if there might have been more) T and R aforesaid: also the NW fractional qtr of the NE qtr of S 3 same township and range aforesaid. To son John Henry Swanson, all the remaining portion of his personal estate after debts paid. Son John Henry was named sole executor of the will. Will was #51, filed 22 April 1864 in Tulare County, CA. Papers in the probate give his death date as 12 Aug 1863. In the file is a petition dated 31 Dec 1873 for legacy of the estate of John Swanson filed by O.H.P. Duncan. It stated that although the will stated wife Hannah and son Myron were to receive a tract of land and the will had supposedly been settled and all distribution made, that no distribution was actually made. O.H.P. petitioned to be named administor.
Nov. 1887 another petition was acted on and it states that John Henry Swanson is still executor. Part of the 80 acres in question is now vested in William Mehrtens and the remainder is vested in Columbus B. Moffett, Eugene L. Moffett and John L. Moffett and on 10 Nov. 1887 was finally distributed.

Probate for John Swanson shows total value of his personal estate at death was $2,123.00, including real estate valued as follows: (1) NE 1 /4 of S25 T18S R25E, valued at $320. (2) E fract 1/2 of NE 1/4 & NW fract 1/4 of NE 1/4 & SE 1/4 of NW 1/4 of S3 T18S R27E valued at $440. ( 3) N 1/2 of SE 1/4 of S8 T18S R27E, valued at $100.

Birth and death dates of parents and ten children are from Mamie Swanson Clark. She wrote to Ethel Pratt Brown 22 Oct 1978 saying the list had been copied by her mother from the old Swanson family bible, which she (Mamie) gave to her brother Perry and "someone evidently tossed it away" as she couldn't find a trace of it. This is where the birthdate of 1839 for Aaron came from apparently. Without a photocopy, have no way of telling if all dates were written at once or done as they happened.

John married Hannah Sherman [861] [MRIN: 156], daughter of William Sherman [899] and Rebecca Delong [900], on 27 Aug 1835 in Putnam Co., IL.13 Hannah was born on 6 Mar 1819 in Zanesville, Muskingum Co., OH,14 died on 5 May 1877 in Tulare Co., CA at age 58, and was buried after 5 May 1877 in Deep Creek Cemetery, Tulare Co., CA. They had 11 children: John Henry, Aaron, Edward J., Matilda, Myron, William, Rachel, Rachel Jane, Ruth, Burton, and Oliver Perry.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1 Jun 1850. Putnam Co., IL census. Age 31 (1819) born Ohio.

• Census: 1 Jun 1860. Tulare Co., CA. Called Anna. Age 41 (1819) born Ohio.

• Census: 1 Jun 1870. Tulare Co., CA, pg. 248. Hannah, head of household, 51 (1819), housekeeper, born Ohio. Owns real estate of $400 and personal estate of $1200.

3-John Henry Swanson [1535] was born on 31 Jan 1838 in IL and died on 24 Jan 1897 in Tulare Co., CA 15 at age 58.

General Notes: John wasn't listed with his parents in the 1850 census. I do find him in:
1850 Salisbury, LaSalle Co., IL, in the household of Edward and Chloe Swanson. He is listed as John H. Swanson age 12 (1838), born IL.

1870 Tulare Co., CA. Age 33 (1837), farmer, born IL. Also in household are :
Marian, 44, housekeeper, born OH
William A., 13, born CA
Walter C., 11, born CA
Charles B., 9, born CA
Lewis L., 5, born CA
Mary E., 2, born CA
If Marian is Mary E. Davis and they were just married in 1869, the children, possibly, are just hers or his from a previous marriage??

Jean Laws has him born Granville, Putnam Co., IL.

John Henry Swanson has a brand recorded in Book A pg 241, Tulare County brands. No date was shown for the recording.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1850. Salisbury, LaSalle Co., IL, in the household of Edward and Chloe Swanson. He is listed as John H. Swanson age 12 (1838), born IL.

• Census: 1860. Tulare Co., CA. Age 23 (1837), farmer, born IL, living with parents and siblings.

• Miscellaneous: 1 May 1867. Visalia Weekly Delta reported J. H Swanson a delegate to County Convention for Outside Creek Precinct.

• Census: 1870. Tulare Co., CA. Age 33 (1837), farmer, born IL. See Notes.

• Voting Register: 20 Sep 1884. #5997, Tulare Co., CA. Age 45 [1839], born IL, farmer in Kaweah. John Henry Swanson.

• Voting Register: 5 Aug 1896. Kaweah Precinct, Tulare Co., CA. 58, 5'9", farmer, dark complexion, gray eyes, dk gry hair, one eye nearly out, born Illinois, P.O. Lime Kiln.

John married Mary E. [1547] [MRIN: 524] on 28 Jul 1869 in Tulare Co., CA.16 Mary was born before 1851 and died after 28 Jul 1869.

John next married Nancy Ann Sherman [1599] [MRIN: 644], daughter of William Sherman [1592] and Mary Swanson [1585], on 29 Mar 1886 in Tulare Co., CA.17 Nancy was born about 1848 in IL and died on 24 Mar 1925 in Atascadero, CA about age 77.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1 Jun 1850. Putnam Co., IL, pg 329B. Age 2 (1848) born IL.

• Census: Jun 1870. 1870 Granville Twp., Putnam Co., IL, printed pg 137A; Nancy A., 22 (1848) born IL.

3-Aaron Swanson [1536] was born on 22 Dec 1839 in Lasalle Co., IL, died on 10 Feb 1915 in Tulare, Tulare Co., CA 8 at age 75, and was buried after 10 Feb 1915 in Tulare Cemetery, Tulare Co., CA.

General Notes: Article on Amanda in Guinn's book states that Aaron came to CA with his parents in 1852 and was reared and educated there. He followed farming all his life and at the time of the article owned 320 acres near Lindsay, upon which he was engaged in general farming. States they had 5 children, only 2 of which attained maturity and Amanda was the only surviving at that time.

Obit says he died at the home of his daughter, Miss A.O. Swanson and was 77 years of age. Came to CA in 1851, arriving in Placer County in August. In 1852 he mined for gold in Eldorado County and in 1854 moved to Visalia. About 35 years before his death, he moved to a ranch near Lindsay. He had been in poor health for about 9 years and during part of that time made his home at his daughter's ranch. Miss A.O. Swanson is the only daughter surviving. One sister, Mrs. Duncan, lives at Springville and two brothers reside in the vicinity of Visalia. Interment to be made at the Tulare Cemetery.

Obit says he was born in LaSalle Co., IL. Anna Salierno has Granville, Putnam Co., IL. Obit gives date of birth as 22 Dec 1837. See note with father re bible information. 1839 fits better with census information. Jean Laws has him born Granville, Putnam Co., IL.

Aaron recorded his Mark in Book B page 98 of Tulare County Brands. No date shown.


Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1850. Putnam Co., IL census. Age 10 (1840) born IL.

• Census: 1860. Tulare Co., CA. Age 21 (1839) born IL.

• Voting Register: 6 Aug 1866. Tulare Co., CA. Swanson, Aron, 26 [1840] born Illinois, Res. Farmersville.

• Census: 1 Jun 1870. Farmersville Twp., Tulare Co., CA, pg 249. Age 30 (1840) born IL Farmer. Real estate of $3,000, personal property of $800. Had Elizabeth Hunt age 12 born CA listed in household. (Per Margaret Gallup. Not personally searched.)

• Court Records: 28 Jun 1876. Certificate of Separation filed.

• Census: 1880. Kaweah and Mineral King T., Tulare Co., CA. Aaron age 40 (1840), farmer born IL, father born IN, mother born OH. He was head of household with brothers Oliver P. and Burton living with him.

• Voting Register: 27 May 1884. #5830, Tulare Co., CA. Age 44, born Illinois, Farmer in Pleasant Grove.

• Voting Register: 1898. No. 87, Lindsay, age 57, born Illinois. Copied from index.

• Census: 1 Jun 1900. Lindsay Twp., Tulare Co., CA, ED 60 Sh 4A; Aaron Swanson, born Dec 1839, 60, widower, born IL father born IN mother born OH, farmer. Only one in his household.

Aaron married Mary Eunis Fletcher [1544] [MRIN: 523], daughter of Warden Pope "Pony" Fletcher [1548] and Narcissa Swanson [1549], on 22 Jan 1863 in Tulare Co., CA.7 The marriage ended in divorce. Mary was born on 25 Apr 1842 in La Salle Co., IL,5 died on 28 Mar 1933 in Visalia, Tulare Co., CA 6 at age 90, and was buried on 30 Mar 1933 in Tulare, Tulare Co., CA. They had three children: Amanda O., Henry, and Willard.

Marriage Notes: Reference:
1880 Census says that Aaron is divorced.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1850. Town of Florence, Stephenson Co., IL. Age 8 (1842) born IL.

• Census: 1 Jun 1860. P. O. Leon, Eden Twp., Decatur Co., IA, pg 128; Mary Fletcher, 18 (1841-42) born IL, attended school within the year.

• Census: 1870. Tulare Co., CA. Age 28 (1842), housekeeper, born IL.

• Census: 1 Jun 1880. Eugene Pct., Lane C., OR, ED 65 pg 20C, stamped pg 249; Mary Swanson, head, 38 (1841-42), born IL father born TN mother born OH, keeping house.

• Census: 1900. Tulare, Tulare Co., CA. Age 58; birth date as Apr. 1842. Mother of 5, 1 living, divorced. Born IL, father born VA, mother born OH. can read and write. Living with daughter, Amanda.

• Census: 15 Apr 1910. Exeter Twp., Tulare Co., CA, ED 189 Sh 5B; Mary Swanson, servant, 56 (1853-54), born CA father born Sweden mother born CA. In home of Frances Misten [sp?] family.

• Census: 1 Jan 1920. Tulare Twp., Tulare Co., CA, ED 221 Sh 13A; Mary U. Swanson, mother, widow, 76 (1843), born IL father born VA mother born IN. Lives with daughter Amanda.

• Census: 15 Apr 1930. Tulare Twp., Tulare Co., CA, ED 69 Sh 11A; Mary U. Swanson, mother, 87 (1842-43), born IL father born VA mother born IN. With daughter Amanda.

Aaron next married Sarah E. Long [1582] [MRIN: 520] on 31 Jan 1875 in Tulare Co., CA.18 Sarah was born on an unknown date and died on an unknown date.

3-Edward J. Swanson [1539] was born on 6 Nov 1841 in Granville, Putnam Co., IL and died on 21 Jan 1842 in Granville, Putnam Co., IL.

General Notes: Info on Edward from Anna Salierno. I have nothing as of 24 Jun 1999 to give even his name. Jean Laws has him born Granville, Putnam Co., IL.

3-Matilda Swanson [830] was born on 20 Feb 1843 in Peru, La Salle Co., IL, died on 17 Jun 1926 in Porterville, Tulare Co., CA at age 83, and was buried on 20 Jun 1926 in Porterville Cem, Tulare Co., CA.

General Notes: See note with father's information re bible. It gives her birth date as 20 Feb 1843. There are actually two stones for her in the Old Porterville Cemetery. One gives full dates - Feb 18, 1843 - June 17, 1926, the other just has years and gives her middle initial as S. Don't know, though, if that stands for her middle name or maiden name. Office records at Cemetery also show birth date and death date. Burial says only June, 1926. She is in plot D 186-5.

Obituary in Porterville Evening Recorder June 17, 1926, "Death Calls Pioneer Woman - Mrs. Duncan's Funeral Services to be Held on Sunday Morning -- Mrs. Matilda Duncan, 83, died early this morning at the home of her son, Claude Duncan, in the Success district. She recently was brought home in the ambulance from Los Angeles, where she had been undergoing treatment. She fell last winter and broke her leg and since had been ill.
Mrs. Duncan was a pioneer of California, having come to this state by covered wagon many years ago. Funeral services for her will be held at 10 o'clock Sunday morning in the Loyd Chapel.
The deceased is survived by two sons. Claude and Ray Duncan; a daughter, Mrs. Ada Pratt of Los Angeles."

According to a letter from Ethel to Sharon Joe, the correct birth date is Feb 20. She said that her mother made a mistake when she ordered the gravestone.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1850. Putnam Co., IL census. Age 7 (1843) born IL.

• Census: 1860. Tulare Co., CA. Age 17 (1843) born IL.

• Census: 9 Jun 1880. Tule River Township, Tulare Co., CA. Pg. 107B. "M" 37 (1843) born IL, father born IN, mother born OH.

• Property Sale: 3 May 1898. Bk 87 page 49, Tulare County. Deed from Matilda to Claude Duncan for $10. West half of West half of S30 T21S R29E, MDB&M except land deeded to Pelham George Duncan (Lot 1 of NW qtr of S30 containing 20 13/100 acres. Total was 132 acres.

• Property Sale: 3 May 1898. Bk 87 page 36, Tulare County. Deed from Matilda to Ray Myron Duncan for $10. 11.5 acres in S 30 T21S R29E and an additional Lot in same section of 5 70/100 acres, total 17 20/100 acres.

• Census: 1900. Tule River Twp, Tulare Co., CA. Age 57, born Feb. 1843, head of household and a widow. Married for 39 years. Had 9 children, 5 still living. Born IL, father b. IN, mother b. OH. Farmer, owned mortgaged farm. Pelham, Adah and Claude living with her.

• Census: 1910. Tule River Township, Tulare Co., CA. Age 67, (1843) widow, born IL, father born IN, mother born OH. Occupation farmer. Owned mortgaged farm. Can read and write.

• Census: 1920. Porterville Twp., Tulare Co., CA. Age 75 (1845), widow, born IL, father born IL, mother born OH. Living with son, Claude, and his family.

Matilda married Oliver Hazard Perry Duncan [829] [MRIN: 259], son of William A. Duncan [856] and Dolly H. Duncan [858], on 13 Dec 1860 in Visalia, Tulare Co., CA.19 Oliver was born on 16 Oct 1836 in Belleville, St. Clair Co., IL, died on 26 Jun 1889 in Success Valley, Tulare Co., CA at age 52, and was buried in Old Crabtree Cem, Globe, Tulare Co, CA. They had nine children: John William, Oliver Knight, Clara Virginia, Matilda May, Pelham George, Ray Myron, Adah Irene, Hayne, and Claude.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1850. Great Salt Lake County, Utah, pg 75B. Oliver Duncan, 22 (1828) born TN, groom. George Duncan, 17, herdsboy, was in same household, which consisted of 17 people. Head of household was Brigham Young.

• Court Records: 3 May 1858. O. Duncan filed his mark Vol A pg 113 Tulare County marks and brands. This mark was perpetuated by Matilda & Claude Duncan

• Property Sale: 2 May 1860. Oliver Duncan to James L. Wells both of Tulare County for $300, NW qtr of NE qtr S23 T18S R26E MDB&M, 40 acres.

• Property: 23 Sep 1861. Bk D page 476, Tulare County. William Duncan to Oliver H.P. Duncan both of Tulare Co. for $300, North half of West fractional half of fractional SW qtr S26 T19S R26E MDB&M, 36 10/100 acres.

• Court Records: 23 Oct 1862. Oliver Duncan registered his brand, Tulare Co., CA.

• Voting Register: 25 Jul 1866. Register 1873 shows Oliver Hazard Perry Duncan. age 29, born U.S., Deputy Sheriff resident Kings River Precinct. Tulare Co., CA.

• Property: 10 Sep 1867. Patent recorded Bk I pg 609 to Oliver H.P. Duncan. East half SE qtr S29 T 17S R22E, 80 acres.

• Property: 8 Apr 1874. Patent recorded Bk I pg 610 to Oliver H.P. Duncan. East half SW qtr & West half SE qtr S29 T17S R22E MDB&M., 160 acres.

• Voting Register: 18 Mar 1878. Tulare Co. Age 42, born Illinois, farmer in Porterville.

• Census: 9 Jun 1880. Tule River Township, Tulare Co., CA, pg 107B, O.H.P., age 44 (1836) born IL, father born TN, mother born U.S. Farmer.

• Property: 30 Jun 1885. Patent recorded Bk J pg 557 to Oliver H.P. Duncan. West half NWw qtr and West half of SW qtr S30 T21S R29E MDB&M. 161 96/100 acres.

• Property Sale: 15 Jun 1889. Book 36 page 626. Deed from O.H.P. Duncan to Matilda Duncan, wife, for love and affection. S half SW qtr S27 T21S R31E MDB&M, 160 acres.

• Obituary: 5 Jul 1889. Extract of Tulare Daily Evening Register, 1889, states on July 5 that Oliver died on June 27. Burial in Rural Cemetery on Friday. Age 53 [1836]. In Porterville News section.

4-John William Duncan [116] was born on 28 Oct 1861 in Visalia, Tulare Co., CA, died before 14 Dec 1905 in Tulare Co., CA, and was buried on 14 Dec 1905 in Old Porterville Cemetery, Tulare Co., CA. Photo Of Gravestone In Possession Of Author..

General Notes: Old Porterville Cemetery records show born 1861 and burial date only. Gravestone says "Here rests a Woodman of the World" - J.W. Duncan - 1861 - 1905. He is in Plot D243-6.
His probate is No. 1498, filed 05 Jan 1906, Tulare Co., CA. No copies of that.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 9 Jun 1880. Tule River Township, Tulare Co., CA. Pg. 107B. J. W., 18 (1862) born CA, both parents born IL.

• Probate: 5 Jan 1906. #1498 in Tulare County. Not reviewed as of 11/2004.

John married Mary Harriet Bigelow [117] [MRIN: 270], daughter of Alexander Dallas Bigelow [1651] and Harriett See [1652], on 9 Jun 1889 in Tulare City, Tulare Co., CA.20 Mary was born on 1 Apr 1865 in Jackson, Amador Co., CA, died on 13 Oct 1935 in Porterville, Tulare Co., CA at age 70, and was buried on 16 Oct 1935 in Old Porterville Cem, Tulare Co., CA. They had one daughter: Pearl.

5-Pearl Duncan [1491] was born on 20 Oct 1890 in Earlimart, Tulare Co., CA and died on 27 Jun 1975 in Lebanon, Linn Co., OR at age 84.

General Notes: Gravestone at Old Porterville Cemetery is a joint one with mother. It says :
1890 - Pearl Duncan Hillard - 1975"
Except as noted above, information from Anna Salierno and Ethel Brown.

Noted events in her life were:

• Cremation: Jun 1975. Ashes placed in her mother's grave, Porterville, Tulare Co., CA

Pearl married John Daniel Helps [1492] [MRIN: 509] on 4 Jan 1919 in Juneau, Alaska Territory. John was born on 26 Apr 1865 in St. Marys, Ontario, Canada and died in Sep 1940 in San Jose, Santa Clara Co., CA at age 75. They had two children: Christine and Harriet.

Pearl next married John J. Hillard [1501] [MRIN: 514] in 1947. John died about 1964.

4-Oliver Knight Duncan [836] was born on 16 Dec 1863 in Visalia, Tulare Co., CA, died on 11 Jul 1888 in Tulare Co., CA at age 24, and was buried in Globe Cem., Tulare Co., CA.

General Notes: Never married. His birth and death dates from information on Globe Cemetery in "100 Year History of the Tule River Mountain Country", page 134, by Jeff Edwards.

Census: 9 Jun 1880. Tule River Township, Tulare Co., CA. Pg. 107B. O.K. 16 (1865) born CA, both parents born IL.

Voting Register: 18 Mar 1886. Oliver Knight, 22, born CA, Farmer, res. Porterville.

Great Register of Tulare Co., 1888, shows Oliver Knight age 22, born CA, farmer, res. Porterville, registered 18 March 1886.

Probate #568, 14 Feb 1891, Tulare Co., CA. No copies from probate and not reviewed as of 11/2004..

4-Clara Virginia Duncan [834] was born on 1 Feb 1866 in Visalia, Tulare Co., CA, died on 1 Oct 1886 in Tulare Co., CA at age 20, and was buried in Globe Cem., Tulare Co., CA.

General Notes: Never Married. Birth and death dates from "100 Year History of the Tulare River Mountain Country" by Jeff Edwards, pg. 134, information on Globe Cemetery.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 9 Jun 1880. Tule River Township, Tulare Co., CA. Pg. 107B. C.V. 13 (1867) born CA, both parents born IL.

4-Matilda May Duncan [833] was born on 29 Oct 1868 in Kingston, Tulare Co., CA, died on 13 Aug 1886 in Tulare Co., CA at age 17, and was buried in Globe Cem, Tulare Co., CA.

General Notes: Never married. Her place of birth from Donald Duncan's book. Birth and death dates and place of burial from "100 Year History of the Tule River Mountain Country" by Jeff Edwards, pg. 134, on Globe Cemetery.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 9 Jun 1880. Tule River Township, Tulare Co., CA. Pg. 107B. May, 11 (1869) born CA both parents born IL

4-Pelham George Duncan [832] was born on 4 Mar 1871 in Kingston, Tulare Co., CA, died on 27 Feb 1909 in Tulare Co., CA at age 37, and was buried in Globe Cem, Tulare Co., CA.

General Notes: Never married. His gravestone at Globe Cemetery says "Here Rests a Woodman of the World" and gives birth and death dates. Photo of stone in possession of author.

Note that the Tulare Co. Register of Deaths extract at Tulare City Library, shows death date of 26 Feb 1909. Book 1B page 310 Certificate No. 11.

POB from Duncan book. Other info same as siblings.

Obituary in Porterville Recorder February 27, 1901. " DEATH OF P. G. DUNCAN - Resident of Success Dies of Pneumonia - Funeral for Tomorrow - Was Member of Woodmen of the World ---
Pelham G. Duncan, of Success, died yesterday at his home at that place of pneumonia. Mr. Duncan had an attack of pneumonia last winter, and had had other attacks of the disease previous to even that. He was unmarried.
Mr. Duncan was a prominent member of the Woodmen of the World and members of that order in this city will drive to Success tomorrow to attend the funeral, which will be in charge of J. C. McCabe. The remains will be interred in the Crabtree cemetery. A special meeting of the Woodmen of the World has been called for tonight at 7:30 in order to make arrangements for the trip to Success, and another meeting will be held tomorrow at 9 o'clock.
Mr. Duncan was an old resident of this section. At the time of his death he was 37 years, and 11 months of age. He is survived by two brothers Claude and Ray Duncan, and one sister, Mrs. Ada Pratt."
Copy in the possession of the author.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 9 Jun 1880. Tule River Township, Tulare Co., CA. Pg. 107B. Pelham 9 (1871) born CA both parents born IL.

• Census: 1900. Tule River Township, Tulare Co., CA. Pelham G., age 29, b. March, 1871 in CA. Both parents born IL. With mother.

4-Ray Myron Duncan [817] was born on 13 Jun 1873 in Lemon Cove, Tulare Co., CA, died on 28 Aug 1929 in Willowbrook, Los Angeles Co., CA 21 at age 56, and was buried on 30 Aug 1929 in Home Of Peace Cemetery, B-16-2, Porterville, Tulare Co., CA.

General Notes: At the time of his death, Ray was a resident of Tulare County and visiting in Willowbrook. On May 28, 1995, Ethel Pratt Brown told me that Ray died at her home. He was staying with her family while he was sick and was in bed. She was getting ready to go out and was talking to him. When he stopped responding, she went to his room and found he had died.

I have seen Ray's name as Ray Myron and as Myron Ray, but he used Ray M. for marriage license, divorce and in probate. 2nd Marriage to Mattie Crew, cert #240.

9 March 1929 Dollie and Ray Duncan executed a property settlement and apparently separated as husband and wife, though no divorce papers were filed.

Obituary in Porterville Evening Recorder August 29, 1929.
"Ray M. Duncan, 56, member of a pioneer family of the Success valley district, died yesterday at the home of his daughter in Compton, where he had been on a visit. Word received here was to the effect that Mr. Duncan died suddenly, presumably from a heart afection. Funeral services will not be arranged until after the arrival of the remains, but will probably be Saturday morning. The deceased is survived by his sister Mrs. D. Pratt of Wilmington; brother, Claude Duncan of this city, and a son and daughter. The son is a resident of Strathmore."

August 30, 1929, this appeared in the Porterville Evening Recorder:
"Ray Duncan Funeral is Tomorrow - Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock, from the Loyd-Frietzsche chapel for Ray Marion Duncan, 56, who passed away Wednesday evening at the home of his sister, Mrs. Ada Pratt, at Willowbrook, in southern California, following an illness of six months. Orange Camp No. 333, Woodman of the World, will be in charge of the chapel and grave service, with interment in the Home of Peace cemetery. Rev. J. A. Milligan will officiate at the chapel service if he should return from the mountains, where he is on vacation.
The deceased was born in Lemon Cove, but when he was but a child the parents moved on the South Tule. Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Duncan, the parents, crossed the plains in the early days by ox team and were among the first settlers in Tulare county. The father died many years ago, but the mother, Mrs. Matilda Duncan, who passed away some three years ago, lived to an advanced age in the old home on South Tule.
The deceased went to live with his sister some three months ago. Besides the sister, he is survived by a brother, Claude Duncan of Porterville, and two children. Everett Duncan of Strathmore, and Mrs. Elsie Swift of Wilmington, California."
Copy of both articles in the possession of the author.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 9 Jun 1880. Tule River Township, Tulare Co., CA. Pg. 107B. Ray 7 (1873) born CA both parents born IL.

• Census: 1910. Tule River Twp., Tulare Co., CA. M. Ray, age blurred - _6 (probably 36), born CA, can't read info on parents birthplace for him or the rest of his family. Married twice and for two years this marriage to Mattie. Farmer, owned a mrtgd farm. Can read & write

• Court Records: 9 Mar 1929. Executed property settlement and apparently a legal separation from Dollie Duncan, wife.

• Will: 2 May 1929. Executed will at Willowbrook, Los Angeles Co., CA.

• Probate: 31 Aug 1929. Petition filed for probate in Tulare County, CA. Son Everett as Executor.

Ray married Ida May McCoy [819] [MRIN: 245], daughter of Oliver Stephens McCoy [837] and Maggie Coyier [838], on 8 Sep 1897 in Visalia, Tulare Co., CA.22 The marriage ended in divorce. Ida was born on 14 Sep 1881 in either Tulare County, CA, or Hobo Hot Springs, Kern Co., CA,23 24 died on 8 Nov 1947 in Tulare, Tulare Co., CA 25 at age 66, and was buried on 12 Nov 1947 in Visalia, Tulare Co., CA.25 The cause of her death was Coronary thrombosis. They had two children: Inez Leora and Everett Oliver.

Marriage Notes: Reference:
Marriage Certificate states Ray, 24 and Ida, 18, both natives of California and residents of Porterville, County of Tulare, California. Witnesses were J.W. Duncan and Mary H. Duncan, both residents of Porterville. Certified copy of marriage certificate. In divorce petition, Ray stated that he and Ida were married in the City of Visalia, County of Tulare, State of California, on 8 Sep 1897. She left him on 18 Jun 1904. The complaint was served on Ida in San Joaquin County, California, on 22 Jun 1905. The service was dated in Stockton, CA.

Final judgment states first hearing by the Court was 31 Jul 1905. Ida did not appear in any manner. Ray was awarded custody of children Inez L. Duncan, age 7 and Evert O. Duncan, age 5. He was awarded property in S30 T21S R29E MDB&M.. Total was 17 and 20/100 acres in Lots 6 and 7. This was his separate property. There was no community property.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1900. Tule River Twp., Tulare Co., CA. Ida Duncan, age 20, born Sep 1879 in CA. Father born Ohio mother born Canada. Married 3 years, had given birth to two children, two still alive. She is listed as Farmer, owning farm free and clear. Ray was not with family.

• Occupation: 1 Nov 1919. Nurse, according to marriage certificate

5-Inez Leora Duncan [39] was born in Jan 1898 in , , CA, died before 3 Dec 1920, and was buried on 3 Dec 1920 in Home Of Peace Cemetery, Porterville, Tulare Co., CA.

General Notes: A letter from Sharon Joe to Ethel Brown says that Inez died as Elza was taking her from the mountains to the hospital, possibly with her third child. Elza took it very hard, "maybe even going off the deep end." He left the body with Ray Duncan, who buried Inez. Elza gave his children away to be raised by other non-family members. Laverne to the Wilson and Lyle to the Fees family.

The Tulare County USGENWEB has this cemetery information for Home of Peace Cemetery:
CRABTREEInez Levia age 22-6 b 1898 bur 3 Dec 1920B-16-3
headstone Inez Leora Crabtreeheadstone

She shares a plot and headstone with her father, Ray. Hers says Inez Leora Crabtree 1898 - 1920. Photo of stone in file.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1900. Tule River Twp., Tulare Co., CA. Inis L., 1, born Jun, 1898 in CA, both parents born CA.

• Census: 1910. Tule River Twp., Tulare Co., CA. Inez L., 11. Born CA, father born CA. Can't read mother's birthplace.

Inez married Mr. Elza Henry Crabtree [40] [MRIN: 183], son of William Henry Crabtree [1659] and Ardena May West [1660], before Aug 1918. Elza was born on 15 May 1891 in Tulare Co., CA and died in Nov 1970 at age 79. They had two children: Leora Lavernie and Lyle.

5-Everett Oliver Duncan [811] was born on 12 Feb 1900 in Success Valley, Tulare Co., CA, died on 20 Aug 1975 in Porterville, Tulare Co., CA 26 at age 75, and was buried on 22 Aug 1975 in Home Of Peace, Porterville, Tulare Co., CA.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1 Jun 1900. Tule River Twp., Tulare Co., CA. Evert O., age 3/12, born Feb 1899 (This obviously wrong as census taken 11 June 1900.) Born CA, both parents born CA.

• Census: 1910. Tule River Twp., Tulare Co., CA. Everett, age 10 (1900).Born CA, father born CA. Mother's birthplace is not readable.

• Court Records: 31 Aug 1929. Signed and filed petition for Probate as Executor of his father's estate.

• Census: 1 Apr 1930. Strathmore Twp., Tulare Co., CA, ED 54-54, sh 5A; Everette O., head, rents for $25, 30 (1900), married first time at 20, born CA, both parents born CA, Foreman on ranch. Can read and write.

• Residence: 1941. Porterville City Directory. Everett O. (Bessie), , res. 1531 Sunnyside.

• Residence: 1944. Porterville City Directory. Everett (Bessie), rancher, res. 1531 Sunnyside.

Everett married Bessie Violet Brown [143] [MRIN: 202], daughter of Jr. George N. Brown [139] and Violet Lydia Vincent [140], on 24 Apr 1920 in Visalia, Tulare Co., CA.27 Bessie was born on 7 May 1900 in McAllister, Madison Co., MT,28 died on 29 Oct 1985 in Porterville, Tulare Co., CA 29 at age 85, and was buried on 31 Oct 1985 in Home Of Peace, Porterville, Tulare Co., CA. They had three children:

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1900. Madison Co., MT. Page 280, family 188. Couldn't read name, 1/12, May 1900, born MT, father born VT, mother born MT.

• Census: 1910. Meadow Creek, Madison Co., MT. ED 53, page 79, family 59. Bessie, 10 (1900) born MT, father born VT, mother born IA.

• Census: 1920. Springville Twp. & Village, Tulare Co., CA. 7 & 8 Jan 1920, sheet 2B Dist 218. Bessie V., daughter, 19 (1901) single, born MT, father born VT, mother born IA.

• Census: 1 Apr 1930. Strathmore Twp., Tulare Co., CA, ED 54-54, sh 5A; Bessie, wife, 29, married first time at 19, born MT, father born VT, mother born IA. Can read and write.

Ray next married Mattie Minerva Crew [820] [MRIN: 246] on 26 Dec 1907 in Tulare Co., CA.30 Mattie was born in 1886, died on 2 Jul 1910 in Porterville, Tulare Co, CA at age 24, and was buried on 5 Jul 1910 in Home Of Peace Cemetery, Porterville, Tulare Co, CA. They had one daughter: Elsie Minerva.

Marriage Notes:
Marriage with Mattie Crew is also in Book 2, page 52, #240. Most of Book L is duplicated in Book 2.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1910. Tule River Twp., Tulare Co., CA. Mattie, age blurred _7, born CA, married once for two years. One child and one child living.

5-Elsie Minerva Duncan [43] was born on 17 Feb 1910 in Porterville, Tulare Co., CA, died on 2 Jun 1972 in Manassas, VA at age 62, and was buried on 7 Jun 1972 in Vandalia Cemetery, Porterville, Tulare Co., CA.31

Elsie married Swift [1653] [MRIN: 322]. Swift [1653] was born on an unknown date and died on an unknown date.

Ray next married Dollie D. Duncan [818] [MRIN: 564] after 5 Jul 1910.

4-Adah Irene Duncan [99] was born on 27 Aug 1875 in Springville, Tulare Co., CA, died on 25 Jan 1965 at age 89, and was buried in Woodlawn Cem., Compton, La Co., CA.

General Notes: 9 Jun 1880. Tule River Township, Tulare Co., CA. Pg. 107B. Ada 4 (1876) born CA both parents born IL.

1900 Tule River Township, Tulare Co., CA. Adah I., age 24, born Aug. 1875 in CA, both parents born IL. Single and living with mother.

Other information from Ethel Pratt Brown.

Adah married Darius Pratt [100] [MRIN: 264] on 26 Sep 1900. Darius was born on 4 Feb 1859 in Parke Co., IN, died on 17 Apr 1939 at age 80, and was buried in Woodlawn Cem., Compton, L.A. Co., CA. They had four children: Jennie May, Earnest Oliver, Ethel Esther, and Amy Clara.

5-Jennie May Pratt [105] was born on 9 Nov 1901 near Porterville, Tulare Co., CA and died 23 Mar 1988 in Los Angeles Co., CA.

Medical Notes: Alzheimers

Jennie married Harry J. Blackburn [111] [MRIN: 267] on 25 Apr 1925. Harry was born on 6 Dec 1896 in Fairmont, IL and died on 12 Mar 1956 in Compton, CA at age 59. They had two children.

Jennie next married Garret J. Francis [115] [MRIN: 268] on 18 Apr 1976. Garret was born on 7 Dec 1896 in NE and died 1 Jan 1980 in Los Angeles Co, CA.

5-Ernest Oliver Pratt [104] was born on 9 Jun 1905 near Porterville, Tulare Co., CA, died on 30 Jan 1989 in Orange Co., CA, at age 83, and was buried in Rose Hills Cem, Whittier, CA.

Errnest married Elsie Violet Batke [107] [MRIN: 266] on 5 Feb 1927. Elsie was born on 22 Jul 1909 in Portland, OR, died on 20 Sep 1974 in Fullerton, CA at age 65, and was buried in Rose Hills Cem, Whittier, CA. They had three children..

5-Ethel Esther Pratt [103] was born on 14 Nov 1910 near Porterville, Tulare Co., CA and died 1 Oct 2000 in Arkansas.

Ethel married Asa Davis Brown [106] [MRIN: 265] on 8 Jun 1934. Asa was born on 2 Apr 1907 in Caddo Co, OK, died on 25 Aug 1979 in Bull Shoals, AR at age 72, and was buried in Fairview Cem, AR.

5-Amy Clara Pratt [101] was born on 20 Nov 1917 in Wasco, Kern Co., CA, died on 18 Apr 1918, and was buried in Porterville, Tulare Co., CA.

4-Hayne Duncan [831] was born on 1 Aug 1878 in Succes Valley, Tulare Co., CA, died on 31 Aug 1894 in Tulare Co., CA at age 16, and was buried in Globe Cem, Tulare Co., CA.

General Notes: Hayne had the kneecaps of both legs shot off in a hunting accident and died of blood poisoning at 16 years of age. Birth and death dates in "100 Year History of the Tule River Mountain Country" by Jeff Edwards. Globe Cemetery.

Tulare Daily Register on Thursday, Sept. 6, 1894, has this in the section on Porterville and Vicinity:
"Hayne Duncan, who was wounded in the mountains near the hot springs, died on the eve of the 30th of August. The accident occurred on the mountain back of Mr. Dodd's place about 2 o'clock p.m., one of those hot days. Mr. Sims of Tipton left him to procure help and Hayne crawled through the brush a mile or two in search of water. It was eleven o'clock at night before they got him into camp, and he did not reach Porterville until the next night at sunset. By that time blood poison had set in and there was no help for him. After lingering nearly a week he died. He was about 16 years old but a full grown, fleshy man. Mrs. Duncan has the sympathy of all as this is the fourth grown child and her husband which have died in the past seven years."
Copy in the possession of the author.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 9 Jun 1880. Tule River Township, Tulare Co., CA. Pg. 107B. Hayne 1 (1879) born CA both parents born IL.

4-Claude Duncan [90] was born on 26 Jul 1884 in Success Valley, Tulare Co., CA, died on 22 Oct 1946 in Lindsay, Tulare Co., CA at age 62, and was buried on 24 Oct 1946 in Porterville, Tulare Co., CA.

General Notes: Information from Ethel Brown and Donald Duncan book. He and Nan were married at the home of Oliver P. and N. Eva Swanson, per Ethel. "Cemetery Records of California" Vol 7 in Tulare City Library had death date of Oct 25. Cemetery photos show only 1884 - 1946. Photo of stone shared with Nan in possession of author. Ethel got her dates from Claude's daughters.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1900. Tule River Twp., Tulare Co., CA; Claude age 15 born Jul 1884 in CA. Both parents born IL. Was at school.

• Census: 1910. Tule River Twp., Tulare Co., CA; Claude age 26 (1884) born CA, both parents born IL. Married one year. With wife, next door to Matilda Duncan.

• Census: 1920. Porterville Twp., Tulare Co., CA; Claude age 35 (1885) born CA both parents born IL. Farmer, owned mortgaged farm.

Claude married Nancy Swagerty Holston [92] [MRIN: 260] on 13 Feb 1910 in Visalia, Tulare Co., CA.32 Nancy was born on 20 Nov 1877 in Mossy Creek, TN, died on 30 May 1960 in Fresno, Fresno Co., CA at age 82, and was buried on 2 Jun 1960 in Home Of Peace, Porterville, Tulare Co., CA. They had three children: Florence Evelyn, Cornelia Hayne, and Billie Mae.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1910. Tule River Twp., Tulare Co., CA; Nanny age 25 (1885) with husband, Claude. Born IN, father born IN, mother's birthplace is unclear. Possibly West VA. Married one year.

• Census: 1920. Porterville Twp., Tulare Co., CA; Nannie age 35 (1885), born TN, both parents born TN.

5-Florence Evelyn Duncan [95] was born on 31 Jan 1911 in Success Valley, Tulare Co., CA and died on 20 Dec 1994 in Santa Cruz Co., CA, at age 83.

General Notes: Ethel Brown's last letter from Evelyn was 22 Sep 1989. At that time she had alzheimers and was in a rest home.

Medical Notes: Alzheimers Disease; Diabetes

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1920. Porterville Twp., Tulare Co., CA; Evelyn, age 8 (1912), born CA, father born CA, mother born TN.

Florence married Glenn Joseph Swadley [98] [MRIN: 263] on 6 Aug 1937. Glenn was born on 12 Oct 1906 in Checotah, OK, died on 23 Mar 1971 in Fresno, Fresno Co, CA 33 at age 64, and was buried on 25 Mar 1971 in Fresno Mem Garden, Fresno, CA. The cause of his death was Cancer of Esophagus metastasized.

5-Cornelia Hayne Duncan [94] was born on 15 Mar 1915 in Success Valley, Tulare Co., CA, died on 8 Nov 1967 near Dos Palos, CA at age 52, and was buried in Belmont Memorial Park, Fresno, Fresno Co., CA.

General Notes: Birth Cert. #241, Book 7 page 11, Porterville. I don't have a copy. Cornelia (Connie) died in a car accident. Her daughter Catherine was with her and also died. Copy of obit in scrapbook from Ethel Pratt Brown. Also there is a copy of newspaper article when she married Leo.


Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1920. Porterville Twp., Tulare Co., CA; Cornelia age 4 (1916) born CA, father born CA, mother born TN.

Cornelia married Leo Albert Guertin [97] [MRIN: 262] on 6 Nov 1943 in Jacksonville, FL. Leo was born on 27 Dec 1923 in Linwood, MA and died 25 Aug 2003, estimated Fresno Co., CA. They had six children..


5-Billie Mae Duncan [93] was born on 13 May 1917 in Success Valley, Tulare Co., CA and died 31 Mar 2003, estimated in Santa Cruz Co., CA (that was her last residence according to SSDI).

General Notes: Ethel Brown noted that Billie formally changed her name from Fannie Mae in Tulare County.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1920. Porterville Twp., Tulare Co., CA;Fanny M., age 2 (1918) born CA, father born CA, mother born TN.

Billie married John Stanley Cooper [96] [MRIN: 261] on 1 Jun 1940. John was born on 27 Jan 1911 in Fresno, Fresno Co., CA and died 24 Jan 200, estimated in Santa Cruz Co., CA (that was his last residence according to SSDI). They had three children.

3-Myron Swanson [1537] was born on 12 Oct 1846 in Putnam Co., IL and died on 13 Aug 1873 at age 26.

General Notes: Jean Laws has him born Granville, Putnam Co., IL.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1 Jun 1850. Putnam Co., IL census. Age 5 (1845) born IL.

• Census: 1 Jun 1860. Tulare Co., CA. Age 15 (1845) born IL. Name was spelled Miron.

• Voting Register: 12 Oct 1867. Swanson, Myron, 21 [1846] born Illinois, Res. Farmersville.

• Census: 1 Jun 1870. Tulare Co., CA, pg. 248. Miron, Age 23 (1847), farm laborer born IL. Name spelled Miron. Living with mother, Ruth, Burton and Oliver.

3-William Swanson [1540] was born on 12 Oct 1846 in Putnam Co., IL and died on 12 Oct 1846 in Putnam Co., IL.

General Notes: Jean Laws has him born Granville, Putnam Co., IL.

3-Rachel Swanson [1538] was born about Feb 1850 in Putnam Co., IL and died before 25 Aug 1852.

General Notes: See note with father about bible. It shows a Rachel Jane born 25 Aug 18 52 with no death date. Anna Salierno has a Rachel born 1850 and Rachel Jane as shown in the previous sentence.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1850. Putnam Co., IL census. age 4/12. Date of enumeration was 19 Oct 1850. Birth date estimated from June.

3-Rachel Jane Swanson [1637] was born on 25 Aug 1852 and died on an unknown date.

General Notes: Jean laws has her death as an infant.

3-Ruth Swanson [1541] was born on 5 Sep 1855 in Tulare Co., CA,34 died on 25 Jan 1898 in CA at age 42, and was buried in Exeter Cemetery, Exeter, Tulare Co., CA.35

General Notes: See note with father re bible. It shows Ruth born 05 Sep 1853. That would be quite a bit different from the 2 census' I have.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1 Jun 1860. Tulare Co., CA. Age 4 (1856) born CA.

• Census: 1 Jun 1870. Tulare Co., CA, pg 248. Ruth, age 15 (1855) born CA.

• Census: 1 Jun 1880. Kaweah and Mineral King, Tulare Co., CA, ED 96 pg 16D; Ruth Daily, wife, 24 (1855-56) born CA father born IN mother born OH.

Ruth married Benjamin F. Dailey [1578] [MRIN: 536] on 19 May 1878 in Tulare Co., CA.36 Benjamin was born in Oct 1844 in IA, died on 27 Sep 1932 in CA at age 87, and was buried in Exeter Cemetery, Exeter, Tulare Co., CA.35 They had seven children: Benjamin F., E. R., Ellen M., Daniel P., George E., Bertha U., and Lula A..

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1 Jun 1880. Kaweah and Mineral King, Tulare Co., CA, ED 96 pg 16D; Benjamin F. Daily, head, 34 (1845-46), born IA father born Canada mother born NY.

• Census: 1 Jun 1900. Exeter Twp., Tulare Co., CA, ED 60 Sh 6A, stamped pg 71; Benjamin F. Daily, head, born Oct 1844, 55, marriage 1 [sic] born IA both parents born NY, farmer.

4-Benjamin F. Dailey [5149] was born in Nov 1880 in Est Tulare Co., CA.

4-E. R. Cox [1580] was born about 1882.

General Notes: Adopted by Dailey's according to list of Amanda Swanson's heirs.

4-Ellen M. Dailey [5150] was born in May 1883 in Est Tulare Co., CA.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1 Jun 1900. Exeter Twp., Tulare Co., CA, ED 60 Sh 6A, stamped pg 71; Ellen M. Daily, daughter, born May 1883, 17, born CA father born IA mother born CA.

4-Daniel P. Dailey [5151] was born in Mar 1887 in Est Tulare Co., CA.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1 Jun 1900. Exeter Twp., Tulare Co., CA, ED 60 Sh 6A, stamped pg 71; Daniel P., son, born Mar 1887, 13, born CA father born IA mother born CA.

4-George E. Dailey [5152] was born in Jun 1889 in Est Tulare Co., CA.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1 Jun 1900. Exeter Twp., Tulare Co., CA, ED 60 Sh 6A, stamped pg 71; George E., son, born Jun 1889, 10, born CA father born IA mother born CA.

4-Bertha U. Dailey [5153] was born in Aug 1892 in Est Tulare Co., CA.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1 Jun 1900. Exeter Twp., Tulare Co., CA, ED 60 Sh 6A, stamped pg 71; Bertha U., daughter, born Aug 1892, 7, born CA father born IA mother born CA.

4-Lula A. Dailey [1579] was born in Feb 1895 in Est Tulare Co., CA.

General Notes: Lula's name and married name from list of Amanda Swanson's heirs.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1 Jun 1900. Exeter Twp., Tulare Co., CA, ED 60 Sh 6A, stamped pg 71; Lula A., daughter, born Feb 1895, 5, born CA father born IA mother born CA.

Lula married Vollmer [1581] [MRIN: 537].

3-Burton Swanson [1542] 37 was born on 25 Mar 1858 in Tulare Co., CA,38 died on 3 Sep 1925 in Tulare Co., CA 39 40 at age 67, and was buried on 5 Sep 1925 in Deep Creek Cemetery, Near Exeter, Tulare Co., CA. The cause of his death was Nephritis, contributory of cystitis.

General Notes: Burton's birthdate was given in article on him in Guinn's book on Tulare County. Stated he was born in the old log house that was built during the Indian war and which "is still standing on the farm". He was a Republican and belonged to the Fraternal Brotherhood of Exeter. He was 6'2" and 200 lbs. with a clear, dark complextion. He did not drink liquor nor use tobacco in any form.

Names of Clara and John obtained from list of Amanda Swanson's heirs; named as Burton's children.

Obituary in the Exeter paper 4 Sep 1925: "BURTON SWANSON, WELL KNOWN RANCHER, DIES. WAS ONE OF THE PIONERS OF TULARE COUNTY. FUNERAL TOMORROW
Burton Swanson, 67, native son of Tulare county and one of the pioneers of the community east of Visalia, passed away at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the home place just north of the Four Corners, six miles east of this city. He had been ill for some time.
In 1852 his father and mother crossed the plains with an ox team settling at the Four Corners where the lad was born on March 25 six years later. He spent his entire life upon the home ranch. On January 1, 1889 he was married to Miss Christina Anderson of Visalia who survives him as do five children: Mrs. D. B. Wells, Visalia; Mrs. A. R. Burkhart, Helm; Elmer Swanson, Exeter; John Swanson, Westminister; and Mrs. H. R. Arnett, Westminister. O. P. Swanson of Visalia is a brother and Mrs. Matilda Duncan of Success is a sister.
Funeral services are to be conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the late residence by Hadley & Locey, interment to be in the Deep Creek cemetery where his parents were buried several years ago.
Mr. Swanson was one of the best known of the ranchers of this district, always having taken a very active part in the affairs of the community and himself building up a very fine ranching enterprise. His passing will be deeply regreted."

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1 Jun 1860. Tulare Co., CA. Age 2 (1858) born CA.

• Census: 1 Jun 1870. Tulare Co., CA, pg 248. Burton, age 12 (1858) born CA.

• Census: 1 Jun 1880. Tulare Co., CA. Age 22 (1858) born CA, father born IN, mother born OH. Living in household with brother Aaron (head) and Oliver P. Listed as farmer.

• Voting Register: 24 Jun 1884. #5864, Tulare Co., CA. 1888 Great Register. Age 26 [1858] born CA, farmer in Kaweah.

• Property: 28 Sep 1889. Patent recorded Book L page 363 on 30 Nov 1889, Tulare Co., CA.

• Voting Register: 11 Oct 1898. Kaweah Precinct, Tulare Co., CA. 40, 6'5",, farmer, light complexion, gray eyes, dark hair, born CA, P.O. Visalia, transferred from Venice, where he had registered at age 38..

• Census: 23 May 1910. Visalia, Tulare Co., CA, pg 139B. Age 52 (1858) born CA, both parents born IL. Farmer owned his own farm free and clear. This is his 2nd marriage and has lasted 20 years.

• Probate: 29 Sep 1925. #4576 filed in Tulare County. Not reviewed as of 11/2004.

Burton married Elizabeth Ewing [1551] [MRIN: 526], daughter of John Ewing [1839] and Margaret Ewing [1840], on 30 Jan 1881 in Big Oak Flat, Tulare Co., CA.41 Elizabeth was born between 1863 and 1864 in IL, died after 1883 in Tulare Co., CA, and was buried after 1883 in Deep Creek Cemetery, Near Exeter, Tulare Co., CA. They had two children: Elmer and Estella.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1 Jun 1880. Kaweah & Mineral King, Tulare Co., CA, ED 96 Pg 45A; Elizabeth Ewing, 17 (1863-64), "house work" in home of Thomas & Emily Graves, born IL, both parents born Ireland. Same pg as John Ewing, Sr.

4-Elmer Swanson [1552] was born on 14 Jan 1882 in Big Oak Flat, Tulare Co., CA,42 died on 1 Sep 1930 near Exeter, Tulare Co., CA 43 at age 48, and was buried on 4 Sep 1930 in Exeter Cemetery, Exeter, Tulare Co., CA.43

General Notes: Obituary in the Exeter Sun 4 Sep 1930 " ELMER SWANSON FATALLY HURT IN AUTO MISHAP - Ford Car Crashes With Power Pole Near Exeter Monday Afternoon -
The shock received in an automobile accident at about 5 o'clock Monday afternoon near Exeter caused the death of Elmer Swanson, 48, of Exeter. The mispay occurred about one-half mile east of the Venida substation on the Mineral King highway when Mr. Swanson was driving his Ford roadster east on the pavement and was passed by another car driven by W. H. Callison of Exeter. According to reports, Callison waved his hand and spoke to Mr. Swanson as he passed and when the former gained a short distance ahead of the Ford automobile he heard a crash. Upon looking around to see what had happened, Mr. Callison saw that Mr. Swanson had crashed with an electric power pole.
Mr. Swanson was badly bruised and his legs were broken. His left leg was broken in three places while his right was fractured just above the knee. He was brought to the Exeter hospital for treatment and passed away at about 7 o'clock.
The deceased was born January 14, 1882 at Big Oak Flat about 25 miles east of Lemon Cove in the Sierra mountains and made his home in Tulare county until the time of his death, living in Exeter for the past 28 years where he has been engaged as a teamster.
Funeral services will be conducted this Thursday morning at 10 o'clock at the graveside in the Exeter cemetery.
Survivors are: One sister, Mrs. Richard Arnett of Midway, Orange county, California; one half-brother, John Henry Swanson, of Fresno; two half-sisters, Mrs. D. B. Wells of Visalia and Mrs. R. A. Burkhart of Dos Palos."
From a perpetual calendar on line, Sept 4, 1930, was a Thursday.

Another newspaper clipping from a book of obituaries in the Exeter library has a handwritten date of 1930 and says: "EXETER MAN IS CRASH VICTIM - Exeter, Sept. 2 - Elmer Swanson, 28, of Exeter, died in a hospital here last night following an automobile crash on the highway about a half-mile east of Venida yesterday.
Witnesses say that Swanson lost control of his car and crashed into a power pole. He was rushed to the hospital in Exeter, but died at 7:20 o'clock last night. The accident occurred at 3:30 p.m.
Investigation of the crash has not yet been completed, according to an announcement made by the coroner's office today. Reports that another car cut in on Swanson were being checked this afternoon.
Swanson is survived by several brothers and sisters. The inquest has not yet been set. Funeral arrangements will be announced later."

Noted events in his life were:

• Probate: 1930. #5673 in Tulare County. Not reviewed as of 11/2004.

4-Estella Swanson [1553] was born on 4 Dec 1883 and died on 4 May 1953 in Orange Co., CA 9 at age 69.

Noted events in her life were:

• Residence: 4 Sep 1925. Westminister, per father's obituary

• Residence: 4 Sep 1930. Midway, Orange Co., CA, per brother's obituary

Estella married Richard Harve Arnett Jr. [1554] [MRIN: 527], son of Unknown and Shippy [3498], on 1 Jun 1902 in Tulare Co., CA.44 Richard was born on 21 May 1882 and died on 15 Mar 1952 in Orange Co., CA 9 at age 69.

Marriage Notes: Reference:
List typed by Margaret Gallup has June 7 as wedding date.

Burton next married Christiana Anna Anderson [1555] [MRIN: 528], daughter of Hans Anderson [2935] and Unknown, on 1 Jan 1889 in Tulare Co., CA.45 Christiana was born on 23 Jun 1856 in Denmark, died on 28 Mar 1937 in Visalia, Tulare Co., CA 46 at age 80, and was buried on 3 Apr 1937 in Visalia Cemetery, Visalia, Tulare Co., CA. They had three children: Clara Irene, Hannah C., and John Henry.

Marriage Notes: Reference:
Jean Laws had marriage date as 17 Oct 1889.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1910. Visalia, Tulare Co., CA, pg 139B. Christiana, wife, 52 (1857-58) first marriage, has lasted 20 yr., mother of 3 all living. Born Denmark and both parents born Denmark.

4-Clara Irene Swanson [1556] was born about 1893 in CA and died after 4 Sep 1930.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1910. Visalia, Tulare Co., CA, pg 139B. Clara I., 17 (1892-93) born CA, father born CA, mother born Denmark

• Residence: 4 Sep 1925. Visalia, per father's obituary

• Residence: 4 Sep 1930. Visalia, per brother's obituary

Clara married Delaware Bowman Wells [1845] [MRIN: 645] on 1 Apr 1914 in Tulare Co., CA.47 Delaware was born on an unknown date and died after 1 Apr 1914.

4-Hannah C. Swanson [1557] was born on 5 Jan 1895 in CA and died on 11 Jan 1961 in Madera Co., CA 9 at age 66.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1910. Visalia, Tulare Co., CA, pg 139B. Hannah C., 15 (1894-95) born CA, father born CA, mother born Denmark

• Residence: 4 Sep 1925. Helm, CA, per father's obituary

• Residence: 4 Sep 1930. Dos Palos, CA, per brother's obituary

Hannah married Ambrose Robert Burkhart [2757] [MRIN: 1015] on 12 Dec 1914 in Tulare Co., CA.48 Ambrose was born on 5 Jun 1891 in IN and died on 6 Sep 1951 in Madera Co., CA 9 at age 60. They had one son: Robert Ambrose.

5-Robert Ambrose Burkhart [3499] was born on 14 May 1929 and died on 6 Oct 1988 in Fresno Co., CA 9 at age 59.

4-John Henry Swanson [1558] was born on 10 Mar 1897 in Visalia, Tulare Co., CA and died on 10 Dec 1953 in Fresno Co., CA 9 at age 56.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1910. Visalia, Tulare Co., CA, pg 139B. John H., 13 (1896-97) born CA father born CA mother born Denmark

• Military: 5 Jun 1918. World War I Draft Registration Card; John Henry Swanson, 21, born March 10, 1897, Visalia, CA; father B. Swanson, employed Visalia, tall, slender, blue eyes, light hair. Copy in file.

• Residence: 4 Sep 1925. Westminister, per father's obituary

• Residence: 4 Sep 1930. Fresno, per brothers obituary

3-Oliver Perry Swanson [1543] was born on 27 Oct 1860 in Tulare Co., CA,26 died on 4 Feb 1926 in Visalia, Tulare Co., CA 49 at age 65, and was buried on 6 Feb 1926 in Visalia, Tulare Co., CA.26 35

General Notes: O. P. Swanson recorded a Brand in Book B page 299 of Brands in Tulare County. No date shown for recording.

"A Modern History of Tulare County" by Annie R. Mitchell, 1974, page 122, says: "OLIVER PERRY SWANSON, JR. -
More than ordinary citizens, the Swansons were involved in many activities of early Tulare County. Oliver Perry, Sr. was the youngest of twelve children of John and Hannah Swanson who came from Illinois to Mud Springs ( El Dorado), California in covered wagons in 1851. From there they came to Tulare County in 1853, and homesteaded land at Deep Creek and near present day Lemon Cove where Oliver was born in 1860.
"Ollie" Swanson farmed his own land at Deep Creek for years, was very active in furthering education there and in organizing and building the Methodist Church in that community. He spent much of his early life in the surrounding mountains doing trucking to and from the lumber camps. In later years, he and his family moved to Visalia where he continued his support of the church and was a member of several lodges.
In 1888 he married Nancy Eve Garver, and from their union came Mamie Swanson Clark and Oliver Perry, Jr. Mrs. Clark became a school administrator in the city of Los Angeles. Oliver Perry, Jr., was a dairyman and farmer near Visalia. He represented his district on the initial Visalia Hospital Committee and helped to make it a realization. He was well known for his exceptional baritone voice and was a soloist in the Methodist Church. In 1918 Perry married Bessie Ethel Darms, a teacher, and from this union came Leonard Perry, Bessie Ruth and Marian Lorraine. Oliver Swanson, Sr. died in February 1926 and O. Perry Jr. in September, 1970.
Leonard P. Swanson became a World War II and Korean War flier, and then flew for Strategic Air Command for many years. He has one daughter, Stephanie. The other members of the family were active in music circles in Tulare County. Dr. Bessie R. Swanson is now a professor of music in the University of Michigan. Marian Swanson married Sam Crandell and from this union came John Perry, Oliver Franklin and Donna Jean."

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1 Jun 1870. Tulare Co., CA, pg 248. Oliver, age 10 (1860) born CA.

• Census: 1880. Tulare Co., CA. Age 19 (1861) born CA, father born IN, mother born OH. He is farmhand.

• Voting Register: 20 May 1884. #5823, Tulare Co., CA, Oliver Perry Swanson, age 24, born California, farmer in Visalia.

• Property: 11 Apr 1890. Patent recorded Book L page 538, Tulare Co., CA.

• Voting Register: 1898. Oliver Perry Swanson, #41, Venice, age 35, born CA. Info from index.

• Census: 1900. Visalia, Tulare Co., CA. Age 39, born Oct 1860. Married 11 years. Born CA, both parents born IL. Farmer owns his own farm free and clear. Can read and write.

• Census: 1910. Visalia, Tulare Co., CA. Age 49 (1861) born CA, married once-for 20 years at census. Gives place of birth of parents only as U.S. Farmer, owned farm free and clear. Can read and write.

• Probate: 8 Feb 1926. #4634 in Tulare County. Not reviewed as of 11/2004.

Oliver married Nancy Eva Garver [1559] [MRIN: 529], daughter of David B. Garver [1564] and Mary A. Page [1565], on 17 Oct 1888 in Tulare Co., CA.50 Nancy was born on 2 Aug 1869 in Nemoha Co., KS,26 died on 3 Sep 1949 in Visalia, Tulare Co., CA 51 at age 80, and was buried on 6 Sep 1949 in Visalia District Cemetery, Visalia, Tulare Co., CA.26 35 The cause of her death was Pneumonia from broken hip trauma. They had three children: Mamie H., Oliver Perry "Ollie," and Unknown.

Marriage Notes: Reference:
Letter from Mamie Swanson Clark to Ethel Pratt Brown dated 30 Oct 1978, transcribed by Ethel, gives marriage date as 14 Oct 1888 in Visalia.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1900. Visalia, Tulare Co., CA. 30, born Aut 1869 iin Kansas, both parents born PA. Married 11 years, mother of 3, 2 living.

• Census: 1910. Visalia, Tulare Co., CA. 40 ( 1870) born KS, both parents born PA. Married for 20 years; mother of 3, 2 living.

• City Directory: 1944. Mrs. N.E.Swanson, residence 1120 E. Mineral King, Visalia, CA, phone 646-W.

4-Mamie H. Swanson [1560] was born on 30 Jan 1891 in CA and died on 3 Apr 1984 in Laguna Hills, Orange Co., CA 52 at age 93. The cause of her death was Cardiopulmonary arrest 1 wk following a stroke. Also had generalized arteriosclerosis.

General Notes: Death certificate gave her name as Mamie Swanson Clark.
Mamie was a school administrator in the city of Los Angeles, per father's obituary. Death certificate states she was a teacher.

Noted events in her life were:

• Cremation: 4 Apr 1984. Fullerton, CA

• Census: 1900. Visalia, Tulare Co., CA. Age 9 born Jan 1891 in CA. Father born CA mother born KS. Name shown as Mary in this census.

• Census: 1910. Visalia, Tulare Co., CA. Age 19 born CA. Father born CA mother born KS. Listed as Mamie H.

• Residence: 3 Sep 1949. Los Angeles, per mother's obituary

Mamie married James W. Clark [1563] [MRIN: 530] before 3 Sep 1949. James was born on an unknown date and died in 1971.

4-Oliver Perry "Ollie" Swanson [1561] was born on 10 Nov 1894 in CA,9 died on 17 Sep 1970 in Dinuba, Tulare Co., CA 53 at age 75, and was buried in Visalia Cemetery, Visalia, Tulare Co., CA.35

General Notes: Letter from Mamie Swanson Clark to Ethel Pratt Brown dated 30 Oct 1978, transcribed by Ethel, gives Oliver's birth date as 11 Oct 1894.

Obituary from book at Exeter Library, has this with handwritten date of 18 Sep 1970: "VISALIA - Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the United Methodist Church of Visalia for Perry Swanson, 75, of Visalia, who died yesterday in a Dinuba hospital. Burial will be in the Visalia Cemetery.
A native of the Deep Creek area, east of Visalia, Swanson attended Visalia schools and farmed in this area until he retired in 1964. He divided his time between his Visalia home and Kings Canyon National Park. He was a member of the Visalia United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his widow, Bessie; a son, Leonard Swanson, whose where abouts is unknown; two daughters, Mrs. Marian Crandell of Dinuba and Betty Swanson of Seattle, Wash.; a sister, Mrs. Mamie Clark of Laguna Beach, and three grand-children.
The family requests that any remembrances be sent to the Donna Jean Crandell Memorial Scholarship Fund at Kingsburg High School. The Hadley Chapel is in charge of arrangements."

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1900. Visalia, Tulare Co., CA. Age 6, Nov. 1894. Born CA, father born CA, mother born KS. Listed as Perry.

• Census: 1910. Visalia, Tulare Co., CA. Age 15 born CA, father born CA mother born KS.

• Census: 1 Apr 1930. Visalia Twp., ED 54-84, sheet 2B; Oliver P., head, 35 (1895), married first time at age 23, born CA, father born CA, mother born KS. Can read and write. Farmer.

• City Directory: 1944. Perry Swanson, ranch, phone 1-F-11.

Oliver married Bessie Ethel Darms [1566] [MRIN: 531], daughter of Unknown and Weiss [3497], in 1918. Bessie was born on 19 Nov 1893 in CA, died on 1 Dec 1988 in San Luis Obispo Co., CA 9 at age 95, and was buried in Visalia Cemetery, Visalia, Tulare Co., CA.35 They had three children: Leonard Perry, Bessie Ruth, and Marian Lorraine.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1 Apr 1930. Visalia Twp., Tulare Co., CA, ED 54-84, sh 2B; Bessie D., wife, 36 (1894) married first time at 24, born CA, both parents born LA; can read and write. Teacher at public school.

5-Leonard Perry Swanson [1567] was born on 6 May 1919 in CA and died on 30 Dec 1986 in Los Angeles Co., CA 9 at age 67.

General Notes: "A Modern History of Tulare County" by Annie R. Mitchell, 1974, page 122 states he was a World War II and Korean War flier and then flew for Strategic Air Command for many years and that he has one daughter, Stephanie.

His father's obituary 18 Sept 1970, says that his whereabouts were unknown .

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1 Apr 1930. Visalia Twp., Tulare Co., CA, ED 54-84, sh 2B; Leonard P., son, 10 (1920) born CA, both parents born CA.

• Residence: 3 Sep 1949. Visalia, per Nancy Garver Swanson obituary.

Leonard Perry married and had 1 child, Stephanie

5-Bessie Ruth Swanson [1568] was born about 1921 in CA and died after 1 Apr 1930.

General Notes: "A Modern History of Tulare County" by Annie R. Mitchell, 1974, page 122 states she holds the title of Dr. and at the time of the article, was a professor of music in the University of Michigan.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1 Apr 1930. Visalia Twp., Tulare Co., CA, ED 54-84, sh 2B; Bessie R., daughter, 9 (1921), born CA, both parents born CA.

5-Marian Lorraine Swanson [1569] was born about 1923 in CA and died after 3 Sep 1949.

General Notes: "A Modern History of Tulare County" by Annie R. Mitchell, 1974, page 1 22 states her husband's name and name of 3 children.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1 Apr 1930. Visalia Twp., Tulare Co., CA, ED 54-84, sh 2B; Marian L., daughter, 7 (1923) born CA, both parents born CA.

• Residence: 3 Sep 1949. Springfield, Mass, per Nancy Garver Swanson obituary

Marian married Samuel Howard Crandell [1571] [MRIN: 535] before 3 Sep 1949. Samuel was born on an unknown date and died on an unknown date. They had three children: John Perry, Oliver Franklin, and Donna Jean.

Marriage Notes: Reference:
In an early, handwritten family group sheet, Anna Salierno said marriage date was 20 Apr 1946, E1256-67-390. No county or state was given. Tulare?

4-Unknown Swanson [1562] died before 3 Sep 1949.

2-Mary Swanson [1585] was born on 30 Jan 1814 in Union Co., IN, died on 31 Oct 1884 in Caldwell, Sumner Co., KS 54 at age 70, and was buried in Caldwell Cem., Caldwell, Sumner Co., KS.

General Notes: Mary's birthdate showing as 30 Jan 1814 by Margaret Gallup - written by hand on a FGS. Anna has 03 Jan in computer FGS.

Buried in Caldwell Cemetery, Sumner Co., KS, Area 3, Block 080-2, according to http://www.rootsweb.com/~ksscgscm/CALDWELLNAMES_1.html. No dates are on line as of 3 Feb 2000.

Mary's will dated 18 Sep 1883, states she was then of Putnam County, Illinois. Daughter Mary E. Surby given $5.00; Children William P. Sherman, Rebecca Weeks, Edward Sherman, John Sherman, Mahala Gallup and Hannah Golden all the rest of her property, to be divided equally. She released her daughters Nancy Surby and Mary E. Surby from the debts they owed her, either individually or jointly with their husbands respectively. She signed her name to the will. All was distributed except $698.18 due Mahala Gallup, as her whereabouts were unknown 6 May 1895. The money was turned over to the County Treasurer of Putnam County. Copies of several pages of probate are in the possession of the author. Other documents included a bill for medical services for $42 for 21 visits dated 29 Oct 1884 by Dr. Clark Black of Sumner Co., KS. Letter stated that he attended Mary Sherman in her last illness. Also on 20 Apr 1886, there was an Affidavit of Non-Residence filed by Nancy A. Surby. It stated she became a non-resident of Illinois since the start of the suit (her vs. executor). No other information on that lawsuit.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1 Jun 1850. Putnam Co., IL, pg 329A. Mary age 36 (1814) born IN

• Census: 1870. 1870 Granville Twp., Putnam Co., IL, printed pg 137B; Mary, 56(?) (1814), born Indiana; owned real estate of 200, personal estate of $100. Living with husband.

• Census: 1880. Caldwell, Sumner Co., KS, pg. 243A, from LDS transcription. Mary Shurman, wife, 66 (1814) born IN. No info for parents.

• Probate: 15 Dec 1884. Petition for Letters Testamentary filed. Box 35, Estate No. 529. Obtained copies.

Mary married William Sherman [1592] [MRIN: 539], son of William Sherman [899] and Rebecca Delong [900], on 10 Sep 1837 in Stephenson Co., IL. William was born on 11 Nov 1814 in OH, died on 6 Dec 1882 in Caldwell, Sumner Co., KS at age 68, and was buried after 6 Dec 1882 in Caldwell Cem., Caldwell, Sumner Co., KS. They had nine children: William P., Edward J., Rebecca, Mahala, Mary E., John, Nancy Ann, Narcissa, and Hannah E..

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1840. Printed pg 224, Silver Creek Pct, Stephenson Co., IL

• Census: 1 Jun 1850. Putnam Co., IL, pg 329A. William, 35 (1815) born OH. Farmer, real estate of $1200.

• Census: 1870. 1870 Granville Twp., Putnam Co., IL, printed pg 137B; William, 55 (1815), born OH. Real estate of $3,000, personal estate of $800. Wife, Mary, only other one in his household.

• Census: 1880. Caldwell, Sumner Co., KS, pg. 243A, from LDS transcription. Wm. Shurman, 65 (1815) born OH. No info for parents. No children with them. A Peat Marten, Laborer, 28 born MO was in their household.

3-William P. Sherman [1593] was born about 1839 in IL and died about 1904 about age 65.

General Notes: The book "The Past and Present of LaSalle County, Illinois", Chicago: H. F. Kett & Co., 1877, has a Section on the LaSalle County Civil War Record. On page 125 it lists a Wm. Sherman, enlisted 1 Dec 1861 and discharged 31 Dec 1864 as a private in Company B, under Captain Jarvis B. Smith. (Need to confirm that. My pages skip from 122 to 125 and part is on one page and part the next.) Not sure it is this William, but he is the most likely.
Death date from Anna. According to her Edward Sherman and William P. Sherman both served in the military in the Civil War.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1 Jun 1850. Putnam Co., IL,pg 329A. Age 11 (1839) born IL.

• Census: 1860. Putnam Co., IL. #117. William Sherman, 22 (1838) born IL, farm laborer. Was in household with Hiram P. White and family.

William married Isabella Ewing [1838] [MRIN: 357], daughter of John Ewing [1839] and Margaret Ewing [1840], on 14 Dec 1865 in IL. Isabella was born on 17 Mar 1847 in PA and died on 20 Feb 1899 at age 51. They had three children: Gilbert, Samuel, and Flora.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1850. Borough of Chester, Delaware Co., PA. Page 73, Dwelling and Family No. 239. Isabella, 3 (1846-47) born PA.

4-Gilbert Sherman [1846] was born on an unknown date.

4-Samuel Sherman [1847] was born on an unknown date.

4-Flora Sherman [1848] was born on an unknown date.

3-Edward J. Sherman [1594] was born about 1840 in IL and died on 16 May 1911 in Adams Co., IL about age 71.

General Notes: Death date and place from Anna. According to her, Edward Sherman and William P. Sherman both served in the military in the Civil War.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1 Jun 1850. Putnam Co., IL, pg 329A. Age 10 born IL.

Edward married Mary Ewing [2936] [MRIN: 634], daughter of John Ewing [1839] and Margaret Ewing [1840], on 9 Oct 1863 in Lasalle Co., IL.55 Mary was born on 11 Aug 1842 in PA and died on 9 Jul 1908 in Fresno, Fresno Co., CA at age 65. They had three children: David, John, and William.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1850. Borough of Chester, Delaware Co., PA. Page 73, Dwelling and Family No. 239. Mary, 8 (1841-42) born PA.

4-David Sherman [1889] was born on an unknown date.

4-John Sherman [1890] was born on an unknown date.

4-William Sherman [1891] was born on an unknown date.

Edward next married Hannah Baldwin [3395] [MRIN: 1173] on 30 Jun 1890. Hannah was born on an unknown date.

Marriage Notes: Marriage date from Anna.

3-Rebecca Sherman [1595] was born about 1841 in IL and died after 18 Sep 1883.

General Notes: Name of first husband and that marriage date and place from Anna.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1 Jun 1850. Putnam Co., IL, pg 329A. Age 9 (1841) born IL.

Rebecca married John Bagby [3397] [MRIN: 1175] on 4 Jan 1857 in IL. John was born on an unknown date and died before 9 Mar 1865.

Rebecca next married Weeks [1829] [MRIN: 630] on 9 Mar 1865 in IL. Weeks [1829] was born on an unknown date and died on an unknown date.

Marriage Notes: Marriage date from Anna.

3-Mahala Sherman [1596] was born on 5 Feb 1843 in Paris, Edgar Co., IL and died on 21 Jan 1909 in Buchanan, IA at age 65.

General Notes: Most information on Mahala and descendants from Margaret Gallup.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1 Jun 1850. Putnam Co., IL, pg 329A. Age 7 (1843) born IL.

Mahala married George O. Gallup [1822] [MRIN: 625] on 21 Feb 1862 in Lasalle Co., IL.56 George was born on 8 May 1832 in E. Berne, Albany, NY and died on 4 Jul 1917 in Friend, Saline Co., NE at age 85. They had one son: Albert Franklin.

4-Albert Franklin Gallup [1823] was born on 9 Sep 1866 in Granville, Putnam Co., IL and died on 27 Aug 1922 in Hastings, Adams Co., NE at age 55.

Albert married Christina Hebeleitner [1824] [MRIN: 626]. They had one son: George Edward.

5-George Edward Gallup [1825] was born on 1 May 1894 in Friend, Saline Co., NE and died on 28 Dec 1961 in Osceola, Polk Co., NE at age 67.

George married Ethel Mary Miller [1826] [MRIN: 627] on 17 Sep 1919. Ethel was born on 26 Nov 1896 in Friend, Saline Co., NE and died on 26 Nov 1954 in Lincoln, Lancaster Co., NE at age 58. They had one son: Donald Edward.

3-Mary E. Sherman [1597] was born about 1845 in IL and died after 18 Sep 1883.

General Notes: Marriage date 1 Jan 1861 according to Anna's FGS. Name of second husband also from Anna.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1 Jun 1850. Putnam Co., IL, pg 329B. Age 5 (1845) born IL.

Mary married Cox [3398] [MRIN: 1176]. Cox was born on an unknown date and died on an unknown date.

Mary next married Joseph H. Surby [1830] [MRIN: 629] on 1 Jan 1861 in Putnam Co., IL. Joseph was born on an unknown date and died on an unknown date. They had one son: Joseph.

Marriage Notes: Marriage date from Anna.

4-Joseph Surby [1849] was born on an unknown date.

3-John Sherman [1598] was born on 16 Aug 1846 in Putnam Co., IL and died on 12 Mar 1906 in Lemon Cove, Tulare Co., CA at age 59.

General Notes: Copy of a page from Vol 1, Register of Pupils, at Illinois Institution for the Education of the Deaf and Dumb obtained from Anna Salierno. Dated 30 Sep 1859, lists John Sherman, father William Sherman of Granville. Comment says "Married a speaking lady. Was divorced. Two daughters speak and hear and both placed in his ...(right side of page missing.) Agent for the Chicago Rubber Stamp Co. Married a 2d time to Annie McNeill, a pupil of this Institution. 3 ch, 2 d & d, 1 hrs. Comments were apparently written in at some later date.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1 Jun 1850. Putnam Co., IL, pg 329B. Age 3 (1847) born IL.

• Census: 1870. 1870 Granville Twp., Putnam Co., IL, printed pg 137B; John, 23 (1847) farmer, born IL, personal estate of $225, no real estate. With wife and one child, Louella.

John married Mary Jane Hollan [1860] [MRIN: 640] in 1869 in Lasalle Co., IL.57 Mary was born about 1853 in IN and died after 1 Jun 1870. They had three children: Louella, Rebecca, and Unknown.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1870. 1870 Granville Twp., Putnam Co., IL, printed pg 137B; Mary J., 17 (1853) born IN.

4-Louella Sherman [1861] was born on 18 Feb 1870 and died on 20 Nov 1964 in Oklahoma City, OK at age 94.

General Notes: I had birth year as 1869 from Anna Salierno, but from 1870 census, she must have been born in 1870. It was very clearly 5/12 as age and Feb. was written in the column for month born if within the year.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: Jun 1870. 1870 Granville Twp., Putnam Co., IL, printed pg 137B; Louella, 5/12, stated born Feb in IL.

Louella married Crossley [1864] [MRIN: 641].

4-Rebecca Sherman [1862] was born about 1872 in IL.

Rebecca married Henry Hughes [2190] [MRIN: 747].

4-Unknown Sherman [1863] was born on an unknown date.

John next married Annie F. McNeill [1632] [MRIN: 553] between 1880 and 1889. Annie was born between 4 Sep 1850 and 1859 at Sea and died on 8 Mar 1922 in Fresno Co., CA. They had five children: William Tecumsah, Daniel Knight, Abraham Lincoln, John, and Lafayette Clyde.

4-William Tecumsah Sherman [1633] was born on 6 Jul 1884 in Sumner Co., KS and died on 1 May 1959 in Tulare Co., CA 9 at age 74.

General Notes: Deaf and mute.
Patricia G. of Visalia transcribed their gravestones, but didn't specify cemetery. It is below a transcription in Visalia Cemetery and that is likely to be where William and Elfrieda are.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1 Apr 1930. Visalia Twp., ED 54-85, sheet 9B; William, head, owns real estate $500, 44 (1886), age at first marriage 42, born KS, both parents born United States. Cabinet maker at planing mill. Can read and write.

William married Elfrieda Gertrude Schmidt [1635] [MRIN: 554]. Elfrieda was born on 30 Mar 1893 in CA and died on 19 Jul 1976 in Tulare Co., CA 9 at age 83. They had three children: Anna, Living female and Viola F..

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1 Apr 1930. Visalia Twp., ED 54-85, sheet 9B; Elfrida, wife, 36 (1894), age at first marriage 27, born CA, both parents born Germany. Can read and write.

5-Anna Sherman [1634] was born on 3 Apr 1928 in CA,43 died on 19 Oct 2000 in CA 43 at age 72, and was buried in Visalia Cemetery, Visalia, Tulare Co., CA.

General Notes: Obituary for Anna:
"Native Visalian Anna Sherman Salierno, 72, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000. She was born April 3, 1928, to William T. and Elfrieda G. Sherman of Visalia. [Survivors omitted in this transcription].
Anna will be remembered for her compassion and generosity to others and for her love of genealogy.
In 1945 Anna graduated from Visalia Union High School and joined the Visalia Business Girls. Her love of research began around this time with her first job as a librarian at the Tulare County Public Library in Visalia. In the late 1940s she graduated from College of Sequoias and attended Fresno State University. Before her marriage to S. Pete Salierno in 1955, Anna worked at the Edison company and later at Traenor Equipment Company. As a volunteer in the early 1970s, she established and operated a children's library at Veva Blunt Elementary School and was a 4-H leader for cooking and sewing. In 1980, Anna established and operated a health food store, Valley Health, located inside the Visalia Mall from 1982 to 1990. From 1993 to 1997, Anna worked as a genealogist librarian at the Tulare Public Library.
Anna was a member of local historical societies and of genealogy societies throughout the country. These included Visalia Heritage, the Sequoia Genealogical Society, the Three Rivers Historical Society and the Tulare County Historical Society. Throughout the years, Anna also served as a volunteer at the California Farm Equipment Show and International Exposition in Tulare and helped organize class reunions for the Visalia Union High School class of 1945.
Born and raised by deaf parents, Anna's genealogy research included those of deaf citizens. Her research has been shared with the California School for the Deaf in Fremont.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at Hadley Funeral Chapel at 410 W. Center Street in Visalia. Graveside services will be at noon Tuesday at the VIsalia District Cemetery.
Remembrances may be sent to the American Diabetes Association in her name."

Anna is buried in Section F3, Block 13, grave 2, according to her daughter.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1 Apr 1930. Visalia Twp., ED 54-85, sheet 9B; Anna daughter, 2 (1928) born CA, father born KS, mother born CA.

Anna married S. Pete Salierno [1636] [MRIN: 555] in 1955. S. was born on an unknown date and died after May 2000. They had four children.

5-Living Female Sherman [2925].

5-Viola F. Sherman [2927] was born after 1928 and died before 19 Oct 2000.

Viola married Mr. Adame [2928] [MRIN: 1011]. They had four children.

William next married Magdalena [1854] [MRIN: 563] on 25 Jan 1913 in Tulare Co., CA.58 Magdalena [1854] was born on an unknown date and died after 25 Jan 1913.

4-Daniel Knight Sherman [1850] was born on 18 Aug 1886 in Chico, Butte Co., CA and died on 30 May 1945 in San Joaquin Co., CA 9 at age 58.

General Notes: Deaf and mute.

Daniel married Mary Rischer [1855] [MRIN: 635]. Mary was born on an unknown date and died on an unknown date.

4-Abraham Lincoln Sherman [1851] was born on 6 Jul 1889 in Yreka, CA and died on 23 Sep 1950 in Fresno Co., CA 9 at age 61.

General Notes: Only one of John and Annie's children not deaf and mute.

Abraham married Hattie Maxson [1856] [MRIN: 636].

4-John Sherman [1852] was born in Jul 1892 in CA and died about Jul 1951 about age 59.

General Notes: Deaf and mute.

John married Stella [1857] [MRIN: 637].

4-Lafayette Clyde Sherman [1853] was born on 26 Apr 1895 in Alameda, Alameda Co., CA and died on 27 Aug 1945 in Los Angeles Co., CA 9 at age 50.

General Notes: Deaf and mute.

Lafayette married Charlotte [1858] [MRIN: 638].

Lafayette next married Lillian [1859] [MRIN: 639].

3-Nancy Ann Sherman [1599] was born about 1848 in IL and died on 24 Mar 1925 in Atascadero, CA about age 77.

General Notes: Nancy's spouses, in order according to Anna, were Surby, Swanson, McKinley, Forsythe. Full name and marriage dates from Anna unless otherwise noted .

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1 Jun 1850. Putnam Co., IL, pg 329B. Age 2 (1848) born IL.

• Census: Jun 1870. 1870 Granville Twp., Putnam Co., IL, printed pg 137A; Nancy A., 22 (1848) born IL.

Nancy married Benjamin Frank Surby [1865] [MRIN: 642] on 20 Sep 1864 in Putnam Co., IL. The marriage ended in divorce. Benjamin was born about 1836 in Canada and died after 1882. They had seven children: Nathaniel D., George Wallace, Alvin, Frank Manly, Minnie B., Byrd, and John Sherman.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: Jun 1870. 1870 Granville Twp., Putnam Co., IL, printed pg 137A; Benj. F., 31 (1839) born Canada; no occupation given, no real estate owned, $100 personal estate, both parents foreign born. Is U.S. Citizen.

4-Nathaniel D. Surby [1866] was born about 1867 in Granville, Putnam Co., IL and died after Jun 1870.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: Jun 1870. 1870 Granville Twp., Putnam Co., IL, printed pg 137A; Nathaniel, 2 (1867-1868), born IL.

4-George Wallace Surby [1867] was born on 13 Aug 1869 in Granville, Putnam Co., IL,26 died on 24 Nov 1933 in Tulare, Tulare Co., CA 59 at age 64, and was buried on 27 Nov 1933 in Tulare, Tulare Co., CA.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: Jun 1870. 1870 Granville Twp., Putnam Co., IL, printed pg 137A; George H. (or A.), 11/12 (Aug., 1869); stated August in month, if born within the year. Born IL.

• Voting Register: 31 Jul 1896. Kaweah Precinct, Tulare Co., CA. 26, 5'9", laborer, light complexion, brown eyes, brown hair, scar on right hand, born IL, P.O. Three Rivers.

• Census: 1 Apr 1930. Exeter Twp., Tulare Co., CA, printed pg 54; George W., head, 61 (1868-69), born IL both parents born IL. Ranching.

George married Ivy Myrtle Funderburk [1875] [MRIN: 646], daughter of Christopher Funderburk [3523] and Unknown. Ivy was born between 1884 and 1885 in IL and died after 1 Apr 1930.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1 Apr 1930. Exeter Twp., Tulare Co., CA, printed pg 54; Iva M., 45 (1884-85), born IL both parents born IL. Her father in home with her and George. 23 at first marriage.

George next married Ida [1873] [MRIN: 643] before 1903. Ida died on 24 May 1903 in Tulare Co., CA.60 They had one daughter: Laura.

5-Laura Surby [1874] was born on an unknown date.

4-Alvin Surby [1868] was born about 1874 in Granville, Putnam Co., IL and died before 1885.

4-Frank Manly Surby [1869] was born between 1875 and 1876 in Granville, Putnam Co., IL and died after 31 Jul 1896.

General Notes: There is a Francis Surby listed in Index to Death Certificates in Tulare County, California, gives death date. Certificate in Book 1 page 180.

Noted events in his life were:

• Voting Register: 31 Jul 1896. Kaweah Precinct, Tulare Co., CA. 21, 5'8", laborer, light complexion, brown eyes, auburn hair, born IL, P.O. Three Rivers.

4-Minnie B. Surby [1870] was born about 1878 in Granville, Putnam Co., IL and died on 5 Nov 1898 in Tulare Co., CA 61 about age 20.

General Notes: Index to Death Certificates in Tulare County, California, gives death date. Certificate in Book 1 page 180. She apparently never married, as death certificate shows Minnie B. Surby.

4-Byrd Surby [1871] was born about 1882 in Granville, Putnam Co., IL and died on 27 Jul 1904 in Tulare Co., CA 60 about age 22.

General Notes: Per Anna, his death is shown on page 181 of "History of the Sierra" by Farquher.
Index to Death Certificates in Tulare County, California, gives death date. Certificate in Book 1 page 181.

4-John Sherman Surby [1872] was born about 1883 in Granville, Putnam Co., IL and died on 22 Aug 1959 about age 76.

General Notes: John Surby recorded a Brand and a Mark in Book C page 280 of Brands in Tulare County. No date is shown for the recording.

John married Lena Bueber [1876] [MRIN: 648]. They had two children.

John next married Viola Maxson [1879] [MRIN: 649]. They had two children: Ed and Wallace.

5-Ed Surby [1880] was born on an unknown date.

5-Wallace Surby [1881] was born on an unknown date.

Nancy next married John Henry Swanson [1535] [MRIN: 644], son of John Henry Swanson [860] and Hannah Sherman [861], on 29 Mar 1886 in Tulare Co., CA.17 John was born on 31 Jan 1838 in IL and died on 24 Jan 1897 in Tulare Co., CA 15 at age 58.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1850. Salisbury, LaSalle Co., IL, in the household of Edward and Chloe Swanson. He is listed as John H. Swanson age 12 (1838), born IL.

• Census: 1860. Tulare Co., CA. Age 23 (1837), farmer, born IL, living with parents and siblings.

• Miscellaneous: 1 May 1867. Visalia Weekly Delta reported J. H Swanson a delegate to County Convention for Outside Creek Precinct.

• Census: 1870. Tulare Co., CA. Age 33 (1837), farmer, born IL. See Notes.

• Voting Register: 20 Sep 1884. #5997, Tulare Co., CA. Age 45 [1839], born IL, farmer in Kaweah. John Henry Swanson.

• Voting Register: 5 Aug 1896. Kaweah Precinct, Tulare Co., CA. 58, 5'9", farmer, dark complexion, gray eyes, dk gry hair, one eye nearly out, born Illinois, P.O. Lime Kiln.

Nancy next married Eugene McKinley [1882] [MRIN: 650] about 1909. Eugene was born on an unknown date and died after 1909.

Nancy next married John N. Forsythe [1883] [MRIN: 651] about 1918. John was born on an unknown date and died after 1918.

3-Narcissa Sherman [1818] was born on 29 Mar 1850 in Putnam Co., IL, died on 3 Apr 1850 in Putnam Co., IL,62 and was buried in Delong Cemetery, Granville Twp., Putnam Co., IL. The cause of her death was Diarahea.

General Notes: Information on this child from Marge Haws, Putnam Co., IL. Her cemetery book includes the inscription on the stone and includes information Marge obtained from a mortality schedule. Gave her first name and date of death and age at death of one month.

3-Hannah E. Sherman [1831] was born on 17 Feb 1853 and died after 18 Sep 1883.

General Notes: Notes from Anna have Hannah's birthdate as 17 Mar 1853 & marriage date and husband's name.

Hannah married Nathaniel Golden [1832] [MRIN: 631] on 19 Sep 1867 in IL. Nathaniel was born on an unknown date and died after 19 Sep 1867.

2-Edward J. Swanson [1586] was born about 1820 in IN and died about 1852 between IL And CA about age 32.

General Notes: 1840. Stephenson Co., Silver Creek Pct., IL, pg. 114. : Edward Swanson, head.
1 f 40-50 [ 1790-1800] [Mary Swanson]
1 m 20-30 [1810-1820] [Edward]
1 f 15-20 [ 1820-1825] [Chloe Ann]

1 May 1843. Patent No 13464, by preemption, to Edward J. Swanson of Stephenson County, Illinois. East half of the NE qtr S7 T27 R9E, containing 80 acres.

1 Mar 1847. Patent No 20335 to Edward J. Swanson of Stephenson County, Illinois. NE qtr f of the SE qtr S11 T26 R7E, containing 40 acres

1850. Salisbury, LaSalle Co., IL. Age 28 (1822) born Indiana. Farmer; value of real estate $1500. Also in his household were Andrew Myers 14 and John H. Swanson, 12 (most probably his nephew, John Swanson's son.)

The following was sent to me by Jean Laws via e-mail 7 Jan 2001:
LaSalle Co Democrat, Sep 9, l85l, Tues. On Monday the lst inst. an elopement took place in LaSalle, the parties being a Mr Ed J Swanson and Mrs Eliza Cox, wife of John Cox , resident of that town. It is stated they are on their way to Cal. Swanson has left behind a wife and four children unprovided for, and Mrs Cox has confided a young child, three years of age, to the care of her late husband: promising in the course of 12 months , she will again return to bless him with her presence. Rather cool that.
Ill State Journal Springfield Ill Sep 12, l85l: Let Them Go! Edward J Swanson and Eliza Cox, both married persons and having families, left their partners and children, in LaSalle Co, a few days ago for Cal. Mrs Cox left word for her husband that she would be back in twelve months.

Anna Salierno said he was in the U.S. - Mexican War and might have died in it. Her FGS has date of 1851. NV. Other sources say he did return to his family and died during the move to California. Eliza Cox was back living with her husband in 1860 census.

Edward married Chloe Ann Smith [1587] [MRIN: 538], daughter of Julius Augustus Smith [1630] and Eleanor Windle [1631], on 29 Aug 1839 in Stephenson Co., IL.63 Chloe was born on 22 Jul 1822 in OH, died on 14 Jul 1908 in Tulare Co., CA at age 85, and was buried after 14 Jul 1908 in Hamilton Cemetery, Bet Exeter & Woodlake, Tulare Co., CA.10 They had four children: Julius Augustus, John William, Henry Francis, and George Wallace.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1 Jun 1850. Printed pg 212, Salisbury, LaSalle Co., IL; Chloe A., 25 (1825) born Ohio

• Census: 29 Jun 1880. Kaweah & Mineral King, Tulare Co., CA

• Census: 1900. Visalia Township, Tulare Co., CA, ED 69, pg. 16, line 56. Chloe A., can't read age or year of birth, born July. Married 46 yr. Mother of 8, 6 living. Born OH, father born CT, mother born PA.

3-Julius Augustus Swanson [1588] was born on 27 Aug 1840 in IL and died on 18 Feb 1919 in Ventura, CA at age 78.

General Notes: His death date and place, marriage date and place and wife's name from Anna. Anna also had Salisbury, LaSalle Co., IL, as birthplace and May 1840 as birthdate and 16 May 1920 in Ventura, CA, as death info. The birth and death info was from an older, handwritten family group sheet.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1850. Salisbury, LaSalle Co., IL. Age 9 (1841) born IL.

• Voting Register: 6 Aug 1866. Swanson, Julius Augustus, 25 [1841] Born Illinois, Res. Farmersville

Julius married Lucinda Horton [3399] [MRIN: 1177] on 28 Jan 1869 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA. Lucinda was born on an unknown date and died after 28 Jan 1869.

3-John William Swanson [1589] was born about Jun 1841 in IL and died after 5 May 1864.43

General Notes: Name of wife and marriage date from Anna. On an earlier family group sheet, Anna had Salisbury, LaSalle Co., IL, as birthplace & 1868 as marriage year.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1850. Salisbury, LaSalle Co., IL. Age 7 (1843) born IL.

John married Martha Ann McCullough [3400] [MRIN: 1178] on 5 May 1864 in Tulare Co., CA.64 Martha was born on an unknown date and died after 5 May 1864.

3-Henry Francis Swanson [1590] was born between 1845 and Jul 1848 in IL and died after 1884.

General Notes: Anna Salierno has his birth date as July 1842. The census and the Great Register definitely put him younger. Anna also had Salisbury, LaSalle Co., IL, as birthplace on an early, handwritten family group sheet.

Valorie Hunter, Valhunter@aol.com, has provided a descendants report for Henry Francis. Haven't entered info pending verification.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1850. Salisbury, LaSalle Co., IL. Age 2 (1847-48) born IL.

• Voting Register: 6 Jul 1868. Swanson, Henry Francis, 21, [1847] b. Illinois, res. Farmersville

• Census: 29 Jun 1880. Kaweah & Mineral King, Tulare Co., CA, pg 18, dwg 292. Henry F. Swanson, 34 (1845-46), Teamster, born IL, father born IN, mother born OH.

Henry married Arminta Fancher [1933] [MRIN: 668], daughter of John Fancher [1925] and Ann Mariah Smith [1926], on 5 May 1865. Arminta was born about 1855 in CA and died between 29 Jun 1880 and 1884. They had four children: Mary E., Charles A., Rebecca, and Francis.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 29 Jun 1880. Kaweah & Mineral King, Tulare Co., CA, pg 18, dwg 292. Armintar, 25 (1855), wife, born CA, father born IL, blank for mother POB.

• Census: 1 Jun 1860. Twp 2, Visalia, Tulare Co., CA, pg 1; Arminta, 5 (1855) born CA.

4-Mary E. Swanson [1967] was born about 1870 in CA and died after 29 Jun 1880.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 29 Jun 1880. Kaweah and Mineral King, Tulare Co., CA, pg 18, dwg 292. Mary E. 10 (1870) born CA, father b. IL, mother b. CA.

4-Charles A. Swanson [1968] was born about 1875 in CA and died after 29 Jun 1880.

General Notes: On the soundex card copied at the Tulare Library, the reverse has the comment that Chas. A. married 9 Mar 1903 Mary F. Thompson. That is confirmed by Tulare County Marriage Index.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 29 Jun 1880. Kaweah and Mineral King, Tulare Co., CA, pg 18, dwg 292. Charles, 5 (1875) born CA, father b. IL, mother b. CA.

Charles married Mary F. Thompson [2954] [MRIN: 1027] on 9 Mar 1903 in Tulare Co., CA.65 Mary was born on an unknown date and died after 9 Mar 1903.

4-Rebecca Swanson [1969] was born about 1877 in CA and died after 29 Jun 1880.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 29 Jun 1880. Kaweah and Mineral King, Tulare Co., CA, pg 18, dwg 292. Rebecca, 3 (1877) born CA, father b. IL, mother b. CA.

4-Francis Swanson [1970] was born in May 1880 in CA and died after 29 Jun 1880.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 29 Jun 1880. Kaweah and Mineral King, Tulare Co., CA, pg 18, dwg 292. Francis 1/2, born May, 1880, in CA. Father b. IL, mother b. CA.

Henry next married Laura B. [3401] [MRIN: 1179] about 1884. Laura was born on an unknown date and died after 1884.

3-George Wallace Swanson [1591] was born on 10 Apr 1850 in IL,26 died on 24 Jul 1924 near Three Rivers, Tulare Co., CA 66 at age 74, and was cremated after 24 Jul 1924.

General Notes: Obituary in Porterville Evening Recorder July 25, 1924, said: "AUTO ACCIDENT ON NEARBY GRADE CAUSE OF DEATH" Three Rivers Man Passed Away Last Night As Result of Injuries Sustained On Grade On Foothill Road. J. W. Swanson of Three Rivers passed away last evening at 8:30 at the Porterville Hospital, as the result of inuries sustained Wednesday evening when the car in which he was riding left the grade on the Mountain Home Road, crashing into a tree. Although the injured man was rushed to the local hospital and immediate attention given him no hopes for his recovery were entertained, as it was known he was fatally injured.
Mr. Swanson, with D. A. Maxon of Three Rivers, were returning from Maxon's Ranch 14 miles above Springville when the gears on Maxon's automobile failed to work, losing control of the machine. Maxon attempted to stop it by running into the bank. The car was overturned and both men thrown out.
Maxon, whose injuries consisted mostly of cuts and bruises has been taken to his home in Three Rivers.
Mr. Swanson, who was a native of Illinois, came to California in 1852. Surviving him are his son, W. A. Swanson, with whom he lived at Three Rivers; a daughter, Mrs. Webb Ward, of Playto, Monterey county; a half brother, M. H. Tharpe and a sister, Mrs. Bernard Mehrten."

A funeral notice in the Porterville Evening Recorder 30 July 1924, said: " Funeral services for J. W. Swanson, aged resident of Three Rivers, who died in Porterville recently as a result of injuries sustained when the car in which he was riding left the grade a few miles above Springville, were held yesterday afternoon in Visalia. Mrs. Myrtle Townsend, Christian Science practitioner, conducted the services.

Even though the obituaries say J. W., it has to be G. W. The death certificate is more likely to be correct, and I can't believe that two brothers could have died in automobile accidents the same day and not in the same accident. There are some differences - the death cert said near Three Rivers and this, near Springville. Death cert doesn't mention Porterville Hospital.

A book of obituaries in the Exeter Sun was found at the Exeter Library. It contained this: "THREE RIVERS NEWS - Aug 1 (in pencil is 1924) There are 5 paragraphs above this one.
The passing of Geo W. Swanson, who died July 24, from the results of injuries received in an auto accident, marks the passing of one more of the pioneers of the Kaweah, as he came here, a small boy, with his mother and step-father, the late Mr. and Mrs. Hale Tharp. Mr. Swanson was born, April 10, 1850, at La Salle, Illinois, and came to California when two years old, his immediate relatives in the immigrant train being his mother, three brothers and paternal grandmother. He was married in 1873 to Rachel Fancher, four children were born to this union, two of which died in infancy. He is survived by his son, W. A. Swanson of Three Rivers with whom he has made his home for the past ten years; a daughter, Mrs. Webster Ward of Pleyto, Calif., four grandchildren, a half-sister and brother, Mrs. Fannie Mehrten and N. H. Tharp, and friends legion. Geo. Swanson was one of the..... This article was apparently continued in another column and that wasn't included in this book.
The 4th paragraph says "D. A. Maxon is much improved from the effects of injuries received in his recent auto accident." He was the driver in the accident that killed George W. Swanson.

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1 Jun 1850. Printed pg 212, Salisbury, LaSalle Co., IL; George W. 1/12 (Apr/May) born IL

• Voting Register: 3 Sep 1873. #2707, Tulare Co., CA, 38, His name is shown as Geo. Washington Swanson (not George Wallace), age 23, born Illinois, farmer in Farmersville.

• Voting Register: 3 Sep 1873. Geo. Washington Swanson, 23, born IL, farmer in Farmersville.

• Census: 1880. Kaweah & Mineral King Twp., Tulare Co., sheet 42 line 3. Soundex card. George W., 31, born IL, father born IN, mother born OH.

• Voting Register: 12 Sep 1888. #6342, Tulare Co., CA, George Swanson.

George married Rachel Fancher [1924] [MRIN: 662], daughter of John Fancher [1925] and Ann Mariah Smith [1926], on 10 Apr 1873. Rachel was born on 8 Oct 1858 in CA and died about 1942 about age 84. They had two children: William A. and Elizabeth.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1 Jun 1860. Twp 2, Visalia, Tulare Co., CA, pg 1; Rachel, 2 (1858) born CA.

• Census: 1880. Kaweah & Mineral King Twp., Tulare Co., sheet 42 line 3. Soundex card. Rachael, wife, 22 (1858) born CA, father born IL, mother born AR.

4-William A. Swanson [2143] was born on 3 Jul 1875 in CA and died on 17 Apr 1961 in Tulare Co., CA 9 at age 85.

General Notes: W. A. Swanson recorded a Brand in Book C page 461 of Brands in Tulare County and William A. Swanson recorded a Mark in Book C page 465 of Brands. No date shown for those recordings.

Book of obituaries at the Exeter Library, has two. One hand dated 18 Apr 1 961 doesn't give the newspaper and says: "WM. SWANSON OF THREE RIVERS TAKEN BY DEATH -
William A. Swanson, a man whose life almost parallels the growth of the City of Three Rivers and Giant Forest National Park died yesterday afternoon in a Tulare hospital at the age of 85.
He had been sick only a short time. Mr. Swanson was the first white man born in Three Rivers.
He ranched for approximately 60 years in the Three Rivers area and was born not far from the site of an old Indian burial ground, unearthed with the relocating of Highway 198 through Three Rivers.
In honor of his service to the community of Three Rivers, he cut the ribbon on the new stretch of highway when it opened several months ago.
He attended schools in Three Rivers and was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Swanson. He was also the stepson of the late Hale Tharp, who is the acknowledged founder of Giant Forest. Tharp was the first white man to be taken into the forest by Indian tribes.
Mr. Swanson first entered the park at the age of four with his father.
He had a varied and colorful life which saw him do work as a teamster, a cowboy, a deputy sheriff, a packer and a guide in the forest. He was a guide as recently as 10 years ago.
Mr. Swanson was preceeded in death by his wife, Carrie, who died in 1952.
Mr. Swanson has been called the foremost authority and the man best acquainted with the Sierra Mountains. He worked on the early roads through the mountains and was employed by the State Division of Highways on the Highway 198 route when it was first built.
He also was employed for a time by the State Division of Forestry.
He hauled the first redwood from the mountains to build the flumes for the Mt. Whitney Power Plant.
His grandfather, John Fancher, had the first licensed cattle brand in Tulare County.
Mr. Swanson was an honorary member of the Three Rivers Lions Club, an honorary deputy sheriff, and a member of the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce.
He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Ida Ward, of King City.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Hadley Funeral Chapel, Visalia, with the Rev. John Buchholz officiating. Cremation will follow in Fresno."

The second article is from The Exeter Sun, handwritten date of 19 Apr 1961. "W. A. SWANSON, COLORFUL THREE RIVERS PIONEER, PASSES; FUNERAL TOMORROW - William A. Swanson of Three Rivers, who was said to be the first white male to be born in that area and the oldest native of the Three Rivers district, died in a Tulare hospital Monday night after an illness of about three weeks. He was 87.
Funeral services will be held at the Hadley chapel in Visalia at 11 a. m. tomorrow with Rev. John Buchholz officiating. The body will be taken to Fresno for cremation.
Mr. Swanson was born in the Three Rivers district in July, 1874, to George Swanson and Rachel Fancher Swanson. His father was the stepson of Hale Tharp, the first white man to see the Giant Forest, having been guided there by the Indians in 1858. His mother was the daughter of John Fancher, who registered the first cattle brand in Tulare County.
He made his first trip into Giant Forest at the age of two, riding in front of the saddle of his mother's horse during the annual migration of the family to the summer pasture at his grandfather's summer camp, now known as Tharp's Log.
"Uncle Billy," as he was known to his many friends in this part of the county, worked as a long time teamster, hauling redwood timber from Atwell 's Mill during the building of the flume for the Mt. Whitney Power company in 1899. He was for many years a packer and guide in the Sierra, serving such groups as the Sierra Club. He built high Siera trails and worked on some of the earliest roads into the mountains. For 10 years he was employed in state highway maintenance work.
He had also worked in the early state division of forestry fire suppression crews and in recent years had been a special deputy sheriff at many events in the Three Rivers area. He was an honorary member of the Three Rivers Lions club.
Because of his long years in the district, he was an authority on the history of the area.
His nearest relative is a sister, Mrs. Ida Ward of King City."

Noted events in his life were:

• Census: 1880. Kaweah & Mineral King Twp., Tulare Co., sheet 42 line 3. Soundex card. William, son, 5 (1875) born CA, father born IL, mother born CA.

William married Carrie Clara Topping [2943] [MRIN: 1022], daughter of Topping [3500] and Allen [3501]. Carrie was born on 14 Oct 1874 in IA and died on 13 Apr 1950 in Tulare Co., CA 9 at age 75.

4-Elizabeth Swanson [2144] was born about 1878 in CA and died after 24 Jul 1924.

General Notes: Obituary of William A. Swanson, says that his nearest relative is Mrs. Ida Ward of King City. Is that Elizabeth or was there another sister?

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1880. Kaweah & Mineral King Twp., Tulare Co., sheet 42 line 3. Soundex card. Elizabeth, daughter, 2 (1878) born CA, father born IL, mother born CA.

Elizabeth married Webster Ward [2758] [MRIN: 1017]. Webster was born on an unknown date and died on an unknown date.

George next married Mary Ewing [2936] [MRIN: 1014], daughter of John Ewing [1839] and Margaret Ewing [1840], on 8 May 1891 in Tulare Co., CA.67 Mary was born on 11 Aug 1842 in PA and died on 9 Jul 1908 in Fresno, Fresno Co., CA at age 65.

Marriage Notes: Reference:
Anna has this marriage as 30 Jan 1881. I previously didn't know that "Mary" was Mary Ewing Sherman.

Noted events in her life were:

• Census: 1850. Borough of Chester, Delaware Co., PA. Page 73, Dwelling and Family No. 239. Mary, 8 (1841-42) born PA.



Sources


1. Indiana Marriages Through 1850 at www.state.lib.in.us/www/indiana/genealogy/mirr.html.

2. Franklin County, IN, records.

3. Mary Myers Swanson Probate.

4. Fletcher/Swanson marriage.

5. Mary Fletcher Swanson obituary.

6. Tulare County Death Records, #695, 1933.

7. Swanson/Fletcher marriage certificate, Book A Page 60.

8. Aaron Swanson death certificate.

9. CADI - post 1940.

10. Tulare County USGENWEB.

11. John Swanson cemetery record.

12. John Swanson Probate.

13. Swanson/Sherman marriage certificate.

14. Hannah Sherman Swanson cemetery record.

15. Tulare County Death Records, Bk 1, pg 180.

16. Swanson/Davis marriage certificate, Book A page 215.

17. John H. Swanson/Nancy Sherman Surby Marriage Certificate, Book D page 94 Tulare Co., CA.

18. Swanson/Long Marriage Certificate, Book A page 456.

19. O.H.P. Duncan/Madilda Swanson Marriage Certificate, Bk A, pg 31, Tulare County Records.

20. John William Duncan/Mary Bigelow Marriage Certificate.

21. Obituary, Porterville Evening Rrecorder.

22. Ray M. Duncan/Ida M. McCoy marriage certificate, Tulare Co., CA.

23. Death certificate/Ida Welch, Cert. #1070.

24. O.S.McCoy Family Record signed by Philena Murphy 19 Jun 1899.

25. Ida McCoy Welch Death Certificate.

26. Tulare County Death Records.

27. Duncan/Brown Marriage Certificate, Bk 6 Pg 459, Certificate No. 148.

28. Bessie Violet Brown Birth Certificate.

29. Tulare County Death Records, Cert. No. 5400 01586.

30. Duncan/Crew marriage certificate, Bk 2 pg 52, Certificate No. 240.

31. Funeral memorial leaflet.

32. Duncan/Holston Marriage Certificate, Bk 2 Pg 3121 Certificate No. 22.

33. Glenn Swadley Death Certificate, #0880.

34. John Henry Swanson will.

35. Gravestone transcription by Patricia C. of Visalia.

36. Swanson/Dailey Marriage Certificate, Book B page 221.

37. Burton Swanson/Elizabeth Ewing Marriage Certificate, Book B page 480, Tulare Co., CA.

38. Burton Swanson Death Certificate.

39. Burton Swanson grave stone.

40. Burton Swanson Death Certificate, Tulare County Local #53, State No. 555.

41. Swanson/Ewing Marriage Certificate, Book B page 480.

42. Obituary, Exeter Sun, 4 Sep 1930.

43. Ibid.

44. Swanson/Arnett Marriage Certificate.

45. Burton Swanson/C.R. Anderson Marriage Certificate, Book E page 98 Tulare Co., CA.

46. Tulare County Death Records, #889, 1937.

47. Tulare County Marriage Records, Book 4 page 144, cert 91.

48. Ibid, Book 4 page 279 No. 361.

49. Tulare County Death Records, #592, 1926.

50. Swanson/Garver marriage certificate, Book E page 55.

51. Tulare County Death Records, #904 1949.

52. Mamie Swanson Clark death certificate, Doc. # 3000 03189.

53. "A Modern History of Tulare County" by Annie R. Mitchell, 1974, pg. 122.

54. Mary Swanson Sherman Probate.

55. Edward J. Swanson/Mary Ewing Marriage Certificate, Book C page 138, LaSalle County Records.

56. Mahala Sherman/George Gallup Marriage Certificate, Book C page 102, Lasalle Co. Recorder.

57. John Sherman/Mary Jane Hollan Marriage Certificate, Book D page 99, LaSalle County, IL records.

58. Tulare County Marriage Records, Bk 3 pg 376.

59. Tulare County Death Records, #692, 1933.

60. Ibid, Bk 1 pg 181.

61. Ibid, Bk 1 pg 180.

62. 1850 Mortality Schedule, Putnam Co., IN.

63. Illinois Marriages to 1850 - search at Ancestry.com.

64. Tulare County Marriage Records, Book A pg 86.

65. Ibid, Book H page 350.

66. Tulare County Death Records, #571, 1924.

67. Tulare County Marriage Records, Bk E Page 527.

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