Biography of Norman Swift
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Swift, Norman, Potsdam, was born on a farm in Potsdam, August 24, 1824. Foster Swift, father of our subject was a native of Vermont, born in Barnard, Vt., in 1796. He was a son of Levi Swift who came to this county in 1805, and moved his family here in March, 1806. He took up a tract of 300 acres where he reared his family. Foster Swift married Nancy, daughter of Jonas Fay of Royalton, Vt., and they have had eight children, three of whom are living: Heman, of Oshlosh, Wis., George, a contractor of Potsdam, and Norman. Foster Swift made his home on this farm until 1838, when he bought a farm about two miles west where he lived until 1856, when he moved to Wisconsin and died in 1868. Our subject was educated in the common schools and learned the carpenter's trade. About four years after he took up millwright work, which he followed about eight years, most of the time with Shaw of Glens Falls. He also built the Sissonville mill and a steam mill in Clinton county. In 1850 he bought the homestead farm back and has since increased it from thirty three to 167 acres, where he has reared his family and still makes it his home. In 1868 he began to take contracts for bridge, building, water dams, heavy roofing, and work of that class and has ever since been engaged in the same. He has held the office of highway commissioner, and was town hall commissioner at the time of its erection, January 1, 1851, he married Jane, daughter of Ansel Merritt and Betsey (Howard) Meacharn, and they have had seven children, live now living: George H., a farmer and contractor of South Colton; Marian, wife of Edward C. Batchelder; Elizabeth J., wife of John L. Brown, a druggist of North Lawrence: Frank M., a surveyor, who makes his home with his parents; and Fred N., who is his fathers assistant. This is considered one of the best farms of this section for dairy. Mr. Swift keeps about, forty head of cattle and sends his milk to the butter factory.

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The Boston History Co., Publishers 1894


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