Biography of Elisha T. Swift
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Swift, Elisha T., born in Sullivan county, N. Y., July 17, 1818, is the second of a family of four sons and four daughters of Silas and Elizabeth Swift, pioneers of Williamson, coming there fro Sullivan county, N. Y. They went to Michigan leaving Elisha T., who was about 14 years of age, with Mr. Smith of Marion with whom he remained till of age. He commenced business for himself in a saw mill, manufacturing and selling pumps. He then engaged in the cooper business in Woolworth, exchanged this business for a farm in Walworth which he traded for the farm in Williamson, where he now resides. Here he was also engaged in the lumber business a few years. He made nearly all of the improvements on the farm. Mr. Swift has been three times married, first to Catherine Rounserville, and after her death to Martha Wake, who died in 1873 and by whom he has one son and three daughters, two now deceased, Emma and Jennie. He married third Maria S. (Evans) Harding, daughter of Luther and Elizabeth (Howland) Evans, natives of Massachusetts, who went to Michigan in 1844, where he died in 1851, and his wife in 1858. Mrs. Swift came to Palmyra at the age of fourteen years. She married first John Harding, by whom she has one son, Fred, a farmer in Nebraska. Mr. Harding died 1866 and she married Mr. Swift, by whom she has one daughter Lizzie D. Mr. Swift has for some time been disabled by paralysis, and Mrs. Swift now has charge of the farm. They have 103 acres, and are engaged in general farming and fruit raising. They attended and supported the M. E. church until the few last years.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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