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Thomas Swanton

First Generation

1.    Thomas Swanton was born in Skibbereen, Ireland on November 1, 1855, and died on June 30, 1938 at the age of 83. He is buried in Oak Hill Cemetary, Hammond, Indiana. He married Elizabeth Ann Locke on May 24, 1883 in Grace Episcopal Church, Salem, MA. Elizabeth was born in Cambridge, MA. Thomas called her "Lizzie. She died on December 25, 1940 at the age of 78 in Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Thomas was naturalized September 1, 1883 in Peabody, MA. He emigrated to the United States in 1876. In 1896, he went to Hammond, Indiana and built a glue factory. He lived at one time in Springdale, PA, St. Paul, MN, and Kansas City, MO.

In Hamond, he was Police Commissioner, member of the Board of Public Works and Commissioner at large. He built the American Glue Factory and managed it for 18 years. He was a Mason and an Elk. He went to Turin, Italy in 1914 to construct a gelatin plant, and stayed there for two years. They took their youngest children with them (Emma, John, Bill, and Sarah). In Hammond, Indiana, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, there is a memorial stained glass window to Thomas and Elizabeth Swanton given by John and Winifred Swanton. It is the center front window.

Thomas' certificate of registration was signed by Secretary of State William Jennings Bryant. He retired in 1923.

    3.    Mary (Mae), born 1884
    4.    Elizabeth, born 1885
    5.    Sarah, born 1887
    6.    Patience, born 1890
    7.    William, born 1894
    8.    Emmah, born 1897
    9.    John R., born 1900

2. Job Swanton was Thomas Swanton's brother.

Second Generation

3.    Mary (Mae) married Matthew Curley (1871-1946. They had no children. Mary died in 1952.

4.    Elizabeth married Ray Williams (1887-1960) in 1911. She died in 1963.

    10.    Marjory Jean
    11.    Dorothy
    12.    Alice

5.    Sarah married George Fletcher. She died in 1954.

    12.    George

6.    Patience married Verne Parker (1885-1929). She died in 1948.

    13.    Helen
    14.    Verne

7.    William Swanton married Helen Sloan in 1922. Helen was born in 1900. William died in 1954.

    15.    John T., born 1923
    16.    William Locke, borne 1928

8.    Emmah married James Levering in 1916. He was born in 1888 and died in 1952. Emmah died in 1973.

    17.    James
    18.    Mary Jane

9.    John R. Swanton married Winifred Johnson in 1939. She was born in 1911.

    19.    Mary, born 1948

15.    John T. Swanton married Marjorie Geerts in 1954. She was born in 1926.

    20.    William Louise, born 1955, married Wendy Wipple 1978
    21.    J. Christopher, born 1957

16.    William Locke Swanton married Marjorie Nason in 1952.

    22.    Karen B., born 1954
    23.    Kenneth, born 1956, died 1963
    24.    Marsha, born 1959

19.    Mary is a very well known journalist in Chicago and surrounding cities.


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