Niagara County

1897 Biography - Elisha B. Swift

Swift, Elisha B., was born in the town of Henrietta, Monroe county, February 4, 1823, a son of Henry and Dorcus (Sherwood) Swift. Henry Swift was born in Dutchess county, February 15, 1791; they came to Monroe county about 1814, settling in Henrietta, where they were pioneers of the town and where he followed his trade of blacksmith, in connection with farming. In the spring of 1844 he settled in Cambria, purchasing 160 acres of land, and continued farming and working at his trade until his death, June 24, 1858, aged sixty seven years. Mrs. Swift died October 11, 1881. Elisha B. Swift's grandfather, Lot Swift, was born in Cape Cod, Mass., March 13, 1753, and died August 10, 1840. He served in the Revolutionary war, enlisting three times as fifer. Elisha B. Swift was reared on a farm and taught school winters and carried on farming summers. April 4, 1850, he married Adaline F., daughter of Smith Brown. Mrs. Swift died October 11, 1890. leaving no children. December 21, 1892, he married Ella M., daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth J. Traviss, and they have two children; Elisha Barlow. jr., and Milo T. In 1855 Mr. Swift removed to Lockport and engaged in the grocery .and provision business with his brother, M. G Swift, which he continued successfully until 1876, when he sold out and came to Cambria, settling on the homestead farm and has since carried on general farming and fruit culture. In politics Mr. Swift is a Democrat and in early life was town superintendent of schools. They support the Cambria Center Congregational church.

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897

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