Elizabeth Knapp Minnerly

Female8 April 1822–26 December 1906

Brief Life History of Elizabeth Knapp

When Elizabeth Knapp Minnerly was born on 8 April 1822, in New York, United States, her father, James Minnerly, was 31 and her mother, Hannah Knapp, was 25. She married Samuel Miller Swisher on 30 December 1840, in Richland, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in Tod Township, Crawford, Ohio, United States in 1850 and Mendota Township, LaSalle, Illinois, United States in 1870. She died on 26 December 1906, in Mendota, LaSalle, Illinois, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Restland Cemetery, Mendota Township, LaSalle, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Samuel Miller Swisher
Elizabeth Knapp Minnerly
Marriage: 30 December 1840
Eliza J. Swisher
Mary Lovina Swisher
John Albert Swisher
James William Swisher
Emanuel Henry Swisher
Flora Emma Swisher
Hannah Irena Swisher

Sources (17)

  • Elizabeth Swisher in household of Samuel Swisher, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Elizabeth Knap Minnerby, "New York Births and Christenings, 1640-1962"
  • Elizabeth Knapp Minnerly Swisher, "Find A Grave Index"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    30 December 1840Richland, Ohio, United States
  • Children (7)

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    Siblings (8)

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    World Events (8)

    1825 · The Crimes Act

    Age 3

    The Crimes Act was made to provide a clearer punishment of certain crimes against the United States. Part of it includes: Changing the maximum sentence of imprisonment to be increased from seven to ten years and changing the maximum fine from $5,000 to $10,000.

    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

    Age 5

    During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.


    Age 24

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    Name Meaning

    Probably an Americanized form of South German Minnerle, a pet form of Minner ‘lover’.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Story Highlight

    S. M. SWISHER: History of La Salle County, Illinois: by Hoffman, U. J. page 924-927

    History of La Salle County, Illinois: by Hoffman, U. J. (Urias John), b. 1855 Publication date 1906 Publisher Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. Collection allen county; americana Digitizing sponsor Inter …

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