George B. Swan

Brief Life History of George B.

When George B. Swan was born on 13 February 1836, in Schoharie, New York, United States, his father, Fitch John Swan, was 24 and his mother, Jerusha Bartholomew, was 31. He married Elizabeth Calkins on 4 January 1859, in Union City, Union Township, Branch, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Election District 13, Sheridan, Wyoming, United States in 1900 and Bear Creek Township, Emmet, Michigan, United States in 1910. He died on 21 February 1913, in Petoskey, Emmet, Michigan, United States, at the age of 77, and was buried in Girard Township, Branch, Michigan, United States.

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Family Time Line

George B. Swan
Elizabeth Calkins
Marriage: 4 January 1859
Josephine Swan
Emma Swan
Hattie A. Swan
Effie May Swan
Merill F. or Merit Swan
Ernest Swan
Cora Swan
G. Ray Swan
Nellie Swan

Sources (43)

  • George Levan, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Geo. Swan, "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925"
  • George B Swan, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)


Michigan is the 26th state.


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

1860 · Ohio supports the Union side of the Civil War

Although divided as a state on the subject of slavery, Ohio participated in the Civil War on the Union's side, providing over 300,000 troops. Ohio provided the 3rd largest number of troops by any Union state.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name from Middle English swon(e), northern Middle English swan(e) ‘swineherd; peasant; male servant’ (Old English swān). Compare Swain 2, with which this name was thoroughly confused.

English: occasionally perhaps a nickname from Middle English swan, swon ‘swan’. In the Middle Ages, the swan was taken as a symbol of false pride, and, according to Chaucer, jealousy. Compare Kite , Nightingale , and Pye .

English: from the Middle English and Older Scots personal name Swan, an Anglicized form of Old Norse Sveinn. Compare Swain 1.

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

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George B Swan's Land Patent

On 15 December 1856, George B Swan received a patent from President Franklin Pierce, for 299.2 acres in Allegan County.

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