Sidney Lorenzo Swasey

15 September 1853–12 July 1907 (Age 53)
El Dorado, California, United States

The Life Summary of Sidney Lorenzo

When Sidney Lorenzo Swasey was born on 15 September 1853, in El Dorado, California, United States, his father, Rodney Degrass Swasey, was 20 and his mother, Lura Loretta Scovil, was 21. He married Mary Rowe on 22 December 1878, in Mount Pleasant, Sanpete, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons. He lived in Utah, United States in 1870 and Castle Dale, Emery, Utah, United States in 1900. He died on 12 July 1907, at the age of 53, and was buried in Claresholm, Willow Creek No. 26, Alberta, Canada.

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Family Time Line

Sidney Lorenzo Swasey
Mary Rowe
Marriage: 22 December 1878
Joseph Rodney Swasey
William S. Swasey

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    22 December 1878Mount Pleasant, Sanpete, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1857 · 7.9 Earthquake In Fort Tejon
    Age 4
    The Fort Tejon earthquake, on January 9, 1857, registered at 7.9, making it one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded in the United States. Only two people were killed, largely due to the sparse population in the area where the earthquake occurred. As a result of the large scale shaking, the Kern River was turned upstream and fish were stranded miles from Tulare Lake as the waters were rocked so far from its banks.
    Age 10
    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
    1869 · Transcontinental Railroad Reaches San Francisco
    Age 16
    The first transcontinental railroad reached San Francisco in 1869. The Western Pacific Railroad Company built the track from Oakland to Sacramento. The Central Pacific Railroad Company of California built the section from Sacramento to Promontory Summit Utah. The railroad linked isolated California to the rest of the country which had far-reaching effects on the social and economical development of the state.

    Name Meaning

    English: Anglicized form of an unidentified surname, possibly German Schweitzer or Dutch Swijs, rare patronymic from Wijs ‘wise’ (see Wise ). The surname Swasey is no longer found in Britain. Compare Swayze , Swazey , Sweazy , Sweezey , and Swezey .History: The name was brought to North America by John Swasey, a Quaker who came from England to Salem, MA with two sons, John and Joseph, in or before 1640. Banished from Salem because of his religious beliefs, he moved first to Setauket, Long Island, NY, and subsequently to Southold, Long Island. His son Joseph, who remained in MA and inherited his estate at Salem, kept the surname form Swasey, while John, Jr, adopted the form Swayze.

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

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    Story Highlight

    Sid's Leap Both pictures of Sid's Leap taken in the 1970's before the bridge was destroyed. Photo credit to Don Swasey. Sid's leap is located high above the San R …

    Sources (9)

    • Sidney Swagg in household of Rodney D Swagg, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Sidney Swasey in entry for Rodney Joseph Swasey, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956"
    • Sydney Suasey in household of Rodney D Suasey, "United States Census, 1870"

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