Flora May Switzer

6 May 1868–4 December 1940 (Age 72)
Lexington Township, Sanilac, Michigan, United States

The Life Summary of Flora May

When Flora May Switzer was born on 6 May 1868, in Lexington Township, Sanilac, Michigan, United States, her father, Allan Martin Switzer Sr, was 33 and her mother, Elizabeth Anne Gosden, was 32. She married Jeremiah Gardner on 14 December 1884, in Buel Township, Sanilac, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Fremont Township, Sanilac, Michigan, United States in 1910 and Croswell, Sanilac, Michigan, United States in 1930. She died on 4 December 1940, in Sanilac, Michigan, United States, at the age of 72, and was buried in Saint Mary, Monroe, Michigan, United States.

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Family Time Line

Jeremiah Gardner
Flora May Switzer
Marriage: 14 December 1884
Ralph Henry Gardner
Blanche May Gardner
Marvel Hayes Gardner
Jerry Leroy Gardner
Roy Gardner
Violet E Gardner
Olga Muriel Gardner
Anna Gertrude Gardner

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    14 December 1884Buel Township, Sanilac, Michigan, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment
    Age 2
    Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.
    1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated
    Age 11
    After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.
    1887 · The Bagley Memorial Fountain
    Age 19
    "The Bagley Memorial Fountain was erected in 1887 with funds from the estate of John Judson Bagley. Bagley's will ordered the construction of the drinking fountain which would provide the people of Detroit ""water cold and pure as the coldest mountain stream."" H.H. Richards was the architect for the Romanesque-style, pink granite, lionhead fountain. It is engraved with the words, ""TESTAMENTARY GIFT FOR THE PEOPLE FROM JOHN JUDSON BAGLEY A.D. MDCCCLXXXVII""."

    Name Meaning

    English: variant of Sweetser , in a spelling reflecting a false association with the English word Switzer ‘Swiss man’. The earliest record of Switzer as an English word denoting a Swiss person is from 1577. It is unlikely that this word independently gave rise to an English surname, but it was evidently used to render the German name Schweitzer , borne by some of the ‘poor Palatines’, Protestant refugees from southwestern Germany, who landed in London in 1709. From there they were shipped to the New World (especially New York) and to Ireland, where they were mostly settled in County Limerick.Anglicized or Americanized form of German Schweitzer ‘Swiss man’ or Swiss German Schwyzer, a habitational name for someone from the city or canton of Schwyz in Switzerland. It is also found in Ireland (see 1 above).

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

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    Sources (46)

    • Mary Gardner in entry for Anna Gertrude Gardner, "Michigan, County Births, 1867-1917"
    • Mary Sweetzer in household of Albert Sweetzer, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Mary Swaffer in entry for Henry Nordick and Violet Gardner, "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925"

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