Eliza (Leeson) Swinscoe
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Eliza (Leeson) Swinscoe (1851 - 1932)

Eliza Swinscoe formerly Leeson
Born in Codnor and Loscoe, Derbyshire, England, United Kingdommap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 24 Dec 1871 in Codnor And Loscoe, Derby, Englandmap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 81 in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 14 Oct 2008
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Eliza was born and raised in Codnor, England.

She married Alfred in 1871 at age 21. [1] Like her father, Alfred was a coal miner.

Alfred left his young family to come to the US. By 1882 he had saved up $160 for Eliza and the girls to join him. They came over on a small sailing vessel and a very rough time of it. The voyage took two weeks and there was a shortage of food.

After Eliza joined Alfred they lived in Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, for two years. Alfred left again to go further West. He settled in Iowa and soon sent for them. They lived in Keb, Iowa, for three years, and then moved to Ottumwa.

After Alfred's untimely, accidental death in the mines in 1897, Eliza continued to raise her family in Ottumwa.


  1. "England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NV7K-QGF : 10 February 2018), Alfred Swinscoe and Eliza Leeson, 24 Dec 1871; citing Codnor And Loscoe,Derby,England, reference , index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,042,035.
  • Census. 1851. England and Wales. Codnor & Loscoe, Derbyshire. LEESON, Eliza [Daughter]. HO107. PN: 2125. FL: 427. p. 52. familysearch and findmypast : accessed 4 October 2020.
  • Census. 1871. England and Wales. Codnor & Loscoe, Derbyshire. LEESON, Eliza [Daughter]. RG10. PN: 3476. FL. 52. p. 47. familysearch and findmypast : accessed 4 October 2020.
    • Residence: Prospect Place
    • Occupation: Charwoman
  • Most of the information here comes from a two-page Swinscoe family history that Joyce (Freestone) McClellan had. It's unclear who wrote it.
  • "Iowa State Census, 1895," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VTQQ-12F : 4 April 2020), Eliza Swinscoe in household of Alfred Swinscoe, Monroe, Iowa, United States; citing p. 691, 1895, State Historical Society, Des Moines; FHL microfilm 1,022,086.
  • "United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M9L5-4QJ : accessed 2 October 2020), Eliza Swinscoe in household of Wesly Goodwin, Center Township Ottumwa city Ward 6, Wapello, Iowa, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 126, sheet 8A, family 171, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,463.
  • "Iowa State Census, 1915," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK4T-XC1D : 17 March 2018), Eliza Swinscoe, 1915; citing Melrose, Monroe, Iowa, United States, card no. , Iowa State Historical Department, Des Moines; FHL microfilm 1,462,647.

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