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Christopher Columbus Swaney (1835 - 1903)

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Christopher Columbus Swaney
Born in Crawford, Pennsylvaniamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Peninsula Twp., Grand Traverse, Michiganmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Old Mission, Grand Traverse, Michiganmap
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Contents

Biography

This biography was auto-generated by a GEDCOM import. It's a rough draft and needs to be edited.

Birth

Birth:
Date: 6 Mar 1835
Place: Crawford, Pennsylvania[1][2]

Death

Death:
Date: 30 Jul 1903
Place: Old Mission, Grand Traverse, Michigan[3][4][5][6]

Burial

Burial:
Place: Mapleton, Grand Traverse, Michigan[7][8]

Occupation

Occupation: Farmer[9][10][11][12][13]

Residence

Residence:
Date: 1850
Place: Spring Twp., Crawford, Pennsylvania[14]
Residence:
Date: 1860
Place: Peninsula Twp., Grand Traverse, Michigan[15]
Residence:
Date: 1870
Place: Old Mission, Grand Traverse, Michigan[16]
Residence:
Date: 16 Aug 1870
Place: Old Mission, Grand Traverse, Michigan[17]
Residence:
Date: 1880
Place: Helena Twp., Antrim, Michigan[18]
Residence:
Date: 1900
Place: Peninsula Twp., Grand Traverse, Michigan[19]

Event

Event: Warrant 33585. Serial No. 26. 80 Acres. EÙa SWÙb Sec 27 T30N R10W. Traverse City Land Office
Type: Property
Date: 2 Apr 1866
Place: Grand Traverse, Michigan[20]
Event: Warrant 38028. Serial No. 25. 80 Acres. WÙa SWÙb Sec 27 T30N R10W. Traverse City Land Office
Type: Property
Date: 2 Apr 1866
Place: Grand Traverse, Michigan[21]
Event: Document 3675. Serial No. 128. 80 Acres. EÙa SWÙb Sec 30 T29N R7W. Reed City Land Office
Type: Property
Date: 25 Nov 1879
Place: Antrim, Michigan[22]
Event: Ogdensburg Cemetery
Type: Cemetery
Place: Mapleton, Grand Traverse, Michigan[23][24]

Data Changed

Data Changed:
Date: 20 Aug 2013
Time: 14:04

Prior to import, this record was last changed 14:04 20 Aug 2013.

Note

Note: #NI1300

Marriage

Husband: Christopher Columbus Swaney
Wife: Nancy Kitchen
Marriage:
Date: 13 Apr 1871
Place: Peninsula Twp., Grand Traverse, Michigan[25][26][27]
Child: Rose Anna Swaney
Child: Mary Swaney
Child: James H. Swaney
Child: John Swaney
Child: Elnora Swaney
Child: Rachel Swaney
Data Changed:
Date: 6 Apr 2013
Time: 12:50
Husband: John Swaney
Wife: Rosannah McFadden
Marriage:
Date: 24 Jun 1835
Place: Crawford, Pennsylvania[28]
Child: Christopher Columbus Swaney
Child: Mary Swaney
Child: Nancy Ann Swaney
Child: Lawrence Swaney
Child: Belinda Catherine Swaney
Child: Emily Basille Swaney
Child: Manasses Swaney
Child: Rosannah Swaney
Child: John B. Swaney
Child: James Swaney
Child: Margaret Helen Swaney
Data Changed:
Date: 20 Mar 2011
Time: 11:07

Sources

  • Source: S237 Abbreviation: 1870 United States Federal Census Title: 1870 U.S. census, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, Provo, Utah, Digital images Publication: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
  • Source: S238 Abbreviation: 1880 United States Federal Census Title: 1880 U.S. census, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, Provo, Utah, Digital images Publication: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
  • Source: S239 Abbreviation: 1900 United States Federal Census Title: 1900 U.S. census, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, Provo, Utah, Digital images Publication: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
  • Source: S243 Abbreviation: 1850 United States Federal Census Title: 1850 U.S. census, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, Provo, Utah, Digital images Publication: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
  • Source: S244 Abbreviation: 1860 United States Federal Census Title: 1860 U.S. census, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, Provo, Utah, Digital images Publication: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
  • Source: S376 Abbreviation: Michigan Marriages, 1822 - 1995 Title: Michigan Marriages, 1822 - 1995 Author: Michigan Vital Records Index Publication: Digital images online. FamilySearch Historical Records, FamilySearch http://familysearch.org/. Index entries derived from digital copies of originals housed in various repositories throughout Michigan.
  • Source: S378 Abbreviation: Michigan Marriages, 1868 - 1925 Title: Michigan Marriages, 1868 - 1925 Author: Michigan Secretary of State. Publication: Digital images online. FamilySearch Historical Records, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/). Michigan Department of Vital Records, Lansing, Michigan. FHL microfilm, 42 reels. Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Source: S403 Abbreviation: Descendants of John and Rosannah Swaney; a family history prepared for the swaney family reunion of 1982. ; photocopy Title: The Descendants of John and Rosannah Swaney; a family history prepared for the swaney family reunion of 1982. ; photocopy Author: George Beckett
  • Source: S415 Abbreviation: Selected U.S. Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850 - 1880 Title: Selected U.S. Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850 - 1880 Author: Ancestry.com Publication: Database online. Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Repository: #R15
  • Repository: R15 Name: n/a Address: n/a Name: n/a
  • Source: S452 Abbreviation: Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800 - 1995 Title: Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800 - 1995 Author: Michigan Vital Records Index Publication: Database online. FamilySearch Historical Records, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/). Index entries derived from digital copies of originals housed in various repositories
  • Source: S563 Media: Internet Web Page Abbreviation: FindAGrave.com Title: FindAGrave.com Publication: Find A Grave.com; http://www.findagrave.com
  • Source: S643 Abbreviation: BLM Land Patents Title: "BLM GLO Records," database online Author: U S Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records Publication: (http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/search/)
  • Source: S659 Abbreviation: Michigan Death Records, 1897 - 1920 Title: Michigan Death Records, 1897 - 1920 Publication: Database online. seekingmichigan.org. Library of Michigan collection of Michigan death certificates.

Notes

Note NI1300The Descendants of John and Rosannah Swaney compiled by George E. Beckett.
This family history was prepared for the Swaney Family Reunion of 1982.
Christopher Columbus Swaney was a giant of a man. He was born on the 6th of March, 1835 in Spring Township, Crawford County, Pennsylvania. He was baptized shortly thereafter by Rev. Mr. Crawley, his sponsors being John Fagen and Margaret Clark. He was fifteen when the family came to Old Mission in 1850 and claimed 160 acres immediately to the north of his father's claim. Ten years later when the government put the land on the market he paid .25 per acre and owned it free and clear as of the 30th of July, 1260. This parcel he later sold to Gardiner Dana.
On the 13th of April, 1871, he married Nancy Kitchen of Alden, Michigan. She had been born in Canada. Justice of the Peace John B. Boursaw performed the ceremony as well as acted as a witness along with Charlotte Helfringe. After the wedding the couple went by ox team to settle in Alden, Michigan.
Perhaps there is no more colorful a character nor one who more stories are told of than that of "Old Chris". He was of great stature as is testified to by his photos and earned his living as a sailor and as a farmer. It is told he would regularly swim to Marion Island in the West Arm of the Bay. It's said if he was riding in a wagon and passed an acquaintance walking along the road he would simply life him up by his shirt collar and set him down beside him in the wagon!
Chris' one weakness was the bottle. He was famous for his fighting, no doubt fueled by an Irish temper and the drink. One story is told of a time he was drinking in a saloon in Traverse City and heard a man bragging about a friend in Mackinaw who could lick anyone, anytime. Chris slowly set down his glass and walked out the door. For two weeks no one saw nor heard of Chris until one day the door of the saloon opened and in strolled "Old Chris". He then proceeded to walk straight up to the man who two weeks prior had done the bragging and proclaimed - "Hey, you know that guy you said could lick anyone anytime? He weren't so tough!".
Chris was also known for his daring. When others would not go out on the bay's winter ice for fear of it being too thin, Chris could be seen crossing from Elk Rapids with a team of horses pulling a threshing machine. Another story is told of a group of men who assembled on the beach to go fishing one day. Looking out across the bay they decided the waters were much too choppy to go out. They stood around conversing on the beach for awhile until one of them looked up and lo and behold here comes Chris Swaney crossing the bay in a sailboat - with a cow in it!
Chris Swaney seems to become larger than life in a number of stories no doubt due to added relishes here and there through- out the years. One story has Chris on a boat that blows up several miles from shore. It's said the explosion broke both his arms and both his legs and Chris still swam to shore! Another tells of a ship at the Old Mission dock that needed assistance in hoisting its anchor. This anchor has weighed anywhere from 500 to 2,000 pounds depending on who's telling the story. It seems the captain of this vessel gathered a group of five or six men together (Chris included) to give them instructions on how to "lift anchor". The strength of all hands would be needed to bring it aboard. While the captain was talking to the other men Chris casually strolled over to the anchor chain and pulled this 500+ pound anchor on board the ship, wiped his hand on his pants, and strolled away!
Eventually Chris' unorthodox lifestyle and heavy drinking came between him and Nancy and they ended their marriage. The children stayed with other Swaney families until Nancy could support them. She accomplished this by running a boarding house in Alden called "The Main House". Later she remarried a man named Thomas Wheatly and had two more children. When the children were grown she moved to St. Joseph, Missouri with her youngest son by Chris, Johnnie Swaney. She was 88 years old when she died.
Chris spent his final years living with his daughter, Rose Swaney Boursaw. He died in his sleep of heart failure on the 30th of July, 1903. The day before, at the age of 68, he had just finished digging a well and the strain proved too much for him. The following morning Rose looked in on him and saw him resting so peacefully she decided to let him sleep in. Later when she had heard no stirring she looked in to see her son, Loren, playing horsey on top of grandpa in bed. It was then she saw that "Old Chris" had gone to his final rest. He was buried in an unmarked grave at the Ogdensburg Cemetery on the peninsula. Christopher and Nancy were blessed with six children.
Selected U.S. Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880
20 Sep 1870 record for Christopher Swaney
His farm consisted of 20 acres under cultivation and 140 acres of woodland and 1 horse. He had 200 bushels of Indian corn and 30 bushels of buckwheat.
  1. Source: #S403
  2. Source: #S563 Page: Cemetery record for Christopher Swaney ( 1835 - 1903 ). Saint Josephs Cemetery, Mapleton, Grand Traverse Co., Michigan. Grave Memorial # 16676037 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  3. Source: #S403
  4. Source: #S563 Page: Cemetery record for Christopher Swaney ( 1835 - 1903 ). Saint Josephs Cemetery, Mapleton, Grand Traverse Co., Michigan. Grave Memorial # 16676037 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  5. Source: #S452 Page: Death index for Chriss C Swaney Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  6. Source: #S659 Page: State of Michigan, Department of State, Division of Vital Statistics Certificate of Death for Christopher Swaney, died Jul 30, 1903 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  7. Source: #S563 Page: Cemetery record for Christopher Swaney ( 1835 - 1903 ). Saint Josephs Cemetery, Mapleton, Grand Traverse Co., Michigan. Grave Memorial # 16676037 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  8. Source: #S659 Page: State of Michigan, Department of State, Division of Vital Statistics Certificate of Death for Christopher Swaney, died Jul 30, 1903 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  9. Source: #S243 Page: M432, roll 770, Spring Twp., Crawford Co., Pennsylvania, p. 2, dwelling 15, family 15, John Swaney Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  10. Source: #S244 Page: M653, roll 543, Peninsula Twp., Grand Traverse Co., Michigan, p. 35, dwelling 355, family 245, John Sveeney Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  11. Source: #S237 Page: M593, roll 672, Old Mission, Grand Traverse Co., Michigan, p. 4, dwelling 25, family 27, John Swaney Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  12. Source: #S238 Page: T9, roll 570, Helena, Antrim Co., Michigan, enumeration district (ED) 29, p. 7, dwelling 61, family 60, Christpher Swaney Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  13. Source: #S239 Page: T623, roll 712, Peninsula Twp., Grand Traverse Co., Michigan, enumeration district (ED) 38, sheet 5, dwelling 102, family 104, Christopher Swaney Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  14. Source: #S243 Page: M432, roll 770, Spring Twp., Crawford Co., Pennsylvania, p. 2, dwelling 15, family 15, John Swaney Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  15. Source: #S244 Page: M653, roll 543, Peninsula Twp., Grand Traverse Co., Michigan, p. 35, dwelling 355, family 245, John Sveeney Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  16. Source: #S237 Page: M593, roll 672, Old Mission, Grand Traverse Co., Michigan, p. 4, dwelling 25, family 27, John Swaney Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  17. Source: #S415 Page: 16 Aug 1870, Peninsula Twp., Old Mission, Grand Traverse, Michigan; Archive Collection Number: T1164; Roll: 18; Page: 1; Line: 21; Schedule Type: Agriculture. Record for Christopher Swaney Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  18. Source: #S238 Page: T9, roll 570, Helena, Antrim Co., Michigan, enumeration district (ED) 29, p. 7, dwelling 61, family 60, Christpher Swaney Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  19. Source: #S239 Page: T623, roll 712, Peninsula Twp., Grand Traverse Co., Michigan, enumeration district (ED) 38, sheet 5, dwelling 102, family 104, Christopher Swaney Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  20. Source: #S643 Page: ), 80 Acres. WÙa SWÙb Sec 27 T30N R10W. Traverse City Land Office; Warrant 38028. Serial No. 25. Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  21. Source: #S643 Page: ), 80 Acres. EÙa SWÙb Sec 27 T30N R10W. Traverse City Land Office; Warrant 33585. Serial No. 26. Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  22. Source: #S643 Page: ), 80 Acres. EÙa SWÙb Sec 30 T29N R7W. Reed City Land Office; Document 3675. Serial No. 128. Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  23. Source: #S563 Page: Cemetery record for Christopher Swaney ( 1835 - 1903 ). Saint Josephs Cemetery, Mapleton, Grand Traverse Co., Michigan. Grave Memorial # 16676037 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  24. Source: #S659 Page: State of Michigan, Department of State, Division of Vital Statistics Certificate of Death for Christopher Swaney, died Jul 30, 1903 Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  25. Source: #S376 Page: Marriage index for Christopher C. Swaney and Nancy Kitchen Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  26. Source: #S403
  27. Source: #S378 Page: Marriage return for Christopher C. Sweney & Anney Kitchen, married 13 Apr 1871 in Peninsula, Grand Traverse, Michigan Quality or Certainty of Data: 3
  28. Source: #S403

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