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James William Swezea

Male 1848 -


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  • Name James William Swezea  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born 25 Jul 1848  Wayne County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Died Walla Walla, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Person ID I0865  Merged Tree

    Father Thomas Jefferson Swezea,   b. 6 Dec 1809, Roane Co/Hickman Co. Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jan 1887, Walla Walla, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Lucinda,   b. 4 Jan 1820, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1895, Walla Walla, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 4 Jun 1835  Wayne County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F291  Group Sheet

    Family Adela,   b. 1858 
    Children 
     1. Vern Swezea,   b. 1872
    +2. Zira Lee Swezea,   b. 28 Oct 1874, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Dec 1952, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +3. Bert Lee Swezea,   b. Dec 1877, Oregon Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1957, Seattle, Wa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 80 years)
    +4. Asa Lee Swezea,   b. 12 Sep 1879,   d. 06 Jun 1971, Seattle, Wa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years)
     5. Adda Swezea,   b. Jul 1882
    Last Modified 16 Nov 2008 
    Family ID F492  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    Census 1850
    Census 1850
    Shows Thomas with Lucinda and there 9 children

  • Notes 
    • [18212.ged]

      [sweeze~2.FTW]

      Copy of a letter from James Wm. Swezea of Walla Walla, Washington Territory, to his uncle, Wm. Swezea, Reynolds County, Missouri. ( Letter sent to me by Mrs Millie Sweazea, widow of Walter Sweazea, the above Wm Swezea's grandson.] [Opal Sweazea Allen)

      Walla Walla, W. T. Mar. 8, 1871
      "Mr. Wm. Swezea, Esq.
      Dear Uncle, Sir,
      I am again writing as it snows. This has been the severest winter that we have had since '61 & '62. We have had three months very severe weather this winter.
      We are as well as common at present. Mother's eyes is entirely out from the affects of the measles. I do not know whether they can be brought to or not. Charley has been sick about a month with fever but he is getting about well. Times is very hard. Money scarce grain and stock very low. Wheat .40cents Oats .01cents per lb. Stock cattle $10.00 per head. We have to pay $1.00 a day for hands to work on the farm have had 3 cows to die. Father has lost 6 head. There is a great many cattle dying. I know two men that has lost 80 head apiece. This is a very backward season.
      I am as ever yours,
      James Wm Swezea

      The letter is written on good quality lined paper in the old Spencerian style, with a few flourishes on capital letters, and a kind of scroll under his signature. It is yellowed with age.

      The 1870 census of Walla Walla, Washington Territory shows that James William Swezea was a Saddle and Harness maker.

  • Sources 
    1. [S01646] Sweazea.FTW.
      Date of Import: Jun 11, 1999

    2. [S01648] sweeze.
      Date of Import: Aug 1, 1999

    3. [S12068] 18212.ged.
      Date of Import: Jun 7, 2001

    4. [S01502] 1880 U.S. census records, page 47.
      Walla Walla County, Walla Walla City, Washington Territory


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