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Thomas Jefferson Sweazea

Male 1870 - 1921  (51 years)

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  • Name Thomas Jefferson Sweazea  [1, 2
    Born 14 Oct 1870  Web Valley, Reynolds Co., Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 27 Dec 1921  [1, 2
    Person ID I1121  Merged Tree

    Father William Sweazea,   b. 28 Nov 1828, Wayne County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1901, Reynolds County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Amanda Jane Mann,   b. 28 Feb 1829, Wayne County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1882, Reynolds County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 17 Mar 1851  Wayne County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Family ID F478  Group Sheet

    Family Ella Malloy 
    Married 6 Jun 1895  [1, 2
     1. Opal Sweazea
     2. Ava Sweazea
     3. Doyle Sweazea
     4. Living Sweazea
    Family ID F484  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • [18212.ged]


      Centennial History of Missouri; 1921, Page 102
      Thomas J. Sweazea, of St Louis, was born on his father's farm in Reynolds County, Missouri, October 14, 1870. He is a grandson of William Sweazea, a native of Tennessee, who removed to Missouri in 1808, becoming one of the pioneer settlers of the state. He located near the Black River, where he entered and purchased a large and fertile tract of land, which he tilled and developed and on which he made his home until his death in 1850. His son William Sweazea, born in Missouri in 1832, [1828] was reared in Wayne County, where he started in the business world as a farmer, cultivating first a small tract of land on the Black River. In 1865, he removed to Reynolds county, where he purchased other land and thereon spent his remaining days in the cultivation and improvement of his farm, which he developed into a valuable and productive property that was devoted to the raising of grain and live stock. Thereon he died in 1901 and in his death the community lost one of its substantial and highly respected citizens. He married Amanda (Jane) Mann, of Reynolds County, who was born in 1832, a daughter of George Mann, a native of South Carolina, who in early life removed westward, establishing his home in the Black River district of Missouri. His daughter, Mrs. Sweazea, passed away in 1880 (1882), at the age of forty-eight years. (fifty three years). Both Mr. and Mrs. William Sweazea were devout and consistent members of the Baptist church and in that faith they reared their family. They were parents of the following named: William A., a resident of Wayne county; Sophronia, the wife of Robert Benson, of Alabama; and Margaret, the wife of M.L. Sanders, of Leeper, Missouri (Mary Lou, married John Mann; Richard Sweazea, died a young man) Melvina;.
      The other member of the family is Thomas J. Sweazea, whose name introduces this review. He lived upon his father's farm in his boyhood days and attended the public schools until he reached the age of twenty, when he entered Carleton College at Farmington, Missouri, there remaining as a student until 1893. He then took up the profession of teaching, which he followed successfully, imparting readily and clearly to others the knowledge that he had acquired. In 1895 he was elected County commissioner for a term of two years and in 1902 was elected county clerk of Reynolds County by a large majority in which position he served one term. Still higher political honors awaited him, for in 1907 he was chosen by popular suffrage as representative of Reynolds County in the forty-fourth general assembly, and his wise counsel on legislative and public matters is still a matter of comment. He carefully considered all the vital questions which came up for settlement and lent the weight of his aid and influence to further progressive legislation. At the close of his service as a member of the assembly he removed to Salem, (M0.) and studied law until admitted to the bar in 1909. He then removed to Piedmont, where he opened a law office and entered upon active practice. While there residing he filled the position of secretary and member of the Piedmont school board and rendered valuable service in developing and improving the school system of that place. He is still the owner of land in the vicinity of Piedmont.
      On the 6th of June 1895, Mr. Sweazea was married to Miss Ella Malloy, a daughter of John and Mary (Warren) Malloy, of Wayne County. Their children are: Doyle J., who is employed by the Frisco Railroad Company; Pearl, who was graduated from the Central High School (St. Louis), in 1918 and who is now taking private vocal lessons; Ava, who was graduated from McKinley High School (St. Louis) in January, 1920, and from the Perry School of Oratory in June, 1920, and is now a student in the Art Department of Washington University (St. Louis); and Opal T., who is a student in McKinley High School and is also studying music. The religious faith of the family is that of the Baptist church and in political belief Mr. Sweazea is a democrat. He is a representative of pioneer families in both the paternal and maternal lines--families long connected with the development of the state. He came to St. Louis in April, 1912, and since that time has been engaged in the practice of law and in the real estate business. He has made for himself a creditable position both in business and professional circles.

      Note: Except for the name Warren in Mary (Warren) Malloy, the words inside parentheses were inserted by me. O.S.A., June 4, 1965.

      Note: Corrected dates on page 1 were obtained from tombstone inscriptions. O.S.A. (Opal Sweazea Allen).

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

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

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