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Ira Sweazea

Male 1885 - 1959  (73 years)


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  • Name Ira Sweazea  [1, 2
    Born 13 Dec 1885  Ft Worth, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 29 Sep 1959  Colorado Springs, Colorado Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Person ID I1249  Merged Tree

    Father Mathias Sweazea,   b. 6 Jan 1860, Shelby County, TX Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1889, Union City, OK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years) 
    Mother Annie Gardner,   b. 24 Oct 1866,   d. 24 Jun 1892  (Age 25 years) 
    Married 19 Apr 1883  [1, 2
    Family ID F500  Group Sheet

    Family Sarah Emlie Guyer,   b. 29 Feb 1892,   d. 2 Jan 1974, Phoenix, Arizona Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 17 Apr 1912  Amarillo, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Children 
     1. Living Sweazea
     2. Living Sweazea
     3. Living Sweazea
     4. Walter Woodrow Sweazea,   b. 22 Jan 1914, Yukon, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Oct 1920, Magdalena, New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 6 years)
     5. Thomas Ira Sweazea,   b. 25 Jul 1916, Dusty, New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1985, Quemado, New Mexico Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     6. Lillie Sweazea,   b. 9 Apr 1922, Magdalena, N.M. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1922, Magdalena, N..M. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     7. John Ernest Sweazea,   b. 9 Apr 1922, Magdalena, N.M. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Jun 1971, Quemado, N.M. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
     8. Mary Sweazea,   b. 17 Jun 1923,   d. 21 Dec 1923, Magdalena, N.M. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
     9. Carl Sweazea,   b. 8 Nov 1924, Magdalena, N.M. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Mar 1968, Demming, N.M. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 43 years)
    Family ID F501  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • [18212.ged]

      [sweeze~2.FTW]

      Ira was 7 years old, Ernest was 4 years old at the time their mother died. Apparently there was communication between the families, for the two sons were brought to Texas, Ira lived with Thomas Flinn, and Ernest lived with James Franklin. This arrangement lasted until Ira was, about 14 years old, when he became restless, "stole" one of his uncle's horses, rode it west as far as about Vernon or Childress, left the horse there and sent word back to Thomas as to where his horse could be found. He found his way further west to his Uncle Jim's ranch, then took his brother with him, back to Oklahoma, to claim the property that was left by his mother, and was rightfully theirs.
      Ernest was killed, 1910, in some problem with a town constable, somewhere in Oklahoma. Aulsy Ernest Sweazea's body was brought to Bellevue, Texas, for burial, and his headstone rests in the cemetery lot of Thomas F. Sweazea, Bellevue Cemetery, Bellevue, Texas.
      By this time, some "oil activity" had begun on the property that was left to Ira and Ernest, and Ernest's death probably caused Ira to sell the property and return to Texas.
      There he met and married Sarah Emily Guyer, April 17, 1912. Into this union was born nine children.
      Ira pioneered in New Mexico, owning, operating, and improving a very fine livestock operation, in the vicinity of Quemado. Very near the ranch is where older maps show a village, Sweazeaville. Sweazeaville is eight miles east of Quemado, New Mexico It was on hiway 60 until the hiway was moved north, changing all activity. Sweazeaville was sold to a man by the name of Hinds. A family was living there in the house and refused to move when he asked them to. So he burned them out. All that remains of Sweazeaville is a concrete foundation. The Federal Goverment got the fellow for burning down a U. S. Post Office. Omega, New Mexico had nothing to do with Sweazeaville. [Myrtle Sweazea Cox, 1998] Ira Sweazea died in Colorado Springs, CO., was brought back to the ranch via train to Holbrook, Arizona. Ira is buried on the home ranch.
      The log House that Ira built in 1919 is still standing on the ranch, and is still in good living condition. [1998].
      The ranch is now owned and operated by Myrtle Sweazea Cox, daughter of Ira Sweazea. At this time, [1998], Myrtle is eighty two and still going great. I visited with her in the winter of 1998. Myrtle said that when she was a young girl that they would have to drive their cattle to Magdalena, New Mexico to the railhead to ship them. which was a distance of over 100 miles. I thought that would be fun. But Myrtle said, no it was not fun. Trying to keep the cows from spooking was not an easy job. It took several days to make the drive.

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

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


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