The Swan Family


Samuel Swan Family Photo Notes


These photographs show Samuel and Harriet (Smith) Swan with their five adult sons and five adult daughters. Harriet Smith claimed to be born in the area that is now Pitcher on 17 Apr 1803, the oldest child of William B. Smith and Rebecca Bissel. Her parents were married on 28 Jul 1802 in Litchfield CT, and immediately left for the lands opening up in western New York. Holland Land Company records record the first of several land purchases on 1 May 1804 and J. H. Smith in his "History" shows them settling "about 1804". Samuel Swan arrived somewhat later from CT, marrying Harriet in 1820.

The couple initially lived with her parents and had their first two children there. In 1823 the Swan family moved to the frontier in Alleghany Co. where they purchased their own farm and had an additional 6 children. In 1835 the family returned to Pitcher, purchasing a farm on the border with German, south of Brakel Road. Their five final children were born here (three died as young children in 1840). In 1847 the land was sold to Hiraim Perry and the family moved to Lincklaen. Samuel and Harriet, with four of their sons and two daughters, are buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Lincklaen.

The dats of the photos are not known exactly but are estimated to be late 1859 to early 1860. The upper limit is placed by Samuel's death on 27 Apr 1860. The lower limit is bounded by the ages of the two youngest women being born in 1844 and 1845.


Swan male photo

Samuel Swan b. Sep 1793, Stonington CT., d. 24 Apr 1860, Lincklaen, NY. m. 1820
Harriet Smith b. 17 Apr 1803, Pitcher, NY., d. 24 Mar 1883, Lincklaen, NY.
Samuel Prentice Swan b. 27 Jul 1821, Pitcher, NY., d. 4 May 1881, Lincklaen, NY.
Charles D. Swan b. 1826, Alleghany Co., NY, d. aft 1870, OH
William W. Swan b. Apr 1827, Alleghany Co., NY., d. 2 Feb 1879, Lincklaen, NY.
Julus Augustus Swan b. 19 Aug. 1830, Allegany Co., NY., d. 19 Feb 1913, Lincklaen, NY.
Asa Kenyon Swan b. 1 Feb 1832, Allegany Co., NY., d. 21 Jan 1907, Lincklaen, NY.


Swan female photo

Samuel Swan b. Sep 1793, Stonington CT., d. 24 Apr 1860, Lincklaen, NY. m. 1820
Harriet Smith b. 17 Apr 1803, Pitcher, NY., d. 24 Mar 1883, Lincklaen, NY.
Julia Ann Swan b. 1822, Pitcher, NY., d. 1 Feb 1897, Custer, SD; m. John Birdlebough 1848.
Helen B. Swan b. 1825, Allegany Co., NY., d. 3 May 1880 Lincklaen; m. Henry Hurlburt 1855
Adaline H. Swan b. 1833, Allegany Co., NY., d. aft 1870; m. (FNU) Hobart 1856
Emogene Charlott Swan b. 1844 Pitcher, NY., d. aft 1870; m. William Carpenter 1867
Caroline E. Swan b. 1845 Pitcher, NY., d. 12 Feb 1897 Lincklaen, NY


Contributed by Roger Swan - Jan. 2002
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