James Britton Swift1

M, #28582, b. 9 April 1853, d. 24 May 1935
Father*Asahel Smith2,3 b. 25 Jul 1814, d. 24 Jul 1888
Mother*Almira Gilbert2,3 b. 29 Oct 1817, d. 6 Jan 1899
Last Edited12 Apr 2019
James Britton Smith aka Swift
Posted to ancestry.com by Lorenzo Eastman
James Britton Smith aka Swift
Posted to ancestry.com by Lorenzo Eastman
     James was born on 9 April 1853 in Easton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USAG.4,5,6 James married Susie Tisdale on 8 April 1878 in Randolph, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USAG.7,6,8,9,10 James married Nancy Gertrude Tisdale on 19 June 1882 in Boston, Massachusetts, USAG. This is the date they claimed to have been wed. It is unlikely they ever legally married since he was married to her sister when they fled Massachusetts. I have found no record of Susanna divorcing him.11,4,12,13,14 He died on 24 May 1935 in Indian Head, RM of Indian Head No. 156, Saskatchewan, CanadaG, at age 82.15,16,17
     The following information is extracted from his obituary. Survivor(s): J E Swift and Mrs R H Johnston.18 James Britton Swift was buried on 26 May 1935 in Indian Head Cemetery, Indian Head, RM of Indian Head No. 156, Saskatchewan, CanadaG.15,16,14

     He and Nancy G Swift immigrated in 1884 to CanadaG from the USA. However, he 1921 census seems to give 1894 as the year of immigration for them and their son. The dates are heavily overwritten, and subject to interpretation. Perhaps they returned to the US for a period of time.4,13
     James was a survivor of his child Kenneth who died in 1885.19
     The following biographical information is from my personal research, Manitoba, 19 March 1886:
He filed for a homestead at NE Sec 22, Twp 21, Rge 10, Mer W1 but it was later cancelled.20

     The following newspaper article appeared in the Boston, Massachusetts Boston Globe 21 July 1910 :
WERE NEVER HEARD FROM.
Sharon People Wish to Settle an Estate, Complicated by Love Affair of 26 Years Ago.
SHARON, July 21--
-An elopement which startled the residents of the town 26 years ago, has again been brought to the attention of the public, when Chas. F. Holbrook of Stoughton yesterday petitioned Judge Flint of the Norfolk probate court, at Dedham, that the property of Nancy E. Tisdale be distributed among her heirs.

The Tisdale family were old residents of the town. In 1884 Nancy E. Tisdale eloped with her sister's husband, James Smith, also a resident of the town. Mrs Smith never heard from her husband, and the Tisdale family were unable to ever locate their daughter. The petition Is brought on the grounds that Nancy E. Tisdale is dead. The case was continued to Sept 7.21

     The following obituary appeared in the newspaper the Saskatoon StarPhoenix published in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 25 May 1935:
J. F. (sic) Swift, Indian Head, Passes Away
Homesteaded Near File Hills Fifty Years Ago; Funeral Set for Sunday
Special to the Star-Phoenix
INDIAN HEAD, May 24.--
Death claimed one of the district's outstanding pioneer figures today in the person of James Britton Swift, 82.

Born at Boston, Mass., on April 9, 1853, he came to the Wolseley district and homesteaded near the File Hills in the early 80s and moved to the Bell farm in 1885. In 1888 he came to the town of Indian Head.

Early sporting activities in Indian Head owe much to the interest of Mr. Swift. He helped to organize the Indian Head Curling Club and assisted at the building of the first rink In 1888. In 1889 he won the Major Bell trophy and captured the district medal in 1891. He was for a time vice-president of the gun club, was a charter member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge No. 8 which was organized 38 years ago, and was also a member of the encampment and was grand trustee for some four years.

Mr. Swift is survived by his widow and one son, J. E. Swift, at home, and one daughter, Mrs. R. H. Johnston, Yorkton. The funeral will be held from the home on Sunday. The Odd Fellows' rites will be observed.18



     The following obituary appeared in the newspaper the Leader-Post published in Regina, Saskatchewan 25 May 1935:
INDIAN HEAD PIONEER DIES
James B. Swift, 82, Who Came to Wolseley District in 1880's, Passes
(Special Despatch)
INDIAN HEAD, Sask., May 25.---

Death claimed one of the district's outstanding pioneer figures Friday in the person of James Britton Swift, 82.

Born at Boston, Mass., on April 9. 1853, Mr. Swift came to the Wolseley district and homesteaded near the File Hills in the early 80's, and moved to the Bell farm in 1885.

In 1888 he came to the town of Indian Head, and for 20 years was agent for the Massey-Harris Company. It was he who introduced the first twine binder to the district.

Of recent weeks he had taken a lively interest in the Rebellion series, as he was residing only a quarter of a mile from the Indian reserve while the Riel rebellion was In progress, though he took no active part in it.

Interested In Sport
Early sporting activities in Indian Head owe much to the interest of Mr. Swift. He helped to organize the Indian Head Curling club and assisted at the building of the first rink in 1888. In 1889 he won the Major Bell curling trophy and captured the district medal in 1891.

He was for a time vice-president of the Gun club, was a charter member of the I.O.O.F. lodge No. 8, which was organized 38 years ago, and was also a member of the encampment and was grand trustee for some four years from about 1908.

Mr. Swift was married on June 19, 1882 at Boston, and is survived by his widow and one son, J. E. Swift, at home, and one daughter, Mrs. R. H. Johnston, Yorkton.

The funeral will be held from the home on Sunday, May 26, at 2 p.m.. with Rev. W. A. Osborne, of the Indian Head United church, officiating. The Odd Fellows' rites will be observed.

Funeral arrangements are in the hands of Charles Farrow, of Sintaluta.14



     The following biographical information is from my personal research, 25 May 1935:
It is interesting to note that James and his legal wife, Susie died within 5 weeks of each other though they had not seen each other for about 50 years.22


The following biographical information was shared in a message from WeRelate user Rich Eastman, 22 November 2014:
Very glad to reach you, even though you might not have any info. I'll certainly add what info I have, which I've only come across recently while doing further research on known family members of mine long since put to bed. The major interest with James is that I uncovered a family scandal that no one (in my lifetime) had heard about. James Swift was not his birth name. He was the brother of my great great grandfather, Deroyce Smith from Easton, MA. James was born James Britton Smith, son of Asahel Smith and Almira Gilbert. Both Deroyce and James married daughters of Abijah Tisdale (Harriet and Susie respectively) around 1878 in Easton. I lost track of James after the 1880 census and never knew about him until recently when I discovered the obituary for Gertrude Ivadelle Swift and her parents were listed as James "Brillon" Swift and Nancy Gertrude Tisdale. I checked the 1901 Canada Census and found them living in Indian Head... their full birthdates being spot on to James Smith and Susie's other sister, Nancy. Come to find out, James and Nancy ran away from their families and were never heard from again. Apparently James changed his last name to Swift and they settled at Indian Head in 1884, one year after the birth of James and Susie's son, Kenneth. I've been trying to find out more info on James and Nancy, if they were ever married, whether or not anyone knew of their secret. I wonder if their kids, James Ernest and Ivadelle, even knew themselves. I will keep an eye on your page and add what info I have.

In a follow up email he wrote:
Just a quick note to say that I received the funeral home entries for both Nancy and James Swift a couple days ago. Both funerals and caskets were bought by their son "Ernest" and daughter Ivadelle Johnston shows up in one as making a payment. As I suspected, no parents were given except Nancy's maiden name listed as Tisdale and her birthplace was Boston (though she was really born in Easton). This confirms the suspicion that James and Nancy's children never knew their story and probably never knew who their grandparents were. James' full name on the record was James Britton Swift so Brillon must have been a transcription error. I now have their exact death dates so will add that info to the page.16


External link for James Britton Swift on his WeRelate Wiki Person Page.22

Census Data

     James B Smith and P Susie Smith appeared on the 1880 U.S. Federal Census of Easton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, enumerated 12 June 1880, enumerated as a carpenter.6
     James B Swift and Nancy G appeared on the 1901 Canadian Census of Indian Head, RM of Indian Head No. 156, Saskatchewan, enumerated 31 March 1901. James was neumerated as an Implement Agt.. Their children James E and Gertrude I were listed as living with them.4
     James B Swift and Nancy G Swift appeared on the 1911 Canadian Census of Indian Head, RM of Indian Head No. 156, Saskatchewan, enumerated 5 June 1911. Their daughter Ivadell was listed as living with them.23
     James B Swift and Nancy Gertrude Swift appeared on the 1921 Canadian Census of Indian Head, RM of Indian Head No. 156, Saskatchewan, enumerated 1 June 1921, enumerated as a jobber. Note that even though James Ernest was born in what would become Saskatchewan, all three were listed as Aliens.. Their son James Ernest was listed as living with them.13

Family 1

Susanna Tisdale b. 22 Nov 1855, d. 18 Apr 1935
Marriage*James married Susie Tisdale on 8 April 1878 in Randolph, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USAG.7,6,8,9,10 
Child

Family 2

Nancy Gertrude Tisdale b. 4 Jun 1863, d. 16 Mar 1947
Marriage*James married Nancy Gertrude Tisdale on 19 June 1882 in Boston, Massachusetts, USAG. This is the date they claimed to have been wed. It is unlikely they ever legally married since he was married to her sister when they fled Massachusetts. I have found no record of Susanna divorcing him.11,4,12,13,14 
Children

Citations

  1. [S5275] Rich Eastman, "Swift Family in Indian Head," e-mail message from WeRelate user Dickeastman (unknown location) to Rick Moffat, 22 Nov 2014, Just a quick note to say that I received the funeral home entries for both Nancy and James Swift a couple days ago. Both funerals and caskets were bought by their son "Ernest" and daughter Ivadelle Johnston shows up in one as making a payment. As I suspected, no parents were given except Nancy's maiden name listed as Tisdale and her birthplace was Boston (though she was really born in Easton). This confirms the suspicion that James and Nancy's children never knew their story and probably never knew who their grandparents were. James' full name on the record was James Britton Swift so Brillon must have been a transcription error. I now have their exact death dates so will add that info to the page.. Hereinafter cited as "Swift Family in Indian Head."
  2. [S5854] Massachusetts, Birth Records, 1840 - 1915, online http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5062, Name:      James B Smith
    Gender:      Male
    Birth Date:      9 Apr 1853
    Birth Place:      Easton, Massachusetts, USA
    Father:      Asahel Smith, born Bradford, NH
    Mother:      Almira Smith, born Sharron
    Father's Occupation:     Shoemaker. Hereinafter cited as Massachusetts, Birth Records.
  3. [S6393] Massachusetts, Marriage Records, 1840-1915, online http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2511, Name:      Susie Tisdale
    Birth Year:      abt 1846
    Birth Place:      Sharon
    Marriage Date:      9 Apr 1878
    Marriage Place:      Randolph, Massachusetts, USA
    Age at Marriage:      32
    Father:      Abijah (Tisdale)
    Mother:      Harriet (Tisdale)
    Spouse:      James B Smith
    Spouse Birth Place:      Easton
    Spouse Age at Marriage:      25
    Occupation:     Carpenter
    Spouse Father:      Asahel (Smith)
    Spouse Mother:      Almira (Smith). Hereinafter cited as Massachusetts, Marriage Records.
  4. [S5255] James B Swift household, Mar 31, 1901 Canada census, unknown repository address, Indian Head, Assiniboia East, The Territories; Page: 13; Family: 123, unknown repository Roll: T-6552.
  5. [S5854] Massachusetts, Birth Records, online http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5062, Name:      James B Smith.
  6. [S6391] James B Smith household, June 12, 1880 U.S. census, Provo, Utah, USA, Easton, Bristol, Massachusetts; Enumeration District: 82; Page: 463C; Family 366, Ancestry.com Roll: 523; Image: 707; Family History Library Film: 1254523.
  7. [S5275] Rich Eastman, "Swift Family in Indian Head," e-mail to Rick Moffat, 22 Nov 2014, ... I've been trying to find out more info on James and Nancy, if they were ever married, whether or not anyone knew of their secret. I wonder if their kids, James Ernest and Ivadelle, even knew themselves...
  8. [S6392] P Susan Smith household, June 6, 1900 U.S. census, Provo, Utah, USA, Sharon, Norfolk, Massachusetts; Enumeration District: 1073; Page: 3B; Family 63, Ancestry.com Roll: 671; Family History Library Film: 1240671.
  9. [S6393] Massachusetts, Marriage Records, online http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2511, James B Smith (carpenter) and Susie Tisdale; Intention of marriage Apr 8, 1878.
  10. [S6393] Massachusetts, Marriage Records, online http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2511, James B Smith (carpenter) and Susie Tisdale; Registration of marriage Apr 9, 1878.
  11. [S4365] Gertude Ivadelle Swift, Birth on-line, Gertrude Ivadelle Swift (1894), eHealth Saskatchewan, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  12. [S5275] Rich Eastman, "Swift Family in Indian Head," e-mail to Rick Moffat, 22 Nov 2014, ...The major interest with James is that I uncovered a family scandal that no one (in my lifetime) had heard about. James Swift was not his birth name. He was the brother of my great great grandfather, Deroyce Smith from Easton, MA. James was born James Britton Smith, son of Asahel Smith and Almira Gilbert. Both Deroyce and James married daughters of Abijah Tisdale (Harriet and Susie respectively) around 1878 in Easton. I lost track of James after the 1880 census and never knew about him until recently when I discovered the obituary for Gertrude Ivadelle Swift and her parents were listed as James "Brillon" Swift and Nancy Gertrude Tisdale....
  13. [S6386] James B Swift household, Jun 1, 1921 Canada census, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Indian Head, Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan; Page: 22; Family: 221, Library and Archives Canada (LAC).
  14. [S9384] Indian Head Pioneer Dies, The Leader-Post, Regina, SK, May 25, 1935, Page 11, column 7 viewed at Newspapers.com,, Obituary: James Britton Swift. Hereinafter cited as Leader-Post.
  15. [S3255] Saskatchewan Cemeteries Project - Indian Head Cemetery, online Saskatchewan Cemeteries Project - Indian Head Cemetery, Saskatchewan Cemeteries Project
    Indian Head Cemetery
    Name     Date of Burial     Plot #
    Swift, Ernest     1967     12-18
    Swift, Gertrude     1947     12-18
    Swift, James B.     1935     12-18. Hereinafter cited as Sask Cemeteries Project - Indian Head.
  16. [S5275] Rich Eastman, "Swift Family in Indian Head," e-mail to Rick Moffat, 22 Nov 2014, Just a quick note to say that I received the funeral home entries for both Nancy and James Swift a couple days ago. Both funerals and caskets were bought by their son "Ernest" and daughter Ivadelle Johnston shows up in one as making a payment. As I suspected, no parents were given except Nancy's maiden name listed as Tisdale and her birthplace was Boston (though she was really born in Easton). This confirms the suspicion that James and Nancy's children never knew their story and probably never knew who their grandparents were. James' full name on the record was James Britton Swift so Brillon must have been a transcription error. I now have their exact death dates so will add that info to the page.
  17. [S8788] Eastman Family Tree by Rich Eastman (Publisher: Ancestry.com), Ancestry.com, Eastman Family Tree; "The Tisdale and Swift family information within this family tree is supported by funeral home records according to my communication with the author"; cited as "Eastman Family Tree., James Britton Smith (Swift).
  18. [S9399] J. F. (sic) Swift, Indian Head, Passes Away, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Saskatoon, SK, May 25, 1935, Page 10, column 4 viewed at Newspapers.com,, Obituary: James Britton Swift. Hereinafter cited as StarPhoenix.
  19. [S4199] Find A Grave memorial page , Find A Grave, Find A Grave search page; "A database submitted by individuals supposedly of cemetery interments, often from grave memorials or cemetery records and often supplemented by other information, generally without identification of the sources except when a tombstone photo is included."; cited as "Find A Grave., Kenneth Bertrand Smith
    Grave marker transcription:
    Susanna Tisdale Smith Nov 22, 1855 - Apr 18, 1935
    Kenneth Bertrand Smith Oct 8, 1882 - May 23 1885.
  20. [S8748] Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada, Homestead Grant Registers, 1872-1930 (Publisher: Library and Archives Canada), Ancestry.com, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada, Homestead Grant Registers, 1872-1930; "Original data: Homestead Grant Registers. R190-75-1-E. Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada."; cited as "Homestead Grant Registers., Name:     James Britton Swift.
  21. [S9406] Were Never Heard From, The Boston Globe, Boston, MA, Jul 21, 1910, Page 5, column 7 viewed at Newspapers.com,, Nancy Tisdale estate petition. Hereinafter cited as Boston Globe.
  22. [S2] Personal knowledge/research of Rick Moffat (Mesa, AZ 85207).
  23. [S6385] James B Swift household, Jun 5, 1911 Canada census, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Indian Head, Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan; Page: 22; Family: 221, Library and Archives Canada (LAC).
  24. [S7164] Massachusetts, Death Index, 1901-1980, online Massachusetts, Death Index, 1901-1980, Name:     Kenneth B Smith. Hereinafter cited as Massachusetts, Death Index.
  25. [S4365] Gertude Ivadelle Swift, Birth on-line, James Ewert Swift (1894).

Nancy Gertrude Tisdale1,2

F, #28583, b. 4 June 1863, d. 16 March 1947
Father*Abijah Tisdale3,4,5 b. 1810 or 1811
Mother*Harriet Williamson3,4,5 b. c 1825
Last Edited11 May 2019
     Nancy was born on 4 June 1863 in Sharon, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USAG.6,3,4,5 Nancy married James Britton Swift on 19 June 1882 in Boston, Massachusetts, USAG. This is the date they claimed to have been wed. It is unlikely they ever legally married since he was married to her sister when they fled Massachusetts. I have found no record of Susanna divorcing him.1,6,7,2,8 She died on 16 March 1947 in Indian Head, RM of Indian Head No. 156, Saskatchewan, CanadaG, at age 83.9,10 Nancy Gertrude Tisdale was buried in Indian Head Cemetery, Indian Head, RM of Indian Head No. 156, Saskatchewan, CanadaG.9,11

     She also went by the name of Gertrude.9 She and James B Swift immigrated in 1884 to CanadaG from the USA. However, he 1921 census seems to give 1894 as the year of immigration for them and their son. The dates are heavily overwritten, and subject to interpretation. Perhaps they returned to the US for a period of time.6,2
     The following newspaper article appeared in the Boston, Massachusetts Boston Globe 21 July 1910 :
WERE NEVER HEARD FROM.
Sharon People Wish to Settle an Estate, Complicated by Love Affair of 26 Years Ago.
SHARON, July 21--
-An elopement which startled the residents of the town 26 years ago, has again been brought to the attention of the public, when Chas. F. Holbrook of Stoughton yesterday petitioned Judge Flint of the Norfolk probate court, at Dedham, that the property of Nancy E. Tisdale be distributed among her heirs.

The Tisdale family were old residents of the town. In 1884 Nancy E. Tisdale eloped with her sister's husband, James Smith, also a resident of the town. Mrs Smith never heard from her husband, and the Tisdale family were unable to ever locate their daughter. The petition Is brought on the grounds that Nancy E. Tisdale is dead. The case was continued to Sept 7.12

     Nancy G Swift, his surviving wife, was referenced, but not by name, in the obituary of James Britton Swift who died 24 May 1935.13

The following biographical information was shared in a message from WeRelate user Rich Eastman, 22 November 2014:
Very glad to reach you, even though you might not have any info. I'll certainly add what info I have, which I've only come across recently while doing further research on known family members of mine long since put to bed. The major interest with James is that I uncovered a family scandal that no one (in my lifetime) had heard about. James Swift was not his birth name. He was the brother of my great great grandfather, Deroyce Smith from Easton, MA. James was born James Britton Smith, son of Asahel Smith and Almira Gilbert. Both Deroyce and James married daughters of Abijah Tisdale (Harriet and Susie respectively) around 1878 in Easton. I lost track of James after the 1880 census and never knew about him until recently when I discovered the obituary for Gertrude Ivadelle Swift and her parents were listed as James "Brillon" Swift and Nancy Gertrude Tisdale. I checked the 1901 Canada Census and found them living in Indian Head... their full birthdates being spot on to James Smith and Susie's other sister, Nancy. Come to find out, James and Nancy ran away from their families and were never heard from again. Apparently James changed his last name to Swift and they settled at Indian Head in 1884, one year after the birth of James and Susie's son, Kenneth. I've been trying to find out more info on James and Nancy, if they were ever married, whether or not anyone knew of their secret. I wonder if their kids, James Ernest and Ivadelle, even knew themselves. I will keep an eye on your page and add what info I have.

In a follow up email he wrote:
Just a quick note to say that I received the funeral home entries for both Nancy and James Swift a couple days ago. Both funerals and caskets were bought by their son "Ernest" and daughter Ivadelle Johnston shows up in one as making a payment. As I suspected, no parents were given except Nancy's maiden name listed as Tisdale and her birthplace was Boston (though she was really born in Easton). This confirms the suspicion that James and Nancy's children never knew their story and probably never knew who their grandparents were. James' full name on the record was James Britton Swift so Brillon must have been a transcription error. I now have their exact death dates so will add that info to the page.11


External link for Nancy Gertrude Tisdale on her WeRelate Wiki Person Page.14

Census Data

     Nancy G appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Sharon, Norfolk County, Massachusetts in the household of her parents, Abijah Tisdale and Harriet G Tisdale, listed as attending school.4

Nancy Gertrude appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Sharon, Norfolk County, Massachusetts in the household of her parents, Abijah Tisdale and Harriet G Tisdale.5
     James B Swift and Nancy G appeared on the 1901 Canadian Census of Indian Head, RM of Indian Head No. 156, Saskatchewan, enumerated 31 March 1901. James was neumerated as an Implement Agt.. Their children James E and Gertrude I were listed as living with them.6

Nancy G Swift and James B Swift appeared on the 1911 Canadian Census of Indian Head, RM of Indian Head No. 156, Saskatchewan, enumerated 5 June 1911. Their daughter Ivadell was listed as living with them.15

Nancy Gertrude Swift and James B Swift appeared on the 1921 Canadian Census of Indian Head, RM of Indian Head No. 156, Saskatchewan, enumerated 1 June 1921, enumerated as a jobber. Note that even though James Ernest was born in what would become Saskatchewan, all three were listed as Aliens.. Their son James Ernest was listed as living with them.2

Family

James Britton Swift b. 9 Apr 1853, d. 24 May 1935
Marriage*Nancy married James Britton Swift on 19 June 1882 in Boston, Massachusetts, USAG. This is the date they claimed to have been wed. It is unlikely they ever legally married since he was married to her sister when they fled Massachusetts. I have found no record of Susanna divorcing him.1,6,7,2,8 
Children

Citations

  1. [S4365] Gertude Ivadelle Swift, Birth on-line, Gertrude Ivadelle Swift (1894), eHealth Saskatchewan, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  2. [S6386] James B Swift household, Jun 1, 1921 Canada census, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Indian Head, Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan; Page: 22; Family: 221, Library and Archives Canada (LAC).
  3. [S5854] Massachusetts, Birth Records, 1840 - 1915, online http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5062. Hereinafter cited as Massachusetts, Birth Records.
  4. [S6387] Abijah Tisdale household, June 17, 1870 U.S. census, Provo, Utah, USA, Sharon, Norfolk, Massachusetts; Page: 238B; Family 221, Ancestry.com Roll: M593_63; Image: 484; Family History Library Film: 552135.
  5. [S6390] Abijah Tisdale household, June 8, 1880 U.S. census, Provo, Utah, USA, Sharon, Norfolk, Massachusetts; Enumeration District: 503; Page: 224C; Family 119, Ancestry.com Roll: 547; Image: 451; Family History Library Film: 1254547.
  6. [S5255] James B Swift household, Mar 31, 1901 Canada census, unknown repository address, Indian Head, Assiniboia East, The Territories; Page: 13; Family: 123, unknown repository Roll: T-6552.
  7. [S5275] Rich Eastman, "Swift Family in Indian Head," e-mail message from WeRelate user Dickeastman (unknown location) to Rick Moffat, 22 Nov 2014, ...The major interest with James is that I uncovered a family scandal that no one (in my lifetime) had heard about. James Swift was not his birth name. He was the brother of my great great grandfather, Deroyce Smith from Easton, MA. James was born James Britton Smith, son of Asahel Smith and Almira Gilbert. Both Deroyce and James married daughters of Abijah Tisdale (Harriet and Susie respectively) around 1878 in Easton. I lost track of James after the 1880 census and never knew about him until recently when I discovered the obituary for Gertrude Ivadelle Swift and her parents were listed as James "Brillon" Swift and Nancy Gertrude Tisdale..... Hereinafter cited as "Swift Family in Indian Head."
  8. [S9384] Indian Head Pioneer Dies, The Leader-Post, Regina, SK, May 25, 1935, Page 11, column 7 viewed at Newspapers.com,, Obituary: James Britton Swift. Hereinafter cited as Leader-Post.
  9. [S3255] Saskatchewan Cemeteries Project - Indian Head Cemetery, online Saskatchewan Cemeteries Project - Indian Head Cemetery, Saskatchewan Cemeteries Project
    Indian Head Cemetery
    Name     Date of Burial     Plot #
    Swift, Ernest     1967     12-18
    Swift, Gertrude     1947     12-18
    Swift, James B.     1935     12-18. Hereinafter cited as Sask Cemeteries Project - Indian Head.
  10. [S8788] Eastman Family Tree by Rich Eastman (Publisher: Ancestry.com), Ancestry.com, Eastman Family Tree; "The Tisdale and Swift family information within this family tree is supported by funeral home records according to my communication with the author"; cited as "Eastman Family Tree., Nancy Gertrude Tisdale.
  11. [S5275] Rich Eastman, "Swift Family in Indian Head," e-mail to Rick Moffat, 22 Nov 2014, Just a quick note to say that I received the funeral home entries for both Nancy and James Swift a couple days ago. Both funerals and caskets were bought by their son "Ernest" and daughter Ivadelle Johnston shows up in one as making a payment. As I suspected, no parents were given except Nancy's maiden name listed as Tisdale and her birthplace was Boston (though she was really born in Easton). This confirms the suspicion that James and Nancy's children never knew their story and probably never knew who their grandparents were. James' full name on the record was James Britton Swift so Brillon must have been a transcription error. I now have their exact death dates so will add that info to the page.
  12. [S9406] Were Never Heard From, The Boston Globe, Boston, MA, Jul 21, 1910, Page 5, column 7 viewed at Newspapers.com,, Nancy Tisdale estate petition. Hereinafter cited as Boston Globe.
  13. [S9399] J. F. (sic) Swift, Indian Head, Passes Away, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Saskatoon, SK, May 25, 1935, Page 10, column 4 viewed at Newspapers.com,, Obituary: James Britton Swift. Hereinafter cited as StarPhoenix.
  14. [S2] Personal knowledge/research of Rick Moffat (Mesa, AZ 85207).
  15. [S6385] James B Swift household, Jun 5, 1911 Canada census, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Indian Head, Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan; Page: 22; Family: 221, Library and Archives Canada (LAC).
  16. [S4365] Gertude Ivadelle Swift, Birth on-line, James Ewert Swift (1894).
  17. [S5275] Rich Eastman, "Swift Family in Indian Head," e-mail to Rick Moffat, 22 Nov 2014, ... I've been trying to find out more info on James and Nancy, if they were ever married, whether or not anyone knew of their secret. I wonder if their kids, James Ernest and Ivadelle, even knew themselves...

James Ernest Swift1,2,3

M, #28584, b. 14 July 1884, d. 25 November 1967
Father*James Britton Swift4,5,2,3 b. 9 Apr 1853, d. 24 May 1935
Mother*Nancy Gertrude Tisdale4,5,2,3 b. 4 Jun 1863, d. 16 Mar 1947
Last Edited15 Apr 2019
     James was born on 14 July 1884 in the Pheasant Forks district northeast of Indian Head, in Saskatchewan, CanadaG.4,5,3 He died on 25 November 1967 possibly at the Wolesley Geriatric Centre in Saskatchewan, CanadaG, at age 83.6,7,1,8
     The following information is extracted from his obituary. Survivor(s): Mrs R H Johnston.1 James Ernest Swift was buried on 28 November 1967 in Indian Head Cemetery, Indian Head, RM of Indian Head No. 156, Saskatchewan, CanadaG.6,1

     James Ernest Swift was also known as J E Swift.9      He also went by the name of Ernest.6
     In the obituary of James Britton Swift who died 24 May 1935, his son James, J E Swift was listed as a survivor.9
     The following obituary appeared in the newspaper the Leader-Post published in Regina, Saskatchewan 27 November 1967 :
SWIFT---On Saturday. November 25, 1 967. James Ernest Swift, formerly of Indian Head and Regina, Sask. and late of Wolseley. Sask., age 83 years. Funeral service will be held in The Tubman Funeral Chapel. Wolseley, on Tuesday, November 28 at 1.30 p.m., Rev. T. W. Ridewood, officiant. Interment in Indian Head cemetery. Mr. Swift is survived by one sister, Mrs. R. H. Johnston, Suite 5. 2720 29th Avenue. Regina.
Do not publish this since it is probably covered by copyright.8
     See the footnotes below for a link to his on-line obituary that appeared in the newspaper the Leader-Post published in Regina, Saskatchewan, 27 November 1967 .8

     The following newspaper article appeared in the newspaper the Leader-Post published in Regina, Saskatchewan 1 December 1967 :
Inventor dies at Wolseley
WOLSELEY (Special)---Funeral service for James Ernest Swift, 83, was held Tuesday in Tubman Funeral Chapel with Rev. T. W. Ridewood officiating. Burial was in Indian Head Cemetery.

Formerly of Indian Head and Regina, Mr. Swift was born in the Pheasant Forks district. At age 16 he was considered an expert on binders. He invented the Swift Training Rifle and an army bomb sight, both of which were used in the Second World War. He later was involved with the Massey-Harris company. His last years were spent in the Wolseley Geriatric Centre.

Mr. Swift is survived by a sister, Mrs. R. H. Johnston of Regina.
Do not publish this since it is probably covered by copyright.1
     In the obituary of G Ivadelle Johnston who died 17 November 1972, her brother, T (sic) Ernest Swift was listed as predeceased.7

External link for James Ernest Swift on his WeRelate Wiki Person Page.10

Census Data

     James E Swift appeared on the 1901 Canadian Census of Indian Head, RM of Indian Head No. 156, Saskatchewan in the household of his parents, James B Swift and Nancy G Swift.5
     James Ernest Swift appeared on the 1921 Canadian Census of Indian Head, RM of Indian Head No. 156, Saskatchewan in the household of his parents, James B Swift and Nancy Gertrude Swift, listed as a carpenter.3

Citations

  1. [S9395] Inventor dies at Wolseley, The Leader-Post, Regina, SK, Dec 1, 1967, Page 41, column 7 viewed at Newspapers.com,, Obituary: James Ernest Swift. Hereinafter cited as Leader-Post.
  2. [S5275] Rich Eastman, "Swift Family in Indian Head," e-mail message from WeRelate user Dickeastman (unknown location) to Rick Moffat, 22 Nov 2014, ... I've been trying to find out more info on James and Nancy, if they were ever married, whether or not anyone knew of their secret. I wonder if their kids, James Ernest and Ivadelle, even knew themselves.... Hereinafter cited as "Swift Family in Indian Head."
  3. [S6386] James B Swift household, Jun 1, 1921 Canada census, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Indian Head, Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan; Page: 22; Family: 221, Library and Archives Canada (LAC).
  4. [S4365] Gertude Ivadelle Swift, Birth on-line, James Ewert Swift (1894), eHealth Saskatchewan, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
  5. [S5255] James B Swift household, Mar 31, 1901 Canada census, unknown repository address, Indian Head, Assiniboia East, The Territories; Page: 13; Family: 123, unknown repository Roll: T-6552.
  6. [S3255] Saskatchewan Cemeteries Project - Indian Head Cemetery, online Saskatchewan Cemeteries Project - Indian Head Cemetery, Saskatchewan Cemeteries Project
    Indian Head Cemetery
    Name     Date of Burial     Plot #
    Swift, Ernest     1967     12-18
    Swift, Gertrude     1947     12-18
    Swift, James B.     1935     12-18. Hereinafter cited as Sask Cemeteries Project - Indian Head.
  7. [S8333] Deaths: Johnston, The Leader-Post, Regina, SK, Nov 17, 1972, Page 34, column 1 viewed at Google News Archive,, Obituary: G Ivadelle Johnston née Swift. Hereinafter cited as Leader-Post.
  8. [S9396] Deaths: Swift, The Leader-Post, Regina, SK, Nov 27, 1967, Page 32, column 1 viewed at Newspapers.com,, Obituary: James Ernest Swift. Hereinafter cited as Leader-Post.
  9. [S9399] J. F. (sic) Swift, Indian Head, Passes Away, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Saskatoon, SK, May 25, 1935, Page 10, column 4 viewed at Newspapers.com,, Obituary: James Britton Swift. Hereinafter cited as StarPhoenix.
  10. [S2] Personal knowledge/research of Rick Moffat (Mesa, AZ 85207).

A C Legard1

M, #28585
Father*Joseph Legard1 b. c 1821, d. 10 Feb 1894
Mother*Louise Holmes1 d. 6 Aug 1928
Last Edited13 Jun 2018
     A C Legard of 284 Windermere Ave., Toronto was the informant on the death registration of his mother, Louise Holmes who died on 6 August 1928.1

Citations

  1. [S1442] Ontario, Canada, Deaths and Deaths Overseas, 1869-1946 (Publisher: Archives of Ontario), Ancestry.com, Ontario, Canada, Deaths and Deaths Overseas, 1869-1946; "This database is an index (with images) to over 2 million deaths that were registered in Ontario from 1869 to 1938, and 1943 to 1946. The database also includes deaths of Ontario military personnel overseas from 1939-1947"; cited as "ON Deaths, 1869-1946., Lucy LeGard
    Born Mar 22, 1839 and died at the age of 89 years, 4 months and 16 days (calculates to Mar 21, 1839.) She died at 62 Woodforest Ave, Toronto. Father was James Holmes who was born in England. Her mother was not named. Informant was her son, A C LeGard of 284 Windermere Ave. She was buried at Flesherton on 9 Aug 1928.

E S Legard1

M, #28586
Last Edited19 Jan 2018
     E S Legard, a farmer of Artemesia was the informant on the death registration of Joseph Legard who died on 10 February 1894.1

Citations

  1. [S1442] Ontario, Canada, Deaths and Deaths Overseas, 1869-1946 (Publisher: Archives of Ontario), Ancestry.com, Ontario, Canada, Deaths and Deaths Overseas, 1869-1946; "This database is an index (with images) to over 2 million deaths that were registered in Ontario from 1869 to 1938, and 1943 to 1946. The database also includes deaths of Ontario military personnel overseas from 1939-1947"; cited as "ON Deaths, 1869-1946., Joseph Legard
    Informant was E S? Legard, farmer of Artemesia Twp.

Philip Taylor1,2

M, #28587, b. circa 1903, d. May 1966
Last Edited7 Nov 2012
     Philip was born circa 1903.3 Philip married Ida A Rear.1,2 He died in May 1966 in St. Vincent Twp., Grey County, Ontario, CanadaG.4

Family

Ida A Rear b. 1 Sep 1900, d. 12 Jul 1971

Citations

  1. [S1443] Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1913, online Ontario, Canada Births, Ida Violet Rear
    Delayed Statement of Birth July 19, 1965
    Signed as Ida Violet Taylor. Hereinafter cited as ON Births 1869-1913.
  2. [S4368] Leslie Hooey, "Descendants of George Patchett", 5 Nov 2012 (Owen Sound, ON). Unknown comments, Philip Taylor - Ida Rear. Hereinafter cited as "Descendants of George Patchett."
  3. [S4224] James N. Thatcher, compiler, Index to obituaries in Thornbury, Ontario newspapers, 1960-2004 (Thornbury, Ontario: The Blue Mountains Library, 9 Sep 2011), Philip Taylor - This may be the husband of Ida Taylor née Rear. Hereinafter cited as Index to obituaries in Thornbury, Ontario newspapers, 1960-2004.
  4. [S4224] James N. Thatcher, Index to obituaries in Thornbury, Ontario newspapers, 1960-2004, This may be the same husband of Ida Taylor née Rear.

Marion Edna Wilson1

F, #28588, b. circa 1900
Father*Frederick Wilson1
Mother*Martha Summers1
Last Edited24 Sep 2016
     Marion was born circa 1900 in CanadaG.1 Marion married Percy Edgar Rear on 2 October 1926 in Hamilton, Barton Twp., Wentworth County, Ontario, CanadaG, according to Ontario Marriage Registration 048244.1

Family

Percy Edgar Rear b. 11 Feb 1903

Citations

  1. [S1444] Ontario, Canada, Marriages, 1826-1936 (Publisher: Archives of Ontario, Toronto), Archives of Ontario, Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1785-1935; "Ontario, Canada, Select Marriages. Archives of Ontario, Toronto. This database includes images of the registrations. In some cases, alternative images in FamilySearch prvide additional information"; cited as "Ontario Marriages, 1826-1936., Percy Edgar Rear & Marion Edna Wilson.

Frederick Wilson1

M, #28589
Last Edited7 Nov 2012
     Frederick was born in Vaughan Twp., York County, Ontario, CanadaG.1 Frederick married Martha Summers.1

Family

Martha Summers
Child

Citations

  1. [S1444] Ontario, Canada, Marriages, 1826-1936 (Publisher: Archives of Ontario, Toronto), Archives of Ontario, Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1785-1935; "Ontario, Canada, Select Marriages. Archives of Ontario, Toronto. This database includes images of the registrations. In some cases, alternative images in FamilySearch prvide additional information"; cited as "Ontario Marriages, 1826-1936., Percy Edgar Rear & Marion Edna Wilson.

Martha Summers1

F, #28590
Last Edited7 Nov 2012
     Martha married Frederick Wilson.1

Family

Frederick Wilson
Child

Citations

  1. [S1444] Ontario, Canada, Marriages, 1826-1936 (Publisher: Archives of Ontario, Toronto), Archives of Ontario, Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1785-1935; "Ontario, Canada, Select Marriages. Archives of Ontario, Toronto. This database includes images of the registrations. In some cases, alternative images in FamilySearch prvide additional information"; cited as "Ontario Marriages, 1826-1936., Percy Edgar Rear & Marion Edna Wilson.

Rose Bradley1

F, #28595, b. circa 1900
Last Edited24 Sep 2016
     Rose was born circa 1900 in IrelandG.1 Rose married Peter Alexander Fawcett on 18 December 1924.1

Family

Peter Alexander Fawcett b. 25 May 1886, d. 25 Mar 1962
Child

Citations

  1. [S1444] Ontario, Canada, Marriages, 1826-1936 (Publisher: Archives of Ontario, Toronto), Archives of Ontario, Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1785-1935; "Ontario, Canada, Select Marriages. Archives of Ontario, Toronto. This database includes images of the registrations. In some cases, alternative images in FamilySearch prvide additional information"; cited as "Ontario Marriages, 1826-1936., Peter Alexander Fawcett & Rose Bradley.
  2. [S4338] Canada GenWeb Cemetery Project, online Canada GenWeb Cemetery Project - Thornbury, Peter A. Fawcett
    Photos courtesy of Bonnie Lee Breadner & Myrna White [2012], Kate Hicks [2015]
    Indexed by Bonnie Lee Breadner, Diana Kozarsky
    Transcription:
    FAWCETT
    Peter A. Fawcett
    1928 - 1968
    Beloved son of Peter & Rose. Hereinafter cited as Canada GenWeb Cemetery Project.

Elizbaeth Conn1,2

F, #28596, b. 3 July 1848, d. 1939
Last Edited15 Jun 2018
     Elizbaeth was born on 3 July 1848 in Canada West, United Province of CanadaG,3,4,5 or circa 1850 in Canada West, United Province of CanadaG, according to the 1891 census.2 Elizbaeth married Robert C Fawcett.3,1,5,2 She died in 1939.3,4 Elizbaeth Conn was buried in Thornbury-Clarksburg Union Cemetery, Thornbury, Collingwood Twp., Grey County, Ontario, CanadaG.3,4

Census Data

     Robert Fawcett and Elizbaeth appeared on the 1891 Canadian Census of Euphrasia Twp., Grey County, Ontario, enumerated 15 April 1891. Robert was enumerated as a farmer and a Methodist. Their children Charles W, John A, Richard S, Ethel B R, Peter Alex, Isabela and Ephriam S were listed as living with them.2
     Robert Fauctt and Elizabeth appeared on the 1901 Canadian Census of Euphrasia Twp., Grey County, Ontario, enumerated 31 March 1901. Robert was. Their children Ethebert R, Peter A, Bella and Ephraim T were listed as living with them.5

Family

Robert C Fawcett b. 4 May 1851, d. 12 Jul 1930
Marriage*Elizbaeth married Robert C Fawcett.3,1,5,2 
Children

Citations

  1. [S1444] Ontario, Canada, Marriages, 1826-1936 (Publisher: Archives of Ontario, Toronto), Archives of Ontario, Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1785-1935; "Ontario, Canada, Select Marriages. Archives of Ontario, Toronto. This database includes images of the registrations. In some cases, alternative images in FamilySearch prvide additional information"; cited as "Ontario Marriages, 1826-1936., Peter Alexander Fawcett & Rose Bradley.
  2. [S6382] Robert Fawcett household, April 15, 1891 Canada Census, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Euphrasia, Grey East, Ontario; Page: 14, Family: 61, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Roll: T-6337.
  3. [S113] Ron & Jopie Lougheed & Owen Noble, compiler, Thornbury--Clarksburg Union Cemetery (n.p.: Bruce & Grey Branch O.G.S., 1996), 405 - FAWCETT
    Peter A. (1886-1962) Charles (1818 - 1891) Robert C. (1852 - 1930) his wife, Eliza Conn (1841 - 1939) their children: Mary Jane (1887 (sic) - 1882) Ethelbert R. (1879 - 1882). Hereinafter cited as Thornbury--Clarksburg Union Cemetery.
  4. [S4338] Canada GenWeb Cemetery Project, online Canada GenWeb Cemetery Project - Thornbury, Charles Fawcett; Robert C Fawcett & Eliza Conn; Mary Jane and Ethelbert R Fawcett
    Photos courtesy of Bonnie Lee Breadner & Myrna White
    Indexed by Bonnie Lee Breadner
    Transcription:
    FAWCETT
    Charles Fawcett
    ???8 - 1891
    Robert C. Fawcett
    1852 - 1930
    His Wife Eliza Conn
    1848 - 1939
    Their Children
    Mary Jane
    1877 - 1882
    Ethelbert R.
    1879 - 1882. Hereinafter cited as Canada GenWeb Cemetery Project.
  5. [S6381] Robert Fauctt household, Mar 31, 1901 Canada census, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Euphrasia, Grey East, Ontario; Page: 1; Family: 1, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Roll: T-6468.
  6. [S1442] Ontario, Canada, Deaths and Deaths Overseas, 1869-1946 (Publisher: Archives of Ontario), Ancestry.com, Ontario, Canada, Deaths and Deaths Overseas, 1869-1946; "This database is an index (with images) to over 2 million deaths that were registered in Ontario from 1869 to 1938, and 1943 to 1946. The database also includes deaths of Ontario military personnel overseas from 1939-1947"; cited as "ON Deaths, 1869-1946., Name: Robert Fawcett.
  7. [S1443] Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1913, online Ontario, Canada Births, Name: Mary Jane Fawcett. Hereinafter cited as ON Births 1869-1913.
  8. [S1443] ON Births 1869-1913, online Ontario, Canada Births, Name: Richard Samuel Fawcett
    Date of Birth:     23 Jul 1881
    Gender:     Male
    Birth Place:     Colliingwood, Grey, Ontario, Canada
    Father's Name: Robert Fawcett
    Mother's Name: Elizabeth Conn
    Registration #:     008228.
  9. [S1443] ON Births 1869-1913, online Ontario, Canada Births, Name: Peter Alexander Fawcett.
  10. [S1443] ON Births 1869-1913, online Ontario, Canada Births, Name: Isabella Fawcett.
  11. [S1443] ON Births 1869-1913, online Ontario, Canada Births, Name: Ephraim Stanley Fawcett.

Peter A Fawcett1

M, #28597, b. 1928, d. 1968
Father*Peter Alexander Fawcett1 b. 25 May 1886, d. 25 Mar 1962
Mother*Rose Bradley1 b. c 1900
Last Edited3 Jan 2016
     Peter was born in 1928.1 He was buried in Thornbury-Clarksburg Union Cemetery, Thornbury, Collingwood Twp., Grey County, Ontario, CanadaG, http://geneofun.on.ca/names/photo/188832.1
He died in 1968.1

Citations

  1. [S4338] Canada GenWeb Cemetery Project, online Canada GenWeb Cemetery Project - Thornbury, Peter A. Fawcett
    Photos courtesy of Bonnie Lee Breadner & Myrna White [2012], Kate Hicks [2015]
    Indexed by Bonnie Lee Breadner, Diana Kozarsky
    Transcription:
    FAWCETT
    Peter A. Fawcett
    1928 - 1968
    Beloved son of Peter & Rose. Hereinafter cited as Canada GenWeb Cemetery Project.