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SWAN FAMILY NOTES
ESTHER WINSLOW SWAN
Submitted by David
Written by Sara A. Bristow, 2000
|ESTHER WINSLOW--born 1838 in North Carolina. Married
Thomas Rittenhouse Swan April 1, 1859 in Clark Co., MO. Why Esther and
Thomas traveled to Missouri to get married is a mystery, but the other couples
listed on the same page that I received from Clark Co. were also from Iowa.
After traveling through the midwest I have discovered that Clark Co., Missouri
and Henry Co., Iowa are within a hundred miles of one another, still a long
distance during the 1800s. I first find Esther in the 1850 census living
with her parents and siblings in Jackson Township, Henry Co., Iowa.
According to the census, Esther's family moved from North Carolina to Indiana
sometime between 1841 and 1842, when Esther was three or four years of age.
They moved to Iowa after 1847, but before 1850. At this time Esther was
nine to eleven years old. Most likely this move was by covered wagon.
In the 1860 census Esther and Thomas are living in Tippecanoe Township, Henry
Co., Iowa, next to Martha Swan, the mother of Thomas. They owned no
property, and had only $100., in personal property. Thomas was a farmer.
Children born to Esther and Thomas Swan:
1. LYDIA ANN--born Sept. 9, 1860 in Mt. Pleasant, Henry Co., Iowa--died July 10, 1930 in
Cottonwood, Yavapai Co., Arizona. Married Russell Clinton Leedham Nov. 14, 1878 in
Mt. Pleasant, Henry Co., Iowa.
Thomas was accidently killed (My grandmother, Lydia's daughter, said that he was kicked by a horse) in 1863. Esther married 2nd to Hiram Edwards Feb. 25, 1864 in Henry Co., Iowa. My grandmother told me that Esther's second husband, Hiram, died in a mining accident sometime before Esther died. I have tried to locate him in the 1860 census in Salem Twsp., Tippecanoe Twsp., and Mt. Pleasant Twsp., Henry Co., Iowa. I couldn't find him in this census, but I did find some members of the Edwards family. It is likely that Hiram joined his family in Iowa after 1860 shortly before his marriage to Esther. According to my grandmother, Ethel Leedham Burnham, Esther and Hiram had a son. There is no mention of this in the paper from Henry Co., Iowa. My great-grandmother, Lydia, tried to locate her half-brother after she was grown, but was not able to find him. After Esthers' death, her daughter, Lydia, was raised by Esther's parents, John and Mary Winslow. I have found Lydia living with the Winslows in the 1870 census. Esther lived a tragic life, the stress of which could easily have contributed to her death at such a young age. Quick Consumption was T. B., and what I was told that Esther died from.
Thomas Rittenhouse Swan died June 22, 1863 in Tippecanoe Twsp., Henry Co., Iowa when he was accidently kicked by a horse. He was only 24 years old. Hiram Edwards died in a mining accident sometime before 1870 in Henry Co., Iowa. Esther Swan died before 1870, of Quick Consumption (TB) in Henry Co., Iowa. She was between 25 and 30 years old.
Submitted by David
Written by Sara A. Bristow, 2000
HUGH SWAN--born August 27, 1809 in either Greene Co.,
Pennsylvania or Virginia. In a biographical sketch from Iowa it is
written that Hugh was born in Pennsylvania. The 1850 census shows
him as being born in Virginia. The WORLD FAMILY TREE, Vol. 2,
#5537 states that Hugh Swan swas born in Greene Co., Pennsylvania.
I believe that he was most likely born in Pennsylvania because sometimes
the census can be wrong. Married about 1831 to Martha Burson,
daughter of Judge Thomas Burson, of Waynesburg, Greene Co.,
Pennsylvania. Martha Burson was born 1813 in Pennsylvania.
Hugh and Martha were second cousins. Hugh's father, Henry Swan and
Martha's mother, Ann (Swan) Burson were first cousins. I first
located Hugh Swan and his family living in Cumberland Township, Greene
Co., Pennsylvania in the 1840 census. The age of their children
agree with the ages of the children listed in the census. There is
another male living in the household who was between the age of 30 and
LYDIA ANN SWAN
Submitted by David
Written by Sara A. Bristow, 2000
LYDIA ANN SWAN
RUSSELL CLINTON LEEDHAM
Submitted by David
Written by Sara A. Bristow, 2000
|RUSSELL CLINTON LEEDHAM--born March 24, 1857 in Mt.
Pleasant, Henry Co., Iowa. Married Lydia Ann Swan, Nov. 14, 1878
in Mt. Pleasant, Henry Co., Iowa. Their marriage certificate
states that Russell and Lydia were married in the home of Russell's
parents. My Grandmother, Ethel Leedham Burnham, told me that one
of her father's (Russell) eyes was blue and the other was green.
He had blond curly hair, was not very tall, and loved to play the
violin. My Mom, and Uncle Charles have told me how much they
enjoyed listening to him play, and that he was good! I first find
Russell and Lydia living in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa in the 1880 census.
Both Russell and Lydia were born in Iowa. John and I once stayed
in the town of Keokuk, Iowa, which is located about 50 miles from Mt.
Pleasant. Keokuk is located on the Mississippi River and is a
pretty area, very green in the spring with corn growing everywhere.
Lydia became ill with Quick Consumption (TB) after the birth of Ansel,
causing them to move West hoping to improve her health. Russell's
parents, Henry and Emily, and his sister, Addie and her two children,
also moved with Russell and Lydia. My Mom told me that they lived
in Utah for a short time, but didn't like it there, and returned to
Trinidad, Colorado, where they had originally settled. I recently
discovered information confirming that they lived in Salt Lake, Utah in
1892, where Lydia gave birth to a baby (not named) who only lived a
Children born to Russell and Lydia Leedham:
1. ANSEL SWAN--born Aug 4, 1880 in Mt. Pleasant, Henry Co., Iowa--died Oct. 30, 1948 in Phoenix,
Maricopa Co., Arizona. Married Buela Gay Day Oct. 31, 1903.
2. RALPH WALDO--born Aug. 5, 1882 in Trinidad, Las Animas Co., Colorado--died June 10, 1962 in
Monrovia, Los Angeles Co., Calif. Married Phoebe Smaller July 4, 1903.
3. JESSE CLINTON--born Mar. 31, 1884 in Trinidad, Las Animas Co., Colorado--died May 1952 in
Norwalk, Los Angeles Co., Calif. Married Mary Jennette McLoughlin Sept. 4, 1905.
4. ETHEL MAY--born Dec. 10, 1885 in Trinidad, Las Animas Co., Colorado--died June 24, 1971 in
National City, San Diego Co., Calif. Married Charles Marion Burnham Nov. 2, 1904.
5. LEWIS--born Oct. 2, 1887 in Trinidad, Las Animas Co., Colorado--died Nov. 10, 1888 in Trinidad,
Las Animas Co., Colorado.
6. ABBIE RAE--born Mar. 26, 1889 in Trinidad, Las Animas Co., Colorado--died May 18, 1946 in
Colorado Springs, El Paso Co., Colorado. Married Isador Corradino Nov. 20, 1918.
7. BABY (not named)--born Sept. 7, 1892 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah--died Oct. 12, 1892 in
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Co., Utah.
8. LYDIA ESTHER--born Sept. 10, 1893 in Trinidad, Las Animas Co., Colorado--died May 27, 1982
in San Fernando, Los Angeles Co., Calif. Married William Andrew Mohow May 18, 1921.
9. LOTTIE GRACE--born Oct. 31, 1894 in Trinidad, Las Animas Co., Colorado--died Dec. 20, 1979 in
Cottonwood, Yavapai Co., Arizona. Married Clinton Van Roy Case June 18, 1919.
10. RUSSELL HENRY--born Apr. 8, 1900 in Trinidad, Las Animas Co., Colorado--died Apr. 18, 1968
in Prescott, Yavapai Co., Arizona. Married Florence Julia Smith Aug. 18, 1925.
I have copies of the 1900, 1910, and 1920 census showing Russell and Lydia with their family living in Trinidad, Las Animas Co., Colorado. The 1920 census also shows two of their children living nearby with their families. They were, Ansel and Abbie. Russell learned the trade of carpenter and joiner from his father. He opened the first Planing Mill (where they cut and planed wood) in the Trinidad area. The mill was located at Mountain Air, New Mexico, at that time a territory of the United States, which was located near Trinidad. Russell taught all of his sons the trade of carpenter and joiner. My Grandmother remembered going to the Mill during some floods because the Mill was up the mountain on high ground. During one flood they spent several days living at the Mill. I have a memory of her talking about being on a roof during one flood. Russell and his family lived outside of town Trinidad on a ranch. Mom remembered my Grandmother telling of the time when her parents went into town and left the children at home with the older ones in charge of watching the younger ones. When her parents came home they found that a party was going on. The children found candy that had been put away for Christmas and invited the neighbor children to come over and share in the fun. Of course they all were in big trouble!
In the information from my cousin, Collins Arrowsmith's son, David, was a receipt for taxes paid by R. C. Leedham to the Treasurer's Office, Las Animas County, Colorado in February 1896. The paper states that "the sum of thirteen and 89 ($13.89) dollars for City, State, County, Poll, Military and Special School Tax for the year 1895 on Personal Property valued at $751 Dollars, and on Real Estate valued at 200, Dollars, described as below:" It than gives his Lots -- #11,12, and Block -- 19, Div. -- Terry. The tax breakdown was, "City Tax of $3.57, State Tax of $1.10, County Tax of $5.10, and School Dist. No. 1 tax of $4.12 -- Total $13.89." This was on Page 54. Also with this information was the application for membership and benefits in Modern Woodmen of America for Russell C. Leedham. It states that Russell was born in Iowa, his age was between 42 and 43 years, his occupation was carpenter in Trinidad for King & Co., Contractor & Builders. Russell also owned his mill in Mountain Air, New Mexico, but that is not mentioned on this application. He writes that his benefit certificate's beneficary is his wife, Lydia A. Leedham. He also states that he had Mountain fever in 1888 while living in Trinidad, and was seen by a Dr. White. He also states that he was successfully vaccinated against small-pox. His family record reads that his father, Henry Clinton Leedham, died at age 74 of apoplexy (paralysis due to stroke) and was ill for 10 days. His mother, Emily Doane Leedham, died at age 65 of pnemonia after being ill for 2 weeks. His brother, Ansel Leedham, died at age 20 from bronchitis which he had for one year. His sister, Emma, died age 37 from heart disease, was ill for 3 days. His sister, Sarah "Addie" died age 38, probably from pericarditis (inflammation of heart), was ill for 2 day. This information also states that his grandparents died from old age. Russell gives his Leedham grandparents age at death as 85 years, their actual age was 75 years old. His Doane grandparents age at death was given as 94 for Asahel, and 92 for Sarah, their actual age was 88 for Asahel, and 87 for Sarah. Russell and Lydia's address is given as 303 Nevada Ave., Trinidad, Colorado. I have a postcard sent to Mrs. R. C. Leedham from their son, Jesse's wife, Mary, to the address of 601 Nevada Ave. From this we know that they lived on either 303 or 601 Nevada Ave. in Trinidad, Colorado. There was also a letter from the Modern Woodmen of America Fraternal Beneficiary Society, dated Mar. 29, 1927, which reads, "Mr. Russel C. Leedham, 2141 E. Madison St., R. 8, Box 48-A, Phoenix, Ariz. -- Esteemed Neighbor: In response to your inquiry relative to 70-year Benefits, I have made a computation and find that you have paid Benefit and Patriotic fund assessments, up to and including Assessment No. 3 for the year 1927 aggregating $647.70. I enclose a statement showing your payments by years. If upon careful consideration of the matter you decide to take advantage of the Society's by-law and to receive refund of the amount of your Benefit fund payments, you should complete and sign the enclosed application and acknowledge it before a notary public. The application should thereupon be attached to your Benefit certificate and returned to this office. Your claim will be submitted to the Board of Directors for appropriate action. Yours fraternally, J. D. Ray, Head Clerk." There was also a Summary of Individual Benefit Fund Payments for Russel C. Leedham. Also, I didn't realize that Russel and Lydia lived in Phoenix before moving to Cottonwood.
Also with the Bible information was a newspaper clipping, early 1900s, from a Trinidad, Colorado newspaper, telling about the Leedham Engine invented by Russell C. Leedham. It reads, "LEEDHAM ENGINE DEMONSTRATED; NEW INVENTION A SUCCESS -- Considerable interest is being exhibited by people of the city in the demonstration of the R. C. Leedham rotary steam engine which has been set up for demonstration purposes at the machine shop of the Ph Schaeider brewery. The engine, which is the invention of R. C. Leedham, a pioneer resident of Trinidad, is the acme of simplicity and efficiency. It is not bulky or cumbersome in construction, but occupies a small space and weighs about 400 pounds. Experienced machinists who have looked the engine over have pronounced it an improvement in every way over other engines of the same kind. The engine is especially adapted for running generators. It is an economical apparatus and can be operated at less expense than any other engine and may be built to provide any horse power and may be run at any speed from one thousand to four or five thousand revolutions a minute. It is the intention of the R. C. Leedham Engine and Manufacturing company which incorporated only a few days ago to manufacture the engines in this city and supply the market from here. The engines are now being turned out by the Hawkins & Barnett Machine company. The manufacture of these engines in Trinidad would add a new and substantial industry to the city. R. C. Leedham, the inventor and president of the company, has resided in Trinidad for thirty years and has been one of the city's best boosters. His son was born here and both father and son are expert machinists. They explain the operations and features of the rotary engine to all persons who attend the demonstrations which are given daily."
More information from the Bible, a newspaper clipping that states R. C. Leedham was owner of a mining claim, which reads, "VISITING DAUGHTER -- R. C. Leedham of Cottonwood, owner of the claim at the Silver King cutoff and for several years a resident of Superior, is in the city, a guest in the family of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Burnham." I know that he lived with my grandparents, Charles and Ethel Burnham, part of the time. It appears from this clipping that his wife, Lydia is deceased, dating the clipping as being after 1930. There was only one clipping regarding Russell's death, and the Western Union telegram that was sent from my great-aunt Lottie to my grandparents when Russell died in 1936. The newspaper clipping reads, "R. C. LEEDHAM, FORMER RESIDENT, DIED IN ARIZONA -- Word has been received here of the death of R. C. Leedham, 79 years old, former well-known resident of Trinidad, which took place at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. V. Case at Cotton, Ariz., date not given. Mr. Leedham resided here many years, having come to Trinidad with his wife from (state named is Penn., which is incorrect, should read Iowa), and operated the first planing mill in this city. He left here for Arizona seven years ago, because of his wife's health. Mr. Leedham was also the father of Mrs. I. Corradino of this city and Mr. and Mrs. Corradino left early Sunday for Cottonwood to attend the funeral. Deceased will be remembered by very many in Trinidad." The telegram reads, "WESTERN UNION -- S. B. 8 COTTONWOOD ARIZONA 525 PM JULY 18 1936 MRS C M BURNHAM GEN DELY MOJAVE CALIF. PAPA DIED TODAY IF COMING LET US KNOW. C. V. CASE 447 PM."
My Mom loved her Grandfather Russell very much. She said that he was a good person. She has a memory of him walking to their home when she was little. He was crying because his daughter-in-law, Buela (Uncle Ansel's wife) was making him sleep in the cold garage. After the death of Lydia, Russell lived sometimes at Uncle Ansel's home, sometimes at the home of Uncle Ralph, at Aunt Lottie's home, sometimes in Trinidad with Aunt Abbie, and sometimes with my grandparents. He was living in Arizona with Aunt Lottie when he died. John and I visited Great Grandpa Russell and Great Grandma Lydia's graves during a trip to Arizona a few years ago. He bought a beautiful headstone for his beloved Lydia, but he died during the depression and his headstone is a cement block with his name printed by someone's hand. We thought about getting him a new headstone, but his daughter, my Aunt Lottie, is buried nearby. She was a wonderful woman and if that is all that they could afford at that time because of the respect that I have for her, we decided to leave it. It is possible that her hand was the one that printed his name making it sentimental and meaningful.
Recently, 2004, my friend Mary Santanen was able to get copies of birth and death certificates from Arizona on the internet. She obtained several for me, one being the death certificate for Russell Clinton Leedham. For some unknown reason, there wasn't one for Lydia Ann Swan Leedham. Russell's parents Henry Clinton Leedham, and Emily Doan are listed on this death certificate. The person giving information was Aunt Lottie's husband, Clinton Case. Russell's wife is listed as Lydia Ann Leedham, but the certificate states that Russell was widowed. Russell Clinton Leedham was living on 4th Street in Cottonwood, Yavapai Co., Arizona at the time of death. The cause of death is written, "Paralysis, extending over period of two years. Final stroke fatal. Four or five strokes in all. Death occurred in home."
Lydia Ann Leedham died July 10, 1930 in Cottonwood, Yavapai Co., Arizona of a stroke of paralysis, suffered 1 year before death. It appears that she had also suffered a stroke about 8 years before she died. She was 70 years old. Russell Clinton Leedham died from a stroke on July 18, 1936 in Cottonwood, Yavapai Co., Arizona. He was 79 years old.