Page 2 - Immigrant Ancestors

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Mary C Rimmer

Mary Cecily Rimmer (b. 1846) was 15 years younger than her husband, John C. Swift. They met in Oneida, IL, at the home of mutual friends (Dan Sullivan's family.)

This photo of Mary is dated 1912. Click on the photo for a slightly larger image.

John C Swift family

Mary C. Rimmer and John C. Swift married in 1864 in Knox County, IL. They had a large family - fourteen children, but only eleven survived to adulthood.

They are pictured here with all of the children who survived. Back row, left to right: Julia, Margaret, Teresa, Mary Emma, Agnes, John and Kate.
Front row, left to right: Martha, George, Mary Cecily, Martina, John C. and Gertrude.

Martina, the youngest child in the family, was born in 1889. From this, we could estimate the date of this photo to be about 1895.

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Mary C Rimmer
  Mary C. Rimmer Swift
John C. Swift
  John C. Swift
John Swift and daughters

John C. Swift was an affectionate father. His daughters recalled many fond memories of his humor and compassion. They called him "Pap."

He is shown here with eight of his daughters (Mary Emma, who died in 1904, was likely not living when this photo was taken) and a granddaughter.

Back, from left: Gertrude, Margaret (Mag), Martha, Kate and Agnes. Front row: baby Baby: Marian Vastine (daughter of Teresa), Teresa, Julia, John C. and Martina.

Mary Rimmer Swift and daughters

This photo, showning Mary Rimmer Swift with eight of her nine daughters, is said to have been taken on the first Mother's Day. (Mary Emma Swift died in 1904 before the photo was taken.)

Back row: Julia, Martha, Martina and Margaret. Front row: Teresa, Agnes, Mary C. Rimmer Swift, Getrude and Kate.

In the U.S., President Wilson proclaimed May 9, 1914 as Mother's Day, so this photo may have been made on that date. However, the caption also says that it was taken on the birthday of Mary C. Rimmer Swift, and her birthday was May 13.

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