• Creator
  • Swift, Louise
  • Created Date
  • 1865
  • Description
  • Captain James Henry Swift, ship owner and whaling captain, bought the Jacob Smith donation claim on Whidbey Island in 1857. He returned to the East coast to prepare for a return to Washington state, but found that his wife’s frail health would not permit her coming to a pioneer land. After resuming his various business enterprises, his wife, Lucinda, died leaving two children; Hattie Meader Swift and Henry Arthur Swift. In 1862 he married Loui... more
    Captain James Henry Swift, ship owner and whaling captain, bought the Jacob Smith donation claim on Whidbey Island in 1857. He returned to the East coast to prepare for a return to Washington state, but found that his wife’s frail health would not permit her coming to a pioneer land. After resuming his various business enterprises, his wife, Lucinda, died leaving two children; Hattie Meader Swift and Henry Arthur Swift. In 1862 he married Louisa P. Butler, a girl of eighteen. They sailed for Puget Sound on their wedding trip and arrived in Penn’s Cove in 1863, accompanied by the captain’s son, Arthur, then 16 years old, and Lizzie, an Afro-American servant girl who had long been in the service of the family. Hattie, the daughter, remained in the East to complete her education. She came out later with Annie Butler, sister of the second Mrs. Swift. She was later married to Sam Howe, a prominent pioneer. Both Hattie and Louisa died in the diphtheria epidemic that swept the island in... less
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