Ann (Annie) Mariah Swift (Higgins) (1843 - 1922)

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Birthplace: Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
Managed by: Doug Robinson
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About Ann (Annie) Mariah Swift (Higgins)

Boston Daily Globe May 20 1922

-Mrs. Anne Higgins Swift, Mother of Packers, dead- Chicago, May 19,1922- Mrs Anne Higgins Swift, Widow of Gustavus F. Swift, founder of the packing firm of that name, died today, she was 79 years old and was born in North Eastham Massachusetts, being married to Mr. Swift in 1863. Ten sons and daughters survive, among them Louis F. Swift, President of Swift & Co. Mrs. Swift was known for her charity work and her large donations to various institutions. [2]

Ann Higgins Swift, widow of Gustavus F. Swift, founder of Swift & Company, died Friday afternoon, May 19, at the family home...after an illness of several weeks.

During her life Mrs. Swift saw the packing business which her husband started grow from practically nothing to a business of more than a billion dollars a year. During her years of association with her husband and sons her interest in the business never flagged.

She was born at North Eastham, Mass., August 13, 1842, her father being Joshua Higgins, of a pioneer family of that state. She was married to Gustavus F. Swift January 3, 1861, and came to Chicago with her husband in 1875.

The Swift family for many years lived in Emerald avenue adjacent to the stockyards, and Mrs. Swift until the time of her death retained an active interest in the affairs of her old neighborhood. The parish house of the Union Avenue M. E. Church was built as a memorial to her husband.

The active pallbearers were all representatives from Swift & Company.

"Her benefactions reached out into all countries of the world, " said Bishop Nicholson in his eulogy. "She gave carefully, advisedly and intelligently, with the greatest simplicity. She was a profound believer in Christianity, a mother deeply devoted to her family and a splendid type of American womanhood."

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Ann (Annie) Swift's Timeline

August 13, 1843
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
January 3, 1861
Age 17
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
September 27, 1861
Age 18
November 12, 1863
Age 20
Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
April 6, 1865
Age 21
Barnstable, Barnstable, MA, USA
February 10, 1867
Age 23
March 20, 1869
Age 25
Barnstable, Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States
December 27, 1872
Age 29
Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
April, 1875
Age 31
Chicago, Cook, IL, USA
March 1, 1878
Age 34
Chicago, Cook, IL, USA