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George Bird

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Son of Thomas Bird and Catherine Bird
Brother of Andrew Bird

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About George Bird

Christening of George Bird at the Dutch Reformed Church of Harlingen, New Jersey, born 11 August 1731.

SWICK GENEALOGY Swick Name Origin ZWICK is from the South German language and was the occupational name for a nail smithor the occupational nickname for a shoemaker. From Middle High German zwic, zwec = tack, nail. In some instances it may have been applied as a nickname for a small person or as a topographical name for someone who lived on a wedgeshaped piece of land. SWICK is an altered spelling of Zwick and is also from the Dutch language as a nickname for a weak or malleable person. From Middle Dutch swike, swik = one who yields or from swiken= to yield or give way. Osborn is from the middle Ages and Scandinavian. Os = god and beorn = bear, warrior. SWICK FAMILY HISTORY and TREE Researched by Billy Lee Swick (In chronological order and with alternate spellingsfrom various sourcesin parentheses) Abraham Lefevre, born 1632 in Etaples, Picardie, France; died 1685in Yonne Valley, France and Antoinette Jerrian, born 1628 in Etaples, Nord Pas-de-Calais, France; died 1700 in Raritan, Somerset, NJ were the parents of Catherine Lefevre. She was born 1648 in Etaples, Picardie, France and died in1712 in Raritan, Somerset, NJ. She married Bourgan (Borgan) Broucard (Bouchard, Brokaw), born March 1645 in Burigary, France; died 1720 in Somerset, NJ. Their daughter, Jannetje (Jannitze) Jane Bourcard (Brokaw) was born 2 16/17 November 1667 in Mannheim, Baden, Germany or in Hesse, Prussia or in France. The Brokaws were French Huguenots/Calvinists who had problems with the Roman Catholic Church in France and went to Amsterdam, Holland and then to America in 1675. Teunis Janssen Covert, born 5 Jan. 1620 in Reusel-de Mierden, NoordBrabant, Netherlands; died 13 Mar 1698 in Brooklyn, NY and Barbara Lucas VanKessel, born 1625 in Noord, Sint Anthenis, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands; died 29 Apr 1700 in Brooklyn, NY were the parents of Hans (Jan, John) Teunissen(Teunison) Covert (Coevert, Coevers). The Coverts were also French Huguenots and went to America from France via Amsterdam, Holland as members of the Dutch Reformed Church in 1675. Hans Teunissen Covert was born 15 January 1658 (or 1655) in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York. He married Jannetje Jane Brokaw in Newton, Queens County, Long Island, New York in 1684 or 1689. On 2 May 1702 Hans T. Covert and Borgan Broucard (Brokaw) bought 2000 acres for 400 pounds in Somerset County, New Jersey. The land was bordered on the north by the Raritan River and on the northwest by the Millstone River. Hans T. Covert died 2 May 1719in Millstone, Somerset County, New Jersey. Jannetje Brokaw died in 1719 or 1722in Flagtown, Raritan, Somerset County, New Jersey. They had a daughter, Barbara Egie Covert, born 26 August 1709 in Bound Brook or Somerville, Somerset County, New Jersey. She married JOHANNES MARTIN SWICK in 1729. She died in 1803 in Millstone, Somerset,New Jersey. Johannes and Barbara witnessed the christening of George Bird, born 11 August 1731, who was the son of Thomas Bird and Catherine Covert, at the Dutch Reformed Church of Harlingen, New Jersey. The Birds were from Scotland and were Presbyterian. Catherine (born 1684) was Barbara’s older sister. Thomas owed Johannes some money. 3 MATTHYS (Mathy, Mathys, Matthew, Mathias) ZWICK (SWICK, Swik, Zwik, Zwickin) was born in 1674 in Erlenbach, Germany. There are 29 towns in Germany with the name Erlenbach, but the most likely seem to be about 10 towns between Frankfurt and Munich and close to the French border. VERONICA WOLLE (Wulle, Volle) [Zwicken]was born in 1672 in Erlenbach, Germany. She married Matthys Zwick in 1696 in Erlenbach, Germany. One of their sons was JOHANNES MARTIN SWICK, born 1705 in Erlenbach, Germany. The family sailed the Rhine River to Rotterdam, Holland and then sailed to England and then to New York. 847 families, known as the Palatine Families of New York, were on 12 ships. MATTHEW ZWICK is on a 27 May 1709 list at Walworth, England that contained 1193 total persons. He stated he is a Lutheran, married, age 35 with 3 sons ages 11, 6 and 5 and a daughter age 13. The ship he was on arrived in New York in July or August 1710. Matthys died in 1710 after arriving in New York. Veronica died in 1716. Johannes was the 5 year old son listed in the immigration ship passenger list. Johannes marred Barbara Egie Covert in 1729 in Somerset County, New Jersey. He was a Lutheran and a farmer. He died in 1760 in Somerset County, New Jersey. They had a son MARTIN (Martgie) SWICK born 5 January 1733 or 1734 in Montgomery Township or Somerville, Somerset County, New Jersey. MARTIN SWICK was married, date unknown, in Alexander Township, NJ to MAGDALENA ELIZABETH, born in 1738 in Greenwich Township, Sussex County, NJ. Martin died in Greenwich Township, Sussex County, NJ in 1789. Martin and Magdalena had a son, JOHN SWICK, born 27 April 1763 in Greenwich Tp., Sussex Co., NJ. (One researcher had him born in 1764 in Lancaster Co., PA – highly unlikely given his father’s NJ info.) 4 JOHN SWICK had at least 4 wives: SUSAN THOMAS, born 1780 in PA; Susie Plance; Magdalene Covert (her parents were possibly Abraham Covert and Saran Clawson); MARY RENO, born in 1775 in PA or moved to PA in 1780 and whom John married after 1795. John applied for Revolutionary War Veteran Benefits on 27 November 1837 in Beaver County, PA at the age of 73 stating he had served in the drum corps with his uncle, Peter Swick (Sweke, Swack) under a Capt. Maxwell of the NJ Volunteers. He was denied for lack of proof of his service. John Swick and eitherMary Renoor Susan Thomashad a son, MARTIN SWICK, born May 1828 or 1829 in Franklin Tp., Beaver Co., PA. John Swick died 13, 16 or 17 July 1849 in Franklin Tp. or NorthSewickley or Perry, Beaver Co. PA. MARTIN SWICK married NANCY E. GOULD on 22 Feb 1849 in Gallia Co., OH. Nancy was born July 1833 or 1835 in Morgan Tp., Gallia Co., OH. Her father, Seth Gould, was born 1800 in MA and her mother, Sarah “Sally” Bass, was born 1805 in VA. Andrew Gould, a possible relative of Nancy, made a purchase from the US Gov’t Bureau of Land Mgmt. on 10 Mar 1843,listed as Document #5698, for 40 acres under the Ohio River Survey with a location code of Marrietta, Range 15 W Township 7N Section 26. Martin Swick was a farmer with 17.1 acres in Fraction 18 Section 22 Tp. 7 Range 15 in Morgan Tp., Gallia Co., OH. (A Section is 1 square mile and a Township is 36 Sect ions) .He enlisted in the Ohio Volunteers, Regiment 173, Company “I” on 8 August 1864 for the Union Army during the Civil War. He died on 3 or 4 or 24 February 1865 at the age of 36 years 9 months from typhoid fever in the Post Hospital, Nashville, Davidson Co., TN. He is buried in Clark Chapel Cemetery located in Section 19, Morgan Tp., Gallia Co., OH which is 1.5 miles from Porter, OH. 5 Nancy E. (Gould) Swick had 9 children with Martin Swick. On 4 April 1865 in her Civil War Pension Document #66.574 on page 21 her address was in Pine Grove, Gallia Co., OH and her children were listed as:Osborn C. age 14, Jesse William age 13, Sarah E. age 11, Seth B. age 10, Celinda A. age 8, Eunice I. age 7, Lewis R. age 5, Eliza (Elizabeth) C. age 3 and Charles M. age 1. The 1870 Federal Census has her in Morgan Tp., Gallia Co.,at Post Office Vinton, OH. Jesse W. age 18 was the oldest at home then and worked on the farm. There were 2 new children listed: John Wesley Swick age 3 and Ulyses(Ulysses)Sydney Swick age 1. Since they werenot Martin’s children, assumptions are they were either the illegitimate sons of Nancy or Osborn or someof hernephews or some orphans she took in. Nancy married George W. Wiggins on 29 June 1879 and bore him no children. The 1880 Federal Census has him age 34 from West Virginia and a cooper by trade and spouse Nancy age 45. Son Charles M. age 16 is a farmer and the oldest child at home. Charles, John Wesley and Ulyssescannot read or write, but J. W. age 13 and U. S. 12 are at school. Wiggins deserted her in 1884. She filed divorce papers 15 April 1901 in Meigs Co., OH and it became final 24 May 1901 when she reverted to the widow Swick again. The 1900 Federal Census has Nancy age 66, had been married 20 years, had 11 children with 10 survivingand son Sidney G. Swick the only one in her household. Sidney was age 31, born June 1868 in Ohio of Ohio parents and was a farm laborer. He was probably the same person as Ulysses Sydney Swick with his mother or him changing his name. The G. probably was for Gould. Nancy died on 15 May 1908 in Gallia Co., OH. Sidney did the will and probate in June and July 1909. 6 Gallia County is in the southeast tip of Ohio along the Ohio River and across from West Virginia. It is in the center of coal mining country. Gallipolis, the county seat, is the third oldest city in Ohio and was settled by the French in the early 1700’s. OSBORN (Osborne, Osbourne, Ashburn, Asborn, Osoon) CLARK SWICK born May 1850 in Gallia Co., OH was the first child of Martin and Nancy. He married ELIZA JANE BASS in Gallia Co., OHin 1870. The marriage record has his name, Ashburn. Eliza was born May 1853 in OH. Her father, Johnathan Bass was born 1823 in VA and her mother, Harriett Cavender was born 1820 in OH. Page 151 of the 30 July 1860 Federal Census for Madison Tp., post office of Samsonville, Jackson Co., OH has house #1102 visited with the 1070 th family consisting of Johnathan Bass age 37, a mason, and spouse Harriett age 40 with Eliza J. age 7. The 12 July 1870 Fed. Census for Walnut Tp., p.o. of Patriot, Gallia Co., OH has Osborn Swick age 21, a farm worker, and spouse Eliza J. age 17 born 1853. The same census has another household with Johnathan and Harriett Bass both58. The 18/19 June 1880 Fed. Census for Jefferson Tp., Jackson Co., OH has Johnathan age 60, a laborer, and wife Harriett age 61. The 23 June 1880 Fed. Census for Jefferson Tp., Jackson Co., OH has Osborn Swick age 30, a furnace keeper, and wife Eliza J. age 27. Son Martin age 9, daughter Sarah E. age 6 and son Clarence age 2 all born in OH, were in the household. The 1885 Census has one O. Swick, but he is not Osborn. The Custer County Nebraska 1886 Farmer/Rancher list has no Swicks in it. The homestead records only show William A. Swick getting Section 6, Tp. 20, Range 25 on 26 April 1887; relinquished 14 March 1888. 7 The 23 June 1900 Federal Census for Nebraska in Vol. 9 Ed. 39 sheet 5 line 78 for Custer County, Kilfoil Township, Merna, enumeration district 69 lists OSOON C. SWICK age 50, born May 1850 in OH,a farmer, and wife Eliza J. age 47, born May 1853 in OH with her father born in West Virginia.The children living at home were Rosana age 19 born Feb. 1881 in OH, Oliver age 16 born Jan. 1884 in OH, Nellie age 13 born June 1886 in OH, Ella age 8 born Nov. 1891 in NE, Marion age 6 born Feb. 1894 in NE and WILLIAM BASS SWICK age 3 born 31 Dec. 1896 in Merna, Custer Co., NE. Thus Osborn, Eliza and family moved from Ohio to Nebraska between June 1886 and Nov. 1891 based on the gap between birthdays of Nellie and Ella. Osborn and Eliza moved to South Dakota for a while as the 23 April 1910 Fed. Census for enumeration district 12, school district #3, Custer Co., SD lists Osborn age 59, a farmer, Eliza age 57 with Ella J. age 18 and William B. age 13 in the household. The 2 Jan. 1920 Fed. Census for enumeration district 89, Kilfoil Tp., Merna village, Custer Co., NE lists on sheet 1 line 95 and on sheet 3 line 28: (in this order) William B. Swick age 23, farm laborer; Osborne C. age 69, retired farmer; Elvira J. age 67; Ollie C. age 36, invalid; Maud J. age 36 born in NE (Chancey’s wife); Deloras age 1; Chancey H. (Clarence) age 39 born in OH. Eliza Jane Bass Swick died 14 April 1922 in Merna, NE. Osborn Clark Swick died 7 Sept. 1922 in Merna, NE. They are both in the Victoria Creek Cemetery aka the New Helena Cemetery 5 miles east of Anselmo, NE from Highway S21A then 1 mile north then 1 mile east. This is 1 mile north of Victoria Springs State Park. Their daughter Tacy M. is also in the same cemetery. She died 1 April 1898 at the age of 8 years 1 month 18 days. That would give a birth date of 10 Feb. 1890. She was born in OH or NE. On her grave stone: “Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth.Luke 8:52.” 8 WILLIAM BASS SWICK was born 31 December 1896 in Kilfoil Township, Merna, Custer County, Nebraska. He was a farmer on his parents’ farm when he enlisted in the Army on 23 May 1918 in Grand Island, NE at the age of 21 years 4 months. He was assigned serial number 510981 as a Private at Camp Funston, Kansas and was with the 3 rd Company 1 st Battalion 164 th Depot Brigade while there. Five days later he was in Nogales, Arizona assigned to the Company G of the 35 th Infantry from 28 May 1918 to 11 November 1918. He was involved in a war engagement against Mexicans at Nogales, AZ on 27 August 1918. He was in the 54 th M. G. Btln. from 18 Nov. 1918 to 8 Feb. 1919 and then the 164 th Depot Brigade again in KS from 8 Feb. 1919 until his discharge on 15 Feb. 1919. He returned home to Merna for a year or two. He went to Ardmore, South Dakota and was in the water softening business with his older brotherMarion. He met ESTHER MARIE JENSEN in Ardmore and later married her on 16 May 1921 in Hot Springs, SD. She was born 25 January 1900 in Strongs Prairie, Wisconsin per the Register of Deeds, Adams County, WI, vol. 3 of births, p. 161, no.21. Her father, Hans Jens Jensen, was born on the island of Moen, Denmark (year unknown) and came to America in 1870 or 1880 through Ellis Island, NY. He went to Wisconsin to live with a cousin and to work as a farm hand. He eventually got his own farm where he raised Guernsey cows and grew potatoes in Arkdale, WI. Her mother, Mary O. Thompson, birth date unknown, was the second wife of Hans Jensen. She was from a farming family in Arkdale and married Hans January 1893 in WI. Mary died February 1915. Hans died Nov. or Dec. 1929. They are both in the Lutheran Cemetery in Arkdale, WI. 9 Esther attended Valparaiso University in Indiana from Sept. 1916 to April 1918 then left to learn telegraphy at Dodge’s School of Telegraphy, also in Valparaiso, IN. She graduated and was hired by the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad, going to Alliance, NE on 1 Aug. 1918. She worked at many railroad stations as a telegrapher, finally landing in Ardmore, SD where she met William Bass Swick, probably in early 1921. Fifteen months after theirmarriage they had their only child, RICHARD ADDISON SWICK, born 26 August 1922 in Rumford, South Dakota. Richard Addison was a poet whom Esther liked.The birth took place on some flour sacks in a shed behind a general store used by the railroad ties crew. Rumford is 15 miles from Ardmore toward Edgemont, SD. The Swick family of three went to Crawford, Dawes County, Nebraska in 1925 where Esther was a telegrapher with Western Union and William was working for the local laundry and dry cleaners. They appear in the 1930 Fed. Census for Dawes Co., NE, withWilliam born,“about 1899,” wife Esther N. and son Richard A. born,“about 1923.” Richard A. Swick was a good student and athlete at Crawford High School. He played end in football, forward in basketball and ran hurdles in track. He graduated 26 May 1939. In 1942 Esther left Western Union to be a nursing aide at Fort Robinson Hospital, three miles west of Crawford. She was also a teletype operator for the US Gov. at the Fort. In 1944 William worked at a laundry and dry cleaners in Julesburg, CO. Esther workedas a telegrapherfor the Union Pacific railroadthere and in North Platte, NE. In 1945 they bought a laundry in Kimball, NE; then in fall 1947 they bought the Crawford Laundry and Dry Cleaners and operated it until they sold the property to a garage in 1962. In Sept. 1970 they moved to Long Beach, CA. They moved to Sacramento, CA in April 1980. 10 Both moves were to be closer to their son, Richard. William Bass Swick died Jan. 1982. Esther died 9 Oct. 1987in Sacramento, CA. Both are in the Masonic Lawn Cemetery on Riverside Blvd. in Sacramento, CA. Richard Addison Swick married DORIS PAULINE WINKLER born 23 May 1922 in Colorado Springs, El Paso Co., CO sometime after 26 May 1941 and before July 1941, which is when they went to Klamath Falls, OR. Doris had lived in Crawford with her sister, Maralyn Stauffer (Winkler) and “Torchy “ Stauffer, Maralyn’s spouse. Torchy and Richard were on baseball teams together. Doris dropped out of high school.Her mother, Ina Mabel Blount was married to Walter Ballard and living in Gordon, NE then. Richard went to Northwest Institute of Medical Technology, Minneapolis, MN. He went to Klamath Valley Hospital, Klamath Falls, OR as a technician in the x-ray lab. BILLY LEE SWICK was born in that hospital 21 May 1942. Richard and Doris divorced within a year of Billy’s birth. (WINKLER/BLOUNT FAMILY TREE document has the genealogy for Doris Winkler). Richard joined the US Navy in 1943. During World War II he served on a fleet hospital ship, the USS Fremont, as a medical corpsman. He was in the battle of Leyte Gulf during the Philippine invasion. During the Korean Warwhen he served for 18 months in 1950 and 1951he was assigned to the Marines 7 th Regiment 1 st Division at a Battalion aid station in Korea and participated in the battle of Bunker Hill at a forward aid station. He was promoted to Chief for his meritorious conduct in Korea. He married Erma Grace Petersen before his Korean duty while in Bremerton, WA on 1 July 1949. He adopted her four children: Joanne, Garry and Larry (twins) and Maxine. 11 He was at the Bremerton Naval Hospital, WA and then Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA before being sent to Korea. Then he was at Camp P. from 1952 through 1954.After that he was at the Naval Supply Depot Dispensary, Clearfield, UT from 1954 to 1956.He went to Guam from 1956 to 1958, then back to C.P. from 1958 to 1959and then to Washington , D.C.from 1959 to 1961and finally to Long Beach, CAfrom 1961 to 1963 where he retired from the US Navy as a Senior Chief Petty Officer in August 1963. He had a second career with the State of California in the Disability Insurance Department in Long Beach and then in Sacramento, CA until his retirement from the state in 1986. Erma died in Sacramento, CA in 1996. Richard was watching TV while sitting inhis recliner in his apartment in Longview, WA on 12 April 2004. He fell asleep and did not wake up. His daughter, Joanne, and her spouse, Wayne Cabral, discovered him the next morning. On what would have been their wedding anniversary July 2004, the ashes of Richard and Erma were spread in Lake Shasta, CA. Doris Winkler died 1988 in San Angelo, Tom Green Co., TX. Ancestral Supplement Johannes Martin Swick and Barbara Covert had 7 children.,_by_Billy_Swick_files/SWICK%20GENEALOGY%20Billy%20Swick.pdf

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