Person:Elizabeth Swift (13)

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Elizabeth "Bess" Swift
d.5 Sep 1959 Higgins Lake, MI
m. 6 Dec 1864
  1. James Swift1865 - 1929
  2. Martin SWIFTAbt 1868 - 1900
  3. Margaret SWIFTAbt 1870 - Abt 1903
  4. Helen "Nell" SWIFT1879 - 1969
  5. Elizabeth "Bess" Swift1884 - 1959
  6. Thomas James SWIFT1885 - 1968
m. 28 Apr 1900
  1. Frederick Herman Kauffman1901 - 1979
  2. Harold Theodore Kauffman1903 - 1989
  3. Helen Margaret Kauffman1914 - 2009
  4. Betty Mae Kauffman1922 - 2013
Facts and Events
Name[1] Elizabeth "Bess" Swift
Alt Name Bessie Marie Swift
Married Name[2] Bessie Kauffman
Gender Female
Alt Birth[2] 1882
Alt Birth[1] 1883 England
Birth? 23 Apr 1884 Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Immigration? 1887 Canada
Immigration? 1899 Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois, USA
Marriage 28 Apr 1900 Chicago, ILto Frederick Wilhelm Kauffman
Residence? May 1900 39th and State Street, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Residence? 1902 Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois, USA
Residence[1] 1920 7654 Vernon Ave., Chicago Ward 9, Cook (Chicago), Illinois
Residence[2] 1930 7654 Vernon Ave., Chicago, Cook County, Illinois
Death? 5 Sep 1959 Higgins Lake, MI
Alt Death? 5 Sep 1959 Higgins Lake, MI
Burial[3][4] 8 Sep 1959 Cedar Park Cemetery, Chicago, IL

REMEMBRANCE OF "Bess" by Helen M. Ferguson

Frederick W. Kauffman 1878-1958 Elizabeth "Bess" Swift 1884-1959

Elizabeth Swift was born in Liverpool, England on April 23, 1884. According to her birth certificate, her name was Elizabeth, but she always said it was "Bess" and that is what everyone called her. Bess was three years old when her mother, Mary Anne Clark, died. her father, Patrick Edward Swift, had passed away a year earlier. Bess and her sister Helen "Nell", and their brother, Thomas, were taken to Canada by an uncle who was a sea captain on a freighter ship in 1887, when Bess was three years old.

Bess and Nell were placed in a convent where they were raised and Thomas was taken to Chicago, IL to live with a relative, Mary Taft. Thomas became their foster child. Margaret lived with the Taft's' also, but Bess thought perhaps she arrived later. Bess and Nell were sent to the Tafts' for a short while, when they were 15 and 20 years of age. They both found work at the fair store in downtown Chicago and rented an apartment on the near south side.

On April 28, 1900, Bess married Frederick Wilhelm Kauffman- Bess was 16 years old and Fred was 21 years old. Nell married Otto Julius Willer on April 28, 1900. They all lived around 39th and State Street-- Bess and Fred, Nell and Otto, Fred's parents, Herman and Emilie Kauffman and Otto's parents- The Theodore Willer's. All of the families attended St. Peter's Lutheran Church in their neighborhood.

References
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census. (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005).

    Online publication - Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: <a href="http://www.archives.gov/publications/microfilm-catalogs/census/1920/part-07.html">NARA</a>. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 on roll 323 (Chicago City.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1920.T625, 2,076 rolls. Chicago Ward 9, Cook (Chicago), Illinois, ED , roll , page , image 1118.

  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census. (Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002).

    Online publication - Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930.T626, 2,667 rolls. Chicago, Cook, Illinois, ED 351, roll 428, page , image 487.0.

  3. Funeral Service card for ELIZABETH KAUFFMAN.

    A SERVICE OF MEMORY FOR ELIZABETH KAUFFMAN
    BORN:
    England
    April 23, 1884
    PASSED AWAY:
    Roscommon, Michigan
    September 5th, 1959
    SERVICES HELD:
    At Chapel
    851 East 75th Street
    Chicago, Illinois
    Tuesday, September 8th, 1959
    2:30 P.M.
    SERVICES BY:
    Reverend John L. Timmerman
    SOLOIST:
    Chestine Lindsten
    ORGANIST:
    Mary Prischman
    INTERMENT:
    Cedar Park Cemetery

  4. Funeral Service card for ELIZABETH KAUFFMAN.