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  • ID: I7682
  • Name: Charles Francis Swift
  • Prefix: Hon.
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 18 Jun 1825 in Falmouth, Massachusetts 1
  • Death: Aft 1890 in Yarmouth, Massachusetts
  • Note:
    President of the Barnstable County Historical Society
    In 1884, Charles F. Swift published a history of Old Yarmouth, including the towns of Yarmouth and Dennis; in one volume, 283 pages. Mr. Swift has also published a Fourth of July oration, 1858, a continuation of Barnstable Families, several occasional addresses, and contributions to magazines and newspapers, principally on biographical and historical subjects.
    [additional publications:
    "Genealogical notes of Barnstable families", CF Swift & Amos Otis. Barnstable, Mass., F. B. & F. P. Goss, 1888-90.
    "Cape Cod, the right arm of Massachusetts." Yarmouth Register publishing company, 1897.
    "History of old Yarmouth. Comprising the present towns of Yarmouth and Dennis. From the settlement to the division in 1794 with the history of both towns to these times." By Charles F. Swift. Yarmouth Port, The author, 1884.
    Yarmouth chapter of Simeon L. Deyo's "History of Barnstable County...", 1890]
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    "December 15, 1836, the first number of the Yarmouth Register was issued by N. S. Simpkins, publisher. The plant of the Journal has been purchased by Messrs. John Reed, Amos Otis, N. S. Simpkins, Ebenezer Bacon and Edward B. Hallet. Mr. Simpkins was assisted in the editorship by contributions from Messrs. Caleb S. Hunt and Amos Otis. The paper, besides being a local journal, was designed to champion the cause of Hon. John Reed, the member of congress from this district, and to oppose the Jackson and Van Buren dynasty, which was rather obnoxious in this county. The controversies with the Barnstable Patriot which followed, were exceedingly bitter and personal, on both sides. In 1839 Mr. Simpkins retired from the man agement of the paper and was succeeded by William S. Fisher, who was a printer by profession, and who infused considerable vigor in its management. In 1846, the present manager, Charles F. Swift, became connected with the management of the Register, as co-partner with Mr. Fisher, and in 1849 became sole editor and publisher. During the last forty years the conduct of the paper has been in his hands, with assistance successively by his four sons, Francis M., Frederick C., Theodore W., and Charles W. Swift. The Register, which was originally a whig journal, and supported Webster, Clay, Taylor a Scott for the presidency, had always been strongly anti-slavery in proclivities, and in 1857 warmly espoused the cause of the republicans, which it has ever since supported, with earnestness and without reservation. The Register has also paid much attention to questions social reform and general and local history." Deyo, 1890

    From Yarmouth chapter of Deyo:
    Founding officer of Union Library, Yarmouth, 1866.
    Officer of Ancient Cemetery Association, Yarmouth - president c. 1890

    Hon. Charles F. Swift.?This respected citizen of Yarmouth traces his descent in the ninth generation from William Swift, of Bocking, Eng., who came over in the first expedition with Winthrop's company, was in Watertown in 1632, and in Sandwich in 1638. Charles F. Swift was born in Falmouth, June 18, 1825, and received his education in the common school and academy of his native town. At the age of fourteen he entered a printing office, still keeping up his studies, and in 1847 became associate editor of the Yarmouth Register, of which he has been editor since 1850. With the many cares of an editorial life, during his years of service he has written over 5,000 columns of newspaper matter, published one book, and delivered many lectures and public addresses. Nor has he been idle in affairs of the body social and politic. The first ten years of its existence he was president of the Yarmouth Library Association, has been president of the Cape Cod Historical Society since its organization; two years president of the Barnstable County Agricultural Society; was collector of customs for Barnstable district from 1861 to 1875, with only four months interruption; and in 1859 filled a vacancy of several months in the office of register of probate. His first election to the office of treasurer of the county was in 1851, to which he was three time re-elected. In 1857-58 he was sent to the state senate, where he served on the committee on fisheries, election laws and the libraries, and was appointed chairman of the joint special committee on the pilotage laws. In 1860 he was a member of the executive council of the state. Later, in 1880 and 1881, he was the representative of the third district of the county in the legislature, serving both years as chairman on the part of the house of the committee on prisons and on the library, and the last term he served on the joint special committee for the revision of the laws of the Commonwealth. Thus for over three-score years has Mr. Swift been a prominent factor in the welfare of the county, and since the formation of the republican party one of its lights in Barnstable county. The wielding of a ready pen, being thoroughly conversant with political and local affairs, and withal his being a genial and obliging friend, has made Mr. Swift a popular and useful man in the county.

    In 1852 he was married to Sarah A., daughter of John Munroe, of Barnstable, and they have seven children: Hannah C, wife of Frank E. Chase, of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Francis M., in the railway mail service; Fred. C, counsellor-at-law; Theodore W., in the railway mail service; Caroline M., a teacher; Sarah M., a stenographer; and Charles W., at present assistant editor of the Register.
    2 1



    Marriage 1 Sarah A Munroe b: 1827 in Barnstable, Massachusetts
    • Married: 1852
    • Note:
      1880 US census, Yarmouth Mass:
      Chas. F. Swift, head, age 54, occupation: editor, self and parents born Mass.
      Sarah A. Swift, wife, 53, keeping house, all Mass.
      Frank M. Swift, son, 26, printer, all Mass.
      Frederick C. Swift, son, 24, no occupation listed, all Mass.
      Theodore W. Swift, son, 18, sailor, all Mass.
      Carrie M. Swift, daughter, 17, at school, all Mass.
      Sarah M. Swift, daughter, 15, at school, all Mass.
      Charles W. Swift, son, 13, at school, all Mass.
      Mary Greer, other, 22, servant, all Canada
    Children
    1. Has No Children Frank M Swift b: 1854 in (Yarmouth, Massachusetts)
    2. Has No Children Frederick C Swift b: 1856 in (Yarmouth, Massachusetts)
    3. Has No Children Theodore W Swift b: 1862 in (Yarmouth, Massachusetts)
    4. Has No Children Carrie M Swift b: 1863 in (Yarmouth, Massachusetts)
    5. Has No Children Sarah M Swift b: 1865 in (Yarmouth, Massachusetts)
    6. Has No Children Charles W Swift b: 1867 in (Yarmouth, Massachusetts)
    7. Has No Children Hannah C Swift b: Est 1853 in (Yarmouth, Massachusetts)

    Sources:
    1. Title: History of Barnstable County Massachusetts, 1620-1890. Chapter 17. Yarmouth
      Author: Simeon L. Deyo, editor
      Publication: 1890. New York: H. W. Blake & Co.
    2. Title: History of Barnstable County Massachusetts, 1620-1890. Chapter 11. Bench and Bar
      Author: Simeon L. Deyo, editor
      Publication: 1890. New York: H. W. Blake & Co.
      Page: 251, 260

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