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Mary Bliss Walker Swan
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Birth: Jul. 15, 1813
Vershire
Orange County
Vermont, USA
Death: Sep. 22, 1891
Washington County
Minnesota, USA

Mary Bliss d/o Ezra Bliss and Nancy Judkins, married Elijah Walker s/o Elijah Walker and Lucina Colton on 20 August 1835 in Vershire, Orange, Vermont. They had one son, Alphonso Bliss Walker. She married 2nd Chauncey Swan, whose 1st wife, Dolly Bowen Swan had died just 5 months prior, on 8 June 1847 in Johnson County, Iowa. Chauncey Swan owned and managed Swan Hotel, site of many important events in Johnson County.

Omaha World Herald (Omaha, Nebraska) Mortuary Notice, September 23, 1891. pg. 3

Mary [Bliss] Walker Swan - Mortuary Notice - Omaha World Herald (Omaha, Nebraska), September 23, 1891. pg. 3. Death of Mrs. Mary B. Swan, mother of A. B. Walker, left this city about ten days ago with her daughter, Miss Fannie Walker, to visit relative and friends in South Dakota. From there she went to Washington, Minn., to visit her sister. A telegram has been received here announcing her death, which occurred yesterday at Washington. The cause assigned was heart disease. Her death was very sudden and unexpected, for although she was 98 years of age she was extraordinarily vigorous for one of her age. Mrs. Swan was a native of Vermont. She came to Iowa in 1844. She was at one time the matron of the deaf and dumb institute at Columbus, O, and after her removal to this state she was for several years matron of the deal and dumb institute here. She was a devoted member of the Congregational church and was exceedingly well known among a wide circle of friends in this city as a lady of many acquirements and of great worth.

Obituary
Mary [Bliss] Walker Swan
Council Bluffs Nonpareil (Council Bluffs, Iowa)- Friday, September 25, 1891.

Laid at Rest.
The funeral of Mrs. Mary B. Swan took place at the residence of her son, A. B. Walker, at 2:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon. It was largely attended. Many floral offerings spoke the love of friends for her whose life had been to them all sunshine. Rev. G. W. Crofts conducted religious services, assisted in song services by the mesdames Roff and Mullis, with Miss Winnie Crofts at the piano. The burial was at Walnut Hill, whither the remains were accompanied by a large concourse of sorrowing friends.

Lines.

[In Memory of Mrs. Mary B. Swan.]
Farewell, dear mother, fare-thee-well;
The parting hour has come at last;
With fond regrets our bosoms swell
When thinking of the hallowed past.

Thy life was pure, like some clear stream
That glitters in the sun's bright rays;
With good deeds filled it was no dream
That ran thro' idle summer days.

Thy heart beat warm with that dear love
That flows from heaven's yearning breast;
Thy soul with fragrance from above
Was like a field that God hath blest.

Thy smile was like the morning light
That bids the shades of darkness flee,
Unveiling blooming flowers to sight
And filling all the earth with glee.

The pressure of thy gentle hand,
The cadence of thy gentle voice,
Had power in them to command
And still this warring world's rude noise.

A friend so true - an angel thou,
Just lent us for a few short years;
O could we but behold thee now,
'Twould drive away these bitter tears.

Thou art not deat, thou art not far,
But just a little while removed;
Thy life is still our guiding star,
O beautiful, O dearly loved. 
 
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 Spouses:
  Chauncey Swan (1799 - 1849)
  Elijah Walker (1809 - 1845)*
 
 Children:
  Alphonso Bliss Walker (1837 - 1924)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Walnut Hill Cemetery
Council Bluffs
Pottawattamie County
Iowa, USA
Plot: Section 6; Lot 56; Grave 3
 
Created by: Debra Woods
Record added: Jan 17, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83602003
Mary <i>Bliss</i> Walker Swan
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Mary <i>Bliss</i> Walker Swan
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