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Henrich "Henry" Swanson
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Birth: Nov. 2, 1829
Stockholms kommun
Stockholms län, Sweden
Death: Aug. 14, 1896
Marshall County
Kansas, USA

"It was a true love match...

Grandad Henry was the son of landed gentry. The Swansons lived near Stockholm and spoke what you call 'high Swedish.' They owned acres and acres of timberland. He could go out into a forest and with very little calculating give a most accurate figure of board feet of lumber per acre.

But back to the romance. Somewhere in his travels, he saw this beautiful girl, not in his station of society, but he fell in love with her on sight. When he called on her, the women – her mother, herself and sisters – waited on him and he ate alone. The family was beneath him in station and in the old countries, in those days, the class distinction was strictly adhered to.

Well, they married. He took her to a large home where she controlled twelve servants, had sterling silverware and linen cloth which was woven right there. Oh yes, they rode in a coach with four horses, a driver, and a footman. He had the peasants or workers living near and their own school for workers children and their own. The Swansons loved horses and had beautiful, spirited ones.

Grandma Swanson had eleven children, four girls and seven boys: Richard Henry, Laura Josephine, Anna E, Herman Siegfried, Freda Elizabeth, Rudolph (who died in infancy in Sweden), Leander Carl, Nannie Adelia, Elmer Anabdus, Ernest M, and Edward Edwin Swanson.

Grandad set two or three of Grandma's brothers up in business, possibly one was a brother-in-law. Anyway, they weren't good businessmen or they knew a good thing when they saw it for he backed so many of their notes and had to make them good that he found it impossible to live in the style they were accustomed to so they came to America. He went security for $25,000 (a lot of money in those days) and lost all he had so the reason for coming to this country.

Dad said Grandad was a fine farmer. He bought the farm at Lundsburg, near Salina, Kansas. They stayed there about three years before buying the farm at Irving, Kansas. He had corn ten feet high. I can still see a long barn where four or five spans of mules and several horses were kept and several men standing around and hitching up the mules preparatory to going to work for it was early in the morning.

Henry Swanson died of pneumonia, aged 67, on their wonderfully productive farm in Marysville, near Irving, Kansas." --granddaughter Laura

Family links: 
  Christina Sofia Teberg Swanson (1839 - 1913)*
  Laura Josephine Swanson Bihn (1862 - 1942)*
  Anna E Swanson Doggett (1867 - 1944)*
*Calculated relationship
I am the Lord and besides me there is no savior Isaiah 43:11
Greenwood Cemetery
Blue Rapids
Marshall County
Kansas, USA
Created by: meet Virginia
Record added: Feb 21, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34078624
Henrich Henry Swanson
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Henrich Henry Swanson
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Henrich Henry Swanson
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