Ruth <I>Swan</I> Morrill

Ruth Swan Morrill

Birth
Easton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 13 May 1898 (aged 76)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial Strafford, Orange County, Vermont, USA
Memorial ID 115356734 · View Source
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Daughter of Dr. Caleb Swan. Married Justin Smith Morrill in 1851

The Evening Star (Washington, D.C.) May 13, 1898 page 3
Death of Mrs. Morrill.
The sad intelligence of the death of Mrs. Ruth Swan Morrill, wife of the venerable senator from Vermont, spread through Washington shortly after the noon hour today, and wherever it went it inspired deep sorry for the loss of one who had endeared herself so warmly to all during her long residence in Washington, and sympathy for the distinguished statesman to whom she had been such a devoted helpmate.
Mrs. Morrill had been ill for some time, but was believed to be on the road to recovery, her improvement being such that her removal from this city was contemplated. A change for the worse ensued, however, and she died at 11 o’clock this morning at her residence, No. 1 Thomas circle. The funeral will take place from there at 4 p.m. Monday.
Mrs. Morrill has been for many years one of the most prominent as well as one of the most lovable women in official life. She was at least ten years younger than her husband. Failing health of late years caused her to become almost a complete invalid, but she always showed so much energy and ambition that her friends the past winter hoped against hope that she would again be able to take an active interest in the life of her household. She had been confined to the house during the entire winter, but as the spring advanced gained new strength and was quite able to arrange for and participate in the eighty-eighty birthday celebration of Senator Morrill during Easter week.
That night she received the hundreds of guests with the same cordial and friendly manner which so particularly distinguished her, and it was only at the close of the evening when she yielded to the solicitations of her son, and rested on a chair near her drawing room door.
Her last illness commenced a few days later.
Mrs. Morrill was a woman of great sweetness of manner and amiability of character and the acquaintances once received in her home became, with all the changes in official life at the capital, her warmest friends.
She came of a distinguished New England family. Her father and several of her brothers were physicians. Her maiden name was Ruth Swan. Her sister, Miss Louise Swan, has always lived here with the senator’s family. Her brother, Dr. Swan of Boston, has spent almost all the past winter with the family, and is now here.
Contributor: Loretta Castaldi (47472615)


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  • Created by: Donna Londeen
  • Added: 12 Aug 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 115356734
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ruth Swan Morrill (11 Jun 1821–13 May 1898), Find a Grave Memorial no. 115356734, citing Strafford Cemetery, Strafford, Orange County, Vermont, USA ; Maintained by Donna Londeen (contributor 46515409) .