Michael Swing Smith

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Michael Swing Smith

  • Birth 19 May 1840 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 1936 Douglass, Butler County, Kansas, USA
  • Burial Douglass, Butler County, Kansas, USA
  • Memorial ID 7418620

Michael Smith went by "Swing" Smith. He was the son of Eleazar Smith and Rebecca Newkirk. He married Nancy Bateman on October 21, 1862 in Illinois. They were the parents of Henry Swing Smith, Harriette Smith, Jennie Smith, Eleazar Smith and Rebecca Smith.

Their daughter, Jennie, was born in a covered wagon near Kansas City during their migration from Illinois to Kansas. As they got to Lawrence or Florence (two versions of the story) one of the horses took sick and died, they did not have enough money for another horse so Swing tied the single tree so the horse would pull the load and he walked and held up the neck yoke the rest of the way to their Butler County homestead.


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  • Created by: scrap
  • Added: 6 May 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7418620
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Michael Swing Smith (19 May 1840–1936), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7418620, citing Douglass Cemetery, Douglass, Butler County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by scrap (contributor 46566254) .