Swift, George Hawkins
Age: 21, credited to Manchester, VTVITALS
Birth: 08/22/1842, Manchester, VTADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Dellwood Cemetery, Manchester, VT
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Musicians of the Fourth Vermont Infantry Regimental Band
Swift, George Hawkins - Musician. (b. Manchester, Vt. 1841, son of Edward Bulkeley & Christina (Hawkins) Swift). George was eight years old in 1850, attending district school and working on his father's farm. His grandfather and grandmother Serenus Swift (age 75), and Rachel (Bulkeley) Swift (age 67), lived on the farm with them. Serenus Swift was a graduate of Dartmouth College in 1791, was a lawyer, and had a law office at the Elms House Place in Manchester. He argued an important debt case before the Vermont Supreme Court in 1810. Serenus lived to see the hundredth anniversary of the settlement of the town of Manchester. He died in 1865 (age 90). George and his brother Theodore helped take care of the farm and stock of animals. It was a hard work growing up. When George was 21 years old, he enlisted from his hometown, 3 Sept, 1861 for service as a band member. He was mustered in at Brattleboro, Vt., 21 Sept., 1861. He mustered out with the band, 9 Aug., 1862. He enlisted for a second time 31 Oct., 1863, as a private in Co. "F", 17th Vt. He was promoted sergeant, 27 Nov., 1864. He served until 14 July, 1865 when he was mustered out. He served for two years, seven months and thirteen days in total. When the 1870 census was taken Sergeant Swift was living with his widowed mother Christina (age 60) in Manchester. He was employed as a manufacturer of fishing rods. He m. - Ella A. B. _____ (b. Vt. 1850). When the 1880 census was taken, they were living in Manchester and George was a self-employed dentist. George applied for an Invalid's Pension in Manchester, 5 March, 1890 (App #773256; Cert. #872748). In 1890 he was listed on the Veterans' schedule. He was suffering from spinal afflictions contracted while in service. He died in Manchester, June, 1899. Ella applied for a Widow's Pension, 20 Sept., 1899 (App #705609; Cert. #667413). (Children: Marion B., b. 1877, died before 1910).
(researched by Linda M. Welch, March, 2008)