I am trying to find the origins of Phineas Swift (sometimes spelled Phinehas Swift) and his wife, Ann Starks, who were both born around 1800 in Vermont (according to the 1850 US Census for NY) and were married around 1823, quite likely in Livingston County, NY.They are my direct ancestors (through their son William Swift, his son Luther Swift, and his son and my father Leon Swift).
My Phineas and Ann lived for many years (approximately 25) in the Livingston and Allegany Co area of New York (before moving to Montcalm Co., Michigan), and had eleven children (!!!): Martha Swift (b.1824); Phineas Swift Jr. (b. 1826); Jonathan Swift (b. 1828); Fanny Swift (b. 1830); Arnold Swift (b. 1832); Daniel Swift (b.1834); Lepha Swift (b. 1836); Permeal Swift (Parmelia Swift?) (b. 1838); William Swift (b. 1840); Andrew Swift (b. 1842); and David Swift (b. 1844).These names and birth dates are drawn from a history done around 1966 by Dora Swift Jensen ("DSJ") (b. 1872 in MI), daughter of David, and from various internet sources and the Gene Pool Data Base (Ancestry.com).The Gene Pool data base also names as sons of Phinehas and Ann Swift:A. Swift, b. 1831, but this is probably Arnold, whose birth date is given as 1832 by DSJ; and James Swift, b. 1841, who is not listed in the DSJ manuscript but could have been born between William and Andrew.
The DSJ manuscript listed Livingston County, NY, as the birth place of Phineas Jr., so it is very likely that my Phineas Sr. is the same Phineas Swift listed in the 1830 US Census for the Town[ship] of Genesco, Livingston Co, NY. The 1830 Census lists Phineas as 20-30 years old and living next door to a David Swift (listed as 70-80).The 1830 Census also lists Warren Swift (20-30), Zebulon Swift (40-50), Levi Swift (40-50) and Calvin Swift (40-50), who are all within one name of each other on that Census (which I assume means they lived very near each other, since the Census taker had to either walk or ride a horse from home to home).The probably were all related to each other, too.
Various internet sources indicate that this Zebulon was the Zebulon "Joe" Swift who eventually moved to Winnebago Co., IL, and the son of David Swift and Lydia Savery (Lydia Savory), and that this Levi was the son of Samuel Swift.While some suggest that this was the Samuel Swift married to Chloe Aldrich, I think more evidence points to this Samuel being David's brother and the one who married Eleanor Shearman.My belief is based in part on the NH birthplaces listed for Zebulon and Levi in various sources, which correspond to the 1790 Census listings for their probable fathers in Cheshire County, NH: David Swift in Fitzwilliam Twp; and Samuel Swift in Richmond Twp.David Swift was the son Samuel Swift (II) and Mercy Wing, and while there appears to be some debate, Samuel (II) appears to be the son of Samuel (not Benjamin) and grandson of William Swift II of Sandwich, MA.