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Joseph Swift

Joseph Swift

Male 1751 - 1806  (55 years)

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  • Name Joseph Swift 
    Birth 24 Jun 1751  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Death 24 Dec 1806  Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I30402  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 31 Oct 2015 

    Family Margaret McCall, #2,   b. 3 Apr 1731, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 19 Dec 1804, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 73 years) 
    Marriage 3 Feb 1759  Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Samuel Swift,   b. 12 Jan 1771, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 28 Nov 1847, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 76 years)
    Family ID F10060  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 3 Feb 2023 

  • Notes 
    • Margaret McCall, daughter of George and Anne (Yeates) McCall, was born in Philadelphia, Pa., April 6, 1731. She married in this city, February 3, 1759, Joseph Swift, son of John Swift and Mary White, his wife, younger brother of John Swift, who had married her sister-in-law, Magdalen Kollock, widow of Jasper McCall, and of Mary Swift, first wife of Matthias Keen, son of John and Susannah (Steelman) Keen, of Tacony. Mr. Swift was born June 24, 1731, and came with his father to Philadelphia about 1738. He received a good education, partly in this country and partly in England, where his uncle John White (already mentioned) passed the last years of his life, and from whom he obtained a valuable estate.

      Settling permanently in Philadelphia, he engaged successfully in mercantile pursuits in partnership with his elder brother. He signed the Non-Importation Resolutions of 1765. October 6, 1767, he was elected a Member of the Common Council of our city, and under the Act of March 11, 1789, incorporating "The Mayor, Aldermen, and Citizens of Philadelphia,'' with Reynold Keen and John Nixon, elsewhere spoken of, he was chosen one of the fifteen Aldermen.

      His interest in the social life of the town is attested by his subscription to the aristocratic Mount Regale Fishing Company in 1763, as well as to many of the early Dancing Assemblies. For a period of forty years he almost constantly held the position of Vestryman or Warden of Christ Church. As Deputy for Christ Church, he signed "The Act of Association of the Clergy and Congregations of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the State of Pennsylvania" in 1785; and annually represented that parish in subsequent Diocesan Conventions till 1802, at the same time always serving upon the Standing Committee of the Diocese. In 1785 he was chosen a member of the first Board of Trustees of the Academy of the Protestant Episcopal Church in Philadelphia. Mr. Swift resided for many years on the west side of Front Street between Market and Chestnut, and afterwards on the north side of Pine Street between Third and Fourth, and had a country-seat near Germantown, in Philadelphia County.

      He died December 24, 1806, and was buried in Christ Church Ground. Christ Church Ground. The following obituary notice of him appears in Poulson's American Daily Advertiser of the 29th of that month: “Died, on Wednesday last, in his seventy-fourth year (sic), Joseph Swift, Esquire, a respectable Merchant of Philadelphia. It is not enough to record of this very worthy gentleman, that he maintained a blameless course through a protracted and trying life. With a constitution delicate in the extreme, he executed his many duties with an energy and steadiness only to have been expected from a stronger frame. In his private dealings, he was exemplarily just.

      In the city Magistracy, which he filled for some time, he was a firm, though gentle curb to evil doers, and a supporter and protector of those who did well. In various offices of our commercial, charitable, and religious institutions, and particularly in those of the Protestant Episcopal Church, of which he was an invaluable member, he honored himself and served his constituents by faithful and judicious execution of the trusts. As the tender comfort and true friend of numerous relatives, bereaved, by the dispensations of Divine Providence, of precious and beloved connections, Mr. Swift's conduct was eminently meritorious and engaging; and from that cause many a tear bedews his memory. In the domestic scene, as a good Brother, a tender and excellent Father, and the true and best Friend of one of the most worthy and most affectionate of Wives, he merited and enjoyed the perfect esteem of all who knew him in that private walk. But his most distinguishing characteristic was an enlightened and respectful attachment to the principles and truths of Christianity. A sincere devotion to these was ever considered by our departed Friend as the only sure foundation of genuine piety in this world, and of safety and happiness in the world beyond the tomb.''

      Mrs. Swift died December 19, 1804. The same journal, December 24, thus speaks of that event: “Died, on Wednesday morning last, Mrs. Margaret Swift, the wife of Joseph Swift, Esq., who for many years was a respectable merchant in this city. Her remains were decently interred on Thursday Evening in Christ's Church burial ground, attended to the grave by her numerous relatives. On these occasions the partial pens of friends too frequently delineate virtues and perfections which never belonged to the deceased; but in the present instance we can declare with the utmost truth, that the conduct of Mrs. Swift, during a long life of seventy-five years, has been highly meritorious and exemplary. With great correctness she discharged her relative duties: as a wife she was affectionate-the happiness of her husband was her chief aim in every action; as a mother she was tender and indulgent, and her children will long revere her memory; as the mistress of a family she was uniformly kind to her dependents. Piety, truth, candour, sincerity, and affability strongly marked her character, and she deservedly obtained the love and esteem of all her friends.

      In an advanced age the Providence of Heaven has translated her from this earth: she was a Christian, and her hopes of future happiness rested on the merits of her Redeemer." Mr. and Mrs. Swift had fourteen children, born in Philadelphia.

      [Jasper George Yates Extract from the following work [2015 by Ronald E, Yates]:The Descendants of JORAN KYN of New Sweden; By GREGORY B. KEEN; 1913]