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Swift, Hallett, 1802-1886


Biographical Note

Hallett Swift, son of Ezra and Lucy Swift, was born in Wareham (Plymouth County), Massachusetts on September 14, 1802. Swift married Mary Elizabeth Peckham (born 1810) on February 6, 1832. The couple remained in the Wareham area and had seven children (Francis, Henry, Sarah, Lucy, Hallet, Harriet, and David). Various sources indicate that Swift was a ship captain. The 1850 census lists Hallet Swift as a 48-year-old sailor, living in Wareham with 40-year-old wife Mary and four Swift children, all born in Massachusetts. The 1860 census lists a 50-year-old Sarah A. B. Rothburn operating a boarding house in Wareham. Also within the household are Sarah Hattie, and Hallett Swift, presumably her children.

Swift died on June 19, 1886, and is buried in Centre Cemetery, Wareham.

Source: "Capt Hallett Swift,",, accessed Dec. 14, 2022.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Hallett Swift Account Book

Identifier: Ms-1988-106

This collection consists of a single account book, apparently maintained by Hallett Swift, of Wareham, Massachusetts, detailing sales of produce (chiefly corn and potatoes) and other goods, with credits to customers for cash, goods, labor and services. Also used as recipe book, featuring both handwritten and clipped recipes.

Dates: 1837 - 1847