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Charles Francis Swan
 Charles Francis Swan, 1824-


From American Series of Popular Biographies. Massachusetts Edition. This Volume Contains Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Boston: Graves & Steinbarger, 1891.


CHARLES FRANCIS SWAN, cashier of the New England National Bank of Boston, was born in Dorchester, November 14, 1824, son of Reuben and Ruth (Teel) Swan. He is a lineal descendant of John Swan, who is said to have landed in Virginia, August 6, 1635. As early as 1657 John Swan was in Cambridge, Mass., where he received a grant to a tract of land continuing a little more than six acres. He married Rebecca Palfrey. She died July 12, 1654; and in 1656 he married Mary Pratt, who died February 11, 1703. He died June 5, 1708, aged eighty-seven years, and was buried in the cemetery at Harvard Square, where his tombstone still stands. John Swan, second, his son by his second wife, was born May 1, 1665. He married April 11, 1692, Sarah Thompson, daughter of Jonathan Thompson. She was born in Woburn, June 1, 1670. Their son, John Swan, third, born July 5, 1698, married Elizabeth Cowdrey, of Reading. He died March 31, 1752, and his wife October 28, 1780. The next in the line of descent was John Swan, fourth, born in 1734. He married Mary Richardson, of Stoneham, who was born August 2, 1743, a daughter of Reuben and Esther (Wyman) Richardson. He died October 6, 1804, and is buried at Arlington.

Reuben Swan, father of Charles Francis, was born in Charlestown, and spent his early years on a farm there. He subsequently removed to Dorchester, and engaged in the grain business during the remainder of the active period of his life He was a member of the Third Religious Society of Dorchester, and later connected himself with the Village Church (Congregational) in the same town. His wife, whose maiden name was Ruth Teel, was born in Charlestown, July 30, 1786, daughter of Jonathan and Lydia (Cutter) Teel and granddaughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Tufts) Teel.

Samuel Teel was the son of Benjamin and Anna (Jenkins) Teel and grandson of William Teel, of Malden. Reuben and Ruth (Teel) Swan reared twelve children; namely, Reuben, John, James, Albert D., Joseph T., William Henry, Stephen A., Mary R., George, Sarah L., Charles F. and Emily J. The last two are the only survivors.

Charles F. Swan was educated in the public schools of Dorchester and at Milton Academy, and after completing his studies he taught school for a short time. He then, in 1846, entered the New England National Bank of Boston as messenger, and subsequently, being promoted through the intermediate grades, in 1874 became cashier, which position he has since held, having proved very efficient and popular. He attends the Third Religious Society of Dorchester Lower Mills. He was married in December, 1849, to Miss Mary Leonard French, a daughter of the late Hon. Thomas French, of an old Canton (Mass.) family. Of this union there are four children: Frank Winthrop, an employee of the First National Bank of Boston; Ellen French, who lives at home with her parents; Charles Irving, a printer of Boston; and Almira French, who also is living at the parental home. Frank Winthrop Swan married Ella Mack. Charles Irving Swan married Lydia G. Smith, of Richmond, Ky., and has two children -- Ethel F. And Ralph Irving.

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