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John Swasey, formerly a well-known merchant of Clarcmont, was born in Canterbury, N.H., July 21, 1785. He engaged in mercantile pursuits in Claremont, and conducted a profitable business until his death, which occurred October 13, 1835, at the age of fifty years.
Mr. Swasey married Sally Robinson, a native of Epping, N.H., and a daughter of Noah and Sally Robinson. Mrs. Swasey became the mother of six daughters; namely, Ann Elizabeth, Sophia Charlotte, Sarah Jane, Lydia Ann, Adeline Maria, and Juliette Frances. Ann Elizabeth married Captain Alden Partridge, a military man of note, who founded a military college in Norwich, Vt. Her children were: George, who is no longer living; and Henry V. Sophia Charlotte, who became the wife of General Edward Phelps, a prominent resident of Cold Brook, Conn., died in 1893. Lydia Ann is now deceased. Adeline Maria married Lieutenant George M. Colvocoresses, who was in the United States Navy during the Civil War, and remained in the service after its close. He had risen in his profession to a position from which his advancement would have been rapid, when he was accidentally killed in Bridgeport, Conn., while on his way to New York. He was twice married, and had four children by his first union. Miss Sarah Jane Swasey and Mrs. Colvocoresses are residing in Claremont. Mrs. John Swasey died October 11, 1852.