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Leah Ethel Swan

Female 1893 - 1969


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  • Name  Leah Ethel Swan  [1, 2
    Born  30 Sep 1893  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Gender  Female 
    Alt. Spelling/AKA 
    • Her given name has been noted as spelled "Letha." Researcher Joy Conwell reports her name as Leah "A." Swan.
    Iowa State Census  1895  Wapello, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Lee Swan, age 2, male, single, born in Louisa County.
    Census  1910  Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Lea Swan, daughter, female, white, age 16, single, born in Iowa, father born in Iowa, mother born in Iowa, English at home, no occupation, could read, could write, attended school during the previous year
    Census  1930  Berwyn, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Leah Brekke, wife-H, female, white, age 35, married, first married at age 24, did not attend school during the previous year, could read and write, born in Iowa, father born in Pennsylvania, mother born in Indiana, state code 65, could speak English, no occupation
    Residence  Dec 1956  Cicero, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Residence  Jan 1958  Chicago, Cook County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Social Security Administration Information 
    • Leah Brekke; born: 30 September 1893; died: April 1969; last residence: 60650 (Cicero, Cook, Illinois); state where issued: Illinois
    Died  Apr 1969  [5
    Person ID  I3866  All Families
    Last Modified  31 Mar 2015 

    Father  George Laury Swan,   b. 14 Jun 1859, Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1920, Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Samantha Jane "Jennie" Gregory,   b. 8 May 1861, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Feb 1918, Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  8 Sep 1880  Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 9, 10
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Swan, George L.; Spouse: Gregory, Jennie; Marriage Date: 8 September 1880; County: Louisa; State: Iowa
    Residence  1889  Louisa County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11
    Family ID  F1546  Group Sheet

    Family  Herman M. Brekke,   b. 10 Oct 1894, Faribault, Rice County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Apr 1967, Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  25 Aug 1919  Mediapolis, Des Moines County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4, 12, 13
    Iowa Marriage Records 
    • Groom's Name: Herman Martin Brekke; Groom's Birth Date: 1894; Groom's Birthplace: Faribault, Minnesota; Groom's Age: 25; Bride's Name: Leah Ethel Swan; Bride's Birth Date: 1894; Bride's Birthplace: Morning Sun, Iowa; Bride's Age: 25; Marriage Date: 25 August 1919; Marriage Place: Mediapolis, Des Moines, Iowa; Groom's Father's Name: Herman L. Brekke; Groom's Mother's Name: Martha Tokvam; Bride's Father's Name: G. L. Swan; Bride's Mother's Name: Jennie Gregory; Groom's Race: White; Groom's Marital Status: Single; Bride's Race: White; Bride's Marital Status: Single; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M02685-8; System Origin: Iowa-EASy; Source Film Number: 1675729; Reference Number: (nothing); Collection: Iowa Marriages, 1809-1992
    Research 
    • According to researcher Joy Conwell, Herman and Leah were divorced. Judging from the tone of Herman's obituary, that wasn't the case.
    Children 
     1. Herman Brekke, Jr.
    Last Modified  21 Jan 2014 
    Family ID  F1643  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S33] Conwell, Joy Lynn (Ferguson) (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S13] Iowa Marriage Collection, 1809 -1992 (Family Search) (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S72] 1910 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Mediapolis, Yellow Spring Township, Des Moines County, Iowa; Enumeration District 26; Supervisor's District 1; Sheet 5A; Page 204 4137 April 18, 1910

    4. [S77] 1930 US Census (Reliability: 4).
      Berwyn city, Cook County, Illinois; Enumeration District #16-1990; Supervisor's District #6; Sheet 6 A; Page 127 0427; April 7, 1930

    5. [S776] Social Security Death Index (Reliability: 4).

    6. [S29] 1895 Iowa State Census (Reliability: 3).
      Louisa County, Iowa; Wapello Township; Sutro Library, San Francisco, California; Sutro Microfilm Roll #553, Reel 67 of 121

    7. [S8686] Nelson, Bertha Edna (Swan) - Obituary, (originally published in the Morning Sun News-Herald, front page, December 20, 1956; Morning Sun, Louisa County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S833] Moyers, Jessie Mae (Swan) - Obituary, (originally published in a southeast Iowa newspaper, probably the Burlington Hawk-Eye Gazette, January 18, 1958; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S26] Iowa Marriages, 1851-1900 (ancestry.com) (Reliability: 4).

    10. [S394] Louisa County, Iowa - A Portrait and Biographical Album of Louisa County 1889, (Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, published in 1889) (Reliability: 3).
      Reprinted online at the Louisa County, Iowa GenWeb site, URL: http://iagenweb.org/boards/louisa/biographies/index.cgi?read=182882

    11. [S394] Louisa County, Iowa - A Portrait and Biographical Album of Louisa County 1889, (Acme Publishing Company, Chicago, published in 1889) (Reliability: 3).

    12. [S33] Conwell, Joy Lynn (Ferguson) (Reliability: 4).

    13. [S932] Brekke, Herman M. - Obituary, (originally published in The Burlington Hawk-Eye, page 18, April 19, 1967; Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa) (Reliability: 3).