Monday, December 3, 2007


My great-grandfather, Samuel A. Myers, made a breadboard for the wedding of Jacob Barkley Myers and Phoebe Warner in March 1884. I think they were married in Angola, Steuben County, Indiana. They had only one daughter, Violet Esther Myers (born October 1896 in Salem Township; died 22 November 1995).

Violet Myers married Paul Revere Swift in Pleasant Lake, Steuben County, Indiana. They had 2 sons: Kermit Schofield Swift (born 22 May 1917) and DeVon Dureath Swift (born 10 June 1928). DeVon Swift married Alice Imogene Taylor and they had a daughter, Deborah Ann Swift (born 14 August 1951 in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana). Deborah Ann Swift married Dale Patrick Johnson from Newport, Texas, on 6 August 1968 in Alexandria, Madison County, Indiana. Dale and Deborah (Swift) Johnson had a daughter, Jennifer Lynne Johnson (born 7 February 1967 in Alexandria, Madison County) and a son, Jason Patrick Johnson (born 11 July 1973).

Kermit Swift married Virginia Kathryn Tucker and they had one daughter, Kathryn Ann Swift (born 1 December 1948 in Fort Wayne). Kathryn Ann Swift married Richard Michael Ronan (born in Chester, Pennsylvania) on 15 December 1979 in California. They had one child, Michael Patrick Ronan (born 9 May 1981 in California).

I now have this breadboard from 1884, as well as a photo of Violet (Myers) Swift with her granddaughter, Jennifer Lynn Johnson. After Violet's death, there is no family record (Myers-Jones Reunion in Henry City, Ohio) that exists. My sister, Rose Rombeiro, researched over 5,000 family names before her death and one of her last requests was to convey this breadboard to a female Myers relative, something which Violet had also earlier requested. Any aid would sure be appreciated! Thanks.

Mary Alice Austermiller Betley
9163 Forestview Rd.
Temperance, MI 48182

1 comment:

  1. My maiden name is Kathryn Ann Swift. My grandparents were Violet and Paul Swift and my dad was Kermit Swift.