S: Swart Family History 2010
BC: Entrance to the Swart Family Farm 2010 | 1st edition
FC: Our Family History | The Swart Family immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1872
1: Lousie Zeisset came to the U.S. by herself at the age of 16 | John arrived with father Martin Swart in 1872
2: Original Martin Swart Farm at Leonardville Kansas 1872 | John Swart Farm in Nemaha County, Kansas 1895
3: John | John was the son of Martin and Addina Swart. The immigrated from the Mittling area of Germany. John was born in 1860 . Louise was the daughter of Jakob and Margarethe Zeisset. She came from the Kreuzdeld,Germany area. She eventually moved to Clay Center, Kansas.. John and Louise were married in 1886. They farmed with Martin for 10 years before moving to Nmeaha Counnty Kansas near Goff.
4: The Swart family was among the first pioneers of the west. They moved to the prairie area of Kansas where very little development had taken planc. Martin Swart (born in 1814) married Hindertje VanDer Horst in 1826. They had 4 children. She died in 1851 from tuberculosis. Then in 1852 Martin married Addina Bronlewe. They had a number of children one of which was John Matin Swart. They lived in the Mark/Mittling area of Germany . Martin was a baker by trade. The Swart's were actually Hollanders with the name spelled Zwart. They later changed the spelling to Swart to Germanize the name. The spelling was changed around 1812. Martin and Addina decided to move to America in 1872. They had a nice brick home in Germany so it makes you wonder why they left. Apparently it was because in 1871 the German Empire was founded in the aftermath of invasions into the North German state of Prussia. Wilhelm was proclaimed to be the German Emporor. Martin developed a disliking of the new confederation of the German States and specifically the drafting of young men. Because of this and perhaps the promise of a better life in America, they made the decision to relocate to the "promised land". There were stories written from the United States about what a wonderful land America was. "in America a man could take a gun to go hunting across the prairie and get all the venison he wanted" Hunting was illegal in Germany or reserved for the very rich. There was a new sense of freedom from rules and regulations. They apparently knew people that had already moved to the Kansas area. The Swart's only spoke German and knew very little if any English. | Family History
5: When the Swart family immigrated across the ocean, conditions on the ship were crowded. This resulted in sickness. One girl named Hembina and a boy named Heits Thomas became ill. Their condition took a turn for the worse and they both eventually died on board. Since conditions were crowded, there was no choice but to bury them at sea. Louise Zeisset was born in 1866 and moved to America by herself in 1882 at the ripe old age of 16. Can you imagine the courage that would take to leave your family and move to a foreign country as a woman alone? She intended to go to Kansas, but the ship fare took all her money so she ended up working as a housekeeper in Philadelphia for the tidy sum of 50 cents per day. She saved what money she could to bring her other brothers and sisters to America. They apparently knew other people in the Kansas area so she eventually moved to Clay Center Kansas. Martin Swart rented ground for a while as it was considered too expensive to buy at $3 per acre. Finally in 1884 he bought 60 acres of land for $210. The loan was for 5 years at 12% interest. John and Louise were married in 1886. They farmed with Martin until 1895 when they found land in Nemaha county to purchase. They saved enough money to make a down payment on 120 acres in Adams Township north of Goff, Ks.There wasn't much furniture to move. All they had was a cook stove and a bed which cost $2.50. They bought one table and some cheap chairs which were purchased with borrowed money. What a beginning!
6: This is the Swart Coat of Arms. It has been authenticated by 3 institutes of heraldry. The purpose of the Coat of arms in the early days was to identify a friend or foe when the soldiers were in full battle. This dates back to the eleventh century and the crusades of Europe. It was also used in place of a signature for documents as few people could read or write at that time. In later years it did not have much legal meaning , but it was handed down thru the generations. today it is a symbol of family unity. Inside the shield is the eagle in black with white masking standing with wings spread. This was symbolic of "ready for battle" if the need arose. The eagle symbolizes the characteristics of nobility, strength, justice, vigilance, wisdom, honesty, courage, faith and virtue. It was also a rejection some of the pleasures of life for the study of divine things.
7: John and Louise Swart Family Henry is back row second from left. | Henry and Madeline with Elver, Lawrence, Leonard, Melvin and Gerald
8: When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. ~Joyce Brothers | Johnny, Midge, Henry, Madeline, George and Zula | Henry Swart boys and wives
9: Henry Swart House and barn west of Goff, Kansas
10: This is a drawing by Janice Swart of the Head School house where most of the Swarts went to school
11: Roster of grades 1 thru 8 at the Head School Most did not go beyond the 8th grade | Henry Swart and Madeline
12: Mother | Grand Father | Grand Mother | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Mother | Great Grand Mother | Henry Swart | John Swart | Louise Zeisset | Lawrence Swart | Madeline Hailey | Bill (Will) Hailey | Rosa Mullen | Martin Swart | Addina Brownlewe | Jacob Zeisset | Margarethe Mueller | n/a | n/a | n/a | n/a
13: Father | Grand Father | Grand Mother | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Father | Great Grand Mother | Great Grand Mother | Mary Swart | Frank Miller | Fern Moyer | Anthiel Miller | Mary (lizzie) Unk. | Martin Moyer | Mary Moyer | n/a | n/a | n/a | n/a | n/a | n/a | n/a | n/a | Frank, Fern, Glenn and Mary Miller
14: Frank with one of his plow horses that he used for farming. | Frank Miller sitting. He liked to do that. When he would laugh at a joke, you could hear him all the way across town. | There is not a lot of information about the miller side of the family
15: The Swart and Miller families were true pioneers of the west. It must have been exciting to arrive on the prairie. it was like painting on a canvas limited only by their imagination. The living standards were far below those of today. they often lived in cabins with dirt floors and roof that leaked snow in the winter. There was not much information about the Miller's. and very few photographs They were so poor they probably didn't own a camera. below is what the only information that was passed down. Mary's parents were Frank Miller and Fern Moyer. It was always said that the Millers came from England originally, but there were no details as to how they got to the U.S. Fronks parents were Athiel Miller and Mary (Lizzie). Athiel came from Indiana and Mary was from Wisconsin. They moved to Grant City, Mo. The had three children named Frank, Ben and Stella. Lizzie died of some illness. Athiel married for a second time to Daisy Murphy in 1893. They had two more children named Pearly and Mabel (Franks step sisters). The story was that Daisy was quite mean to the step sons Frank and Ben. The conditions were so bad that one day they decided that they would just run away from home. So at the age of 14 and 16 Ben and Frank stuck out on their own. They headed west to Kansas because they thought they could find work there perhaps for some relatives. Stella (Frank's sister) decided to stay in Missouri. Living conditions with Daisy in Missouri must have been terrible to run away from home with no money at such a young age into an unknown territory. That would have taken real intestinal fortitude. One of the places that Frank eventually worked was for Fern's mother which is how they met. After marriage Frank started renting his own ground. | Frank with some mules
16: Frank and Fern Miller
17: Farm Photos | Mary Miller on horse | frank and glenn | Putting loose hay in the hay barn | frank and glen with broken arms.
18: Our most treasured family heirlooms are our sweet family memories.
19: Below is Clifford eating foam from a bucket of milk by the cave. Right is putting hay in the barn for cows
20: Original Cave: This was used for storing potatoes, apples and canned fruit as well as protection from tornados. | Original well. we carried 5 gallon buckets of water to the house for baths and washing dishes. | Shower: A barrel of water was put on top of the roof. The sun heated the water and flowed below for a shower.
21: Like branches on a tree, our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one. | Windmill: There was another windmill, but this one east of the house was used for cattle water | The pony express went thru Nemaha county 2 miles east and 1/4 mile north at the Log Chain Ranch
22: Gerald and Clifford on south side | Kory collecting eggs from mean hen | Cliffords first Hampshire hogs
23: Parents | Henry Swart Farm and then Lawrence 80 acre | Mogul tractor first used by John Swart | Lawrence and Henry with hogs at St Joe stock yard. Normally left at 4 a.m. to deliver hogs for market
24: Clifford at grandpa millers house | Lawrence and Mary
25: Our Ancestors | Cliffords entire high school class as juniors | Lawrence, Mary, Leo, Shirley Kyle Clifford | Cliff and Kim
27: Clifford and Shirley feeding chickens | Leonard eating racoon | Lawrence and Clifford on ford tractor | Clifford and Kyle with loads of hay for cattle
28: They grow up fast
29: Country is being close to nature and observing gods world and its magic. Country is sharing our space with the birds and animals. The rewards of gardening and the complete satisfaction of the calm, peace and harmony of the country.