George W. Swift Source: History of Steuben County, IN (1885) p.845 George W. Swift, one of the pioneers of Steuben County, settled in Otsego Township in 1836. He was born in the old Bay State in May, 1804, a son of Ephraim Swift, who died while a soldier in the war of 1812. When he was about fourteen years of age he went to Broome County, N. Y., and lived with his maternal grandfather, Solomon Bodfitch, till manhood. He was married in 1826 to Lucretia Gates, a native of Broome County, born in 1807. When they came to this county they had three children -- Edward, who died aged thirteen years; Oscar F., and Alice D., now widow of John Cowan. The children born here were -- Adolphus, of York Township; David K., on the old homestead; Susan L., wife of Peter Zimmer, and Josephine, who died in childhood. Mr. Swift was one of the honored and trusted men of the township, and is well remembered by all the old pioneers for his many good qualities. He served the township many terms faithfully as Trustee and other positions. He was an active member of the Baptist church and was one of the Deacons. He died after the life of usefulness in 1868, his wife surviving him six years.