Conn., December 18, 1878, a member of the manufacturing
firm of that name in that town.
William Swift, 5th child of Benjamin Swift (B56) and Rebecca
(Brown) Swift, was born at St. Albans, Vt., May 6, 1819, and
became a successful physician. He married Ellen Maria of
Boston, Mass., December 9, 1857. He died in Brooklyn, N.Y.,
April 5, 1885. No children.
Catherine Sedgwick Swift, 6th child of Hon. Benjamin Swift
(B56) and Rebecca (Brown) Swift, was born November 3,
1821, at St. Albans, Vt., and died at her sister's home in
Brooklyn, N.Y., October 31, 1876. She had a twin sister,
Caroline, who died when less than a year old. She married
December 15, 1851, George Frederick Houghton of St.
Albans, son of Abel and Emilia (Stebbins) Houghton of that city
and a lawyer and writer of ability. He was appointed Secretary
of Civil and Military Affairs, 1848-9, by Governor Carlos
Coolidge. He was also State Attorney and United States
Commissioner and one of the founders and a president of the
Vermont Historical Society. In 1854 he established the Vermont
Transcript and was also connected with the Church Journal. He
died at St. Albans September 22, 1870. Child (Houghton):
1. Alfred Swift, b. January 21, 1855, at St. Albans, Vt.
Alfred Swift Houghton, only child of Catherine S. (Swift)
Houghton (B56,6) and George F. Houghton, was born January
21, 1855, at St. Albans, Vermont, and died in that city July 29,
1909. He married November 30, 1882, Harriet Louisa Smith,
daughter of William Asa Smith and Louisa Mary (Bellows)
Smith of Brooklyn, N.Y., who died May 19, 1921, at St.
Albans. He graduated at the College of Physicians and
Surgeons, New York City, in March, 1880, having previously
attended Dartmouth College. In May, 1894, he was appointed
by Mayor Strong to the New York City Civil Service
Commission and held that office until his death. Children:
1. Mary Emilia, b. December 14, 1883, at Brooklyn,