In 1928 Cecil caught whooping cough. The doctor advised we move to a warmer climate and this was the reason we planned the 2,766 mile journey from Pittsburgh to Los Angeles, California. When we set off in August I was two months pregnant with Richard and Jim was not yet six years old.
Grace Swift wrote a journal of her families emigration from Single Hill, Somerset, England to the United States and their subsequent lives there. The hand written journal covers the first half of the 20th century. What follows is my transcription of that journal.
John Swift and his wife Grace Plummer spent all of their married life in the Somerset village of Single Hill in the parish of Wellow. The descendants of John & Grace and their 17 known children were not however to be confined to this small corner of England. The availability of the Ellis Island records from 1892 to 1924 on-line and family journals has allowed us to document the travels of some of them back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean during the era of the great transatlantic liners. One of the most surprising things to arise from the research is the number of journeys made by these descendants in both directions.