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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Chauncey Granger Sweet, Chapter 2

As of the 1900 Galveston, TX census, the widow Elizabeth Sweet (age 69, C.G.'s mother) was living at 1709 Winnie St., with her son Chauncey Sweet, (age 37) his wife Ada Phillips Sweet, (age 34), nephew Lucian Chamberlain, (3) nieces Ada Swasey (14) and Stella Swasey (12).   It is interesting that the ages of Chauncey and Ada Sweet seem to be reversed on this census, as she was actually older than he was.  She was born in 1860, and he in 1865.  Ada Swasey would grow up and eventually became my grandmother. 

An Aside: Where did Lucian Chamberlain connect to this family, you might wonder.  
His mother was Lucy Azalea Sweet Chamberlain,  C.G.'s sister.  She was alive at this time, and married to Dr. Austin B. Chamberlain, who was quite active politically...which may be the reason why their son lived with his Uncle Chauncey and grandmother "Grand Aunt".

Uncle Chauncy Sweet

Chauncey is listed in the 1908 Galveston City Directory as a Teller at the Rosenberg Bank, located at 2209 Market) and living at  1201 Avenue I, with his mother, Elizabeth Sweet, who is listed as Sidney's widow.

Chauncey G. Sweet

Chauncey G. Sweet was possibly the first Christian Scientist in my family.  He is listed in the Christian Science Journal, Vol 22, as Galveston's Christian Science Church's First Reader (1904).  He contributed to the Christian Science Sentinel in 1899 in "Lectures."  Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the religion, lived until 1910.  

He continued to rise in the bank, where he gained the position of executive officer and trust officer...at least that is the description given in a newspaper clipping which isn't dated.  That clipping (the one on the right of the various family clippings below) is talking about a merger and another person (Sealy Hutchings) becoming President of the Bank.  It is possible that C.G. Sweet had already had had that position (which is the traditional family story about him).

Newspaper clippings

More about Chauncey Sweet in Chapter 3, soon.

1 comment:

Karen S. said...

What amazing information and actual clippings as well to add interesting highlights to your post. Very nice.