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MARY ANN SEDGWICK SWIFT
The parents of Job Swift removed to Kent, Conn., in his early youth. He entered Yale College in 1761 and graduated in 1765. His preparatory studies for the ministry were under Dr. Bellamy; he began to preach at the age of 22 and in 1767 was ordained and settled over the church at Richmond, Mass., where he labored for seven years. He went to Nine Partners, now Amenia, N.Y., where he preached another seven years and was then Chaplain in the Revolutionary Army. In the spring of 1783 he moved to Manchester, Vt., and in 1785 to Bennington, Vt., being dismissed from this charge June 9, 1801. In 1802 he moved to Addison, Vt., where he organized a church. While at Bennington he received the degree of D.D. from Williams College and became a member of its corporation. He was a trustee of Williams, Middlebury and Dartmouth colleges. President Dwight of Yale College said of him:
"Dr. Swift was one of the best and most useful men I ever knew. To the churches and the ministers of Vermont he was a Patriarch and wherever he was known he was remembered with the greatest veneration. Dr. Swift in the abundance of his apostolic zeal undertook at his own expense, with the consent of his people, a mission into the northern part of the state, where he died at Enosburg, October 20, 1804."
While preaching at Enosburg Center, Franklin County, Vt., he complained of illness, stopped the services and was taken to the residence of his son, Erastus, nearby, where he died. He was buried in the graveyard north of the center and on his tombstone is the following:
"This stone points the traveler to the spot where is deposited the body of Rev. Job Swift, D.D., who died in this place on the 20th day of October, A.D., 1804, on a tour to proclaim the glad tidings of salvation to his fellow men. Aged 61 yrs. and 4 mos."