she made her home in the family of the Rev. Joseph Bennett
, pastor First Congregational Church.
I well remember attending a children's party with my little sister, given to the children at the parsonage.
This was to introduce her preparatory to organizing an infant class.
It proved a success, and Miss Swan
may be considered the founder of what is today called the Infant Sabbath School in the old society, and of the younger colonies which have branched off from it. In the rear of the choir gallery was a room used for the reception of the choir; it had long, hard seats, and a box stove with a long funnel; and there Miss Swan
's youthful children gathered for instruction after church service in the morning.
When all were seated her word of caution for quiet went forth while she made a short prayer, after which instruction was given; then singing and good advice from the superintendent, and the short service was at an end. Major Swan
lived at one time in a house just south of the Medford hotel
, in 1803 occupied by Major Warner
In 1798 he moved to the house which is now (remodelled) owned and occupied by Mr. A. D. Puffer
. Miss Hannah Swan
occupied the place about a year after her mother's death, 1826.
Her father died, 1825.’
ever held the pupils entrusted to her care in affectionate remembrance, and continued in correspondence with many of them to the end of her life.
That Miss Swan
was a favorite, letters which have been preserved testify.
The following acrostic to her appears in her teacher's biography:—
Have you seen the eastern sky
Adorned with streaks of burnished gold.
Now breaking gorgeous to the eye,
Now with a sable cloud enrolled?
And ere the sun could dart his burning ray,
How vapors dank, obscured the face of day?
So joy oft gilds life's early scene,
When, ere fair reason's sun has power,
A sombre cloud will intervene,
Nor pleasure gild the prospect more.