Carrie Ingalls

Deceased Person

Carrie Ingalls Caroline Celestia "Carrie" Ingalls Swanzey (August 3, 1870 – June 2, 1946) was the third child of Charles and Caroline Ingalls, and was born in Montgomery County, Kansas. She was a younger sister of Laura Ingalls Wilder, who is known for her Little House books. As a child, Swanzey (according to Wilder) had been small, thin and frail, and of all the Ingalls family members, Carrie seems to have suffered the most through the deprivations of the hard winter of 1880-1881. Wilder remarks in a later book that Carrie "was not recovering from the hard winter as she should" (Little Town on the Prairie, chapter 12). Swanzey was not constantly ill, but she never did enjoy robust physical health during her life. She traveled to several places in her young adulthood seeking a more comfortable climate, but always returned to the harsh winter climate of South Dakota. During her late teen years Swanzey was a typesetter for the De Smet News, and subsequently, other newspapers throughout the state. On August 1, 1912, at age 41, she married widower David N. Swanzey (1854–1938), who is best remembered for his part in the naming of Mount Rushmore. She thus became stepmother to Swanzey's two children:  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Date of birth
Place of birth
Montgomery County
Charles Ingalls, Caroline Ingalls, Grace Ingalls, Laura Ingalls Wilder
David Swanzey
Grace Ingalls Laura Ingalls Wilder
Laura Ingalls Wilder


Date of death
Cause of death
Diabetes mellitus
Place of death

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