Jacob A. Swits, a descendant of the First Settlers of
Schenectady, was born November 3, 1762 and died November
21, 1835 at the age of 76.
Gen. Swits was the son of Major Abraham Swits. He married
Margarieta VanEps, daughter of Capt. Abraham VanEps on
January 22, 1791. Their children were; Catharina, Abraham,
Margarieta, Nicholas, Eva, Maria, Jane Helen, Jacob and
In the Revolutionary War he was a private
under Captain John Mynderse and a corporal under Captain
Jellis J. Fonda, 2d Albany County Militia. In 1810 he
was made Maj. General of the state militia.
General Swits house, circa 1790, at 19
Front Street in Schenectady is one of the Historic Buildings
In Downtown Schenectady.
Note: Death notice for Swits was published in The Troy
Daily Whig on November 27, 1835.