Jacob Swickard


Swickard, Jacob, one of Knox Townships' best known citizens and substantial farmers, resides on his excellent farm of 209 acres, and is a representative of one of the old pioneer families of Jefferson County, Ohio. He was born on this farm, July 30, 1841, and is a son of Samuel and Mary (Dougals) Swickard.

Samuel Swickard and wife were both born in Jefferson County. The paternal grandfather was Martin Swickard, who was born in Pennsylvania and came very early to find a home in the rich lands awaiting settlement in Jefferson County and finally settled in Island Creek Township. There Samuel Swickard was reared but later moved into Knox Township where he became a man of substance and was highly considered. He was an old-time Democrat and was chosen for public offices and served as one of the early trustees of Knox Township. He had five children and two survive him: Jacob and Rebecca. The latter is the widow of James Montgomery. She lives at Marseilles, Ill.

Jacob Swickard has always lived on the old homestead. He attended the district schools in his youth but as soon as his strength permitted, commenced to take part in farm work and has ever since continued. Although he has made many improvements he has not disturbed some of the old familiar buildings and one of these, the barn, which is still in a good state of preservation, was built more than seventy-five years ago.

Mr. Swickard was married February 18, 1861, to Miss Sarah Miller, who was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, and died October 26, 1900. Her father was Isaac Miller, on of the old residents of the county and a well known man at one time. Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Swickard, three of whom are deceased: Jacob S., Jennie V. and Albert R. The three survivors are: Isaac E., who resides in Knox Township, married Ella Maple; Samuel S., who lives in Oregon; and Emma R., who is the wife of John Van Dyke, of Knox Township. Mr. Swikard is a Democrat in his political views. He has never desired public office but has always done his duty as a good citizen.

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