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William Swank


Transcription contributed by Arne H Trelvik 30 May 2003

The History of Warren County Ohio
Part V. Biographical Sketches
Hamilton Township
(Chicago, IL: W. H. Beers Co, 1882; reprint, Mt. Vernon, IN: Windmill Publications, 1992)


WILLIAM SWANK, farmer, P.O., Murdock. The subject of this sketch is another of the old and well-known citizens of the county. He was born April 18, 1817, and is a son of Daniel and Esther (Morgan) Swank; she was born in this county and was a daughter of Gabriel Morgan, one of the first pioneers. He was born in Maryland, and was a son of Jacob Swank, who settled here about 1800. Jacob died in Goshen, Ohio, at the remarkable age of 105 years and was a Revolutionary soldier in the days of 1776. He brought to this county with him eight

children, five boys and three girls – all deceased but one. He was a blacksmith by occupation and a pious man. Daniel was but 4 years old when his parents came to Ohio, and during the War of 1812 served with General Harrison; was in the siege of Ft. Meigs, in which he was severely wounded by the explosion of a shell. He lived in the vicinity of Comargo, and was a successful farmer. He died in October, 1834, aged upward of 40 years. His wife died ten or twelve years previously. He had by his first wife six children and three by the second. Our subject was brought up on the farm, and in the subscription schools he obtained only a limited education. He was married Nov. 8, 1838, to Frances M. Line, of Warren Co., who bore him six children, viz: Irwin, Isabelle, Caroline, Bishop C., William C. and Samuel A. Irwin was a member of the 2nd Reg. Ohio Vol. Inf., in which he enlisted in 1861 and served his country faithfully until 1864, when he was discharged. Mrs. S. died Aug. 4, 1869. She was born June 30, 1820. Mr. S. was again married to Jane Spence, who died Feb. 29, 1880. His last marriage was with Mary Morrow Pendery, to whom he was joined Sept. 29, 1881. He has been connected with the Bethel Church many years, and has been a Ruling Elder for 20 years. He own 67 acres of land, which is nicely improved.

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