The Swaim Family of Indiana and Oklahoma



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9 Marriage date for Robert and Olly Swaim based on Swaim Family Record and validated by my recollection of the dated wedding plate that used to hang in our house.

10 Dan Robinson’s middle name was Stuart based on his death certificate. The Robinson Family Record incorrectly lists it as “Stewart”. Jane Best also recalls that his middle name was spelled “Stuart”.

11 Dan Robinson date of birth based on Social Security Death Index for Dan Robinson, Last Residence, Tulsa, Tulsa, OK, 74104, with the SSN issued in Oklahoma. This is validated by his death certificate. It is also validated by my Mother Olly Robinson Swaim’s entry in a family photo album she gave him which listed his birth Dec 27, 1892.

12 Dan Robinson date of death (Sept, 1966) based on Social Security Death Index for Dan Robinson, Last Residence, Tulsa, Tulsa, OK, 74104, with the SSN issued in Oklahoma. The date of death 9-25-1966 confirmed by his death certificate and validated by Jane Best in a letter dated August 24, 2003.

13 Dan Robinson and Mildred Mundy married ~ 1919-1920 based on 1930 census, OK, Tulsa, Tulsa, Dist 87, Image 60 of 69 which stated that Mildred was 36 and was married at 25. It had to be after 1/21/1920 because she is listed as single in the 1920 census for NJ, Essex County and Dan is listed as married to Lucille Smithson in Jan, 1920.

14 Mildred Mundy date of birth 2-24-1897 based on Social Security Death Index. Validated by conversation with Olly Swaim 8-3-2003 and photo album Olly made up for me that contained the entry “(Mildred) was born Feb 24, 1897.”

15 Mildred Robinson's date of death based on Social Security Death Index. Validated by conversation with Olly Swaim 8-3-2003.

16 Juanita Jane Best's date of birth based on conversation with Olly Swaim on 8-3-2003.

17 Olly Robinson lived at 2721 E. 11th Street between 1927 and 1948 based on an entry in the photo album she made up for me. I have a photo of the house. It was later torn down to make room for Bama Pie expansion.

18 Story regarding Olly Swaim’s broken arm provided by recollection of Olly Swaim and from a letter from Jane Best dated August 24, 2003.

19 These recollections of Olly Swaim’s childhood based on phone conversation Olly Swaim/Jack Swaim 7-21-2003.

20 Robert (Bob) Swaim date of birth based on Swaim Family Record, 1930 Census (Tulsa County, OK) and validated by recollection of Olly Swaim.

21 Robert (Bob) Swaim’s date of death based on Obituary and my recollection.

22 Olly Marie Robinson (Swaim) was born on 10-19-1926 based on Swaim Family Record and validated by years of my almost forgetting her birthday.

23 Jack Stuart Swaim was born on June 26, 1952. Trust me on this one. I was there.

24 Vivian Davies Swaim’s birthday is 10-19-1854. Trust me on this one also.

25 Location of my first house I lived in Alice, Texas and timing of moves to Lake Charles and back to Alice, Texas based on my Mother, Olly Swaim.

26 Daniel Peirce date of birth based on an email from Carol Swaim on 21 Jul 2003.

27 Although I currently do not have John Swaim’s birth location it can deduced as being in Jackson Township near Bluffton, IN. His father Henry is shown in Jackson Township in the 1880 and 1900 censuses.

28 Information regarding Laura and John Champion also confirmed in recollections from Tom Swaim provided in a conversation on 9-1-2003.

29 J. E. Swaim was a teacher in Keystone based on The Evening Herald (Montpelier, Indiana) dated December 9, 1907.

30 John E. Swaim resigned as a teacher and became a clerk at the local post office based on excerpt from the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette dated May 16, 1914 obtained via Ancestry.com.

31 George Earl Swaim’s occupation based on 1910 Census, Indiana, Wells County, Jackson Township, District 144, Image 13 of 19. This census shows George E. Swaim, 22, born in Indiana living with his wife, Mabel G. Swaim who was 20 and who was born in Indiana.

32 Reference to Emory and George Swaim from The Evening Herald (Montpelier, Indiana) dated June 15, 1907.

33 Reference to John (Emory) and Belle Swaim’s birth of their son from The Evening Herald (Montpelier, Indiana) dated July 11, 1907.

34 Reference to John E. Swaim refereeing basketball games based on excerpt from Fort Wayne Journal Gazette dated January 13, 1916.

35 The additional information about John E. Swaim having served as a teacher, served in WWI in France and was severely gassed is based on a Bluffton, Indiana High School web page: http://www.indianahistory.org/pub_prog/genealogy/ and is also validated based on information passed down by my (Jack Stuart Swaim) mother and father.

36 Information pertaining to John E. Swaim and his experiences in WWI as relayed via his post cards transcribed and provided from Don Swaim’s memoir entitled “Jack”.

37 Based on 1920 Census, Texas, Eastland, Precinct 1 (Justice Precinct 1), ED92, Image 7 of 64. This account also described at the end of Don Swaim’s interview of Marion Swaim on 1 Sep 1979.

38 Information pertaining to Jack’s job in Texas oil fields and return to Tulsa based and Laura and John Champion’s health problems provided courtesy of Don Swaim’s memoir entitled “Jack”.

39 Belle Swaim’s parents were John A. and Laura Champion based on 1930 Census (Tulsa, OK, District 88) when they were shown living with John E. and Belle Swaim in Tulsa. This is validated by my mother, Olly Swaim. My father and his parents (John E. and Belle Swaim) were buried close to John and Laura Champion in Memorial Cemetery in Tulsa, OK. The 1900 Census reference was for Indiana, Wells County, Jackson Township, ED 144, image 13 of 46.

40 Much of the information regarding John E. Swaim’s life was obtained from his obituary.

41 Reference to John and Alice Swaim’s membership in Church of Christ based on Obituary of John E. Swaim.

42 Description of Laura Champion’s blindness and struggle to get around the farm house based on personal observation and recollection of Don Swaim related in a conversation with me on August 12, 2003.

43 Information regarding WWI saber John E. Swaim brought back from WWI based on phone conversation with Tom Swaim 9-1-2003.

44 Information regarding Ethel moving in with Belle at the farm based on my mother’s recollection in conversation 9-2-2003 as well as my own recollection. Ota Ethel Adams is Laura Jane Adams Champion’s sister based on Adams family bible.

45 John E. Swaim’s date of birth based on Swaim Family Record and validated by 1900 Census (IN) (lists Sept. 1885) and other censuses.

46 John E. Swaim date of death of August 12, 1957 based on his obituary in Bluffton News Banner dated 15 Aug 1957.

47 Alice Belle Champion (Swaim) was born on 11-5-1886 based on 9-30-2000 Social Security Death Index.

48 Alice Belle Swaim died on 8-15-1968 based on the 9-30-2000 Social Security Death Index. SSN was issued in OK. Death residence was 74104, Tulsa County, Tulsa, OK.

49 John E. Swaim married (Alice) Belle Hawkins Champion on 8-6-1904 based on Swaim Family Record. This is validated by the John Swaim obituary that states “John Swaim and his wife Alice Belle, observed their 53rd wedding anniversary Aug. 6”. Also validated by 1910 Census (IN) that stated that they had been married 6 years.

50 Information regarding Ivan Swaim’s band based on Tom Swaim conversation on September 1, 2003.

51 Story about John E. Swaim borrowing money from Marion to lend to Ivan based on recollections of Don Swaim related in a phone conversation on August 12, 2003.

52 Ivan Swaim’s date of birth based on Swaim Family Record and validated by 1910 Census (OK), Social Security Death Index and Tom Swaim, his son.

53 Ivan Swaim’s date of death based on Texas Deaths 1964-1998 database via Ancestry.com (reflected 10-10-1970) and Death County listed was Tarrant and marital status listed as Separated/Divorced. This was also validated by Social Security Death Index (via Ancestry.com) for a SSN issued in OK. His last residence shown in this database was 77017 Houston, Harris, TX. It shows that Ivan’s birth was 7-23-1905 and his SSN was issued in Oklahoma. Dates of birth and death validated by Tom Swaim, his son, in conversation 9-1-2003.

54 Edna Olen Butts date of birth (8-17-1906) and date of death (1-16-1993) and marriage date to Ivan (1-16-1928) and birth and burial locations provided by Tom Swaim in an email dated September 2, 2003.

55 Information regarding Ivan’s first marriage to Edna Butts and Edna’s family based on Tom Swaim conversation on August 31, 2003 and subsequent materials provided by Tom on October 21, 2003.

56 Tommy Jack Swaim’s date of birth based on conversation with Tom Swaim on 8-31-2003.

57 Donna Maxine Hoover Swaim birth date and location based on family information from Tommy J. Swaim received 10/21/2003.

58 Information pertaining to Tom Swaim, his family, his life and recollections was provided via conversations with Tom Swaim on August 31, 2003.

59 Based on conversation with Tom Swaim on August 31, 2003.

60 Dick Swaim’s date of birth based on conversation with Tom Swaim on 8-31-2003.

61 Ivan Swaim and Maria Sardis Angelina were the parents of Angela Belle Swaim based on Texas Dept. of Health database from 3/2000 for Dallas, County, TX Births 1948 (http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/tx/dallas/vitals/births/1948/dalb48s3.txt). I’ve also seen her listed as Maria Sardis Angelina.

62 Angela Belle Swaim was a daughter of Ivan Swaim based on email from Carol Swaim Peirce to Jack Swaim dated 7-21-2003. This was Olly Swaim’s recollection also in a conversation Jack Swaim/Olly Swaim 7-21-2003.

63 Angela Belle Swaim’s date of birth 8-23-1948 based on Texas Dept. of Health database from 3/2000 for Dallas County, TX Births 1948(http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/tx/dallas/vitals/births/1948/dalb48s3.txt). This shows father as Ivan Henry Swaim and mother as Angelina Maria Sardis.

64 Ivan Swaim had a wife named something like Halycon (?spelling?) based on recollection of Tom Swaim in conversation August 31, 2003.

65 Ivan Swaim had other wives based on recollection of Tom Swaim in conversation August 31, 2003 however Tom is not aware of their names.

66 Story about Marion being chased by a billy-goat based on Don Swaim’s recollection.

67 Information regarding Marion and Helen’s location after their marriage is based on the 1930 Census, Oklahoma, Tulsa County, Tulsa.

68 Information regarding Helen Purdy’s family in 1920 based on 1910 Census, Missouri, Newton, Other Townships (Neosho), ED 129 (Ward 2), Image 55 of 77. Also validated by 1920 census, Missouri, Newton, Neosho, ED 149, image 32 of 33.

69 James M. Purdy date of birth, May 1863, based on 1900 Census, Missouri, Newton, Neosho, ED109 (Ward 2), Image 33 of 59.

70 Milton Purdy died sometime between 1900 and 1910 based on comparison of 1900 and 1910 censuses for Missouri, Newton, Neosho.

71 Helen Purdy’s maiden name was Helen Tommie Norvell based on Ancestry.com OneWorldTree information submitted by Tree Title Greaves Family 7/16/2001.

72 Helen Purdy (mother of Helen Swaim) date of birth Oct 1868 based on 1900 Census, Missouri, Newton, Neosho, ED #109 (Ward 2), Image 33 of 59.

73 Marriage date of James M. Purdy and Helen Tommie Norvell based on listed length of marriage of 14 years listed in 1900 Census, Missouri, Newton, Neosho, ED109 (Ward 2), Image 33 of 59.

74 Mary Purdy date of birth Nov 1886 based on 1900 Census, Missouri, Newton, Neosho, ED109 (Ward 2), Image 33 of 59.

75 Milton Purdy date of birth Nov 1888 based on 1900 Census, Missouri, Newton, Neosho, ED109 (Ward 2), Image 33 of 59.

76 Pauline Purdy date of birth Aug 1890 based on 1900 Census, Missouri, Newton, Neosho, ED109 (Ward 2), Image 33 of 59.

77 Mabel Purdy date of birth Oct 1892 based on 1900 Census, Missouri, Newton, Neosho, ED109 (Ward 2), Image 33 of 59.

78 Gary Purdy date of birth Oct 1894 based on 1900 Census, Missouri, Newton, Neosho, ED109 (Ward 2), Image 33 of 59.

79 Charles Purdy date of birth 1896 based on 1900 Census, Missouri, Newton, Neosho, ED109 (Ward 2), Image 33 of 59.

80 Sarah Purdy date of birth Feb 1899 based on 1900 Census, Missouri, Newton, Neosho, ED109 (Ward 2), Image 33 of 59.

81 Anita Purdy date of birth ~ 1902 based on listed age of 8 in 1910 Census, Missouri, Newton, Neosho, ED129 (Ward 2), Image 55 of 77.

82 James Purdy date of birth ~ 1904 based on listed age of 6 in 1910 Census, Missouri, Newton, Neosho, ED129 (Ward 2), Image 55 of 77.

83 Virginia Purdy date of birth ~ 1906 based on listed age of 4 in 1910 Census, Missouri, Newton, Neosho, ED129 (Ward 2), Image 55 of 77.

84 Helen Swaim date of birth based on Social Security Death Index with SSN issued in Texas. Last residence shown is 77057, Houston, Harris County.

85 Description of Marion Swaim’s initial job with National Supply Company based on recollection of Steve Swaim in an interview on July 24, 2003 and supplemented in an email on May 18, 2006.

86 Information about Marion Swaim based on recollections of myself, Steve Swaim and Don Swaim.

87 Marion Swaim’s date of birth based on Swaim Family Record and validated by 1910 Census (John E. Swaim household), Indiana, Wells County, Jackson Township and 1930 Census, Oklahoma, Tulsa County, Tulsa. It was also validated by Social Security Death Index (reference described later).

88 Marion E. Swaim’s date of death based on Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Marion E. Swaim. This record lists his last residence as 77031 Houston, Harris, TX and his SS issued in Kansas. It also lists his birth as 7-11-1907.

89 Marion Swaim marriage to Helen Purdy ~ 1929 based on 1930 Census which listed Marion as 23 and his age at 1st marriage as 29.

90 Helen Swaim date of death based on email from Steve Swaim dated 8-8-2003 and Social Security Death Index for a SSN issued in Texas. Last residence shown is 77057, Houston, Harris County.

91 Don Swaim’s date of birth is based on an email from Don Swaim dated 8-14-2003.

92 Donald David Swaim’s date of birth is based on an email from Don Swaim dated 8-14-2003.

93 Mark Swaim date of birth and other information based on email from Steve Swaim 8-6-2003

94 Susan Swaim date of birth and other information based on email from Steve Swaim 8-8-2003.

95 Jonathan Greene date of birth and death based on Social Security Death Index, SSN issued in Texas, 1971.

96 Children of Ezra and Evelina Tomlinson based on 1870 Census, Indiana, Marion County, Pike Township, Image 52 of 56 taken 8/4/1870.

97 James Deaver born May 1846 based on 1900 Census, IN, Wells, Jackson, Dist 144, Image 6 of 45 taken Jun 9, 1900.

98 James Deaver died ~ 29 Jul 1934 based on Obituary Index, Wells County Public Library via internet. The Obituary ran 30 Jul 1934 in Evening News Banner, Page 1, Column 4; Age: 88; Maiden name / Spouse: not shown; Residence: Alzada, MT / WC relatives.

99 Marriage of Lucretia Tomlinson to James Deaver on Jan 02 1868 based on Wells County, Indiana Marriage Record 1837-1920, Book C-3, Orig Source Page 379.

100 Lucretia Tomlinson’s date of birth Jan 1843 based on 1900 Census, IN, Wells, Jackson, Dist 144, Image 6 of 45 taken Jun 9, 1900. Also validated as ~ 1842 or so by her listed age of 8 in the 1850 Census, IN, Delaware County, Centre, Image 6 of 82 [image 159 Roll M432_143] taken 9/7/1850.

101 Lucretia Deaver died ~ 16 Apr 1912 based on Obituary Index, Wells County Public Library via internet. The Obituary ran 17 Apr 1912 in Evening News, Page 2, Column 7; Age: 60 (is this right? – should be 70); Maiden name / Spouse: Tomlinson / James Deaver; Residence: Jackson Township.

102 Henry L. Swaim’s date of birth based Swaim Family Record and validated by 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930 Censuses – all in Indiana, Wells County, Jackson Township.

103 Henry L. Swaim, widow, died at 82 on March 17, 1941 based on his death certificate (record filed March 24, 1941, Book H-21, Page 91). Based on death certificate he died at R.R., Montpelier, IN of arteriosclerosis and chronic nephritis. His place of burial was Montpelier, IN. His date of burial was March 19, 1941, Warfield Funeral Home, Montpelier, IN. His birth is listed as October 25, 1858. His parents listed as Father: Zebedee Swaim (North Carolina), Mother: Julia Huffman (Indiana). His death is also referenced in Obituary Index, Wells County Public Library via internet. His Obituary ran 18 Mar 1941 in Evening News Banner, Page 1, Column 4, age 82, Wife: India Tomlinson/Sarah Smithson, Residence: Jackson Township.

104 Marriage date for Henry and Mary Swaim (11-24-1880) based on Wells County, IN, Index to Marriage Record 1837-1920 Inclusive Vol. II Letters L to Z Inclusive. Mary Swaim’s name listed on Swaim Family Record as Mary I. Tomlinson and listed as Indiana Tomlinson based on the aforementioned Wells County Marriage Record source obtained via Ancestry.com. 11-24-1880 marriage of Henry Swaim and Indiana Tomlinson shown in Indiana Marriages, 1845-1920, Wells County, Book C-5, Page 424. 1880 marriage date also validated by 1930 census that listed Henry as 71 and having been first married at age 21 (equates to a derived marriage date of 1880).

105 Indiana Tomlinson’s date of birth derived as 1862 based on her listed age of 17 in the 1880 Census, Indiana, Wells County, District 144, Image 8 of 29 taken June 9, 1880 where “Indiana” was shown living in the Deaver household as a servant with her father, John R. Tomlinson who was shown as 74 years old and listed as father-in-law (probably father of Lucretia (?sp) Deaver.

106 Mary I. Tomlinson Swaim’s date of death based on Swaim Family Record.

107 Laura Viola Swaim’s date of birth (10-18-1881) based on Swaim Family Record.

108 Laura Viola Swaim’s date of death (4-11-1882) based on Swaim Family Record.

109 Nora Alice Swaim’s date of birth 5-8-1884 based on Swaim Family Record. It is also validated by 1900 Census of Julia Swaim’s household where she was listed as 16 with a birth date of May, 1884. Further validated by Nora Murray listing in 1920 Census, Texas, Eastland, Precinct 1, ED92, Image 7 of 64.

110 Nora Alice Murray date of death based on Social Security Death Index, SSN issued in Oklahoma (the date of birth matched). Last residence shown was 74103, Tulsa, Tulsa, OK. Her death is listed as 7 Nov 1967 based on White Family Project web page at Ancestry.com. This source also supports previous birth date listed. It also lists Daniel Murray’s birth as 5-8-1884 and death 10-11-1934.

111 Nora Alice Swaim married Daniel M. Murray 1-14-1903 based on Wells County, Index to Marriage Record 1837 - 1920 Inclusive Volume II Letters L To Z Inclusive W. P. A. Original Record Located: County Clerks Office Bluffton Compiled by Indiana Work Projects Administration 1940. This is a discrepancy from the Swaim Family Record which lists this marriage as 9-5-1905. Not sure which is correct and whether the Jan/1903 date is based on an application date or an actual marriage date.

112 Daniel Murray date of birth Jun 20 1883 based on White Family project information on Murray family posted at OneWorldTree at Ancestry.com on Dec 6 2001. Source information was “Kean Family”. Birth validated as ~ 1884 based on listed age of 36 in 1920 Census, Texas, Eastland, Precinct 1, Image 7 of 64.

113 Daniel Murray died Oct 11 1934 based on White Family project information on Murray family posted at OneWorldTree at Ancestry.com on Dec 6 2001. Source information was “Kean Family”.

114 Parents of Daniel Murray and their birth and death dates based on White Family project information on Murray family posted at OneWorldTree at Ancestry.com on Dec 6 2001. Source information was “Kean Family”.

115 Daniel and Nora Murray’s location in 1930 based on 1930 Census, KS, McPherson, King, District 15, Image 9 of 12.
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