The Swaim Family of Indiana and Oklahoma



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117 George Earl Swaim’s date of birth (9-22-1887) based on Swaim Family Record and validated by 1910 Census, Indiana, Wells County, Jackson Township, Dist. 144, Image 13 of 19 where his birth was listed as Sept, 1887 and he was 12. Also validated by 1900 census with George listed in Julia Swaim’s household (same district 144 in Jackson Township). His age is also validated by the 1920 Census, Indiana, Blackford County, Hartford City, ED #13, Image 2 of 28 which listed him as 32 years old.

118 Date of Death for George E. Swaim based on Monroe County (Indiana) Obituary Index from Bloomington World-Telephone newspaper obtained via Ancestry.com

119 Mabel Swaim date of birth 7-13-1889 based on SSDI. Mabel’s date of death Feb, 1976. Last residence was Bloomington, Monroe, IN 47401. Mabel Gilbert year of birth can also be validated by looking at derived ~ 1890 birth years based on her listed age of 30 in the 1920 Census, Indiana, Blackford County, Hartford City, ED #13, Image 2 of 28.

120 Mabel Swaim’s date of death based on Cemetery Index, Wells County Public Library available online. Mabel is listed as Mabel Gertrude Swaim, age 86, buried Elm Grove Cemetery. Mabel’s date of death (Feb 1976) is referenced in Social Security Death Index which listed her date of death Feb, 1976. Last residence was Bloomington, IN 47401 (Monroe County). This is also referenced in Obituary Index, Wells County Public Library via internet. Her Obituary ran 12 Feb 1976 in News Banner, Page 3, Column 8, age 86, Spouse: George Swaim, Residence: Montpelier.

121 George E. Swaim was listed as a teacher for “Common School” in the 1910 Census (IN) for Wells County, Jackson Township, District 144. (image 13 of 19)

122 George E. Swaim Draft Card information obtained from Ancestry.com: Military Records, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Indiana, Blackford County, 0, Draft Card S, Image 299 of 306.

123 George Swaim’s occupation as working in a bank is based on the 1920 Census, Indiana, Blackford County, Hartford City, ED #13, Image 2 of 28. I could not read his stated occupation and the only word I could read was “Bank”.

124 George Swaim information in regard to his being an Assistant cashier and bank examiner based on Montpelier Herald newspaper, April 27, 1933, Page 5.

125 Information on George Swaim’s dog based on recollection of Tom Swaim related in a phone conversation on September 1, 2003.

126 George Swaim’s obituary based on Obituary Index, Wells County Public Library via internet. This record does not include the text of the obituary but just selective facts from the Obituary including source: Bluffton News Banner, Page 3, Column 5, his age of 62, wife Mabel Gilbert, Residence Jackson Township.

127 George Earl Swaim’s marriage to Mabel Gilbert 12-24-1908 is based on Swaim Family Record.

128 Gilbert Swaim’s date of birth listed as 5-8-1911 based on SSDI. Last Residence shown is Bloomington, Monroe, IN 47401 (which is also his mother’s last residence when she died in 1976). Gilbert Swaim’s year of birth ~1911 can also be validated based on his listed age of 8 in the 1920 Census, Indiana, Blackford County, Hartford City, ED #13, Image 2 of 28.

129 Gilbert Swaim’s date of death of Jun 1983 based on SSDI. Last Residence shown is Bloomington, Monroe, IN 47401.

130 Gilbert E. Swaim last residence based on Obituary Index, Wells County Public Library via internet. This record does not include the text of the obituary but just selective facts from the Obituary including source: Bluffton News Banner, Page 3, Column 1, his age of 72, no wife listed, Residence: Bloomington.

131 Samuel J. Batson born ~ 1831 based on age of 29 listed in 1860 Census, Indiana, Wells County, Unknown Townships, Image 269 of 280.

132 Samuel Batson died ~ 15 Feb 1910 based on Obituary Index, Wells County Public Library via internet. His Obituary ran 16 Feb 1910 in Bluffton Chronicle, Page 5, Column 4, age: not shown; Maiden name / Spouse: Catherine Huffman; Residence: Jackson Township.

133 Catherine Batson born ~ 1832 based on age of 28 listed in 1860 Census, Indiana, Wells County, Unknown Townships, Image 269 of 280.

134 Catherine Batson died ~ 14 Sept 1908 based on Obituary Index, Wells County Public Library via internet. His Obituary ran 15 Sep 1908 in Evening News, Page 2, Column 5; Age: not shown; Maiden name / Spouse: Huffman / Samuel J. Batson; Residence: Mt. Zion.

135 Sarah Batson date of birth (8-1-1855) based on Ancestry.com family record of Jackie Yount Welsh and validated by 1870 census, Indiana, Wells County, Jackson Township, Image 5 of 29, which listed her age as 14. This would derive to birth date of ~ 1855. 1870 census was taken 8-16-1870, so she should have been listed as 15 if her birth date was really 8-1-1855. Even with this discrepancy, too many pieces fit closely so I have to say this is the Sarah that married Henry Swaim.

136 Sarrah Swaim died April 25, 1908 based on death certificate (Indiana, Wells County, Book H-14, Page 307). This is also documented in Wells County, Indiana, Index to Death Records, 1883-1920 and supported by the 1900 Census which lists Sarah Batson Smithson as 44. So, in 1908 Sarah B. S. Swaim would be 52 years old so this checks out.

137 Marriage date of Sarah Batson and John Smithson based on Wells County, Indiana, 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

138 John Smithson’s middle name was “William” based on Jackie Welsh post in genealogy.com message board on 12-17-2000. Jackie Welsh was a g-granddaughter of Sarah Batson (Smithson) Swaim who married Henry Swaim. This source also lists Zebedee’s wife as Julia Ann Huffman and states that Sarah’s mother was Catherine Huffman, sister to Julian Ann Huffman.

139 John William Smithson born 9 Dec 1848 in Clinton County, OH based on Fred Lager Family Tree posted at Ancestry.com 6-25-2005. John W. Smithson birth in 1948 is validated by Cemetery Index, Wells County Public Library available online. The month and day of birth must not have been legible on the gravestone as they are shown with “**” in the month and day fields. However this source does list his age at death as 39y4m8d.

140 John W. Smithson died 7 May 1888 based on Cemetery Index, Wells County Public Library available online. John William Smithson death is shown on the same date and in Liberty Center, IN (Wells County) based on Fred Lager Family Tree posted at Ancestry.com 6-25-2005. This is somewhat corroborated by the widow Sarah Batson Smithson marriage to Henry Swaim Nov 1889.

141 Parents of John William Smithson based on Fred Lager Family Tree posted at Ancestry.com on 2005-6-25.

142 Information regarding Sarah and John Smithson’s children based on email from Jackie M. Welsh dated 2/4/2008. Jackie descends from Sarah Batson via Edith Smithson.

143 Information regarding Edith Smithson, her husband and her date of death based on an email from Jackie M. Welsh dated June 30, 2004. Jackie is a great granddaughter of Edith Smithson.

144 Information pertaining to Sarah Batson Smithson’s maiden name, her parents and her first husband, John Smithson, are based on Ancestry.com information from Annora Renoe. The information includes a child Francis Smithson, born 8-1878, which matches the Frank Smithson shown living with Henry and Sarah Swaim in the 1900 census. Much of this information has been corroborated by correspondence with Jackie Welsh.

145 Henry L. Swaim married Sarah Smithson on 11-1-1889 based on Indiana Marriages, 1845-1920, Wells County, Book C-7, Page 301 and the Swaim Family Record. Sarah was listed in the Swaim Family Record as Sarah Batson Smithson. It is not clear if Batson was her middle name or her original surname and she was previously married to a Smithson. There are quite a few Batson and Smithson cemetery stones in this area. Indiana Marriages, 1845-1920, Wells County, Book C-4, Page 527 includes a marriage between a Sarah Batson and a John H. Smithson on 12-09-1875. It would appear that this was Sarah’s first marriage but I am not perfectly sure.

146 Sarah Batson Smithson Swaim died 25 Apr 1908 based on gravestone. This is also referenced in Obituary Index, Wells County Public Library via internet. Her Obituary ran 25 Apr 1908 in Bluffton Chronicle, Page 1, Column 2; Age: not shown; Spouse: Batson / Henry Swaim; Residence: Jackson Township.

147 Alvin Clayton Swaim’s date of birth (11-18-1890) based on Swaim Family Record. Jackie Yount Welsh family information lists the birth as 18 Nov 1891.

148 Alvin Swaim listed in Social Security Death Index as A. Swaim, SSN issued OK born 18 Nov 1890, Last Residence 62821, Carmi, White, IL. Since birth date matches Swaim Family Record, I assume this to be Alvin. As info there are currently (as of 2003) only 19 entries in SSDI with name Swaim born in 1890. The odds of having an exact match to Alvin seems unlikely unless this is him.

149 Alvin C. Swaim married to Zola Williamson 11-22-1910 based on Indiana Marriages, 1845-1920, Wells County, Book C-11, Page 467. Also, a marriage application for Alvin Clayton Swaim listing Sarah Batson as mother and Henry as father was dated 11-18-1890 based on Wells County, Indiana  Index to Supplemental Record Marriage Applications April 1905 - December 1920 Letters A – Z  W. P. A. Original Record Located: County Clerk's Office Bluffton Compiled by Indiana Work Projects Administration 1940

150 Ms. Williamson was recorded as Zola Williamson married 22 Nov 1910 to Alvin C. Swaim based on Wells County, Indiana, Index to Marriage Record 1837 – 1920 Inclusive Volume II Letters L To Z Inclusive, Book C-11, Page 467.

151 Zola Eva Williamson date of birth based on Wells County, Indiana, Index to Supplementary Marriage Applications, Book 6, Page 240 for Zola Eva Williamson. Father = Oscar, Mother = Otta R. Keel. Eva’s date of birth also validated by 1920 census, Wells County that listed a Eva Williamson as 27 years old in 1920.

152 Zola E. Swaim died ~ 17 Jan 1956 based on Obituary Index, Wells County Public Library via internet. The Obituary ran 18 Jan 1956 in Bluffton News Banner, Page 3, Column 4; Age: 62; Spouse: Alvin Swaim; Residence: Montpelier.

153 Kenneth W. Swaim born 19 May 1911 based on Social Security Death Index, SSN issued Indiana, died 16 Oct 1990. Validated as born ~ 1911 based on listed age of 8 in 1920 Census, IN, Huntington, Warren, Dist 129, Image 1 of 32 taken Jan 2, 1920.

154 Kenneth W. Swaim died 16 Oct 1990 based on Social Security Death Index SSN issued Indiana, born 19 May 1911. His death is also referenced in Obituary Index, Wells County Public Library via internet. His Obituary ran 10 Oct 1990 in News Banner, Page 3, Column 1, age 79, Wife: Irisellen(?), Residence: not shown.

155 Kenneth Weir’s wife based on email from Jackie M. Welsh dated 2/4/2008. Jackie descends from Sarah Batson via Edith Smithson.

156 Mary D. Swaim born ~ 1916 based on listed age of 3 yrs and 7 months in 1920 Census, IN, Huntington, Warren, Dist 129, Image 1 of 32 taken Jan 2, 1920.

157 Mary Dale Swaim information based on email from Jackie M. Welsh dated 2/4/2008. Jackie descends from Sarah Batson via Edith Smithson.

158 Orville Clifton Swaim’s date of birth (2-16-1893) based on Swaim Family Record. This is validated by Social Security Death Index that reflects a birth date of 16 Feb 1893. Jackie Yount Welsh family information also lists this birth date.

159 Orville Swaim’s date of death based on Social Security Death Index 9-30-2000, SSN issued in Indiana. His birth listed as 16 Feb 1893 which matches his birth in Swaim Family Record. Death residence & Death benefit localities: 47359 McNatts, Blackford, IN; Montpelier, Blackford, IN; Nottingham, Blackford, IN. Jackie Yount Welsh family information also lists the date of death. This is also referenced in Obituary Index, Wells County Public Library via internet. The Obituary ran 13 Aug 1980 in News Banner, Page 3, Column 2; Age: 87; Spouse: not shown; Residence: Jackson Township.

160 Orville Clinton Swaim married 4 Nov 1915 in Montpelier, IN based on Jackie Yount Welsh family information posted via Fred Lager (flager) database Family Tree on Ancestry.com on 11-1-2004.

161 Hazel Kitterman’s surname (wife of Orville C. Swaim) based on 1923 Directory of Wells County via (http://www.rootsweb.com/~inwells/bio/1923dir/131.jpg). Hazel’s name was also referred to in Robert Jack Swaim’s graduation card from 1944 which read “Uncle Orville, Aunt Hazel and Sarah”.

162 Hazel E. Kitterman (Swaim) born Jun 1895 based on 1900 Census, IN, Blackford, Washington, Dist 28, Image 12 of 18 taken Jun 18, 1900. This is validated by birth ~ 1895-1896 from 1920 Census that listed her as 24 years old and validated by 1923 Directory of Wells County which lists her as Hazel Kitterman, 27 yrs old.

163 Hazel Ellen Kitterman Swaim died ~ 25 May 1970 based on Obituary Index, Wells County Public Library via internet. The Obituary ran 26 May 1970 in Bluffton News Banner, Page 3, Column 4; Age: 74; Maiden name / Spouse: Kitterman / Orville C. Swaim; Residence: not shown. The derived birth year of 1896 based on age of 74 matches the 1920 Census and 1923 Directory of Wells County.

164 Orville Swaim’s draft card obtained from Ancetsry.com: Military Records, World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Indiana, Wells County, 0, Draft Card S, dated June 27, 1917.

165 Sarah K. Swaim (daughter of Orville) birth of ~1929 derived by 1930 census that listed her as 1 1/12 years old. Sarah’s name was also referred to in Robert Jack Swaim’s graduation card from 1944 which read “Uncle Orville, Aunt Hazel and Sarah”.

166 Information on Sarah Kathleen Swaim based on email from Jackie M. Welsh dated 2/4/2008. Jackie descends from Sarah Batson via Edith Smithson.

167 Sarah Swaim cause of death based on death certificate.

168 Cemetery location for Henry and Sarah Swaim based on photo of gravestone.

169 Based on the 1920 census, IN, Wells County, Jackson Township, ED 183, Image 2 of 14.

170 Henry L. Swaim was living with at his son, Orville C. Swaim’s house according to the 1930 Census (IN) where he was listed as a 71 year old widower. The 1910 census also listed Henry as a widower.

171 Henry L. Swaim date and cause of death based on death certificate.

172 Information regarding Zebedee W. Swaim in 1880 is based on 1880 Census, Indiana, Wells County, Jackson Township.

173 Information regarding Julia’s maiden name as Huffman and her parents is based on her death certificate (Wells County, IN, Book H-19, Page 90).

174 Information pertaining to Julia’s mother actually being Elizabeth Ebersole based on family tree information of David Huffman posted at Ancestry.com.

175 Henry Huffman did not pass away until 1883 based on family tree information of David Huffman posted at Ancestry.com.

176 Julia Ann Huffman Swaim died in 1924 and burial information based on Death Certificate.

177 Zebedee W. Swaim date of birth 10-7-1829 based on Swaim Family Record and validated by 1860 Census, Indiana, Wells County, Unknown Townships (Jackson Township), Image 269 of 280.

178 Zebedee W. Swaim date of death 9-25-1888 based on Swaim Family Record. This is also validated by a photo I have of the gravestone which states that he died in 1888. This is also referenced in Obituary Index, Wells County Public Library via internet. The Obituary ran 18 Oct 1888 in Bluffton Banner, Page 2, Column 6; Age: not shown; Spouse: not shown (“son of John and Elizabeth Swaim”); Residence: Jackson Township.

179 Zebedee W. Swaim marriage to Julia A. Frost on 11-12-1857 also shown in Wells County, IN, Index to Marriage Record 1837-1920 Inclusive Vol. II Letters A to K Inclusive, Book C-2, Page 268 and in Indiana Marriages through 1850.

180 Zebedee Swaim’s wife was Julian Huffman based on Swaim Family Record. They were married 11-12-1857. She has birth date of 4-21-1836. Julia Ann’s surname is “Frost” in Indiana Marriages through 1850. Based on her death certificate, Huffman was her maiden name. She may have had a first marriage to a Frost that could account for this discrepancy.

181 Julia Swaim was born Apr 21, 1836 based on the Swaim Family Record. This is validated by a photo I have of her gravestone which states that she was born in 1836. Julia was born ~ 1837 based on her listed age of 43 in the 1880 Census, Indiana, Wells County, Jackson Township, Dist 144, Image 3 of 29. Julia A. Swaim was born ~1859 based on 1923 Directory of Wells County which lists her as 64 yrs. old. This must be another Julia Swaim or a mistake.

182 Julia Ann Huffman Swaim died Sep 2, 1924 at the age of 88 at Jackson Township, Wells County, Indiana of chronic interstitial nephritis based on death certificate (Wells County, IN Book H-19, Page 90). This is also confirmed by a photo I have of her gravestone. This is also referenced in Obituary Index, Wells County Public Library via internet. The Obituary ran 4 Sep 1924 in Bluffton Evening News, Page 1, Column 7; Age: 84; Spouse: Zebedee Swaim; Residence: Jackson Township.

183 Julia Ann Huffman was the daughter of Henry Huffman and Elizabeth Ebersole and born in Clark County, OH based on email from Jackie M. Welsh dated June 30, 2004. This source also validated Julia’s date of birth as April 2, 1836 (although Swaim Family Record shows April 21, 1836) and that she died after 1920 which matches my information.

184 Birth and death of Henry Huffman based on Cemetery Index, Wells County Public Library, Indiana available online. His age at death is listed as “84y5m20d” There is also David H. Huffman family information posted at OneWorldTree (Ancestry.com) on Aug 25 2001 which confirms his death but lists a different birth date of 30 May 1807 Clark County, Ohio and “Some information on Henry/Elizabeth (Ebersole) Huffman family came from Jackie Smith of Montalba, TX.

185 Catherine Baker birth and death based on Cemetery Index, Wells County Public Library, Indiana available online.

186 Elizabeth Ebersole birth and death based on David H. Huffman family information posted at OneWorldTree (Ancestry.com) on Aug 25 2001.

187 Elizabeth Ebersole’s parents were Jacob Ebersole, Jr and Salome Keller based on Grisso family fact sheet found via an internet search. The record appears to be quite thorough and lists the following source: Marriage listed on p. 164, Vol. 1, Early Marriage Bonds of Ohio. Original record in Clark County Probate Court marriages Book 1B, p. 249.”

188 Children of Henry Huffman and Elizabeth Ebersole based on David Huffman Family Tree information at Ancestry.com posted 25 Aug 2001.

189 Henry Huffman’s father was Adam Huffman based on Biographical Memoirs of Wells County, Levi Huffman article, Colleen Rutledge, page 192, 1903.

190 Emma Catherine Swaim’s date of birth (2-25-1861) and marriage to Lon Williamson 12-23-1880 based on Swaim Family Record. Emma’s birth year of 1861 validated by 1920 census which listed her age as 58 (census taken Jan 29, 1920).

191 Emma Williamson died ~ 11 Jul 1941 based on based on Obituary Index, Wells County Public Library via internet. The Obituary ran 12 Jul 1941 in Evening News Banner, Page 1, Column 6; Age: 80; Spouse: Dennis Williamson; Residence: Mt. Zion.

192 Marriage date of 12-23-1880 for Emma Swaim to Lon Williamson based on Swaim Family Record.

193 Dennis Orlando Williamson was born 9 Sep 1856 at Troy, Ohio based on Alan Losure family information posted at Ancestry.com. Alan is a descendant of Dennis Williamson and had family photos of him. This is validated by derived birth ~ 1856 based on age of 60 at death on 16 Nov 1916. Birth date also validated as ~ 1856 based on listed age of 53 in 1910 Census, Indiana, Wells County, Chester, ED 154, Image 4 of 17.

194 Dennis A. Williamson died 16 Nov 1916 based on Indiana Deaths, 1882-1920, Chester Township, 60 yrs, Source: County Health Office, Bluffton; Source notes: The source of this record is the book H-19 on page 2 within the series produced by the Indiana Works Progress Administration. This is also confirmed in Alan Losure’s family information at Ancestry.com (he is a descendant). This is also validated by a comparison of the 1910 and 1920 censuses and noting that in the 1920 Census Emma is listed as a widow in the 1920 census.

195 Information on Dennis A. Williamson’s parents based on John Williamson family information at Ancestry.com “What I’ve Discovered” site uploaded 4 Sep 2005.

196 Location of where Lon Williamson lived and his occupation of farmer based on 1910 and 1920 censuses.
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