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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography of George Harvey Swaim

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois," by J. O. Cunningham, 1905


GEORGE HARVEY SWAIM, farmer, St. Joseph Township, Champaign County, Ill., was born in Parke County, Ind., March 23, 1828, the son of Col. Jehu B. and Nancy (WHITE—nee JOHNSON) SWAIM, natives of North Carolina and Tennessee, respectively. Jehu B. Swaim was twice married, and by his first wife the following named children were born: William W. (deceased), Sarah, George Harvey (subject of this sketch), Betsy (deceased), Patsy, Rhoda and Nancy. His first wife having died, he married Miss Juliet WILLIAMS, daughter of Samuel and Mary (VanCLEAVE) WILLIAMS of Russellville, Ind., and to them four children were born: Tilghman Howard, Marion (died in infancy), Anna J. (Mrs. William JACOBS), and Mary E. Mr. and Mrs. Jehu B. Swaim are both deceased.

George H. Swaim came from Rockville, Ind., to Champaign County, Ill., in 1866. He married Miss Elizabeth C. JONES, daughter of Joseph and Mary (CASS) JONES, and to them nine children have been born, eight of whom are now living, namely: Teressa Adarene (Mrs. John C. WATSON), Amelia J., Wilbern J. (married Mary EATON), Mary Alice (Mrs. Albert HUDSON), Sophronia (Mrs. John C. ADAMS of Canon City, Colo.), Sarah A., Minnie (deceased), Lennie E. (Mrs. Wiley PITCHER, of Urbana), Alta May (Mrs. Ed. HUDSON), Mrs. Swaim died February 24, 1886.

After coming to Champaign County, Mr. Swaim first bought eighty acres of land six miles east and two miles south of Urbana, upon which he located his home, and later bought eighty acres more adjoining his first purchase and thirty acres in the timber on Salt Fork. On this homestead he has resided ever since and reared his family. Mr. Swaim is a member of the Baptist Church of Muncie, Ill., and in political views is a Democrat, and has served as School Director for many years.

Captain Michael SWAIM, grandfather of George H., was a patriot in the War of 1812. He married Betsy BARNES, a native of North Carolina, and settled in Indiana about 1820. To himself and wife nine children were born—five sons and four daughters.

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