Photo Identification and David Swayze

Photo Identification – Is it really David Swayze?

There are very few things in genealogical research as exciting as finding a photograph, painting, or drawing of an ancestor. I was researching David Swayze, one of my wife’s third great grandparents. I was excited.  I saw where several people have attached the image to David Swayze (b. 1796). I also saw where someone attached the same photo to another David Swayze (born in the 1600s.) From the clothing the individual in the photo is wearing, it is clear that the photo/ isn’t from the 1600s.  Then I thought about whether this is really an image of my David Swayze. David’s uncle was Judge David Swayze. My thoughts immediately went to the two Davids and how the two could be uniquely identified in a photograph.  I looked through all the sources for this photo I could find and none of the sources appeared to have any provenance or history with the on-line version of the photo. I have emailed the two individuals that seem to have the first postings of the photo to see if they have any provenance about the photo and/or how they differentiated Judge David Swayze (1762-1838) from David Swayze (1796-1850) – Or David C. Swayze, born circa 1840, for that matter.  (I think I know but I don’t want to assume anything.)
My thought is, don’t assume that a photo that is purported to be a particular individual is that individual without provenance or, at least, some kind of identifier information.
DH50 – David  Swayze
10 June 1796 – 25 September 1850
David  Swayze[i] was born on 10 June 1796 in Morris County, New Jersey[ii]; he died on 25 September 1850 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, aged 54[iii]. He was buried on 29 September 1850 in Kalamazoo at the Mountain Home Cemetery[iv].
He is the first son (second child) of Amos Swayze (1767-1839), aged 29, and Henrietta Chrisfield.

Siblings

It appears that he may have had an older sister, Cornelia. Her birth date is unknown.

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1798 – Birth of his sister Elizabeth on 9 June 1798.

1800 – Birth of his sister Jane on 11 June 1800.
1803 – Birth of his sister Alice 9 September 1803.
1806 – Birth of his sister Polly 16 June 1806; Polly died 12 days later on 28 June 1806.
1807 – Death of his eight-year-old sister, Elizabeth in March 1807.
1807 – Birth of his sister Nancy 12 June 1807.
1809 – Celebration for young David, finally after six sisters a brother, Samuel C. was born on 28 August 1809.
1811 – Birth of another sister, Eleanor A., on 9 Dec 1811.
1814 – Birth of an eighth sister, Mary, on 22 Nov 1814.
1817 – Saw the birth of a second brother, Aaron Chrisfield, on 17 Jan 1817.
1817 – Later in 1817, David left home and married,
1819 – Two years later, David’s youngest sister Melinda was born on 9 November 1819.
He had a total of nine sisters and two brothers.

Marriage

1817 – He married[v] Katherine (sometimes Catherine) A D  Walter (1794-1868), the daughter of James Walker (1752-1838) and  Margaret Ann Swan (?-1804) on 30 January 1817 in Fairfield County, Ohio[vi]. David was 20 and Katherine was 22. The ceremony was performed by David’s uncle, Judge David Swayze.

Ohio Years

I have seen several researchers who have indicated that they moved to Virginia “first.”  I have not found any documentative evidence indicating that move. David and Katherine lived in Fairfield County, Ohio before they married in Fairfield County and all their children were born in Ohio, and, I believe, Fairfield County.
Different documents indicate they lived in New Salem[vii], others indicate they lived in Walnut, but always Fairfield County until the family moved north to Kalamazoo, Michigan about 1839 or 1840.

Michigan Years

Kalamazoo
Courtesy: KalamazooMI.Com

David was one of the founders of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Although his life in Kalamazoo was short, only about 10 years, his impact was felt in many societies, organizations, and village life.

Between 1841 and 1844 he was the Treasurer of the Kalamazoo County Bible Society,[viii]

In 1844 he was a Member of the Kalamazoo Clay Club. That was a Whig organization that supported Henry Clay for president.,[ix] Also in 1844, he was a Trustee for the incorporation of Kalamazoo.,[x]

In 1846 he service the city as the “Overseer of the Poor” for the Village of Kalamazoo,[xi]

His interest in the Kalamazoo County Bible Society continued into 1850 when he was Vice President.,[xii]

Death

Marker – David Swayzee – Died Sept 26 1850
Source: Find-a-Grave Memorial 13791718

David Swayzee died 25 September 1850 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is buried at Mountain Home Cemetery in Kalamazoo.

Children

The children of David and Katherine were:
·      Elizabeth Jane Swayze, born about 1818 in Ohio, died on 25 March 1896 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, aged about 78. She married Isaac Wiseman on 25 March 1840, next she married Rufus Holton  Darling on 27 August 1846. She had 6 children: Mary, Abner, Elizabeth, Emily, Eva and Rufus.
·      Emily Ann  Swayze, born on 21 January 1820 in Ohio, died sometime before 24 January 1908 in Aurora, Kane County, Illinoi). She married Samuel N. Davis on 27 January 1846, next married Samuel  McCarty on 15 April 1853. She had 8 children: Lucy, Eva, Sydney, Charles, Edgar, William, Sallie and Jenny.
·      Margeretta Swayze, born about 1821 in Ohio, died on 18 October 1823 in Lancaster, Fairfield County, Ohio, aged about 2. She had no known descendants.
·      Angeline Swayze, born about 1824 in Ohio, died at an unknown date. She had no known descendants.
·      William D. Swayze, born about 1826 in Ohio, died at an unknown date. He had no known descendants.
·      S. B. Swayze, born about 1828. She married, but has no known descendants.
·      Theodore P.  Swayze, born about 1837 in Fairfield County, Ohio. He had no known descendants. 
·      Caroline M. Swayze, born about 1838 in Ohio; she died at an unknown date. She had no known descendants.

List of Greats

Rufus Harry Darling (1856-1917_
Elizabeth Jane Swayze (1818-1896)
David Swayze (1796-1850)
Amos Swayze (1767-1839)
Barnabas Swayze
Samuel Swayze (Judge)
Joseph Swayze
John Swayze
John Swayze (Before 1600, England)

[Note: Names in italac are anticipated but haven’t been confirmed by me, yet.]

Future Actions

Review Wiseman Family at the Old Church at New Salem for references to David Swayze. ( This book is available on Persi at the Library persi.heritagequestonline.com.)

ENDNOTES

[i] Note:  Name: David /Sweezey/,  Name: David /Swayzee/,  Name: David /Sweezey/, ,  Name: David /Swayzee/,
[ii] Sources: DAR Genealogical Research Databases – Descendants List /  Member: Helen J Roy ;Nat’l # 455124 – Ancestor # A120153 – Daughters of the American Revolution (Internet) – Genealogy of the Swasey Family / 63. Amos Swayze – Pages 183-190 – Don Taylor Files (Other) – Find a Grave / David Swayzee – Memorial# 13791718 – Find-a-Grave (Copy)
[iii] Sources: DAR Genealogical Research Databases – Descendants List /  Member: Helen J Roy ;Nat’l # 455124 – Ancestor # A120153 – Daughters of the American Revolution (Internet) – Find a Grave / David Swayzee – Memorial# 13791718 – Find-a-Grave (Copy)
[iv] Source: Genealogy of the Swasey Family / 63. Amos Swayze – Pages 183-190 – Don Taylor Files (Other)
[v] Note: There is a conflict regarding the 1830 Census.  Reinvestigate.
[vi] Sources: DAR Genealogical Research Databases – Descendants List /  Member: Helen J Roy ;Nat’l # 455124 – Ancestor # A120153 – Daughters of the American Revolution (Internet)
– Genealogy of the Swasey Family / 63. Amos Swayze – Pages 183-190 – Don Taylor Files (Other)
– Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013 / David Swayze and Catharine Walter, 30 Jan 1817; citing Fairfield, Ohio, United States, reference ; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 295,268. – FamilySearch.org (Digitizing)
[vii] Note: Then moved to New Salem Ohio
[viii] Source: History of Kalamazoo County Michigan – Google Books (Digitizing)
[ix] Sources: Kalamazoo Clay Club of 1844 (Other) – History of Kalamazoo County Michigan – Google Books (Digitizing)
[x] Sources: Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Ancestry (Other) – History of Kalamazoo County Michigan – Google Books (Digitizing)
[xi] Source: History of Kalamazoo County Michigan – Google Books (Digitizing)
[xii] Source: History of Kalamazoo County Michigan – Google Books (Digitizing)

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Alice Mulligan Swayze (1769-1850)

52 Ancestors #20 – Alice Mulligan Swayze (1769-1850)

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There are times when I am afraid that I might be perpetuating
mistakes of others.  Although I do not
have any certain issues with what I think I know about Alice Mulligan Swayze, I
have no original sources for anything.  I
do have, what I believe to be fairly reliable, references from the Daughters of
the American Revolution (DAR) and from the Sons of the American Revolution
(SAR).  I also have references to Alice
in a couple books, and finally I have references to her from a government from
years after her death.  Nothing that I have
is direct evidence.  I understand I can
purchase some copies of the material used in some of the DAR submissions; I
will probably need to do that in the future. I don’t know if the SAR has the
same or similar program.  Their website
is a bit more complicated and difficult to figure out.

Like most colonial period females, there is nothing about her
directly that I have found. References to her are based upon her husband’s
activities and actions.  David Swayze
married her; there is never a mention about her marrying him.  In any event, here is what I think I know.

Bio – Alice Mulligan

Cecil County, Maryland
Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons 

Alice was born 22 May 1769 in Cecil, Maryland[i].  I do not have her parent’s information.

She married David Swayze 20 Jan 1792 also in Cecil, Maryland[ii],
although it is possible that she married David earlier in 1788[iii].

Sometime before 1812, she located with her husband to New Salem,
Fairfield County, Ohio.

By 1829, her husband was a class leader & church officer;
circuit preachers made their home there & for years the M.E. preaching,
prayer meetings & class meetings were held at her house[ii].

Alice died 03 Jan 1850 in Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio[iv].

List of Greats

1.    
Rufus Harry Darling
2.    
Elizabeth Jane Swayze
3.    
David Swayze
4.   
Alice
Mulligan

Further Research.

      Get documents
originally used for DAR & SAR Applications.

Sources:

[i] Sons
of the American Revolution – Volume: 150; SAR Membership Number: 22943
[ii]Genealogy of the Swasey Family,”
Page 185 –
Judge David Swazey.
[iii] “Official
roster of the soldiers of the American Revolution buried in the state of Ohio“ Columbus,
Ohio – Page 360 – Swayze, David (Fairfield Co.)
[iv] DAR
Genealogical Research Databases
– Descendants List – DAR – Nat’l #:
244347 – Ancestor #: A111692.

David Swayze (1762-1838)

52 Ancestors #10 – Judge David Swayze (1762-1838)

David Swayze is a great example of an individual that I know
I have so much more research to work on. 
Birth: I am
fairly certain that he was born on March 4th, 1762, to Amos and Ida
Swayze in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. 
There are a couple sources that indicate he may have been born on March
11th, which I would like to investigate further.  Another area is that his is the only child I
know that Amos and Ida had. I would need to investigate further and determine
if he had any siblings.
Revolutionary Flag – Bennington Flag 
Military: We also
know that he was a patriot.  He served as
a private for New Jersey during the Revolution. According to DAR and SAR
records he served under Capt. McKinney, Hazlet, Henry, Bonnel & Ribble. His
service is an area that I really need to do much more research. What actions
might he have seen.  He also received a
pension for his service and it appears that he received a land grant for his
service.
Family:  He married Alice Mulligan on January 20th,
1792.   They had five children that I
know of.
·     
David (Jr.) born in 1796
·     
Sarah born in 1800
·     
Evan Thomas born in 1802
·     
Elizabeth born in 1804
·     
William Marsh born in 1814
Sometime between 1796 and 1817, David moved to Ohio. Because
in 1817, David was a Justice of the Peace in Fairfield County, Ohio, where he
married his son David to Catherine Walter. 
Marker for David Swayze
Thanks to Find-a-Grave

According to an entry on Find A Grave, “David Swayze was one of the founders of New Salem,
Ohio. It may have been named after the town of Salem, Mass. It was laid out by
Abraham Hashbarger/Hershberger and David Swayze.”
David Swayze died on 2 Mar 1838 in New Salem, Fairfield
county, Ohio at the age of 75.
He is buried New Salem Methodist Episcopal Cemetery in Salem,
Perry County, Ohio, USA.
I remember my wife’s 4th great-grandfather, David Swayze, today, on the 252nd
anniversary of his birth.
The Great Ancestors
1.    
Rufus Harry Darling
2.    
Elizabeth Jane Swayze
3.    
David Swayze
4.   
David
Swayze
5.    
Amos Swayze
6.    
Mathias Swayze
7.    
Samuel Swayze
8.    
John Swayze
9.    
John Swayze

Further Research: 

Investigate various sources for David’s birthdate.
Investigate Amos & Ida Swayze for additional children.
Further document David’s Military Service.
Follow David’s move to Ohio better.
Find/acquire a better image of David Swayze’s marker where the writing is legible.

Sources:

DAR Genealogical Research Databases – Nat’l #: 109611 & Nat’l #: 244347 
Find a Grave Memorial# 7656916 – David Swayze
Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994 (vi FamilySearch.org) – FHL microfilm 295268.
Ohio, Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997, (via FamilySearch.org) – David Swayze, 1838.
Sons of the American Revolution – Volume: 150; SAR Memb. # 22943.
Sons of the American Revolution – Volume: 302; SAR Memb. # 60216.

Biography – Emma (Emily) Swayze Darling (1852-1918)

An Uncle Sam cartoon from 1852
(Thanks to the Marchand Archives,
The History Project, UC Davis)
[On this 161’st anniversary of Emma (Emily) Swayze Darling’s birth I  remember her and her life.] 

The Studebaker Brothers established their wagon company, the Uncle Sam cartoon character made its debut in the “New York Lantern,” Harriet Beecher Stowe published Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and the twins Eva and Emma (Emily) Swayze Darling were born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on the 24th of July, 1852. 

Their father was Rufus Holton Darling, the builder and former owner of the Goss and Darling general store, the first store in Kalamazoo. He was a railroad man, and a Whig candidate for local office.  Her mother, Elizabeth Jane Swayze Darling was the daughter of David Swayze, the son of David Swayze, Sr., a patriot of the revolution. 
After the amazing prosperity of the 1840s, Kalamazoo had seen a huge population drop from 1849 to 1852 because of the California Gold Rush. Many of the city’s able bodied men, such as her father’s business partner Milo Goss, had left the city for California before her birth.
While she was still a baby, tuberculosis ravished her house.  Her twin sister Eva died in the year following their birth.  Her father took ill and was debilitated and bedridden until he died four years later. She too was disabled by the disease and would remain sick off and on throughout her life. After the death of her father, her grandmother, Catherine Swayze, and her uncle Theodore P. Swayze lived with her mother, Elizabeth Jane Darling, her half-sister, Mary C. Wiseman, her older brother, Abner, an older sister Elizabeth and  younger brother Rufus Henry. She attended school and the family lived in the large home Rufus built at the corner of Cedar and Rose streets.
She was still a child, only eight years old, when the civil war broke out. Her uncle Theodore had enlisted in the army the year before war began. Her grandmother Swayze died in 1868 leaving her at home with her mother and younger brother Rufus. The house was said to be valued at $14,000 in the 1870 census, a substantial valuation in the day.
Her half-sister, Mary Catherine (Kate) (now Churchill) returned home with a daughter Kitty before the 1880 census was taken. Rufus, 22, worked for the Railroad his father helped build. Emma herself was at home, not working is was listed as “maimed, crippled, bedridden or otherwise disabled.” Certainly, hers was a tough life. 
In August of 1892, Elizabeth sold her 1/5 share of the property that the Goss and Darling Store was originally on to Emma for $2000.  Emma sold the property to Melville Bigalow (her sister Elizabeth’s husband) in 1896 for $3000.
Emma’s mother, Elizabeth passed in 1896 and the large house was apparently split so both a lodger and another family lived at the same address. Her sister “Ida” was living with her then. Ida was fifteen years younger than Emma and doesn’t show up in any other records. She was apparently either a first wife of her brother Robert Harry, or a wife of her other brother Abner. Ida had been married for five years to someone in 1900.
The 1910 census is an absolute mess in regards of reporting those living at 204 Rose Street. No details of Emma are recorded other than her name, gender, and address.  Beneath her name is a listing of ten inmates at the Kalamazoo County Jail down the street from Emma’s house.
Emma (Emily) was a member of the M E Church (Methodist Episcopal Church – later the First Methodist Church of Kalamazoo).  
The Kalamazoo Gazette reported that Emily (Emma) died on 5 March 1918, at the age of 65; however, her death certificate indicates she died of chronic bronchitis and chronic ulcers on 5 April 1918. She died in the house she was born in and lived in all of her life at the corner of Cedar and Rose in Kalamazoo.
She was buried at Mountain Home Cemetery in Kalamazoo. 

Many thanks to Ancestry.Com, Family Search.Org, Kalamazoo Genealogy.Org,
Genealogy Bank.Com, and Seeking Michigan (Library of Michigan), and Find-a-Grave.

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Rufus Holton Darling – Built First Store in Kalamazoo

Headline from Kalamazoo Gazette, July 9, 1916

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I am reminded of the importance of looking closely at all of the family members and their actions and activities.  Rufus Holton Darling was born about 1816 and died in 1857. He had several children including a spinster daughter, Miss Emma (Emily) Darling (1852-1918). The Kalamazoo Gazette, dated July 9, 1916, mentions that, 

“These were the early days in the history of Kalamazoo and it is only a few who now remember that the first store built in Kalamazoo was that of Goss and Darling on Main and Burdick street, built by Rufus H. Darling and David Swayze. This corner was only at that time a wooded spot.”

I had known that Rufus operated the Goss and Darling general store, but didn’t know that it was the first store built in Kalamazoo and that Rufus and his father-in-law, David Swayze  built it. 
Later in the article, Miss Emma reflects, 

“My father had the contract for building the Michigan Central railway from Michigan City through to Grass Lake and on its completion a banquet was given for which [she had] the original invitations sent to [her] parents.”

I knew that shortly after the Michigan Central railway came through Kalamazoo, Rufus worked for them. However, I didn’t know that he actually built the railroad through Kalamazoo.  
The article goes on to describe the excitement of the first train that arrived in Kalamazoo on a Sunday morning and how its arrival emptied the churches that day.  It is a great article and a great find that fills in more of the detail regarding Rufus and family.

Thanks to
Genealogy Bank for having the Kalamazoo Gazette in its records.