SUMMARY: John SWOPE was born in 1810 Washington County, Maryland, his parents are unknown at this time.
He married Sarah THORP/THARP in 1840. They had 5 children, all born in Maryland (NOT IOWA): Infant Daughter SWOPE Henry P Swope 1844–1932 Silas SWOPE 1845–1915 Benjamin SWOPE 1852– Susan SWOPE Simpson 1852–
In 1853, John, Sarah, and their children traveled from Maryland to Cumberland Co., Illinois, where they lived for three years. They then removed to Wapello Co. in the spring of 1856. John stayed in Wapello Co. the remainder of his life.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ FUNERAL SERVICES ANNOUNCEMENT: Ottumwa Weekly Courier, 27 Oct 1898, Vol II, 1898: The death of John Swope, one of Wapello's pioneer settlers, occurred at his home, east of the Catholic cemetery, at 9:10 o'clock this morning, aged 89 years. Funeral services will be conducted from the residence tomorrow afternoon at 1:30 o'clock by Rev. Fred Tucker, pastor of the Main Street M. E. church. The remains will be interred in Round Point cemetery.
OBIT: Ottumwa Weekly Courier, 24 Nov 1898, Vol II, 1898: John Swope Sr. Old Father John Swope, Sr., was born in Washington country, Maryland, Oct. 1, 1810. He embraced the religion of the Lord Jesus Christ at the age of 16 years and was ever a faithful follower and an ardent defender of it. In 1840 he united in marriage to Miss Sarah Thorp. To this union were born five children, three boys and two girls, four of whom are still living to mourn their loss. One infant daughter preceded him to the better land. His wife, Sarah Thorp Swope, died in march, 1865, and went to join the angels, where she waited to welcome home her companion with whom the last twenty-five years of her life on earth was spent. At 9 o'clock on the morning of October 25, 1898, Mr. Swope went tot he land of the blest to join his beloved wife. In 1853 he, with his wife and babies emigrated from Maryland to Cumberland country, Ill., where they remained for three years. Leaving there they came to Wapello county in the spring of 1856, living here since then. Father Swope was of the pioneers of this country, a good citizen, loving husband, kind father, good neighbor and a true follower of his Saviour. His friends were numbered by his acquaintances. The funeral services were held at Oak Ridge school house No. 1, November 20, 1898, at 2:30 p. m., conducted by Rev. M. S. Boyer, in the presence of a goodly congregation of sympathizing friends. May the blessings of God be with the bereaved ones.
An obituary for John was published in the "Ottumwa Weekly Courier," of February 2, 1898, and another one published in the same paper on November 24, 1898.
NOTE: John Swope's parents are unknown at this time. His parents are NOT Samuel Swope and Artemacy Kemper, they had a son named John Kemper Swope 1812-1871). If you have proof on who his parents are, please let me know. I would like to make this memorial complete with his parents. Thanks.
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There is no gravestone for John Swope in Round Point Cemetery. There probably was a stone at one time; however, it was not in the cemetery during any of the previous readings, including the one done by the WPA. -
djtruitt Added: Dec. 27, 2012