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James G Swearingen
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Birth: Aug. 15, 1830
Death: Feb. 7, 1917

CRAWFORDSVILLE JOURNAL AND REVIEW 2/8/1917

J. G. SWEARINGEN PIONEER CITIZEN OF COUNTY, DIES

MAN THOUGHT TO BE THE OLDEST NATIVE OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY PASSES AWAY

SPENT ALL OF HIS LIFE IN SAME COMMUNITY

WAS BORN NEAR YOUNTSVILLE EIGHTY SIX YEARS AGO KNOWN THRU OUT COUNTY AS UNCLE JIMMIE

ONE OF THE OLDEST AND BEST KNOWN MEN IN MONTGOMERY PASSED AWAY WEDNESDAY NIGHT IN THE DEATH OF JAMES G. SWEARINGEN, AT HIS HOME JUST WEST OF THE CITY. UNCLE JIM AS HE WAS FAMILIARLY CALLED, WAS 86 YEARS OF AGE AND A FINE SPECIMEN OF THE HALE AND HEARTY OLD PIONEER. HE WAS BORN IN RIPLEY TOWNSHIP, JUST SOUTH OF YOUNTSVILLE, AUGUST 15, 1830. THERE IS PROBABLY NO OLDER NATIVE BORN MAN LIVING IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY TODAY. HIS PARENTS CAME HERE FROM OHIO EARLY IN THE LAST CENTURY AND SETTLED IN RIPLEY TOWNSHIP AND WERE AMONG THE VERY FIRST, IF NOT THE FIRST SETTLERS IN THE TOWNSHIP. MR. SWEARINGEN ALWAYS CONTENDED THAT HIS PARENTS CAME HERE BEFORE WILLIAM OFFIELD, WHOM MANY BELIEVE WAS THE FIRST WHITE MAN TO SET FOOT ON MONTGOMERY COUNTY SOIL. MR. SWEARINGEN GREW TO MANHOOD ALWAYS TAKING A LOADING PLACE IN THIS COUNTY. HE WAS ONE OF THE PRIMEMOVERS IN ORGANIZING THE HORSE THIEF DETECTIVE ASSOCIATION, A VERY NECESSARY ORGANIZATION IN THOSE DAYS. HE WAS ALSO PROMINENT IN THE MASONIC LODGE.
MR. SWEARINGEGEN WAS TWICE MARRIED. HIS FIRST WIFE WAS MARY HIERRON AND TO THEM WERE BORN THREE CHILDREN, TWO OF WHOM SURVIVE, T. J. SWEARINGEN, NORTHEAST OF THE CITY AND MRS. J. R. BUSENBARK, OF NEAR WHITESVILLE. A DAUGHTER, MRS. ELLA ALLEN DIED A FEW YEARS AGO. THE WIFE AND MOTHER DIED MORE THEN TWENTY YEARS AGO. MR. SWEARINGEN WAS MARRIED A SECOND TIME TO MRS. LUCY J. EARP, WHO SURVIVES HIM. NO CHILDREN WERE BORN TO THIS UNION.
MR. SWEARINGENS DEATH FOLLOWS CLOSELY ON THAT OF MICHAEL D WHITE, WHOSE FUNERAL OCCURS TODAY. HE TWO MEN HAD BEEN FAST FRIENDS FOR MANY YEARS. IN THE PASSING OF UNCLE JIM THE COUNTY LOSES A FINE GENTLEMENT AND EVERY ONE WHO KNEW HIM, A STRONG FRIEND. HE WAS OUT SPOKEN PLAIN AND BLUNT IN HIS MANNER, BUT A SPLENDID AND LOVEABLE OLD MAN. HE WAS AN UNCOMPROMISING DECOCRAT AND HAS BEEN A POWER IN HIS DAY POLITICALLY. WE SHALL ALL MISS HIS CHEERFUL SMILE AND FRIENDLY SHAKE OF THE HAND.
THE FUNERAL SERVICES WILL BE HELD FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT 2 OCLOCK AT THE MASONIC TEMPLE AND IF ARRANGEMENTS ARE PERFECTED IT WLL BE IN CHARGE OF REV. GEORGE SWITZER OF LAFAYETTE. THE BURIAL WILL BE IN OAK HILL CEMETERY.
 
 
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 Spouse:
  Mary J. Herron Swearingen (1834 - 1897)*
 
 Children:
  Ella Swearingen Allen (1868 - 1914)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oak Hill Cemetery
Crawfordsville
Montgomery County
Indiana, USA
 
Created by: janet donner
Record added: Nov 08, 2009
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James G Swearingen
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