|Birth: ||Jun. 24, 1817|
|Death: ||Dec. 9, 1900|
Frederick was born northeast of Troxelville, Pa. in what is now Adams Township, Synder County, Pennsylvania. Thanks to Ron Swartz and Nelson A. Swartz we have Frederick Swartz's Biography.
The Marcellus News; December 14, 1900
Biography of Frederick Swartz by Nelson Swartz (Grandson)
Frederick Swartz, an aged and respected citizen of Marcellus Township, died at his late home December 9, 1900 of paralysis, at the age of 83 years, 5 months and 15 days.
Frederick Swartz, the oldest surviving son of Henrich and Maria Magdalena Swartz, nee Fetterroff, was born in Beaver Township, Union (now Snyder) County, Pa. June 24, 1817.
He received his education in the German schools of his native township. He was a skilled veterinarian for many years and purchased the best books which treated on the subject of veterinary that could be obtained. They were published in Germany.
On June 19, 1838, he was married to Miss Henrietta Bingaman, of the same place, by the Rev. William Garman. To this union were born twelve children, five sons and seven daughters. All were born in Pennsylvania, except three, who were born in Ohio.
They lived in their native county until 1854, when he and his brothers, Elias and Samuel, with their families moved in wagons to York Township, Sandusky County, Ohio. His parents moved by railroad to the same township.
In March, 1856, he and his wife and several daughters were converted at the United Brethren Church, one mile east of the village of Colby, near his place, under the pastorate of Rev. Mikel Long, who was a very godly man and a great worker for his master. Seventy-five persons were converted in this revival meeting. During these meetings the church was burned to the ground by an enemy to God's cause. The church was rebuilt at Colby and was named the Mt. Carmel U. B. Church. Bro. Swartz was class-leader of this church for ten years.
In the spring of 1867 he and his family moved to Michigan and located near what is now the village of Moorepark, St. Joseph County. While living here, he and his wife united with the Park Evangelical Church by letter and labored here for a number of years. After living here several years he moved to Fisher's Lake, where he remained until 1877. In March of this year occurred the death of his wife. On November 13, 1877, he was again united in marriage to Mrs. Matilda Drumheller by Rev. J.H. Keeler.
He lived in St. Joseph County until the fall of 1883, when he moved to Marcellus Township, Cass County, where he has ever since resided. In November, 1883, his second wife died and he was left a widower until August 14, 1886, when he was again married, to Mrs. Mary Bickel of Elkhart, Ind. She died August 17, 1898.
While a resident of Marcellus he united with the Evangelical class at the Bucher school house, where he has ever since been a member, having faithfully served his Lord and Savior for forty-four years. He was well read in the bible, and his greatest delight was in teaching its precious truths to others. May his teachings bear fruit for the kingdom.
It may be of interest to mention that he saw the first Evangelical Church and the first publishing house ever established by the Evangelical Association, at New Berlin, Union County, Pa., both in the year 1816. He was also acquainted with the Rev. John Seybert, who was the first bishop of the Evangelical Association.
On the morning of December 5, 1900, he was stricken down with paralysis, and lingered until Sunday evening, when he peacefully passed away to his eternal reward. During his sickness he was continually praising his Savior. Thus died a Christian man – not by precept only, but by example.
Of his children, only three survive, Joseph, of Bellevue, Ohio; Isaac, of Newberg; and Henry, who lives on the homestead. Also twenty-five grandchildren, four great grand-children, two brothers, Elias, aged nearly 78 years, of Prairie Ronde Township, Kalamazoo County, Mich.; Samuel, aged 69 years, of Clyde, Ohio, and one sister Mrs. Susannah Gearhart, aged 75 years, of Bellevue, Ohio, survive to mourn his loss.
The funeral was held Wednesday in the Evangelical church, Marcellus, at 11 o'clock. Revs. Koehler and Flory conducted the funeral services. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Flory, who preached for the text, "for to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain" Phil. 1:21. This text was chosen by the deceased. The remains were buried in the Bly Cemetery beside those of his wife. All his sons and brothers were present at the funeral.
Written by Nelson A. Swartz
Henry Swartz (1793 - 1862)
MaryAnn Magdalena Fetterolf Swartz (1798 - 1872)
Henrietta Bingaman Swartz (1818 - 1877)
Matilda Parker Drumhiller (1832 - 1883)*
Julia A. Swartz Schoch (1861 - 1899)*
Frederick Swartz (1817 - 1900)
Catharine Swartz Kline (1819 - 1883)*
Samuel Swartz (1831 - 1909)*
Plot: Lot # 19
Created by: Douglas Long
Record added: Jun 29, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 72203107