|Birth: ||Jul. 2, 1845|
Ste. Genevieve County
|Death: ||May 15, 1925|
From the book "Genealogy of the Swink Family of Missouri" by Robert A. Swink; The Star-News Publishing Co., Pasadena, California, 1940:
PHILLIP AUGUSTUS SWINK
Phillip Augustus Swink, son of William Swink, grew to manhood on his father's farm on the Saline Creek. When the war of the Rebellion broke out the need for men became greater and greater and finally, when he was only sixteen years of age, he entered the war on the side of the Confederacy and served under General Jeff Thompson. He engaged in a skirmish it Lexington, Missouri, and at Neosha, Missouri. His company disbanded in the year 1864 in Benton County, Arkansas. On his way home he met up with some Union soldiers at Frederickstown, Missouri, who took him prisoner and sent him first to Pilot Knob, Missouri, but later to Gratiot Prison in St. Louis, Missouri, where he remained from October 1, to December 1, 1864, when he was banished from Missouri and sent into that part of Illinois lying east of the Illinois Central railroad. Here he remained until the close of the war.
On his return he found conditions quite different from what they were when he left. Negroes had been set free, unrest everywhere, stock killed or stolen, fences and buildings burned. Fortunately his father's house still stood. The period of reconstruction was a period of discontent and unrest. He and his father wished for the elder brothers John Edwin, and in 1869 he left for California, the year the first transcontinental railroad was completed. He returned in 1870 with his brother, John Edwin. Shortly after his return he married Jennie Ashbaugh and followed farming until 1895, when he moved with his family to Fayetteville, Arkansas. His wife's health becoming very bad, he returned to Jefferson County, where she died in 1907. However, during their sojourn in Arkansas, the eldest son, Harry, married and did not return with them.
One of his sons, Percy, had gone to Porterville, California, and his youngest son having died, he went to live with Percy, where he died about 1923 or 1924. He was buried in the Gamel Graveyard at Festus, Missouri. All his life he was a devout member of the Christian Church.
From the records of the 1850 Federal Census in Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri, Saline Township, taken October 5, 1850, page 245, household #583; from ancestry.com, image #82 of 116. Phillip is listed in the household of his parents:
Philip A. Swink; age- 4, born- Missouri
From the 1860 Federal Census, Saline Township, Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri, Avon Post Office, taken August 22, 1860, page 319, household #1047; from ancestry.com, image 19 of 24. Philip is listed in the household of his parents:
Philip Swink ; age- 13, male, born- Missouri, in school
From the 1870 Federal Census of Antelope Township, Tehama County, California, page 45/ 155, taken August 1870, household 5; from ancestry.com, image 4 of 8. Philip is listed in the household of his brother John Edwin:
Swink, Philip A.; age- 24, laborer, born- Missouri
(Philip had reportedly just come to California to persuade his brother to return to Missouri. Apparently they left California and returned to Missouri, perhaps days after this census was taken.-RW)
From the 1880 Federal Census of Jefferson County, Misouri, Joachim Township, taken June 23, 1880, household #323:
Swink, Phillip; age- 34, male, head of household, married, farmer, born- MO, parents born- VA/ TN
Swink, Eliza J.; age- 28, female, wife, keeps house, born- NY, parents born- PA/ NY
Swink, Harry O.; age- 6, male, son, born- MO, parents born- MO/ NY
Swink, Percy W.; age- 2, male, son, born- MO, parents born- MO/ NY
James, Charles; age- 18, black, male, laborer, laborer. born- MO, parents born- MO/ MO
From "History of Jefferson County, Missouri and Festus, Missouri" by Howard C. Litton; Festus, Missouri; Second Edition, May 1987:
In a story on pg. 36 titled," CHRISTIAN CHURCH WAS PRESENT BEFORE NAMING OF CITY OF FESTUS:
****** "...The Rev. G. A. Hoffman, now living in Bloomsdale, organized the church in 1883 with the following charter members: Mrs. Mary M. Kenner, Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Swink, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Swink, Mr. and Mrs. William Swink, Mrs. Sarah McNutt, Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Madison, Peter Guthorel, and Mrs. Ida Sherlock. ..."
This apparently came from a series of stories in 1937, put together for the 50th anniversary of the founding of the City of Fetus, Missouri. It mentions many Swinks and Swink spouses, including Philip and Eliza. Mr. and Mrs. William Swink are Philip's parents William and Mary Swink. They were living in the home of their daughter Mary Kenner and her family in Festus at the time. Mary Kenner is his sister, married to William Kenner. Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Swink is his brother John and his wife Mariah. Mrs. Sarah McNutt is John's sister married to George McNutt. I have more of the story in notes for her sister Mary Malinda (Swink) Kenner.
From "The Jefferson Democrat" newspaper of Hillsboro, Jefferson, Missouri; sent to me courtesy of Charlotte Maness:
****** FRIDAY, 18 OCTOBER 1872 - MARRIED - SWINK - ESHBAUGH - At Hanover, on the 9th inst., by Rev. J.C. DOWNER, Mr. Philip A. SWINK, of St. Genevieve county, to Miss Jennie, eldest daughter of H. ESHBAUGH, Esq.
****** FRIDAY, 9 DECEMBER 1881 - COUNTY COURT - December, 5, 1881 petit jurors, Included: P.A. SWINK
****** FRIDAY, 22 DECEMBER 1882 - The following named renewed their allegiance to the J.D. the past week: Included: P.A. SWINK
****** WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 1883 - COUNTY COURT - Commissioner reported survey of road from St. Louis and Ste. Genevieve road to public road at HORINE place, which was accompanied by report of jurors of damages, as follows - to Mrs. RANKIN, nothing; R.C. MOORE, $75; Geo. McNUTT, nothing; J. KERRUSH, $20; John MUSE, $20; Nancy GAMEL, $10; W.A. FOSTER, nothing; P.A. SWINK, nothing, and J.M. MEANS, $5. The report was approved, road ordered established and warrants drawn on county treasurer for amounts of damages and costs.
****** WEDNESDAY, 8 APRIL 1885 - FOR SALE CHEAP - 40 acres, 1 1/2 miles northwest of Crystal City, most all improved and containing good dwelling house and all other conveniences, with good orchard. For terms, price &c., apply to P.A. SWINK, Hanover, Mo.
****** WEDNESDAY, 11 NOVEMBER 1885 - COUNTY COURT - The following jurors were drawn for the January term of Circuit court: petit jury - Included: Philip SWINK
****** WEDNESDAY, 9 JUNE 1886 - S.S. CONVENTION - The following is the program of the Joachim Township Sunday School convention, to be held in the City Hall, at Crystal City, on Saturday, June 19th.
Is the Sunday school doing a work that can not be Accomplished by the Church - J.M. BAILEY and C.F. LEE.
Method of Increasing Interest in Sunday Schools - R.M. DENHOLM and George R. McNUTT.
The Work of the secretary in Sunday Schools and How it Should Be done - J.E. COVER, R.C. MOORE AND J. SHEDRON.
How to Interest the Young Men and Young Ladies in Sunday School Work - Mrs. Reed McCORMACK, P.A. SWINK,
F. JENNI and Rev. CROW.
How to Present the Lesson to the Primary Class - Mrs. P.A. SWINK and Mrs. Frank NULL.
****** WEDNESDAY, 4 APRIL 1888 - LIST of CONVEYANCES - Filed with the Recorder during the week ending on last Saturday:
P.A. SWINK to James CAMPBELL, 33 acres in survey 1986
From the 1900 Federal Census of Prairie Township (part of) Fayetteville City, All north of line East and West through Center of Twp. 16,. Washington County, Arkansas, district #111, sheet 1A, page 198, taken June 1, 1900, household #2:
Swink, P. A.; head of household, male, born July 1846, age- 53, married 27 years, born- Missouri, father born- Virginia, mother born- Tennessee, occupation- farmer, r/w's, owns home with mortgage, home is a farm
----- Mrs. E. J.; wife, female, born, May 1852, age- 48, married 27 years, mother of 3 children/ 3 children living, born- New York, father born- Pennsylvania, mother born- New York, r/w's
----- H. O.; son, male, born- September 1873, age- 26, single, born- Missouri, father born- Missouri, mother born- New York, occupation- Miner (zinc), r/w's
----- Percy W.; son, male, born- March 1877, age- 22, single, born- Missouri, father born- Missouri, mother born- New York, occupation- Miner (zinc), r/w's
----- P. A. W.; son, male, born- April , 1895, age- 5, born- Missouri, father born- Missouri, mother born- New York
From the 1910 Federal Census of Joachim Township, Jefferson County, Missouri, district 32, sheet 11B, page 98, taken May 4, 1910, household 5; from ancestry.com, image 42 of 66. Philip is listed with his son in the household of his sister Mary and her husband William Kenner:
Swink, Philip; Boarder, male, age- 64, widowed, born- Missouri, parents born- Missouri, occupation- farmer, r/w's
------ Philip Jr.; Boarder, male, age- 15, single, born- Missouri, parents born- Missouri, occupation- none
From the 1920 Federal Census of Jefferson County, Missouri, Joachim Township, Hermatite Village, taken January 27, 1920, district 33, sheet 16A, household 319; from ancestry.com, image 31 of 34. Philip is listed in the household of his nephew Thomas, another nephew, a niece, and a great niece.:
Swink, Philip A.; uncle, age- 73, widowed, reads/writes, born- Missouri, parents born- Tennessee, occupation- farm hand
From Jefferson County Funeral Home Records, posted by the Jefferson County Historical Society:
Name: Swink, Phillip A.
Born: July 2, 1845
Death: May 15, 1925
Cemetery: Gamel Cemetery
Father: Wm Swink
Cause of death: Senility
Age: 79 yrs, 10 mo, 13 days
Eliza Jennie Eshbaugh Swink (1852 - 1908)*
Percy W. Swink (1878 - 1946)*
Phillip Arthur Swink (1895 - 1923)*
Created by: Rick Waggener
Record added: Aug 31, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 96328866