Biography of James M. Swope
Howard County, IN Biographies





JAMES M. SWOPE is the youngest of eleven children born to Joseph and Margaret (Miller) Swope, natives of Virginia, and of German and Irish descent. Joseph Swope (whose father was the first white child born in Monroe County, Va.) came to Franklin County, Ind., in 1818, but soon removed to Decatur, where he remained until his death in 1828. He and wife were prominent members of the Baptist Church. James was born April 15, 1827, and was reared upon a farm, receiving but a limited education. At the age of twenty, he was married to Sarah A. Fulwider, born August 1, 1823, daughter of George and Hannah (Fix) Fulwider, of Bartholomew County, Ind., and natives of Augusta County, Va. After his marriage, he came to Howard County, and in December, 1847, preempted 160 acres in Liberty Township, and April 17, 1848, entered the same farm and remained upon this until 1851, when he sold, and purchased 160 acres in Union Township. He has since added to this until now he has 373 acres of fine farm land, near Jerome. Mr. and Mrs. Swope have had seven children - Serilda C., born March 16, 1848, died November 9, 1869; Corinthia, born August 12, 1851; Joseph, born April 3, 1854; George It., born December 14, 1857; Arthur L., born July 11, 1860, died February 27th, 1878; John M., born March 27, 1863, and one infant. Mr. Swope is an earnest supporter of Republican principles, and he and wife are identified with the Separate Baptist Church.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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