Biography of Jacob Swartwood
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Swartwood, Jacob, son of Peter, was born near Port Jarvis, Pa., and in 1790 came to Van Ettenvilte, where he died in 1838. He married Catherine Van Etten, who was born July 14, 1815, and there children were Johanas, Hannah, Laney, and Betsey. He married, second, Rachel Decker. The first hotel in the town, of logs, was put up by him in 1801, and on the same ground he built the present hotel, which is now kept by his grandson, Jacob Swartwood. He served in the War of 1812 and drew a penson. He was among the first settlers in Van Etten. Johanas was born in 1791 and died in 1839. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Alexander and Catherine Swartwood, and their children were Catherine, born July 14, 1815 Jacob, born August 25, 1816; Alexander, born May 30, 1818; Rachel, born September 24, 1819; Mahaly, born April 2, 1821; Chauncey, born October 13, 1824; John S., born March 17, 1827; Erastus R., born April 25, 1832; and Sylvester, born October 26, 1834. Jacob married, February 16, 1843, Grizell Archibald, born October 13, 1819, daughter of Andrew and Janett Archibald, natives of Scotland. They have one daughter, Elizabeth J. Mrs. Swartwood died in 1848. Elizabeth J. married Alfred J. Swartwood, who was born September 29, 1849, a son of Capt. John and Susan P. (Curtis) Swartwood, and they have one daughter, Grace G., born October 3, 1875. They are proprietors of Hotel Swartwood and have one adopted son, John D., born February 27, 1872. Jacob has been postmaster for over fifty years, being now aged seventy five. This was the inscription over his hotel in 1801: "Come a;; ye golly topers, as you pass by call in and drink, I know you are dry, and if you have but half a crown, you are welcome to my jug set down."

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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