Biography of William L. Swan
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

William L. Swan is well and favorably known in East Liverpool, where he lives retired. He is a veteran of the Civil War. He was born in Washington County, Ohio, Dec. 14, 1843, and is the son of L. B. and Emily (Dustin) Swan.

L. B. Swan was a native of Washington County, Ohio, and the son of Levi Swan. He was a cooper by trade and also extensively engaged in general farming. Emily (Dustin) Swan, a native of Ohio, was the daughter of Captain William Dustin, who served in the War of 1812. To Mr. and Mrs. Swan, deceased, the following children were born: Lucy, William L., Elizabeth, Mary, Emily, Eunice, Charles, John and George.

William L. Swan was reared and educated in Washington County, Ohio. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted in Company G, 92nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry and was sent to Marietta, Ohio. He engaged in several important battles including Chickamauga, Atlanta, and Kenasaw Mountain. He was also with General Sherman on his March to the Sea, and was discharged at Columbus, Ohio, June 10, 1865. He engaged in farming for a number of years and in 1909 removed to East Liverpool, where he lives retired.

Mr. Swan was married May 22, 1867 to Miss Mary Willing, who was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Albert and Minerva (Walton) Willing, both deceased. Mrs. Swan died in 1915. Mr. and Mrs. Swan were the parents of eight children as follows: William, lives in Pennsylvania; Lucy, deceased, was the wife of Clarence Helmick, and they had two sons, Roy and Carl Helmick, both veterans of the World War; Anna, married A. D. Osborne, lives in East Liverpool, and they have two daughters, Vera and Gladys Osborne; Mary, deceased; Charles, lives in Oregon; Lawrence, lives in East Liverpool; James, died in 1915; and Lillie, married J. C. Clemensen, lives in East Liverpool, and they have a daughter, Doris.

Mr. Swan is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic. He is a Republican.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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