Biography of John Swank
Hancock County, OH Biographies

JOHN SWANK, merchant and retired farmer. P. 0. Findlay, was born January 11, 1816, in Loudon, Franklin Co., Penn. His father, Henry Swank, son of one of the Hessian soldiers captured by Washington at Trenton, married Miss Elizabeth Study, a lady of Gerson descent. Her grandmother. Study, lived to within twenty one days of being one hunched years old. The subject of this sketch was brought, in 1817, by his parents to Richland County, Ohio, where the latter resided until their death. John Swank was united in marriage, May 18, 1837, with Miss Anna Myers, of Bedford County, Penn., and the following year came to this county to select a home, finally locating, in 1841, in Eagle Township There Mrs. Swank died, of milk sickness, November 21, 1844, leaving four children: Washington; Mrs. Samantha Angst, in Richland County, Ohio; Wilson S., in Putnam County. Ohio, and Jefferson. June 1, 1845, our subject married, for his second wife, Miss Hannah Hare, a native of Westmoreland County, Penn., and she died December 28, 1853, leaving four children: Franklin, Henry, Jackson and Dixon. Mr. Swank afterward married, July 30, 1854, for his third wife, Miss Elizabeth Oman (she had been a pupil in his school when she was but nine years of age). They moved to the present homestead in 1855, and here she died December 15, 1873, of typhoid fever, after an illness of seventy four days, leaving twelve children: Benton; Mrs. Anna Merritt, in Sandusky City, Ohio; John P., in Van Buren County, Mich.; Mrs. Martha Burch, in South Pueblo. Colo.; Mrs. Harriet Hersher; Loring, in Michigan; William T. S. (deceased); Anson, in Morrow County, Ohio; Edwin S. (deceased); Lehmanonski; Joseph, and an infant (deceased). March 12, 1874, Mr. Swank married, for his fourth wife, Miss Mary Swank, by whom he had three children: Charles, Oliver P. (deceased) and Scott Hayes (the latter was kissed and blessed by the Presidential party in 1879). Mr. Swank contributed liberally in defense of the Union, sending five sons: Washington. Wilson S., Jefferson, Franklin who was wounded at Chickamauga and died at Chattanooga November 17, 1863, and Eli. Mr. Swank becoming unable to work in his old age, established a store on his premises, in 1882, and still carries it on, supplying the neighborhood with articles of household necessity. He kept Clements postoffice here on his place from 1856 to 1866; it was afterward changed to Swank, but discontinued at his request. He is an earnest Republican, and has independent religious views. The name of John Swank will long be remembered by the citizens of Hancock County.

History of Madison County, Ohio
Published by: Warner, Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois 1886

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