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iii. Henry Dietrich, b. June i, 1859; d. June 15, 1859.

iv. Emma Dietrich, m. Benjamin Hershey, of East Hemp-
field township, Lancaster county. Pa. They had issue
as follows: —



258- The Swopc Family.

i. Dora.
ii. Milton.
iii. Samuel.
iv. Frank.
V. Emma.
vi. INIary.
vii. John.
V. Franklin S. Dietrich, b Feb. 18, 1865.
vi. Adam I. Dietrich, b. March 18, 1S67; is married and has
a daughter Edith.

XI, Grabill H. Swopf;' ( Danier. John DanieP, John^
Yost^) was born Dec. 4, 1834, i^^ the old Swope homestead,
in Upper Leacock township, Lancaster county. Pa. He mar-
ried, Aug. iS, 1869, Henrietta S. Robixsox, born March
18, 1843. He is a farmer, near Holden, Missouri. They are
members of the Presb^'terian Church. They had issue: —

i. Florence SwoPE, b. May 31, 1870.

XII. Sarah Swope^ (Daniel*, John DanieP, John", Yost^)
was born in the Swope homestead, Juh- 19, 1S38. She mar-
ried. March 3, 1855, Samuel M. Seldomridge, bom Dec.
17, 183 1. He is merchandising at Farmensville, Lancaster
county. Pa., a.id is also a bank director and postmaster. They
are members of the Lutheran Church. They had issue as
follows: —

i. Henry Clayton Seldomridge. b. May 8, 1S56; m.,
Dec, 1879, .\. Clara Grabill. They have two children —

i. Florence G., b July 14, 1881.
ii. Mable G., b March 9, 1884.

ii. Charles Edgar Seldomridge, b. Jan. 15, 1858; m.,

Dec , iSSo, Anna O. ]Myer. They have one son — S.

Melvin, b. Oct 15, 18S4.
iii. D.\NiEL W. Seldomridge, b. Jan. 9, i860; d. Oct. 15,

1862.
iv. Morgan Rufcs Seldomridge, b. April 14, 1S62; m.,

Oct 6, 1886, Sue W. Buck. They had issue—

i. Blanche G., b Oct. 2, 1887; d. Nov. 9, 1887.
ii. Ester G., b. June 28, 1889.

V. Nettie Alice Seldomridge, b Nov. 11, 1865; d. Dec,
21, 1865.



The Sii'ope Family. 259

vi. LiLi.iE M. Seldomridge, b. March 28, 1872.

XIII. Lucy Swope' (Daniel*, John Daniel', John', Yost^
was born in the old vSwope homestead. She married Isaac
Withers, a farmer in Lancaster county, Pa. They are
members of the Reformed Church. They had issue as fol-
lows: —

i. Harry S. Withers, 1) June i, 1865 He is in the regu-
lar army.
ii. Lyman S. Withers, b. Oct. 13, 1868.
iii. Hannah Withers, b. April 5, 1869; d. Oct. 21, 1877.
iv. Alice Withers; d. Oct. i, 1870.
V. Daniel Withers, b. July 27, 1870
vi. William Withers, b. Dec. 27, 1871.
vii. George Withers, b. Aug. 11, 1876.
viii. Harvey Withers, b. Sept. 25, 1882.

XIV. Mary Swope' (Daniel', John Daniel', John^ Yost')
was born in the old homestead, June 12, 1848. She married,
Sept. 3, 1868, Martin Bushong, b. Jan. 3, 1847. They re-
side in Philadelphia, where he is engaged in the grocery
business, on Race street. They had issue as follows: —

i. Morris S. Bushong, b. Aug. 11, 1S69.
ii. Agnes S. Bushong, b. Dec. 2, 1870; d. August 8, 1871.
iii. Mabel S. Bushong, b. March ic, 18S0; d. Nov. 18, 1891.

XV. Adam D. Swope^ (Daniel*, John Daniel'', John^
Yost') was born in the old homestead, in Upper Leacock
township, Lancaster county. Pa., March 21, 1850. For a
numVjer of years he farmed the old place, but subsequently
retired from farming and engaged in other pursuits. He in-
herited the old family Bible of Yost Swope, printed in Heidel-
berg, 1620, and many valuable family papers which were de-
stroyed by the burning of his residence, Sept., 1S95. From
this Bible and the papers much of our information regarding
the early Swopes was obtained. He married, Dec. 24, 1874,
at Soudensburg, Pa., Sallie A. Hoar, who was born Nov.
30, 1 85 1. Three daughters were the is.sue of this union —

i Exellenza Swope, b. Nov. i, 1875.
ii. Margie Swope, b. Oct. 29, 1S78.
iii. Mary H. Sv^^ope, b. Oct. 20, 1883.



26o The Swope Family.

XVI. Hon. George H. Raxck*^ (Daniel Ranck', Marga-
ret (Swope) Ranck\ John Daniel Swope\ John Swope'', Yost
Swope^) was born, Feb. 2, 1843, in Mifflinburg, Union county,
Pa. When he was one year of age his parents removed to
Lancaster county, and there the son was reared At the age
of eighteen years he began the battle of life as a school
teacher, which profession he followed for eight years. By
diligent application and study he soon became a well-read
and quite a thorough scholar and belonged to the first class
from Lancaster county which received permanent teachers'
certificates from the State Department of Pennsylvania. In
1869 Mr. Ranck gave up teaching and purchased a printing
office in New Holland, Lancaster county, and established the
New Holland Clarion. This paper was a success from the
start, and soon came to be regarded as one of the most abh'
conducted local newspapers in the State. He has always
taken an active part in everything which promised to advance
the interests of his community. His town is largely indebted
to him as one of her most progressive citizens for her railroad,
telegraph, and telephone connection with the outside world,
the establishment of her national bank, and the improvement
of her public schools. In 1889 he was elected a member of
the Pennsylvania Legislature, and while there served on sev-
eral important committees — Agriculture, Military, and Banks
and Banking. He also took a leading part in the shaping
of legislation on education then before the House. He mar-
ried, May 22, 1866, Anxa Eliz.\beth, daughter of Samuel
Hollingsvvorth and granddaughter of Abraham De Haven, of
Lancaster county. She was born in New Holland, Aug. 19,
1839. Five childred were the issue of this union —

i. A daughter, born and died July 18, 1867.
ii. Ivan Luther Ranck, b. Sept. 6, 186S.
iii. Anna M. R.\nck, b. April 12, 1871.
iv. Bertha V. Ranck, b. Oct. 2, 1875. d. April 2, 1883.

V. Elizabeth E. R.anck, b. July 14, 1878.

XVII. Catharine Elizabeth Ranck*' (Daniel Ranck\
Margaret (Swope) Ranck*, John Daniel Swope^ John Swope',
Yost Swope') was born in Salisbury, Lancaster county, Pa.,




HON. GEORGE H. RANCK.



The Szvopc Family. 263

Feb. 2, 1845. She married, Dec, 20, 1865, Cyrus RuTTER,
who died Aug. 20, 1880. They had issue —

i. Annie ly. RuTTER, b. Sept. 29, 1866; m., 1882, Roland B.
Hauser. She died Nov. 24, 1886. They had issue—

i. Harry, b. July 29, 1883.
ii. Chari^es D., b. Sept. 24, 1886.

ii. Daisy M. RuTTKR, b. Dec. 14, 1867; m., 1888, John J.
Shirk. Tliey had issue —

i. Anna E., b. Aug. 6, 1889.

ii. John W., b. May 31, 1891.
iii. William R., b. Dec. 22, 1892.
iv. Charles E., b. June i, 1895.

iii. Cora E. Rutter, b. Oct. 28, 1869.

iv. George Luther Rutter, b. Nov. 18, 1871; d. May 27,

1872.
v. Cyrus Newton Rutter, b. April 27, 1873; m,, 1893, Ida

Greeny. They have one child — Albert N., b. March 31,

1894.
vi. Daniel B. Rutter, b. Oct. 19, 1876; d. April 21, 1879.
vii Jennie C. Rutter, b. Dec. 14, 1878.

Catharine Elizabeth Svvope, married, secondly, in 1887,
Jacob Diffenderfek. She died March 6, 1893. They
had issue —

i. Elsie Diffenderfer, b. 1890.

XVIII. Elmir.v Ruth'' ( Catharine { Dietrich ) Ruth'", Mary
(Swope) Dietrich', John Daniel S^vope^ John Swope', Yost
Swope^) was born March 2, 1831. She married, July 22,
1853, John Lucas, born Sept. 15, 1829; died Julys, 1891.
She resides in Dayton, Ohio. They had issue —

i. Robert E. Lucas, b. July 8, 1854; m., Aug. 24, 1882,
Margaret Ryan, b. Feb. 3, 1862.

ii. M.\RY A. Lucas, b. Dec. 18, 1856; d. Sept., 1857.

iii. Martin F. Lucas, b. Jan. 7, 1857; m.. May 18, 1882,
Mary E. Cashman, b. Oct. 3, 1861.

iv. Thomas H. Lucas, b. Feb. 9, 1858; d. May 21, 1869.

V. John K. Lucas, b. April 19, 1861; m., Nov. 30, 1882, Jen-
nie Rumer, b. May 13, 1859.



CHAPTER XII.



ADAM SWOPE, OF LITTLESTOVVN, PA., TOGETHER

WITH HIS CHILDREN, CATHARINE, JONATHAN,

SAMUEL, EPHRAIM, SUSAN AND ELIZA,

AND THEIR DESCENDANTS.

I. Adam Swope^ (John", Yost') was the youngest child,
and was born in the homestead, in Upper Leacock township,
Lancaster county. Pa., May 21, 1756 There he grew to
manhood and left the impress of a boyish ambition by carving
his name on the stone lintel of the spring-house door. It is
now almost obliterated by time, only this remaining, " Adam
Swope, 17." He married Sarah Grabill, of Lancaster
county, who was born May 18, 1765. By his father's will
he received a farm in Lancaster county, part of the original
Swope purchase, on which he liv-ed. Early in 1800, at the
urgent solicitation of his wife, because she thought the Swopes
were becoming so numerous in Lancaster count}" that they
could not be distinguished, he sold his farm and moved to
Adams county. Pa. He bought a farm and other property
near Littlestown, where he continued to live until death. He
was also a large holder of Virginia lands. His wife did not
live long to enjoy the distinction of dwelling in a community
where the name was uncommon; she died Sept. 2, 1805, aged
40 years, 6 months and 12 days. Adam Swope was also a
silversmith; several pieces of his work are 3'et preserved by
his descendants as precious heirlooms. After the purchase of
his farm he built a mill on a small stream running through it,
but the stream did not furnish sufficient power and the mill
was abandoned, and subsequent!}' became the dwelling place
of bats, and, the superstitious said, "ghosts." The}', no
doubt, saw

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Adam Swope was a member of a military organization , known
as the " Associators," belonging to Capt. Roland's company,
associated the 5th day of July, 1775, for the defence of Ameri-
can liberty. He died Feb. 7, 182 1, and is buried in the grave-
yard of St. John's L,utheran Church, at Littlestown, of which
church he was a consistent member. They had issue as
follows: —

2. i. Catharine Swopk, b. March 7, 17S4; m., first, Adam

Woods; secondly, Capt. Samuel Long; thirdly, James
W. Foster.

3. ii. Jonathan Swope, b. Mays, 1787; m. Elizabeth Brothers.

4. iii. Samuel Swope, b. April 16, 1791; m. Margaret Weikert.

5. iv. Ephraim Swope, b. July 4, 1796; m., firht, Catharine Le-

Fevre; m., secondly, Susan Keeports.

6. V. Susan Swope, b. June i, 1799; "i-' first, Solomon Stone-

seifer; m., secondly, John Shorb.

7. vi. Eliza Swope; m. Henry Weikerf

II. Catharine Swope* ( Adam", John', Yost') was born on
her father's farm, in Upper Leacock township, lyancaster
county, Pa., March 7, 17CS4. She grew to be a winsome and
attractive young woman, fond of company and very popular.
At about eighteen years of age shi married Adam Woods.
The following year he made a trip to Kentucky and perished
among the Indians. They had issue: —

8. i. Adam Swope Woods, b. June 9, 1803; m. Margaret

Campbell.

Catharine Swope married, .secondly, Capt. Samuel IvONG,
at lyittlestown, Pa., she having accompanied her father to
that place from I^ancaster county. They moved to Bunker
Hill, Md., on the Baltimore and Pittsburg turnpike, where
they opened a house of ' ' public entertainment ' ' for travelers.
Whilst hving there the war of 18 12 broke out and Capt. Long
organized a company for his country's defence. After serv-
ing his country for a time he returned home sick with fever
and died in a few days. Mrs. Long continued her residence
and business in the place for some time, when, at the per-
suasion of her father, she moved to Abbottstown, Pa. , to a
property owned by him. They had issue: —



268 The SiL'ope Family.

i. John Long married, but the name of his wife is unknown.
They had issue as follows: —

i. Samuel, m. and had six children.

ii. Martin, m. and had six children.

iii. Albert, ni. and had four children.

iv Amanda, m. Garner and had two children.

V. Ella, m. Campbell and had two children.

9. ii. Sarah Long, b. Nov. 20, 1810; m. Barney McSherry.

Catharine Swope married, thirdly, May 11, 1817, James W.
Foster, who was born, Oct., 1784, and died, Nov. 30, 1870.
Soon after her arrival in Abbotstown the ' ' village teacher, ' '
James W. Foster, a native of Donegal, Ireland, applied for
boarding at her house and was accommodated. As a result
of this they were married. May 11, 18 17, and continued
living in Abbotstown. In their declining years they moved
to Gettysburg, Pa., and lived there until death. The last
few years of Mrs. Foster's life were j^ears of great suffering
from a disease of the eye, which rendered her entirelj^ blind.
Her portrait, as shown elsewhere in connection with that of
her daughter Catharine, was taken at a great disadvantage at
the age of 90 years. She was a confirmed member of the
Lutheran Church, but later in life she changed her doctrinal
views and united with the United Presbyterian Church, the
church of her husband. She died, Jan. 14, 1878, at the ad-
vanced age of 94 years, and rests at the side of her husband,
James W. Foster, in Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg, Pa.
They had issue: —

i. Catharine, b. July 28, 1825. She being the only child
of her parents, their care in declining years rested en-
tirely upon her, and faithfully did she perform this
duty. Her parents considered this her mission to the
world, bvit she did not consider it her only mission.
For many years she has given all her time and energy
to Home Missions and Bible Society work, not only in
her church, the I'nited Presbyterian, but outside of
denominational lines. She has been especially active
in the work of " The Woman's Christian Temperance
Union." Wherever she finds herself she finds also
ready to her hand some of the lines of work from which
she cannot and would not escape. She has three times
narrowly escaped death. At one time when bathing in




1. Catharine Swope, wife of Adam Woods, Capt. S. I^ong, James W. Foster.

2. Catharine M. W. Foster.



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The ScL'ope Family. 271

the surf at Cape May she was carried out into deep
water, but was rescued before life was extinct. Then
in the Johnstown flood. She was a resident of Johns-
town at the time of the flood. Her residence, a frame
house, was caught by the first surge, lifted and carried
away, she and the other occupants of the floating house
escaped from the attic to the flat roof of a house in pass-
ing and were saved. During the battle of Gettysburg
she made a narrow escape from destruction while serv-
ing water from the steps of her father's house to thirsty
soldiers in passing; a shell struck the roof of the porch
under which she had been standing and completely
demolished it. She gives a very interesting account of
her experience during the battle of Gettysburg in the
history that she has written of "The Foster Family."
We would gladl}- reproduce it here did space permit.
Miss Foster still resides in Johnstown, Pa., devoted to
works of benevolence.

III. Jonathan Swope* (Adam'*, John", Yost^) was born
on his father's farm in Lancaster county, Pa., May 5, 17S7.
After the family moved to Adams county, he married Eliza-
beth BrotheKvS, at Littlestown. In early life he learned
the trade of gunsmith, which he carried on for many years.
In 1857 he moved to Fuhon comity, 111., where he bought a
farm and began farming. He died, 186S, at Astoria, 111.
His wife preceded him to eternity, dying Sept. 30, 1842.
They had children as follows: —

10. i. Jacob Swopp:, b. July 2, iSii; m. Elizabeth Musser

11. ii. Edw.\rd Swope, b. Oct. 12, 1814; m. Milly Jane Foley,
iii. Levi Swope; died at the age of 14 years.

IV. Samuel Swope* (Adam'* John", Yost') was born in
Upper Leacock township, Lancaster county. Pa., April 16,
1 79 1. On the removal of his father's family to Adams county,
he accompanied them and lived there until death. He was a
farmer by occupation, having inherited a part of his father's
extensive real estate possessions. He was a confirmed mem-
ber of the Lutheran Church, and one of the active spirits in
the erection of the church at Bonnauville, in 1846. He mar-
ried, 18 14, Margaret Weikert, who was born 1796, and
died 1865. They had i.ssue:—

12. i. James \V. Swope, b. March 2, 181 7; m. Balinda Eckert.



272 The Szvope Family.

13. ii. John A. vSwope, b. Sept. 13, 1819; m., first, Mary E. Mus-

ser; ni., secondly, Mary E. Lott.
iii. Samcel vSwopk, b. 1S22; d. 1SS3; m., 1855, Susan M.
Bojer.

14. iv. Morgan H. Swope. b. 1826; m. Lucinda M. Landis.

V. Mary L,. Swope, b. 1828; d, 1868; m., 1850, John Cush-

iirn.
vi. Nelson G. Swope, b. 1S32; d. 1835.

15. vii. CuNTOx M. Swope, b. 1S34; ni. Ruth Wills.

V. Col. Ephraim Swope* (Adam^ John', Yost') was born
in Lancaster county, Pa., July 4, 1796. He lived on his
father's farm near Littlestown, Pa., tuitil his marriage, when
he removed to Littlestown and became a contractor in stone
masonr}'. He had contracts on the Catholic Educational
Buildings at Emmetsburg, Md., on the old Thaddeus Stev-
ens' "Tape Worm" R. R., along the South Moiuitain in
Penns^'lvania, and other important public works. He was
colonel of a Pennsylvania militia regiment, and was widel}'
known. He was twice married, both of his wives being
descendants of Madam Mary Ferree, through her daughter
Catharine, who married Isaac Le Fevre, mentioned elsewhere
in this book. He married, first. May 2, 1821, Catharine
Le Feyre,-'^ who was born Aug. 15, 1800, in Lancaster
county, Pa., and who moved with her parents to Adams
county. When her father bought the farm on which the}'
lived, he paid $40,000.00 for it all in silver dollars brought in
kegs by wagon, and it took several days to count it. They
had the following children: — •



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16. i. Coi.. RuFus C. Swope, b. Aug. 28, 1822; 111. Evaline

Forest,
ii. Anx.a E. Swope:, b. Aug. 11, 1824; d. April 23, 1830.
iii. Susax J. Swope, b. June 10, 1826; died.

17. iv. Lucinda C. Swope, b. Feb. 2, 1S28; m. George Stone-

seifer.
V. Joseph A. Swope, b. Oct. 22, 1829; d. April 26, 1830.
vi. Enoch Swope, b. Jan. 8, 1831; d. March 9, 1S31.
vii. Amos A. Swope, b. Feb. 26, 1832. He married, moved to

Florida and died there, 1876.
viii. George W. Swope, b. March 3, 1834; d. Aug. 6, 1834.
ix. Mary I^. Swope, b. May 17, 1835; d. July 30, 1835.



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COL. EPHRAIM SWOPE.



The S'wope Family. 275

Col. Ephraim Swope married, secondly, Jan. 31, 1839,
Susan Keeports, who was born Nov. 8, 18 14. She now
(1896) resides with her daughter, Mrs. Shirk, in Hanover,
Pa. Col. Swope died March 8, 1862. They had issue: —

18. i. Eliza A. Swope, b. Oct. 26, 1S39; ™- Jo^n H. Jones; she

married, secondly, J. Harry Saltzgiver; she married,
thirdly, Foose.

19. ii. Margaret E. Swope, b. Feb. 27, 1S41; m. W. Hamilton

Grumbine.
iii. Luther A. Swope, b. Dec. 3, 1842. In 1863 he entered
Pennsylvania College, Gettysburg, Pa., where he re-
mained four years. He then went to Muhlenberg Col-
lege, AUentown, Pa., from which he graduated 1868.
He remained there four years as a tutor. He spent one
year at Harvard University as a post graduate, and one
year at Union Theological Seminary, N. Y. He has
taught for twelve non-consecutive years in private
schools of the higher grade, and has been private coach
for colleges and universities for twelve non-consecutive
years. He has spent two seasons abroad. He is a
member of the Harvard Club of New York. He is un-
married and his home is at Hanover, Pa. -



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20. iv. L. H. Georgianna Swope, b. Jan. 11, 1845; m. T. H. \ e^^i^^^^

Benton Feete. _r) e , , J e.|

21. v. Ellen V. Swope, b. Jan. 10, 1847; m. Jonas C. Spangler. I Ylt V/ c_

22. vi. John N. Swope, b. May 6, 1851; m. Louisa A. Houser. '„

23. vii. William K. Swope, b. Sept. 2, 1855; m. Adalaide P.

Paxton .

24. viii. Emma J. Swope, b. July 20, 1857; m George H. Shirk.

VI. Susan Swopk* (Adam\ John', Yost') was born on her
father's farm, in Lancaster county. Pa., June i, 1799. She
married Solomon Stoneseifer, of Adams county, who was
born July 15, 1796, and died March 16, 1832. They had
issue as follows: —

25. i. Balinda Stoneseifer, b. Oct. 6, 1815; m. Abraham

Bankert.
ii. Ephraim Stoneseifer; m. Cordelia McElvain. They
had children as follows: —

i. Georgianna E.; m. J. Brenner,
ii. William; died,
iii. Clarinda; died in infancy.

26. iii. Harriet Stoneseifer, b. March 13, 1820; m. Henry F.

Davis.



276 The Szvope Family.

iv. Julia Stoneseifer; d. in infancy.

27. V. Catharine Stoneseifer, b. May i, 1825; m. S. S.

Bishop,
vi. WoRLEY Stoneseifer, b. April 3, 1S26; d. Oct. 17, 1847,

unmarried,
vii. Edwin Stoneseifer, b. March 2, 1828; d. Aug. 19, 1856.
He married Anna Basehoar. They had issue: —
i. Margaret; m. a Waltman.
ii. Sarah J.; m. John Wehler.
iii. Belle; m. Lewis Robinson,
viii. Dr. Lewis Stoneseifer, b. March i, 1S30; d. Nov. 9,
1859; m. Anna E J. Myers. She survives, residing in
Gettysburg, Pa., having subsequently married Jesse
Walter of that place. They had issue, surname Stone-
seifer: —

i. Henry; died in childhood,
ii. Gates; married and lives in Chicago, 111.
iii. Nannie; died in infancy.

28. ix. Alfred G. Stoneseifer, b. 1831; m. Sophia Barrett.

Su.san Swope married, secondly. May, 1834, John Shore,
who \Yas born 1787 and died 1S47. He ^vas a descendant of
an old French Huguenot family. He was a farmer, near
lyittlestowu. Pa. He took an active part in public matters,
and was much respected by all who knew him for his honest}^
and uprightness and his many sterling traits of character.
Susan Shorb died Feb. 16, 1851. They had issue: —

29. i. James E. Shore, b. April iS, 1S35; m. Sarah Price.

VII. Eliza Swopl* f Adam', John', Yo.st' ) is said, tradition-
alh-, to have been born after the removal of her parents to
Adams county, Pa. It has been impossible to gather any ex-
tended information regarding her or her descendants, owing
to a want of interest on the part of those who could furnish
data. She married Henry \Veikp:rt, and had issue as fol-
lows: —

30. i. Rebecca WeikerT; m. James Duttera,
21. ii. Marv WeikerT; m. Jacob Hostetter.

VIII. Adam Swope Woods^ (Catharine (Swope) Woods\
Adam Swope^ John Swope^ Yost Sw^ope') was born in Lan-
caster county, Pa.. June g, 1803, and in infancy removed with
his motlier to Adams count}', Pa., where he grew to man-




LUTHER A. SWOPE.



The Sivope Family, 279

hood. He married, Sept. 18, 1827, Margaret Camp-
bell, who was born June 12, 1803. He immediately moved
to Hunterstown, Adams county. Pa., where he opened a
tailor shop, he having previously learned tailoring at L,ittles-
town. His location not being very promising for the future
he was seized with a desire to go west. In the fall of 1833
he purchased a team and large wagon, in which he placed his
little family and effects, and accompanied by his half-sister,
Sarah (Long) McSherry, started for the then far west, their
objective point being Dayton, Ohio. They traveled several
weeks and reached Springfield, Ohio, where he met a resident
of Mechanicsburg, Ohio, who set forth in glowing words the
possibilities of his town and country. Having heard before
flattering reports of the place, he determined to locate there,
and directed his course thither. On arriving there he was
greatly disappointed and chagrined at the place, but the in-
habitants gave them such a cordial welcome that they soon
felt at home. Discouragement gave way to contentment and
happiness. Plenty of work came and prosperity followed.
He remained there until the 25th of Nov., 1850, when he re-
moved with his family to North Lewisburg, Ohio. He re-
sided there until the fall of i860, when he removed to War-
saw, Ind. , where his son Thomas had lived for about twelve
years. Adam S. Woods was from youth religiously inclined,
moral, temperate in all things, striving to do his duty to his
maker and fellow -man, yet he never connected himself with
any church until 1839, when he joined the M. E. Church.
In this he remained until 1862, when his views underwent a
change and he accepted the faith of the Adventists. This he
held until his death, which occurred at Warsaw, Ind., May
12, 1870, from erysipelas. A son says: " He was a kind
father, a loving and affectionate husband, and a good, law-
abiding citizen. His great loss was keenly felt and deplored
by all." His wife survived him, dying April 20, 1891.
The}^ had issue: —

32, i. Mary Woods, b. June 26, 1S28; ni. Obed Abom.

33. ii. Thomas Woods, b. Nov. 25, 1829; m. Catharine Smith,
iii. Alfred H. Woods, b. May 13, 1832; d. Sept. 14, 1834.



28o The Sivopc Fauiilv.

iv. Cr^iNTON Campbell Woods, b. Maj' 23, 1S33; d. April 4,

1S34.
V. John Woods, b. Feb. 5, 1834; d. May 4, 1834.

34. vi, Anna Woods, b. April 4, 1S35; m., first, Caleb Winder;

11'.., secondly, Washington McGrew; m., thirdlj^
Thomas H. Banks,
vii. Charles Woods, b. June 10, 1841; d. Aug. 10, 1831.


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