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spending five years in Shepherd College, Prof. Smeltzer, hav-
ing previou.sly studied law, removed to Staunton, Va., where
he practiced his profession until his death. He was held in
high esteem in the community, and was elected Mayor of
Staunton, was a prominent Mason and a member of the Luth-
eran Church from his sixteenth year. He died Nov. 12,
1891. They had issue as follows: — ■

i. Anna vSmei.tzer, b Sept. 8, 1878; d., Dec. 7, 1882, of

scarlet fever,
ii. Wirt vSmeeTzer, b. April 15, iSSi; d., Dec. 2, 1S82, of

scarlet fever,
iii. Eee.-v Smeltzer, b. Sept. 19, 1883.
iv. John Smeltzer, b. Nov. 25, 1885.

E. Dr. Walter H. O'Neal' (Ellen (Wirt) O'Neal',
Catharine (Swope) Wirt", John Swope*, Conrad Swope\
John Swope^ Yost Swope' ) is a practicing physician of
Getty.sburg, Pa. He married, April 23, 1878, Martha,
daughter of Col. Alexander Hay, of Philadelphia, Pa. They
have issue as follows: —

132 The Szi'ope Family,

i. Hav Wirt O'Xkal, d. iSSo.
ii. Ellex O'Neal.
iii. Alexander Hav O'Neal.

LI. Mary Ellen O'Xeal' (Ellen (Wirt) O'Neal', Cath-
arine (Swope) Wirt". John Swope*, Conrad S\vope^ John
Swope", Yost Swope') married, An.^^. 19, 1SS4, John J.
Crapster, of Taneytown, Md., where the}' reside. The}'
had issue: —

i. Ellex Pattersox Crapster.

ii. Lrcv Crapster; died.
iii. Axxa Porter Crapster.
iv. JoHx O'Neal Crapster.

V. Christixe Wirt Crapster; died,
vi. Walter B. Crapster.
vii. Catharixe Elizabeth Crapster.

LII. William Wirt Eichleberger" (Sarah (Wirt)
Eichleberger\ Catharine (Swope) Wirt", John Swope*, Con-
rad Swope', John Swope'', Yost Swope' ) was born, Feb. 14,
1852, at Catonsville, Md. He was reared in a home sur-
rounded by all the comforts and luxuries of life. He received
his education at St. Timothy's Hall, in his native place, and
at a private school in Baltimore; from the latter he received
three .silver medals. At eighteen he commenced the study of
law, and graduated with credit to him.self in 1S73, in which
year, May 15, he married E. Helen Wheaetey, of Balti-
more. He formed a partnership with a cousin and com-
menced the practice of law. Life at this time looked ver}'
bright, success seemed before him, but now circumstances,
over which he had no control, caused him to relinquish the
practice of his profession and enter the service of the Govern-
ment. This position he retained until his death. He did
duty at Boston, Wa.shington, Mobile, New York, and Port-
land, Me., where he died, Dec. 12, 18S6. His death was due
to overstudy and close application to his duties. He was
reserved, quiet, gentle in manner and generous to a fault.
He was devoted to his family, and his happiest hours were
spent with them. They had children as follows: —

i. Edith Wirt Eichleberger, b. May 7, 1874, in Balti-
more; d. Jan. 4, 1S7S.


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ii. Blanche Greenwood Eichleberger, b. Dec. 6, 1875;

d. Feb. 13, 1S92.
iii. WiivLiAM W. RiCHLEBERGER, b. Jan. 25, 1878, in Wash-
ington, D. C.
iv. Arthur Carey Eichleberger, b. Nov. 15, 1879; d.

Oct. 18, 1S87.
V. Paul Wheaetey Eichleberger, b. April 8, 1881.

LIII. Henry George' (Ellen (Shriver) George", Lydia
(Svvope) Shriver^ John Swope*, Conrad Swope\ John Swope^
Yost Swope') was born Aug. 28, 1853; married, Jan. 3, 1874,
Geneva Ford, who died June 3, 1892. They had issue: —

i. Harry S. George, b. Sept. 5, 1874.

ii. Mary E. George, b. Feb. 12, 1876. "^

iii. William F. George, b. Nov. 4, 1S77; d. Oct. 10, 1884.
iv. Alice R. George, b. June 19, 1879.
V. Carrie E. George, b. May 12, 18S1.
vi. Ethel B. George, b. June 16, 1883.
vii. Calvin S. George, b. Oct. 7, 1885.
viii. Geneva George, b. May 3, 1887.
ix. Alfred C. George, b. Dec. 22, 1889.

IvIV. Anna H. George' (Ellen (Shriver) George", I^ydia
( Swope) vShriver', John Swope*, Conrad Swope'', John Swope',
Yost Swope'), born Oct. 22, 1855; married, April 30, 1878,
Hamilton Y. Sprenkle. They had issue: —

i. Arthur G. Sprenkle, b. Feb. 21, 1881.

ii. Walter Y. Sprenkle, b. Feb. 4, 1884.
iii. Emma Sprenkle, b. May 24, 1888.
iv. Louisa Sprenkle, b. May 28, 1S90.

EV. Margaret Smyser Swope' (Hon. John", George',
John\ Conrad^ Johir, Yost'j was born July 25, 1853. She
married. May 8, 1878, Dr. James E. A. Burrell. During
the lifetime of her husband they resided in Williamsport, Pa.,
where he enjoyed a large and lucrative practice. After his
death she moved to Baltimore, Md., where she now resides
with her children on Maryland avenue. They had issue as
follows: —

i. George Swope BurrELL, b, June 7, 1S79; d. Aug. i,

ii. James L. A. Burrell, b. July 9, 1880, in Williamsport.
iii. Blanche Mitchell Burrell, b. July 24, 1884.
iv. John Swope Burrell, b. Aug. 27, 1891.

1 34 The S7l 'opc Fa m ily.

LVr. Kathakixe Amelia Swoph" (Hon. Joh^^ George",
John', Conrad'', John", Yost') was born, Aug. 22, 1S56, in
Gettysburg. She married Harry M. Clabaugh, a talented
lawyer of Taney town, Md. After her marriage she pur-
chased the old Ege mansion at Taney town, and resided there
for some years. Her husband's extensive law practice de-
manding much of his time in Baltimore, they moved there,
and now reside on Maryland avenue that city. They had
iasue as follows: —

i Helkx Margaret Clabaugh, b. Oct. 23, t8Si.
ii. Emma Catharine Clabaugh, b Sept. 10, 1886.

LVir. Clara Jax- Gilbert' (Elizabeth (Forney) Gil-
bert", Eliza (Swope ) Forney', Henry Swope*, Conrad Swope^
John vSwope", YostSwope\) was born, Oct. 29, 1835, in Gettys-
burg, Pa. She grew to womanhood in her native town,
completing her education in the Ladies' Seminary of that
place. She married, Nov. 5, 1856, her kinsman, the Rev.
David Swope. (See Xl\'. ) The}' had children as fol-
lows: —

i. Luther Gilbert Swope, b. Nov. 20, 1S57: d. March 25,

ii. Gilbert Erxest Swope, b. Jan. 24, i860; m. Belle M.

iii. Jessie Elizabeth Swope, b. April 19, 1863: d. Nov. 14,

iv. Josephine Roedel Swope, b. Aug. 7, 1866; d. May 13,


LVIII. Ella R. Buehler' (Elizabeth (Forney) Buehler^
Eliza (Swope) Forney% Henry Swope\ Conrad Swope'\ John
Swope", Yost Swope') was born, 1853, in Gettysburg. She
was educated at the Moravian Seminary at Lititz, Pa. She
married, Sept. 5, 1883, the Rev Edwix Hevl Delk, of
Philadelphia, a clergyman of the Eutheran Church, now
pastor of Trinity church, Hagerstown, Md. They have
children as follows: —

i. Edward Buehler Delk, b. Sept. 21, 1884.
ii. Margaret Eshe:r Delk, b. Nov. 13, 1892.

LIX. Marv Cakolixe Buehler' (Elizabeth t Forney)
Buehler", Eliza (Swope) Forney", Henry Swope\ Conrad




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Swope'', John Swope', Yost Swope') was born in Gettysburg,
Oct. I, 1855. She married, Nov. 27, 1878, Louis H.
Clement, a prominent lawyer of Salisbury, N. C, where
she resides. They had issue as follows: —

i Hayden C1.EMENT, b. Sept. 25, 1S79.
ii. Edward Buehi^er Clement, b. Sept. 18, iS8r.
iii John M. Clement, b. March 26, 1884; d. June 29, 1884.
iv. Donald Clement, b. Nov. 7, 1886.
V. Louis Heyl Clement, b. March 2, 1891.

IvX. M. Julia Bridges' (Jane (Forney) Bridges", Eliza
(Swope) Forney^ Henry Swope*. Conrad Swope^ John
Swope", Yost Swope'), born June 17, 1848; married, Dec. 17,
1872, Samuel P. Sadtler, Ph. D., born July 18, 1847. He
is a son of Rev. Benjamin vSadtler, D. D. , of the IvUtheran
Church. He is Professor of Chemistry in the Philadelphia
College of Pharmacy, and of General and Organic Chemistry
in the University of Pennsylvania. He is the chemical editor
of the U. S. Dispensatory. They have issue: —

i. Samuel S. S.\dTler, b. Nov. 15, 1873.
ii. Frederick B. Sadtler, b. Feb. 21, 1876; d. April 15,

iii. Ella Sadtler, b. April i, 1878.
iv. Philip B. S.\dTler, b. Felj. 21, 1884.
V. Alice H. Sadtler, b. April 9, 1888.

LXI. Frances Virginia Bridges' (Jane ( Forney)
Bridges", Eliza (Swope) Forney\ Henry Swope\ Conrad
Swope'', John Swope'', Yost Swope') was born Nov. 15, 1850.
She married, July 10, 1876, Dr. A. Sargent Tinges, of
Baltimore. He was a most excellent physician, and died in
the prime of life, Aug. 24, iSSS, at Waynesboro, Pa. His
widow and children survive, now living in Gettysburg, Pa.
The children are: —

i. Kate White Tinges, b. Nov. 12, 1878.
ii. Ida V. Tinges, b. Dec. 28, 1880.
iii. George Herbert, b Sept. 16, 1S85.

LXII. John S. Bridges' (Jane (Forney) Bridges'', Eliza
(Swope) Forney^ Henry Swope\ Conrad Swope^ John
Swope", Yost Swope') was born Dec. 4, 1856. He was edu-
cated at Penna. College, Gettysburg. He married, June 4,

142 The Sxvopc Faiiiilr.

1879, Mary E , daughter of Judge David Wills, of Gettys-
burg, Pa. He is a highly respected citizen of Baltimore, and
proprietor of a printing and engraving establishment in that
city. They have children as follows: —

i. John S. Bridges, b. Dec. 19, 1S80.
ii. David Wills Bridges, b. Jan. 12, 1883.
iii. Mary E. Bridges, b. Jan. 15, 1S89.
iv. James W. Bridges, b. April 10, 1892; d. July 19, 1S93.

IvXIII. Hon. Samuel F. Rathvon" (Louisa (Forney)
Rathvon^ Eliza (Swope) Forney^ Henry Swope\ Conrad
Swope', John Swope^ Yost Swope\) was born in Lancaster,
Pa., March 7, 1845. He entered the U. S. Army and served
there during '62 and '63. He graduated from Penna. Col-
lege, Gettysburg, 1865, and engaged in banking in Lancaster
from 1867 to 1879. In 1880 he moved to Colorado; was a
member of the Legislature 1885. Has been engaged in
mining and the production and manufacture of petroleum.
Is now Secretary and Treasurer of the United Oil Co. , Denver.
He married, first, June 11, 1868, Mary L. Rhine, of Lan-
caster. One daughter, Elizabeth B., born June 19, 1870, was
the issue of this union. He married, secondly. Ma}- 11, 1878,
Emily H. Magraw. They had issue as follows: —

i. Emily H. RaThvon, b. July 6, 1S79; d. June 10, 1880.

ii. Horace H. Rathvon, b. Aug. 8, 1880.

iii. Henry Magraw Rathvon, b. Oct. 16, 1882.

iv. Mary Louisa Rathvon, b. Jan. 12, 1SS4.

V. Anna Cochran Rathvon, b. Feb. i, 1887.

vi. Blanche Swope Rathvon, b. Oct. 22, 1888.

vii. Nathaniel P. Hill Rathvon, b. April 26, 1891.

LXIV. Mary Josephine Mathias' (Adalaide (Swope)
Mathias", Dr. John Swope^ Henry Swope*, Conrad Swope',
John Swope', Yost Swope') was born Nov. 20, 1853; died
March, 1887. She married Dr. Edward D. Wells, of
Westminster, Md. They had i.ssue as follows: —

i Edward J. ^VELLS, b. Sept. 7, 1S77.
ii. Mary A. Wells, b. Jan. i, 1879; d. 1881.
iii. William T. Wells, b. Jan. 22, 1880.
iv. Frank H. Wells, b. July 21, 1881.
V. John G. Wells, b. Oct. 12, 1882.






















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vi. Mary J. Wells, b. July 12, 1884.

vii. Dyer Wells, b. Nov. 24, 1885; d. 1886.

LXV. Dr. John Swope Mathias' (Adalaide (Swope)
Mathias\ Dr. John Swope', Henry Swope\ Conrad Swope^
John Swope^ Yost Swope') was born Oct. 11, 1S55. He
was educated at Mt. St. Mary's College, Emmet.sburg, Md.
He attended lectures at the Maryland University School of
Medicine, Baltimore, from which he was graduated 1879.
Since that time he has practiced his profession at Westminster,
Md. He has held the positions of county physician, vaccine
physician and examiner of pensions. He and his family are
members of the Catholic Church. He married, Sept. 26,
1878, Mary L. Lynch, who was born March 3, 1858. They
have issue: —

i. Edward L. Mathias, b. Jan. 9, 1880.
ii. Samuel Swope Mathias, b. June 27, 1882.
iii. William A. Mathias, b. Nov. 29, 1884.
iv. Mary J. MaThfas, b. Dec. 11, 1887.
V. John B. Mathias, b. Jan. 23, 1890; d. July 16, 1S93.
vi. Charles R. Mathias, b. March 11, 1892.
vii. John Swope Mathias, b. Feb. 9, 1895. 1 T^j^g
viii. Joseph J. M.\Thias, b. Feb. 9, 1895. J





I. John Jacob Swope^ ( Johir, Yost') was born, June 9,
1744, in the homestead in Leacock township. He married,
March 16. 1769, Sabixa Smyser. of York, Pa., who was
born Dec. 16, 1750, and died June 27, 1820. He inherited
from his father the fine farm on which he hved. He was a
member of Capt. Roland's Company of " Associators," as-
sociated the 5th day of July, 1775, for the defense of Amer-
ican liberty. He died June 10, iSii, and is buried in the
graveyard of Salem (Heller's) Church. They had issue as
follows: —

i. CaTh.\rixe Swope, b. June 25, 1771; d. Sept. i, 1S25.

She married Johns and had a son, Henry S. Johns,

who resided, in 1857, at Wurtemburg, Lawrence county,

ii. John Swope, b. Feb. 15, 1773; d. 1778.

iii. An infant, d. Nov. 8, 1774.

2. iv. J.\COB vSwoPE, b. Nov. 28, 1775; m. Salome Swope.

3. V. George Michael Swope, b. Feb. 28, 1778; m. Catharine


4. vi. MaThias Swope, b. Jan. 24, 1780; m. Sarah Becker.

5. vii. Elizabeth Swope, b. March 8, 17S2; m. Isaac Hofferd.

6. viii. Emanuel Swope, b. Jan. 17, 1786; m. Barbara Eby.

7. i.x. John Frederick Swope, b. Sept. 17, 1790; m. first,

Mary Bare; m., secondly, Elizabeth Bard.

II. Jacob Swope* (John Jacob', John'-', Yost') was born
Nov. 28, 1775, on his father's farm in Leacock township.
Lancaster county. Pa. He died 1856. He married his full
cousin, Salome, daughter of John Daniel Swope. She was
born June 7, 1782, and died April 30, 1852. He inherited
the farm bequeathed by his grandfather, John Swope, to his
father, on which he lived. He owned a hotel property in

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Lancaster city (the lyancaster County House ) which was con-
ducted for some years by his son, Levi. All his descendants
with a few exceptions live in Lancaster county. He and his
wife are buried in the graveyard of the Lutheran Church at
Mechanicsburg, Lancaster county. This church was built
by the vSwope, Bard and Bare families, and then deeded to the
congregation. They had issue as follows: —

i. Elizabeth SwoiM',, 1). Dec. 30, iSor. She was baptized
by the Rev. Mr. Lochman, of the Lutheran Church.
She died, unmarried, April 17, 1870.

ii. Maria SwoPK, b. May 2, 1S03. She was baptized at Hum-
melstown, Dauphin Co., Pa., Dec. 20, 1803 Her life
was spent in Lancaster county, where she died, Jan 14,
1879, unmarried,
iii. GkorgK Michaki. Swopk, b. May 30, 1805. His life was
spent in Lancaster county, and he died there, unmar-
ried, April 25, 1873.

iv. Susanna Swopk, b. Sept. 3, 1808; d. April 10, 1815.

8. V. Levi Swope, b. Feb. 5, 181 1; m Maria Ann Harmen.

9. vi. DanieIv Swope, b. Aug. 19, 1812; m. Elizabeth Sousman.
vii. John Swope, b. 1814; d. 1835.

ID. viii. ZrRiEL Swope, b. March 16, 1818; m. Elizabeth A.

11. ix. LvDiA Swope, b. April 2, 1822; m. Jacob Steinheiser.

in. George Michael Swope* (John Jacob\ John^
Yost') was born, Feb. 2S, 1778, on his father's farm in Lan-
caster county. He married, 1807, Catharine Knicely,
who was born 1783; d. Oct. 4, 1831. He died June 6, 1816,
and is buried in Salem Church graveyard. His widow after-
wards married a Ruch and moved the family to Northumber-
land Co., Pa., where they were reared. The children were
as follows: —

12. i. Sophia Swope, b. vSept. 6, 1809; m. Jacob R. Levan.

ii. Adam Swope, died at the age of 21 years, from a fall
from a load of pumpkins.

iii. George Kniceey Swope was born May 29, 1814. He
was educated in the common schools of that period, and
at the old Kirkpatrick Academy at Milton, Pa.,
which became a famous institution for the great num-
ber of great and noble men who obtained their educa-
tion there. After finishing his schooling he learned the
printing business under :\Ir. Henry Frick, proprietor of

150 The Sicopc Family.

the .Milto)iia)i. After serving his apprenticeship he
cunchided to take a trip " West," and accomplished the
entire journey on horseback. Being of a speculativ-e
turn of mind, he made considerable money while there,
but the old "Keystone" State had for him greater
charms, and he returned and opened a general store in
Mifflinburg, Pa He afterwards removed to Muncy,
then to Lewisburg, where he continued the mercantile
business until a few months before his death, when he
retired from active business with the prospect of a life
of ease and comfort. He died suddenly, on the anniver-
sary of his 75th birthday, May 21, 1SS9. and his remains
were laid to rest in the Lewisburg cemetery. He was a
man who was temperate in all things, methodical in his
habits, and a good business man. He was a member of
the Presl)yterian Church, and took a strong stand in the
cause of temperance. He never married.

I\'. ^I.\THiAS SwoPE* (John Jacob\ Johtr, Yost'j was
born, Jan. 24, 17S0, in Lancaster Co., Pa. He lived there
until a few years previous to his death, when he moved to
Ohio and settled near Dayton, where he died, Sept. i, 1S54.
He married Sarah Becker, who was l)orn June 5, 1793; d.
Aug. 3, 1.S71. They had issue as follows: —

i. H.A.RRIET SwoPE, b. Sept. 13. 1S09; d. Oct 13, 1S55.

13. ii. Eliza Swope, b. July 13, iSiS; m. Cyrus Gebhart.

14. iii. Frederick Swope, b Sept. 11, 1821; m. ISIary L. Stoner.

15. iv. Samuel Swope, b. May to, 1825; m. Anna Neidich.

16. V. Adam Swope, b July 24, 1831; m. Catharine Stoner.

V. Elizabeth Swope* (John Jacob'', John"', Yost') was
born, March S, 17S2, in Lancaster county. Pa.; d. Jan. 11,
1847. She married Lsaac Hofferd, who was born April
20, 1778; d. Sept. 16, i860. They had issue as follows: —

17. i. John Hofferd, b. Feb 10, 1S15; m Su.san Xoon.

ii. Emaxiwi- Hofferd, b. Dec. 27, 1S16; d. Jan. 5, 18S1; un-
iii. Mary Hofferd, b. July 4, 1822; d. June 20, 1840; un-
iv. S.\MrF:L Hofferd, b. March 17, 1824. He is now living
in Lancaster county. Pa.

VL Emanuel Swope* i John Jacob', John'', Yost') was
born Jan. 17, 1786; d. July 2, 1872. He married, June rS,
1807, Barbara Ebv, who was born Jan. 27, 1787; d. March


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9, 1864. His early educational advantages were coniined to
the subscription schools of his day, but he had an inquiring
mind and great natural talent, good sound judgment and ex-
traordinary foresight. These characteristics soon won for him
a commanding position in the community in which he lived.
He was the counsellor of his neighborhood. Every one in
trouble went to him for advice, comfort and help, and he
was frequently called upon to arbitrate differences arising
among his neighbors. Because of his unquestionable integ-
rity he was often made the executor of the estates of his
neighbors, and was the guardian of numerous children,
several of whom he reared in his own family, and when
they arrived at their majority gave them a substantial start in
life. He was a progressive farmer, was constantly experi-
menting in farming, stock raising and fruit growing. His
model farms gave evidence that his methods were the best.
Besides being interested in agriculture, he was connected with
other business enterprises; he was one of the founders and
for thirty years a director in the Lancaster County National
Bank. He was a stockholder in the I^ancaster Gas Company
and one of twelve owners of the nickel mines. He was a man
of fine physique, was over 6 feet tall, and weighed 280
pounds. From early manhood he was a faithful member of
Zion's Lutheran Church of Mechanicsburg, Lancaster county.
He was very pronounced in his religious views, thinking no
church equal to his own, and no bible equal to "Luther's
Bible," of which he was a constant student. During his
later years he developed quite a fondness for traveling and
made several trips to Canada, where he had landed interests;
while there he tried to induce the Canadians to adopt Lan-
caster county methods of farming, but in this he was not very
successful; they seemed to know that bleak, sterile Canada
could not be made to smile as Pennsylvania's garden spot,
Lancaster county. Emanuel Swope at one time was consid-
ered one of the wealthiest citizens of Lancaster county, but
his generosity and many benefactions reduced his fortune to
a moderate size at his death, which occurred in 1872. He
was laid to rest by the side of his wife in Zion's Lutheran
graveyard at Mechanicsburg. They had issue as follows: —

154 ^■^''' Swopc Faiiii/v.

i8. i. Isaac Swopk, b. Dec. 22, 1S12; married, first, Amelia

Carotheis; m., secondly, Rachel Ludwig.
[9 ii. Faxnv Swope, b Oct. 25, 181 7; m. John P. Stauffer.

VII. Frederick Swope' (John Jacob\ John",') was
born, Sept. 17, 1790, in Lancaster count}*, Pa.: d. Nov. 27,
1853. He was a farmer by occupation, and owned part of
the original Swope tract, which passed out of the Swope name
at his death. He was twice married — -first to Mary Bare.
They had children as follows: —

20. i. David Swope, b. May 3, 1S13; m. Rebecca Corfield.

21. ii. Marv Swope, b. May 5, 1814; m. Elias Bare.

22. iii. Emanuel Swope, b. Oct. 10, 1S15: m. Catharine Bare.

23. iv. Leah Swope, b. Oct. 4, 1817; m. Michael Bender.

24. V. LvDiA Swope, b. Dec. 10, 1819: m. Andrew Bard.

Frederick Swope, married, .secondly, Elizabeth, daugh-
ter of John Bard, of Lancaster county. Pa. They had issue
as follows: —

25. i. Susanna Swope, b. June 4, 1824; m. Edward Jacobs.

26. ii. Henrv Swope b Aug. 26, 1825; m. Anna E. Minich.

VIII. Levi Swope' (Jacob\ John Jacob', John', Yost')
was born in Upper Leacock township, Lanca.ster county, Feb.
25, iSii; died Feb. 14, 1S51. He married Maria Ann
Harmen. They had issue as follows: —

i. Samuel Swope, b. Nov. 8, 1847; d. Jan. 25, 184S.
ii. George M. Swope, b. July 31, 1849; ^ Dec. 21, 1849.
iii. Salome Swope; m. Charles H. Kellev.


IX. Daniel Swope'' ( Jacob*, John Jacob", John', Yost')
was born, Aug. 19, 1812, in Womelsdorf, Pa. Died, June 30,
1892, from old age. He lived in Lancaster city over forty
years. During this time he was engaged in a number of
bu.siness enterprises, one being the manufacture of matches,
which he carried on for a number of years. At the time of
his death he was engaged in the pottery business, which he
had successfully operated for thirty years. He was for many
5'ears a consistent member of St. John's Lutheran Church.
He married Elizabeth Sousman, who was born Aug. 8,
1826; died Feb. 3, 1892. The}- had issue as follows: —

28. i. John C. Swope, b. July i, 1849; m. Lavina A. Jefferies.

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ii. Lydia Ann Swope, h. Oct. 19, 1853; *!• April, 1855.
iii. George A. Swope, b. March 12, 1857.

X. ZuRiEL vSwoPE' ( Jacob\ John Jacob'', John"', Yost')
was bom March 16, 18 18, in the old home in peacock town-
ship, Lancaster county. He was early sent to the subscrip-
tion school of his neighborhood, and having a bright and in-
quiring mind he obtained a good education for his advan-
tages. Before he was twenty years of age he went to Phila-
delphia to learn tailoring ' ' after the latest improved methods. ' '
Tailoring not being to his taste, he taught school in Leacock
township in 1838. He afterwards went to Lancaster and
read medicine, but the horrors of the dissecting table drove
him from tlie medical profession. In 1844 he entered the
law office of Col. Reah Frazier as a student-at-law, and was ad-
mitted to the Lancaster County Bar in 1846. For 49 years
he successfully practiced his profession, retiring in 1895,
through the infirmities of age. Although not noted as a
criminal lawyer he had a large civil practice. Zuriel Swope
is a man of much inventive genius; this showed itself in early
youth and developed as he attained manhood. When but a
lad he invented a successful arrangement for igniting spunk
without the use of flint or steel. Much of his leisure time
has been spent with his inventions, more for the sake of the
pleasure he obtained from it than with a view of profit. He
has completed not less than twenty inventions, and some of a
very practical character. The Swope family are greatly in-
debted to him for having preserved records of the early
Swopes that otherwise would have been lost. His interest
in genealogy began with his efforts to establish the claim of his
branch of the Swope family to a fortune left by a Dr. John
Swope, of Virginia, a surgeon of the Revolutionary War; in
this he failed, but his interest in family history continued.
For fifty years, during a time when others were little interested
in things of that kind and often ridiculed him, he was adding

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