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Benjamin Swisher 4/02/1817-1885
Posted by: Mary Hitchcock (ID *****5723) Date: August 24, 2003 at 15:55:23
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Benjamin Swisher, farmer post office, Shueyville, Jefferson township; was born in Pickaway co. OH April 2, 1817. Was the son of John and Catharine Swisher. His father died when he was four years old, and his mother when he was seven. He then lived with his uncle until he was twenty-one. In 1840 he came to Iowa, and staid in Van Buren Co. until in March 1841, when he came to this county. He first lived in what is now Monroe township. In 1844 he moved to Jefferson township, where he now resides in section seven, where he owns 437 acres of land. May 16, 1841 he was married to Mrs. Elizabeth Whitmore, formerly from Newport, Rhode Island, it being the first wedding in this township. To them were born eight children, six of whom are living: Lovell A., in Iowa City, Bank; Abe E., attorney, Iowa City; John P., attorney, Cedar Rapids; Benjamin F., farmer, Cherokee County; Catharine Ballard, Stephen A., insurance agent, Iowa City. His wife died August 9, 1875. Mr. Swisher is now the oldest resident of this township, having lived here forty-one years. His son-in-law, Mr. Ballard, is farming his place on shares. Mr. Swisher makes his home with him. Source: History of Johnson Co, IA 1836-1882, Page p.935.

A. E. Swisher died age 63 in August 1909. Mrs. B. F. Swisher died age 65 on March 6, 1921. Lovell Swisher died age 80 on May 5, 1924. Mrs. Lovell Sisher died age 60 oinJune 1909. Source Old Settler's Association Yearbooks 1866-1925.


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