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Re: Looking for "Swyers" family information, late 1800's-early 1900's
Posted by: Tim Gruber (ID *****9026) Date: March 18, 2011 at 01:49:07
In Reply to: Looking for "Swyers" family information, late 1800's-early 1900's by Stephanie Ingram of 1224

Howard, Florence and family appear in the 1930 census of Franklin, Venango County. Living with them is Aunt Martha Sires 66.

The family is also in the 1920 census of same only this time uncles John Sires 67 and William Sires 65 are living with them.

Howard Richard Swyers WWI draft card shows he was born April 30, 1890 in Stoneboro, PA.

I could not find Howard or Florence in the 1910 census for some reason.

The 1900 census of Franklin shows Florence Sires, born Dec 1892 as the niece of John Sires. I suspect Florence was orphaned by one or both of her parents.

The 1900 census of Stoneboro, Mercer County, PA shows Howard Swyers (misindexed as Haward Suyus in Ancestry), born April 1890 as the adopted son of Charles Carpenter, born Apr 1866. Also listed is his wife Ellen G., born Sept 1868 (they were married 4 years), adopted son Joseph, born May 1885, and his widowed mother-in-law Elizabeth Swyers, born April 1827. I suspect Ellen was Howard's mother and she remarried to Charles.

Some of these records you can look at for free at and For those you cannot see for free I suggest checking with your local libraries to see if they have Ancestry or Heritage Quest.

If anyone in the family knows where Howard and Florence are buried I suggest getting the dates from their tombstones You could also check with the cemetery office if they have no tombstones or only the years of death. The office should be able to at least give you the burial dates.

Once you have the dates of death I suggest getting their death certificates and obituaries. The PA Dept of Health would have the death certificates. Check with the Venango County Historical Society to see if they can help you with the obits and info on the Sires Family. The Mercer County Historical Society and the Mercer County Genealogical Society may be able to help you with the Swyers Family. I would imagine Howard and Florence got their marriage license from the Register of Wills at either Venango County or Mercer County. The marriage application for the license may have data on their parents. The Orphans Court (probably in the same office as the Register of Wills) for each respective county may have guardian records for Florence and Howard if they were to inherit anything while they were minors.

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