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Swimley Station
Posted by: Cheryl (ID *****3614) Date: July 08, 2010 at 08:51:53
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Swimley Station was built on farmland owned by the Martin Miller Swimley family. Named after Samuel J. Swimley who was a leading proprietor in the area in the 1800’s in the heyday of our railroad economy. Swimley ("Swimley Station"- Baltimore & Ohio Railroad)) is an unincorporated community in northern Clarke County, Virginia.

Swimley lies near the border with Jefferson County, West Virginia on Swimley Road (Virginia Secondary Route 672). Swimley comes off of Crums Church Road. "Grain and fertilizers are handled and general merchandise is carried on."* The tracks date back to at least 1832. In the 1940’s
“Russell Kaplon and his Father lived above the store and operated it as well as the station and the post office…”* It later came to be referred to as the “Owen Martin Swimley Place.” It lost its status as a township when it stopped exchanging mail and serving as a train stop.

Note: Announcement in Winchester Evening Star – March 19, 1910: “Pierce Bothers, of Clarke County, have purchased the real estate and business property, including the stock of general merchandise, of J.W. Symons at Swimley, Clarke County, and will continue the business as formerly conducted by Mr. Symons after April 1. Mr. Dudley Pierce had a large hennery in this locale]

*Source: History of Clarke County, by Thos D. Gold 1914 Berryville, VA

[Lloyd Good bought the store/house in about 1960 and continues to reside there – in possession of the original SWIMLEY sign]


S. J. Swimley and Wife
To: B & O Railroad Company Deed

This deed made this 18th day of November 1901 between S. J. Swimley and Lucy E. Swimley his wife, the first party and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company, the second party, witnesseth that in consideration of $611 dollars in said S. J. Swimley and Lucy E. Swimley do hereby grant and coming with covenants of general warranty with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company, its successors and assignees, all that parcel of land situated in Clarke County Virginia and described as follows; beginning at the North side of the right of way of the Winchester and Potomac Railroad at a point 300 feet west______ along the right of way of said railroad from the West side of the county road at Hughes Crossing and ________ thence North 23 degrees ten minutes East 100 feet. Thence in an Easterly direction by a line clearing to the left with a radius of 2447.43 feet parallel to and 100 feet North of the North side of the right of way of said railroad 250 feet more or less to the West side of said county road. Thence in a Southerly direction binding on said county road 65 feet more or less to a point at a radial distance of 40 feet from the North side railroad, thence in a Westerly direction by a line crossing to the right with a radius of 2807.53 feet parallel to and 40 feet North of the north side of said railroad 140 feet thence South 17 degrees east – 40 feet to the north side of the right of way of said railroad and thence in a westerly direction binding there on 150 feet more or less to the place of beginning. Containing .52 of an acre. Being the same land which by deed dated the 1st day of July 1901 and conveyed by Farmer J.S. Timberlake and husband to said S. J. Swimley. Provided ___________that when the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company, its successors and assignees, shall cease to use the land hereby conveyed for Railroad purposes then said land shall _____to and become the property of S. J. Swimley, his heirs and assignees. The said S. J. Swimley hereby leaves a right-of-way across said land to reach his building on the South East Side thereof.
Witness the following Signatures and seals
Samuel J. Swimley
Lucy E. Swimley

State of Virginia – County of Frederick:

J. Geo. W. S_____ as Justice of the Peace of said state ________ for said County aforesaid do hereby Certify that S. J. Swimley and Lucy E. Swimley his wife personally appeared before me in my County this 18th day of Nov 1901 and acknowledged the foregoing deed to be this deed and act.
G. W. S________ J.P.


BIO: “MARTIN SWIMLEY – was born in Berkeley County, West Virginia, August 7, 1812. His parents both died in that county; his father, Jacob Swimley, on the 16th of January, 1824, and his mother Catherine (Snider) Swimley, on the 2d of December 1859. They were of German descent. Jane Hiett became the wife of Martin Swimley, May 18 1836, in Jefferson County, West Virginia. She was born in this county, January 26, 1811, and is of English descent. Her parents, John and Mary (Locke) Hiett, have been dead thirty-five years. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Swimley were eight in number: George William, born June 5 1837, lives in Champaign county, Ohio; John H., January 24, 1839, died October 24, 1840; Harrison H., May 24, 1841, lives in Ottawa county, Ohio; Samuel J., December 11, 1843, lives in Brucetown, Frederick county, Virginia; Jacob L., March 21 1846, also resides in Frederick county; Sarah J., April 13, 1848, died January 5, 1850; Mary C.V., December 22, 1850, died April 7, 1877; Martin M., September 9, 1853, lives in Clarke county, Virginia. Harrison and Samuel served in the 1861 war, in the Confederate Cavalry, Rosser’s brigade, and were in all the engagements of that command. Samuel was twice wounded, once at Port Republic, and once at the Battle of the Wilderness. Mr. Swimley settled on a farm in Middleway district March 28, 1848, and has a place in prosperous condition. His address is Middleway, Jefferson County, West Virginia.” *
*Source: Biographical Sketch in H. H. Hardesty’s Historical Hand Atlas – Jefferson Co., Chicago, IL 1883, p. 20.

Son - Samuel Jefferson Swimley –Civil War veteran; Wealthy Brucetown proprietor

Birth: 11 Dec 1843 / Death: 12 Jun 1926 / Buried at Brucetown Methodist Church Cem., Frederick Co., Va / Marriage: Lucy Eugenia Gold Huyett / ♥ Married 3 Mar 1875 Brucetown, Frederick County Virginia; b. 20 Feb 1856 in Clarke Co. Virginia, but grew up in Brucetown, where Samuel married her / d. 6 Jan 1932 / Her Father: Samuel Huyett b. 22 Sept 1814 / Her Mother: Sydney Jones b. 1822/6

Son -Martin Miller, Jr. – homestead still on Swimley Rd in Clarke County.

Birth: 9 Sep 1854 / d. 6 Jan 1931 / Marriage: Martha “Mattie” Brooke Carter ♥ Married on 20 Jun 1885. [“She wore a green velvet dress” and was married in the Episcopal Church, Berryville]. One of their children was Owen Martin Swimley. Martin lived in Swimley Station, Clarke County, VA. [1900 Census lists Pierces Twp., Marsh Dist. of Clarke Co.] He is buried at Payne's Chapel Cem., Ridgeway, Berkeley Co., WV (close to ancestor - Jacob Swimley’s homestead). Also had child, Era Swimley, b. 1893, m. Dr. Fred. Cochran (no children), and child, Katie Swimley who m. Norman McCoy, and the 2nd Walter Sehlons.

NOTE: Martin Swimley owned the land at this southwest corridor of Jefferson County and reached over into Clarke County – including the railroad track area which became SWIMLEY STATION. There is a creek that goes along the track called “Swimley’s Run.” According to Eugene M. Scheel’s Historic Map of Clarke County, 1974 – there also seems to have been a Swimley Church (foundation cannot be seen from the road).

Note: From Jefferson County Deed Book:
913 W/480 6/4/1891

Plats of the partition of the lands of Martin Swimley, deceased, containing 473 acres, more or less, and adjoining Dutterer, Ms. Mary Hout, the Valley Branch, the B & O Railroad, Carter, Frank Swartz, O.B. Hillard’s Blacksmith Shop, Peter Bower’s heirs, Mrs. H.C. Hammond, Dr. A.P. Thomson, Edward A. Colston, Solomon Gruber, and
A.H. Tanquary.

SWIMLEY ROAD (672) - still so named - runs to Brucetown from Crums Church Rd.- {Swimley Road as it crosses into Jefferson County has become Box Factory Rd. Following this road going North – you will find the original Martin Swimley homestead (on the corner of Cherry Meade – a little further down you will find the SWIMLEY School – still standing . SWIMLEY ROAD comes to the intersection of Wadesville Road (661) at the Opequon Creek. You can then go from western Clarke County to eastern Frederick County across a bridge - serving as a dividing line between the two counties.

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