Ashtabula Co., Ohio
SOURCE: History of Ashtabula County, Ohio
Large, Moina W.
Topeka :: Historical Pub. Co.,, 1924, 1132 pgs.
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|* SAGE, Abram L.
* SALGEN, J. Edward
* SALISBURY, Frank
* SALISBURY, J. G.
* SANDERS, Samuel H.
* SANFORD, Edward
* SANFORD, Harland P.
* SANFORD, R. H.
* SANSTROM, Emil
* SARGENT, C. H.
* SARGENT, Charles R.
* SAVAGE, W. A.
* SAWDEY, Roy M.
* SCHUPP, J. C.
* SCHOFIELD, Joseph
* SCOVILLE, E. L.
* SELLERS, E. A.
* SERRAS, Charles
* SEYMOUR, Barrett B.
* SEYMOUR, J. M.
* SHARKEY, J. B.
* SHATTO, H. J., Dr.
* SHAYLOR, William H.
* SHEARER, G. E.
* SHELDON, Franklin S.
* SHELDON, Norman E.
* SHREVE, W. R.
* SHUMAKER, Almond Henry
* SHUMAKER, W. E.
* SILL, Alonzo T.
* SILL, John S.
* SILVIEUS, Florence M.
* SEYMOUR, Barrett B.
* SHELDON, Norman E.
* SMITH, John
* SIM, Eli F.
* SIMONDS, C. Henry
| * SLABAUGH, W. M.
* SMILEY, Hal K.
* SMITH, B. J.
* SMITH, Clyde E.
* SMITH, Elizabeth M.
* SMITH, Henry
* SMITH, Joseph
* SMITH, Neal W.
* SMITH, Tom L.
* SODEN, H. W.
* SOET, John
* SPARLING, J. H.
* SPEER, Lewis W.
* SPENCER, Platt Rogers
* SPITZIG, E. J., Rev.
* SQUIRES, Theodore W.
* STANHOPE, Charles R.
* STARKWEATHER, Henry H.
* STEEL, Dave W.
* STEVENS, J. F.
* STEVENS, William A.
* STEWART, George W.
* STILES, Albert Warren
* STOLL, Edward F.
* STONE, Ralph H.
* STRAUSSER, Charles C.
* STONE, Ward B.
* STORCH, William C., Dr.
* STURTEVANT, Luman P., Dr.
* SUNBURY, F. W.
* SUNDSTROM, Emil
* SWANEY, George W.
* SWEDENBORG, Alfred
* SWEET, Roy J.
* SWEZEY, George W.
* SWIFT, F. P.
|ABRAM L. SAGE,
a well known citizen of Ashtabula, and agent for gasoline, is a leading
business man of Ashtabula County. He was born at Cortland, Ohio,
March 2, 1852, and is a son of James and Mary (Everett) Sage.
James Sage was killed while in service during the
Civil War. Before enlisting for service he engaged in farming in
Trumbull County, Ohio. Mr. Sage was a member of the 105th
Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was 38 years of age at the time of his
death. His wife died in 1908, at the age of 79 years. Mr.
and Mrs. Sage were the parents of nine children, seven of whom are
now living. Abram L., the subject of this sketch, was the
fourth in order of birth.
Abram L. Sage received his education in the
schools at Bristolville, Ohio, and at the age of 21 years, entered the
employ of the C. F. Dunbar Company, who at that time were
dredging the Harbor at Ashtabula. Ten years later Mr. Sage
became a foreman on the docks at Fairport, Ohio, installing machinery,
and three years later went to Cleveland. There he was employed by
the Andrews and Hitchcock Company for three years and for 20
years was employed by the New York Central Railroad Company. In
1916 Mr. Sage came to Ashtabula and opened a garage and salesroom
on West Prospect Street. He dis a general repair work and also
carried a complete line of accessories and tires. Mr. Sage
was associated in business with his son, Abram Leo. They
are now wholesale dealers in gasoline and handle Empire High Test and
Standard Oil products. Storage tanks owned by this company have
44,000 gallon capacity, and with their stations, total 50,000 gallons.
Mr. Sage owns four filling stations and delivers to Geneva
and neighboring towns.
In 1882 Mr. Sage was married to Miss Mary
Clark, a native of Fowler, Ohio, who died in 1917. A son, of
Abram Leo, married Mildred Isham, of Ashtabula, and they
have two children, Warren Abram and James Abner.
In politics Mr. Sage is identified with the
Republican party. He is a member of the Dredge Engineers Society
of Chicago. Mr. Sage is among the representative citizens
of his community.
On June 25, 1924, Mr. Sage moved to 529 Main
St., where he owns a fine residence. He also owns 83 acres of land
in Saybrook Township.
(See Note 2 below for Source)
|BARRETT B. SEYMOUR,
president of the National Bank of Ashtabula, is a member of one of
Ashtabula County's prominent pioneer families, and ranks among the
successful and influential business men of the county. He was born
at East Plymouth, Ohio, Feb. 5, 1856, and is the son of Leverett
and Nancy (Gillett) Seymour.
The Seymour family originall came from
Litchefield, Conn., where Bennett Seymour, grandfather of the
subject of this sketch, was born. In 1809 he came west to Ashtabula
county and located on a farm in East Plymouth Township, where he lived
until the time of his death in 1866. He became a prosperous citizen
and was a large vessel owner. His son, Leverett, was born in
1830. In 1856 he moved to Clayton County, Iowa, and became a
prominent farmer of his time. He died there in 1866. Nancy
(Gillett) Seymour was also a native of East Plymouth, born in 1834.
They were the parents of two children: Barrett B., the subject of
this sketch; and Mary E., born in 1864, married George C.
Hubbard, of Ashtabula, Ohio. She died in 1917.
Barrett B. Seymour was educated in the public
schools of Ashtabula County and after having finished his schooling in
1874 he was employed as a clerk in the Ashtabula post office for five
years. He then was connected with a lumber company at Mainistee,
Mich., for a short time, In 1882 Mr. Seymour became
associated with the National Bank of Ashtabula as a clerk and remained
there until 1890, at which time he went to Washington, returning to
Ashtabula in 1896. At that time he was appointed cashier of the
National Bank of Ashtabula, which office he held until 1908. Mr.
Seymour was then appointed first superintendent of the banks of Ohio
and organized the banking department of Ohio. In 1911 he became
president of the National Bank of Ashtabula, which office he has since
The National Bank of Ashtabula was organized in 1872 as
the Ashtabula National Bank and in 1892 became known as the Ashtabula
Banking Company. In 1896 it was reorganized as the National Bank of
Ashtabula. It now has a capital stock of $200,000 and a surplus of
$190,000, and is among the thriving banking institutions of northern Ohio.
In 1890 Mr. Seymour was united in marriage with
Miss Mary H. Greer, who died in July. 1906. She was the
daughter of William F. and Cornelia (Huntington) Greer,
natives of Painesville, and now deceased. Mr. Greer died in
1876 and his wife died in 1912. To Mr. and Mrs. Seymour
one daughter was born, Eleanor P., now the wife of Holland H.
Hubbard, and they live in Toledo, Ohio, where he is engaged in the
real estate business. Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard have a son,
Thomas H. Hubbard.
Mr. Seymour is president and treasurer of the
Ashtabula Water Company, treasurer and director of the Ashtabula Telephone
Company, vice president and director of the Ashtabula Hide & Leather
Company, trustee of the Ashtabula Public Library and trustee of Lake Erie
College at Painesville, Ohio. Mr. Seymour has taken a keen
interest in the welfare of the Smith Home for Aged Women, which was
founded by James L. Smith, who died in 1919. It was opened in
1922 and at the present time has 27 women living in the home. Mr.
James L. Smith left his entire estate to equip and maintain a home for
aged women. Mr. Seymour was appointed one of the executors
and trustees to build and equip this home. Mr. Seymour is a
Republican and a member of the Episcopal Church. He is public
spirited and progressive and takes a deep interest in the welfare of
Ashtabula, to the advancement of which he has materially contributed.
(See Note 2 below for Source)
DR. J. B. SHARKEY, a leading
optician of Ashtabula, with offices at 69 Lake Street, is a native of
Scotland. He was born Feb. 24, 1870, and is the son of William
and Mary Sharkey.
William Sharkey was a native of Scotland, as was
also his wife. He died in 1904 and she died in 1918. They
were the parents of the following children: John, lives in
Scotland; Jane Patterson, lives in Pennsylvania; Margaret
Raymer, lives in Letsdale, Pa.; Mary Thompson, lives in
Pennsylvania; Martha, deceased, was the wife of Ernest
Whitcombe; Mrs. Frank George, lives in Pittsburgh, Pa.; and
J. B., the subject of this sketch.
Doctor Sharkey received his early education in
the schools of his native land and in 1885 came to Ontario, Canada,
where he remained several years. He was graduated from the
Northern Illinois College of Optometry on April 21, 1894, and from
Needles Institute of Kansas City in 1920. Before attending the
latter institution, Dr. Sharkey spent 16 years practicing his
profession in Chicago, and four years in California. He has been
located in Ashtabula since Oct. 1, 1921. and is recognized as a
capable and progressive man in his profession.
On Sept. 23, 1915, Dr. Sharkey was united in
marriage with Miss Mary Farrell a native of Mississippi.
She is the sister of George Farrell, editor and owner of the
Coast Beacon, widely known newspaper of Pass Christian, Miss.
Another brother, Fred Farrell, also lives in Mississippi.
Doctor Sharkey is a Republican, a member of the
Congregational Church, 32nd degree Mason, and also belongs to the
Knights of Pythias.
|NORMAN E. SHELDON, a prominent merchant of
Ashtabula engaged in the wholesale fruit business on Fisk Street, is a
native of New York. He was born at Oswego, Sept. 9 1877, and is the
son of C. A. and Frances (McCully) Sheldon.
C. A. Sheldon was born in New Haven, Conn., in
1837, and his wife was a native of Fulton, N.Y., where he engaged in the
fruit business until 1890, at which time he came to Ashtabula.
Mr. Sheldon died in 1916 and his wife died in 1919. They had
three children: Norman E., the subject of this sketch;
Merwin, died in 1897; and Robert, born in 1888, married to
Miss Grace Weisel and he is employed by his brother, Norman E.
Norman E. Sheldon spent his boyhood at Oswego, N.
Y., and received his education in the public schools there. In 1890
he came to Ashtabula with his parents and engaged in the fruit business
with his father on Spring Street. Two years later they moved the
business to Center Street, where they remained for 15 years. Mr.
Sheldon has occupied his present building for 14 years. He carries a
fine line of fruits and ranks among the successful business men of the
In 1904, Mr. Sheldon was united in marriage with
Miss Maude O'Neil, a native of Ashtabula, and the daughter of J.
A. and Anna (Schafer) O'Neil. Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon
have no children. Mr. Sheldon is a director of the Commercial
Savings & Trust of Ashtabula. He is a Republican, a member of the
Episcopal Church, and belongs to the Masonic and Elk lodges.
(See Note 2 below for Source)
ALONZO T. SILL, who is
engaged in the garage business at Unionville, is a successful and well
known business man in Ashtabula County. He was born at Ashtabula,
Feb. 3, 1872, and is a son of John S. and Mary (Rockwell) Sill.
John S. Sill, retired, is a veteran of the Civil
War, and a prominent pioneer citizen of Ashtabula County, where he
engaged in general farming and stock raising. Later he became a
civil engineer and was employed by the Pittsburgh & Ohio Railroad at the
time of its construction. Mr. Sill served throughout the
Civil War with the 105th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He is a
Republican, a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ashtabula and
belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic. Although 85 years of
age, Mr. Sill is still active and drives his automobile throughout
the county. Mrs. Sill , a native of Conneaut, died July 18,
1874. Mr. and Mrs. Sill were the parents of four children:
Herbert S., lives at Warren, Ohio; Marion, Deceased:
Mary, married Ira Crowther, a merchant, lives at
Willoughby; and Alonzo T., the subject of this sketch.
Alonzo T. Sill was educated in the public
schools of Conneaut, and after completing his schooling became connected
with the Cummins Canning Company of Conneaut, in whose employ he
remained three years. After learning telegraphy he became an
operator for the New York Central Railroad for 22 years and served as
train dispatcher at Youngstown nine years. Mr. Sill then returned
to the old homestead in Ashtabula County and engaged in farming for
three years. In 1917 he took over the Ford Automobile Agency
at Jefferson and conducted that business until 1922, at which time
he engaged in the hardware business. He purchased the Union
Motor Sales Company Garage at Unionville, Ohio, late in 1824.
Mr. Sill had an extensive business in Ashtabula County and carries a
complete line of automobile parts and supplies.
On Nov. 22, 1892, Mr. Sill was united in
marriage with Miss Nettie R. Whitmier, a native of Tiffin, Ohio,
born Aug. 13, 1871, and a daughter of Joseph and Martha Whitmier,
both deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Whitmier had nine children as
follows: Anna, married Nathan Crane, lives at
Toledo, Ohio; Ida, married Frank Goeller lives at
Bloomville, Ohio; Mollie, married Charles M. Hammond,
lives at Conneaut; Sadie, twin sister of Mollie, deceased;
Margaret, married Floyd R. Stoneman, lives at Conneaut;
Ethel, married Walter Gardner, lives in Cleveland; Dora,
a trained nurse, lives at Tiffin, Ohio; and Mrs. Sill. To Mr.
and Mrs. Sill four children have been born, as follows:
Mildred H., employed in the offices of the Nickel Plate Railroad at
Conneaut; Katherine R., a trained nurse, Lakeside Hospital,
Cleveland; one child died in infancy; and Geraldine, lives in
Conneaut. Mrs. Sill died Oct. 22, 1916, and is buried in
Mr. Sill is a Republican and a member of the
Masonic Lodge and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He and his
family are representative citizens of Ashtabula County and favorably
(See Note 2 below for Source)
JOHN SMITH, conductor on the
New K| York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad, and a valued citizen of
Conneaut, Ohio, was born in Brooklyn, New York, September 3, 1850, son of
John and Mary (Reinbond) Smith, natives respectively of Alsace and
Lorraine, France. His parents came to America at an early day and settled
in New York. His mother died about 1856, at the age of
thirty-eight years, leaving three children, John, Josie and
Frances. By a previous marriage his father had two daughters,
Mary and Kate.
The subject of our sketch started out in life on his
own responsibility at an early age. His first employment was in the
trimming department of a cooper shop, where he received $9.00 per week.
Afterward he learned the cooper trade. Next, we find him running a
circular saw at Queenspoint, New York. June 27, 1871, he landed in
Pittsburg, and soon afterward came from there to Stenbenville, Ohio. His
best opening there was in a stone quarry, where he was employed by a
railroad company and received two dollars per day. He continued thus
engaged until November, 1871. That winter he entered the service of the
Pan Handle, in the employ of which company he remained until 1876, the
last two years serving as conductor. He has continued in railroad employ
ever since. He was freight conductor until 1881 and since then a passenger
conductor. Since January, 1886, he has been in the employ of the Nickel
Plate. In all his railroad career he never has been suspended a day. His
natural ability and his careful attention to business have gained for him
the high esteem of the officers of the road as well as of his fellow
workmen. He is one among the large number of employes of the Nickel Plate
who have rendered excellent service and are retained because of their
thorough knowledge of the business, and their careful attention to the
responsible duties devolving upon them.
Mr. Smith was married in Dennison, Ohio,
in 1875, to Miss Mary Liggett, daughter of Robert
and Rebecca (McGrew) Liggett, of Dennison. Her
mother died in 1878, aged fifty-six years, and her father in 1890, aged
seventy-six. Their seven children are as follows: Sarah, wife of
John McRichie; Albert, who married Mary Davis;
James, who married Mary Darr; Susan, wife of
Stephen Fetterly; Mrs. John Smith;
John and Harry— the last two unmarried.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith had four
children, three of whom, Josie, Aggie and Belle, are
living. James died soon after they came to Conneaut, aged four
years.. The devoted wife and loving mother departed this life November 24,
1890. She was born at Port Clinton Ohio, January 5, 1857. Her life was
characterized by the sweetest of Christian graces and the most loving
devotion to her husband and family. She was a member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, as also was her mother. A woman of culture and
refinement, generous impulses, great energy and sunny disposition, she
made her home happy and drew around her a circle of loving friends. She
rendered her husband valued assistance in securing their comfortable home;
but she was not destined long to adorn it with her presence, for disease
soon marked her as its victim and she was called to her home above. Her
untimely death cast a gloom not only over the members of her immediate
family but also over a large circle of friends and acquaintances. Mr.
Smith's daughters preside over his home and are deserving of great
credit for the way in which they conduct their household affairs. Mr.
Smith and his family attend the Baptist Church, of which he is a
supporter. He is a member of the Order of Railway Conductors, and his
political associations are with the Republican party.
(For Source, see Note 1 below)
ROGERS SPENCER, celebrated as the founder of the " Spencerian"
system of penmanship, was born September 7, 1801, in Dutchess county, New
York, the son of Caleb Spencer, a native of Rhode Island and
a soldier of the Revolution. The name of Platt's mother before
marriage was Jerusha Covell, and she was from the town of
Chatham, on Cape Cod.
Platt, the youngest of a family of eleven
children, nine of whom were brothers, was reared mainly among the
beautiful hills of eastern New York. It was while living in Windham,
Greene county, New York, that the boy, at the early age of seven years,
began to exhibit his peculiar fondness of the art in which he afterward
rendered himself so noted. Poverty prevented him from enjoying any
advantages whatever, and even before
he began to handle the pen he would criticise chirography with remarkably
good taste, and penmanship reform so constantly occupied his mind that
even while playing as a boy he would spend much time in practicing
graceful outlines in the sand with a stick, or even with his toes. Up to
the time he was seven and a half years old he had not been the happy owner
of a full sheet of paper. At that time, having fortunately in his
possession a cent, he dispatched it by a lumberman to Catskill, which,
though twenty miles distant, was the nearest market, for the purchase of
the coveted full sheet of paper. The lumberman returned to the residence
of the boy about midnight, with the sheet tightly rolled up and tied with
a black thread, and it was considerably wrinkled, as he had carried it all
the way in his bosom; but with all this young Platt was especially
happy in beholding the treasure. He was considerably disappointed,
however, with his first efforts at writing upon it.
His father dying in 1806, his mother moved with her
family to Jefferson, Ohio, in 1810, and soon after the older boys began to
find business and homes elsewhere. The enthusiastic boy found much
pleasure in spending his leisure time on the lake shore, practicing his
favorite art and studying the graceful outlines of nature. He had in him
the elements of a true poet. It is indeed doubtful whether a person
brought up in a city can become poetical; but certain minds, in the
loneliness of rural retreats, are sure to be " born again" into the
kingdom of poetry, in which they ever after linger despite all the
vicissitudes of life.
In his twelfth year, our lad enjoyed his first year at
school, at Conneaut, "where he, partitioned off his desk in a corner that
he might pursue his studies undisturbed, and make the most, of every
opportunity. He furnished the copies for the school, with the accompanying
instructions, and here also he made his first attempts at versification,
in which during all his life he frequently indulged, with considerable
ability and taste. Being anxious to study arithmetic, he walked twenty
miles barefoot over a frozen road to obtain a copy of Daboll. On this trip
his only food was a raw turnip, which he chanced to find. Night overtaking
him on his return, he, being too bashful to ask for lodging at a
residence, sought lodgment in a barn.
After leaving school he clerked awhile in stores, where
he had much opportunity to practice his penmanship. Before he reached his
twentieth year he invented what has ever since been known as the "semi-angular" system of penmanship, which proved so graceful that it
served all the purposes of beautiful chirography and gave the inventor a
notoriety throughout the United States.
For many years Mr. Spencer taught
penmanship in a small log schoolhouse south of Geneva, and afterward
removed to a better building in the town. The first publication of his
system by himself was in 1848, and in the form of copy slips with printed
instructions. In this he was associated with Victor M.
Rice, a former pupil, who afterward became Superintendent of Public
Instruction for the State of New York. In 1859 he was induced to present
his system in a copy-book form. In 1861, in connection with his sons and.
J. W. Lusk, he revised his system, which was published by
Fhinney & Co. of Buffalo, and afterward by Ivison, Blakeman,
Taylor & Co., of New York. Since Mr. Spencer's death
the care of the system has fallen to his sons, who do it honor.
"During life Mr. Spencer adopted the temperance
and anti-slavery reforms. Taking
also a deep interest in historical subjects, especially in those relating
to his own locality, he joined the Ashtabula Historical and Philosophical
Society, and remained a member until his death, which took place May 16,
1864, after an illness of several weeks, —the event being mourned by all
who ever knew him, and that circle of acquaintance was remarkably large.
He was a gentleman in every good sense of that term, a man of sweet spirit
and irresistible influence for all that is noble.
(For Source, see Note 1 below)
DR. LUMAN P. STURTEVANT,
who stands in the front ranks of the medical profession in Conneaut, Ohio,
was born in Crawford county, Pennsylvania, March 16, 1846, son of
Timothy and Rachel (Fisher) Sturtevant. His father was born in New
York, July 19, 1813, and at the age of five years went to Pennsylvania,
where he remained until 1874. The past nineteen years he has been a
resident of Conneaut, Ohio, and now makes his home with the subject of
this sketch. A carpenter by trade, he was for many years engaged in
contracting and building, his life being one of activity and
usefulness. The Doctor's mother was born in Berkshire county,
Massachusetts, October 8, 1811, and. died November 24, 1887. Her father,
Elezar Fisher, was in the war of 1812, and her grandfather
Fisher was a Revolutionary soldier. She was a member of the
Christian Church, as also is her husband, and for the past thirty years he
has been a Deacon in the church. Mr. and Mrs. Sturtevant had six
children, namely: E. F., a resident of Conneaut; Homer, who
died at the age of twenty months; Anna M., wife of W. P. Laucks,
of Kearney county, Kansas; L. P., the subject of this article;
Mary J., wife of W. H. Limb, of Springfield, Ohio; and
William H., a resident of Sharpsville, Mercer county, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Sturtevant was educated in the common
schools and academy and received his medical education in Cleveland, being
a graduate of the Homeopathic Hospital College with the class of 1874.
While in college he had two years' experience in hospital work, and in
June, 1874, immediately after his graduation, he began the practice of his
profession in Conneaut, where lie has since remained, meeting with good
success. He now has a large and lucrative practice. He is a member of the
Homeopathic Medical Society of Ohio, the American Institute of Homeopathy,
and the Homeopathic Society of Erie county, Pennsylvania.
December 24,1872, Dr. Sturtevant married
Miss Callie E. Fruit, daughter of William and Sarah Fruit,
of Sharpsville, Pennsylvania. Her father, in company with William
Scott and James Pierce, developed the first coal mine
in Mercer county, Pennsylvania. He died in 1879, aged sixty-seven years.
His four children are as follows: Sarah, wife of James
Trimble, Philadelphia; Mary, wife of F. Livermore,
Mercer county, Pennsylvania, is deceased; Mrs. Sturtevant;
William W., who died at the age of thirty-seven years.
Both the Doctor and his wife are members of the
Christian Church. For many years he has been a member of the official
board and has also served as Sabbath-school Superintendent a number of
years. He affiliates with the Masonic fraternity, being a member of the
blue lodge, chapter, council an I commandery, having filled the offices of
Worshipful Master in the blue lodge and High Priest in the chapter. He is
also a member of the Knights of Honor and the Royal Templars of
Temperance, and has been presiding officer in these organizations for some
years. Politically, he is a Republican. Dr. Sturtevant is in
the prime of an active manhood. He is public spirited and generous;
believes in keeping pace with the times, and especially does he keep
posted in all matter pertaining to his profession. Dr. Miriam
and Dr. Ward are the only physicians now living in Conneaut
who were here when he located in the city. Both professionally and
otherwise, he has the respect and esteem of all who know him.
(For Source, see Note 1 below)
GEORGE W. SWANEY, deceased,
was a veteran of the Civil War and a leading citizen of Ashtabula
County. He was born in Pennsylvania, in 1835.
George W. Swaney spent his boyhood on his
father's farm and attended the district schools. At an early age
he went to Wisconsin, where he became a prominent lumber man.
Mr. Swaney owned land there and remained there until 1883, at which
time he removed to Ashtabula county, and lied retired at Amboy until the
time of his death, July 22, 1915.
During the Civil War, Mr. Swaney served with a
Wisconsin company and was wounded while in action. Mr. Swaney
was a Republican, a member of the Methodist Church, and belonged to the
Grand Army of the Republic.
On July 6, 1865, Mr. Swaney was united in
marriage with Miss Lydia Puffer, a native of Erie County, Pa.,
born Sept. 6, 1838, and the daughter of Erastus and Dianna (Catlin)
Puffer. Mr. Puffer settled in Ashtabula County in 1848 and
operated a farm in Conneaut Township for many years. Mr. and
Mrs. Puffer were the parents of the following children:
Harriet, married Francis Jerrils, both deceased; Caroline,
married Seth Potter, both deceased; Sarah, William,
deceased; Mrs. Swaney; Eliza, married Perry Ryan, both
deceased; Henry, lives in Pennsylvania; Benjamin and
Anna, deceased; and Henrietta, married Allen Turner,
deceased, and she lives at Amboy, Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Swaney
reared an adopted son, Frank Puffer Swaney, who was born
June 12, 1865. He lives at Denver, Colo., and is a locomotive
Mrs. Swaney lives at Amboy, where she owns her
home and a small farm. She is a member of the Methodist Church and
has voted the Republican ticket once. Mrs. Swaney is a well
known citizen of Ashtabula County and is highly esteemed.
(See Note 2 below for Source)
NOTE: Buried in City Cemetery
Source 1 - Biographical History of
Northeastern, Ohio Embracing the Counties of Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake.
Containing Portraits of all the Presidents of the United States with a Biography
of each, together with Portraits and Biographies of Joshua R. Giddings, Benjamin
F. Wade and a large number of Early Settlers and Representative Families of
Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company - 1893.
Source 2 - History of Ashtabula County, Ohio by Mrs. Moina W. Large - 1924
NOTE: There will be an asterisk (*) next to the biographies that have a