I have been in contact with Muriel Sonne, who has done a lot of terrific research on the Schweigarts of Lancaster, PA.She's given me the wills of Johan Schweigart (ca 1735- 1779) of Earl Tp, Lancaster, PA, and his son Abraham (1765- 1841).In Abraham's will he mentions a granddaughter, Dianna Caskey, and by the uncommonness of her name, she was able to make the connection to my line (Thankfully!)
Apparently, Abraham's daughter Maria Swigart married Johann Caskey (my ancestor), and they had four children.Of these Caskey- Swigart children, three moved to Stark/Tuscarawas/ Holmes Counties in Ohio, while Dianna stayed in Lancaster Co., PA. The three that came westward were Harriet who married Jacob Sprankle, John who married Katura Hall and ran a newspaper business, and my line Levi, who married Rebecca Dale in Stark Co. on 3 Sep 1837.
As I was scouring old Canton newspapers, I ran across these Swigart findings.I thought they might be of some help to fellow Swigart researchers.I haven't fully had time to digest all of this yet, but I wanted to get it out there. Here it is:
"List of Letters, Remaining in the Post Office at CANTON, on the 1st of July 1826..... J. Caskey or J. Swigart"The Ohio Repository, 20 July 1826 [This one really excites me since John/Johann Caskey married Maria Swigart]
As early as July 1817, there's a John Swigart in Stark Co., Ohio.He has a letter at the post office to pick up.There's also a John Swigart, Sen, a Mary Swigart, and an Elizabeth Swigart in the next few years, all of whom have letters at the post office.In 1824, there was a Jacob Swigart who was a justice of the peace [The Ohio Repository 27 May 1824].In April 1827, Gideon Swigart has a letter at the Post Office, and in Jan 1828 a Catherine Swigart has the same.
John Swigart was delinquent on his taxes for the years 1820/21.He owned property: Range 10, Township 2, Section 20.20 June 1822, The Ohio Repository
"A list of Lands returned Delinquent by the county Auditor of Stark County, to the Auditor of State, for the years 1821 and 1822, with the tax of 1823 added.....
Swigart, Abraham [Range] 8, [township] 9, [section] 13, [quarter] nw..." The Ohio Repository, 8 May 1823
"Take Notice.All persons having claims against the estate of John Swigart, late of Plain township, deceased, are requested to present the same, legally attested for settlement within one year from this date.Those indebted to said estate must make immediate payment.
Jacob Swigart, Adm'rs.Nov 13, 1828" The Ohio Repository,12 Dec 1828
"There will be sold at the late residence of John Swigart, in Plain township, Stark County, Ohio,
On Friday the 24th of April inst.
The following property, belonging to the estate of Jacob Swigart, late of Perry township in said county, deceased, to wit:
One Road Wagon, one Horse, one Stove and Pipe- a Cradle & ______- Augars? and Plains-- one sword-- Horse Gears, Log chains &c-- Together with 1200 feet of Pine Boards, 300 feet of Walnut Boards...." [cut off] 3 April 1829, The Ohio Repository
"Married... Mr Joshua Swigart to Miss Catherine Miller" 12 Aug 1831, The Ohio Repository
"I will offer for sale at my residence, in Plain Township, two miles north of Canton, on Saturday the Fifth day of November next, the following property to wit:
Two Spring Colts; a Medley Colt; a Yoke of Oxen; young Oxen; Cows; Sheep and Hogs; A Rifle Gun, A good Road Wagon: Together with a variety of Household and Kitchen Furniture too tedious to enumerate-- Sale to commence at 10 o'clock, AM, when due attendance and the terms of sale will be made known.
Michael Swigart, October 13, 1831"28 Oct 1831, The Ohio Repository
"State of Ohio, Stark County, ss.Court of Common Pleas- Vacation after October Term, 1832.
George Swigart vs
Margaret Swigart, John Swigart, Michael Swigart, Jesse Swigart, & Elizabeth his wife, Jacob Young & Margaret his wife, Joseph Weaver and Mary his wife, Sarah Swigart, and Margaret Swigart.Petition for Partition.
Whereas the said Demandant has this day filed his petition,in the office of the Clerk of Said Court, setting forth that he is entitled to one undivided seventh part, which he holds in coparcenery with the said Defendants, of the following described land, situate in Stark County, Ohio, to wit: -- The north-west quarter of section 33, township eleven, of range eight, excepting so much thereof as has been heretofore sold and conveyed to one John Smith; that he claims title as heir at law to John Swigart, late of said county, deceased; and that the said Margaret Swigart, widow of the said John, deceased, is entitled to dower in the said north-west quarter; and also, praying to have his said undivided seventh part of said described land set off and aparted to him, that he may hold the same in severalty: Therefore notice is hereby given, to the said Defendants, that said petition will stand for hearing at the next term of said Court, to be holden at Canton, in and for said county." The Ohio Repository, 12 Apr 1833
"Take Notice.All persons having claims against the estate of John Swigart, late of Franklin township, deceased, are desired to present them legally attested for settlement within one year from this date.Also, those indebted to said estate must make immediate payment.
William Holliwell, Adm'r
Elizabeth Swigart Adm'r'x
April 24, 1834" The Ohio Repository, 25 Apr 1834
I hope to hear from you soon.I think I will go ahead and send this to you as an email just in case you don't get this message.I hope you do not mind.Thanks so much!