1. John Swigart: We have traced my Swigart family line back to John Swigart b. 1793 died 1870. His brief autobiography says that he came from Chambersburg, Franklin County, Penn to Stark County, Ohio with his father, John Swigart the elder, in 1806. Unable to trace him back further. I find his father John Sr, in Plain Twp, Stark OH in the Census of 1820 and records of his death in 1828. Nothing much else. John the younger served in the War of 1812 and after the war taught school in Ashland Co OH where he married Barbara Ann (Mason)Young. They moved to Richland County OH in 1820.
2. Many of us are pursuing the same elusive ancestor.
A. Who were the spouse(s) and children of my ancestor John Swigart the Elder of Plain Township, Canton Stark Co. Ohio? Are all the people named Swigart that were married in Canton Stark in the 1820's his children, grandchildren? A reverend Jacob Swigart performed those marriages, was he John's brother, son? His executors were Jacob and George, are those other sons? Samuel Swigart died in about 1825 in Perry Township, Stark County at the age of 50, was he a son, younger brother, nephew?
B. Beth Watkins ancestor, John W. Swikert, moved from PA to Stark County (when)and lived in Perry Township, many of his children were born there. He moved on to Summit County after my John Swigart's death in 1928 and then moved to Michigan where he died. What is his relationship to John? Is he a son or nephew?
C. According to one obscure report, a Swigart, possibly named Joseph, moved to Stark County, in either 1806 or 1814 from Cumberland County, PA . His record is unclear and perhaps confused with a son named Joseph. Either he or his son married an Elizabeth Peiffer or Pfeiffer. Is this my John Swigart or is it his son or nephew? Did my John stop in Cumberland County enroute to Ohio?
D. Is the George Swigart, who shows up in the 1800 Census in Chambersburg, Franklin County, Census in Pennsylvania my John Swigart? Is my ancestor John Swigart, John George Swigart?
E. Shelley Luck's ancestor Joseph George Swigart, husband of Eliz. Pfeiffer emigrates to Stark County from Cumberland County PA. but presumable after the date of 1806 based on the date of the birth of a child in Cumberland in 1815. Her record is clearer than the one in C above. Is he an older son or nephew of my ancestor John Swigart? He has a grandson John W. Swigart (son of Jacob), who moves to Summit Co, Ohio. What is the relationship to Beth Watkins ancestor John W. Swikert?
3. Michael Swigart: Another family group is descended from him. According to a biography Michael settled in Lucas Co Ohio in 1832. Michael Swigart, b. 1800? in Lancaster?; served in war of 1812 as a drummer boy; in 1825 married Ann Byers in Stark Co; moved to Lucas Ohio, purchased land from John Swigart, joined the same church, lived nearby and buried near John and Barbara. They also had many children. We now believe Michael and John are brothers and both sons of John Sr. We have no evidence to support or refute this but the geographical locations, names are very supportive.
4. Jacob Swigart (sp), what relationship does Jacob Sweigart b. 1761 (about the same age as John the elder) in Lancaster Penn and buried in 1850 in Wayne County OH have to our Swigart's?
5. Are we descendants of the German Johannes Phillip Schweickhardt and spouse who came to Philadelphia in 1727 on the ship William and Sarah from Rotterdam? They moved to Lancaster had many children and their children had many more. Some of their children moved to Franklin Co Penn. Is George Swigart, son of Johannes Phillip, the father of John the Elder? Is Johannes Valentine Swigart, son of Johannes Phillip, the father of John the Elder and John is (Johannes) George Swigart who lived in Franklin County and disappeared from the record?
6. Swigarts appear everywhere after about 1730, Maryland, Virginia (West VA), Penn. Is their a relationship between them? Some are 'Dunkers,' some are Lutherans. Major areas appear to be Berks, Mifflin, Lancaster PA, and Taneytown/Hagerstown MD.
7. The only thing clear is that the spelling of Swigart was thought to be irrelevant.
8. Well, not exactly, another thing is we still have more questions than answers.