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Swart[h]outs of Jackson, Michigan

Updated July 31, 2007

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I got started as the family genealogist upon learning my dad, Bernard Russell Swartout, didn't know anyone past his father, William, and immediate family; Mother Emma Bodge Swartout, brother William, Jr., and sisters Viola, Florence & Margaret. No knowledge of grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. So my research began. So far I have been able to go back two generations. My dads grandparents [my g-grandparents] were John H. Swarthout and Emma [Parks] Swarthout. Their children were; William [my grandfather], Rosa, Julia and recently tracked down, Nellie and Jennie. John's parents were James S. Swarthout and Katherine [Waller] Swarthout. Their children were; John, Louisa, Abbey and possibly others? I believe they migrated from Mansfield, Cattaraugus Co. NY to Woodstock [Cement City] Michigan, around 1840-1850. John enlisted into the Civil War in 1862 [6th Mich. Cavalry] out of Wheatland, MI, just west of Woodstock. And returned to Woodstock [1870 census] after the War. Later moved up into the Jackson area around 1880. Where he died [Horton, MI] in 1901. I am still actively looking for more/any connections with our Woodstock/Jackson Swart[h]outs with any of the other "many" Swarthouts that lived in the Jackson area around the same times. Especially any connection that would connect into the "Swartwout Chronicles".

Family Photos
  • 6th Michigan Cavalry (47 KB)
    Sketch of Michigan's fighting 6th in battle near Falling Waters, VA
  • John H. Swarthout's Headstone (151 KB)
    John's gravesite. A veteran of the Civil War. 6th Michigan Cavalry, which fought along side Gen. George Custer at many of the major battles of the war.
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