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Sword(s) of Franklin; Gallia; Lawrence County Ohio

Updated February 18, 2009

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As of Feb 2009, Our Direct Family Line Knowledge; Begins in Gallia County, Ohio 1840's.. Aaron Swords and Susanna Carr in Gallia County Marriage Records. They have son Wm. Allen Swords, in 1850 census of Harrison Township, Gallia County Ohio... Wife and Mother Susanna the daughter of Cornelius Carr and Polly Davis goes missing later in the 1850s. No Info on that side yet.

Aaron then re-marries Judy(Juda?th?)Sanders and they have several children in Mason Township Lawrence County Ohio,(see 1860 census). Aaron does Civil War Army 1st OVHA Co.G 1862-1865
Aaron Dies 6/20/1879; Buried Houck Family Cemetery Row5/Grave48 in Harrison Township of Gallia County.

Wm Allen Swords has "consumption"(genetic asthma)from childhood. Marries Emily Higgins [dob 11/05 1854], of the Thomas Higgins/Hannah(Corn)Higgins family who are Mason Township neighbors. Wm Allen and Emily have children sons Clayton and my grandfather William Kelly Swords and others. But Wm Allen Swords dies young at age 37 1886 Gallia County Deaths.

Clayton goes to live with cousins "The Houck Family" in Walnut Township Gallia County where Aaron is buried; See 1900 census-- But Wm Kelly stays with mom and Thomas Higgins Family creating a lasting fracture in the family relationships.

Later widow Emily marries a "Wilson" (who Wm Kelly resents and another fracture develops). Emily moves to Clark County where she dies as Emily Swords Wilson on 7/20/1941 at age 86 buried in Glen Haven Cemetery by Austin/Richards Funeral Home, See Obit 7/21/1941, shows other relatives that I have not found yet.

By then Wm Kelly Swords and Clayton had both dropped the "s" from the Swords name following adolescent family drama with uncle James Swords documented in the local book "So That Was Waterloo" over a telephone company labor issue gone bad.
Fragmentation stuff starts taking over family connections?

William Kelly Swords marries Grace Smith of Aid Township Ohio. Grace is daughter of George Irvin Smith [Goerge is son of Shadrack Smith and Ruth (Willis) Smith] [Ruth Willis 7/1841-3/1928 cod#20249 is daughter of Elza Willis and Elizabeth Ward]
AND Grace's mother is Laura(Addis)Smith[The Daughter of Benjamin Addis, see census Aid Township].

Around 1918-1920 Wm K and Grace move to south-end of Columbus OH near where his brother Clayton lives. They will have 5 children. Sons; William Harold Sword 8/1912, Earl Sword, Kenneth Sword, Jack Sword/ Daughter Catherine "Alice" Sword(Collier).
Later 1920s family moves North near Suffield Oh, Canton/Akron area where Grace's brother or uncle Frank Smith lives.
Later Wm K Sword also develops asthma and is forced to move to Denver Colorado along with youngest son Jack Pershing Sword/Maude and 2 boys early 1940's from Cincinnati,OH

1938 My Father Wm Harold Sword marries my mother Margaret J. Rouse [Daughter of Clarence and Freda(Weiss/Gross)Rouse]of North Hill in Akron. Wm Harold and Margaret have 5 children, Harold Irvin Sword/1940 aka-me/ Laura Arlene-Jack Weston-Margaret Elaine-Melvin Lee Sword. Wm Harold died Denver 1964, Margaret 2004 in Columbus, All 5 Children still living & have family.

"Known" Historical Aaron Swords Family Line Name Connections;
Paternal From Ohio Last 150 yrs:(Some Early Virginia) Carr;Higgins;Corn;Houck;Willis;Smith;Pool;Addis;Wilson;Massie; Sanders;Ward;Collier;Davis;Bennett;Justice;Stewart;Schaffer;Roberts

Maternal Late 1880s- early 1900s: Rouse;Burch; Weiss;Gross
(The Rouse and Burch are from The Mt Sterling Ky Area)
(Weiss and Gross from Germany,by way of Canada and Milwaukee.

No Direct Link Found "YET" For The Aaron Swords Family of Gallia County Ohio To; The Sword(s) Family in Portsmouth Area of Scioto County Ohio; or The Sword(s) of Russell County Va. or Bucks County & Eastern Pa. areas... Nor Any Swords Connection Yet To Phonetic Spellings With The Sowards/Sowerds Family Groups Of Gallia County or Lawrence County. Although Logically Genetic DNA Links May Exist

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