Re: Ephraim HORNER of Ohio, MO, & NE
I have come across several Drusilla Swearingen's of different ages in the same area (the name was surprisingly common), so I'd like to be sure your information is on the correct one. Since you don't know her dates, it's difficult to say. I hope it's the right one since the information you gave on her ancestors is very interesting.
I have census records of Ephraim and Drusilla for 1850, 1860, and 1880 in Adams Co, Ohio and they all show her to be born in 1816 or 1817. She was also living in 1880 so I have her as (abt. 1816-aft. 1880). I have downloaded a tree from ancestry.com that has her as (Mar 25, 1816-1887), but I haven't verified any of that one. However, I have seen another Drusilla, born in 1805, who I've assumed was either an aunt or cousin. Most of the others are somewhat older.
My Matilda does have a brother named John T., but he was born in 1854, not 1805 as you said. He was still living in Adams Co. in 1900. If your John Horner was in fact born in 1805 as you said, he must be the same generation as Ephraim Horner, who was born abt. 1811. Maybe they are brothers instead of father and son.
Here is an excerpt from a 1900 biography of Matilda's husband.
"...He was married, December 17, 1872, to Miss Matilda Horner, a daughter of Ephraim Horner. Mr. Horner was from the state of Pennsylvania and his wife was Drusilla Swearingen, who bore him children as follows: Matilda; Nancy, who is dead; William L., of Highland county, Ohio; John T., of Adams county, same state; Calvin E., of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Laura, wife of Richard Lenter, of Adams county, already mentioned...."
How have you connected Drusilla to Thomas Van Swearingen? Do you know the name of his wife?
I downloaded a record from familysearch.org that shows Druzilla Jane Swearingen, b. 25 Mar 1816 in Fayette Co, PA, dau. of Thomas Swearingen and Rebecca Gillespie. This sounds very promising.