Re: Brent Van Swearingen
Brent Van Swearingen was my grand-uncle. He was born 14 July 1877 in Allegheny, PA and died in 1939.
Brent's father was Thomas Brent Swearingen and his mother was Eleanor Ihmsen. The "Van" was a middle name, but Brent seemed to have used "Van Sweringen"—an ancestral last name—as his last name, especially when he was older.