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Joseph Gilbert Swing

Joseph Gilbert Swing[1, 2, 3]

Male 1861 - 1948  (86 years)

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  • Name Joseph Gilbert Swing 
    Born 10 Aug 1861  Akron, Summit, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4

    Gender Male 
    Moved Abt 1877 
    Moved to Livingston County, Illinois with family
     
    Religion Abt 1880 
    Joins "Amish" (Apostolic Christian) Church
     
    Moved 1882 
    Moved to Fairbury, Illinois with his mother
     
    Occupation Between 1882 and 1887 
    Farmed for 5 years near Fairbury
     
    Moved 1891 
    Moved into Fairbury
     
    Occupation Between 1891 and 1892  [5
    Hardware Store Clerk in Frank Hobbs's store
     
    Occupation 1891 
    Worked at Walton Bros. elevator
     
    Occupation Between 1892 and 1895 
    Worked for Swing & Steidinger and then other hardware stores
     
    Occupation Between 1895 and 1907 
    Began hardware/drugstore business
     
    Census 1900  Indian Grove, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [6

     
    Census 1900  Indian Grove, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7

     
    Occupation 1900  [7
    Clerk, hardware store
     
    Occupation 18 Jun 1907 
    Opened mercantile
     
    Census 1910  Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [8

     
    Occupation 1910  [8
    Proprietor, department store
     
    Census 1920  Prairie City, La Porte, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [9

     
    Census 1930  Railroad, Starke, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [10

     
    Census 1940  La Crosse, La Porte, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [11

     
    Died 29 Jul 1948  La Crosse, La Porte, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 12, 13

    Buried 1 Aug 1948  La Crosse, La Porte, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 13
    Address:
    Oak Grove Cemetery
     

    Death 29 Jul 1949  [1

     
    Name Joe  [7
    Notes 
    • Livingston Yesterday
      Joseph G. Swing

      By the Pontiac Public Library

      That concentration, good judgement, faithfulness, cheerfulness and i
      tegrity constitute the most forceful equipment of men who compose the d
      istributive or mercantile element of business, finds confirmation in th
      e career of Joseph G. Swing, a variously interested resident of Fairbur
      y since 1891, and since June 18, 1907, a purveyor of groceries, hardwar
      e, stoves, paints and oils, buggies and farm implements in that region.
      Good birth and breeding, practical education and general advantage
      s, and that incentive to purity of character and lofty ideals which com
      e of valued memories of one's nearest of kin, who bespeak for this popu
      lar business man a career of exceptional success and trustworthiness.
      Mr. Swing spent the early years of his lifein Akron, Ohio, where h
      e was born August 10, 1861, and where his father, Carl Swing, was engag
      ed in the tailoring business.
      Joseph Swing was educated in the public schools of Akron, Ohio, an
      d was sixteen years old when his parents removed to Livingston County. H
      e continued to live on the farm with his mother until 1882, and that ye
      ar they located near Fairbury, where Mr. Swing operated a farm for abou
      t five years.
      February 23, 1885, he was united in marriage to Annie Schippee, a n
      ative of Zurich, Switzerland, and of the union there were two children, W
      alter and Annie, the former of whom was born in February, 1887, and the l
      atter June 12, 1888. The death of Mrs. Swing occurred June 16, four da
      ys after the birth of her youngest child.
      After coming to Fairbury in 1891, Mr. Swing worked for a short tim
      e in the Walton Brothers elevator, then engaged as a clerk in the hardw
      are store of Frank Hobbs, with whom he remained about six months.
      Until that firm sold out, he was connected with the business of Sw
      ing and Steidinger as a partner, and for the following four years clerk
      ed for different hardware stores, in 1895 starting a hardware business o
      f his own, which he subsequently disposed of.
      He then engaged in the drug business until June 18, 1907, when was e
      stablished his present mercantile concern. This store is a model of ne
      atness and order, and in its management the soundest business principle
      s prevail. Misrepresentation is never allowed or resorted to, and fair p
      iced goods, courteous treatment and unquestioned integrity are buildin
      g up a business which must reap gratifying financial returns.
      The second marriage of Mr. Swing was to Eugenia Hoffman, a native o
      f Illinois and of French descent. Of this union there were four childr
      en: Joseph, a clerk in his father's store, Mary, Willie, and Jacob.
      Mrs. Swing passed away on June 12, 1900, and eventually Mr. Swing m
      arried his present wife, formerly Lydia Hoffman, who is the mother of f
      ive children: Eugenia, Lizzie, Harvey, Christina, and Phillip.
      Mr. Swing inherits the religious convictions of his parents, and b
      ecame a member of the Amish church at the age of nineteen years. He ha
      s since been an active worker in the church, and in his daily life refl
      ects its principles and teachings. As is the custom with all members o
      f this religious denomination, he does not vote, but his inclinations a
      e with the Republican party.
      A genial and kindly nature contribute much to his influence among t
      he complications of modern life, and the force bred if [sic] sincerity a
      d definite purpose draws irresistibly the finest compensation of livin
      g.
      _____________
      The above is an excerpt from The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois an
      d History of Illinois, Volume II, c. 1909 (pages 1,056-1,057).

      June 5 1900 Fairbury Indian Grove Livingston Illinois Sup 5 Enum 103 Sh
      eet 4A
      Elm Street
      82 82 Swing Joe Head W M Aug 1861 38 M 10 Ohio Germany Switzerland Cler
      k Hardware 0 yes yes yes O F H
      ---Euginie Wife W F May 1865 34 M 10 4 4 France Germany Germany 1884 15 y
      es yes yes
      ---Walter Son W M Feb 1886 13 S Illinois Ohio Germany At School 8 1/2 y
      es yes yes
      ---Joseph Son W M Sept 1892 7 S Illinois Ohio Germany At School 8 1/2 y
      es yes yes
      ---Mary Daughter W F Jan 1893 6 S Illinois Ohio Germany At School 8 1/2 y
      es yes yes
      ---Willie Son W M Aug 1897 2 S Illinois Ohio Germany
      ---Jacob Son W M Apr 1899 1 S Illinois Ohio Germany

      April 19 1910 Fairbury Livingston Illinois Sup 8 Enum 28 Sheet 5A
      Walnut St.
      114 114 Swing Joseph G Head M W 48 M2 9 Ohio Ger German Switz German En
      glish Proprietor Dept Store Emp yes yes O F H
      ---Lydia wife F W 33 M1 9 5 5 Fr French Fr French Fr French 1883 Englis
      h none yes yes
      ---Walter Son M W 23 S Illinois Ohio Fr French English Proprietor Plumb
      ing Shop W no 0 yes yes no
      ---Anna Daughter F W 21 S Illinois Ohio Fr French English None yes yes
      ---Joseph J son M W 18 S Illinois Ohio Fr French English Delivery boy D
      ept Store W no 0 yes yes no
      ---Mary Daughter F W 16 S Illinois Ohio Fr French English None yes yes y
      es
      ---William Son M W 13 S Illinois Ohio Fr French English None yes yes ye
      s
      ---Jacob Son M W 11 S Illinois Ohio Fr French English None yes yes yes
      ---Jennie Daughter F W 8 S Illinois Ohio Fr French None yes
      ---Lizzie Daughter F W 7 S Illinois Ohio Fr French None yes
      ---Harvy Son M W 5 S Illinois Ohio Fr French None
      ---Christine Daughter F W 3 S Illinois Ohio Fr French None
      ---Phillip Son M W 2 S Illinois Ohio Fr French None

      January 30, 1920 Prairie Twp Laporte Indiana Sup 13 Enum 132 Sheet 16B
      Fm 34 35 Swing Joseph Head R M W 57 M yes yes Ohio Germany German Germa
      y German yes Farmer General oa 30
      ---Lydia Wife F W 43 M 1878 Na yes yes France French France French Fran
      ce French yes None
      ---Walter Son M W 33 S yes yes Illinois Ohio France French yes Laborer H
      ome Farm
      ---Joseph Son M W 27 S yes yes Illinois Ohio France French yes Laborer H
      ome Farm
      ---Jacob Son M W 20 S yes yes Illinois Ohio France French yes Laborer H
      ome Farm
      ---Jenny Daughter F W 17 S yes yes Illinois Ohio France French yes None
      ---Elizabeth Daughter F W 16 S yes yes Illinois Ohio France French yes N
      one
      ---Harvey Son M W 15 S yes yes yes Illinois Ohio France French yes None
      ---Christina Daughter F W 13 S yes yes yes Illinois Ohio France French y
      es None
      ---Gilbert Son M W 8 S yes yes yes Illinois Ohio France French yes None
      ---Caroline Daughter F W 6 S yes yes yes Illinois Ohio France French No
      e
      ---Margaret Daughter F W 3 8/12 S Indiana Ohio France French None
      ---Edward Son M W 2 7/12 S Indiana Ohio France French None

      April 3 1930 Railroad Twp Starke Indiana Enum 75-10 Sup 2 Sheet 1B
      23 23 Swing Joseph Head R yes M W 68 M 24 no yes Ohio Germany US 59 13 1 y
      es Farmer General Farm vvvv E yes no 20
      ---Lydia wife F W 53 M 23 no yes France Germany Germany French 12 12 v 1
      884 na yes none
      ---Walter son M W 43 S no yes Illinois Ohio France 61 12 2 yes Farm Lab
      orer General Farm vivv w yes no
      ---Caroline daughter F W 17 S yes yes Illinois Ohio France 61 12 2 yes n
      one
      ---Marjorie daughter F W 13 S yes yes Indiana Ohio France 60 12 2 yes n
      one
      ---Edward son M W 12 S yes yes Indiana Ohio France 60 12 2 yes none

      April 26 1940 La Crosse La Porte Indiana SD 3 ED 46-45 Sheet 8A
      173 O 800 No Swing Joseph G x Head M W 78 M No H2 Ohio R Porter Indiana y
      es No No No No Ot 0 0 yes
      ---Lydia Wife F W 63 M No G5 France Na R Porter Indiana Yes No No No No H 0 0 Y
      es
      ---Jesse Edward Son M W 22 S No H4 Indiana R Porter Indiana Yes Yes - - - - 6
      0 Attendant Filling Station Attendant PW 50 995 Yes
      Siebenthal Florence M x Lodger F W 21 S No H4 Indiana Same Place Yes - - - - 3
      1 Bookkeeper Local Bank PW 50 720 No
    Person ID I696  Megan's Big Tree
    Last Modified 31 Dec 1969 

    Father III Karl Schwing,   b. 1813, Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany
    Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1880  (Age 67 years) 
    Mother Saloma Bollinger,   b. 22 Sep 1821, Zürich, Switzerland
    Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1900  (Age 78 years) 
    Met 1850  Akron, Summit, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [14

     
    Married 1851  Akron, Summit, Ohio, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1

    Family ID F319  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Anna Schaeppi,   b. 15 Sep 1861, Zürich, Switzerland
    Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jun 1888  (Age 26 years) 
    Married 23 Feb 1885  [4

    Married 7 Feb 1886  Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 15, 16

     
    Notes 
    Children 
     1. Walter Henry Swing,   b. Feb 1886, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Oct 1962, San Pierre, Starke, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years)
     2. Anna Z. Swing,   b. 12 Jun 1888, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1890  (Age < 1 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jun 2022 
    Family ID F31  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Eugenie B. Hoffmann,   b. 1 May 1865, France
    Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Jun 1900, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States
    Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years) 
    Married 14 Feb 1890  [17

    Married 23 Feb 1890  Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 18

     
    Notes 
    • Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763 - 1900
      Click here for information about how to obtain copies of original marri
      age records.

      GROOM BRIDE CNTY D
      ATE VOL/PAGE LIC
      _______________________________________________________________________
      ___ ______________________________________________
      SCHWING, JOSEPH G HOFFMANN, EUGENIE B LIVINGSTON 02
      /23/1890 J / 3696

      http://cyberdriveillinois.com/cgi-bin/archives/marriage.s
    Children 
     1. Joseph John Swing,   b. 12 Sep 1892, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Aug 1973, Gary, Lake, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     2. Marie Mae Swing,   b. Jan 1893, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Nov 1958, Hanna, La Porte, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years)
     3. William Edward Swing,   b. 2 Aug 1897, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1987, Laporte, La Porte, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     4. Jacob Carl Swing,   b. 5 Apr 1899, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Sep 1970, La Porte, La Porte, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jun 2022 
    Family ID F39  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Lydia Hoffmann,   b. 25 Feb 1877, Renaucourt, Haute-Saone, Franche-Comte, France
    Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Sep 1957, Valparaiso, Porter, Indiana, United States
    Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 1 Sep 1901  Iroquois, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 13, 19

    Children 
     1. Eugenie C. Swing,   b. 8 Jul 1902, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1987, Valparaiso, Porter, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     2. Elizabeth Sarah Swing,   b. 8 Jul 1903, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 2000, Crown Point, Lake, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 97 years)
     3. Harvey A. Swing,   b. 24 Nov 1904, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 1976  (Age 71 years)
     4. Christine A. Swing,   b. 9 Jan 1907, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1995  (Age 88 years)
     5. Phillip LeRoy Swing,   b. 9 Feb 1908, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1916, Prairie City, La Porte, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 8 years)
     6. Gilbert J. Swing,   b. 16 Jun 1911, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1986, West Lafayette, Tippecanoe, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     7. Carolyn Louise Swing,   b. 27 Mar 1913, Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Feb 2005  (Age 91 years)
     8. Edna May Swing,   b. 16 May 1914, Stillwell, LaPorte, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1916  (Age 2 years)
     9. Inez Marjorie Swing,   b. 16 May 1916, Stillwell, LaPorte, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 2009, Saint Cloud, Osceola, Florida, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     10. Jesse Edward Swing,   b. 14 Aug 1917, Stillwell, LaPorte, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Nov 2007, Valparaiso, Porter, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     11. Ruth Evelyn Swing,   b. 17 Nov 1920, Kouts, Porter, Indiana, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Mar 1921  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jun 2022 
    Family ID F26  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Aug 1861 - Akron, Summit, Ohio, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - - 7 Feb 1886 - Livingston, Illinois, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - - 23 Feb 1890 - Livingston, Illinois, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1 Sep 1901 - Iroquois, Illinois, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - - 1910 - Fairbury, Livingston, Illinois, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - - 1930 - Railroad, Starke, Indiana, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - - 1940 - La Crosse, La Porte, Indiana, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 29 Jul 1948 - La Crosse, La Porte, Indiana, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Address:
    Oak Grove Cemetery - 1 Aug 1948 - La Crosse, La Porte, Indiana, United States
    Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Joseph Swing
    Joseph Swing

  • Sources 
    1. [S229] FamilySearch Ancestral File .

    2. [S354] Marsha Detter Family Group Sheets .
      McCoysburg, Indiana
      "Ray"

      Per source, middle name listed as "Reault," presumably a misspelling


    3. [S2260] Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011 .

    4. [S720] The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Livingston County .

    5. [S18] 1900 Census (Illinois, Livingston County) .
      Lived in Indian Grove Township, Fairbury City, Dwelling #82, Family #82
      . Census taker arrived June 5, 1900, 1 week before Eugenie's death.


    6. [S19] 1900 Census of Livingston County, Illinois .

    7. [S16] 1900 Census .

    8. [S23] 1910 Census .

    9. [S25] 1920 Census .

    10. [S27] 1930 Census .

    11. [S1267] 1940 Census .

    12. [S1459] Porter County Public Library .

    13. [S1408] The Vidette Messenger .

    14. [S271] History of the Schwing Family .

    15. [S280] Illinois Statewide Marriage Index 1763-1900 .

    16. [S3039] Illinois, County Marriage Records, 1800-1940 , accessed; 21 March 2018; Anni Schaeppi
      .

    17. [S475] Obituary of Eugenie Hoffman Swing .

    18. [S3039] Illinois, County Marriage Records, 1800-1940 , accessed; 13 October 2018; Eugennie B. Hoffman
      .

    19. [S3039] Illinois, County Marriage Records, 1800-1940 , accessed; 20 March 2018; Joseph G. Swing
      .