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Family History of Martin SWARTZ

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07-Feb-1998                  Family Group Sheet

 Husband: Martin SCHWARZ   age: 86 
    Born:  1-Oct-1837     in: Wurttemberg, Germany                       1
    Died:  4-May-1924     in: Oregon City, ClackamasCo, OR                
  Buried:                 in: Dwight, Morris County, KS                   
     Ref:                     Occupation: Farmer                          
  Father: Martin SCHWARZ  
  Mother: Anna Maria VOTLIN  
                  Martin SWARTZ
                  1 Oct 1837--Martin SCHWARZ was born at Wurttemberg, Germany.
                  1853--At the age of 16 Martin SWARTZ came to America from
                  Wurttemberg, Germany with his parents and five brothers and
                  1854--They first settled in Cincinnati, Clermont County, Ohio.
                  Martin drove a beer truck to help support the family.  Martin
                  enlisted in the United States Navy on the Union side in the Civil
                  War.  Martin SWARTZ got a job on a farm in Ohio.
                  Apr 1865--Martin SWARTZ married Jane LILLICH in Clermont County,
                  Ohio.  Annie Mary and John were born there.
                  1870--After the Civil War late in 1870 the family moved from
                  Clermont County, Ohio to Morris County, Kansas where they took up
                  a homestead near Dwight.  George BECKLEHIMER accompanied them on
                  this trip.
                  1870/1871--They stayed in Topeka, Kansas that winter.  Martin's
                  two brothers, John and George had gone ahead and taken up two dry
                  land homesteads.  Martin SWARTZ took the adjoining homestead
                  which had a good spring of water.
                  1871--The SWARTZ brothers (John and George) left Topeka by the
                  Santa Fe [Railroad] to file claims in the spring of 1871.  They
                  returned to Topeka by train, and the next day started back for
                  Morris County.  They took claims in Section 18, Ohio Township,
                  southeast of what is now Dwight, Kansas.
                  They became a part of the Slough Creek Community, where they
                  established a church, school and cemetery, along with the Chinns,
                  Amsburys, Meyers and other families.
                  21 Nov 1896--The SWARTZ School ground was deeded to District 52
                  by Martin SWARTZ.  Martin Swartz donated three acres of his
                  homestead at Dwight for a cemetery and school.  The school house
                  was still standing in the 1960's.  The cemetery is known as the
                  "Slough Creek or The Swartz Cemetery."
                  6 Jul 1898--Jane (LILLICH) SWARTZ died at Dwight, Kansas.  She
                  was buried at Dwight, Kansas.
                  Martin stayed in his home for 20 years trying to get along with
                  renters, both relatives and others until he sold the homestead
                  and went west to live.
                  1911--For the first three years he lived with his sister,
                  Christine (SWARTZ) KERNS, and his niece, Emma KERNS, in Tacoma,
                  Washington.  Then he moved to Oregon City, Oregon where he made
                  his home for 10 years with his daughter, Annie and Fred CHINN.
                  4 May 1924--Martin SWARTZ died Sunday at the home of Frederic
                  Charles and Annie Mary (SWARTZ) Chinn of Central Point, several
                  miles from Oregon City.
                  5 May 1924--The funeral service of the late Martin SWARTZ were
                  held at the R. L. Holman and Son mortuary Monday afternoon.  The
                  Meade Post No. 2, G. A. R., of which organization Mr. SWARTZ was
                  a member, conducted the impressive ceremony accorded veterans of
                  the Civil War.  Many friends attended and a number of close
                  friends went to the Southern Pacific depot later in the afternoon
                  to pay their last respect to the veteran, as his body was shipped
                  to his former home at Dwight, Kansas, where a second service will
                  be held and where the remains are to be interred beside those of
                  his wife.

    Wife: Jane LILLICH   age: 57 
 Married:  3-Apr-1866     in: ClermontCo, OH                              
    Born: 29-Jan-1841     in: OH                                         1
    Died:  6-Jul-1898     in: Dwight, Morris County, KS                   
  Buried:                 in: Swartz Cemetery, MorrisCo, KS               
  Father: Andrew LILLICH  
  Mother: Anna  

F Child 1 Annie Mary SWARTZ  age: 68 
    Born:  4-Mar-1869     in: New Richmond, ClermontCo, OH               1
    Died: 19-May-1937     in: New Era, Clackamas County, OR               
  Buried: 23-May-1937     in: Zion Cemetery, Canby, ClackamasCo, OR       
     Ref:                     Occupation: housewife                       
  Spouse: Frederic (Fred) Charles CHINN  
 Married: 27-Nov-1889     in: Dwight, Morris County, KS                   
M Child 2 John SWARTZ  
    Born: 1869            in: ClermontCo, OH                             1
    Died:                 in: Turner, Wyandotte County, KS                
  Spouse: Lucy Alice CHINN  
 Married: 20-Nov-1895     in:                                             
F Child 3 Christina (Tena) SWARTZ  age: 96 
    Born:  6-Aug-1871     in: MorrisCo, KS                               1
    Died: 30-Nov-1967     in: Hutchinson, KS                              
  Spouse: Chester PARSONS  
 Married: 30-Jun-1889     in:                                             
M Child 4 Johan Martin SWARTZ  
    Born: 1873            in: KS                                         1
    Died:                 in:                                             
M Child 5 Martin J. SWARTZ  age: 76 
    Born: 24-May-1873     in: Dwight, Morris County, KS                   
    Died: 25-Sep-1949     in: Alta Vista,WabaunseeCo,KS                   
  Spouse: Mary CASTLEBERRY  
 Married: 14-Jul-1898     in: MorrisCo, KS                                
M Child 6 Samuel SWARTZ  
    Born:                 in:                                             
    Died:                 in:                                             
M Child 7 Jacob SWARTZ  
    Born:                 in:                                             
    Died:                 in:                                             
M Child 8 Maggie SWARTZ  
    Born:                 in:                                             
    Died:                 in:                                             
F Child 9 Susie SWARTZ  
    Born:                 in:                                             
    Died:                 in:                                             

1 1880 Federal Census of Ohio Township, Morris County, Kansas Enumeration made
 7th and 8th, June 1880. page 7.

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