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Our family loves to explore our family history
including all of its extensions. This page begins the SCHWYHART
family (constantly under construction, just as our family is). We
seek your input and comments on any and all we present at:
Susan Schyhart married Walter W. Kinnick in
Belmont Co, OH, in about 1834. See their story in Progress
Report No. 1 of The
Kinnck Project. More family details are
provided below. We would love to hear
from any other Schyhart researchers. Until
Part One - The
narrative - My Search for Susan
Part Two - The
relationships - The Joseph Schwyhart Family
References/Endnotes [ ]
* The above information was
collected and compiled into a draft report as Progress Report No. 3
of The Kinnick Project on 18 Jun 1996. Modifications have been added
31 Jul 1999. Questions and
comments are welcome
My Search for Susan
"Joseph Schwyhart was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, in
1786. His wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Henry Zimmerman. The
following are the names of their children: John, Joseph, Jacob,
William, Susan, Sally, and Barbara; three others are dead." These
sentences are from page 513 of a history of Knox township in a book
written by T.F. Williams, 1882, Cleveland, titled: "The Household
Guide and Instructor, with Biographies: History of Guernsey County,
Ohio, with illustrations." I received a copy of this page from the
Guernsey County Genealogical Society on 17 Jun 1996. It is the first
time I have seen a confirmation in an historical document that Susan
was, in fact, a daughter of Joseph.
Susan Schwyhart was (and is) my 3rd great-grandmother. I have known
W. Kinnick in about 1834, in Ohio, and that they had six children
born in Ohio before they moved to Illinois in 1844. They appear with
the first four children in the 1840 census in Wheeling township,
Belmont County, OH. Their lives (and respective death, include birth
dates) in Illinois is documented elsewhere. Her birthplace is
consistently listed in the various census reports as PA. The rest of
her early life, including specifics of the marriage, have remained a
mystery. Even the spelling of her last name has been elusive.
However, in recent months, enough independent sources have now been
identified to support the current spelling as what she intended to be
used consistently during her adult life (more on the surname spelling
My intent in this document at this time is to bring together for the
first time the many snippets of information I have gathered from
many, many sources into the first coherent compilation of what I now
see as The Schwyhart Family, the family of Susan.
I have done extensive, although certainly not exhaustive, research,
primarily using Ohio sources, of the surnames Swinehart, Swihart, and
Schwyhart (and several variants of each). In her book, including the
descendants of Gabriel Swinehart, Sr., Arlene Mansfield notes that
one of the families did change their name from Swinehart to Swihart
in the early 1800s. This change was followed by all members of the
family pretty consistently in the following years.
She does not have definitive histories on the Joseph and Jacob
Swinehart families that seem to have migrated from Washington Co, PA
into Belmont and Guernsey Co, OH around 1800. She does include a
number of documented instances where these names do appear in these
locations, but not nearly all of them. There is much room for
additional details to be pieced together as new information becomes
Based on census records and the available histories referenced below,
and others I have reviewed, it is my opinion that the Joseph
Swinehart in Belmont County in the 1830 federal census is probably
the same person and family as the Joseph Schwyhart reported as a
pioneer in Knox Township of Guernsey Co in 1820. It appears to me
that his son, Joseph, Jr., remained in Guernsey Co and was
responsible for most of the historical reporting, since he served in
various township offices. I further believe that all of the children
of this Joseph (Sr.) adopted the Schwyhart spelling for use in their
adult lives. This name only begins to appear in the census and other
records written after 1830, but is followed consistently
thereafter.[Jul 99 comment - appears more strongly that this is
The 1830 census of Belmont Co, Union Township, has a Joseph and a
Jacob Swinehart family (including an 80-90 year old man, believed to
be the father of the two, Jacob) living very near my 4th
great-grandmother, Mary Kinnick. The mix of children of Joseph match
up well with the now known family of Joseph Schwyhart from Knox
Township, Guernsey Co, in 1820, the adjoining county. In addition,
birth records in the LDS Ancestor file and IGI files, seem to support
these assertions and assumptions. All are subject to further
confirmation and/or disconfirmation, of course. All comments are
welcome.[Jul 99 comment: It appears that James M. information in IGI,
including son, George M, is incorrect. This James, who settled in
Missouri in the later 1800s, is now much better documented, but,
precise placement in the family is uncertain at this time.]
The next section of this report begins the process of assembling this
array of data into a coherent pattern of a family in a readable
format. It has many gaps, of course. Anything presented is subject to
challenge and correction or update as new information becomes
Questions and comments are
The Joseph Schwyhart Family
Joseph SCHWYHART was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, in 1786
[1,4]. His wife was Elizabeth ZIMMERMAN (b. 1787, OH ; daughter of
Children of Joseph and Elizabeth SCHWYHART [Updated 31 Jul 1999]:
SCHWYHART, b. 2 May 1809, PA
ii JOSEPH Z.
Jr.,SCHWYHART, b. abt 1811
iii Sarah E.(SALLY)
SCHWYHART, [modified Jul 1999]
SCHWYHART, b. 16 Jan 1818 
SCHWYHART, b. 1820; d. 1875
viii JAMES SCHWYHART - possibly [Jul 99]
SCHWYHART, b. 15 Jul 1829, Belmont Co, OH
; d. Shiloh
SCHWYHART, b. 1829 
xi I. ANDERSON H.
SCHWYHART, b. 1832 , d. by 1882)
i SUSAN SCHWYHART, b. 2 May 1809, PA; m.
Walter W. KINNICK; d. 27 Sep 1884, Bureau Co, IL. (This
family is reported extensively elsewhere.)
ii JOSEPH Z.
SCHWYHART,Jr. , m. Rachel A. MERCER (daughter of James and Maria
MERCER), lived in Wheeling township for sixteen years, but since then
Knox township has been home, he has held various township offices
Children of Joseph and Rachel SCHWYHART (in 1882, eleven, eight
living, all at home ):
C i Maria SCHWYHART , m. John DAWSON of Liberty 
C ii James SCHWYHART ,
C iii Eliza SCHWYHART ,
C iv Martha S. SCHWYHART ,
C v Barbara Ann SCHWYHART ,
C vi Mary Jane SCHWYHART , m. William A. LEWIS [3, p. 238].
Children of William and Mary Jane LEWIS:
D i Ida LEWIS ,
D ii Lillis LEWIS ,
D iii Jennie LEWIS , m. Jacob WEARSCH, brother of Philip (see
Wilma LEWIS) .
D iv Wilma LEWIS , m. Philip WEARSCH 1903, set up housekeeping in
Wheeling Township, his work with the lumber company took him to
different locations in southern OH, but Guernsey was home base. Four
of their six children were born there. For a few years, the Philip
Wearsch's lived and worked in Rocky River. Upon retirement, they went
back home to Guernsey where they celebrated their golden wedding
anniversary in 1953. Little Guernsey cemetery is the resting place of
many of family and friends .
Children of Philip and Wilma WEARSCH (descriptions by Mary E.
E i Mary WEARSCH, b. 1904, m. Fred WESTERFIELD. She became an
elementary teacher in Cambridge. After marriage, they lived in West
Cleveland suburbs. They had ten children, 29 grandchildren and six
great grandchildren .
E ii Gordon WEARSCH, b. 1906, m. and later lived in Michigan and
Florida, but came back to live several years before his death in
1977. He had two adopted children and four grandchildren .
E iii Ruth WEARSCH, b. 1909, d. age eight years.
E iv Robert WEARSCH, b. 1912, married, two married children and three
grandchildren all in the Guernsey County. He served in World War II
with Patton's army in Germany .
E v Doris WEARSCH, b. 1914, m. Elwood BURTON, lived most of their
married life in Rocky River. Two daughters, one in New York State and
one near Cleveland, four grandchildren .
E vi Hayes WEARSCH, b. 1916, married and lives in Avon, OH, near his
two sons and two grandsons .
C vii Corda Bell SCHWYHART , m. John NELSON [ 3]. Child: Eva Mae
iii Sarah E.
(Sally) SCHWYHART , b. 1813; m. John Hanson WEEDON (son of Thomas
and Letitia WEEDON, Thomas fought in both the Revolutionary War and
in the War of 1812; John became a hatter by trade, making both silk
and beaver hats); d. 1899. The family moved to Kimbolton in 1837 [3,
Children of John and Sarah WEEDON:
D i Alfred WEEDON , b. 1836, enlisted in the Civil War in 1861 in
Company R, 26th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry, becoming a
sergeant-major; m. Eliza Jane DULL (daughter of David and Charlotte
Margaret (MARTEL) DULL), 1864. They moved to Adair Co, IA, in 1868;
later they moved to Crawford Co, KS, where Elizabeth died leaving
three small children. In 1872 Alfred brought his family back to
Guernsey Co. He served as Clerk of the Courts for 6 1/2 years, and as
Civil War Pension Agent for a number of years.
Children of Alfred and Eliza WEEDON:
E i Ella Nora WEEDON, m John MARLING: Children: Paul MARLING; Arthur
MARLING; Lucille Lenore MARLING, m. Clyde Raymond THOMPSON; children:
Raymond THOMPSON, b. 17 Aug 1914; and, Robert THOMPSON, b. 19 Mar
E ii David WEEDON 
E iii Susan WEEDON 
D ii John WEEDON
D iii Thomas WEEDON
D iv Susan WEEDON
D v Elizabeth WEEDON
SCHWYHART, b. abt 1815
v JOHN SCHWYHART, b. 16 Jan 1818 ; m. Margaret
Children of John and Margaret SCHWYHART :
C i Rachel Ann SCHWYHART, b. 29 Jul 1836 
C ii John SCHWYHART, b. 28 Oct 1838 
C iii Elizabeth
SCHWYHART, b. 21 Jun 1843, OH 
C iv Walter SCHWYHART, b. 16 Apr 1845 
C v Jacob SCHWYHART, b. 2 Nov 1847 
C vi Mary SCHWYHART, b. 20 Aug 1850 
C vii Sarah SCHWYHART, b. 3 Apr 1852 
C viii Susan SCHWYHART, b. 24 Oct 1854 
Elizabeth SCHWYHART, b. 21 Jun 1843, OH,
[following added 31 Jul 1999] d. 11 May 1904, Kawanee, Henry Co, IL;
m. 25 Apr 1867 Jarius STOREY, Kawanee, Henry Co, IL
Daughter of Jarius and Elizabeth
Tessa Storey, b. 14 Oct 1871, d. 3 Apr 1952, m.
1 May 1906 Frederick Arrored REILLY, Kawanee, Henry Co, IL
Children of Frederick and Tessa
i. Lawrence Nestor REILLY, b. 26 Feb 1909
(twin), d. 14 Feb 1996, Cottonwood, AZ; m. Vivian Beatrice HOLLY
ii. Clarence Arrored
REILLY, b. 26 Feb 1909 (twin), m. 5 May
1935 Velma Hermina HEINRICK, Kawanee, Henry Co, IL
iii. Edith Genevieve REILLY, b. 23 Aug 1912, Kawanee, Henry Co, IL,
d. 5 Nov 1975 Kawanee, Henry Co, IL; m. 16 Mar 1937 John Harvey KOMP,
Kawanee, Henry Co, IL
Children of Clarence and Velma
Kay REILLY, b. 21 Oct 1941, Rockford,
Winnebago Co, IL, m. 26 Feb 1972 Joe Lyman VERMILION, Tempe, Maricopa
Co, AZ (div)
ii. Holly Jo REILLY, b. 18 Jul 1948, Rockford,
Winnebago Co, IL
Son of Joe and Judith VERMILION:
Kevin Alan VERMILION, b. 5 Aug 1975, Mesa,
Maricopa Co, AZ
SCHWYHART, b. 1820, Belmont Co, OH; m. John LEWIS (b. ca. 1817,
PA/MD, d. 1852, Newcomerstown, OH) 1840; d. 1875, Guernsey Co, OH
Children of John and Catherine LEWIS (and probably others):
C i Sarah E. LEWIS, b. 1 Nov 1843, Guernsey, OH; m. John FOLKERT (b.
5 Jun 1840, Guernsey Co, OH; d. 8 Mar 1913, Guernsey Co, OH); d. 10
Jul 1917, Guernsey, OH .
Children of John and Sarah FOLKERT (and probably others):
D i William D. FOLKERT, b. 24 Mar 1914, Guernsey, OH .
ix ISAAC SCHWYHART, 15 Jul 1829, Belmont
Co, OH ; m. Sarah Ann KIMBLE. Served in Co. H, Seventy eighth Ohio
Volunteer Infantry. Battles: Shiloh, Bolivar, Raymond, Champion
Hills, Vicksburg, Canton, Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, Lovejoy and
Bentonville; d. killed and buried at Shiloh, Civil War.
Children of Isaac and Sarah SCHWYHART :
C i Isabella SCHWYHART, b. 28 Feb 1851, Guernsey Co, OH 
C i Lee Ann SCHWYHART, b. 8 Sep 1852, Guernsey Co, OH 
C i La Mira SCHWYHART, b. 18 Oct 1856, Guernsey Co, OH 
C i Mary A. SCHWYHART, b. 20 Mar 1858, Guernsey Co, OH 
C i Lydia M. SCHWYHART, b. 11 Sep 1860 
x WILLIAM SCHWYHART,
b. 1829 ; m. Ruth (b. 1823, OH ); farmer .
Children of William and Ruth SCHWYHART :
C i Marjon SCHWYHART, b. 1846, OH 
C ii Henry SCHWYHART, b. 1847, OH ; m. Harriett FIELDS .
Children of Henry and Harriett SCHWYHART (probably others) :
D i Clarence Edward SCHWYHART, b. 14 Jul 1873, Davis Co, MO ; m.
Clara Thresa ROWE .
Children of Clarence and Clara SCHWYHART :
E i Gladys Lorraine SCHWYHART, b. 15 Apr 1900, Durango, Laplata Co,
CO ; m. Clarence Raymond FUNK 
E ii Elva Berneice SCHWYHART, 5 May 1903, Durango, Laplata Co, CO
; m. Clint Edwin WAGGONER & 3 others! 
C iii Landon SCHWYHART, b. 1849, OH 
xi ANDERSON H. SCHWYHART, b. 1832 , d.
comments are welcome.
 The Household Guide and Instructor, with Biographies: History
of Guernsey County, Ohio, with illustrations, by T.F.Williams, 1882,
 Ancestor Chart, No. 99, Compiler, William D. Folkert, 23 Apr
1976, part of the Five Generations in Guernsey County, GCGS, 1986,
 Guernsey County, Ohio, A Collection of Historical Sketches and
Family Histories, Compiled by members and friends of the Guernsey
County Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society, 1979.
 1850 federal census, Wheeling Township, Guernsey Co, OH.
 LDS church, Ancestoral File
 1850 federal census, Bokes Creek Township, Logan Co, OH.
 LDS church, IGI File
Questions and comments are
BAIRD, Eva Mae NELSON
, Eliza (Elizabeth) Jane
, William D.
FUNK, Clarence Raymond
KIMBLE, Sarah Ann
, Walter W.
, Sarah E.
, William A.
, Lucille Lenore
MARTEL, Charlotte Margaret
, Rachel A.
ROWE, Clara Thresa
, Barbara Ann
, Clarence Edward
, Elva Berneice
, Gladys Lorraine
, Helen Agnes
, I. Anderson H.
SCHWYHART, George Mitchell
, James Garfield
, John Riley Yocum
, La Mira
, Lee Ann
, Lydia M.
, Martha S.
, Mary A.
, Mary Jane
, Matilda Alma Mary
, Rachel Ann
SWINEHART, Gabriel, Sr.
, Joseph Z., Jr.
THOMPSON, Clyde Raymond
, Ella Nora
, John Hanson
, Mary E.
YOCUM, Margaret Elizabeth
Questions and comments are
About the compiler
William L. SMITH, Ph.D., is the son of the late Delbert Leverne
SMITH and the late Mary Eileen KINNICK SMITH OLSON. Dr. Smith
received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Iowa
State University, his Master of Business Administration (MBA) with an
emphasis in Accounting from Drake University, and his Doctor of
Philosophy degree in Management from the University of Arizona. He
also holds an Iowa certification as a Certified Public Accountant,
not in practice.
Dr. Smith served as a personal assistant to Iowa Governor Robert D.
Ray and as Deputy Commissioner of the Iowa Department of Social
Services. Dr. Smith also served in the Strategic Air Command of the
United States Air Force early in the Vietnam era. He and his wife,
Nancy, owned and operated a nationally franchised accounting service
for small and medium-sized businesses for a number of years, first in
Iowa and then in Arizona. Dr. Smith is currently on the management
faculty of the School of Business at Emporia State University.
Bill and Nancy are members of several county Genealogical Societies
around the nation and visit local libraries wherever their travels
take them to acquire that one more bit of family history information
that will fill in a gap in one of the many lines they are working on
at the time. Bill is County Coordinator of the Carroll Co, IA, site
of the US GenWeb Project.
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Questions and comments are
This page originally created on March 14, 1998. Last updated 31
Jul 1999. Maintained by William
Removed From James Jul 1999 - believed to belong elsewhere.
Children of James and Matilda SCHWYHART
(probably others) [5,7]:
D i George Mitchell SCHWYHART, b. 18 Jul 1853, Belmont Co, OH [5,7];
m. Margaret Elizabeth YOCUM 
Children of George and Margaret SCHWYHART [5,7]:
E i John Riley Yocum SCHWYHART, b. 8 May 1890, Baxter, Stone Co, MO
E i Matilda Alma Mary SCHWYHART, b. 8 Apr 1893, Baxter, Stone Co, MO
E i Jame Garfield SCHWYHART, b. 8 Feb 1895, Baxter, Stone Co, MO
E i Helen Agnes SCHWYHART, b. 26 Sep 1906, Baxter, Stone Co, MO