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Swope, James Asbury

Submitted by Paul Swope

James Asbury Swope settled in Vanderburgh County before 1850. Below are some notes but I will send you his descendants if you would want them.

J. A. Swope Was one of the first settlers of Vanderburgh County. He came to Vanderburgh County from Pennsylvania, Bought a farm in the wilderness, cleared it, and on it he continued to live until his death, which occurred when his children were still small, and he left four sons, and one daughter, and his widow, Mrs. Jane Swope, to survive him.

Taken from "History of Vanderburgh County" by Iglehart Vol 3 Page 458 ------------ Published in 1923
The farm that James bought was 40 Acres, it was along St George Road. That 40 acres is now half on the Airport and half in Sunset Cemetery. The railroad now runs through the center of that 40 acres.
Entered in 2008 by Paul Swope
" He was educated for the medical profession, but never practiced, and in 1849 he started with his family for the western plains, on the way, to California. At Evansville (Indiana) he was to meet a companion, who was to accompany him on his long and hazardous overland journey; but the death of his friend at that point induced him to abandon his California plans and instead to buy a farm near Evansville, where he located and then died in 1852."

Source: Greater Terre Haute and Vigo County, Oakey, Vol. I (1908)
Paul Swope
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