George Henry Swinford

George Henry Swinford

Male 1840 - 1931  (90 years)

   Has no ancestors and no descendants in this family tree.



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  • Name George Henry Swinford 
    Gender Male 
    Born 3 Aug 1840  Putnam Co., Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 1 Feb 1931  Champaign, Champaign Co., Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Harmony Cemetery - Kansas, Edgar Co., Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Military Civil War - Pvt. in Ashmore's Co. C, 8th Regt., IL Vol. Inf.  [1
    Residence
    • IN>IL
    Person ID I85943  All Data
    Last Modified 16 Aug 2018 

    Family 1 Mary V. Titus,   b. 6 Nov 1839,   d. 3 Dec 1869, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 30 years) 
    Married 1867  [2
    Last Modified 18 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F34365  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Rachel A. Digby,   b. 15 Feb 1840, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 1903, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 1872  [2
    Last Modified 18 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F34364  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 3 Aug 1840 - Putnam Co., Indiana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Feb 1931 - Champaign, Champaign Co., Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Harmony Cemetery - Kansas, Edgar Co., Illinois Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • George was the 4th of 7 children of Elisha Swinford and Mary Frances Grogan, all born in Indiana. When he was about 10, his family moved 70 miles west from Putnam County, Indiana to Coles County, Illinois in 1850. When he was 16 years old his father died.
      George enlisted on the side of the Union on December 1, 1861 as a private in Captain James Ashmore's Company C, 8th regiment of the Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Colonel Richard J Oglesby who later became governor was commanding. George was honorably discharged at Vicksburg Mississippi January 31, 1864 and re-enlisted the next day as a private of the same company and regiment under Captain Daniel Sayers with Colonel Josiah A Sheets commanding. He was offered promotion but declined. After spending some time guarding government property in Texas, the 8th was mustered out at Baton Rouge, Louisiana on May 4, 1866. During the war he was wounded by a gunshot in his left knee and chin, and by buck shot in left shoulder blade.
      In 1867 he married Mray Titus and they had one child, Julia. Mary died in 1869 and he married the widow Rachel Digby in 1872. They had no children, but adopted a son, Ora William Writesman. He was given the name Ora Franklin Swinford.
      George farmed on 240 acres he owned. He was affiliated with the Republican party, and served 6 years as School Director. He was a member of the Oakland Post, No. 188 Grand Army of the Republic, and served as its Chaplain. He was a member and class leader in the Methodist Episcopal Church.

  • Sources 
    1. [S53913] Harmony Cemetery Records (IL).

    2. [S33275] findagrave.com.