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Benjamin Austin Swope

Benjamin Austin Swope
b. 7 December 1846, Henry County, Indiana to William and Polly (Harvey) Swope
d. 23 April 1926, North English, Iowa County, Iowa

m. 2 January 1881
Laura E. McKinstry
b. 29 August 1851, Mercer County, Illinois, to Alexander and Rebecca (Backus) McKinstry
d. 8 February 1954, North English, Iowa County, Iowa

Children with Laura E. McKinstry:
• Rose Millicent “Millie” (b. 1882) married Godfrey Knipfer
• Arthur Herbert (b. 1884) married Carrie Hall
• Ross Elliot (b. 1886) never married
• Martha Rebecca “Mattie” (b. 1891) married Rev. Ernest Molloy

Benjamin moved with his family in late 1856 or early 1857 to Iowa County, Iowa. Just after he turned 18, he enlisted in Company G, 8th Iowa Infantry Volunteers. His enlistment papers describe him as having hazel eyes, light hair, fair complexion, and standing five feet eight and a half inches tall. He was mustered out in Selma, Alabama, at the end of his enlistment on 24 January 1866. Benjamin returned to Iowa and lived there until his death.

Submitted by:
Mary King
Worthington OH
E-mail: mandwking@prodigy.net

William Swope

William Swope
b. 27 January 1818, Monroe County, Virginia (West Virginia), to James (1783-about 1839) and Frances (Harvey) (about 1776-about 1830) Swope
d. 17 February 1884, Fillmore Township, Iowa County, Iowa

m/1. 24 November 1839, Henry County, Indiana
Polly Harvey
b. 8 May 1819, Monroe County, Virginia (West Virginia), to John Harvey (about 1785-1856)
d. 28 May 1865, Fillmore Township, Iowa County, Iowa

m/2. 26 May 1867, North English, Iowa County, Iowa
Susan [–?–] Brewer
b. February 1825, Kentucky
d. after 1900

Children with Polly Harvey:
• John H. (1841-1901) married Mary Etta Garringer (1853-1938)
• Jane (ca. 1842-bef. 1915) married Louis Martland
• Mary Emily (1843-1879) married James M. Lowder/ Louder
• Benjamin Austin (1846-1926) married Laura Edith McKinstry (1851-1954)
• Elizabeth F. “Becky” (1848-1909)
• Jemimah Catherine “Kate” (1852-aft. 1920) married Andrew Jack Burne (b. 1846)
• Joshua Louis “Luther” (1852-1938)
• James Wesley (1855-1939) married Myra W. [–?–] (1868-1904)
• Polly Ann “Anna” (1859-1884) married Lorenzo Maitlen (1855-1898)
• William H. (1862-1912)

The family was in Jefferson Township, Henry County, Indiana, by 1832 and left from there in 1856. William’s second wife Susan was Mrs. Brewer; she had five children.

Submitted by:
Mary King
Worthington OH
E-mail: mandwking@prodigy.net

Hiram Berkman

HIRAM BERKMAN
b. 6 June 1840, Oxford, Butler County, Ohio, to Christian and Elizabeth (Hopples) Berkman
d. 27 August 1910, Monroe County, Iowa

m/1. 15 March 1863, Decatur County, Indiana
Rachel Himelick
b. 11 August 1840, Indiana
d. 6 September 1879, Monroe County, Iowa

m/2. 17 October 1883, Iowa
Mary (or May) A. Funk, who survived him

Children with Rachel Himelick:

  • Mary Belle (d. 1944) married Thomas G. Henderson
  • Ellen (1867-1957) married Frederick D. Moss
  • Daniel (1870-1871)
  • George (1871-1954) married Vienna Swope
  • Lydia (1876-1876)

Hiram came to Jennings County, Indiana, in 1844 and was living in Westport, Decatur County, when the family moved to Iowa in 1869. In his early years, he taught school. About 1881 he was ordained to the ministry for the Church of the Brethren. The surname is also spelled Barrickman and Bergman

Submitted by:
Lori S. Ammerman
Scipio IN