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John Henry Swarthwood (1827 - bef. 1883)

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John Henry Swarthwood aka Swathwood
Born in Ohiomap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married in Darke County, Ohiomap
Descendants descendants
Died before in Bluffton, Wells, Indianamap
Profile last modified | Created 23 Dec 2016
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Categories: 75th Regiment, Indiana Infantry, United States Civil War | Bluffton, Indiana | Six Mile Cemetery, Bluffton, Indiana | Greenville Township, Darke County, Ohio.



Private John Swarthwood served in the United States Civil War.
Enlisted: Feb 04, 1864
Mustered out: Jul 05, 1865
Side: USA
Regiment(s): 75th Indiana


John Swarthwood was born in 1827 in Ohio.[1]

Family Origins

John is the son of John Swarthwood and Eliza Quick who married in Butler county, Ohio in 1819.[2] This is supported by the 1850 census where John (age 23) is living with Eliza Swathwood (age 50).[1] Living next to John and Eliza is William Swarthwood (age 26) who is John's brother. William died in 1905 in Bluffton, Indiana and his death certificate lists his father as John Swathwood and his birthplace as Butler county, Ohio.[3]

The "Swartwout Chronicles"[4] and the "Updated Swartwout Chronicles"[5] include the following pedigree for John's father.

ID: I05605
Name: John Swarthwood
Sex: M
Birth: ABT 1798 in Butler, Ohio, U.S.A.
Death: 1845 in Darke, Ohio, U.S.A.
Father: Abraham Swartwood b: ABT 1770
Mother: Mary b: ABT 1775
Marriage 1 Elizabeth Quick b: ABT 1802 in Butler, Ohio, U.S.A.
Married: 15 DEC 1819 in Butler, Ohio, U.S.A.
Elizabeth Swathwood b: ABT 1817 in Union Twp., Darke, Ohio, U.S.A.
Adolphus Swathwood b: ABT 1823 in Union Twp., Darke, Ohio, U.S.A.
Swathwood b: 1824 in Union Twp., Darke, Ohio, U.S.A. (this is William C. )
John Henry Swathwood b: ABT 1827 in Union Twp., Darke, Ohio, U.S.A.
Joseph Franklin Swathwood b: 23 NOV 1835 in Darke, Ohio, U.S.A.


John married Susanah Ratcliff on September 11, 1851 in Darke county, Ohio.[6]


The 1860 census record lists children[7]:

  • Phebe Ann b. 1854 (Ohio)
  • Levice J b. 1855 (Ohio)
  • Floretta b. 1859 (Indiana)

John and Susan also had daughter:

  • Laura b. 1861 [marriage license names John and Susanah Swathwood][8]


John and his mother Eliza are living in Greenville, Ohio in 1850.[1]By 1860 he had married and moved to Harrison, Wells, Indiana.[7] After the war it is not clear where the family went. John's wife Susan had died in 1861. In 1870 we find a "Henry Southwood" aged 44 living in Collin county Texas. Laura and Florence "Southwood" match the ages of John and Susan's daughter Laura and Floretta and are living a few households away.[9]


John Swarthwood served in the union army in the U.S. Civil War. He was enlisted in Company K 75th, Indiana Infantry as a Private. [10][11]NPS record

Summary of Service[12]
Name: John Sworthwood
Birth Year: abt 1828
Age: 36
Enrollment Date: 4 Feb 1864
Discharge Date: 5 Jul 1865
Place: Wabash, Indiana
Company: K
Regiment: 75
Notes: Recruit. Mustered out.


John Swarthwood is buried in Indiana. His gravestone as a deceased union civil war veteran was contracted on 21 January 1883.[13][14]His gravestone can be seen here.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), John Swarthwood in household of Eliza Swarthwood, Greenville, Darke, Ohio, United States; citing family 191, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), John Swarthwood and Eliza Quick, 15 Dec 1819; citing Butler, Ohio, United States, reference v 1 p 123; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 355,779.
  3. "Indiana Death Index, 1882-1920," database, FamilySearch ( : 3 December 2014), William C. Swathwood, 12 Jan 1905, Bluffton, Indiana; from "Indiana Deaths, 1882-1920," database, Ancestry ( : 2003); citing "The source of this record is the book CSS-2 on page 113 within the series produced by the Indiana Works Progress Administration." County Health Office, Bluffton.
  4. Weise, Arthur James. The Swartwout Chronicles, 1338-1899, and the Ketelhuyn Chronicles, 1451-1899. Salt Lake City, UT: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1982.
  5. Hoeldke, Kathy A. THE UPDATED SWARTWOUT CHRONICLES. 2008 accessed June 11, 2018. online
  6. "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), John Swathwood and Susanah Ratcliff, 11 Sep 1851; citing Darke, Ohio, United States, reference item 1 v B-1 P 256 n 147; county courthouses, Ohio; FHL microfilm 1,030,772.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2017), John Swarthwood, 1860.
  8. "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940," database, FamilySearch ( : 4 November 2017), John Swathwood in entry for Amion Sterner and Laura Swathwood, 23 Aug 1883; citing Edgar, Illinois, United States, county offices, Illinois; FHL microfilm 1,301,881.
  9. "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 April 2016), Henry Southwood, Texas, United States; citing p. 85, family 559, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 553,078.
  10. National Park Service. U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007.
  11. Original data: National Park Service, Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, online <>, acquired 2007.
  12. Web: Indiana, Civil War Soldier Database Index, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Original data: Civil War. Indiana State Digital Archives. accessed 2 February 2015.
  13. "United States Records of Headstones of Deceased Union Veterans, 1879-1903," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 March 2018), John Swarthwood, ; citing Bluffton, Wells, Indiana, NARA microfilm publication M1845 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 20; FHL microfilm 2,155,595.
  14. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 13 June 2018), memorial page for John Swarthwood (unknown–unknown), Find A Grave Memorial no. 93879824, citing Six Mile Cemetery, Bluffton, Wells County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Scott Shoup (contributor 47837326) .

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