Biography - Daniel P. Swallow

DANIEL P. SWALLOW, a wealthy, retired farmer, residing at Sheibyville, Shelby County, has materially assisted in advancing the prosperity and high standing of this county as a great agricultural centre, and he still possesses valuable and extensive farming interests in this part of the State. A native of Hamilton County, Ohio, Mr. Swallow was born March 1, 1838, in the pioneer home of Jacob and Keturah (Crane) Swallow. His father was born in New Jersey, and when he was young his parents removed from there to Hamilton County, Ohio, and were among its early settlers, the grandfather of our subject, who was a farmer, dying there at a ripe age.

The father of our subject learned the trade of wagonmaker and followed it for some years in Hamilton County before he turned his attention to farming. In 1851, with his wife and three children, he came to Illinois to seek a new home, journeying hither with teams. He settled in what is now Rose Township, which he had previously visited, and had purchased at the time eight hundred acres of land at $5 an acre, only a small part of the land being improved, two log houses and an unfinished frame house constituting the only buildings on the place. He resided on his land until his death, which occurred in 1860 and was caused by injuries received by the falling of the grand stand at the fair ground, he dying a few days after. His wife, who was a native of Virginia, also died on the home farm, and both lie sleeping their last sleep side by side in the little private cemetery near by.

He of whom this sketch is principally written was a lad of thirteen years when he came with his parents to Illinois, and he still has a vivid recollection of the primitive scenes of those days, for the country was still in the hands of the pioneers and much of its original wildness remained. Deer, wild turkeys and other game were plentiful and often furnished food for the settlers. There were no railways here and the people had to go to St. Louis, as the nearest market and depot for supplies. Our subject was of great assistance to his father in the management of his farm and after the latter's death he still continued to reside on the old homestead until 1881, when he came to Shelbyville and bought his present residence. He still owns the farm in Rose Township, which is advantageously located four miles from Shelbyville, and since it came into his possession he has been constantly adding to its value by the many fine improvements that he has placed upon it.

The marriage of Mr. Swallow with Miss Jeannia Lumph, a native of Okaw Township, was solemnized April 11, 1861. Mrs. Swallow's father, Jacob Lumph, was born, reared and educated in Germany. When about eighteen years of age he came to America and for a time lived in Ohio. From there he came to Illinois in the early settlement of Shelby County, and located among the pioneers of Okaw Township. He resided there a few years and then bought timber land one mile north of the court house at $5 an acre. He cleared his land, developed it into a good farm, and made it his home until death called him hence in 1860. His wife survived him many years, finally dying in Shelbyville, in March, 1881, and her mortal remains were deposited by his in the Austin Cemetery, one and one-fourth miles north of Shelbyville. Her maiden name was Charlotte Frybarger. She came to this country with her parents at the age of ten years, from her native Germany, and was married here at the age of sixteen.

Mr. and Mrs. Swallow have three children: Mollie, who married William Whitecraft, and lives at Springfield; William and Roy. Our subject and his amiable wife are among our best people socially and religiously, and in them the first Methodist Episcopal Church of Shelbyville, has two of its most exemplary members, who are influential in promoting its growth materially and spiritually. Mr. Swallow has sound views in regard to politics, and is a true Republican.

Extracted 10 Apr 2018 by Norma Hass from 1891 Portrait and Biographical Record of Shelby and Moultrie Counties Illinois, pages 516-517.

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