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  • ID: I19
  • Name: David Swinyer
  • Surname: Swinyer
  • Given Name: David
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1827 in Canada East
  • Death: 26 Oct 1887 in Houston, Texas, MO
  • _UID: EC042B7D4E63634AB4B03D44B4DA16B1307D
  • Note:
    1880 NY Census: Franklin, Franklin County
    SWEENYAR, David Self 52 CAN Farmer CAN CAN
    ", Mary J. Wife, 42, NY NY VT
    ", Edmun Son 11 NY CAN VT
    ", Sophia Dau 9 NY CAN V T
    ", Peter E. Son 8 NY CAN V T
    ", Celestia Dau 7 NY CAN VT

    1860 NY Census, Franklin Co.
    Sweeney, David, 35, b. Canada East, farmer
    next to John Sweeney & family
    1890 MO Special Census Union Veterans
    Swinger, David C, PRivate Co. C, 118 NY Inf, kidney __, piles
    Enl date 1863 - Discharge 1865
    Jackson Twp., Raymondville

    Swinger, Mary J., (widow)

    The Civil War pension papers acquired from the National Archives in Washington, D.C., contain ed several key pieces of information, including:

    A "Declaration for Original Pension of an Invalid" form filed in the County of Franklin, Stat e of New York on the 13th day of January 1876, before a notary, stated that David C. Swinyer , aged 48 years, a resident of the Town of Franklin, County of Franklin, State of NY, ..is th e identical David C. Swinyer who (1) enlisted in Captain James Pierce's Company C, 118 Regime nt, NY Vols, Division at Elmira, NY, on the 26th day of July, 1862 and was honorably discharg ed at Elmira, NY, on the 13th day of July, 1865; that his personal description is as follows : Age 48 years; height 5 feet 5 inches; complexion, light hair, brown; eyes, blue; that whil e in the service aforesaid, and in the line of his duty, he received the following disability , to wit: at Fort Ethan Allen near Chairs? Bridge about Jan 1, 1865, fell under a log he wa s assisting to carry under orderes in building a battery near? The fort and contracted parala ysis? And also about March 25th, 1863, in ___ at Washington, D.C., he contracted inflamatio n of the eyes from exposure? to wet, cold and ___.

    That he has not been employed in the military or naval service other than as above except i n Co. A? 19th Regiment Vet ___ to which he was transferred on account of ___disabilities.

    That he was treated in General Hospital No. (Blank) at Hampton, VA, from about April 1st? T o about May 15th, 1863.

    That since leaving the said service, this applicant has resided in the County of Franklin i n the State of New York and his occupation has been farming; htat prior to his entry into th e service..he was a man of good sound physical health.... that he appoints Henry B. Taylor hi s Attorney to prosecute his claim; that he has not received nor applied for a pension; that h is Post Office is at Bloomingdale, County of Essex, State of NY; that his domicile or place o f abode is in the town of Franklin, County of Franklin and State of NY. Signed: David C. Swi nyer

    Alexander Doty
    Alfred Keith

    Physcian Stephen D. Lyles signed an affidavit in Houston, Texas County, Missouri, for Mary Ja ne Swinyer's Widow's Pension claim stating that David C. Swinyer died October 26th, 1887. An other notarized statement dated December 4, 1891, stated that there is no public record of hi s (David C. Swinyer's) death.

    Mary Jane Swinyer's Widow's Claim For Pension, made in the State of Missouri, County of Texas , on the 18th of January 1889, stated that she is 52 years old; the widow of David C. Swinyer , who was in Company "C" in the 118th Regiment of New York Volunteers, in the War of 1861; th at her maiden name was MARY JANE SNAY and that she was married to said David C. Swinyer on o r about the 27th day of March 1866 at Franklin in the County of Essex and state of New York b y Bradshaw Costlow. She further declares that said David C. Swinyer, her husband, died at ho me in the State of Missouri, on or about the 25th day of October, 1887. She also declares th at she has remained a widow ever since the death of David C. Swinyer... The following ...nam e, date of birth, and place of residence of all the children of her deeased husband who wer e under sixteen years of age at the time of his death, Celestia E. Swinger, residence Mountai ny?, Texas Co., MO, (signed) Mary J. Swinyer.
    ALSO PERSONALLY APPEARED before me, W. C. Stevenson and Lettie Swinyer, residence of Texas Co ., Missouri.

    A second claim by Mary Jane Swinyer made on January 5, 1894, in Texas County, Missouri, stat ed that she was married under the name Mary J. Snay to David C. Swinyer in 1867 at Franklin C o., NY, there being no legal barrier to said marriage first marriage for claimant, 2nd marria ge for David C. Swinyer, his former wife died and left no heirs, proof made. Witnesses wer e John T. Lynch and Moses Connelly. Also personally appearing were Moses Connelly, residin g at Houston, MO, and Lettie Connelly, residing at Houston, MO, who state that they had know n Mary J. Swinyer 20 years and 5 years respectively. (Lettie Connelly is actually Celestia S winyer Connelly, who would have been the person having known Mary J. Swinyer 20 years).

    A letter received by the U.S. Pension Office February 17, 1893, states that "we the undersign ed petitioners respectfully petition your Honor to make a special matter of the granting of M rs. Jary J. Swynger late widow of David C. Swynger, a pension for the following reasons: Sh e is a (sp) very poor and has no means of support whatever & is suffering for food and clothi ng." This peition is signed by 32 neighbors.
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  • Change Date: 14 Sep 2013 at 18:35:50

    Marriage 1 Mary Jane Snay b: 9 Apr 1838 in Clinton Co., NY
    • Married: 27 Mar 1867 in Franklin Co., NY
    1. Has No Children Josephine Swinyer b: 1868
    2. Has Children Sophia Jeannette Swinyer b: 11 Jul 1870 in Franklin Co., NY
    3. Has No Children Peter Swinyer b: 17 Nov 1872 in New York
    4. Has Children Celestia Swinyer b: 17 Dec 1874 in New York

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