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Charity Swarthout (Bates)

Birthplace: Addison, Addison, Vermont, USA
Death: Died in San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Walter Bates and Elizabeth Bates
Wife of Philip S. Swarthout and Samuel Shepherd
Mother of George Washington Swarthout; Lucinda Kinyon; Nathan Moore Swarthout; Truman Swarthout; Hamilton Swarthout and 2 others

Occupation: After her first husband, Phillip, died in 1834, she married Sam Sheperd June 7, 1835, in Clay County, Missouri. She had 6 children with Phillip and one daughter, Lydia, with Sam.
Managed by: Gwyneth McNeil
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About Charity Swarthout

Charity Bates was born May 4, 1794, in Addison, Vermont, to parents Walter and Elizabeth Bates. She married Phillip Swarthout and had six children but he passed away in October, 1833, just 2 years after the birth of their last child, Harley, in 1831. Charity then married Samuel Shepherd in Liberty, Clay County, Missouri, June 7, 1835. They had one daughter, Lydia, born in Missouri in 1836. After moving to Illinois for a while, Charity and her extended family left in 1847 and traveled with the Saints to Utah. They were listed in the 1850 U.S. Federal Census for Utah as follows: Samuel Shepherd, 60, Charity, 58, Samuel's children from a previous marriage, Lafayette, 24, Don Carlos, 20, Julia, 22, and Sam and Charity's daughter Lydia, 13.

Living next door was Charity's son, Nathan Swarthout, 24, and his wife, Ann, 24, and their daughter, Lydia Ann, 3 years old. Living next door to Nathan and Ann was Charity's daughter, Lucinda Swarthout, 30, and her children, Henry, 9, George, 6, and Orsamus, 4 years old. Lucinda's husband, Wilford Farnum Kinyon, had died in 1850 while on a mission for the church.

Living next door to Lucinda and her children was Truman Shepherd, 22, Samuel's son, and Truman's wife, Alice, 19. Samuel and all of his sons were working as a farmer, and his real estate was valued at $400. He was born in Vermont, as was Charity. Samuel's sons Lafayette and Don Carlos were born in Ohio, and his daughter, Julia, in Vermont. Lydia was born in Missouri, as were both Nathan and Ann Swarthout, and their daughter, Lydia Ann, in Utah. Charity's daughter, Lucinda, was born in Missouri, Henry and George in Illinois and Orsamus in Missouri. Truman and his wife, Alice were also born in Missouri. This is a testament to all the moving they did because of the LDS Church being persecuted and made to leave their homes in many places.

By 1860 Sam, 70, and Charity, 68, were living in San Salvador, San Bernardino, California, and his real estate was valued at $1,200 and his personal estate at $955. He was still working as a farmer. Charity's daughter, Lucinda, had married her second husband, James Madison Coburn, on the way from Utah to San Bernardino, California.

They were living next door to Sam and Charity, and were listed as: James, 38, Lucinda, 40, William A. Coburn, 20, George, 18, Orsimo, 12, (Lucinda's children with her previous husband who died in 1850, but their children had assumed the Coburn name), James, 8, Catherine, 6, Charity, 3, and Ada, 10 months old, who were Lucinda and James Coburn's children, born in California after they arrived from Utah. James was also working as a farmer, and his real estate was valued at $300 and his personal estate at $1,400. George was working as a teamster.

In the 1870 census for San Bernardino, Sam Shepperd, 80, and Charity, 76, were living next door to Charity's son, George Swarthout, 52, and his wife, Elizabeth, 26, and children, Charity, 7, Susie, 5, Charles, 2, and George, Jr., 10 months old. Next door was George's brother, Nathan, 45, and his wife, Emma, 35, and children Sydney, 17, Monroe, 15, Harley, 13, Melinda, 11, and Irwin, 2.

Samuel's real estate was valued at $2,500 and his personal estate at $3,000. George's real estate was valued at $1,000 as was his personal estate. Nathan's real estate was valued at $2,000 as was his personal estate. Nathan and George were working as farmers, but Samuel was no longer working.

Both Samuel and Charity passed away seven years later in 1877, Charity on March 13th and Samuel on October 10th. They were both buried in the Pioneer Cemetery in San Bernardino, California. From Charity Bates Swarthout Shepherd's Find A profile page:

Charity Bates Swarthout Shepherd – A True Pioneer! Charity was born in Addison Vermont. She married Phillip Swarthout in 1815. They had 7 children. They became members of the Mormon Church in 1830. In 1833, because of religious persecution in Ohio, they made plans to join other members of the church and travel to Clay County, Missouri. They were in the process of leaving when Charity's husband, Philip, died of cholera, leaving her a widow with this large family. She migrated to Missouri with the help of her children. The oldest was 16 years old.

In Missouri she met a widower, Samuel Shepherd, with 6 children of his own. They had one additional child of their own, Lydia, in 1836. Forced to move they went to Nauvoo, Illinois, and then were in the second wagon train to Salt Lake arriving there in 1847. In 1851, they were asked to move to Southern California and after a difficult trip she and her husband were in the founding members of the city of San Bernardino.

Following is from Samuel Shepherd's profile page on Find A

Samuel Shepherd – A True Pioneer and American Hero! Samuel Shepherd was born November 10, 1790, at Castleton, Vermont. Samuel was a soldier in the War of 1812 and fought at the Battle of Tippecanoe under General William Henry Harrison. He was a prisoner at Quebec for 7 months. His father, David Shepherd, served in the American Revolution and fought in the Battle of Bennington with General Stark. Samuel's first wife was Roxy Lana Ray. They were married on December 4, 1820. They had eight children. Forced by religious persecution they moved to Missouri but Roxy died on the trip leaving Samuel with 6 children.

He met and married Charity Bates Swarthout who had 7 children of her own. They were forced to move again to Illinois and again, in 1847 they were on the second wagon train to Salt Lake. In 1851 he was asked to move his family to Southern California and was one of the founding fathers of the City of San Bernardino.

Submitted for Ardyn Fredericksen - a great, great, great granddaughter of Sameul's wife Charity.

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Charity Swarthout's Timeline

May 4, 1794
Addison, Addison, Vermont, USA
April 6, 1817
Age 22
Utica, Oneida, New York, United States
October 1818
Age 24
New York, USA
August 16, 1823
Age 29
Carlisle, Sullivan, Indiana, USA
May 17, 1826
Age 32
Huron, Erie, Ohio, USA
September 30, 1828
Age 34
New London, Huron, Ohio, USA
February 1, 1831
Age 36
September 16, 1835
Age 41
Clay, Missouri, USA
March 17, 1877
Age 82
San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, USA