Nathan Moore Swarthout

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Nathan Moore Swarthout

Birthplace: Carlisle, Sullivan, Indiana, USA
Death: Died in San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, California, United States
Place of Burial: San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Philip S. Swarthout and Charity Swarthout
Husband of Emma Smith Swarthout and Annie Swarthart
Father of Susannah Swarthout; Louisa Swarthout; Sidney Swarthout; Nathan Monroe Swarthout; Phillip Alva Swarthout and 7 others
Brother of George Washington Swarthout; Lucinda Kinyon; Truman Swarthout; Hamilton Swarthout and Harley Swarthout
Half brother of Lydia Shepherd

Occupation: per letter from LDS church, worked for Captain John Sutter to raise money for the church
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About Nathan Moore Swarthout

Biographical Summary:

"...Nathan Swarthout’s contribution to the area of Cajon and San Bernardino was great. Nathan Swarthout, considered to be one of the oldest pioneers of San Bernardino County died of natural causes at his home on G Street, north of Base Line, on January 10, 1903. Swarthout was part of the Mormon Battalion that came to the Cajon Pass and San Bernardino area; he was a private in Company D, which was under the command of Captain Nelson Higgins. A member of the San Bernardino Society of Pioneers, he was very prominent in the early development of San Bernardino. The need for structures and fence post for the early ranchos of the areas caused Swarthout to take charge of work crews to cut cedar trees in the area of Saw Pit Canyon. During this large undertaking, he constructed the Bailey Canyon road in the Sierra Madre area that connected to the Bandini Road, which opened what once used to be a huge timber area. In doing so, the large amount of valuable timber assisted greatly in the building up of San Bernardino. Nathan Swarthout was buried Monday, January 12, 1903, in the San Bernardino Cemetery by Rev. D. Mc. Gandler, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church. One of his pallbearers was William Holcomb, the miner whose discovery of gold in the Holcomb Valley that started San Bernardino’s biggest gold rush.

SOURCE: (Summary from Nathan Swarthout Obituary, San Bernardino Sun, Jan 12, 1903)..."

  • Military service: mustered out of Company D of Mormon Battalion - July 16 1847 Los Angeles, California, USA

The following is from Find A

Son of Philip and Charity(Bates)Swarthout, listed 6 children including Nathan's brother Hamilton, George W., and Harley Swarthout. Enlisted in the Mormon Battalion and was mustered out in the fall of 1847 in Los Angeles. Later Swarthout went north to Sutters Fort and was one of the first to mine gold on the American River. On August 25, 1851 he married Emma Smith Tanner at Sycamore Grove near San Bernardino. (Information courtesy San Bernardino Historical Society) Roster of Company D- Captain Nelson Higgins, Private Nathan Swarthout.



Phillip Swarthout (1790 - 1833)


Charity Bates Swarthout Shepherd (1794 - 1877)



Emma Smith Tanner Swarthout (1835 - 1917)



Susannah Swathout Ward (1850 - 1898)


Sidney Swarthout (1852 - 1930)


Nathan Monroe Swarthout (1854 - 1940)


Harley Martin Swarthout (1856 - 1930)


Elcy Malinda Swarthout (1859 - 1881)


Charlie Albert Swarthout (1862 - 1862)


Emma Alelia Swarthout (1865 - 1866)


Alva Swarthout (1873 - 1930)


Amelia Ellen Swarthout (1875 - 1876)



George Washington Swarthout (1817 - 1872)


Lucinda Kinyon Swarthout Coburn (1818 - 1895)


Nathan Moore Swarthout (1823 - 1903)


Hamilton Swarthout (1828 - 1894)


Harley Swarthout (1831 - 1915)


Lydia Shepherd Davidson (1836 - 1929)

Headstone Inscription: San Bernardino Pioneer plaque

Created by: Barbara LeClaire

Record added: Dec 07, 2007

Find A Grave Memorial# 23280337

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Nathan Moore Swarthout's Timeline

August 16, 1823
Carlisle, Sullivan, Indiana, USA
Age 23
Utah, USA
Age 26
Utah, USA
November 16, 1852
Age 29
San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, California, United States
Age 28
Utah, United States
October 15, 1854
Age 31
San Bernardino, San Bernardino , California, USA
October 12, 1856
Age 33
San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, California, United States
May 11, 1859
Age 35
San Bernardino, San Bernardino County, California, United States