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William Joshua Swaim

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Birthplace: Hamilton, Steuben, IN, USA
Death: Died in Creston, Union, IA, USA
Place of Burial: Creston, Union County, Iowa
Immediate Family:

Son of William Wiley (Walter) Swaim and Mary Ann Davis
Husband of Bertha Jane Rash
Father of Inez Vivian Swaim; Bessie Swaim; Edith Mildred Swaim; Reva Rachel Swaim; Wayne William Swaim and 5 others
Brother of Mary Isabel Swaim; Martin Luther Swaim; Nancy Evelyn Swaim; Alfred Edward Swaim; Walter Elcany Swaim and 4 others

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About William Joshua Swaim

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William Joshua Swaim Family

The Swaim family as we know of it originated in the country of Holland. They came to America in 1706, setting on Staten island. In later years they moved southward to Rowan County, North Carolina.

This part of the country became home for the Swaim families for a number of years, and in fact, many of the names still remain there.


William W. Swaim took his young family to Hamilton County, Indiana in 1860; there they remained for twenty-five years. The subject of our story, William Joshua Swaim was born In Hamilton County, Indiana to William Walter and Mary Ann (Davis) Swaim.

William Joshua Swaim moved with his family to Marshall County, Iowa in 1885, and in 1893, he married Bertha Jane Rash, daughter of Lewis and Rachel (Hammer) Rash. They became the parents of ten children, several of whom were also later Hopeville families. The Swaim family moved to a farm south of Hopeville about 1919.

Many of the Swaim children attended school in Hopeville. The country school was consolidated for one year and one of the older boys Wayne, drove a school bus. The people of the countryside were not ready for such a step as school consolidation, and after a heated argument and vote, the schools went back to their original buildings after only one year.

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http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=17459942

BERTHA JANE RASH was born November 10, 1874, and died Apr. 10, 1950 at Creston, Union County, Ia. She married WILLIAM JOSHUA SWAIM July 27, 1893, son of William Walter Swaim and Mary Ann Davis. He was born Dec. 16, 1867 in Indiana, d. Jan. 21, 1946 in Creston, Union Co., Iowa.

Bertha was twin to Burton Francis Rash. William Swaim was a farmer. His nickname was Will. In 1932 they lived at Murray, Clarke County, Iowa, according to History and Recollections of My Father and Family, by Bertha’s sister Flora Rash Thompson. Bertha & William & sons Ray & Wayne are buried in Graceland Cemetery, Creston, Iowa.

Children of BERTHA RASH and WILLIAM SWAIM are:

i. RAYMOND EDWARD SWAIM, b. Jan. 28, 1894 in Iowa, d. July 19, 1957. Iowa Pvt Co D 160 Infantry, WW I. Married Cecil Irene Smith. Children: Winifred Swaim and Lawrence Eugene Swaim. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=17459940

ii. INEZ VIVIAN SWAIM, b. Sept. 2, 1895 in Black Hawk Co., Iowa, d. April 1983 Creston, Union Co., Iowa. m. Glen Smith, brother to Cecil Irene Smith. Inez and Glen Smith's children: Ralph, Robert, Morris. They lived northeast of Hopeville, Iowa. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=17459472

iii. LILLIAN BERNICE SWAIM, b. Sept. 10,1899 in New Providence, Iowa, d. June 19, 1949 Afton, Iowa. Married Harry Joseph Lamb, son of Clinton Lamb and Mary Moye. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=16515196

iv. WAYNE WILLIAM SWAIM, b. Sept. 1, 1901 Eldora, Iowa, d. April 5, 1961 Creston, Iowa. Married 1) Mable Selsor, daughter of Stephen and Birdie (Gillette) Selsor. They lived southwest of Hopeville for several years, had 2 children, Bernice, Ross. Married 2) Mabel Blanche Pashek, daughter of John and Marie (Mika) Pashek, b. Dec. 20, 1911, d. Dec. 14, 2008. They are buried in Graceland Cemetery, Creston, Union Co., Iowa. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=17459941

v. DALE SWAIM, b. Jun. 2, 1903 Hardin Co., Iowa, d. Mar. 21, 1905 of pneumonia. Burial Miller Cemetery, Hardin Co., Union, Ia. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=55545730

vi. PAUL LLOYD SWAIM, b. Nov. 27, 1904 Hardin Co., Iowa, d. Jan. 24, 2002 (or possibly 1951). Married Lola Metts of Westerville.

vii. BESSIE SWAIM, b. Sep. 21, 1906 Eldora, Iowa, d. Sep. 3, 1907 Eldora of spinal meningitis. Burial Miller Cemetery, Hardin Co., Union, Ia. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=55545739

viii. EDITH MILDRED SWAIM, b. Sept. 3, 1908 Hardin Co., Iowa. On June 12, 1929 in Clarke County, Iowa she married Clayton Bevans, son of Jim and Cora Bevans. They lived east of Hopeville for a short time before moving to Osceola, had one son: Lyle.


ix. PEARL VERNA SWAIM, b. June 26,1910 Hardin Co., Iowa, d. Oct. 9, 1997 Clearfield, Taylor Co., Iowa. Married Dennis Lamb, son of Clinton Lamb and brother of Harry Lamb, who married Pearl's sister Lillian Swaim. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=20261849

x. REVA RACHEL SWAIM, b. Dec. 20, 1912 in Iowa, d. April 21, 2004 in Creston, Iowa, m. LOREN KEITH BENEDICT. They lived in Creston, Iowa. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=17450443

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William Joshua Swaim's Timeline

1866
December 16, 1866
Hamilton, Steuben, IN, USA
1880
1880
Age 13
1880
Age 13
1880
Age 13
District 18, Rutherford, Tennessee, United States
1894
January 28, 1894
Age 27
Bangor, Marshall County, Iowa
1895
September 2, 1895
Age 28
Black Hawk County, Iowa
1899
September 10, 1899
Age 32
New Providence, Hardin Co., IA
1901
September 1, 1901
Age 34
Eldora, Union, IA
1903
June 2, 1903
Age 36
Hardin Co, IA