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LEVI SWARTLEY

LEVI SWARTLEY, of Chalfont, Bucks county, is the only surviving child of John and Mary (MOYER) SWARTLEY, and was born in New Britain township, April 5, 1832. Philip SCHWARDLEY, the grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was born in Eppingen, in Necker, grand duchy of Baden, Germany, October 28, 1764 and is supposed to have come to this country with his elder brothers John and Jacob in the ship "Minerva," arriving at Philadelphia on September 30, 1772. As, however, the list of passengers does not include the names of the two younger brothers, it is possible they may have followed their brother to Pennsylvania some years later.

Philip was probably a resident for some years of Franconia township, Montgomery county, where he married Sarah ROSENBERGER, born January 24, 1765, daughter of Rev. Henry and Barbara (OBERHOLTZER) ROSENBERGER, and a sister to Magdalena, the wife of his brother John SCHWARDLEY. About 1790 Philip SCHWARDLEY settled in New Britain township, Bucks county, where he became a large landowner. He died September 23, 1840, and his wife Sarah died April 6, 1849. They were the parents of nine children. viz: Elizabeth, married Jacob KROUT; Henry; John; Jacob; Mary, married Jacob HAFNER; Philip; Abraham; Samuel; and Sarah, who married John PRICE.

John SWARTLEY, second son of Philip and Sarah (ROSENBERGER) SWARTLEY, was born in New Britain township June 8, 1792, and was reared on his father's farm. In 1814 he married Mary MOYER, born in Springfield township, Bucks county, October 9, 1795, and died in New Britain, on April 10, 1872, daughter of Jacob and Magdalene (MOYER) MOYER, of Springfield, and settled in Plumstead township, where they resided for one year. April 3, 1816, his parents conveyed to him a farm of ninety-one acres in New Britain, where he lived from that date until his death, March 14, 1856. John and Mary (MOYER) SWARTLEY were the parents of eight children, viz: 1. Jacob M., born April 15, 1816, died December 20, 1885, married Anna Ruth and left a number of children. 2. Sarah born September 28, 1818, died April 17, 1875, was blind for thirty-eight years. 4. Magdalena, born September 28, 1824, died April 7, 1893, married in 1844 Henry RUTH; 5. Joseph M., born December 7, 1826, married three times; lived on the old homestead, where he died March 26, 1892. 6. John M., born September 18, 1829, died September 24, 1900; Levi M., the subject of this sketch; and Mary, born May 5, 1835, died January 2, 1888, married William G. MOYER.

Levi M. SWARTLEY, youngest son of John and Mary, was born and reared on the New Britain homestead and remained there with his mother until he was twenty-seven years old. After a residence of a year and a half in Hilltown he purchased the old homestead and returned to it, and resided, thereon until 1890, since which time he has lived a retired life in the borough of Chalfont. He is a member of the Mennonites, and politically is a Republican. He married December 2, 1860, Lydia H. MYERS, daughter of Isaac MEYERS, of Plumsteadville, and they have been the parents of three children: Mary Ann, born September 22, 1862, married Abraham L. GARGES, of New Britain, and has children: Anna, Howard and Lydia. Isaac M., born January 16, 1865, died May, 1892, married Mary L. MOYER, and left on child, Bertha. Ella M., born August 3, 1873, married Henry ROSENBERGER, and has on child, Laura Elizabeth.

Text taken from page 222 AND 223

David, William W. H., A. M. History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

Transcribed June, 2002 by Donna J. Kling of Pennsylvania as part of the Bucks Co., Pa., Early Family Project, www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/bucksindex.html

Published April 2000 on the Bucks County, Pa., USGenWeb pages at www.rootsweb.com/~pabucks/

 

 

 


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