SWOPE FAMILY HISTORY in GENERAL
Yost Schwab is the first known SWOPE to America.
[His Daughter pre-emmigrated him but had taken her accompanying husband's
name] Although record of Yost's ship has not been found, he is believed
arrived 1720 to Pennsylvania. This direct Swope line weaving back to Yost
remains entirely Pennsylvanian through 9 generations.
Yost Swope Direct Descendants Brief
This Surname is one of two alpha surnames to this website, [the other
. American precense through our Swope surname extends back
to about 1720 arrival to Pennsylvania, although the ship record for arrival
of the family has not been unearthed. Yost Swope, the line's progenitor,
is credited with being the first SWOPE of any to arrive to America. This
is not entirely true; his daughter arrived earlier with her husband, no
doubt encouraging her father's emmigration to the new world, but as she
had taken her husband's name; It is her father Yost who is credited with
first Swope precense stature. The eight direct line females marrying into
the Swope line from which we spring [this writer being 9th generation]
bring with them their own family histories detailed within these pages.
It is through the 6th generation Samuel McCurdy
SWOPE marriage to Anna Kate "Annie"
STAIR that we gain Swope allied and direct line American precense
to its earliest point, 1710, and the arrival of mennonite refugees to the
frontiers of now Lancaster County Pennsylvania in the form of their leader,
Hans Herr, a 5th G Grandfather to Annie. It is through the 8th
Generational marriage of SWOPE with HOWARD that we gain American precense
to 1619 Jamestown and 1690s precense in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
allied surnames involved with this second alpha surname [HOWARD]
detailed in this website .
Yost SWOPE arrived with his wife and several of his children. From his
son Johannes "John" , the 2nd generation, through
to and including his GGGG Grandson John Adam "John"
Swope the Swope males intermarried with women who had Surname
lines extending back to pre 1800 arrival to America. William
Stair, father to The 6th Generation Swope wife Anna
Kate "Annie" STAIR died when she was a toddler. His ascendancy
is under research, but he is known to have been born in Penna in
1830 and he may belong within one of the many Stair family groups
found present in the 18th century history of York County Pennsylvania
[probably , but not certainly alligned with Stoehr/Stehr and representing
an Americanization of that name]. With the 7th Generation Swope marriage
of James Donald SWOPE to Hazel
Ruth "Ruth" REINECKE, the first post 1800 immigrant blood
was added- that of Surname Reinecke. Ruth's father Otto
Reinecke arrived 1868 but he married here to Ella
Blanche MEALS , a 5th generation Pennsylvanian with American ascendancy
deeply involved in the earliest history of Adams
County, Pennsylvania. although Ruth [Reinecke] Swope herself is, with
her daughter in law, the only female minus Ruth's daughter in law who was
not born in Pennsylvania proper.
Otto Reinecke's infusion was entirely German in ascendancy, and in fact,
the SWOPE wives are entirely Germanic, with the sole exception of
the 5th generational marriage of Adam Swope with
Moore McCURDY.and the 8th generational addition of HOWARD. Nancy
Moore McCurdy's great grandparent
immigrants arrived at about the same time as Yost SWOPE and ca 1720. Through
the two generations between Nancy's marriage to her 100% German American
Swope husband and her Great grandparents arrival, we gain the only non
German portions of the SWOPE allied lines , they being Scotch Irish and
involved in southern Pennsylvania's settling. Adam and Nancy's son Samuel
McCurdy SWOPE married Annie Kate Stair above mentioned, and the scotch
irish infusion stops until the 8th generation marriage of SWOPE to HOWARD
when a 100% british isle ascendant Lass married into the Swope family.
Like Nancy Moore [McCurdy] Swope the
HOWARD and allied
surnames lack any known Germans at all in the ascendancy,
being part of our entirely English, Irish
and Scottish background. in the European portion
of this tree. The last immigrant to arrive for our lines , Howard OR
Swope allied, occured 49 years after its last most recent immigrant [Reinecke]
and in 1917 from Ireland in the form of Sarah Williamson, of the
HOWARD ascendancy. Thus the SWOPE / HOWARD combined lines have
one immigrant from the 20th century, one from the 19th, the majority from
the 18th, and several of the 17th.
As for Yost Swope, the progenitor of our SWOPE line, his identity is
often confused, and much information is provided to allow for understanding
of the two forms in which he seems to occur.