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1 Hon Samuel McCurdy SWOPE1, 6, 8
Birth: 4 Oct 1850, Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania1, 3, 6, 8, 7
Death: 25 Jun 1931, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania3, 6, 8, 7
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery, Gettysburg, Adams County, Penna7
Bapt: 20 Mar 1851, Christ Lutheran G-Burg 3
Religion: Presbyterian in Adulthood
Educ: PennaCollege, Gettysburg, Pa Class Of 1876; Clerked With David Wills, Attorney, Gettysburg Entering Office In 1874 1,6
Occupation: Attorney at Law, Judge of Fulton and Adam's Counties1,6, 8,
Alias: Samuel McC Swope In Census, the way he must have written and said his name
Resided: Gettysburg Penna from birth through death; shared home with his wife on Baltimore Street  now belonging to the Presby  Church8
Bio on Samuel McCurdy Swope including his stories of the Batlle  and Census Entries Samuel  McCurdy Swope
Father: John Adam  "John" SWOPE (1815-1880)3, 6, 8
Mother: Nancy Moore  McCURDY (<1820-1904)3, 6, 8
Spouse: Anna Kate (Annie)STAIR [ Nana  to her grandchildren and within family]12, 6, 8 Marr: 18763, 6, 8, [Gettysburg Presbyterian Or York St Johns Episcopal , the bride's church [ Her uncle was organist at St johns, and her mother remarried in St Johns in 1868]
Children of Samuel McCurdy SWOPE and Anna Kate STAIR Historical Context and Relevant Links:


Notes on Samuel McCurdy Swope:
Son of a Saddle Tree maker, at  the age of 12 his town was encompassed in the Battle bearing its name. At that time, and in the pre dawn of July 1 1863, he and two friends travelled out to Willoughby Run (just west of Seminary Ridge) to speak to  northern cavalry then encamped and unaware of the carnage to come later in the day and in the two days to follow.  Apparantly enchanted by the youths, they agreed to the boys desire to try out their horses, and allowed them to ride off to water them. Not content with doing so at the obvious stream, the boys rode to Marsh Creek, engaged in water play , and it was there and while thus engaged that they heard what they thought was Penelope Ann, a revolutionary cannon ignited once a year, on July 4th, and which they believed to be a prepping for her performance four days later. In little time they realized that Penelope Ann could not be responsable for what they heard, and , family lore tells, the boys travelled on rapid horseback through the battle then commencing to three very annoyed Cavalrymen in absence of their horses while their comrades were actively engaged.  On the occasion of Lincolns address 4 months later, family lore tells he was selling lemonade (in november?) with his friends but  was accused of pilfering funds (my fathers words likely mimicking the story as told  by his grandfather), at which time he removed to underneath the platform from which unusual vantage he watched the famous address.

In 1874 he entered the office of David Wills of Gettysburg (ed note:  David Wills is the man who hosted Lincoln the night before the famous speech and who was partially responsable for the national cemetery in that town) , with whom he read law, and as a result of which education was admitted to the Bar at Gettysburg in 1876, and two years later to practise  before the Supreme Court of the State. He was twice elected District Attorney for the county of Adams, the second time without opposition, though a candidate of the minority party, and as such served six years from Jan. 1880 to Jan, 1886. In 1894 he was elected President Judge of the district, comprising Adams and Fulton counties by a very large majority. In politics he was Republican. Member and elder in Presbyterian Church. 2

He married the beautiful Anna Kate Stair , known as Annie, and resided with her and their family on Baltimore Street next to the Presbyterian Church of which he was a member, and in a home now part of the Presbyterian church and holding the name of the subsequent owners. His grandaughter Betty  recalls (she was an accomplished singer and a student at Peabody Institute) being asked to sing Oh Take me Home at the foot of the ex Judges wifes Sleigh bed on numerous occasions.  I get the impression that something more lively would have been preferred by the performer.

The Painting of Samuel McCurdy Swope that is  hanging in the Adams County Courthouse (which was dedicated by his grandson  Swope, also an attorney, like his father before him) shows Samuel McC with a daisy in his lapel. His grandchildren, who lived in the north of town, remember many evenings when their grandfather would walk  to dinner at their home more than a mile removed. He always wore a flower in his lapel. He is remembered as a fine story teller with a dramatic flair.  The stories of the battle as related above are those my father told me when I asked what was our family doing at the time of the Battle?  He answered, Hiding in the Basement like the rest of the citizens, and when pressed, told me the above, no doubt, a repeat of stories told to him by his grandfather who had experienced them as related.

Samuel McCurdy Swope moved for admission of his son James Donald to acceptance by the bar of Adams County.  James Donald Swope would likewise move for the admission of his own son. I was present when my father moved for the admission of my sister to the same. There were tears in his eyes [ I only twice in my life saw tears in my father's eyes]  and he looked at the time to the painting of his grandfather, beloved to him, watching the proceedings.



Census Entries 1850, 1860, 1870, 1910, 1920:

1850:
For this census , Samuel McCurdy Swopes parents were residing in the home on the Northwest corner of Baltimore across the street from the Farnsworth house. It was a Tannery area at the time, and his father had the work space behind the home.
1850 census shows John A Swope,  34 yo, saddle tree maker, real estate valued at 450$, wife Nancy 29 (and heavy with Samuel McCurdy, soon to be born) , Lydia Swope 25, James (son) 2, Martha MCurdy 62 (Nancys mother), I cant figure out who Lydia Swope 25 is, but John Adam and Nancy (nee McCurdy) Swopes daughter Lydia Swope should be 5 for this census and is not mentioned. Could very well be an error in transcription from text.

1860:
in 1860 Census he and his parents were living with George and Clarissa (John Adam Swopes Siblings).  Apparantly, the area they had formerly inhabited carried the smell of the tanneries that were located there and in which Johns father was engaged, probably leading to the families relocation.  The census shows:
John A Swope 43
Nancy   36
Lydia 13
James 11 years
Samuel   9 years
John 7 years
Lydia , James,  Samuel and John all attended  school year in the year previous according to the census which made note of the status of children as being school going or not the previous year

1870:
in 12th July 1870 Census (page 31 of Census for Adams County, Gettysburg Boro on line via Ancestry.com and in hard copy)
the family is listed 165/176 and is listed as one family with head of household George Swope:
George, cabinet maker 57  Real Estate value 4000, Personal Estate Value 3500 (Brother to John A)
         (Clarissa, the sister of George and John A and with whom they lived as well in the 1860 census had died in 1865.)
John A, Saddle tree maker  Real Estate Value 3000 Personal estate Value 600
Nancy 49 and a housekeeper
James A 21, works as a Cabinet Maker
Samuel McC, 19, Student College (this would be Pennsylvania College, later to be called Gettysburg College)

1910:
He appears in the 1910 census Borough of Gettysburg, Adams County, Penna and as Head of Household
Samuel Mc C Swope Age: 59 State: PA
Color: W Enumeration District: 0011
Birth Place: Pennsylvania
County:  Adams, Gettysburg
Relation:  Head of Household
Other Residents: Wife Annie K 53, Pennsylvania
Son J Donald 28, Pennsylvania (to be married that year, at which time he would move to Broadway and be head of household)
Daughter Mary S 24, Pennsylvania
Daughter Amy Mc C 17, Pennsylvania
NR Bertie Horner 32, Pennsylvania
NR Marie 15, Pennsylvania

1920:
Appears in 1920 Census Gettysburg, Baltimore Street with wife Anna and continues as lawyer in general practise.
Page 32 of 40 in Online Images Ancestry.com, and in district encompassing Jail (there are two districts this census). The Jail is the former Library, now a municipal building, around the corner from this home.
Samuel McC and Anna K.
No other residents of home

Spouse: Anna Kate ("Annie") STAIR 2, 6, 8

Marr: [18763, 2, 6, 8]  Gettysburg Presbyterian Or York St Johns Episcopal [Probably the brides church. Her uncle was organist at St johns, and her mother remarried in St Johns in 1868]

Children:
Marion (Died as Infant)
James Donald Dewey (1881-1950)
Mary Stair (1885-1966)
Amy McCurdy (1893-1980)

1.1 Marion (died in Infancy) SWOPE3, 2



Birth: Gettysburg, Penna
Death: Gettysburg, Penna
Burial: Evergreen Cemetery Gettysburg, Adams County, Penna

Died in Infancy

1.2 James Donald Dewey SWOPE4, 9, 2 [much  more info available in link]

Birth: 18 Jul 1881, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania9
Death: 23 Mar 1950, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania9
Spouse: Hazel Ruth "Billie" Bamie REINECKE59

Marr: 20 Dec 1910, Jersey City, New Jersey9

Children:
D M
E. R.

1.3 Mary Stair SWOPE, 9, 2,

Birth: 1885, Gettysburg Pennsylvania, 9, 2
Death: 1966, 9, 2
Burial: Evergreen In Gettysburg.7
Resided: with husband on Carlisle Street in the home that later [1970s] became the Appleford Inn and in which her son continued to reside until moving to Baltimore Street in the 70s.   This home was built by, and in fact nearly bankrupt her distant cousin McCurdy with its building, but whether or not Mary Stair Swope ever knew that it pertained to her distant cousin  is unknown to me.

She appears in the 1910 census Borough of Gettysburg, Adams County, Penna with her birth  family
Samuel Mc C Swope Age: 59 State: PA
Color: W Enumeration District: 0011
Birth Place: Pennsylvania
County:  Adams, Gettysburg
Relation:  Head of Household
Other Residents: Wife Annie K 53, Pennsylvania
Son J Donald 28, Pennsylvania
Daughter Mary S 24, Pennsylvania
Daughter Amy Mc C 17, Pennsylvania
NR Bertie Horner 32, Pennsylvania
NR Marie 15, Pennsylvania

Spouse: John DeKalb KEITH


Children:


1.4 Amy McCurdy SWOPE 9, 2,
Birth: 1893, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Death: 1980
 

Amy McCurdy SWOPE Appears in the 1910 census Borough of Gettysburg, Adams County, Penna with her family
Samuel Mc C Swope Age: 59 State: PA
Color: W Enumeration District: 0011
Birth Place: Pennsylvania Visit: 0343
County:  Adams, Gettysburg
Relation:  Head of Household
Other Residents: Wife Annie K 53, Pennsylvania
Son J Donald 28, Pennsylvania
Daughter Mary S 24, Pennsylvania
Daughter Amy Mc C 17, Pennsylvania
NR Bertie Horner 32, Pennsylvania
NR Marie 15, Pennsylvania

Spouse: Steven Remmington WING

Children:
S.
M.


Sources for this page [Samuel McC Swope and family]

1. Gilbert Ernest Swope, The Swope Family 1676-1896, T.B. & H.B Cochran, Publishers, 1898.  pgs 90 and 123-124.
2. Ibid. page 123-124.
3. Family Notes from D M Swope-research and interviews.
4. Gilbert Ernest Swope, The Swope Family 1676-1896, T.B. & H.B Cochran, Publishers,1898.  page 124.
5. Known Personally to Writer
6. Known Personally to current living family members with whom writer is in contact, and / or, known personally and described to writer by living family members now dead .

7. Grave viewed by writer, photo in possession

8. Information to this writer from Sam's grandchildren with whom he and his wife Annie [Stair] SWOPE enjoyed a close relationship until the grandparent's deaths

9. Information from James Donald Swope and Hazel Ruth "Ruth" REINECKE Swope and their children