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Swearingen Cemetery
Kendall, Beaver County, Pennsylvania

Lat: 40° 30' 54"N, Lon: Lon: 80° 30' 05"W

Submitted by Liane Freedman, Oct 21, 2007, last edited Jan 09, 2012 [eltonscastle@yahoo.com]. Total records = 18.

To reach the cemetery from the intersection of Rt 30 and Rt 168 (located near Hookstown), also known by locals as Laughlin Corners, take Rt 168 south to Hardens Run Road. Take a right on Hardens Run and follow it for about 2.5 miles to Swearingen Road. Turn left onto Swearingen Road and go about 1/4 of a mile. The cemetery is on the right or west side of the road. Coming from Frankfort Springs, take Rt 168 north. Follow it to Hardens Run Road. Take a left on Hardens Run.

This is a nearly forgotten private family burial plot on land that was once owned by the Swearingen family of Hanover Township. Lying here are the remains of some of the original settlers of this area.

Although the gravestones were standing about 30 years ago (when a previous recording was made of the cemetery), these are now half buried in dirt and grass. Only 13-14 remain in 2 rows. A couple are broken and partially readible. There is one that appears to be buried with its back facing up, and therefore unreadible.

"Victims of the last Indian murder in Beaver County are buried here. Samuel Swearigen settled here in 1785 and 1790 near this site his only daughter Mary, wife of Jacob Colvin and her infant child wre scalped and killed. They are buried here in the family plot." Beaver County Historical Research and Landmarks Foundation sign.

This cemetery was established by Samuel Swearingen, sometime after he settled here in 1785. A farm is across the road from the cemetery, which is difficult to see from the road due to the bushes.

I visited and recorded the cemetery on Oct 19, 2007. I got some info from historic records, and the sign at the cemetery.

- Liane Freedman

Colvin, Infant, b. 1789, d. Mar 1790 Hanover Township, PA, age: 4mo, child of Mary and Jacob Colvin, Infant and mother were killed by Indians, no stone
Colvin, Mary Swearington, b. 1749, d. Mar 1790 Hanover Township, PA, wife of Jacob Colvin. She and her infant were killed by Indians, no stone
Massey, Caroline Adams, b. 1809, d. 22 Feb 1855, age: 45yr 7mo 9da
Patterson, Linda, b. ??, d. 6 Apr 1810
Swearingen, Catherine Condell, b. c.1741, d. 1786, w/o Samuel Swearingen
Swearingen, David Ellsworth, b. 1862, d. 1872, age: 10yr, s/o Zachariah & Rachel Swearingen, He was the last to be buried at this cemetery, His remains were later removed to Mill Creek Hill Cemetery
Swearingen, Hugh F, b. 1856, d. 18 Oct 1860, age: 4yr 7mo 9da, s/o Hugh & Rebecca Swearingen
Swearingen, John F, b. 1839, d. 18 May 1840, age: 1yr, s/o Hugh & Rebecca Swearingen
Swearingen, John V, b. 1772, d. 14 Aug 1846, age: 74yr 7mo 4da, Husband of Martha Swearingen
Swearingen, Martha, b. 1779, d. 4 Jan 1861, age: 81yr 1mo, Wife of John V Swearingen
Swearingen, Mary J, b. 1840, d. 29 Dec 1860, age: 20yr 4da, d/o Hugh & Rebecca Swearingen
Swearingen, Ruth, b. 1792, d. 13 Jun 1830, age: 38yr, Wife of Zacariah Swearingen
Swearingen, Samuel V, b. 1777, d. 11 Dec 1807, s/o Samuel & Catherine
Swearingen, Samuel Van, b. 1732, d. 1824, Husband of Catherine Swearingen
Swearingen, Unknown, no data, stone is buried backwards in ground
Swearingen, Zacariah, b. 1783, d. 31 May 1864, age: 81yr, husband of Ruth Swearingen
Will-Coxen, Elizabeth Swearingen, b. ??, d. 17 Feb 1841, consort of John Will-Coxen
Will-Coxen, John, b. 1754, d. 25 Dec 1832, age: 78yr 3mo 16da, husband of Elizabeth Will-Coxen

 

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