Levi Swank, an old and honored resident of Clear Creek Township, was born in Montgomery County, Ohio, July 25, 1833. He was the sixth of ten children born to Jacob and Sarah (Rasor) Swank, natives of Kentucky and Pennsylvania, respectively, the former of English, and the latter of Dutch descent. He was reared upon a farm in his native county. When he became of age he began to learn the carpenter’s trade. This was finished in due time and received his attention for five years. His marriage to Mary Fisher occurred in Montgomery County, Ohio, February 10, 1859. She was born in Dauphin County, Pa., August 25, 1839, and was the daughter of Jacob and Sarah (Books) Fisher, the former a native of Lancaster County, Pa., and the latter a native of Dauphin County, Pa., both of German descent. In the spring of 1861, Mr. and Mrs. Swank came to Huntington County, and located where they now reside in Clear Creek Township. Since then the occupation of Mr. Swank has been that of a farmer. He and his wife are the parents of nine children, as follows: Theodore S., born December 25 1859; Manasseh, born January 7, 1862; David L., born January 23, 1864; Wallace, born March 16, 1866; died March 10, 1868; Charles, born November 30, 1867; Oscar, born March 23, 1870; Fletcher T., born May 19, 1872; Sarah born October 3, 1874, and Oliver P.M., born February 14, 1878. Mr. and Mrs. Swank are members of the United Brethren Church. In politics the former is a Republican. He owns 160 acres of excellent land, most of which is in a high state of cultivation and is fitted up with good fences and buildings. Two of his sons, Theodore S. and Manasseh, are fitting themselves for the ministry, while the next younger son, David L. Swank, has acquired considerable proficiency as a musician.
History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant and Fuller; Chicago, IL). 1887. Biographical Sketches of Clear Creek Township. Page 598.