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Isham Swain

Mark Mann (View posts)
Posted: 16 May 1999 6:00AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 9:50AM GMT
Surnames: SWAIN, BRISTO, WATERS, THORN
From the "History of Huntington County, 1914", page 563

ISHAM SWAIN

Five miles northeast of Huntington, on the Hasler Gravel Road in Union township, is the Leghorn Poultry Farm, the proprietor of which is Isham Swain, whose residence in Huntington county has been continuous for more than sixty years, who is a veteran of the Civil war, and whose career since then has been one of quiet prosperity and honorable relations with his community. Mr. Swain has more than a local reputation as a breeder and grower of fine poultry, especially of the Leghorn breed. He has all the facilities for successful poultry farming, and his experience has enabled him to make a steady profit out of an industry in which the failures are probably more conspicuous than the successes. His farm comprises forty acres of land.

Isham Swain was born in Preble county, Ohio, September 14, 1847, a son of John L. and Nancy (Waters) Swain. His father was a native of Pennsylvania, and his mother of Kentucky, they were married in Ohio, and coming to Indiana in 1850 located in Clear Creek township of Huntington county, from which locality in 1854 they moved into Union township, with which this family has been identified for nearly sixty years. There were thirteen children in the family, and four are living in 1913, as follows: Hezekiah, whose home is in Huntington; Stephen, of Union township; and Nancy, the widow of Matthew Waters, of Huntington.

Isham Swain attended public schools in Union township, where he located when about seven years old. It was his fortune to be one of the boy defenders of the Union, during the dark days of the Civil war. The war had been in progress several months, when he passed his fourteenth birthday, and two years later, in August, 1863, be responded to the call for volunteers and enlisted in Company D, of the One Hundred and Thirtieth Indiana Infantry, remaining with that regiment until near the close of the war. His service was with the army of Tennessee under General Thomas, and he took part in the Atlanta campaign. He fought in the battle of Nashville on December 15, 1864, one of the greatest battles in the Mississippi Valley, and there he was shot in the mouth and disabled for further service. After leaving the hospital he received his honorable discharge, and came home. There were altogether five members of the Swain family in the Civil war. On returning to Huntington county, Isham W. Swain took up the serious responsibilities of civil life, and worked to prepare a home for himself.

In 1872 he married Mary E. Bristo, who was born in Huntington. They are the parents of two children: Burtis A., who is married and lives in Huntington; and Gladys, wife of Edward Thorn, of Huntington. The family worship in the Evangelical church, and Mr. Swain keeps up his old associations with his comrades by membership in the James R. Slack Post, G. A. R. In politics he has been a Republican since the days of the war, and has frequently interested himself in behalf of local candidates and has been a factor in the party councils.

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