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Richard Swann


Richard Swann, an old and highly respected citizen of Perry County, Mo., was born in Cape Girardeau County in 1827. He is the son of Richard Swann, a native of Maryland, who when young immigrated with his parents in North Carolina, where he remained until after his marriage. He then came to Missouri, and after living two years in Cape Girardeau County, made a permanent location in Perry County.

His wife was Catherine Barber, a native of North Carolina, by whom he was the father of thirteen children. The subject of this sketch received his education in the primitive log schoolhouse, and has spent his life in agricultural pursuits. He is the owner of 260 acres of land, and is one of the well-to-do farmers of Perry County. He belongs in a family remarkable for physical strength and strong constitution. He cast his first presidential vote for Buchanan, and has since adhered to the Democratic party, but took no part in the war.

He has been twice married, and is the father of seventeen children, fourteen of whom are now alive. His first wife was Mary A. Allen, who bore him thirteen children. After her death he married Elizabeth Johnston by whom he is the father of four children. His children now living are as follows: Jane, wife of Joseph Callier, Catherine, wife of Eli Callier, Ann, Betsy, Lydia, Louise, Nadia?, May, Nellie, Maud, Samuel, Charley, Edward and Benjamin.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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