The History of the Swarthout Family
Swartwout, Swartout and Swartwood
New Info January 3, 2003
New York Census index of Swarthout and Swartwout
Early Newspapers of Penn Yan, Yates County
Genealogical Gleanings as Compiled by Dianne Stenzel
Finger Lakes Region
The Record book of Thomas Neal - Excerpts that show Swarthout's. Neal lived in Lodi, Seneca County, New York.
The Ovid Bee - Newspaper excerpts that show Swarthout's. The Ovid Bee was located in Ovid, Seneca County, New York.
Swartwout Farm about 1880. Huguenot, NY.
Pictured: Seated - Peter Philip Swartwout, standing behind Peter P. is his wife, Hannah Cuddeback Swartwout and on either side their sons, Henry Brinkerhoff Swartwout and Benjamin Cuddeback Swartwout. We are not sure which young man is which. Henry became a physician while Benjamin remained on the farm. Peter was the builder of the homestead in 1844/45. The bricks for this house were made from a vein of clay located between the house and the brook. Henry returned to Port Jervis to practice medicine, and was elected the first mayor when the city was incorporated in the early 1900s. Benjamin was the grandfather of Charles Howard Swartwout, Jr., who, with his wife Nancy, resided in the family homestead on the once-disputed NY/NJ line wars territory until 2000.
Huguenot, Orange County, NY, lies four miles north of Port Jervis, NY. Port Jervis, is so named because it was a major port on the Delaware & Hudson Canal which ran from the coal mines of Northeastern Pennsylvania, south along the banks of the Delaware River to Port Jervis, where it turned north to Kingston, NY, some sixty miles away. From Kingston, the coal was then barged south on the Hudson River to New York City.
New York State Ratifies the United States Constitution
On July 26, 1788, New York State Ratified the United States Constitution in the Dutchess County Courthouse in Poughkeepsie. This print is on the north wall of the Poughkeepsie Post Office. The mural was painted by Gerald Foster on canvas and was installed in 1938.
The summer of 1788 found the third Dutchess County Courthouse in the hamlet of Poughkeepsie as the setting for one of the most dramatic ideological struggles in state and national political history. From June 17 to July 26, the New York Ratification Convention met to debate our entry into the new republic proposed under the constitution drawn in Philadelphia the previous year. Proponents of ratification led by John Jay and Alexander Hamilton were in the minority. Anti-federalists led by Governor Clinton, comprised the majority of delegates. They opposed ratification based upon the absence of provisions that would guarantee personal freedoms and clarify states, rights. Failure to ratify could have brought down the fledgling nation, but of what good would have been our struggles, if liberty were to succumb? Foster's painting shows the moment following six weeks of protracted and difficult debate when the followers of Clinton and those of Hamilton were brought to accommodation by the diplomacy of Dutchess County delegate Melancthon Smith. In a close vote of 30 to 27, the convention voted to ratify in "full confidence" that its concerns would be dealt with promptly. The result was a stronger nation and the Bill of Rights. Shown from left to right are: Philip Van Cortlandt, Cornelius Schoonmaker, Peter Vrooman, John Haring, Israel Thompson, Robert R. Livingston, Melancthon Smith, Governor George Clinton, Alexander Hamilton, Abraham Bancker, John Jay, James Clinton, Issac Roosevelt, John Sloos Hobart, Jacobus Swartwout, Peter Vandervoort, James Duane, Philip Livingston, John Lansing, Lewis Morris, Richard Morris, Dirck Wyncoop and Gozen Ryerss. The artist's rendition of the interior of the courthouse is based upon careful historical and architectural research of the period, reviewed closely by FDR. The painting was developed as a popular poster by the New York State Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution for its 1988 celebration.
Information and picture from the Poughkeepsie Journal web site, permission has been requested. The web master is attempting to locate a source of these prints, but has had no success yet. If you can help, please let us know!