SWEIGARD, Daniel, dealer in Coal, Middletown, Pa., was born in Jackson township, Dauphin county, Pa., April 20, 1842; son of Jonas and Elizabeth (Miller) Sweigard. The first of the family to settle in Dauphin county was Peter Sweigard, a native of Germany, who came to America and took up a tract of Government land in Jackson township, on which he settled and remained. His son Adam, the grandfather of Daniel, was born in Jackson township, where he also took up land and cleared up a farm, and was also engaged in hauling to Harrisburg and Lancaster county. The family were members of the Lutheran church. He married Miss Warfel, of one of the early families of the township, and they reared eleven children, of whom four are living: Philip, of Lower Swatara township, retired; Rachel, wife of George Shoop, of Wayne township; Mary, wife of John Miller, of Jackson township; and Catherine, wife of John Enders, of Jackson township. Jonas Sweigard, father of Daniel, was born in Jackson township, January 30, 1813. He followed farming in Jackson and Jefferson townships. Politically he was a Democrat and filled various township offices. His death occured October 3, 1880, and that of his wife in December 19, 1893. They were prominent members of Lutheran church. Their children are: James, of Jackson township; Daniel and Samuel, of Ellsworth county, Kan.
Daniel was reared in his native township and learned the trade of stonemason, which he followed for twenty years. In 1864 he enlisted in company A, Two Hundred and Eighth regiment, Pennsylvania volunteers, and served until the close of the war. In 1867 he came to Middletown and cultivated the Frey farm one year, after which he worked at his trade until 1876, when he established his present business. He was married, in 1870, to Catherine, daughter of Frederick Kleindopf, of Londonderry township, and they have one child, Annie, at home. He is a member of the St. Peter's Lutheran church and is a trustee of the organization.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription: 2 March 2001
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