Saturday, December 29, 2012

Switzer Families :: Index to Posts

An Index Post is how I keep track of all of the blog posts that have been written on a family line. It helps keep me organized and allows visitors to easily find information on that family. This post will be updated as new blog posts are written on the family. Please contact me at if you are researching this family or have additional information on them.

Jacob and Catharine (Brinker) Switzer are my 4th great grandparents. I am descended through their daughter Elizabeth who married Jacob Yarian. For years I “put off” researching this family, primarily because there was more than one man by the name of Jacob Switzer residing in Columbiana County, Ohio at the same time. In fact there were four men by that name living there at various times in the 1810-1860 time period.

In May 2011 I was fortunate to be able to spend several weeks researching at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. It was with what was found there that I began to unravel the threads of the various Switzer families in Columbiana County, Ohio. The four families are:
  1. Jacob Switzer, born February 28, 1761 and died October 27, 1841. His wife was named Elizabeth (maiden name possibly Hoke and possibly married February 19, 1786).
  2. Jacob Switzer, born January 4, 1788 and died November 2, 1859. He married Catherine “Caty” Brinker on February 26, 1811. [This is my family.]
  3. Jacob Switzer, born December 25, 1794 and died August 29, 1849. He married Polly Skelton January 11, 1816. He is in Columbiana County by 1817 and is gone by 1830.
  4. Jacob Switzer, born November 8, 1788 and died March 25, 1859. His wife was Catharina Mummert. He appears in Columbiana County in 1830.
Below are the posts that have been written thus far on the Switzer Families of Columbiana County, Ohio. Posts specific to "my" Switzer family will be found below this first section.
  • The Three Jacob Switzers - - July 11, 2011 - - Identifies the three men named Jacob Switzer, and their wives, through cemetery records.
  • Not One, Not Two, Not Three, but Four of Them! - - July 31, 2011 - - A compilation of Land Records, Tax List Records, and Census Records used to “sort out” and distinguish the various Jacob Switzer families in Columbiana County.
  • Switzer Family Number 1 :: Jacob and Elizabeth - - August 12, 2011 - - Discusses the potential children of Jacob and Elizabeth. Jacob left no will and no probate record was found for him creating a bit of a puzzle regarding the makeup of his family.

Jacob and Catherine (Brinker) Switzer - my 4th great grandparents

Originally posted on July 30, 2011. Last updated on August 13, 2011.Post date adjusted December 29, 2012 so that when a search for the surname is done on the blog this post will appear first the search list.


Anonymous said...

My grandmother was Ula Switzer. Her father was John S. Switzer. I have a copy of John S. Switzer's death certificate. It states that his father was Daniel Switzer and his mother was Elizabeth Sitler. I believe This Daniel and Elizabeth are the ones Jacob sold his land to and that this Daniel was Jacob Switzer & Elizabeth's son. I'm not on facebook and have not been able to contact Becky to thank her for her work.

Becky Wiseman said...

You're welcome, Anonymous, and thank you for commenting.

Yes, I think you may be right about Daniel being the son of Jacob and Elizabeth. However, I have not done enough research on this Jacob and his children to be able to verify the relationship.

Anonymous said...

This is what I've found.
Mack's History of Columbiana publ 1879 page 237
History of Salem
section xxv
"Ephraim Holloway and Jacob Switzer, brother-in-law of Martin Hoke, entered section 25 about the year 1804..." The land sale, you found and so generously posted was for section 25,involved Jacob & Elizbeth the sellers and Daniel & Elizabeth the buyers.
On the 1820,1830, 1840 census Jonathan Lodge, E Holloway, Jacob Switzer, and Daniel Switzer listed next to each other and on the 1850 census Daniel is found in dwelling 50, Jonathan Lodge in #51, Issac Holloway #52. Daniel Switzer b 1796 d Aug 23 1872, Elizabeth nee Sitler b May 2, 1802, d Jan 25 1875 , Jacob Switzer b b unk, d Oct 27 1841 and Elizabeth consort of Jacob b Feb 7,1766, d Dec 20 1844 are all buried in the Switzer Cemetery.