SWING, Dr. E. V.-The Swing family came from Lorraine, one of the two provinces captured from France by Germany in the Franco-German war. Samuel Swing was one of two brothers who emigrated just before the Revolutionary war, and settled in Salem and Cumberland Counties, N.J. Samuel had a son, Abraham, whose son, Samuel, married Elizabeth Vanmeter, daughter of John Vanmeter, a Revolutionary soldier in Washington's army. From this union were born four children, viz: Erasmus Vanmeter, Mary J. and Ruth A. (both unmarried), and Alfred, who died at Harper's Ferry, in the service of the United States in the Rebellion, of the 6th Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry. Of these, Dr. E. V. Swing was born Feb. 26, 1840, in Upper Pittsgrove township, Salem C., N.J. He was educated in the common schools of his native county, and afterwards studied the classics and higher mathematics with Rev. R. Hamill Davis, now principal of Lawrence (N.J.) Female Seminary.
He taught school four years in Cumberland County of his native state, and during this time was reading medicine with Drs. S.G. Cattell and C.C. Philips, of that county. He attended lectures in the Medical Department of the University of Pennsylvania, and at the same time was a private student of Dr. H. Lenox Hodge, of Philadelphia. He graduated at this university in the class of 1867.
He was married July 25, 1861, by Rev. Dr. Samuel Beach Jones, to Rachel V. Burroughs, born in his native township, and by whom he had eight children,-two deceased, Oscar V., and Adelia Davis, and six living,-Clara Stratton, R. Hamill Davis, Albert H. Smith, Harry Ralston, Samuel Walter and William Alexander.
After graduating he located at Compassville, West Caln township (Cain's
Post-Office, Lancaster Co.), in 1867, where he has since remained in the
active and successful practice of his profession. Educational matters have
ever greatly engrossed his attention, and he has repeatedly been a school
director. He is, with his wife, a member of the Presbyterian Church, in
which he was educated by his parents, and has often been superintendent of
Sunday-schools. He is a Republican in politics, and comes of a family
originally Federalist and the Whig. He belongs to the Chester County
Medical Society, and was its president for the year 1880. He comes of a
sterling stock, some of whose branches were among the earliest settlers in
Clermont Co., Ohio, of whom Judge Philip R. Swing is judge of the United
States District Court of Cincinnati, Ohio.