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Mormon Pioneers: The Swarthout Family

Truman Swarthout

Truman Swarthout remains somewhat of a mystery. Even though local history recorded that he and brother Nathan were part of the Mormon Battalion, there is no record of Truman being with the Mormon Battalion. Local history further recorded that Truman Swarthout homesteaded near present day Wrightwood. The truth was, Truman came to California as the part of the Daniel Spencer Company wagon group, and did not homestead the Lone Pine Canyon (present day Clyde Ranch near Wrightwood, California), but continued on to present day San Bernardino, where he owned a cattle ranch in the San Bernardino Valley.

Assigned to Company A, under the command of Captain Jefferson Hunt, was a private Hamilton Swarthout. Assigned to Company D, under the command of Captain Nelson Higgins, was private Nathan Swarthout.

Truman Swarthout, along with others, lived in the Fort San Bernardino/ Mormon Stockade for almost a year. Even though Truman Swarthout was listed on San Bernardino property assessment rolls in 1857, at Rancho San Bernardino, there was no other record of Truman in San Bernardino after that. It is speculated that Truman Swarthout returned to Utah with the rest of the Saints. In 1864, he lived in Provo, Utah.

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