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Swain-Stanton-Logue Collection

Identifier: FMS-169

Scope and Contents

The collection includes an account book and diary of Nathaniel Swain (1802-1875); diaries of his daughter Rosella Swain Keelor (1847-1928); diaries and account books of his grandsons Clinton Stanton (1855-1885) and Albert Stanton (1856-1893); and photographs of members of the Swain, Maddux, Miller, Logue, and related families in Indiana and Kansas. Some of the bound volumes had multiple uses: the one containing Nathaniel Swain's diary was also used as an account book by him, by one G.C. Sanford, and by Albert Stanton and also as a diary by the last.


  • 1848-1927
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1880-1927
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/2012

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Rights have been conveyed to the Friends Collection.

Biographical or Historical Information

Nathaniel Swain (1802-1875) was born in Guilford County, North Carolina, the son of Sylvanus and Miriam (Gardner) Swain. He moved with his parents to Union County, Indiana, in 1820, where they became members of Silver Creek, later Salem, Monthly Meeting. He was a farmer and miller. In 1827 Nathaniel Swain married, at Salem Meeting, Rhoda Gardner (1806-1887), daughter of Isaac and Eunice (Macy) Gardner and also a native of Guilford County. They had seven children. The youngest daughter was Rosella Swain (1847-1928), who in 1894 married George W. Keelor of Union County. The oldest daughter was Semira Swain (1829-1857). who in 1852 married Thomas Franklin Stanton, a fellow Salem Friend. Thier sons Clinton and Albert were reared by Nathaniel and Rhoda Swain. The Swains sided with Anti-Slavery Friends in the separation of 1843 and became members of Salem Monthly Meeting of Anti-Slavery Friends. They were later drawn into Spiritualism and never regained membership officially in the Orthodox Salem Monthly Meeting after the Anti-Slkavery Friends laid down their meeting. The diaries make frequent reference, however, to attending worship at Salem, and all are buried in the Salem Friends Cemetery.

Note written by Thomas Hamm


2.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



The Swain-Stanton-Logue Collection reflects the lives of three generations of Quaker families connectedf with the Salem Friends MeetingĀ  in Union County, Indiana, between 1848 and 1927: their business and financial dealings, farm life, and their interests in spiritualism.

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Custodial History

Descendant of the Swain family.

Source of Acquisition

Charles Drayer, Dayton, Ohio

Method of Acquisition


Accruals and Additions

None anticipated.

Related Materials

SC 234: Jonathan Swain Collection SC 237: Elihu Swain Diary
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Repository Details

Part of the Friends Collection and Earlham College Archives Repository