Valerie Amanda Swank

1872–1968 (Age 96)
Nevada, Wyandot, Ohio, United States

The Life of Valerie Amanda

When Valerie Amanda Swank was born on 21 April 1872, in Nevada, Wyandot, Ohio, United States, her father, Samuel C. Swank, was 36 and her mother, Caroline C. Weaver, was 24. She married James H. Alway on 18 October 1905, in Wyandot, Ohio, United States. She lived in Eden Township, Wyandot, Ohio, United States for about 40 years. She died on 30 December 1968, in Southfield, Oakland, Michigan, United States, at the age of 96, and was buried in Bucyrus, Crawford, Ohio, United States.

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Family Time Line

Valerie Amanda Swank
James H. Alway
Marriage: 18 October 1905

Spouse & Children

18 October 1905
Wyandot, Ohio, United States

Parents & Siblings

  • Samuel C. Swank


  • Caroline C. Weaver




  • Huldah May Swank


  • Female1872–1968Female

  • Jacob G Swank


  • Roy E Swank


  • Male1879–1964Male

+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 3

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.
1879 · New State Capitol Building Dedicated

Age 7

After the second state capitol had been destroyed, Michigan Governor Henry P. Baldwin initiated the passing of a bill that would cover the costs for a new building. The bill was adopted and raised over $1 million by a six year state income tax. Architect Elijah E. Myers' design named Tuebor, or I will defend, was selected and he was commissioned to design the new capitol building. The renaissance revival brick and sandstone building soared 267 feet from the ground and was dedicated on January 1, 1879.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 26

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

Name Meaning

Americanized form of German Schwank or Schwenk .

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Minty E Alway in household of James H Alway, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Valeria A Swank in household of Casper S Swank, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Arminta V Alway in entry for Caroline Larick Swank, "Ohio, Crawford County Obituaries, 1860-2004"

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