CORNELIUS SWALLEY, farmer: P. O. Lykens: was born in Crawford Co., Ohio, March 31, 1838, and is a son of William Swalley, of this county. His early life was uneventful, being passed on his father's farm and at the quiet country school. When 20 years old, he commenced working out, and followed that until the year 1862 when he responded to the call of his bleeding country, and, entering Company K. 45th O. V. I., served for three years. He participated in the battles of Franklin, Nashville, and other engagements. He was captured at Mount Sterling, Ky.; was immediately paroled, and, as soon as exchanged, joined his regiment. He was again captured at the battle of Philadelphia, Tenn., and imprisoned at Belle Isle for five months, after which he joined his regiment at Atlanta. He was married, Oct. 15, 1867. Sophia, daughter of Milton Waller, becoming his wife. She was born in Craw ford Co., May 4, 1839, and has borne five children - Dillie, Don E., Minnie, Clara and Willie M. Both he and wife are members of the Free Will Baptist Church. He is a Republican, and cast his first
Presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln.
From Biographical Sketches: Lykens Township, Crawford County, Ohio
According to the roster, Cornelius Swalley enlisted in the 45th OVI as a private on July 10, 1862, at the age of 24, and mustered into Company K on August 19. He was captured on August 31, 1862 at Bryant's Station, KY and was exchanged on January 8, 1863. He was captured again on February 15, 1863 and released at an unspecified date. He was captured yet again, at Philadelphia, Tennesse, on October 20, 1863 and released on March 21, 1864.
He mustered out at Camp Harker, Tenessee on June 12, 1865.