Swimpfield Eidson, a Civil War veteran, and one of the honored pioneers of Cass County, is a native of Tennessee.

He was born in Hancock County, in 1837, and is a son of John and Malinda (Kyle) Eidson, both natives of Tennessee, and of old southern stock. Swimpfield Eidson was reared in his native state, receiving a good common school education and from early life had a natural liking for horses, of which he was an exceptionally good judge. He gradually became quite an extensive horse dealer and has probably bought and sold more horses than any other man in Cass County. He came to Cass County in 1870, and engaged in farming and stockraising, giving special attention to horses, and while engaged in farming his attention was also directed to dealing in horses. His farm which consisted of two hundred and fifty- three acres was located about six miles west of Harrisonville. After he disposed of his farm, he invested in a livery stable which he conducted for a number of years in Harrisonville. He also owned a farm south of Harrisonville. He was also superintendent of the county farm for a few years. He now owns business property in Harrisonville, where he has a splendid modern residence and is living in retirement after an active and successful business career. When the Civil War broke out he was a man of decided southern convictions and in 1862 he enlisted in Company F. Sixteenth Tennessee Cavalry. He was commissioned lieutenant of his company and served throughout the war with distinction. He fought under General Morgan and was under orders from that great Confederate leader at the time Morgan was killed. Mr. Eidson was married in 1876 to Mrs. Sarah Ford Eidson, widow of his brother, John Eidson. Mrs. Eidson was a native of Tennessee and a daughter of Beverly Ford, a prominent politician of that state. Mr. and Mrs. Eidson were the parents of seven children, two of whom are living as follows: Nelia, married Charles W. Hight; and Charles D. Eidson, of Harrisonville. Mr. and Mrs. Eidson are members of the Baptist church and his political affiliations have always been with the Democratic party.
Source: History of Cass County, Missouri By: Allen Glenn Historical Publishing Co. / 1917 Topeka, Cleveland

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