In my research I have been able to trace my roots back to Jacob River Swisher. From multiple sources, tradition tells me that as a young man he was employed as a guide for those traveling west over the Allegheny mountains. All the research that I have indicates that he was orphaned at the age of three and raised by a friend, David Province (spelling uncertain. I’ve seen various spellings). He was supposedly born May 1785 near Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia, however I do not have any documentation confirming that fact. Further complicating matters is that his friend, David Province raised him in or near Geneva, PA which may be in Fayette County, PA. If anyone has information that would help confirm this information, or provide another scenario, I would love to hear from you.