Boyd Lance "Rocky" Swisher, an Elkins native and summer resident of Glady, recently was presented the 2013 John Hacker Award for his contributions on behalf of the history and genealogy of Central West Virginia and adjacent areas.
The award is given annually by Hacker's Creek Pioneer Descendants, Inc., which operates the Central West Virginia Genealogy and History Library at Horner in Lewis County.
The award recognizes the work of volunteers who research and record local and family history and preserve it in the collection of the Central West Virginia Genealogy and History Library at Horner.
Swisher's award was in recognition of his continued support of the organization in numerous ways since he joined in 1983. In addition to financial support, he has donated his broad database of descendants of Peter Swisher and Susannah Rinehart, who were married in 1801 in Monongalia County, now West Virginia.
Shortly after they married, they moved to what is today the Jane Lew area of Lewis County. They raised 10 children.
Some descendants have remained in the region, but others are scattered across the United States. Descendants have served in the military during all wars in which America was involved.
Some are doctors and lawyers and other professionals; others are skilled laborers, mechanics and farmers. Most are moms and dads who have raised their children to be God-fearing and hard-working examples of our American ideals.
Normally, the John Hacker award and its companion, the Margaret Hacker Award, are presented during the August gathering of the clan, but this year, because of Swisher's health, Joy Gilchrist DeFazio, one of the co-founders of the organization, traveled to Swisher's home in Harrisonburg, Va, to present his award.
Patricia Viellenave of Kingsland, Ga,, was presented the Margaret Hacker Award this year.