John Rufus TROTTER Junie TROTTER Charles Douglas MCSWAIN Charles Douglas MCSWAIN Mini tree diagram

Margaret Lewis Lula GREY1,2,3,4,5,9,6,7

19th Nov 18521,2,3,4,5,6,7 - 15th Sep 19262,4,8

Life History

19th Nov 1852

Born in Dallas County, Arkansas.1,2,3,4,5,6,7

16th Jun 1874

Married John Rufus TROTTER in Nevada County, Arkansas.4,9,19

4th Aug 1879

Birth of daughter Junie TROTTER in Arkansas.5,17,1,18

17th Nov 1883

Death of John Rufus TROTTER in Sarassa, Lincoln, Arkansas.19

2nd Apr 1891

Married Charles Douglas MCSWAIN in Lonoke County, Arkansas.6

7th Jul 1892

Birth of son Charles Douglas MCSWAIN in Richmond, Little River, Arkansas.1,7,10,11,12,13,5,14

1st Oct 1917

Death of Charles Douglas MCSWAIN in Emmet, Nevada, Arkansas.15,16

15th Sep 1926

Died in Emmet, Nevada, Arkansas.2,4,8

after 15th Sep 1926

Buried in Snell Cemetery, Emmet, Nevada, Arkansas


  • Some family genealogies report her name as Margaret Lewis and Lula asa nickname.

    Margaret Lewis 'Lula' Gray
    Birth19 NOV 1852 in Dallas Co., AR
    Death15 SEP 1926 in Emmet, Nevada, AR
    James A. Gray1826 -
    Sarah Ellis Norment1827 - 1853
    Marriage to John R. Trotter 16 Jun 1874 Lincoln Co., AR
    Birth16 SEP 1850 in TN
    Death17 NOV 1883 in Sarassa, Lincoln, AR
    -- Norment-Ward,

    "Mrs. C. D. McSwain also had many connections in the Methodist Church. Born Lula Grey in Clark County, Arkansas, in 1854, she lost both herparents at a young age. She was raised by her aunt Mrs. A. R. Winfieldand her husband Rev. A. R. Winfield, one of the best known and morecontroversial figures in 19th century Arkansas Methodism.  Afterattending school in Memphis, Tennessee, she married John R. Trotter ofMonticello, Arkansas, with whom she had five children. Three of thesechildren and her first husband died within a few years. She remainedin Emmet after the death of her second husband in 1917 until her deathon September 15, 1926."
    --  "Emmet United Methodist Church, Emmet, Nevada County [Arkansas],"/16/2011,

    I note that the Methodist history here reports that Lula was born in1854, and lost both parents "at a young age."  The 1900 census reportsshe was born in November 1852, making her about 2 years old when herparents died in 1854.  Other informatoin indicates her mother died in1853.  I found that David Holden, a careful researcher of the McSwainfamily and related lineages (though he does not include hisdocumentation in his tree), also reports she was born on 19 November1854.

    Lula Grey
    •Sex: F
    •Birth: 19 Nov 1854 in Arkansas
    •Death: 15 Sep 1926
    •Burial: Snell Cemetery, Emmet, Nevada Co., AR

    Marriage 1 Lula was first married to a Trotter.
    Marriage 2 Charles Douglas McSwain Sr. b: 24 Sep 1850 in Mississippi•Married: 2 Apr 1891
    Children 1. Charles Douglas McSwain Jr. b: 7 Jul 1892 in Arkansas
    --  David Holden,

    1900 Federal Census, Nevada County, Arkansas, 27 June, Emmet, District78, page 20A, Hse #342, Fam #345
    McSwain, Charles D Head  W M Sept 1850 50 Married 13 yrs MS NC NCMinister of the Gospel [Ownership not indicated]
    McSwain, Lula Wife W F Nov 1852 47 Married 13 yrs 1 child/1 living ARTN VA
    McSwain, Charles D   Son W M July 1892 28  Single AR MS AR
    Trotter, Junnie Step-Daughter W F Aug 1879 20 Single AR TN AR

    Note that Lula is reported to have borne only 1 child.  Yet her twochildren are both enumerated in this household.  And Junie (Junnie) isproperly reported as Charles McSwain's step-daughter.  Thus what thisreport indicates is that there is only one child of this marriage,though usually all children of any marriages are reported in thisfield of the census.  Living next door is Charles' sister HannahJosephine and her husband Robert Garland.

    In 1910 we find another Garland family member in Charles and Lula'shome, Thomas L Garland, married to Lula's daughter Junie.

    1910 Federal Census, Nevada County, Arkansas, 16 April, Emmet,District 101, page 1B,  Lansburg Rd, Hse/Fam #14
    McSwain, Charles D Head  M W  59  2nd marriage Married 19 years  MS NCNC Bank Cashier Owns
    McSwain, Lula  Wife F W 57 2nd marriage Married 19 yrs 1 child/1living AR VA VA
    McSwain, Charles D Son M W 2  OK TN TN
    Garland, Thomas L Son-in-Law M W 31 [no length of marriage rptd] AR TNMS Merchant, Gen Store
    Garland, Junie T Wife (of Son-in-Law) F W 30 [no length of marriagerptd] AR TN AR [b abt 1880]

    Again Lula is reported as having only 1 child (Charles D reportedhere), though her daughter with John Trotter is in the household.  Ihave considered that Junie might be the daughter of John Trotter by aprevious marriage, but Junie's age indicates her birth occurred about4 years after the marriage of John and Lula.

    Lula's second husband, Rev Charles McSwain, die dni 12917.  In 1920,the census enumerates her in the home of her daughter Junie and herson-in-law Thomas L Garland.  Lula and Charles' son Charles is also inthe home with his new bride, Gladys.  Note that Junie and Thomas'second child appears to be named Lula, but s designated as a Son, butFemale!

    1920 Federal Census, Nevada County, Arkansas, 17 January, Emmet,District 127, page 2A, Lansburg Rd, Hse/Family #22
    Garland, Thomas L Head  Rents M W 41  AR AR AR (b abt 1878)
    Garland, Junie T Wife  M W 40  AR TN AR (b abt 1879)
    Garland, Rufus R Son  M W 9  AR AR AR (b abt 1910)
    Garland, Lula Son [sic] F W 7  TX TN TN (b abt 1912)
    McSwain, [Lula] Mother-in-law F W 67  Widow AR MS VA (b abt 1852)
    McSwain, Charles D Boarder M W 27  AR MS AR (b abt 1892)
    McSwain, Gladys C Boarder M W 23  AR AR MS (b abt 1896)


  • 1. 1900 Federal Census, Nevada County, Arkansas
    • 27 June, Emmet, District 78, page 20A, Hse #342, Fam #345
  • 2. Ancestry Trees
    • Norment-Ward,
  • 3. 1910 Federal Census, Nevada County, Arkansas
    • 16 April, Emmet, District 101, page 1B,  Lansburg Rd, Hse/Fam #14
  • 4. Emmet United Methodist Church, Emmet, Nevada County [Arkansas]"
    • Location:;
  • 5. 1920 Federal Census, Nevada County, Arkansas
    • 17 January, Emmet, District 127, page 2A, Lansburg Rd, Hse/Family #22
  • 6. Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
  • 7. Ancestry Trees
    • David Holden,
  • 8. Ancestry Trees
    • Nelson Family,
  • 9. Arkansas Marriages, 1851-1900
  • 10. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
  • 11. U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
  • 12. 1910 Federal Census, Nevada County, Arkansas
    • 16 April, Emmet, District 101, page 1B,  Hse/Fam #14
  • 13. 1930 Federal Census, Nevada County, Arkansas
    • 3 April, Prescott, District 12, page 21A, Hse #28, Fam #30
  • 14. 1940 Federal Census, Nevada County, Arkansas
    • 2 April, Prescott, District 50-12, page 1B, 610 E Main St, Hse #14,
  • 15. Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950
    • Volume 45, Certificate Number #652
  • 16. Emmet United Methodist Church, Emmet, Nevada County [Arkansas]"
    • Location:;
    • "Citing C. D. McSwain of Emmet Passes Away,” Nevada News, October 4,
  • 17. Gravestone of Junie Trotter Garland, Snell Cemetery, Emmet, Nevada,Arkansas
  • 18. 1910 Federal Census, Nevada County, Arkansas
    • 16 April, Emmet, District 101, page 1B,  Lansburg Road, Hse/Fam #14
  • 19. Find a Grave Memorial Registry

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