John Tilley LOWREY Infant LOWREY Catherine Eliza LOWREY Thomas Henry LOWREY John Tilley LOWREY Tilley Wirt LOWREY Susan Frances LOWREY James Magnus MCSWAIN Bernetta Octavia MCSWAIN Stella D MCSWAIN Ruth Alma MCSWAIN James Marvin MCSWAIN Thad Mathew MCSWAIN Wirt Barnard MCSWAIN Katherine L MCSWAIN Bruce B MCSWAIN Octavia LOWREY Lucile Ike LOWREY Sarah Frances PENTECOST Mini tree diagram

Ruth L LOWREY4,5,6,7,8

30th May 18876 - 7th Aug 19242,1

Life History

30th May 1887

Born in Wewoka, Seminole Nation, Indian Territory.2,3,1,4,5

(most likely)


Born in Oklahoma.6

(less likely)


Resident in Chester, Arkansas, Arkansas.6

24th Nov 1904

Married James Magnus MCSWAIN in Arkansas County, Arkansas.4

13th Sep 1905

Birth of daughter Bernetta Octavia MCSWAIN in Arkansas.9,5,10,7,4,4,11,12

19th Feb 1908

Birth of daughter Stella D MCSWAIN in Arkansas.5,13

30th Jul 1910

Birth of daughter Ruth Alma MCSWAIN in Arkansas.10,4,7,14,15,16

14th May 1913

Birth of son James Marvin MCSWAIN in Arkansas.17,7,18,14

2nd May 1914

Death of daughter Stella D MCSWAIN in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.13

27th Oct 1916

Birth of son Thad Mathew MCSWAIN in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.19,20,21,22,7,23,20

6th Apr 1919

Birth of son Wirt Barnard MCSWAIN in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.9,24,25,26,27,28,7


Death of daughter Katherine L MCSWAIN in Arkansas County, Arkansas.29

28th Sep 1922

Birth of daughter Katherine L MCSWAIN in Arkansas County, Arkansas.29

18th Oct 1923

Birth of son Bruce B MCSWAIN in Arkansas.30,31,32,33

7th Aug 1924

Died in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.2,1

Aug 1924

Buried in Mt Pleasant Cemetery, Ethel, Arkansas County, Arkansas.1


  • The name is spelled as Lowry in some sources; Some sources spell itLowery.  The gravestone has Lawery:  Ruth Lawery McSwain.

    Censuses indicate that her father was born in Indiana and her motherin Arkansas.

    In 1900, her birth date is reported as May 1888, a year later than thedate on her tombstone.

    1900 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 29 June, PrairieTownship, District 1, page 11B, Hse #369, Fam #375
    Lowry, John F [should be T]  Head W M  Dec 1839  60  Married 28 yrsIn Pennsylvania Maryland  Physician
    Lowry, Sallie F  Wife W F  Dec 1855  44  Married 28 yrs  Bore 11children, 6 living AR TN AR
    Lowry, Ruth Dau W F  May 1888  12 Ind Terr  IN AR

    Ruth married to James (Marvin) McSwain on 24 November 1904.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    J M McSwain
    Age 19, Birth Year abt 1885
    Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Ruth Lowrey
    Spouse's Age 17
    Spouse's Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Marriage 24 Nov 1904 Arkansas County
    Marriage License Date 23 Nov 1904

    By 1910 they have two daughters.

    1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 20 April, District 18,Page 3A, Prairie Township, Hse/Fam #42
    McSwain, James  Head M W 25  Married 5 years AR NC NC Farmer
    McSwain, Ruth  Wife F W 23 Married 5 years  bore 2 children, 2 livingAR IN AR
    McSwain, Bernetta Dau F W 4 AR AR AR
    McSwain, Stella Dau F W 2 AR AR AR

    Stella died in 1914, and was buried in Mt Pleasant Cemetery in Ethel,Arkansas, near the family's home.

    Notice that this census reports Ruth as born in Arkansas, while theprevious census and next census report her as born in IndianTerritory/Oklahoma.  Ruth's father John was born in Indiana and hermother, Sallie Padgett, was born in Arkansas.  From the census, otherdocuments and family information we have, John and Sallie moved fromArkansas to Texas after the birth of their first child Kate Lowry in1875.

    The second child Tilley Wirt Lowrey was born in Texas, then all theother children were born in Indian Territory.  The family moved toIndian Territory (later Oklahoma) between 1883 and 1884, being inIndian Territory for the birth of the third child Susie Lowry on 4 May1885.  Ruth was born there on 30 May 1887.  The two younger childrenwere born in the Territory also, Octavia in 1890 and Lucille in 1897,before the family moved back to Arkansas, where they are recorded inthe 1900 census back in Ethel, Arkansas.

    By 1920 all their chidlren are out of the home.

    1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 4 February, District16, Page 7A, Ethel & Chute Rd, House #121, Fam #125
    McSwain, James M  Head M W 35 AR NC NC Farmer
    McSwain, Ruth L  Wife F W 33 OK IN AR

    The census seems to indicate that her middle initial was L, standingfor her maiden name.  I found also that her sister was reported asSusie L McSwain in the 1910 census, though 1920 reports her with hercorrect middle initial Susie F for Frances.

    Ruth's gravestone reports her birth date as 30 May 1887, but hersister Octavia, in her list of family details, reports the date as 29May 1887.  Octavia adds the place of birth as Wewoka, Indin Territory,the same as for their sister Susan Francis (Susie)


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