William James PORTER Imogene PORTER Hazel Bob MCSWAIN India A BUTLER Mini tree diagram

William E PORTER4,1,2,5,3,6

about 19141,2 - 12th Feb 19894

Life History

about 1914

Born in Arkansas.1,2

14th Jan 1939

Married Hazel Bob MCSWAIN in Arkansas County, Arkansas.7

12th Feb 1989

Died in West Helena, Phillips, Arkansas.4


Resident in West Helena, Phillips, Arkansas.3


  • When I found out William E Jack Porter's full name, I found I had hisfamily already in the genealogy, but had lacked the information toidentify him.  He had married Hazel Bob McSwain.  All I had previouslyknown was that her married name was Porter.

    In Hazel Bob's obituary in February 2008, I learned her husband's fullname, and was then able to connect him to his father, although I havenot been able to find out who his mother was.  She died before he was6 years old.  The various names of Hazel Bob's husband show up in thetwo censuses of 1920 and 1930, enabling us to confirm that this is hisfamily.

    The family tie is further confirmed in our previous knowledge that thesecond wife of William E's stepmother Maggie McSwain is Hazel Bob'saunt.  Maggie was a daughter of P K McSwain, and Hazel Bob's fatherRobert Perry was Maggie's brother.

    William or Jack first appears in the 1920 census with his widowedfather and older sister in Ethel, Arkansas.

    1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 6 February, PrairieTownship, District 16, p 8A, Hse #139, Fam #145
    Porter, William  Head  Divorced  M W 40 AR AR AR Farmer
    Porter, Emma J  Dau F W 8 AR AR AR
    ** Porter, William  Son M W 6 AR AR AR **

    They are still in the Ethel area in 1930, with Maggie McSwain Rowlandas the woman of the household.

    1930 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 20 April, PrairieTownship, District 7, p 6B, Ethel & Chute Rd, Hse #111, Fam #112
    Porter, William  Head M W 48 AR USA USA  Farmer
    Porter, Maggie E Wife  F W 53 AR NC NC
    Porter, Emogene  Daughter  F W 17 AR AR AR
    ** Porter, Jack E  Son  M W 16 AR AR AR Farm Laborer **
    Rowland, Edward  Stepson M W 15 AR KY AR

    "Will, as he was called, already had a son and daughter from aprevious marriage before he married Maggie.  Will and Maggie had nochildren together.".
    --  Shirley Rowland Mitchell, email to orville Boyd Jenkins, April 07,2015


  • 1. 1930 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas
    • 20 April, Prairie Township, District 7, p 6B, Ethel & Chute Rd, Hse
  • 2. 1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas
    • 6 February, Prairie Township, District 16, p 8A, Hse #139, Fam #145
  • 3. Obituary of Thad Mathew McSwain, DeWitt (Arkansas) Erqa-Enterprise 28Mar 2007
    • http://www.dewitt-ee.com/articles/2007/03/28/news/news09.txt
  • 4. Social Security Death Index
  • 5. Obituary of Hazel Bob McSwain Porter, Roller Funeral Homes online
    • Name: Name:http://www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/services.asp?page=odetail&id=12494&locid=34;;
  • 6. Shirley Rowland Mitchell, email to Orville Boyd Jenkins, April 07,2015
  • 7. Arkansas Marriage Index, 1933-1939
    • Certificate 00270, Volume 0002

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