William W MCSWAIN Edna Earl MCSWAIN Albert MCSWAIN George Burton MCSWAIN Belle MCSWAIN James M O'DELL William W MCSWAIN Sarah Ann Isabella LOWE Mini tree diagram
Bertha M MCSWAIN

Bertha M MCSWAIN2,3,4,6

17th Jun 18931,2,3,4 - Oct 19723

Teacher at Williams School, Deluce

Life History

17th Jun 1893

Born in Arkansas County, Arkansas.1,2,3,4

1914

Occupation Teacher at Williams School, Deluce.5

30th Dec 1914

Married James M O'DELL in Arkansas County, Arkansas.3

Oct 1972

Died in Almyra, Arkansas, Arkansas.3

Oct 1972

Buried in De Witt Cemetery, De Witt, Arkansas County, Arkansas.3

Notes

  • In 1900 Bertha and here brothers and sisters are living with theirwidowed mother.

    1900 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 20 June, PrairieTownship, District 7, page 15A, Hse #254, Fam #261
    McSwain, Sarah  Head W  F  Jan 1856  44  AR MS TN Farmer
    McSwain, Edna  Dau  W  F  Oct 1877  22  AR NC TN
    McSwain, Albert  Son W  M  Nov 1879  20 AR NC TN Farm Laborer
    McSwain, George  Son W  M  Aug 1884  15 AR NC TN
    McSwain, Belle  Dau  W  F  June 1889  11 AR NC TN
    McSwain, Bertha  Dau  W  F  June 1893  6 AR NC TN
    McSwain, William  Son W  M  May 1896  4 AR NC TN

    After the death of her parents, Bertha and her brother Will becamewards of John and Mary Henderson, living nearby.  I have not found afamily relationship with the Hendersons and do not know why they werethe ones who became the guardians for the children.

    1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 2 May, North PrairieTownship, District 12, page 6B, Hse/Fam #116
    Henderson, J M Head M W 51 Married 30 years IL TN TN Farmer Rents
    Henderson, Mary Wife F W 58 Married 30 years 5 children/4 living MissLA AL No Occupation
    Henderson, Nina Dau F W 26 Single AR AR MS School Teacher
    Henderson, May Dau F W 23 Single AR AR MS School Teacher
    Henderson, Murray Son M W 16 Single AR AR MS Farm Laborer
    McSwain, Bertha Ward F W 16 Single AR NC AR No Occupation
    McSwain, Will Ward M W 3 Single AR NC MS Farm Laborer

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    Bertha M. McSwain O'Dell
    Birth Jun. 17, 1893 Arkansas
    Death Oct., 1972 Almyra, Arkansas County, Arkansas

    Daughter of William McSwain and Sarah Ann Isabelle Lowe.
    Wife of James M. O'Dell who she married on 12/30/1914 in ArkansasCounty, Arkansas.

    The 1930 US Census shows Bertha and her family were living in Prairie,Arkansas County, Arkansas. The following family members are listed asliving in the home:
    Head James M Odell M 37 Illinois
    Wife Bertha M Odell F 36 Arkansas
    Daughter Mildred Odell F 14 Arkansas
    Son James A Odell M 12 Arkansas
    Daughter Helen A Odell F 10 Arkansas
    Son William M Odell M 8 Arkansas

    Bertha's daughter Mildred would serve as a nurse with the Navy inWorld War II but would die in a drowning accident in Puerto Rico in1943. Bertha's sons would also serve in the war with James ArthurO'Dell serving in the Navy and son William Merle in the Army AirCorps.

    Spouse James M. O'Dell (1892 - 1976)
    Children Mildred Pauline O'Dell (1915 - 1943)
    Burial De Witt Cemetery, De Witt, Arkansas County, Arkansas
    Created by Rick Lawrence Mar 05, 2013
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #106216056,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=106216056
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Sources

  • 1. RootsWeb ID: I1425 -- William W McSwain
  • 2. 1900 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas
    • 20 June, Prairie Township, District 7, page 15A, Hse #254, Fam #261
  • 3. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 4. 1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas
    • 2 May, North Prairie Township, District 12, page 6B, Hse/Fam #116
  • 5. Williams School Photo, 1914
    • "Summer of 1914" Photo story on summer school at William School,
  • 6. RootsWeb ID: I1425 -- William W McSwain
    • http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=jerryg&id=I

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