James Magnus MCSWAIN Bernetta Octavia MCSWAIN Stella D MCSWAIN Robert Oregon KNOWLTON Living KNOWLTON Oswald Eugene RECROFT James Marvin MCSWAIN Thad Mathew MCSWAIN Wirt Barnard MCSWAIN Katherine L MCSWAIN Bruce B MCSWAIN Ruth L LOWREY Mini tree diagram

Ruth Alma MCSWAIN1,2,1,5,7,6,8

also known as Ruth A MCSWAIN4,3,1

30th Jul 19101,2,3,4,5,6 - 20th Aug 20055,7,6

Life History

30th Jul 1910

Born in Arkansas.1,2,3,4,5,6

1st Jan 1928

Married Robert Oregon KNOWLTON in Chicot County, Arkansas.2,4,8

before 1934

Divorced from Robert Oregon KNOWLTON in Oregon Knowlton Jr married Emmie West in 1934.9

12th Jan 1935

Married Oswald Eugene RECROFT in Arkansas County, Arkansas.14

22nd May 1971

Death of Robert Oregon KNOWLTON in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.10,11

23rd Aug 1982

Death of Oswald Eugene RECROFT in Jupiter, Palm Beach, Florida.12,13,5

20th Aug 2005

Died in Bradenton, Manatee, Florida.5,7,6

22nd Aug 2005

Buried in Riverside Memorial Park, Tequesta, Martin County, Florida.5,7

Other facts


Birth of daughter Living KNOWLTON


  • An entry in the 1930 census reported Oregon Knowlton, Jr's marriage toa Ruth A, but I had no further clues to determine who this was.  I hadnot had all the family information at that time.  I was finally ableto clarify this relationship in April 2008, when I received an emailfrom Kenneth Wirt McSwain, so on Wirt Barnard McSwain and Connie LJones.  In our series of emails about his family, he made anincidental reference to his father's sister Ruth's marriage to OregonKnowlton.

    Their marriage record was not found until 2012.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    Ruth McSwain
    Age: 18, Birth Year abt 1910
    Residence: Dermott, Chicot, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name: Oregon Knowlton
    Spouse's Age: 21
    Spouse's Residence: DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Marriage 1 Jan 1928 Chicot County
    Marriage License Date: 1 Jan 1928

    1930 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 21 April, PrairieTownship, District 7, Page 6B, Ethel & Chute Rd, Hse #115, Fam #116
    Knowlton, Oregon Jr Head M W 23  married at 21  AR AR AR Farmer;
    Knowlton, Ruth A Wife F W 19 married at 17  AR AR USA
    Noble, Lorene Niece F W 4yrs 11mos AR AR AR
    McSwain, Marvin Brother-in-Law  M W 16 Single  AR AR AR

    The census report of Marvin McSwain as the brother-in-law of Oregonnow clearly points to Ruth Knowlton as Ruth McSwain.  Ruth's brotherMarvin McSwain, age 16, is living with them, as well as a niece LoreneNoble.  Loren is the daughter of Alma Ruth and Marvin's sisterBernetta Octavia McSwain and Benjamin Noble, who lives nearby.Bernetta and Ben married in 1924, but divorced before the 1930 census. Ben is enumerated in his parent's household on their nearby farm,while Bernetta has not been found in this census.  She and Lorene areenumerated in Stuttgart in the 1940 census, under Bernetta's maidenname McSwain.

    The census information indicates that Ruth and Oregon had been marriedbetween two and three years time in April 1930 when the census wastaken.  No children are shown in this family.  Oregon married Emmie HWest in 1934.  This means that he and Ruth were divorced no later than1934.  We know from other sources that Ruth A McSwain married Ray(Oswald Eugene) Recroft in 1935. You can find details of that marriagein the Notes for Oswald.

    At the time of her brother's death in January 1999, Ruth McSwainRecroft was living in Florida.
    --  Obituary of Wirt Bernard McSwain, as reported by George OliverMcSwain

    Directories reporting her residence in Florida also give an exactbirth date for Ruth.

    U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2
    Ruth Recroft
    Birth Date 30 Jul 1910
    Jupiter (Palm Beach County), FL 33477-9510

    Several public records report Ruth with an address in Bradenton,Florida.  These listings also report her full name to be Alma RuthRecroft.  The name Alma matches the middle initial A in the censusreports.  Some have Alma R.

    U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2
    Alma Ruth Recroft
    Birth Date 30 Jul 1910
    Bradenton (Manatee County), FL 34205-5933

    U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2
    Alma R Recroft
    Birth Date 30 Jul 1910
    Bradenton (Manatee County), FL 34205-5933

    Some records also exist that have her name as we find it in the 1930census, Rith A.

    U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2
    Ruth A Recroft
    Birth Date 30 Jul 1910
    Bradenton (Manatee County), FL 34205-5933

    Her McSwain relatives know her name as Alma Ruth, as in the PublicRecrods cited above in the name as Alma R Recroft.  But on hergravestone her name is Ruth Alma.

    Ruth Alma McSwain Recroft
    Birth Jul. 3, 1910  Arkansas
    Death Aug 20, 2005 Bradenton, Manatee County, Florida
    James Magnus McSwain (1885 - 1941)
    Ruth Lawery [Lowery] McSwain (1887 - 1924)
    Oswald Eugene Recroft (1907 - 1982)
    Robert Oregon Knowlton (1907 - 1971)
    Bernetta Octavia McSwain Norsworthy (1905 - 1994)
    Bruce B McSwain (1923 - 1951)
    Burial Riverside Memorial Park, Tequesta, Martin County, Florida,Pioneer Section Block 26
    Created by Paula J Jul 03, 2009
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #39026756,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=39026756

    Obituary Daily Times Index, 1995-Current
    Ruth (McSwain) Recroft
    Age at Death 95, Birth Abt 1910
    Death 2005 Bradenton FL
    Publication Date 22 Aug 2005

    Residence at the time of death was Palmetto, Florida.

    U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
    Alma R. Recroft
    Born 30 Jul 1910  Arkansas
    Death 20 Aug 2005
    Last Residence Palmetto, Manatee, Florida 34221
    SSN issued Georgia (Before 1951)


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