William H CRISWELL John Jefferson CRISWELL James B CRISWELL Caledonia CRISWELL Manuel Harvey CRISWELL Margaret CRISWELL Thomas Jefferson CRISWELL Robert F CRISWELL Joseph L CRISWELL John E CRISWELL Lena CRISWELL Velma D CRISWELL Mary Frances CRISWELL Mary Ella PHILLIPS Frances NEWWIFE Margaret E CRISWELL Lee Jackson CRISWELL Jesse Quitman CRISWELL Martha A JACKSON Mini tree diagram

Edd Ragan CRISWELL1,2,3,8,4,5,6,7,9

20th Dec 18851,2,3,4,5,6,7 - 22nd Oct 19495

Life History

20th Dec 1885

Born in Goodman, Attala, Mississippi.1,2,3,4,5,6,7

10th Aug 1913

Married Mary Ella PHILLIPS in Arkansas County, Arkansas.9


Birth of son John E CRISWELL in Arkansas.4,3

31st Oct 1916

Birth of daughter Lena CRISWELL in Arkansas County, Arkansas.9,10,8,3


Birth of daughter Velma D CRISWELL in Arkansas.4,3

about 1921

Birth of daughter Mary Frances CRISWELL in Arkansas County, Arkansas.4,8,9

before 1930

Death of Mary Ella PHILLIPS in Arkansas County, Arkansas

22nd Oct 1949

Died in Arkansas County, Arkansas.5

Other facts


Married Frances NEWWIFE


  • The 1900 census reports Edward with his parents and siblings in thenorthern half of Prairie Township of Arkansas County, Arkansas.

    1900 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 16 June 1900, PrairieTownship, District 7, Page 11B, Hse #192, Family #195
    William H Criswell Head  W M  Mar 1840  60  Alabama Alabama Alabama
    Martha A Criswell Wife W F  Apr 1840  60  Alabama Georgia Georgia
    Edward M Criswell Son  W M  Jun 1886  13  Miss Alabama Alabama

    Note that while the 1900 census erroneously reported both Edward'sparents as born in Alabama, in 1910 and 1920 his parents' ownenumeration correctly reports his father's birth in South Carolina.In 1900 and 1910 his mother was correctly reported as born in Alabama. But in Edward's enumeration in 1920, both his parents are reported asborn in Mississippi as he was!

    1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 16 April, PrairieTownship, District 13, page 1A, Hse/Fam #7
    Criswell, William H  Head M W 69 Married 43 yrs SC SC SC Farmer
    Martha A  Wife F W 59 Married 43 yrs AL TN GA

    U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
    Ed Ragan Criswell
    Residence Ethel, Arkansas County, Arkansas
    Birth Date 20 Dec 1885
    Employed in Farming for J B Horton, Ethel, Arkansas
    Nearest Relative (Wife) Mary Ella Criswell, Ethel, Arkansas
    Tall, Medium Build, Blue eyes, Brown Hair
    Registered 12 September 1918 Stuttgart, Arkansas County, Arkansas

    In 1920 Ed's father William is a widow.

    1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 5 January, PrairieTownship, District 15, page 1A, Country Road, Hse/Fam #4
    Criswell, William H  Head  Rents Farm  M W 74 Widowed SC SC SC Farmer

    The entry for Edward and his own family in the 1920 census gives anage which matches the birth date reported in the 1900 census.

    1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 9 January, PrairieTownship, District 15, page 2A, Country Road, Hse/Fam #19
    Criswell, Edward  Head  Rents Farm  M W 34 MS MS MS Farmer
    Criswell, Ella  Wife  F W 23 AR AR AR
    Criswell, John Son M W 4 Single AR MS AR
    Criswell, Velma Dau F W 2 Single AR MS AR
    Criswell, Lena Dau F W 3mos Single AR MS AR [born Sep-Oct 1919]

    I incidentally found it interesting that from the 5th of January 1920,when William's household was enumerated, it took 4 days to get toEdward's house in the same district, just a few houses down the road,and 2 pages later in the census record, when Edward's family waslisted on 9 January.  January 5 was on a Monday, and the 9th was onFriday.

    Here we find that Edward and Ella have been married about 5 years andhave three children, John, Velma and Lena.

    In 1930, we find that Ella has passed away since the last census.There is an additional child, Mary F, age 8.  This means that she wasborn in 1921 or 1922.  So Ella passed away between 1921 and 1930.  Ihave not yet (as of April 2008) found a Death Index entry for her.The child Ella matches the child listed as Velma in 1920.

    1930 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 25 April, PrairieTownship, District 25, Page 8B, Ethel & Chute Rd, Hse #152, Fam #153
    Criswell, Edd R Head   Rents farm M W 44  Widower MS SC MS Farmer
    Criswell, John E  Son M W 14  AR MS AR [born abt 1916]
    Criswell, Ella D  Dau F W 12  AR MS AR [born abt 1918]
    Criswell, Mary F  Dau FW 8  AR MS AR [born abt 1921]

    1940 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 4 April, Ethel,District 1-26, page 6B, Oak Flat School and Church Rd, Hse #96, Rents$2
    Criswell, Ed Head M W 54 Widow Grade 5 b Arkansas same place in 1935Farmer
    Criswell, Learner Dau F W 22 Divorced Grade 4 b Arkansas same place in1935 Housekeeper
    Criswell, Francis Dau F W 18 Single Grade 6 b Arkansas same place in1935 Housekeeper
    Criswell, Peggie Joe Granddau F W 5 Single b Arkansas same place in1935
    Criswell, Elsie Niece F W 15 Grade 2 b Arkansas same place in 1935Housekeeper

    I see that Ed's daughter Learner (Leanore?) is divorced, but isenumerated under her maiden name.  It appears that the granddaughterPeggie Joe is her daughter.  Even Peggie Joe is named a Criswell.

    U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
    Edd Reagan Criswell
    Residence Ethel, Arkansas
    Age 56, Self-Employed
    Birth 20 Dec 1885 Goodman, Mississippi
    Contact (wife) Frances Criswell, Ethel, Arkansas
    Signed E R Criswell
    6' 165 lbs, Blue eyes, Brown Hair, LIght complexion
    Registered 27 April 1942 DeWitt, Arknasas, Arkansas

    Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950
    Ed Rag Crisswell
    Age 63,Born abt 1886
    22 Oct 1949 Arkansas County
    Volume 56, Certificate #11040


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