Robert Oregon KNOWLTON Marie Teva KNOWLTON Living KNOWLTON Ruth Alma MCSWAIN Joyce KNOWLTON Joann KNOWLTON James Robert KNOWLTON Living KNOWLTON Emma Harriet WEST Roger Butler KNOWLTON Bonnie E KNOWLTON Malissa Louise KNOWLTON Charlotte V KNOWLTON Malissa Edward Davidson BUTLER Mini tree diagram
Robert Oregon KNOWLTON

Robert Oregon KNOWLTON1,11,3,4,5,6,2,8,9

also known as Oregon KNOWLTON7

4th Jan 19071,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 - 22nd May 19712,7

Life History

4th Jan 1907

Born in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

between 1910 and 1930

Resident in Prairie, Arkansas, Arkansas.1,3,9

1st Jan 1928

Married Ruth Alma MCSWAIN in Chicot County, Arkansas.6,3,12

before 1934

Divorced from Ruth Alma MCSWAIN in Oregon Knowlton Jr married Emmie West in 1934.10

28th Apr 1934

Married Emma Harriet WEST in Arkansas County, Arkansas.10

28th Apr 1934

Married in Emmie H West.2,10

May 1971

Buried in Mt Pleasant Cemetery, Ethel, Arkansas County, Arkansas.2

22nd May 1971

Died in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.2,7


Birth of daughter Joyce KNOWLTON in Arkansas County, Arkansas.12


Birth of daughter Joann KNOWLTON in Arkansas County, Arkansas


Birth of son James Robert KNOWLTON in Arkansas County, Arkansas

Other facts


Birth of daughter Living KNOWLTON


Birth of daughter Living KNOWLTON


  • In the 1930 census, Robert O Knowlton, Jr., is listed as OregonKnowlton, Jr.  His gravestone has Robert O Knowlton, Jr.  Both he andhis father commonly went by their middle name Oregon.  His birthrecord gives full name as his father:  Robert Oregon Knowlton.

    1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 1920 Federal Census,18 April, Prairie Township, District 15, page 2A, Hse/Fam #22
    Knowlton, Oregon  Head M W 28 AR MS AL Farmer
    Knowlton, Malissa E  Wife F W 23 AR AL AL
    Knowlton, Oregon Jr  Son M W 3 AR AR AR

    1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 28 April, PrairieTownship, District 16, page 4A, Ethel-St Charles Rd, Hse #65, Fam #67
    Knowlton, Oregon Head M W 37 AR MS AL Farmer
    Knowlton, Malissa Wife F W 33 AR MS MS
    Knowlton, Oregon Jr Head M W 12 AR AR AR Farm Laborer

    In 1930, Oregon has been married for about two years, but he and hiswife Ruth do not seem to have any children yet.

    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

    This indicates Oregon and Ruth married in about 1928.  They have beenmarried between two and three years at this census.  I learned theidentity of Oregon's wife Ruth only in April 2008, when Ken McSwain,son of Wirt Barnard McSwain, made reference to his aunt Ruth McSwain'smarriage to Oregon Butler [before she married Ray Recroft].  I wasonly then able to see the connection between these two family lineagesthrough this marriage.  Ruth was the daughter of James Magnus McSwainand Ruth L Lowry.  This is confirmed by the report of Marvin McSwainin this census, who is shown as Oregon's brother-in-law.

    Oregon's grandson, Claude Rice, Jr., left a message in my genealogyguest book on 22 January 2011 telling me of a daughter of Oregon andRuth, and his children with Emmie West, Oregon's second wife:
    "My Grandfather was Oregon Knowlton, Sr.  Oregon Jr. also had adaughter with Ruth McSwain. She is my first cousin.  Her name is BettyRuth. Last I knew she lived in Minn. Joyce, Jo Ann, James Robert, &also a daughter by Emmie, named Bonnie Gail, born around 1955."

    We know now that Ruth married Ray (Oswald Eugene) Recroft in 1935.This indicates that she and Oregon were divorced not long after this1930 census.  You can find details of Ray and Ruth under the entry forOswald Eugene Recroft in this genealogy.

    Lorene Noble is reported here as a niece.  Her mother was BernettaOctavia McSwain, who divorced Lorene's mother, Benmjamin Noble, beforethis census.  Ben is living with his parents on their nearby farm inthe Ethel community.  I have not located Bernetta in the 1930 census.But in 1940 Lorene is with her mother in Stuttgart, and they are bothreported under the name of McSwain.

    In 1940, Oregon is with his second wife Emmie West.

    1940 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 19 April, Ethel,District 1-26, page 10A, Oak Flat School and Church Rd, Hse #152,Rents $500
    Knowlton, Oregon head M W 28 Grade 8 b Arkans as same place in 1935Farmer
    Knowlton, Emmie Wife F W 52 Grade 8 b Texas same place in 1935Housekeeper
    Scruggs, Ed Hired Hand M Neg 2 Single Grade 6 b Arkansas same place in1935

    Social Security Death Index
    Oregon Knowlton
    Born 4 Jan 1907, Died May 1971
    Last Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas, 72048
    SSN 429-72-5012 issued Arkansas (1956)


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