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J W PORTER1,2

about 18781,2 - 25th Jan 19392

Life History

about 1878

Born.1,2

29th Jan 1922

Married Martha Annie PADGETT in Arkansas County, Arkansas.1

before 1928

Divorced from Martha Annie PADGETT in Arkansas County, Arkansas

25th Jan 1939

Died in Arkansas County, Arkansas.2

Notes

  • Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    Annie McSwain
    Age 35, Est Birth Year 1887
    Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name J W Porter
    Spouse's Age 44 [b abt 1878]
    Spouse's Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Marriage Date 29 Jan 1922 Arkansas County

    I found a death record for a J W Porter in 1939 which appears to bethe correct J W Porter.

    Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950
    J W Porter
    Death 25 Jan 1939 Arkansas County

    Since Martha Annie Padget McSwain married a third time in 1928, thatmeans she and J W divorced.  No divorce record has been found.

    There is some indication that this J W Porter is the same person asWilliam James Porter, who later married widow Maggie McSwain Rowland.But there was another J W Porter, who owned a lumber yard in DeWitt.It is not clear if the J W that Annie married could have been that J WPorter of DeWitt.  Had he also been living in Ethel, like WilliamJames, also known as Will?  Will is listed sometimes in records asJames W.

    In the 1910 census, James W Porter and his wife India Lacott areliving in Ethel among McSwains, Butlers and other related families ofsurnames Criswell and Davidson.  This strengthens the possibility thatthis J W is th same person as James W or William James or Will.  Thedates of the marriage will fit with the timeline of other marriagesand events in the life of William James Porter.

    The main snag in that scenario is the above death record, which says JW Porter died in 1939.  William James Porter married Maggie RowlandMcSwain in 1928.  When Maggie died in 1951, WIll married again.Shorley Mitchell knew the last wife, but does not remembr the name.This would mean there may be a different individual named J W Porter.Could J W Porter have been a child who died young?

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