Charles MCSWAIN William Adney MCSWAIN Gabriel Washburn MCSWAIN Priscilla MCSWAIN Eunice MCSWAIN Catherine MCSWAIN Charles J MCSWAIN George A MCSWAIN Margaret MCSWAIN Nancy MCSWAIN Martin Moore MCSWAIN David K MCSWAIN Sarah Ann MCSWAIN Lurena H MCSWAIN Lewis Gabriel MCSWAIN Nancy C MCSWAIN William A MCSWAIN Martha Elizabeth MCSWAIN Sarah I MCSWAIN Lucy Ann RANDLE Lurany WASHBURN Mini tree diagram

Minor M MCSWAIN5,6,1,7,2,4,4

about 18365 - 18733,2,4

Life History

about 1832

Born in North Carolina.5

(less likely)

about 1836

Born in Stanly County, North Carolina.1

(most likely)

about 1852

Birth of daughter Lurena H MCSWAIN in North Carolina.1,6

Dec 1854

Birth of son Lewis Gabriel MCSWAIN in North Carolina.6,8,3,9

1856

Birth of daughter Nancy C MCSWAIN in North Carolina.9,6

Jan 1858

Birth of son William A MCSWAIN in North Carolina.9

8th Sep 1863

Birth of daughter Martha Elizabeth MCSWAIN in Jefferson County, Arkansas.6,3,2,10,11

Oct 1865

Birth of daughter Sarah I MCSWAIN in Jefferson County, Arkansas.12,13,6,14,3

1873

Died in Dorsey County, Arkansas.3,2,4

before 1880

Buried in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Cleveland County, Arkansas.2

Other facts

 

Married Lucy Ann RANDLE

Notes

  • Minor McSwain was a son of Charles McSwain and Lucy Ann Randle.  Hewas born in north Carolina and moved to Arkansas about 1849.  Theywere in Jefferson County, Arkansas, before 1860.  Other relatedMcSwains also moved to Arkansas after the Civil War.

    David Holden has done a lot of research into the McSwain line andprovides a summary of Charles McSwain's family.  I referenced David'sinformation on Charles and Lewraner McSwain after I found them in theArkansas census of 1860 in Jefferson County, and was uncertain howthey related to the McSwains who moved shortly after that to nearbyArkansas County, from Cleveland County, North Carolina, via GilesCounty, Tennessee.

    I found Charles was a 2nd cousin or so to the McSwains who moved toEthel, Arkansas about 1865.  Brothers of Minor also moved to Arkansas. His older brother David K is next door to him in the 1860 census (seebelow) and George A lives not far away in Jefferson County.

    Minor's brother Gabriel Washburn McSwain, moved his family on over toEmmet, in Columbia (later Nevada) County in southwestern Arkansas.Many of this family wound up in Johnson County, near Clarksville inwestern Arkansas on the Arkansas River.

    Minor M McSwain
    Birth ABT 1832 in North Carolina
    Father Charles McSwain b 13 Aug 1786 in North Carolina
    Mother Lewraner Washburn b 5 Dec 1794
    Marriage Lucy A. Randle b ABT 1830 in North Carolina
    Children:
    Lurena H. McSwain b ABT 1852 in North Carolina
    Lewis Gabriel McSwain b ABT Dec 1854 in North Carolina
    Nancy C. McSwain b ABT Mar 1855 in North Carolina
    William A. McSwain b ABT 1858 in North Carolina
    Martha Elizabeth McSwain b Sep 1863 in Arkansas
    Sarah (Sallie) I. McSwain b ABT Oct 1864 in Arkansas
    --  David Holden,http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=dwh1951&id=I30140

    The date of birth here probably derives from the 1850 census.  The1860 census reports Minor (M M) as age 24, giving a birth year ofabout 1836.

    1850 Federal Census, Stanly County, North Carolina, 30 July, CentreDistrict 1, p 12, Hse #79, Fam #80
    Minor McSwain 18 M Farmer $210 Real Estate b North Carolina [born abt1832]
    -- page 321 --
    Lucy McSwain 24 F North Carolina [born abt 1826]
    Martha Merton 9 F North Carolina [born abt 1841]

    I do not know who the Merton child is.

    1860 Federal Census, Jefferson County, Arkansas, 25 September,Talladega Township, p 20, PO Locust Grove, Hse/Fam #139
    M M McSwain 24 M Farmer $No Real Estate $100 Personal b North Carolina[born abt 1836]
    Lucy A McSwain 30 F North Carolina [born abt 1830]
    Lurana H McSwain 8 F North Carolina [born abt 1852]
    -- page 21 --
    Lewis G McSwain 6 M North Carolina [born abt 1854]
    Nancy C McSwain 4 F North Carolina [born abt 1856]
    William A McSwain 2 M North Carolina [born abt 1858]

    The census reports all their children were born in North Carolina, andthe youngest is 2 years old in 1860.  So they moved to Arkansas about1859.  Next door to Minor is his brother David, in alone in a separatehousehold.  David is a Mill Superintendent.

    1860 Federal Census, Jefferson County, Arkansas, 25 September,Talladega Township, p 20, PO Locust Grove, Hse/Fam #138
    David K McSwain 30 M Farmer $No Real Estate $5000 Personal b NorthCarolina [born abt 1830]

    Lewis G here becomes Gabriel L 1870.  In 1870 they are still inTalladega Township of Jefferson County.  Related McSwains and movedaround this time to St Charles, in the neighboring Arkansas county, onthe White River.  Some were there before the 1870 census and othersmoved there before 1880.

    "Our family story is that when the Civil War broke out, that Minor M.McSwain 'went to Pine Bluff Arkansas and took the train home to NorthCarolina where he enlisted in the CSA Army at the train depot inRaleigh.'  He enlisted with an Alexander McSwain who may have been theelder brother to William R. McSwain who was living with George A.McSwain's family in 1860 Arkansas.  Minor was wounded twice, gotthrough Gettysburg without a scratch, and was wounded and captured inthe fall of 1864 after fighting at Winchester VA, and sent to PointLookout POW camp in Maryland."
    --  Lea Harville Morgan, Ancestry Messaging to Orville Boyd Jenkins,Apr 09, 2016

    1870 Federal Census, Jefferson County, Arkansas, 10 July, TalladegaTownship, p 4, PO Randall, Hse/Fam #34
    McSwayne, M  68 (? should be abt 38) M W  Miller $800 Real Estate $NoPersonal Reported b North Carolina [born abt 1802 (1832-36]
    McSwayne, Lucyann 43 F W K House North Carolina [born abt 1827]
    McSwayne, Lauriann 19 F W North Carolina [born abt 1851]
    cSwayne, Gabriel L 17 M W North Carolina [born abt 1853]
    McSwayne, Nancy C 15 F W North Carolina [born abt 1855]
    McSwayne, Martha E 8 F W North Carolina [born abt 1862]
    McSwayne, Sarah J 6 F W North Carolina [born abt 1864]
    McSwayne, Thomas M 16 M W North Carolina Cannot read or write [bornabt 1854]

    Thomas is the son of Minor's brother George A McSwain, who isenumerated in this census in Columbia, Arkansas, west of Hot Springs.

    "Minor M. McSwain, George A. McSwain's brother, was my 2ndgreat-grandfather.  I see that Minor took in Thomas M. after George &Martha McSwain died, and that his brother, Gabriel McSwain took in thetwo youngest boys."
    --  Lea Harville Morgan, Ancestry Messaging to Orville Boyd Jenkins,06 April  2016

    In the 1880 census, Lucy is reported as a widow and head of herhousehold.  So we can say Minor died between 1870 and 1880.  They werereported in Jefferson County.  The area where they live is now calledDorsey County.  Dorsey County was established out of parts ofJefferson County and other counties in1873, and in 1885 it was renamedCleveland County.

    1880 Federal Census, Dorsey County, Arkansas, [no date], NivenTownship, District 80, page 8, Hse/Fam #71
    McSwain, Lucy W F 60 Widow Keeping House Ark -- --

    "Dorsey County was formed by and act of Legislature, April 17, 1873.It was formed from parts of Bradley, Jefferson, and Lincoln Countiesand was named in honor of Stephen W. Dorsey, a Republican senator, whoentered Congress in that year.  On March 5, 1885, Dorsey County wasrenamed by an act of the General Assembly in honor of GroverCleveland, who had just been elected President of the United States."
    --  Dorsey County, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ardorsey

    Minor is buried in the same cemetery with his daughter Sarah I (Sallie) Hamilton McSwain.

    M M McSwain
    No birth or death date on the gravestone
    Co B, 5th NC Inf, CSA
    Burial Mount Carmel Cemetery, Cleveland County, Arkansas
    Created by TC Apr 29, 2012
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #89283558,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=McSwain&GSiman=1&GScid=1986686&GRid=89283558&

    Lea Morgan did some research in famly sources and records and came upwith some helpful informaton that cl oses in a little on the missingdetails for Minor (Miner).

    "... for Minor M. McSwain. his granddaughter Anna Kendall gave a deathdate of 1873 for Minor McSwain when she applied for a veteran'sgravemarker.  I recently found my mother's copy of a letter written byMinor McSwain's youngest daughter, Sallie McSwain Hamilton, and shesaid that Minor's wife, her grandmother Lucy Ann Randle McSwain, diedabout age 67 years whch would be about 1897."
    --  Lea Harville Morgan, Ancestry Messaging to Orville Boyd Jenkins,17 April 2016

Sources

  • 1. 1860 Federal Census, Jefferson County, Arkansas
    • 25 September, Talladega Township, p 20, PO Locust Grove, Hse/Fam #139
  • 2. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 3. 1880 Federal Census, Dorsey County, Arkansas
    • [no date], Niven Township, District 80, page 8, Hse/Fam #71
  • 4. Lea Harville Morgan
  • 5. 1850 Federal Census, Stanly County, North Carolina
    • 30 July, Centre District 1, p 12, Hse #79, Fam #80
  • 6. 1870 Federal Census, Jefferson County, Arkansas
    • 10 July, Talladega Township, p 4, PO Randall, Hse/Fam #34
  • 7. Ancestry Trees
  • 8. 1900 Federal Census, Cleveland County, Arkansas
    • 5 June, Bowman Township, District 36, page 3B, Hse #54, Fam #55
  • 9. 1860 Federal Census, Jefferson County, Arkansas
    • 25 September, Talladega Township, p 21, PO Locust Grove, Hse/Fam #139
  • 10. 1900 Federal Census, Cleveland County, Arkansas
    • 13 June, Niven Township, District 38, page 10B, Hse #184, Fam #185
  • 11. 1920 Federal Census, Cleveland County, Arkansas
    • 2 January, Rison, District 201, page 3A, East 2nd, Hse #49, Fam #59
  • 12. 1900 Federal Census, Cleveland County, Arkansas
    • 1 June, White Oak Township, District 42, page 1A, Hse #3, Fam #4
  • 13. 1920 Federal Census, Cleveland County, Arkansas
    • 14 January, White Oak Township, District 24, page 3B, Hse #53, Fam #54
  • 14. 1910 Federal Census, Cleveland County, Arkansas
    • 27 April, Whhite Oak Township, District 163, page 5B,  Hse/Fam #50

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