Living NORSWORTHY Bernetta Octavia MCSWAIN Mini tree diagram
Herbert Spencer NORSWORTHY

Herbert Spencer NORSWORTHY1,2,8,7,3,5,7,6

12th Sep 19061,2,3,4,5,6 - 4th Feb 19812,4,6

Life History

12th Sep 1906

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

6th Oct 1940

Married Bernetta Octavia MCSWAIN in Arkansas County, Arkansas.3


Resident in Atlanta, De Kalb, Georgia.7

4th Feb 1981

Died in Decatur, DeKalb, Georgia.2,4,6

Last residence

after 4th Feb 1981

Buried in Mt Pleasant Cemetery, Ethel, Arkansas County, Arkansas.6

Other facts


Birth of daughter Living NORSWORTHY


  • We find the Norsworthy family living on the White River in the smalltown of St Charles, Arkansas, where the ferry crossed over fromArkansas County to Phillips County, Arkansas.  Father Ben is a clerkin the grocery store.

    1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 21 April, NorthPrairie Township, District 13, Page 2B, St. Charles Town, Hse/Fam #30
    Norsworthy, B S Head M W 38  Married 10 years AR MS AL Clerk, GeneralStore  Rents Home
    Norsworthy, Ella Wife F W 34  Married 10 years AR AR AL
    Norsworthy, William Son M W 11 AR AR AR Newsboy
    Norsworthy, Belle Dau F W 9 AR AR AR
    Norsworthy, John Son M W 6 AR AR AR
    Norsworthy, Herbert Son M W [Age not recorded]  AR AR AR

    Bernetta McSwain's parents are enumerated on the next page.  HerbertNorsworthy will marry Bernetta.

    1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 18 February, NorthPrairie Township, District 15, Page 11B, St. Charles Town, WashingtonSt, Hse #221, Fam #222
    Norsworthy, Ben  Head  Owns M W 48  AR AR AR Clerk, General Store  [b1863]
    Norsworthy, Ella Wife F W 44  AR AR AL [b 1865]
    Norsworthy, W B Son M W 20 AR AR AR Newsboy [b 1900]
    Norsworthy, John Son M W 15 AR AR AR
    Norsworthy, Herbert Son M W 13 AR AR AR

    Note that Ben and Ella's parents are now all reported as born inArkansas.  The census month in 1920 was January.  The ages of Ben andElla are consistent in these two censuses, which tells us that theirbirthdays are after April in 1863 and 1865 respectively.  SimilarlyWilliam and John age only 9 years between the censuses which tells usWilliam's birth was in 1899 and John's in 1904

    Belle is apparently already married and in her own household.  Itappears to be her living next door, as the 19-year-old wife of Jim BobMorris, who is a rice farmer.

    We get Herbert's age for the first time in this census.  Since thecensus age is as of January, we can say he was born in 1906.  This isconfirmed when we see his exact birth date of 12 September 1906reported on his gravestone in Mt Pleasant Cemetery in Ethel, Arkansas,a little south of St Charles.

    In 1930, we find Herbert reported as age 23, but still as having nooccupation.  His father has moved from St Charles to the southerncounty seat of DeWitt, about 10 miles west.  He has also moved up frombeing a clerk at a General Store to owner of a Grocery Store.  Thereare apparently two grocery stores in the town, since one of Ben'sneighbors a few houses down, John N Lorida (?) is described as RetailMerchant, Groceries.

    1930 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 4 April, LaGrueTownship, District 16, Page 3B, De Witt Town, Hse #66, Fam #75
    Norsworthy, Ben S  Head  Rents M W 58  Married at age 26 AR MS ALProprietor, Grocery Store  [b 1863]
    Norsworthy, Luella Wife F W 54  Married at age 22 AR AL AL [b 1865]
    Norsworthy, Billy Son M W 31 Single AR AR AR Newsboy [b 1899]
    Morris, James B Son-in-law M W 31 Married at age 20 MO MO MOSalesperson, General Store [b 1899]
    Morris, Ida B Dau F W 29 Married at age 17 AR AR AR
    Norsworthy, Herbert Son M W 23 Single AR AR AR
    Morris, James D Grandson M W 10 AR MO AR
    Morris, Edwin Grandson M W 6 AR MO AR
    Morris, Robert S Grandson M W 2 AR MO AR

    We find Ben's wife Ella now named Luella.  The name could have beenLou Ella.  Son Wililam B is listed now by a nickname Billy.  We nowfind a confirmation that the Belle vviing next door to them wasdaughter Belle, since the Morrises are now sharing the same householdand family number in this census.  We also learn from this census thather full name is Ida Belle.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    Bernetta Octavia McSwain
    Gender Female
    Age 35, Birth Year abt 1905
    Residence Stuttgart, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name: Herbert Spencer Norsworthy
    Spouse's Gender Male
    Spouse's Age 34
    Spouse's Residence DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Marriage 6 Oct 1940 Arkansas County
    Marriage License Date: 6 Oct 1940

    U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989
    Atlanta, Georgia, City Directory, 1944,p 739
    Norsworthy Herbert S (Bernetto O) emp US Eng h 2644 Knox

    U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Beta)
    Atlanta, Georgia, City Directory, 1950
    Norsworthy Herbert S (Bernetta M) Agt Independent Life & Accdnt Ins  h750 Bonner SE

    Georgia Deaths, 1919-98
    Certificate #005061
    Herbert S Norsworthy
    Death 4 Feb 1981 DeKalb County
    Gender: M (Male)
    Race: White
    Age: 74 Years
    County of Residence: DeKalb
    Date Filed: 13 Feb 1981

    Gravestone of Herbert S and Bernetta McSwain Norsworthy, Mt PleasantCemetery, Ethel, Arkansas
    Herbert S
    Sept 12, 1906
    Feb 4, 1981
    Bernetta McSwain
    Sept 13, 1905
    Dec 13, 1994


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