Robert Perry MCSWAIN Eunice L MCSWAIN Mabel L MCSWAIN Elsie E MCSWAIN Louie I MCSWAIN Nina Mae MCSWAIN William E PORTER Martha Annie PADGETT Mini tree diagram

Hazel Bob MCSWAIN5,2

8th Oct 19182,3 - 18th Feb 20083,4

Life History

8th Oct 1918

Born in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.2,3

14th Jan 1939

Married William E PORTER in Arkansas County, Arkansas.7

12th Feb 1989

Death of William E PORTER in West Helena, Phillips, Arkansas.6


Resident in West Helena, Phillips, Arkansas.1

18th Feb 2008

Died in West Helena, Phillips, Arkansas.3,4

22nd Feb 2008

Buried in Cedar Crest Memorial Gardens, DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas.3


  • In 1920, we find the first listing of Hazel Bob in the census with herfamily in Prairie Township, Arkansas County, Arkansas.  The census wastaken at their house on 3 February, but the actual census date was 1January.  This is why her age is given as 1 year, 2 months.  Heractual birthday was 18 October 1918.  I did not learn this actualbirth date until I found her obituary online in March 2008, about 3weeks after her death.

    1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 3 February, SouthPrairie Township, District 16, Sheet 6B, Ethel & Chute Rd, Hse #117,Family #121
    Robert McSwain Head Owns M W 37 Ark NCar NCar Farmer
    Annie M McSwain Wife  F W 33  Ark  NC/SC?  USA
    McSwain, Hazel Bob  Dau W F  1yr 2mos  Ark  NC  NC

    Hazel McSwain Porter was living in West Helena at the time of thedeath of her step-brother Thad McSwain in March 2007.

    Because so little information has been available on Hazel Bob and herefamily, I am including here the entire obituary published online byRoller Funeral Home at the time of her death.


    Hazel Bob Porter, 89, of West Helena passed away Monday, February 18,2008 in Helena. Mrs. Porter was born October 8, 1918 in Ethel,Arkansas to the late Robert Perry McSwain and the late Martha AnnPadgett McSwain. She was a member of Second Baptist Church of WestHelena.

    She is survived by her sons, James W. Porter and wife, Dot, of PalmBay, Florida and Joe Porter of West Helena; sisters, Nina Mae Ragan ofDewitt and Eunice Butler of Ethel, Arkansas; grandson, Terry Porter.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, William E. Jack Porter andboth parents.

    Graveside services for Hazel Porter will be held Friday, February 22,2008 at 2 p.m. at Cedar Crest Cemetery in De Witt, Arkansas.Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Roller-Citizens.Reverend Luke Crisswell will officiate.

    Services directed by Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, West Helena, (870)572-2571.
    Roller-Citizens Funeral Home
    508 East Plaza Street
    West Helena, AR 72390
    --  Roller-Citizens Funeral Home,


  • 1. Obituary of Thad Mathew McSwain, DeWitt (Ark) Era-Enterprise 28 March2007
  • 2. 1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas
    • 3 February, South Prairie Township, District 16, page 6B, Ethel &
  • 3. Obituary of Hazel Bob McSwain Porter, Roller Funeral Homes online
    • Name: Name:;;
  • 4. Ida Foster, note on website
    • citing Memphis Comemrcial Appeal
  • 5. Bobby Butler, McSwain family notes on census, compiled 1995
  • 6. Social Security Death Index
  • 7. Arkansas Marriage Index, 1933-1939
    • Certificate 00270, Volume 0002

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