John Allison MCSWAIN Mattie Helen JONES Cyrus Lester MCSWAIN Eunice DAVIS Tissie MCSWAIN Mini tree diagram
Cyrus Lester MCSWAIN

Cyrus Lester MCSWAIN1,2,3,5,6,7,4,8,11

16th Mar 18991,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 - Nov 19875,7

Life History

16th Mar 1899

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

between 1900 and 1930

Resident in Prairie Township (Ethel), Arkansas County, Arkansas.4,1,2,6,3

before Sep 1918

Married in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas, to Mattie Jones.3,10

about 1920

Married Mattie Helen JONES in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.4

about 1924

Divorced in from Mattie Jones.9

about 1924

Married Eunice DAVIS in DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas.14

about 1924

Married in DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas, to Eunice Davis.2

about 1924

Divorced from Mattie Helen JONES in Arkansas County, Arkansas.9

15th May 1925

Birth of son Cyrus Lester MCSWAIN in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.2,12,13,8

Nov 1987

Died in DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas.5,7

Nov 1987

Buried in Cedarcrest Memorial Gardens, De Witt, Arkansas County, Arkansas.7


  • Lester is reported in Phillip's household in the 1900 census asPhillip's grandson, age 1 year.  Again the 1910 census reports him asPhillip's grandson.  Phillip took him in as his own son, and it ispossible he had legally adopted him.

    His great grandson Kevin McSwain of DeWitt, reports Lester was agrandson of Phillip (P K) McSwain, a son of one of Philip's daughterswho died in childbirth.  It is likely that Lester's mother, known asTissie (or Tisey) in family memory, was born after the 1880 census.She died at his birth in 1899, so does not appear in any census.  Weare told she was buried in an unmarked grave.

    1900 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 19 June, PrairieTownship, District 7, Page 13B, Hse #218, Fam #293
    McSwain, Phillip K Head W M  Jan 1847  53 Married 25 years  NC NC NCFarmer
    McSwain, Marth [sic] E   Wife W F Oct 1847 52  Married 25 yearsHousekeeping  NC NC NC
    McSwain, Lester Grandson  W M  Mar 1899 1 AR NC NC

    1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 22 April, PrairieTownship, District 13, page 4A, Hse/Fam #58
    McSwain, Philip  Head  M W 69 Married 36 years NC  NC  NC Farmer
    McSwain, Martha  Wife  F W 67 Married 36 years NC  SC  NC
    McSwain, Lester  Grandson  M W 11 Single AR NC NC

    Lester is reported as the grandson of Phillip in these two censuses.Philip took him in and treated him as a son.  "Phillip also left himan equal share of his property when he died"  (Shirley RowlandMitchell, email to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 8 April 2015).

    Lester's WWI Draft Registration card tells us a lot about his currentsituation in 1918.

    U. S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
    Cyrus Lester McSwain
    Age 19, b 16 Mar 1899 (no location given)
    Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Wife M E McSwain
    Occupation Farmer
    Medium build, slender, blue eyes, sandy hair
    Registered Stuttgart, Arkansas, 12 September 1918
    Signed as Siros Lester McSwain

    In 1920, Lester (age 20) has his own household with his wife MattieJones (age 18).  All indications are that he went by his middle nameLester.  This is the way he is always reported in the census.

    1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 4 February, District16, Page 7A, Ethel & Chute Rd, House #119, Fam #123
    McSwain, Lester  Head M W 20 AR AR AR Farm Laborer, Working Out
    McSwain, Mattie H  Wife F W 18 AR AR MS

    In the 1930 census, Lester is living next door to Robert OregonKnowlton, Jr, in Prairie Township (Ethel).  On the other side ofKnowlton is Lester's uncle Joseph E McSwain.  Lester appears with hissecond wife, Eunice (Davis), and son Lester, Jr., age 4.  Thisindicates that he and Eunice Davis married about 1924 or early 1925,meaning he and Mattie were divorced no later than 1925, probably about1924.

    1930 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 21 April, District 25,page 6B, Prairie Township, Ethel & Chute Rd, Hse #116, Fam #117
    McSwain, Lester  Head M W 30 First married at age 19 AR AR AR Farmer
    McSwain, Eunice Wife F W 28 First married at age 18 AR MS AR
    McSwain, Lester Jr  Son M W 4yrs 10mos AR AR AR

    Notice that here the birth place of Lester's parents has changed fromboth in North Carolina to both in Arkansas.  Early censuses reportedboth born in North Carolina.  But his mother Tissie was born inArkansas.  Reports differ for John, one reporting North Carolina andanother Arkansas as his birthplace.

    1940 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 8 April, PrairieTownship, District 1-26, page 3B, Belleview Road, Hse #49, Own $200
    McSwain, Lester Head M W 41 Married Grade 8 b Arkansas Same House in1935 Farmer [b abt 1899]
    McSwain, Eunice Wife F W 34 Married Grade 7 b Arkansas Same House in1935 Housewife [b abt 1906]
    McSwain, Cyrus Son M W 14 Single Grade 7 b Arkansas Same House in 1935[b abt 1926]

    Later information about both Eunice and Lester place them in DeWitt,Arkansas, about 20 miles from his original home in Ethel where helived with his grandfather then in his own household with Mattie.

    Lester was living in DeWitt when he died, according to the SocialSecurity Death Index.

    Social Security Death Index: U.S., Broderbund Family Archive #110,Vol. 2 M-Z, Ed. 6
    Mcswain, Lester
    Social Security #432-32-8310
    Issued in Arkansas
    Birth 03/16/1899
    Death 11/00/1987
    Last known residence 72042, DeWitt, Arkansas

    Marriage date has not yet been exactly documented.  Lester McSwainappears with his second wife Eunice Davis, and son Lester, Jr, is 4years old; Eunice's age at marriage is reported there to be 18, so shemarried Lester some  time after he birthday in November 1924.  I havereported the marriage as 1925.

    Later information about both Eunice and Lester place them in DeWitt,the southern county seat of Arkansas County.

    Place of marriage is the residence at time of marriage.  It is not yetknown where the actual solemnization ceremony took place.  It couldhave been by a pastor in the community, or in the county seat ofDeWitt, about 20 miles from Ethel center.

    No details are available on when Lester and Mattie divorced.

    Cyrus L McSwain, Sr
    Birth 1899
    Death 1987
    Spouse Eunice D McSwain (1906 - 1994)
    Burial Cedarcrest Memorial Gardens, De Witt, Arkansas County, Arkansas
    Created by Jerry Grisham Mar 01, 2012
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #86051540,


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