William H HOLDEN John H HOLDEN Maude Caldonia HOLDEN Mattie HOLDEN James B CRISWELL Noah D CRISWELL Mini tree diagram

Jane C MCSWAIN1,2,3,4,1

Mar 18781,2,3,4,1 - before 19134

Life History

Mar 1878

Born in Prairie, Arkansas, Arkansas.1,2,3,4,1

16th Sep 1895

Married William H HOLDEN in Arkansas County, Arkansas.9,4,1

27th Sep 1896

Birth of son John H HOLDEN in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.5,6,2,7,8,9

22nd Jan 1901

Birth of daughter Maude Caldonia HOLDEN in Arkansas.10,11,3

about 1904

Birth of son Mattie HOLDEN in Arkansas.3


Death of William H HOLDEN in Prairie, Arkansas, Arkansas.3,9,12

28th Oct 1906

Married James B CRISWELL in Arkansas County, Arkansas.1,3

Oct 1908

Birth of son Noah D CRISWELL in Arkansas.3,13

before 1913

Died in Prairie Township, Arkansas, Arkansas.4


  • David Murray Raper reports this person's name as Jane R. C. UNKNOWN,and Birth abt 1879 in Arkansas.  David combines the two initialsreported in the 1900 and 1910 census.  The C may stand for Caldonia,since she named one of her daughters Caldonia.  She is listed in the1910 census as Janie C Criswell.  Descendant Jerry Griffitt alsoreports her as Janie R, and includes the 1900 census for this family.
    --  Ancestry Trees,http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/person.aspx?tid=7336277&pid=-1114688026

    Jane's marriage record reports her as J C McSwain.  I have not beenable to determine who her parents are.  The Holden genealogy providesdetails, but does not report a full maiden name, only the R initial.

    William H Holden
    Birth Nov 1859 in Mississippi
    Death BET 1903 AND 1907 in Prairie, Arkansas Co., Arkansas
    Marriage 1895 Prairie, Arkansas, Arkansas, to Jane R Mar 1878
    Born in Prairie, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Died 1930 in Prairie Township, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Ethel Holden b Mar 1884 in Mississippi
    John H Holden, Birth 27 Sep 1896 in Arkansas, Death 1 Oct 1978 in LosAngeles City, California
    Caldonia Holden, Birth 22 Jan 1901 in Prairie, Arkansas, Arkansas,Death 11 March 1995 in Dallas, Polk, Oregon
    Mattie Holden b 1904 in Arkansas
    --  Holden Family,http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/10407308/person/-645503526

    I discovered Jane's record of marriage to William Holden, whichreports her name as J C McSwain.  I have not been able to identifythis child, although it appeared all the McSwain family members inEthel, Arkansas, had been accounted for in family information andpublic records.  Note that the marriage record gives her husband'sname as W F (as transcribed by Ancestry.  They do not post theoriginal image).  Family sources report his middle initial as H.  Ihave not found any reference to William's full middle name.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    W F Holden
    Gender: Male
    Age 35, Birth Year abt 1860
    Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name J C McSwain
    Spouse's Gender: Female
    Spouse's Age: 17
    Spouse's Residence: Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Marriage 16 Sep 1895 Arkansas
    Marriage License Date: 13 Sep 1895

    In 1900 Jane is recorded as Jane R Holden, but in the 1910 census hermiddle initial is reported as C.  The record of their marriage has nomiddle name.

    1900 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 18 June, PrairieTownship, District 7, page 18A, Hse #21, Fam #212
    Holden, William H  Head  W M Nov 1859 40 Married 5 years MS MS MSFarmer Rents
    Holden, Jane R Wife W F Mar 1878 22 Married 5 years 2 children/1living AR SC SC
    Holden, John H Son W M Apr 1896 4 Single AR MS AR
    Holden, Ethel Dau W F Mar 1884 16 Single MS MS MS
    Wigly, Margaret Mother W M May 1843 57 Widow 4 children/2 living NC NCNC

    We see here that James' second wife Janie Holden had one child, JohnH, born in 1896.  Jerry Griffitts reports a child Caldonia born in1901, who was his grandmother.  In the 1910 census with James'household, we find 9-year-old Caldonia, but also Mattie (whose entrylooks like Wattie), born about 1906.  Jane is reported in 1900 as JaneR but in 1910 it is Jane C, as her first marriage record above.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    Janie Holdon [Holden]
    Age 28, Birth Year abt 1878
    Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name: J B Criswell
    Spouse's Age: 36
    Spouse's Residence: Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Marriage 28 Oct 1906 Arkansas County
    Marriage License Date: 27 Oct 1906

    In the 1910 census we see Janie and James' son, 1.5-year-old NoahCriswell.

    1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 18 April, PrairieTownship, Country Road, District 15, page 2A, Hse/Fam #18
    Criswell, James Head M W 39  2nd marriage, married 3 years  MS SC ALFarmer
    Criswell, Janie C Wife F W 32   2nd marriage, married 3 years  Borne 6children, 5 living  AR NC NC
    Criswell, Bryan R  Son M W 10  AR MS AR Farm Laborer
    Criswell, Noah D  Daughter [sic] M W 1yr 6mos  AR MS AR [born Oct1908]
    Holden, Caldonia Step-daughter F W 9 AR MS AR
    Holden, Wattie [Mattie?] Son [Step-Son/Step-Daughter?] F W 6 AR MS AR

    It appears that Jane died before the 1920 census, but it is not clearjust when.  I have found no record of her death.  Jerry Griffittsreports (with no source documentation) that she died in 1930, but itis clear that James Criswell's wife in 1920 is 53-year-old but Mattie,while Jane would be about 42.  The marriage records of Arkansas Countyreport that James and Martha (Mattie) Connelly married in 1913.  So wecan say that Janie Holden died before that time.

    The Holden genealogy reports that Jane died in 1930, but I have beenunable to find any documentation related to her death.  James marriedfor the third time before the 1920 census, where his wife is Martha,last name unknown.  It appears that Jane died, but if the couple wasdivorced, I have found no record of that nor any information on Janefrom their to her reported death in 1930.


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