William W MCSWAIN Edna Earl MCSWAIN Albert Lee MCSWAIN Lida B COCHRAN George Burton MCSWAIN Belle MCSWAIN Bertha M MCSWAIN William W MCSWAIN Sarah Ann Isabella LOWE Mini tree diagram

Albert MCSWAIN1,2,3,6

Nov 18791,2,3 - 19044,5

Life History

Nov 1879

Born in Arkansas County, Arkansas.1,2,3


Died in Arkansas County, Arkansas.4,5

27th Feb 1904

Married Lida B COCHRAN in Arkansas County, Arkansas.2

23rd Feb 1905

Birth of son Albert Lee MCSWAIN in Arkansas County, Arkansas.7,2,8,9


  • 1880 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 10 June, PrairieTownship, District ?, page 16, Hse #109, Family #112
    William McSwain W  M  23  Head-Farmer  NC NC NC
    Sarah McSwain  W  F  23  Wife Hsekeep Ark Tenn Tenn
    Albert McSwain W M 7mos born Nov 1879 Son Ark NC Ark

    1900 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 20 June, PrairieTownship, District 7, page 15A, Hse #254, Fam #261
    McSwain, Sarah  Head W  F  Jan 1856  44  AR MS TN Farmer
    McSwain, Edna  Dau  W  F  Oct 1877  22  AR NC TN
    McSwain, Albert  Son W  M  Nov 1879  20 AR NC TN Farm Laborer

    Albert and Sarah appear with Sarah's other children in the 1900census, but Albert's father William is absent.  They all three appearto be buried in the same grave, with one gravestone, in Mt PleasantCemetery, Ethel, Arkansas.

    The gravestone says:
    "W W & Sarah McSwain and son Albert 1895-1904."  It appears Williamdied in 1895; he is not in the 1900 census.  There is incompleteinformation on the joint gravestone.  The phrase "1895-1904" isambiguous.  In the 1900 census, Albert is reported born in November1879.  Perhaps the date of 1895 is the date of death of his parents.The dates 1895-1904 could be a range of time for the three deaths.The date of 1904 may refer only to Albert.

    For a long time I could find nothing else about Albert McSwain.  I hadfound an Albert Lee McSwain, son of Lida/Lyda Cochran Criswell in alater census.  But I could never find information on Lida's McSwainhusband.  Then in searching again in November 2011, I found a marriagerecord of Albert McSwain and Lida Cochran.

    Albert married Lida Cochran in February 1904, and their son Albert Leewas born in 1905.  It is possible that Albert died soon after theymarried in 1904.  I have shown the date of 1904 as the date of deathfor both Albert and his mother Sarah.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    Albert McSwain
    Age 24
    Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name Lida Cochran
    Spouse's Age 17
    Spouse's Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Marriage License 27 Feb 1904 Arkansas County

    This enabled me to make the connection to the McSwains.  I had anAlbert McSwain, son of William W McSwain and Sarah Lowe, with no wife. The general facts matched and the name of Lida's son confirmed thatAlbert was her first husband.

    Albert's age in the marriage record indicates that Albert was bornabout 1880, or probably in 1879.  His reported birth date is November1879.  Lyda's age indicates she was born in about 1886.  But the 1930census reports that she was 15 at the time of her first marriage, and43 at that census.  That would mean she was born about 1886, making amatch, and married in 1902, a bit early.  Allowing for the generalimprecision of ages reported in the censuses in that era, this seemedto be a match.

    Lida was 24 in the 1910 census, and had been married about 4 yearsthen.  Their son Albert was 5 in 1910, so they would have married atleast by 1904.  Lida's second marriage was in 1906. Albert Lee's birthdate is reported in his Social Security records as 23 February 1905.

    This is a firm reference and Lyda's marriage in 1906 is firm.  We cantake the date of 1904 off Albert's joint gravestone with his parentsas his date of death, and there is a snug fit with the other firmfacts of this family.  Lida Cochran's first husband was AlbertMcSwain.


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