James B CRISWELL Mini tree diagram

Martha J CONNELLY1,4,2,3

about 18671,2,3 - after 1940

Life History

about 1867

Born in Arkansas.1,2,3

18th Aug 1913

Married James B CRISWELL in Arkansas County, Arkansas.5,2

after 1940

Death of James B CRISWELL in Arkansas.1

after 1940

Died in Arkansas


  • I cannot tell from the information available exactly when Marthamarried James Criswell.  The 1900 census reports that James' secondwife Janie Holden had one child, John H, age 4 in the 1900 census.Jerry Griffitts reports a child Caldonia born in 1901, who was hisgrandmother.  In the 1910 census with James household, we findCaldonia, age 9, but also Mattie (whose entry looks like Wattie).

    In the 1910 census we see Janie as James' wife with her 1.5-year-oldNoah Criswell.

    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 [born 1900]
    Criswell, Noah D  Daughter [sic] M W 1yr 6mos  AR MS AR [born Oct1908]
    Holden, Caldonia Step-daughter F W 9 AR MS AR [born abt 1901]
    Holden, Mattie Son [Step-Son] F W 6 AR MS AR [born abt 1904]

    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 dies in 1930, but itis clear that the wife in 1920 here is not Jane, who should be about42, but Mattie age 53.

    The Arkansas marriage record provides  sthe details of the third wife.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    J B Criswell
    Gender: Male
    Age 43, Birth Year abt 1870
    Residence: Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name: Mattie Connelly
    Spouse's Gender: Female
    Spouse's Age 46
    Spouse's Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Marriage 18 Aug 1913 Arkansas County
    Marriage License Date 15 Aug 1913

    In 1920, Noah is the youngest child in the household at age 11.  Thisalso seems to indicate that Martha never had any children with James.She was already 53 in that year.

    1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 9 February, PrairieTownship, Country Road, District 15, page 6A, Hse/Fam #109
    Criswell, James Head M W 49  MS SC SC Farmer
    Criswell, Mattie Wife F W 53  AR AR AR
    Criswell, Myrtle Dau F W 25  AR MS AR Farm Laborer
    Criswell, Robert Son M W 20  AR MS AR Farm Laborer
    Criswell, Noah Son M W 11  AR MS AR

    1930 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 22 April, PrairieTownship, Ethel & Chute Rd, District 7, page 7B, Hse #127 Fam #128
    Criswell, James B  Head M W 59  MS SC USA Farmer
    Criswell, Martha J Wife F W 63  AR TN TN
    Criswell, Nixie M  Granddaughter F W 14 AR AR AR Farm Laborer

    I have not figured out the parents of James granddaughter Nixiereported in the household in 1930.

    1940 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 16 April, Ethel,District 1-24, page 7A, Ethel Rd, Hse #92, Rents Farm, $20 value
    Crisswell, James Head M W 69 Grade 4 b Mississippi same house in 1935
    Crisswell, Martha Wife F W 73 Grade 2 b Arkansas same house in 1935


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