John Bell HOLDEN Ethel E HOLDEN Mary E WIGLEY John H HOLDEN Maude Caldonia HOLDEN Mattie HOLDEN Jane C MCSWAIN Mary C HOLDEN Margaret R J CRISWELL Mini tree diagram

William H HOLDEN1,2,3,4,5,6

Nov 18591,2,3,4,5,6 - 19052,5,6

Life History

Nov 1859

Born in Mississippi.1,2,3,4,5,6

18th Mar 1886

Birth of daughter Ethel E HOLDEN in Mississippi.13,8,3,14,1,15

before 1895

Death of Mary E WIGLEY in Arkansas County, Arkansas

16th Sep 1895

Married Jane C MCSWAIN in Arkansas County, Arkansas.5,4,3

27th Sep 1896

Birth of son John H HOLDEN in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.7,8,1,9,10,5

22nd Jan 1901

Birth of daughter Maude Caldonia HOLDEN in Arkansas.11,12,2

about 1904

Birth of son Mattie HOLDEN in Arkansas.2


Died in Prairie, Arkansas, Arkansas.2,5,6

Other facts


Married Mary E WIGLEY


  • David Murray Raper reports that the first husband of Jane C (MaidenName Unknown) was
    William H. Holden
    b NOV 1859 Mississippi
    d BET 1903 AND 1907 Prairie, Arkansas Co., Arkansas

    This source also reports the marriage of William and Jane occurred in1895, but there is no comment or documentation.  I later found thisconfirmed in the 1900 census.
    1895 Marriage to Jane R. C. UNKNOWN, Prairie, Arkansas Co., Arkansas.

    In August 2012, I found the marriage record, which reports thatWilliam's wife was J C McSwain.  His name is also given as W F ratherthan W H, which we find in the Holden family genealogies.

    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 [b abt 1878]
    Spouse's Residence: Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Marriage 16 Sep 1895 Arkansas
    Marriage License Date: 13 Sep 1895

    If John was born in April 1895, then we should estimate the marriageas 1894.  Note that the marriage is reported as occurring in September1895.  The 1900 census birth date for John fits with the marriage,date, reporting his birth in March 1896, not 1895, as found in one ormore genealogies.

    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

    Note that the census reports Jane has had 2 children and only one isliving, but there are two children enumerated here.  Checking ages wesee that the daughter Ethel is 12 year older than John.  Also thebirth places of the mothers is different. Ethel is the child of afirst wife of William.  Jane and William have been married only 5years.  Ethel was born in Mississippi.  John was born in Arkansaswhere William had moved, and where he married Jane.

    William's mother is reported as born in Mississippi, but on her ownreport she is reported as born in North Carolina.  In the 1910 census,however, her birth state in South Carolina.  Her last name Wigly[usually spelled Wiggly or Wiggley] tells us Margaret was widowed atleast twice.

    In December 2010, I found Jerry Griffitt had linked this census to theHolden family in his genealogy.  Griffitt provides some additionaldetails on some of the children.  He reports their marriage in 1895.

    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
    Born Mar 1878 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,


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