William H HOLDEN Bobbie HOLDEN Catherine E HOLDEN Catherine UNKNOWN Maude Caldonia HOLDEN Mattie HOLDEN Jane C MCSWAIN Mini tree diagram

John H HOLDEN2,3,4,5,6

27th Sep 18961,2,3,4,5,6 - 1st Oct 19785

Life History

27th Sep 1896

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

about Jul 1920

Birth of daughter Bobbie HOLDEN in Arkansas County, Arkansas.4

about Jul 1921

Birth of daughter Catherine E HOLDEN in Texas.4

1st Oct 1978

Died in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.5

Other facts


Married Catherine UNKNOWN


  • The first child of William and Janie Holden is reported as JohnHolden, Birth: APR 1895 in Prairie, Arkansas Co., Arkansas

    If John was born in April 1895, then we should estimate the marriageas 1894.  Nine months prior to April 1895 would be about July 1894.The 1900 census reports his birth sate as April 1896, and his parentsmarried 5 years, which matches.  It is a question where the April 1895date came from.  Perhaps someone misread the year reported in the 1900census.  However, the census reports April but the California DeathIndex and John's WWI registration, transcribed below, report he wasborn in September 1896.  They are consistent, and the WWI Draftinformation would have come form him, so I will use these as thesource for his birth date.

    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

    This census has his middle initial as H, but the name in theCalifornia Death Index is John A Holden.  Family information haseither John Holden or follows the 1900 census for John H. Holden.

    In the 1910 census, we find John living in his sister's household.John and Ethel's grandmother is in the household also, although she isreproted as Russel's grandmother, instead of Ethel's.

    1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 15 April, PrairieTownship, District 18, page 1A, Hse/Fam #5
    McSwain, Russel A Head M W 28 Married 8 yrs AR NC NC Farmer Rents
    McSwain, Ethel E Wife F W 24 Married 8 yrs 3 children/2 living MS MSMS
    McSwain, Wylton F Son M W 4 Single AR AR MS
    McSwain, Russel Son M W 11mos Single AR AR MS
    Wigley, Margaret Grandmother F W 17 Single SC SC SC
    Holden, John Nephew M W 13 Single AR MS MS

    It is not clear why John Holden is reported as Russel's nephew, sincehe is Ethel's brother, and thus Russel's brother-in-law.  I do notJohn's mother's maiden name, but cannot find a Jane McSwain to match.

    In the 1930 census, John's age of 33 would indicate he was born in1896 or 1897, matching the 1900 census report.

    1930 Federal Census, Los Angeles County, California, 22 April, LosAngeles, Block 267, District 369, page 7A, 1041 w 17th St, Hse #947Fam #153
    Holden, John  Head  Rents M W 33  First married at age 23 AR AR ARTruck Driver
    Holden, Catherine Wife F W 33  First married at age 23 AR AR ARWaitress
    Holden Bobbie Dau F W 9 AR AR AR
    Holden Catherine E Dau F W 8 TX AR AR

    The one-year difference in age of the two daughters enables us to saythat John and Catherine moved from Arkansas to Texas in late 1920 toearly 1921.  Since Bobbie is 9 years old before the April census, herbirth would have been no later than July 1920.  We don't have similarclues to tell us when they moved on to California, but it would havebeen no earlier than mid-1922, after the birth of Catherine E inTexas.

    I learned John's actual birth date from the California Death Index:
    John A Holden, Birth Date: 27 Sep 1896 Arkansas, Death Date: 1 Oct1978 Los Angeles, Social Security # 552-36-9295
    Note that this also provides John's middle initial.

    The Social Security Death Index gives us the birth date and month ofdeath, and also gives Los Angeles City as his residence at the time ofdeath.

    Social Security Death Index
    John Holden
    Born 27 Sep 1896, Died Oct 1978
    Last Benefit and Residence Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California 90034
    SSN 552-36-9295 issued California (Before 1951)

    John's WWI Draft Registration reports the following information:
    John Holden, Birth 27 Sep 1896 Ethel, Arkansas County, Arkansas
    Residence Ethel, Arkansas County, Arkansas
    father's birthplace Mississippi
    Employer Ben McSwain, Ethel, Arkansas
    Closest relative Maud Jones, Ethel
    Blue Eyes, Light Hair; registration 5 June 1918 [place not given]

    Note that these two reports of his birth date in September 1896 differfrom the 1900 census which has April 1896.


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