William H CRISWELL John Jefferson CRISWELL James B CRISWELL Caledonia CRISWELL Manuel Harvey CRISWELL Margaret CRISWELL Alfred P CRISWELL Neoma Belle CRISWELL Sadie Inez CRISWELL Hallie Jefferson Brown CRISWELL Lucious Hanna CRISWELL James Breaxton CRISWELL Hubbard Ross CRISWELL Roy Wayne CRISWELL Lida B COCHRAN Robert F CRISWELL Joseph L CRISWELL Edd Ragan CRISWELL Margaret E CRISWELL Lee Jackson CRISWELL Jesse Quitman CRISWELL Martha A JACKSON Mini tree diagram
Thomas Jefferson CRISWELL

Thomas Jefferson CRISWELL1,11,3,2,4,7,8,9

29th Aug 18781,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 - 8th Apr 19589

Life History

29th Aug 1878

Born in Goodman, Tallow, Mississippi.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

between 1900 and 1930

Resident in Prairie Township, Arkansas, Arkansas.5,4,10

21st Jan 1906

Married Lida B COCHRAN in Arkansas County, Arkansas.1,2,21

26th Jan 1907

Birth of son Alfred P CRISWELL.12

15th Dec 1907

Death of son Alfred P CRISWELL in Arkansas County, Arkansas.12

12th Apr 1909

Birth of daughter Neoma Belle CRISWELL in Arkansas County, Arkansas.13,14,3

12th Feb 1911

Birth of daughter Sadie Inez CRISWELL in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.3,15

23rd Jul 1914

Birth of daughter Hallie Jefferson Brown CRISWELL in Arkansas County, Arkansas.3,16,14,15

Dec 1916

Birth of son Lucious Hanna CRISWELL in Arkansas County, Arkansas.13,12

6th Apr 1919

Birth of son James Breaxton CRISWELL in Arkansas County, Arkansas.16,18,14

26th Aug 1921

Death of son Lucious Hanna CRISWELL in Arkansas County, Arkansas.17,12

6th May 1923

Birth of son Hubbard Ross CRISWELL in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.16

2nd Aug 1930

Birth of son Roy Wayne CRISWELL in Arkansas County, Arkansas.19,20

8th Apr 1958

Died in Wichita Falls, Wichita, Texas.9

Pulmonary Edema, Corg Heart Failure, due to Hypertension

10th Apr 1958

Buried in Crestfview Memorial Park, Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Texas.9


  • 1880 Federal Census, Attala County, Mississippi, 24 June, Beat 4,District 17, p 51, #461, Fam #465
    Criswell, William 40    Farmer MS MS MS (b abt 1840)
    Criswell, Martha W F 38 Wife Keeping House b MS MS MS (b abt 1842)
    Criswell, Thomas W M 10mos Son  MS MS MS (b abt 1879)

    The 1900 census reports that Thomas was born in March 1881.  YetThomas is reported in the 1880 census!  He is already 10 months old atthat time, and thus born in about July 1879.  Thus in 1900 he shouldhave been 20 (1 month short of 21), not 19.  The age of 30 in 1910supports this.

    1900 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 16 June 1900, PrairieTownship, District 7, Page 11B, Hse #192, Family #195:
    William H Criswell Head  W M  Mar 1840  60  Alabama Alabama Alabama
    Martha A Criswell Wife W F  Apr 1840  60  Alabama Georgia Georgia
    Thomas Criswell   Son  W M  Mar 1881  19  Miss Alabama Alabama

    Thomas' birth date here can't be right, since he was recorded in the1880 census.  His WWI registration reports his birth date as 28 August1878, even though the 1880 census said he was only 10 months old inJune 1880.  So it seems more likely that the year of birth was 1879.

    I find it interesting that in the censuses from 1900 to 1930, thebirthplace of Thomas and his parents keeps changing:
    1900  Mississippi Alabama Alabama
    1910  Arkansas  Mississippi Mississippi
    1920  Mississippi Georgia Mississippi
    1930  Arkansas  Mississippi United States

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    T J Criswell
    Gender Male
    Age 26, Birth Year abt 1880
    Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name Lida McSwain
    Spouse's Gender Female
    Spouse's Age 18
    Spouse's Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Marriage 21 Jan 1906 Arkansas County
    Marriage License Date 19 Jan 1906

    In the 1910 census, Lydia (Lida) is married to Thomas Criswell, and itis shown as in her 2nd marriage.  Before this census, they had onechild named Alfred B.  He was born 26 Jan 1907 and died 15 Dec 1907.

    1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 20 April, District 18,Sheet 3A, Prairie Township, Ethel & Point Rd, Hse/Fam #121
    Criswell, Thomas  Head  M W 30  Marriage1 4years  MS SC AL
    Criswell, Lida     Wife  F W 24  Marriage2 4years  Ark  MS MS
    Criswell, Meoma B  Dau F W 1  AR MS AR
    Criswell, Myrtle Niece F W 15  AR MS AR
    McSwain, Albert  Step-son  M W 5  Ark  Ark  Ark
    Criswell, Jesse Brother M W 14(?)  AR SC AL

    Albert McSwain, "Step-son" of Thomas, is later called Albert L andLee.  Albert Lee McSwain is Lyda's son from her first marriage toAlbert W McSwain.

    World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
    Thomas Jefferson Crisswell [sic]
    Residence Ethel, Arkansas County, Arkansas
    Birth 28 Aug 1878
    Self-Employed Farmer, Ethel, Arkansas
    Nearest Relative (Wife) Lida Crisswell [sic]
    Medium Height, Slender, Blue Eyes, Black Hair
    Registered 12 June 1918 Stuttgart, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Signed Thomas Jefferson Criswell

    Since the 1880 census reports that TJ was only 10 months old at June1880 census time, the year here is probably early, and the correctbirth date is probably 28 August 1879.  It is not likely his parentsin 1880 would have confused a 10 month old with a 22 month old.

    1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 6 February, PrairieTownship, District 16, Page 7B, Hse #135, Fam #141
    Criswell, Thomas  Head  Owns Farm, M W 40  MS GA MS Farmer
    Criswell, Lyda  B Wife  F W 33  AR MS MS
    McSwain, Albert L  Son  [stepson] M W 14  AR AR AR [born abt 1906]Farm Laborer
    Criswell, Neoma  B  Dau  F W 10  AR AR AR [born abt 1910] Farm Laborer
    Criswell, Sadie I  Dau  F W 7  AR AR AR [born abt 1913]
    Criswell, Hallie J  Son  M W 5  AR AR AR [born abt 1915]
    Criswell, Lucious H  Son  M W 3yrs 0mos  AR AR AR [born abt January1917]
    Criswell, James B Son  M W 7 months  AR AR AR [born abt June 1919]

    Note that the child listed as Neoma in 1920 was listed as Meoma in1910.  A granddaughter informs me that Neoma's middle name is Belle.We now have Albert's middle initial, L, and in 1930 we will get themiddle name Lee.  In this 1920 census TJ and Lyda are living next doorto TJ's brother Lee and his family.

    1930 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 21 April, District 25,Page 7A, Ethel & Point Rd, Hse #124, Fam #125
    Criswell, Thomas  Head  M W 52  M first married at age 27  AR MS USA
    Criswell, Lyda  Wife  F W 43  M first married at age 15  AR MS MS
    McSwain, Lee  Son  M W 25  S  AR AR AR [born abt 1905]
    Criswell, Hally J  Son  M W 15  S  AR AR AR [born abt 1915]
    Criswell, J B  Son  M W 10  S  AR AR AR [born abt 1920]
    Criswell, Ross  Son  M W 6  S  AR AR AR [born abt 1924]

    The child JB in 1930 matches the child James B in 1920.  Lee McSwainis Albert Lee, listed here as a son of Thomas, but had earlier beenlisted as a step-son.  This must indicate that Thomas adopted himsometime since 1910.

    U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
    Thomas Jefferson Criswell
    Birth Date 28 Aug 1879 Goodman, Tallow County, Mississippi
    Residence RFD 4, Wichita Falls, Texas
    Contact Mrs T J Criswell, RFD 4, Wichita Falls, Texas
    Employer J B L Hansard, RFD 4, Wichita Falls, Texas
    5'9" 155 lbs, Blue Eyes, Gray Hair, Light Complexion
    Medium Build, Scar on shin of left leg
    Registered 27 April 1942 Wichita Falls, Wichita, Texas

    Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982
    Tom Jefferson Criswell
    Birth 28 Aug 1879 Mississippi
    Residence 812 Calhoun, Wichita Falls, Wichita, Texas for 21 years
    Retired Farmer, Age at Death 78
    Informant C M Gillispie
    Death 8 Apr 1958 Wichita General Hospital, Wichita Falls, Wichita,Texas
    Cause of Death Pulmonary Edema, Corg Heart Failure, due toHypertension
    Burial 10 April 1958 Crestfview Memorial Park, Wichita Falls, byOwens-Brumpley
    Certificate #25072 Filed 10 April 1958, Filed State 17 April 1958


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