James Henry CRISWELL Martha J CRISWELL Caroline CRISWELL William H CRISWELL John Bell HOLDEN William H HOLDEN Mary C HOLDEN Somebody WIGLEY James Henry CRISWELL Mary Ann CRISWELL Young Reagan CRISWELL Sarah E A CRISWELL Charles E CRISWELL Mary Jane CANE Mini tree diagram

Margaret R J CRISWELL1,2,3,4,5

May 18431,2,3,4,5 - UNKNOWN

Life History

May 1843

Born in South Carolina.1,2,3,4,5

Nov 1859

Birth of son William H HOLDEN in Mississippi.1,6,8,9,7,3


Birth of daughter Mary C HOLDEN.3

23rd Dec 1882

Death of John Bell HOLDEN in Ft Worth, Tarrant, Texas.3

before 1900

Death of Somebody WIGLEY.1


Death of son William H HOLDEN in Prairie, Arkansas, Arkansas.6,7,3


Death of daughter Mary C HOLDEN



Other facts


Married Somebody WIGLEY


Married John Bell HOLDEN


  • Margaret was born in South Carlina, and her parents moved toMississippi about a year or so later.

    1850 Federal Census, Attala County, Mississippi, 2 September, Township12, page 106B (scan 212), Hse/Fam #155
    James Christwell 33 M Farmer b South Carolina
    Mary M Christwell 37 F b South Carolina Cannot read & write
    Martha J Christwell 15 F b South Carolina
    Caroline Christwell 14 F b South Carolina
    William H Christwell 10 M b South Carolina
    Margaret R Christwell 7 F b South Carolina
    James H Christwell 5 M b Miss
    Mary Ann Christwell 2 F b Miss

    Margaret married John Bell Holden.  But he died in 1882.

    John Bell Holden
    Birth 1844 in Rutherford Co., TN
    Death 23 Dec 1882 in Ft. Worth, Tarrant County, Texas
    George W Holden b 1819
    Sarah Claudia 1820 - 1899
    Spouse Margaret R J Criswell
    Birth May 1843 in South Carolina, Death Unknown
    William Henry Holden 1859 - 1905
    Mary C Holden b 1867
    --  Tangled Roots & Branches,http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/6450631/person/-405946865

    Though John is reported in the genealogy to have died in 1882, in the1880 census, Margaret is found in her father's home, with the surnameWigley, and reported as a widow.  This would appear to mean that shewas either divorced or hier first husband died, and she remarried andthat second husband also died before the 1880 census.  The Wigleychildren would appear to be her stepchildren, since her first childwas William Holden, botn about 1859, the same year of birth as AmandaWigley here.

    1880 Federal Census, Attala County, Mississippi, 24 June, Beat 4,District 17, p 51, #458, Fam #462
    Criswell, James W M 65  Widowed  Farmer SC SC SC (b abt 1815)
    Criswell, Sarah W F 25 Dau Keeps House b MS SC MS (b abt 1855)
    Criswell, Charley  W M 4 Son  MS SC MS (b abt 1876)
    -- #459, Fam #463 --
    Wigley, Margt  W F 37 Dau Widow MS SC SC (b abt 1843)
    Wigley, Amanda  W F 21 Grandchild MS MS MS (b abt 1859)
    Wigley, George   W M 9 Grandson  MS MS MS (b abt 1871)
    Wigley, Elizabeth  W F 19 Grandchild MS MS MS (b abt 1861)

    In 1900, Margaret is living with her son William Holden.  Margaret hasbeen remarried and widowed a second time, as indicated by her lastname Wigley.  I have not learned her maiden name.

    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

    In this census, Margaret is reported as born in North Carolina, butWilliam's record reports his mother as born in Mississippi.  In the1910 census, Margaret's birth state is South Carolina.  In 1910,Margaret is living with her granddaughter Ethel Holden McSwain'sfamily.

    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 66 Single SC SC SC
    Holden, John Nephew M W 13 Single AR MS MS

    Note that Margaret is reported as Russel's grandmother.  Perhaps theenumerator misunderstood when told she was Ethel's grandmother.  Therelationship of John Holden to Russel is also incorrect, from what weknow.  John Holden is Ethel's brother, and thus Russel'sbrother-in-law.

    So it is unclear why he is reported as Russel's nephew.  Maybe John'smother Jane was a sister of Russel.  Jane's maiden name was McSwain,but I have not identified her parents.


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