Phillip K MCSWAIN Bedford Forrest ROWLAND Myrtle Idelle ROWLAND Sarah Elizabeth ROWLAND Roberta May ROWLAND John W ROWLAND Vernie F ROWLAND Martha Jane ROWLAND Walton Maize ROWLAND Edward Doyle ROWLAND William James PORTER Ada Loora MCSWAIN Joseph Edward MCSWAIN Tissie MCSWAIN Robert Perry MCSWAIN Benjamin Dean MCSWAIN Lillie May MCSWAIN Leona E MCSWAIN Martha Elizabeth PADGETT Mini tree diagram

Maggie Ella MCSWAIN2,3,5,12,6,6,11,8

also known as Maggie E PORTER1,9

also known as Maggie ROLEN10

also known as Maggy E ROWLAND4,11

30th Aug 18761,2,3,4,5,6,6,7 - 17th Nov 19518,7

Life History

30th Aug 1876

Born in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.1,2,3,4,5,6,6,7

16th Feb 1898

Married Bedford Forrest ROWLAND in Arkansas County, Arkansas.28,6

22nd Apr 1899

Birth of daughter Myrtle Idelle ROWLAND in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.3,10,7,13

13th Nov 1900

Birth of daughter Sarah Elizabeth ROWLAND in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.6,14,15,10,7

3rd Oct 1905

Birth of daughter Roberta May ROWLAND in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.16,10,17,4,7,18

about 1907

Birth of son John W ROWLAND in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.10,7,13

about Sep 1908

Birth of daughter Vernie F ROWLAND in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.10,13

about 1911

Birth of daughter Martha Jane ROWLAND in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.20,21,22,7

2nd Nov 1911

Birth of son Walton Maize ROWLAND in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.23,19,4,24,25,7

before 1914

Death of daughter Vernie F ROWLAND in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.13

before 1914

Death of son John W ROWLAND in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.19,11,7,13

24th May 1914

Birth of son Edward Doyle ROWLAND in DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas.1,19,4,6,26,25

before 1920

Death of Bedford Forrest ROWLAND in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.27,24

16th Dec 1928

Married William James PORTER in Arkansas County, Arkansas.4,1,6,9

17th Nov 1951

Died in Arkansas County, Arkansas.8,7


Buried in Mt Pleasant Cemetery, Ethel, Arkansas County, Arkansas.8


  • Maggie was the first child of Phillip K McSwain and Martha ElizabethPadgett.

    1880 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 10 June, PrairieTownship, page 16D, Hse #105, Fam #108
    P K McSwain  W M  31   Farmer  NC NC NC
    Elizabeth McSwain W  F 32 Wife Housekeeping  NC SC NC
    Maggie E McSwain W  F 4 Daughter AR NC NC
    A L McSwain W  F 2 Daughter AR NC NC
    J E McSwain W  F 7mos b Nov 1879 Son AR NC NC

    1900 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 5 June, PrairieTownship, District 7, p 11A, Hse #181, Fam #186
    Rowland, Benjamin F  Head  W M Aug 1866 34 Married 3 years  KY KY KYFarmer
    Rowland, Maggie E  Wife  F W Aug 1876 23 Married 3 years  AR NC NC

    In the 1910 census we find Jane Padgett boarding with Maggie and herfamily.  In 1900 she had been boarding in the household of Maggie'sfather Phillip, along with her mother Lavinia Padgett.  In 1880, thePadgetts had been next-door neighbours of Phillip.  In 1910 Maggie andher family are next door to her parents, Phillip and Martha.

    1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 22 April, PrairieTownship, District 13, p 4A, Hse/Fam #59
    Rolen, Bedford Head M W 46 KY KY KY Farmer
    Rolen, Maggie  Wife  F  W 33 AR NC NC [born abt 1877]
    Rolen, Myrtle J  Dau  F  W 11 AR KY AR
    Rolen, Sarah E  Dau  F  W 9 AR KY AR
    Rolen, Roberta M  Dau  F  W 4 AR KY AR
    Rolen, John W  Son  M  W 3 AR KY AR
    Rolen, Vernie F  Dau  F  W 1yr 1mo AR KY AR

    The 1920 census returns to the standard spelling of Rowland.

    In 1920, her name is spelled Maggy, rather than Maggie, as we have itin previous censuses.  Maggy is a widow, head of her household as afarmer.  We can estimate the year of death of her husband Bedford bythe ages of their two youngest children.  Walton is 8 and Edward is 5. Edward would have been born in roughly 1915, so Bedford could havedied during that pregnancy or at some time between 1905 and February1920, when the census was held.

    1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 4 February, PrairieTownship, District 13, Ethel & Chute Rd, p 7A, Hse #122, Fam #126
    Rowland, Maggy E  Head  Widow  F W 45 AR NC NC Farmer [born abt 1875]
    Rowland, Roberta  Daughter  F W 14 AR KY AR Farm Laborer
    Rowland, Walton  Son  M W 8 AR KY AR
    Rowland, Edward  Son  M W 5 AR KY AR

    A Bedofrd Rowland was born in 1918, according to a marriage record inArkansas County.  This appears to be a son of Maggie and her firsthusband Bedford Forrest Rowland, who died before the 1920 census.  Butthis child does not appear in Maggie's household in 1920 or 1930.  ButI don't know who his parents would be otherwise.  The young Bedfordmarried Bernice McSwian in 1938 in Arkansas County.  The residence forboth is reported as Ethel.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    Will Porter
    Age: 47, Birth Year: abt 1881
    Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Spouse Maggie Rowland
    Spouse's Age 52
    Spouse's Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Marriage 16 Dec 1928 Arkansas
    Marriage License Date 15 Dec 1928

    By 1930, Maggie has remarried, to William Porter.  They have twochildren, ages 17 and 16.  This would meant that these are William'schildren by a previous wife.  Also living in the household is Maggie'sson Edward Rowland.

    1930 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 20 April, PrairieTownship, District 7, p 6B, Ethel & Chute Rd, Hse #111, Fam #112
    Porter, William  Head M W 48 AR USA USA  Farmer
    Porter, Maggie E Wife  F W 53 AR NC NC [born abt 1877]
    Porter, Emogene  Daughter  F W 17 AR AR AR
    Porter, Jack E  Son  M W 16 AR AR AR Farm Laborer
    Edward Rowland Stepson M W 15 AR KY AR

    William's son Jack E (William E) Porter married Hazel Bob McSwain,daughter of Robert McSwain

    Census ages indicate that Maggie was born in 1875-77.  The SocialSecurity Death Index reports that at the time of her death her age was65, with an estimated birth year of 1878.  The Index does not reportan exact date of birth.  The 1900 census reports the month and year ofbirth.  For Maggie this was Aug 1876.  This is consistent with theages reported in the censuses, and is the most exact date, so I havereported August 1866 as her birth date.

    I had never found out what Maggie's middle initial E stood for untilJuly 2013, when her granddaughter contacted me through Facebook.

    Shirley Mitchell wrote:
    "Philip K McSwain and Martha Elizabeth Padgett were the parents of mygrandmother, Maggie Ella McSwain, who married Bedford ForrestRowland."

    "I also remember Grandma Maggie who lived a few miles down the dustyroad from Jim and Lizzie [Jones]. Almost all of those females wereoverweight and dipped snuff. (Not Lizzie.) We were expected to letthem kiss you and I was always reticent about that, but I did it.Maggie's husband was Mr. Will Porter. ... They had a lime tree intheir front yard. I was probably 3 years old."
    --  Kenneth McSwain, email to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 9 June 2014

    1940 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 18 April, PrairieTownship, District 1-18, page 9B, Oak Flat Rd, Hse #147 Rents $500
    Porter, Will James Head M W 59 Grade 2 b Ark same place in 1935 Farmer
    Porter, Maggie Wife F W 63 Grade 6 b Ark  same place in 1935Housekeeper
    Taylor, Webster Hired Hand M Neg 30 Grade 6 b Ark same place in 1935Farm Laborer
    Fitzpatrick, Virlon Hired Hand M Neg 30 Grade 4 b Ark same place in1935 Farm Laborer

    Rowland line from McSwain

    When I sent you info on these people, I did not have the date ofdeath.  Just came from the cemetery and am sending these dates ofdeath:

    Maggie McSwain Rowland Porter....1952 (no month or day on tombstone)[She later determined this is wrong.  From records, the actual date is17 Nov 1951]
    Myrtle Rowland Allsup....2/25/1972

    Sarah Elizabeth (Lizzie) Rowland Jones...9/22/1975
    Edward Rowland....8/15/1970

    They are all buried at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Ethel, Arkansas.
    --  Shirley Rowland Mitchell, email to Orville Boyd Jenkins, April 06,2015

    "Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Ethel is where Maggie McSwain Rowland Porteris buried.  I attended this funeral and know that it is hergravestone.  Also her children, Myrtle Allsop, Sarah Elizabeth Jones,and Edward Rowland are buried close to her.  Her husband when she diedwas William Porter and he is buried next to her.  (Also on the otherside of William Porter's grave is another wife he had!)"
    --  Shirley Rowland Mitchell, email to Orville Boyd Jenkins, April 07,2015

    Shirley reported on Maggie's birth and death dates.  Her gravestonehas the death date as only the year 1952, but the correct full datefrom records is 17 November 1951.

    "I do not know why Maggie McSwain Rowland Porter's headstone says shedied in 1952.  I guess that is when the put up the headstone, andnobody told the the person putting the info on it the correct date.She was born August 30, 1876, and died November 17, 1951."
    --  Shirley Rowland Mitchell, email to Orville Boyd Jenkins, April 07,2015

    Maggie Ella McSwain Porter
    Birth Aug. 30, 1876 Ethel, Arkansas County, Arkansas
    Death Nov. 17, 1915 Arkansas County, Arkansas

    Maggie was the daughter of Phillip K McSwain and Martha ElizabethPadgett, who had moved with their families, soon after their marriage,from North Carolina to Ethel, on the White River, in Arkansas County.Maggie married Bedford Forrest Rowland, who had come from Kentucky.They had several children.

    After Bedford died in about 1917, Maggie married William James Porter,who is buried near her in the Mt Pleasant Cemetery in Ethel.

    Spouse Bedford Forrest Rowland (1866 - 1917)
    Myrtle Idelle Rowland Allsup (1899 - 1972)
    Sarah Elizabeth Rowland Jones (1900 - 1975)
    John W Rowland (1907 - 1914*
    Vernie F Rowland (1908 - 1914)
    Edward Doyle Rowland (1914 - 1970)

    Burial Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Arkansas County, Arkansas

    Created by Orville Jenkins Apr 08, 2015
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #144747192,


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