Ruth Alma MCSWAIN Mini tree diagram
Oswald Eugene RECROFT

Oswald Eugene RECROFT1,3,6,4,7

also known as Ray RECROFT5

5th Aug 19071,2,3,4 - 23rd Aug 19822,3,4

Life History

5th Aug 1907

Born in Nebraska.1,2,3,4

12th Jan 1935

Married Ruth Alma MCSWAIN in Arkansas County, Arkansas.8

23rd Aug 1982

Died in Jupiter, Palm Beach, Florida.2,3,4

after 23rd Aug 1982

Buried in Riverside Memorial Park, Tequesta, Martin County, Florida.4


  • Oswald Eugene Recroft was born on 4 August 1907, according to theSocial Security Death Index.  I find Oswald E Recroft first in the1910 census for Newport, Rock County, Nebraska.  He is the 2-year-oldson of an Irish Canadian immigrant and a woman born in Iowa.  Oswaldwas born in Nebraska.

    1910 Federal Census, Rock County, Nebraska, 16 April, Newport Village,District 199, Page 1B, Main Street, Hse/Fam #17
    Recroft, Robert A Head M W 34 Married 13 yrs Canada Ireland IrelandImmigration 1875 Naturalized  Post Master
    Recroft, Mary A Wife F W 32 Married 13 yrs Iowa Indiana Missouri
    Recroft, Oswald E Son M W 2 Nebraska Canada Iowa

    We see from this that Robert has been naturalized.  But the date ofnaturalization is not given in this census.

    By 1920 Oswald's mother has died, and his father Robert has moved toNeligh, in Antelope County, Nebraska, where he is living with hisbrother John.

    1920 Federal Census, Antelope County, Nebraska, 5 January, Neligh,District 12, Page 6A, Hse #136, Fam #148
    Recroft, John Head Owns home M W 45 Immigration 1885 Naturalized, DateUnknown Canada Ireland Ireland  County Clerk
    Recroft, Eva M Wife F W 42 Nebraska Ohio Illinois
    Recroft, Howard Son M W 20 Nebraska Canada Nebraska  Salesman, DrugStore
    Recroft, Thelma Dau M W 17 Nebraska Canada Nebraska
    Recroft, Fern Dau M W 16 Nebraska Canada Nebraska
    Recroft, Ruth Dau M W 13 Nebraska Canada Nebraska
    Recroft, Robert Brother M W 43 Widowed  Immigration 1885 Naturalized,Date Unknown Canada Ireland Ireland  Real Estate Salesman
    Recroft, Oswald E Nephew M W 12 Nebraska Canada Nebraska

    Note that the date of immigration for John and Robert has changed from1875 to 1885.  Note also that now the birth state of Oswald's motheris reported as Nebraska, instead of Iowa.  I expect this is becausethe mother of John's children's was born in Nebraska, and theenumerator probably wrote that without clarifying.

    I did not find a 1930 census entry for Oswald E Recroft.  We find theinformation on his marriage to Ruth Knowlton in the Arkansas MarriageIndex, recording their marriage license issuance on 12 Jan 1935.  Theactual date of the ceremony is not given in the registry.  This wasRuth A (Alma Ruth) McSwain, who was divorced from Oregon Knowltonbefore 1934.

    They later moved to Florida, where we find listings in PhoneDirectories for Jupiter, in Palm Beach County, Florida.  Records alsoexist for an address in Tequesta in the same county.

    U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 2
    Oswald E Recroft
    Birth Date 5 Aug 1907
    39 Cedar Hill Ln, Tequesta (Palm Beach County), FL 33469-2109

    Official Register of the United States, 1959
    Department of the Interior, Fish & Wildlife Service
    Oswald E. Recroft, Regional Supervisor, Minneapolis, Minn
    Legal Resident Minnesota
    Salary $9,890

    The Social Security Death Index reports that his last residentialaddress was Jupiter, Palm Beach, Florida.  Oswald, also known as Rayby family, died in August 1982.  His SSN 473-50-5066 was issued inMinnesota in the period of 1961-62.  The Florida Death Index,1877-1998, reports the exact day of his death, whereas the SocialSecurity Death Index has only the month.

    Florida Death Index
    Oswald E Recroft
    Born 5 Aug 1907
    Died 23 Aug 1982, Palm Beach County, Florida

    Note that the Florida Death Index date of birth is a day after thatreported on the Social Security records, 5 August instead of 4 August1907.  Additional information I submitted to Oswald's memorial on Finda Grave wa added in February 2015.

    Oswald Eugene "Ray" Recroft
    Birth Aug. 5, 1907 Nebraska
    Death Aug. 23, 1982 Jupiter, Palm Beach County, Florida
    Robert Alexander Recroft (1875 - 1954)
    Mary Alice Recroft (1877 - 1918)
    Ruth M Tackett (1909 - 1989)
    Ruth Alma Recroft (1910 - 2005)
    Burial Riverside Memorial Park, Tequesta, Martin County, Florida,Pioneer Section Block 26
    Created by Paula J Jul 03, 2009
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #39026755,


  • 1. U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2
  • 2. Social Security Death Index
    • Oswald Recroft
  • 3. Florida Death Index, 1877-1998
    • Oswald E Recroft
  • 4. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 5. Kenneth Wirt McSwain, email to Orville Boyd Jenkins, April-September2008
  • 6. Kenneth Wirt McSwain, email to Orville Boyd Jenkins, April-September2008
    • citing information in email from Byrdie Engle McSwain
  • 7. Official Register of the United States, 1959
  • 8. Arkansas Marriage Index, 1933-1939
    • Vol 2, Certificate 00216

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