Albert MCSWAIN Albert Lee MCSWAIN Thomas Jefferson 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 Mini tree diagram

Lida B COCHRAN1,2,2,9,10,3,4,6,11,12

14th Apr 18871,2,2,3,4,5,6 - 15th Jul 19886,8

Life History

14th Apr 1887

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

between 1900 and 1930

Resident in Prairie Township, Arkansas, Arkansas.3,5,7


Death of Albert MCSWAIN in Arkansas County, Arkansas.17,18

27th Feb 1904

Married Albert MCSWAIN in Arkansas County, Arkansas.2

23rd Feb 1905

Birth of son Albert Lee MCSWAIN in Arkansas County, Arkansas.16,2,13,15

21st Jan 1906

Married Thomas Jefferson CRISWELL in Arkansas County, Arkansas.2,12,28

26th Jan 1907

Birth of son Alfred P CRISWELL.19

15th Dec 1907

Death of son Alfred P CRISWELL in Arkansas County, Arkansas.19

12th Apr 1909

Birth of daughter Neoma Belle CRISWELL in Arkansas County, Arkansas.17,20,1

12th Feb 1911

Birth of daughter Sadie Inez CRISWELL in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.1,21

23rd Jul 1914

Birth of daughter Hallie Jefferson Brown CRISWELL in Arkansas County, Arkansas.1,22,20,21

Dec 1916

Birth of son Lucious Hanna CRISWELL in Arkansas County, Arkansas.17,19

6th Apr 1919

Birth of son James Breaxton CRISWELL in Arkansas County, Arkansas.22,24,20

26th Aug 1921

Death of son Lucious Hanna CRISWELL in Arkansas County, Arkansas.23,19

6th May 1923

Birth of son Hubbard Ross CRISWELL in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.22

2nd Aug 1930

Birth of son Roy Wayne CRISWELL in Arkansas County, Arkansas.25,26

8th Apr 1958

Death of Thomas Jefferson CRISWELL in Wichita Falls, Wichita, Texas.27

16th May 1966

Death of son Albert Lee MCSWAIN in St Charles, Arkansas, Arkansas.13,14,15

15th Jul 1988

Died in Wichita County, Texas.6,8


  • The name is more often found as Lyda or Lida, and it is likely thiswas actually the spelling more commonly used.  I even found the SocialSecurity records recording her name as Lida B Criswell.

    Though some early patchy sources seemed to indicate the actual namewas Lydia, it appears it was likely Lida.  The only document I havefound where it is spelled Lydia is the 1900 census, which is not veryreliable, being filled with all kinds of errors of spelling and datesand birth states.

    In October 2008, I received information from Libby Beliew, agranddaughter of Lida's sister Emma Jane Cochran.  Libby says "You arecorrect in your notes that her name was Lida (pronounced LIE-da) andnot Lydia as some records say.  Although she was probably named forher maternal aunt, Lydia Hanna."

    In 1900 it appears to be Lida's family living next door to Thomas'family.  Her mother is a widow managing the home with 6 children.Lydia is 13 years old.  The family name is spelled Cocran (forCochran).

    1900 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 16 June, District 7,Sheet 11B, Prairie Township, Hse/Fam #193
    Cocran, Rosa Head W F July 1854  45 Widow 11 children, 6 living MS NCMS  Farmer
    Cocran, Connie L Dau W F Nov 1875  24  MS MS MS
    Cocran, Leviticus B Son W M Sep 1880  19  MS MS MS  Farm Laborer
    Cocran, Addie M Dau W F Mar 1885  15  MS MS MS
    Cocran, Lydia Dau W F Apr 1887  13  MS MS MS
    Cocran, Belle L Dau W F June 1889  10  MS MS MS
    Cocran, Hallie M Son W F Oct 1891  8  MS MS MS

    Lyda/Lida was married to a McSwain before marrying Thomas Criswell.For a long time I could find no connection to identify this McSwain.Only in November 2011 in a new round of searches, I discovered Lida'smarriage record and found that she had married Albert McSwain.  Theages fit Albert McSwain, son of William McSwain and Sarah Lowe.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    Albert McSwain
    Age 24
    Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name Lida Cochran
    Spouse's Age 17
    Spouse's Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Marriage License 27 Feb 1904 Arkansas County

    In the 1910 census in Prairie Township, Arkansas County, Lydia ismarried to Thomas Criswell, at age 24, and they have been married 4years.  It is his first marriage, but her second.  Living with them isAlbert McSwain reported as the "Step-son" of Thomas; Lydia (Lida) isshown as in her 2nd marriage.

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

    This would mean Albert was born about 1905.  Albert is 14 in the 1920census report for the family.

    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  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 1915]
    Criswell, Hallie J  Son  M W 15  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]

    Lucious H Criswell, reported here as 3 years old, was born 20 December1916 and died 26 August 1921 and s buried in the Mt Pleasant Cemetery,Ethel, Arkansas County, Arkansas.  He shares a grave with his brotherAlfred P Criswell, born 26 January 1907 and died 15 December 1907.

    In 1930, this son of Lida is reported as Lee.  It appears that hisname was Albert Lee McSwain.

    1930 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 21 April, District 25,Page 7A, Prairie Township, Ethel & Point Rd, Hse #124, Fam #125
    Criswell, Thomas  Head  Male W 52  age at marriage 27   MS SC AL
    Criswell, Lyda  Wife  Fem W 43  M age at first marriage 15  AR MS MS
    McSwain, Lee  Son  Male W 25  Ark  Ark  Ark

    Lee's age matches the age of Albert in 1910.  Lee is reported as sonof Thomas rather than step-son.  This may indicate that Thomas adoptedAlbert Lee.

    Information in 1930 is not in the same format as in 1910, age at firstmarriage is reported, but not how long these tow have been married.  Inote that in 1910, Albert was 5 years old, and Lydia is 24.  She hasbeen married to Thomas Criswell 4 years.  This would mean she wasfirst married at least two years or so before her second marriage.This would put her age at first marriage about 18.

    The 1930 census, however, says she was 15 when first married.  If thisis correct, then she and her McSwain husband were married about 4years before Albert was born.  Her first husband would have died aboutthe time Albert Lee was born, or soon thereafter.  There is about ayear's period between the birth of Albert and the second marriage.Lyda and Thomas married about 1906, to have been married 4 yearsbefore the census of 1930.  That census was April, so they would havemarried between January and April in 1906.

    It appears that Thomas and Lyda moved to Texas.  It was in Texas thatLida's Social Security Number was issued.

    Lida B. Criswell
    Born 14 Apr 1887
    Died 15 Jul 1988
    Last Residence 76365 Henrietta, Clay, Texas
    SSN 450-86-4730 issued Texas 1965

    The Texas Death Index reports her death with the same date as SSDI,but gives the location as Wichita County.  I expect she died in ahospital in Wichita Falls, Wichita County, a little north ofHenrietta.


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