George B MCSWAIN Wiley Carew MCSWAIN Callie D MCSWAIN James Magnus MCSWAIN Harriet L PADGETT Mini tree diagram

Matthew Oliver MCSWAIN1,2,10,3,4,5,11,6,12,8

23rd Jul 18822 - 19th Sep 19444

Life History

23rd Jul 1882

Born in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

(most likely)

about 1884

Born in Arkansas.2

(less likely)

19th Sep 1944

Died in Arkansas County, Arkansas.4


  • Middle initial and birth date originally from Bobby Butler research.He appears as Matthew O in the 1900 census, living with brother WileyCarew, sister Callie and brother James.  He appears again in 1910 and1920, again in Wiley Carew's household.  James appears to be James M(Jim, James Magnus), who did not appear in Arkansas County in the 1910census, but is recorded with his family in subsequent censuses tillhis death in 1944.

    The initial O could be for the name Oliver, which recurs in theMcSwain family.  In the Arkansas Death Index, the name is Mathew Oli,increasing the likelihood that the middle name is Oliver.  The WWIRegistration card, found afterwards (see below), contains his fullname and his signature.  This was further affirmed by the WWIregistration.

    1900 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 15 June, PrairieTownship, District 7, page 11B, Hse #146, Fam #141
    McSwain, Carew W Head W M July 1877  22 AR NC NC Farmer
    McSwain, Mathew O  Brother W M July 1882  17  AR NC NC

    In 1910 and 1920, Matt is still living with Wiley, who is now marriedto Susie Frances Lowrey.

    1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 20 April, PrairieTownship, District 13, page 3A, Hse/Fam #37, McSwain
    Carew  Head M W 31 AR NC NC Farm Laborer, Working Out
    McSwain, Matt  Brother M W 26 AR NC NC Farm Laborer, Working Out

    World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
    Mathew [sic] Oliver McSwain
    Residence Ethel, Arkansas County, Arkansas
    Birth Date 23 Jul 1881
    Self-Employed Farmer in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Medium Height and Build, Blue Eyes, Red Hair
    Nearest Relative (Brother) W C McSwain
    Registered Stuttgart, Arkansas, Arkansas 12 September 1918
    Signed Matthew [sic] Oliver McSwain

    Note that in his signature, Matt signs his name with the normalspelling of Matthew.  Notice also that the birth date given here is ayear later than the birth year in the 1900 census, as we often find tobe the case.  Also Matt's birthday is her reported as 1881, but the1900 census and the WWII registration report 11882, which seems tomatch the other census ages better.

    1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 6 February, PrairieTownship, St Charles Road, District 16, page 8A, Hse #142, Fam #149
    McSwain, Wiley C  Head M W 42 AR NC NC Farmer
    McSwain, Mathew O  Brother M W 37 AR AR OK

    1930 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 23 April, PrairieTownship, District 25, page 7B, Ethel and Chute Rd, Hse #131, Fam #132
    McSwain, Wiley C Head Owns M W 52 Widowed AR NC NC Farmer
    McSwain, Matthew O Brother M W 46 Single AR NC NC Farmer, Odd Jobs

    1940 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 4 April, Ethel,District 1-26, page 6A, Belleview Rd, Hse #89, Owns $500
    McSwain, Karue [Carew] Head M W 62 Widowed Grade HS-3 b Arkansas samehouse in 1935 Farmer
    McSwain, Oliver Son M W 29 Single Grade 8 b Arkansas same house in1935 Farm Laborer
    McSwain, Moris Son M W 26 Single Grade 8 b Arkansas same house in 1935Farm Laborer
    McSwain, Matt Brother M W 59 Single b Arkansas same house in 1935Stockman

    U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
    Mathew Oliver McSwain
    Birth 23 Jul 1882 Ethel, Arkansas
    Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Contact W C McSwain, Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Signed M O McSwain

    Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950
    Volume 58, Certificate #6
    Mathew Oli McSwain
    Age: 62, Est birth 1882
    Death 19 Sep 1944
    County: Arkansas


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