William Thomas JONES William Henry JONES James M JONES Cyrus Lester MCSWAIN Mary Frances CRISWELL Mini tree diagram

Mattie Helen JONES2,1,4,5

about 19021,2 - UNKNOWN

Life History

about 1902

Born in Arkansas.1,2

between 1910 and 1920

Resident in Prairie, Arkansas, Arkansas.1,2

about 1920

Married Cyrus Lester MCSWAIN in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.1

about 1920

Married in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.3

about 1924

Divorced from Cyrus Lester MCSWAIN in Arkansas County, Arkansas.6

Nov 1987

Death of Cyrus Lester MCSWAIN in DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas.7,8




  • I found the Jones family in 1910 in Prairie Township of ArkansasCounty, Arkansas.  Mattie is 8 years old at that time, and was born inArkansas.  Her father was born in Arkansas and her mother inMississippi.

    1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 18 April, PrairieTownship, District 15, page 2A, Hse/Fam #17
    Jones, Thomas Head  M W 35 2nd marriage Married 4 years AR VA ARFarmer, Owns Farm
    Jones, Cornnie Wife  F W 34 1st marriage Married 4 years MS MS MS
    Jones, Mattie  Dau  F W 8 Single AR AR MS

    It appears that Cornie (Cochran) Jones here is the stepmother ofMattie, since Mattie is 8 years old and the census reports that Thomasand Cornie have been married only 4 years.  A family source JimmyJones, reports no child named Mattie for either the first wife ofThomas, Mary Frances Criswell, or Cornie.

    The 1920 census confirms Mattie's birth in about 1902, the date ofbirth reported by Jerry Griffitt for her.  Jerry reports her as achild of Cornie (Cornnie) Cochran Jones.  It appears from the marriagedates here, however, that her mother was Mary Frances Criswell Jones.

    This can perhaps be resolved by associating Mattie H with the childHelen reported by Jimmy Jones, giving us Mattie Helen.  Probably herfull name, then, was Martha Helen.

    (See further discussion on children and date of marriage of Thomas andCornie in Notes for William Thomas Jones.)

    1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 4 February, District16, Page 7A, Prairie Township, Ethel & Chute Rd, House #119, Fam #123
    McSwain, Lester  Head M W 20 AR AR AR Farm Laborer, Working Out
    McSwain, Mattie H  Wife F W 18 AR AR MS

    Place of marriage is the residence at time of marriage.  It is not yetknown where the actual solemnization ceremony took place.  It couldhave been by a pastor in the community, or in the county seat ofDeWitt, about 20 miles from Ethel center.

    No details are available on when Lester and Mattie divorced.


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