Francis BLACK John H BLACK Cecil M BROWN Clyde Richard BROWN Daisy Vee BROWN Bernie Joe BROWN Cecil Curtis BROWN Marion Clemmon BROWN Walter Louis BROWN Archie L BROWN Julia F NOLASTNAME Mini tree diagram
Martha Dee BLACK

Martha Dee BLACK6,7,1,2,8,3,4,9

9th Jan 18991,2,3,4 - 28th Sep 19865,4

Life History

9th Jan 1899

Born in Prairie Township, Arkansas, Arkansas.1,2,3,4

20th Jul 1920

Married Cecil M BROWN in Arkansas County, Arkansas.2,3

24th Apr 1921

Birth of son Clyde Richard BROWN in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.10,8,11,3,12

28th Nov 1922

Birth of daughter Daisy Vee BROWN in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.6,8,5,3,11

23rd Mar 1925

Birth of son Bernie Joe BROWN in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.10,13,8,3

22nd Oct 1928

Birth of son Cecil Curtis BROWN in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.8,14,3,5,15

31st Mar 1934

Birth of son Marion Clemmon BROWN in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.8,11,12


Birth of son Walter Louis BROWN

about 1938

Birth of son Archie L BROWN in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.8,6


Death of son Walter Louis BROWN


Death of Cecil M BROWN in Arkansas County, Arkansas.5,4

28th Sep 1986

Died in Arkansas County, Arkansas.5,4

after 28th Sep 1986

Buried in St Charles Cemetery, St Charles, Arkansas County, Arkansas.4


  • Edith McSwain Jenkins initially provided the given name of Mattie.  George McSwain provided the maiden name.  In the 1900 census, Mattie is enumerated by her nickname Mattie.

    1900 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, [no date] June, Prairie Township, District 7, page 12B, Hse #206, Fam #211
    Black, Francis  Head W M July 1873 26 Married 10 years MS MS MS Farmer Rents Home
    Black, Julia F   Wife W F Dec 1874  25 Married 10 years AR AR AR
    Black, John F Son  W M Mar 1892  8 AR MS AR
    Black, Mattie L [sic] Dau  W F Dec 1899  5mos AR MS AR

    Most records have her name as Mattie, the common nickname for Martha.  Some families did name the children nickname forms, like Mattie's granddaughter Mattie Ruth McSwain.  But the 1920 census enumerated Mattie Black as Martha D Black, suggesting that, despite all the records with the common nickname, her actual given name was, in fact, Martha.  We do find many families in this community naming children nicknames as their given name.  We also see the common format of recording people under their nicknames, even in marriage and death certificates and such, even though there is evidence of their full proper given names.  This is the tendency in the US until after WWI.

    1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 27 January, La Grue Township, District 12, DeWitt Town, page 20B, Hse #261, Fam #267
    Black, Frank Head Rents M W 46  MS MS GA Teammaster, Livery
    Black, Julia  Wife F W 46 AR AR AL No Occupation
    Black, Martha D  Dau F W 21 Single AR MS AL No Occupation
    Bass, Agnes C Roomer F W 74 Widow AR TN AR  No Occupation

    Note that in 1920 the birth place of Mattie's mother has changed from Arkansas to Alabama.

    1930 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 22 April, Prairie Township, District 25, Ethel and Point Rd, Page 7A, Hse #126, Fam #127
    Brown, Cecil  Head M W  33 IN IN IN Farmer
    Brown, Mattie  Wife F W  31  AR AR AR
    -- page 7B --
    Clyde R Brown Son M W 8 AR IN AR
    Daisy V Brown Dau M W 7 AR IN AR
    ernie J Brown Son M W 5 AR IN AR
    Cecil C Brown Son M W 1yr5mos AR IN AR [b abt Oct 1928]

    St Charles Cemetery Gravestone
    Brown  Mattie Dee  Jan 9, 1899  Sept 28, 1986;
    St Charles Cemetery, St Charles, Arkansas
    Photo by Orville Boyd Jenkins 12 May 2017


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