Thomas Miner MCSWAIN Effie A MCSWAIN Hermond MCSWAIN Inez Irene MCSWAIN Walter Edmond MCSWAIN Willard Thomas MCSWAIN David L MCSWAIN Dena Leona BURNETT Henry Garland MCSWAIN Gula Virgina MCSWAIN Mallie Antonia MCSWAIN La Sedaylia MCSWAIN Ethel Agnes MCSWAIN Ida E MCSWAIN Thomas R MCSWAIN Mary Jackson EVANS Mini tree diagram

Walter Edmond MCSWAIN1,2,3,4,5,6

2nd Aug 18841,2,3,4,5,6 - Mar 19772

Life History

2nd Aug 1884

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

28th Feb 1909

Married Dena Leona BURNETT in Franklin County, Arkansas.10

May 1910

Birth of daughter Hermond MCSWAIN in Franklin County, Arkansas.6,4

15th Oct 1910

Birth of daughter Inez Irene MCSWAIN in Franklin County, Arkansas.2,4,7

3rd Mar 1913

Birth of son Walter Edmond MCSWAIN in Franklin County, Arkansas.2,4,5

4th Dec 1915

Birth of son Willard Thomas MCSWAIN in Arkansas.8,5,7,2,4

Jun 1918

Birth of son David L MCSWAIN in Franklin County, Arkansas.5,4

21st Nov 1922

Death of Dena Leona BURNETT in Franklin County, Arkansas.9

Mar 1975

Death of son Walter Edmond MCSWAIN in Ashland, Jackson, Oregon.2

Mar 1977

Died in Houston, Perry, Arkansas.2


  • 1900 Federal Census, Johnson County, Arkansas, 24 June, Ward Township, District 44, page 16B, Hse #272, Fam #280
    McSwain, Thos M Head  W M Mar 1855 45 Married 19 yrs NC NC NC Farmer Rents
    McSwain, Mary J Wife W F June 1862 37 Married 19 yrs 7 children/6 living AR TN TN
    McSwain, Walter E   Son W M Aug 1883 16  Single AR NC AR Farm Laborer

    Walter married about 1908 or 1909.  In 1910 he is living in a neighboring county, White Oak Township of Franklin County.  His wife's name is scrawled and uncertain.  It appears to begin with the letter U or V.  In the 1920 census she is clearly Deana L.  I suspected her maiden name was Burnett, since they are living as a second family in the same household with an older couple named Burnett, with other children still in the household.  This is confirmed by the California death record of their some Willard Thomas McSwain, which reports his mother's maiden name as Burnett.

    California Death Index, 1940-1997
    Willard Thomas McSwain
    Sex: Male
    Birth 4 Dec 1915 Arkansas
    Death 11 Jul 1994 San Joaquin
    Mother's Maiden Name: Burnett
    Social Security #551266136

    In 1910 Walter is married and the couple are living with her parents Fred and Rebecca Burnett.  The wife's name is scrawled and hardly readable. Walter's daughter is also hard to make out, being also overwritten.  Another genealogist has suggested the name is Hermond, which makes sense, and could also match the equally hard to read 1920 census entry.

    1910 Federal Census, Franklin County, Arkansas, 22 April, White Oak Township, District 52, page 6B,  Hse/Fam #76
    Burnett, Fred M  Head  M W  59 Married 41 years Ark Unknown NC Farmer Owns
    Burnett, Rebecca Wife F W 60 Married 41 years 12 children/9 living AR AL TN
    Burnett, Susan  Dau F W 10  AR AR AR
    Burnett, Major Son M W 27 Single AR AR AR Farm Laborer
    -- Hse #76, Fam #77 --
    McSwain, Walter U  Head M W 25 Married 1 yr AR AR AR Farmer Rents
    McSwain, Venie (?)  Wife F W 22 Married 1 yr 1 child/1 living AR AR AR
    McSwain, Hermond  Dau F W 1mo  AR AR AR [b abt May 1910]

    When I saw that the 1910 census gave Walter the middle initial of U, but everywhere else it was E, I thought his middle name might have been Eugene.  But the WWI draft registration record reports his full name as Walter Edmond McSwain.

    World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
    Walter Edmond Mcswain
    Residence Altus, Franklin County, Arkansas
    Birth Date: 2 Aug 1884
    Rural Letter Carrier, Altus, Arkansas
    Wife Deana McSwain, Altus
    Medium Height and Build, Blue Eyes, Black Hair
    Registered 12 Sept 1918 Ozark, Franklin County, Arkansas

    The date of birth here is one year later than that reported by the 1900 census, a common occurrence.

    1920 Federal Census, Franklin County, Arkansas, 31 January, Altus, District 47, page 3B, Hse #57, Family #65
    McSwain, Walter E Head Owns M W 35  AR NC AR Farmer (b abt 1884)
    McSwain, Deana L Wife F W 31  AR AR AR (b abt 1888)
    McSwain, Hermond H Dau F W 10  AR AR AR (b abt 1909)
    McSwain, Inice I Dau F W 8  AR AR AR (b abt 1911)
    McSwain, Walter E Jr Son M W 6 AR AR AR (b abt 1913)
    McSwain, Willard E Son M W 4yrs9mos AR AR AR (b abt 1915)
    McSwain, David L Son M W 1yr6mos AR AR AR (b abt 1918)

    Note that the name of Walter's wife is Deana here.  I later found their marriage record, which spells her name Dena.  But Walter's WWI registration card spells her name Deana.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    W E McSwain
    Age: 24, Birth Year 1885
    Residence: Coal Hill, Johnson, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name: Dena Burnett
    Spouse's Age: 20
    Spouse's Residence: Altus, Franklin, Arkansas
    Marriage 28 Feb 1909 Franklin County
    Marriage License Date: 22 Feb 1909

    Deana died soon after the 1920 census, as David L, born in 1918, is the last child in Walter's new blended family in 1930 with his second wife.  Her three chidlren in the household are probably named Malone, spelled Maloan here.

    1930 Federal Census, Polk County, Arkansas, 8 April, Ozark Township, District 19, page 4A, Hse #66, Fam #68
    McSwain, Walter E Head Rents M W 45  First married at age 21 AR NC AR Farmer
    McSwain, Kate A Wife F W 39 First married at age 19 AR TX TX
    McSwain, Walter E Son M W 16 Single AR AR AR Farm Laborer
    McSwain, Willard C Son M W 14 Single AR AR AR Farm Laborer
    McSwain, David L Son M W 12 Single AR AR AR
    Maloan, Willard S Stepson W 19 Single OK IL AR Farm Laborer
    Maloan, Richard R Stepson M W 12 Single OK IL AR
    Maloan, Mary F Stepdau F W 12 Single OK IL AR

    Social Security Death Index
    Walter McSwain
    Born 2 Aug 1884
    Died Mar 1977
    Last Residence Houston, Perry, Arkansas 449-01-6377
    SSN 449-01-6377 issued Texas (Before 1951)


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