William Boyd MCSWAIN William Boyd MCSWAIN Grace FIRSTWIFE Jack Osborne MCSWAIN Bonnie MITCHELL Mini tree diagram
Robert O'Neal MCSWAIN

Robert O'Neal MCSWAIN9,1,2,3,10,4,5,6,7,8

20th Nov 19241,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 - 1st Jan 19972,4,5,6,7

Life History

20th Nov 1924

Born in Gaffney, Cherokee, South Carolina.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

1st Jan 1997

Died in Columbia, Richland, South Carolina.2,4,5,6,7

10th Jan 1997

Buried in Florence National Cemetery, Florence, Florence County, South Carolina.2,4,5,6,7

Other facts

 

Married Grace FIRSTWIFE

Notes

  • 1930 Federal Census, Cherokee County, South Carolina, 2 April, GaffneyWard 1, District 11-19, page 1A, 305 E Robinson St, Hse/Fam #3
    McSwain, Mandy Head Rents $15 No Radio F W 49 Widow First married atage 18 SC SC SC Cotton Mill Weaver [b abt 1881]
    McSwain, William B Son M W 29 Widowed Married at age 20 SC SC SCCotton Mill Spinning [b abt 1901]
    McSwain, William B Son [of Wm B above, grandson of Mandy] M W 7 SingleSC SC SC [b abt 1923]
    McSwain, Robert O Son M W 5 Single SC SC SC [b abt 1925]
    McSwain, Jack O Son M W 3yrs6mos Single SC SC SC [b abt Sept 1926]

    Robert's nephew Larry McSwain says his name was Robert O'Neal.  Thismatches his name Robert O in the 1930 census above.  Larry's commentthat Robert was probably born in Cherokee County matches the otherindicators we have behind our report of the same.  Cherokee County isnext door to Spartanburg County, and members of this McSwain clanlived in both counties, as well as York County, and across the borderin North Carolina.

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    The county was formed in 1897 from parts of York, Union, andSpartanburg Counties. It was named for the Cherokee people whohistorically occupied this area prior to European encounter. ...
    Adjacent counties:
    Cleveland County, North Carolina - north
    York County - east
    Union County - south
    Spartanburg County - west
    Rutherford County, North Carolina - northwest
    --  "Cherokee County, South Carolina," Wikipedia,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherokee_County,_South_Carolina
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    In 1940, Robert was enumerated under his nickname Bobby.

    1940 Federal Census, Cherokee County, South Carolina, 16 April,Hamrick Mill, District 11-19 Page 15A, Hse #267 rents $4
    McSwain, Boyd Head M W 39 Married Grade C4 b SC same place in 1935Cotton Mill Spinner [b abt 1901]
    McSwain, Mary F W 26 Wife Married Grade H4 b SC same place in 1935Cotton Mill Battery Filler [b abt 1914]
    McSwain, Boyd Son M W 18 Single Grade 7 b SC same place in 1935 CottonMill Doffer [b abt 1922]
    McSwain, Bobby Son M W 16 Single Grade H1 b SC same place in 1935 [babt 1924]
    McSwain, Jack Son M W 13 Single Grade 6 b SC same place in 1935 [b abt1927]
    McSwain, Betty F W 6 Dau Grade 0 b SC same place in 1935 [b abt 1934]
    - page 15B -
    McSwain, Carolyn F W 2 Dau Grade 0 b SC [b abt 1938]
    McSwain, Amanda F W 61 Mother Widow Grade 3 b SC same place in 1935 [babt 1879]

    Larry McSwain comments that though they did not know this family well,he recalls that they called Uncle Robert's wife Aunt Grace.

    "I noticed you had my uncle down as Robert W. McSwain (Bobby).  Helike my dad ran off and left his children and a great wife to dowhatever.  I have no idea of his life except I did find where he livedin Richland County and I believe he was also buried there (Jan.1,1997).  I don't know if he remarried, but we always called the wife heleft Aunt Grace.  I don't remember any record of my grandfather everliving in Spartanburg, so I'm quite sure he (Robert) was born inCherokee Co."
    --  Larry McSwain, personal Ancestry Messaging to Orville BoydJenkins, 24 August 2015

    We also report Cherokee County as the birth place in this genealogy.With this name O'Neal for Robert's middle name and Richland County,whose county seat is Columbia, some other records began showing up inour searches.

    U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
    Robert Oneal McSwain
    [Robert O McSwain]
    Birth 20 Nov 1924 Gaffney Cher[okee County], South Carolina, SouthCarolina
    Father William B McSwain
    Mother Bonnie Mitchell
    1 Jan 1997
    Notes:  Dec 1940 Name listed as ROBERT ONEAL MCSWAIN; 28 Dec 1982 Namelisted
    SSN 249227909, Original SSN Claim

    U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
    Robert O. McSwain
    Born 20 Nov 1924
    Died 1 Jan 1997
    Last Residence Columbia, Richland, South Carolina 29223
    SSN 249-22-7909 issued South Carolina (Before 1951)

    This Social Security record confirms the death date Larry reports.But it has no place of death or burial.  A search on Find a Grave forMcSwain burials in Richland County turned up no memorial for RobertMcSwain.  No other record of burial has been in searches on otherInternet sources.

    Public records report the residence of Robert in Columbia, SouthCarolina.

    U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2
    R O McSwain
    Birth 20 Nov 1924
    602 Meeting St, West Columbia, SC, 29169-7590

    He was reported in the Columbia City Directory in 1957.  But an oddthing is that it reports his residence as Gaffney, which was up nearthe border in Cherokee County, about 4 counties away.

    U.S. City Directories, 1822-1989
    Columbia, South Carolina, City Directory, 1957, p 517
    McSwain Robert O plant supvr Olympia Cleaners r Gaffney SC

    Florence, South Carolina, Florence National Cemetery, 1865-2010
    Private Robert O McSwain
    Birth 20 Nov 1924
    Death 1 Jan 1997
    Burial Florence National Cemetery, Florence, Florence County, SouthCarolina
    Section 6

    U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006
    Robert O McSwain
    PVT US ARMY WORLD WAR II
    Birth Date 20 Nov 1924
    Death Date 1 Jan 1997
    Service Start Date 27 Mar 1943
    Interment 10 Jan 1997 Florence National Cemetery, 803 East NationalCemetery Road Florence, SC 29501
    Buried At Section 6 Site 256

    Robert O Mcswain
    Birth Nov. 20, 1924
    Death Jan. 1, 1997
    PVT, US ARMY
    Burial Florence National Cemetery, Florence, Florence County, SouthCarolina, Plot: 6, 0, 256
    Imported from US Veteran's Affairs Feb 25, 2000
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #983721,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=983721&ref=acom&ftm=1

Sources

  • 1. 1930 Federal Census, Cherokee County, South Carolina
    • 2 April, Gaffney Ward 1, District 11-19, page 1A, 305 E Robinson St,
  • 2. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
  • 3. U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 2
  • 4. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
  • 5. Florence, South Carolina, Florence National Cemetery, 1865-2010
  • 6. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 7. U.S. Veterans Gravesites, ca.1775-2006
  • 8. 1940 Federal Census, Cherokee County, South Carolina
    • 16 April, Hamrick Mill, District 11-19 Page 15A, Hse #267 rents $4
  • 9. Ancestry Comments
  • 10. U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995
    • Columbia, South Carolina, City Directory, 1957, p 517

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