William D MCSWAIN Isabella MCSWAIN Thomas MCSWAIN Lavinia Celina MCSWAIN William Henry MCSWAIN Anonymous MCSWAIN Frances MCSWAIN Seaton Decator BRIDGES Carver Spurgeon BRIDGES Irma Arrenia LEDBETTER Mini tree diagram

Josina A MCSWAIN4,1,2,5,3,6

also known as Jocie BRIDGES2

2nd Jul 18611,2,3 - 22nd Feb 19292,3

Life History

2nd Jul 1861

Born in Cleveland County, North Carolina.1,2,3

22nd Apr 1902

Birth of son Carver Spurgeon BRIDGES in Cleveland County, North Carolina.3

22nd Feb 1929

Died in Cleveland County, North Carolina.2,3

Diabetes Mellitus

24th Feb 1929

Buried in Beaver Dam Baptist Cemetery, Shelby, Cleveland County, North Carolina.2,3

Other facts


Married Seaton Decator BRIDGES


  • Josina was born after the 1860 census.

    1860 Federal Census, Cleveland County, North Carolina, 14 August, pages 71-72, Hse/Fam #577
    W D McSwain 35 M Farmer $700 Real Estate $1368 Personal born North Carolina [b abt 1825]
    -- page 72 --
    Arelia McSwain 30 M born North Carolina [b abt 1830]
    Issabella McSwain 14 F born North Carolina [b abt 1846]
    Thomas McSwain 12 M born North Carolina [b abt 1848]
    Vina C McSwain 10 F born North Carolina [b abt 1850]
    William H McSwain 8 M born North Carolina [b abt 1852]
    Anonymous McSwain 6 M born North Carolina [b abt 1856]
    Francis McSwain 3 F born North Carolina [b abt 1857]
    Salena McSwain 2 F born North Carolina [b abt 1858]

    The Hamrick pages had a list of all the children.

    McSwain, William (*1826 - )
    father: McSwain, Thomas (1796 - 1872)
    mother: Bridges, Salena W "Frankie" (1793 - 1862)
    spouse: Gipson, Malissa (*1830 - )
    spouse: Ledbetter, Arrienia (*1829 - )
    ----------child: McSwain, Thomas (*1846 - )
    ----------child: McSwain, William Anonymus (*1853 - )
    ----------child: McSwain, Salena (*1860 - )
    ----------child: McSwain, Vianna (*1860 - )
    ----------child: McSwain, Henry (*1861 - )
    ----------child: McSwain, Frankie (*1861 - )
    ----------child: McSwain, Isabell (*1861 - )
    ----------child: McSwain, Josina (*1861 - )

    The child called Vianna by Hamrick matches the child reported in the census as Vina C.  This name is probably short for Levina, or Lavinia.  Many women with variations of this name were called Vina, Viney or other variations of this nickname.

    Another decendant reported the last child as Josina, matching the Hamrick list.

    "My father's grandmother was Josina A McSwain Bridges the youngest child of William D and Arrenia Mcswain.  My dad has told me stories of talking to William Henry McSwain (Uncle Henry) and aunt Frank (Frances or Frankie McSwain) when he was a boy.  He is now 87 and I have some 1st hand accounts and other info I have found."
    --  David Bridges, email to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 2 March 2017

    1910 Federal Census, Cleveland County, North Carolina, 11 May, Sandy River, District 44, Page 19B, Hse #349, Fam #355
    Seaton D Bridger Head M 54 Married 28 yrs North Carolina Farmer
    Josie A Bridger Wife F 45 Married 28 yrs 13 children/8 living NC NC NC Farm Laborer
    Clarence C Bridger Son M 24  NC NC NC Farmer
    Gerth J Bridger Daughter F 21  NC NC NC Farm Laborer
    Minnie L Bridger Daughter F 19  NC NC NC Farm Laborer
    Thomas A Bridger Son M 15  NC NC NC Farm Laborer
    Seaton A Bridger Son M 14  NC NC NC Farm Laborer
    Jasper N Bridger Son M 11  NC NC NC Farm Laborer
    Carver S Bridger Son M 8  NC NC NC No Occup
    Isabella McSwain Sister-in-law F 64 Widow 4 children/2 living NC NC NC No Occup

    1920 Federal Census, Cleveland County, North Carolina, 20 January, Shelby, District 60, Page 12A, Hse #207, Fam #210
    Bridges, Seaton D Head Rents M W 64 Married NC NC NC Farmer [b abt 1860]
    Bridges, Jocie Wife M W 58 Married NC NC NC [b abt 1861]
    Bridges, Minnie Dau M W 29 Single NC NC NC Farm Laborer [b abt 1890]
    Bridges, Arthur T M W 25 Single NC NC NC Farm Laborer [b abt 1894]
    Bridges, Newton J Son M W 20 Single NC NC NC Farm Laborer [b abt 1909]
    Bridges, spurgeon C Son M W 17 Single NC NC NC Farm Laborer [b abt 1902]
    McSwain, Esabelle Sis-in-law F W 74 Widow NC NC NC [b abt 1845]

    Her death certificate has her name as Jocie and here grave has Josie.  A son's Social Security record provides Jocie's husband's name as Saton, but his grave memorial has his full name as Seaton Decator Bridges.  His grave has only the initial S D.

    U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
    Lawrence Coleman Bridges
    Birth 8 Mar 1884 Shelby Cleve, North Carolina
    Father Saton [Seaton] D Bridges
    Mother Josie A McSwain
    SSN 240306400
    17 Nov 1983: Name listed as LAWRENCE COLEMAN BRIDGES

    Her name on her death certificate was Jocie Bridges.  Her mother's name was recorded as Irene, rather than Arrenia.

    North Carolina, Deaths, 1906-1930
    Mrs Jocie Bridges
    Married Domestic
    Birth 2 July 1861 Cleveland County, North Carolina
    Age 67 yrs, 7 mos, 21 days
    Father William McSwain, born North Carolina
    Mother Irene Ledbetter, born Cleveland County, NC
    Informant Minnie Bridges, Mooresboro, North Carolina
    Death 22 February 1929 Township 7, Cleveland, North Carolina
    Cause of death Diabetes Mellitus
    Burial 24 February 1929 in Beaver Dam Cemetery by Palmer's Funeral Home
    Certificate #364 filed 7 April 1929

    Josie McSwain Bridges
    Birth Jul 2, 1861
    Death Feb 21, 1929
    Spouse Seaton Decator Bridges (1855 - 1934)
    Collis Bridges (1882 - 1884)
    Lawrence Coleman Bridges (1884 - 1961)
    Gerthia Bridges Wellmon (1886 - 1960)
    Zella Ola Bridges Wright (1887 - 1954)
    Minnie Leona Bridges (1889 - 1958)
    Thomas Arthur Bridges (1894 - 1981)
    Seaton Oscar Bridges (1896 - 1914)
    Jasper Newton Bridges (1899 - 1958)
    Carver Spurgeon Bridges (1902 - 1988)
    Burial Beaver Dam Baptist Church Cemetery, Shelby, Cleveland County, North Carolina
    Created by Elizabeth Olmstead Apr 07, 2009
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #35620332, https://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=35620332


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