John Bell HOLDEN Ciscela Ola HOLDEN Ethel E HOLDEN Mary E WIGLEY John A HOLDEN Maude Caldonia HOLDEN Mattie HOLDEN Jane C MCSWAIN Mary C HOLDEN Margaret R J CRISWELL Mini tree diagram

William Henry HOLDEN1,2,3,4,4,4,4

also known as Wade HOLDEN5

Nov 18595 - 19052,4,4,4

Life History

Nov 1859

Born in Mississippi.1,2,3,4,4,4,4

(most likely)

about 1860

Born in Mississippi.5

(less likely)

17th Aug 1882

Birth of daughter Ciscela Ola HOLDEN in Mississippi.15,3,16,5,17,4,18,19,12

18th Mar 1886

Birth of daughter Ethel E HOLDEN in Mississippi.20,7,3,21,1,12,4,22

21st Oct 1889

Death of Mary E WIGLEY in Prairie Township, Arkansas, Arkansas.4,1,23,12

16th Sep 1895

Married Jane C MCSWAIN in Arkansas County, Arkansas.10,4,3

27th Sep 1896

Birth of son John A HOLDEN in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.6,7,1,8,9,10,11,12

22nd Jan 1901

Birth of daughter Maude Caldonia HOLDEN in Arkansas.13,14,2

about 1904

Birth of son Mattie HOLDEN in Arkansas.2


Died in Prairie Township, Arkansas, Arkansas.2,4,4,4

Other facts


Married Mary E WIGLEY


  • David Murray Raper reports that the first husband of Jane C (Maiden Name Unknown) was
    William H Holden
    b NOV 1859 Mississippi
    d BET 1903 AND 1907 Prairie, Arkansas Co., Arkansas

    This source also reports the marriage of William and Jane occurred in 1895, but there is no comment or documentation.  I later found this confirmed in the 1900 census.
    1895 Marriage to Jane R. C. UNKNOWN, Prairie, Arkansas Co., Arkansas.

    In August 2012, I found the marriage record, which reports that William's wife was J C McSwain.  His name is also given as W F rather than W H, which we find in the Holden family genealogies.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    W F Holden
    Gender Male
    Age 35, Birth Year abt 1860
    Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name J C McSwain
    Spouse's Gender Female
    Spouse's Age 17 [b abt 1878]
    Spouse's Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Marriage 16 Sep 1895 Arkansas
    Marriage License Date 13 Sep 1895

    If John was born in April 1895, then we should estimate the marriage as 1894.  Note that the marriage is reported as occurring in September 1895.  The 1900 census birth date for John fits with the marriage, date, reporting his birth in March 1896, not 1895, as found in one or more genealogies.

    1900 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 18 June, Prairie Township, District 7, page 18A, Hse #21, Fam #212
    Holden, William H  Head  W M Nov 1859 40 Married 5 years MS MS MS Farmer Rents
    Holden, Jane R Wife W F Mar 1878 22 Married 5 years 2 children/1 living AR SC SC
    Holden, John H Son W M Apr 1896 4 Single AR MS AR
    Holden, Ethel Dau W F Mar 1884 16 Single MS MS MS
    Wigly, Margaret Mother W M May 1843 57 Widow 4 children/2 living NC NC NC

    Note that the census reports Jane has had 2 children and only one is living, but there are two children enumerated here.  Checking ages we see that the daughter Ethel is 12 year older than John.  Ethel is the child William's first wife Mary Wigley.  No death record has been found for Mary.  Jane and William have been married only 5 years.  Ethel was born in Mississippi.  John was born in Arkansas where William had moved, and where he married Jane.

    William's mother is reported as born in Mississippi, but on her own report she is reported as born in North Carolina.  In the 1910 census, however, her birth state in South Carolina.  Her last name Wigly [usually spelled Wiggly or Wiggley] tells us Margaret was widowed at least twice.  Margaret's maiden name was Criswell.  She was apparently widowed twice.

    In December 2010, I found Jerry Griffitt had linked this census to the Holden family in his genealogy.  Griffitt provides some additional details on some of the children.  He reports their marriage in 1895.

    William H Holden
    Birth Nov 1859 in Mississippi
    Death BET 1903 AND 1907 in Prairie, Arkansas Co., Arkansas
    Marriage 1895 Prairie, Arkansas, Arkansas, to Jane R [McSwain]
    Born Mar 1878 in Prairie, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Died 1930 in Prairie Township, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Ethel Holden b Mar 1884 in Mississippi
    John H Holden, Birth 27 Sep 1896 in Arkansas, Death 1 Oct 1978 in Los Angeles City, California
    Caldonia Holden
    Birth 22 Jan 1901 in Prairie, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Death 11 March 1995 in Dallas, Polk, Oregon
    Mattie Holden b 1904 in Arkansas
    --  Holden Family,

    Jerry Robnett provides further details that help clarify the family relationships in Ethel, Arkansas, community.  Grave details obtained in May 2017 also helped to fill in detail of how these families are related, and led to Robnett's genealogy and brought to light other details from the 1900 census already researched but with insufficient information at that time on how to connect various families in the Ethel area enumerated on consecutive pages of the census.

    William Henry Holden
    Birth NOV 1859 Mississippi, USA
    Death ABT 1905 Prairie, Arkansas Co., Arkansas
    John Bell Holden 1844-1882
    Margaret R J Criswell 1843-
    Spouse 1 Margaret Birth 1860, Death Unknown
    Ciscela "Sissily" Ola Holden 1882-1957
    Ethel E Holden 1884-1939
    Spouse 2 Janie R C McSwain
    Birth MAR 1878 Prairie, Arkansas, Arkansas, United States
    Death 1930 Prairie Township, Arkansas, Arkansas
    John H Holden 1896-1978
    Caldonia Maude Holden 1901-1995
    Mattie Holden 1904-1910
    --  Jerry Robnett,


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