John Tilley LOWREY Infant LOWREY Catherine Eliza LOWREY Thomas Henry LOWREY John Tilley LOWREY Tilley Wirt LOWREY Susan Frances LOWREY James Magnus MCSWAIN Bernetta Octavia MCSWAIN Stella D MCSWAIN Ruth Alma MCSWAIN James Marvin MCSWAIN Thad Mathew MCSWAIN Wirt Barnard MCSWAIN Katherine L MCSWAIN Bruce B MCSWAIN Octavia LOWREY Lucile Ike LOWREY Sarah Frances PENTECOST Mini tree diagram

Ruth L LOWREY4,5,6,7,8

30th May 18876 - 7th Aug 19242,1

Life History

30th May 1887

Born in Wewoka, Seminole Nation, Indian Territory.2,3,1,4,5

(most likely)


Born in Oklahoma.6

(less likely)


Resident in Chester, Arkansas, Arkansas.6

24th Nov 1904

Married James Magnus MCSWAIN in Arkansas County, Arkansas.4

13th Sep 1905

Birth of daughter Bernetta Octavia MCSWAIN in Arkansas.9,5,10,7,4,4,11,1

19th Feb 1908

Birth of daughter Stella D MCSWAIN in Arkansas.5,1

30th Jul 1910

Birth of daughter Ruth Alma MCSWAIN in Arkansas.10,4,7,12,13,14

14th May 1913

Birth of son James Marvin MCSWAIN in Arkansas.1,7,15,12

2nd May 1914

Death of daughter Stella D MCSWAIN in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.1

27th Oct 1916

Birth of son Thad Mathew MCSWAIN in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.16,17,18,19,7,20,21,4,22

6th Apr 1919

Birth of son Wirt Barnard MCSWAIN in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.9,23,24,1,25,26,7


Death of daughter Katherine L MCSWAIN in Arkansas County, Arkansas.1

28th Sep 1922

Birth of daughter Katherine L MCSWAIN in Arkansas County, Arkansas.1

18th Oct 1923

Birth of son Bruce B MCSWAIN in Arkansas.1,27,28

7th Aug 1924

Died in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.2,1

after 7th Aug 1924

Buried in Mt Pleasant Cemetery, Ethel, Arkansas County, Arkansas.1


  • The name is spelled as Lowry in some sources; Some sources spell it Lowery.  This is the spelling favored in the family genealogy by Octavia Lowrey.  The gravestone has Lawery:  Ruth Lawery McSwain.

    Censuses indicate that her father was born in Indiana and her mother in Arkansas.

    In 1900, her birth date is reported as May 1888, a year later than the date on her tombstone.

    1900 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 29 June, Prairie Township, District 1, page 11B, Hse #369, Fam #375
    Lowry, John F [should be T]  Head W M  Dec 1839  60  Married 28 yrs  In Pennsylvania Maryland  Physician
    Lowry, Sallie F  Wife W F  Dec 1855  44  Married 28 yrs  Bore 11 children, 6 living AR TN AR
    Lowry, Ruth Dau W F  May 1888  12 Ind Terr  IN AR

    Ruth married to James (Magnus) McSwain on 24 November 1904.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    J M McSwain
    Age 19, Birth Year abt 1885
    Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Ruth Lowrey
    Spouse's Age 17
    Spouse's Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Marriage 24 Nov 1904 Arkansas County
    Marriage License Date 23 Nov 1904

    Another index entry has Jim's name nickname instead of just his initials, but has less total information.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    Jim McSwain, Residence Ethel, Arkansas
    Ruth Lowrey,
    Marriage Date Nov 1904

    By 1910 they have two daughters.

    1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 20 April, District 18, Page 3A, Prairie Township, Hse/Fam #42
    McSwain, James  Head M W 25  Married 5 years AR NC NC Farmer
    McSwain, Ruth  Wife F W 23 Married 5 years  bore 2 children, 2 living AR IN AR
    McSwain, Bernetta Dau F W 4 AR AR AR
    McSwain, Stella Dau F W 2 AR AR AR

    Stella died in 1914, and was buried in Mt Pleasant Cemetery in Ethel, Arkansas, near the family's home.

    Notice that this census reports Ruth as born in Arkansas, while the previous census and next census report her as born in Indian Territory/Oklahoma.  Ruth's father John was born in Indiana and her mother, Sallie Padgett, was born in Arkansas.  From the census, other documents and family information we have, John and Sallie moved from Arkansas to Texas after the birth of their first child Kate Lowry in 1875.

    The second child Tilley Wirt Lowrey was born in Texas, then all the other children were born in Indian Territory.  The family moved to Indian Territory (later Oklahoma) between 1883 and 1884, being in Indian Territory for the birth of the third child Susie Lowry on 4 May 1885.  Ruth was born there on 30 May 1887.  The two younger children were born in the Territory also, Octavia in 1890 and Lucille in 1897, before the family moved back to Arkansas, where they are recorded in the 1900 census back in Ethel, Arkansas.

    By 1920 all their children are out of the home.

    1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 4 February, District 16, Page 7A, Ethel & Chute Rd, House #121, Fam #125
    McSwain, James M  Head M W 35 AR NC NC Farmer
    McSwain, Ruth L  Wife F W 33 OK IN AR

    The census seems to indicate that her middle initial was L, standing for her maiden name.  I found also that her sister was reported as Susie L McSwain in the 1910 census, though 1920 reports her with her correct middle initial Susie F for Frances.

    Ruth's gravestone reports her birth date as 30 May 1887, but her sister Octavia, in her list of family details, reports the date as 29 May 1887.  Octavia adds the place of birth as Wewoka, Indian Territory, the same as for their sister Susan Francis (Susie)


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