George B MCSWAIN Wiley Carew MCSWAIN Manuel Harvey CRISWELL Lucius Mack CRISWELL Delia Marie CRISWELL Harriett Angeline CRISWELL Matthew Oliver MCSWAIN James Magnus MCSWAIN Harriet L PADGETT Mini tree diagram

Callie D MCSWAIN1,8,3,4,9,2,5,10,6,7

Dec 18791,2,3,4,5,6,7 - 19647,8

Life History

Dec 1879

Born in Arkansas.1,2,3,4,5,6,7

5th Jul 1903

Married Manuel Harvey CRISWELL in Arkansas County, Arkansas.9,4

4th Jun 1905

Birth of son Lucius Mack CRISWELL in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.11,4,9,12,13,14

11th Aug 1907

Birth of daughter Delia Marie CRISWELL in Arkansas County, Arkansas.15,6,4,13

26th Oct 1909

Birth of daughter Harriett Angeline CRISWELL in Arkansas County, Arkansas.16,13,17,4,18,19,8


Death of Manuel Harvey CRISWELL in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.7,8


Died in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.7,8


Buried in Mt Pleasant Cemetery, Ethel, Arkansas County, Arkansas.7


  • Bertie Lois McSwain spelled the name of one sister of Wiley Carew McSwain as "Kelly" in a letter to her daughter Edith and son-in-law Orville Jenkins in 1977, giving some family information.  She also pronounced it that way in a conversation with them in 1980, in which she provided extensive family information orally.

    But her daughter Edith says she always heard it pronounced by her father's family as Callie.  This is the spelling she remembers.  Bertie's sons George and Frank also reported they had only heard Bertie pronounce the name as Callie.  (There is only a slight difference in the vowel of the two names.)

    Middle initial and birth date from Bobby Butler research.

    Two censuses, however, have different middle initials.
    In 1880 she is reported as Callie with no middle initial
    In 1900 she is reported as Callie D
    In 1910 she is reported as Callie L
    In 1920 she is reported as Callie B

    Her gravestone has no middle initial or name.

    In 1880, she is listed only as Infant McSwain.  She is listed as 1 year old, for a census date of 1 June 1880.  But the birth date known by the family is December 1879, so Callie would not have actually been one until December.  She was only 6 months old at this census.

    1880 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 7 June, Prairie Township, District 2, page 9A, Hse #52, Fam #55
    (Infant) McSwain  W F 1 Dau  AR NC NC

    In 1900, after both their parents had died, Callie is enumerated in a household headed by her brother Wiley Carew McSwain, along with some other siblings.  Their mother died in 1897 and their father in April before this June 1900 census.

    1900 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 15 June, Prairie Township, District 7, page 11B, Hse #146, Fam #141
    McSwain, Carew W Head W M July 1877  22 AR NC NC Farmer
    McSwain, Callie D  Sister W F Dec 1879  20  AR NC NC
    McSwain, Mathew O  Brother W M July 1882  17  AR NC NC
    McSwain, James A  Brother W M Jan 1885  15 AR NC NC

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    Harvey Creswell
    Age 28, Birth Year abt1875
    Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name Callie McSwain
    Spouse's Age 23
    Spouse's Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Marriage 5 Jul 1903 Arkansas County
    Marriage License Date: 4 Jul 1903

    1910 is the first census reporting on Callie and her family with Harvey (Manuel Harvey) Criswell.

    1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 19 April, Prairie Township, District 13, page 2B, Hse/Fam #33
    Criswell, Harvey  Head M W 34  Married 6 years Miss SC MS Farmer
    Criswell, Callie Wife F W 30  Married 6 years AR SC NC
    Criswell, Lucius M Son M W 6 AR MS AR
    Criswell, Marie Dau F W 3 AR MS AR
    Criswell, Harriet Dau F W 5mos AR MS AR [born November 1909]

    They continued to live in the same place tehir whole married life.

    1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 6 February, Prairie Township, District 16, page 8A, Hse #141, Fam #148
    Criswell, Manuel H Head  Owns M W 44  Married 6 years AR SC AL Farmer [born abt 1876]
    Criswell, Callie D Wife F W 40  Married 6 years AR NC NC [born abt 1880]
    Criswell, Luciuos M Son M W 14 AR MS AR Farm Laborer [born abt 1906]
    Criswell, Delia M  Dau F W 12 AR MS AR Farm Laborer [born abt 1908]
    Criswell, Harriet A  Dau F W 10 AR MS AR Farm Laborer [born abt 1910]

    1930 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 22 April, Prairie Township, Ethel & Chute Rd, District 7, page 7B, Hse #130 Fam #131
    Criswell, Manuel H  Head M W 54 Miss  SC  USA Farmer
    Criswell, Callie D  Wife F W 50 AR NC NC
    Criswell, Delia M  Dau F W 22 AR MS AR
    Dempsey,  Leenie [Linnie]  Nephew-in-Law M W 28  Married at age 27 AR AR AR
    Dempsey,  Gladys  Niece F W 22  Married at age 21 AR AR AR

    Manuel Harvey's first name in this census is terribly scrawled, but knowing his two names, it is discernible that the enumerator meant to write Emanuel H.  Gladys Dempsey intehr household here is Gladys Lucille McSwain, daughter of Wiley Carew McSwain, Callie D Criswell's brother.  Here Gladys has been married about one year to Linnie (spelled Leenie here)Dempsey reoprted as Harvey's nephew-in-law.

    1940 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 4 April, Ethel, District 1-26, page 6B, Oak Flat School and Church Rd, Hse #100, Owns $200
    Criswell, Harvey Head M W 68 Grade 7 b Arkansas same place in 1935 Farm Laborer
    Criswell, Callie Wife F W 60 Grade HS-1 b Arkansas same place in 1935 Housekeeper

    Kenenth McSwain shared some recollections about Callie.

    "I knew Aunt Callie and Uncle Harvey (she was my dad's aunt) because we would visit them each time we went to Ethel.  From my earliest memory she was confined to a chair because of elephantitis, that is her lower legs were swollen and huge, so to the best of my knowledge she didn't get around.  They lived on the East side of Bisswanger Road."
    --  Kenneth Wirt McSwain, email to Orville Boyd Jenkins, 9 June 2014

    Thanks to Dale Houghton for the burial memorial for Callie on Find a Grave.  Dale transferred this memorial to me, to which I have added some family details.

    Callie McSwain Criswell
    Birth 1879
    Death 1964
    George B McSwain (1853 - 1900)
    Harriet L Padgett McSwain (1855 - 1895)
    Spouse Harvey Criswell (1875 - 1958)
    Callie was the daughter of George B McSwain and Harriet L Padgett, whose families had migrated together from Cleveland County, North Carolina in the 1870s. Two of George's brothers married two of Harriet's sisters. They moved to Prairie Township of Arkansas County, and settled in the rural Ethel community close to the White River.
    Callie married Manuel Harvey Criswell, whose family had come to Ethel from Attala County, Mississippi. Harvey and Callie had a son name Lucius Mack and two daughters, Della Marie and Harriet Angeline.
    Burial Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Arkansas County, Arkansas, USA
    Maintained by Orville Jenkins, originally created by Dale Houghton Jul 12, 2012
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #93481412,


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