James Edgar MARTIN Dewey Lee RAWLS Living RAWLS James Marvin MCSWAIN Marvin Martin MCSWAIN Living MCSWAIN Robert Oscar TAYLOR Donald Lee TAYLOR Living TAYLOR Jewel Lorene MARTIN Byrdie Ida GORDON Mini tree diagram
Katherine Engle MARTIN

Katherine Engle MARTIN4,1,2,6,4,3

also known as Katherin ROWLS5

6th Jan 19121,2,3 - 8th Feb 20024

Life History

6th Jan 1912

Born in Arkansas.1,2,3

16th Dec 1933

Married Dewey Lee RAWLS in Arkansas County, Arkansas.14

30th Jun 1937

Death of Dewey Lee RAWLS in DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas.13,8

24th Sep 1938

Married James Marvin MCSWAIN in Arkansas County, Arkansas.12

after 1941

Divorced from James Marvin MCSWAIN in Arkansas County, Arkansas

3rd May 1941

Birth of son Marvin Martin MCSWAIN in DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas.9,10

30th Dec 1945

Married Robert Oscar TAYLOR in Lonoke County, Arkansas.3

about 1946

Birth of son Donald Lee TAYLOR.7

26th Jun 1953

Death of Robert Oscar TAYLOR in Little Rock, Pulaski, Arkansas.8

14th Jul 1957

Death of James Marvin MCSWAIN in Arkansas.11

8th Feb 2002

Died in Little Rock, Pulaski, Arkansas.4

after 8th Feb 2002

Buried in DeWitt Cemetery, DeWitt, Arkansas County, Arkansas

Other facts


Birth of son Living TAYLOR


Birth of daughter Living MCSWAIN


Birth of son Living RAWLS


  • The first public record I find of Katherine's family is in DeWitt, Arkansas, in the 1930 census.  She and her sister are living with their widowed father, James E Martin, age 61.  Their mother Byrdie Ida Gordon had passed away at some unknown time before this census.

    1930 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 3 April, DeWitt, District 16, page 1A, Hse/Fam #3
    Martin, James E Head Owns house $2000 real estate  M W 61 Widowed Indiana Indiana Indiana No occupation
    Martin, Katherine E  Daughter F W 18 Single AR AR Indiana No occupation
    Martin, Jewell L  Daughter F W 14 Single AR AR Indiana No occupation

    One genealogy had the name of James E Martin as James Edward.  I found this was wrong when I got complete names from James' granddaughter Byrdie Engle McSwain.  Her grandfather Martin was named James Edgar Martin.

    Katherine Engel Martin had been married before she married James Marvin McSwain.  Her first husband was Dewey Rawls.  Dewey was born 22 August 1900 in DeWitt, Arkansas, the southern county seat of Arkansas County.  After Dewey died, Katherine married James Marvin McSwain, son of James Magnus McSwain, of Ethel, Arkansas.

    The marriage record for Marvin and Katherine misspells both her names, recording her name as Katherin Rowls.

    Arkansas Marriage Index, 1933-1939
    Certificate 00216, Volume 0002
    Katherin Rowls (transcription misspelled both names)
    Gender Female
    Spouse Marvin McSwain
    License Date: 24 Sep 1938 Arkansas County

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    Marvin McSwain
    Age 25, Birth Year abt 1913
    Residence Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Spouse Katherine Rawls
    Spouse's Age 26
    Spouse's Residence DeWitt, Arkansas, Arkansas
    Marriage 24 Sep 1938 Arkansas County
    Marriage License Date: 24 Sep 1938

    In the 1940 census, we learn that Marvin moved from Ethel into DeWitt, into Kathryn's home.

    1940 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 2 April, DeWitt, District 1-16, page 1B, Madison Avenue, Hse #18, Owns $1000
    McSwain, Marvin Head M W 26 Grade 7 b Arkansas Ethel, Ark in 1935 Farmer, Farm Tenant
    McSwain, Kathryn Wife F W 28 Grade HS-4 b Arkansas same house in 1935
    McSwain, Byrdie Engle Dau F W 5mos Single b Arkansas
    Rawls, Donald Lee Stepson M W 5 Single b Arkansas same house in 1935

    Marvin and Katherine divorced after the birth of two children.  Katherine later married a third time, to Robert Oscar Taylor, Jr.  They had one child, Robert Gordon Taylor, born 3 April 1948.  Many of these names and details were missing until I received more information from Katherine's daughter Byrdie Engle McSwain in May 2008.

    Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
    Katherine McSwain
    Age 33, Birth Year abt 1912
    Residence Little Rock, Pulaski, Arkansas
    Spouse's Name Robt O Taylor
    Spouse's Age 38
    Spouse's Residence N Little Rock, Pulaski, Arkansas
    Marriage 30 Dec 1945 Lonoke County
    Marriage License Date: 29 Dec 1945


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