William H CRISWELL John Jefferson CRISWELL James B CRISWELL Caledonia CRISWELL Manuel Harvey CRISWELL Margaret CRISWELL Thomas Jefferson CRISWELL Robert F CRISWELL Joseph L CRISWELL Edd Ragan CRISWELL Margaret E CRISWELL Lee Jackson CRISWELL Jesse Quitman CRISWELL Mini tree diagram

Martha A JACKSON1,6,2,3,4

Apr 18401,2,3,4 - after 19105,3

Life History

Apr 1840

Born in Alabama.1,2,3,4


Married William H CRISWELL in Attala County, Mississippi.42

Jun 1867

Birth of son John Jefferson CRISWELL in Mississippi.2,1,6,7,8

Oct 1870

Birth of son James B CRISWELL in Attala County, Mississippi.9,10,2,9,11,9,12,6,13,14

Mar 1871

Birth of daughter Caledonia CRISWELL in Newport, Attala, Mississippi.15,7,16,17

Jan 1875

Birth of son Manuel Harvey CRISWELL in Attala County, Mississippi.2,18,19,20,21,9,6,7,22


Birth of daughter Margaret CRISWELL in Mississippi.6

29th Aug 1878

Birth of son Thomas Jefferson CRISWELL in Goodman, Tallow, Mississippi.9,2,23,24,4,25,6,26,27

Aug 1882

Birth of son Robert F CRISWELL in Attala County, Mississippi.4,2

Jul 1884

Birth of son Joseph L CRISWELL in Attala County, Mississippi.2,28

20th Dec 1885

Birth of son Edd Ragan CRISWELL in Goodman, Attala, Mississippi.4,2,29,30,31,32,26

before 1888

Death of daughter Margaret CRISWELL.4

Apr 1888

Birth of daughter Margaret E CRISWELL in Arkansas County, Arkansas.4

1st Sep 1891

Birth of son Lee Jackson CRISWELL in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.33,34,32,35,36,22

9th Sep 1895

Birth of son Jesse Quitman CRISWELL in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.37,38,39,40,41,7,33


Resident in Prairie Township, Arkansas, Arkansas.4

after 1910

Died in Arkansas County, Arkansas.5,3

between 1910 and 1920

Buried in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas


  • Simons Genealogy, William H Criswell Family, (no longer online) reports birth in Mississippi. But census reports birth in Alabama, same for husband William. They lived in Attala County, Mississippi, and I think the compiler of the Simons genealogy took that as birthplace.

    James was born in Alabama. His father was born in South Carolina. It makes sense with the westward progress of the family, as William's and Martha's families both moved on from Alabama to Mississippi, where they both grew up and then married. William and Martha moved from Mississippi to Arkansas.

    I am following the 1900 census report for birth in April 1840 in Alabama.
    16 June 1900, Prairie Township, District 7, Page 11B, Hse #192, Family #195
    Martha A Criswell Wife W F Apr 1840 60 Alabama Georgia Georgia

    According to the available information, Martha Jackson Criswell was bearing children over a period of 25 years!  Her first child John was born in June 1867, and she had a total of 12 children, the last child Jesse being born in September 1895!  This is quite unusual, but the information seems to be otherwise coherent.

    1880 Federal Census, Attala County, Mississippi, 24 June, Beat 4, District 17, p 51, #461, Fam #465
    Criswell, William 40    Farmer MS MS MS (b abt 1840)
    Criswell, Martha W F 38 Wife Keeping House b MS MS MS (b abt 1842)
    Criswell, John  W M 12 Son  MS MS MS (b abt 1868)
    Criswell, James    W M 10 Son  MS MS MS (b abt 1870)
    Criswell, Harvey W M 5 Son  MS MS MS (b abt 1875)
    Criswell, Margaret  W F 3 Dau MS MS MS (b abt 1877)
    Criswell, Thomas W M 10mos Son  MS MS MS (b abt 1879)

    A daughter named Caledonia (Callie) is reported by genealogies as born in March 1871.  But she does not appear in the 1880 census, when she should have been about 9 years old.

    The 1900 census gives birth month and year of birth:
    1900 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 16 June 1900, Prairie Township, District 7, Page 11B, Hse #192, Family #195:
    William H Criswell Head  W M  Mar 1840  60  Married 40 years Alabama Alabama Alabama
    Martha A Criswell Wife W F  Apr 1840  60  Married 40 years 11 children/9 living Alabama Georgia Georgia
    Thomas Criswell   Son  W M  Mar 1881  19  Miss Alabama Alabama
    Robert F Criswell Son  W M  Aug 1882  17  Miss Alabama Alabama
    Joseph L Criswell Son  W M  Jul 1884  15  Miss Alabama Alabama
    Edward M Criswell Son  W M  Jun 1886  13  Miss Alabama Alabama
    Maggie E Criswell Dau W F  Apr 1888  12  Ark Alabama Alabama
    Lee R Criswell Son  W M  May 1890  10  Ark Alabama Alabama
    Jesse B Criswell Son  W M  Sep 1892  7  Ark Alabama Alabama

    This census reports both William and Martha born in Alabama, while the 1880 census reported both born in Mississippi.  Most sources report William's birth place as South Carolina.  Note that in the following census, 1910, as well as 1920, William is reported as born in South Carolina.  In 1900 nd 1910, Martha was reported born in Alabama.

    1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 16 April, Prairie Township, District 13, page 1A, Hse/Fam #7
    Criswell, William H  Head M W 69 Married 43 yrs SC SC SC Farmer
    Martha A  Wife F W 59 Married 43 yrs AL TN GA
    Criswell, Maggie D Dau F W 20 AR SC AL
    Criswell, Lee J  Son  W M  18  Ark SC AL
    Criswell, Jesse B  Son  W M  15  Ark SC AL
    Cochran, Hal  Hired Man  W M  18  Ark Miss Miss

    In the 1920 census, William is a widower.  No death date or burial site is known.  She was probably buried on their farm.  William was buried in the Mt Pleasant community cemetery in Ethel.


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