James Henry CRISWELL Martha J CRISWELL Caroline CRISWELL William H CRISWELL John Bell HOLDEN William Henry HOLDEN Mary C HOLDEN Somebody WIGLEY James Henry CRISWELL Mary Ann CRISWELL Young Reagan CRISWELL Sarah E A CRISWELL Charles E CRISWELL Mary Jane CANE Mini tree diagram

Margaret R J CRISWELL1,2,3,4,5,3,6

May 18431,2,3,4,5 - UNKNOWN

Life History

May 1843

Born in South Carolina.1,2,3,4,5

Nov 1859

Birth of son William Henry HOLDEN in Mississippi.1,7,8,3,3,3,3


Birth of daughter Mary C HOLDEN.3

30th Nov 1870

Married John Bell HOLDEN in Rutherford County, Tennessee.6

before 1900

Death of Somebody WIGLEY.1


Death of son William Henry HOLDEN in Prairie Township, Arkansas, Arkansas.7,3,3,3


Death of John Bell HOLDEN in Fort Worth, Tarrant, Texas.3


Death of daughter Mary C HOLDEN



Other facts


Married Somebody WIGLEY


  • Margaret was born in South Carlina, and her parents moved to Mississippi about a year or so later.

    1850 Federal Census, Attala County, Mississippi, 2 September, Township 12, page 106B (scan 212), Hse/Fam #155
    James Christwell [sic] 33 M Farmer b South Carolina
    Mary M Christwell 37 F b South Carolina Cannot read & write
    Martha J Christwell 15 F b South Carolina
    Caroline Christwell 14 F b South Carolina
    William H Christwell 10 M b South Carolina
    Margaret R Christwell 7 F b South Carolina
    James H Christwell 5 M b Miss
    Mary Ann Christwell 2 F b Miss

    Margaret married John Bell Holden.  John is reported byt he following genealogy to have died in 1882.  But he disappears form records before the 1880 census.

    John Bell Holden
    Birth 1844 in Rutherford Co., TN
    Death 23 Dec 1882 in Ft. Worth, Tarrant County, Texas
    George W Holden b 1819
    Sarah Claudia 1820 - 1899
    Spouse Margaret R J Criswell
    Birth May 1843 in South Carolina, Death Unknown
    William Henry Holden 1859 - 1905
    Mary C Holden b 1867
    --  Tangled Roots & Branches, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/6450631/person/-405946865

    Though John is reported in the genealogy to have died in 1882, in the 1880 census, Margaret is found in her father's home, with the surname Wigley, and reported as a widow.  Note also that the above genealogy reports that Margaret's husband John Bell died in Ft Worth, Texas.  Two of her granddaughters moved to Dallas later, so there must be some family connection in the Dallas-Ft Worth area.  But if John died in Ft Worth in 1882, why was Margaret in her father's home in 1880, with her stepchildren from her first marriage?

    Some dates or places are wrong somewhere.  Or she was either divorced or her first husband died, and she remarried and that second husband also died before the 1880 census, not in 1882.  The Wigley children would appear to be her stepchildren, since her first child was William Holden, born about 1859, the same year of birth as Amanda Wigley here.

    1880 Federal Census, Attala County, Mississippi, 24 June, Beat 4, District 17, p 51, #458, Fam #462
    Criswell, James W M 65  Widowed  Farmer SC SC SC (b abt 1815)
    Criswell, Sarah W F 25 Dau Keeps House b MS SC MS (b abt 1855)
    Criswell, Charley  W M 4 Son  MS SC MS (b abt 1876)
    -- #459, Fam #463 --
    Wigley, Margt  W F 37 Dau Widow MS SC SC (b abt 1843)
    Wigley, Amanda  W F 21 Grandchild MS MS MS (b abt 1859)
    Wigley, George   W M 9 Grandson  MS MS MS (b abt 1871)
    Wigley, Elizabeth  W F 19 Grandchild MS MS MS (b abt 1861)

    In 1900, Margaret is living with her son William Holden.  Margaret is still going by the last name Wigley, as in the 1880 census record.  John neer eshows up again, so he must have died in Tennessee or Mississippi, despite the report by the Tangled Roots genealogy.

    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

    In this census, Margaret is reported as born in North Carolina, but William's record reports his mother as born in Mississippi.  In the 1910 census, Margaret's birth state is South Carolina.  In 1910, Margaret is living with her granddaughter Ethel Holden McSwain's family.

    1910 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 15 April, Prairie Township, District 18, page 1A, Hse/Fam #5
    McSwain, Russel A Head M W 28 Married 8 yrs AR NC NC Farmer Rents
    McSwain, Ethel E Wife F W 24 Married 8 yrs 3 children/2 living MS MS MS
    McSwain, Wylton F Son M W 4 Single AR AR MS
    McSwain, Russel Son M W 11mos Single AR AR MS
    Wigley, Margaret Grandmother F W 66 Single SC SC SC
    Holden, John Nephew M W 13 Single AR MS MS

    Note that Margaret is reported as Russel's grandmother.  Perhaps the enumerator misunderstood when told she was Ethel's grandmother.  The relationship of John Holden to Russel is also incorrect, from what we know.  John Holden is Ethel's brother, and thus Russel's brother-in-law.

    So it is unclear why he is reported as Russel's nephew.  Maybe John's mother Jane was a sister of Russel.  Jane's maiden name was McSwain, but I have not identified her parents.


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