Joseph Francis BLACK John H BLACK Cecil M BROWN Clyde Richard BROWN Daisy Vee BROWN Bernie Joe BROWN Cecil Curtis BROWN Marion Clemmon BROWN Walter Louis BROWN Walter M BLACK Julia F RAGSDALE Mini tree diagram
Martha Dee BLACK

Martha Dee BLACK8,9,1,2,10,3,4,11,5,12,6

9th Jan 18991,2,3,4,5,6 - 28th Sep 19867,4,6

Life History

9th Jan 1899

Born in Prairie Township, Arkansas, Arkansas.1,2,3,4,5,6

20th Jul 1920

Married Cecil M BROWN in Arkansas County, Arkansas.2,3

24th Apr 1921

Birth of son Clyde Richard BROWN in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.13,10,14,3,12,6

28th Nov 1922

Birth of daughter Daisy Vee BROWN in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.8,10,7,3,14,6,12

23rd Mar 1925

Birth of son Bernie Joe BROWN in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.13,15,10,3,6

22nd Oct 1928

Birth of son Cecil Curtis BROWN in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.10,6,3,7,16

31st Mar 1934

Birth of son Marion Clemmon BROWN in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.10,14,12,6


Birth of son Walter Louis BROWN in Ethel, Arkansas, Arkansas.10,8,14,6


Death of son Walter Louis BROWN.14,6

Sep 1969

Death of Cecil M BROWN in De Witt, Arkansas, Arkansas.7,4,17,6

28th Sep 1986

Died in Arkansas County, Arkansas.7,4,6

after 28th Sep 1986

Buried in Saint Charles Cemetery, Saint Charles, Arkansas County, Arkansas.4,6


  • Edith McSwain Jenkins initially provided the given name of Mattie.  George McSwain provided the maiden name.  In the 1900 census, Mattie is enumerated by her nickname Mattie.

    1900 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, [no date] June, Prairie Township, District 7, page 12B, Hse #206, Fam #211
    Black, Francis  Head W M July 1873 26 Married 10 years MS MS MS Farmer Rents Home
    Black, Julia F   Wife W F Dec 1874  25 Married 10 years AR AR AR
    Black, John F Son  W M Mar 1892  8 AR MS AR
    Black, Mattie L [sic] Dau  W F Dec 1899  5mos AR MS AR

    1910 Federal Census, Marshall County, Mississippi, 29 April, Beat 5, District 52, page 9A, Hse/Fam #164
    Black, Frank Head M W 38 Married 20 yrs MS MS MS Farmer rents
    Black, Julia Wife F W 36 Married 20 yrs 3 children/3 living AR AR AR
    Black, John Son M W 18 Single AR MS AR Farm Laborer
    Black, Mattie Dau F W 11 Single AR MS AR
    Black, Walter M W Son 9 Single AR MS AR

    Most records have her name as Mattie, the common nickname for Martha.  Some families did name the children nickname forms, like Mattie's granddaughter Mattie Ruth McSwain.  But the 1920 census enumerated Mattie Black as Martha D Black, suggesting that, despite all the records with the common nickname, her actual given name was, in fact, Martha.

    We do find many families in this community naming children nicknames as their given name.  We also see the common format of recording people under their nicknames, even in marriage and death certificates and such, even though there is evidence of their full proper given names.  This is the tendency in the US until after WWI.

    1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 27 January, La Grue Township, District 12, DeWitt Town, page 20B, Hse #261, Fam #267
    Black, Frank Head Rents M W 46  MS MS GA Teammaster, Livery
    Black, Julia  Wife F W 46 AR AR AL No Occupation
    Black, Martha D  Dau F W 21 Single AR MS AL No Occupation
    Bass, Agnes C Roomer F W 74 Widow AR TN AR  No Occupation

    Note that in 1920 the birth place of Mattie's mother has changed from Arkansas to Alabama.

    1930 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 22 April, Prairie Township, District 25, Ethel and Point Rd, Page 7A, Hse #126, Fam #127
    Brown, Cecil  Head M W  33 IN IN IN Farmer
    Brown, Mattie  Wife F W  31  AR AR AR
    -- page 7B --
    Clyde R Brown Son M W 8 AR IN AR
    Daisy V Brown Dau M W 7 AR IN AR
    ernie J Brown Son M W 5 AR IN AR
    Cecil C Brown Son M W 1yr5mos AR IN AR [b abt Oct 1928]

    1940 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 8 April, Ethel, District 1-26, page 3B, Belleview Rd, Hse #46, Owns Farm, $600 value
    Brown, Cecil Head M W 44 Grade 8 b Indiana same house in 1935 Farmer
    Brown, Mattie Wife F W 48 Grade 8 b Arkansas same house in 1935 Housekeeper
    Brown, Clyde Son M W 18 Single Grade 8 b Arkansas same house in 1935 Farm Laborer
    Brown, Dassie [Daisy] Dau F W 17 Grade 8 b Arkansas same house in 1935 Housekeeper
    Brown, Joe Son M W 15 Single Grade 8 b Arkansas same house in 1935
    Brown, Curtiss Son M W 12 Single Grade 5 b Arkansas same house in 1935
    Brown, Marion Son M W 5 Single Grade 0 b Arkansas same house in 1935
    Brown, Lewis Son M W 2 Single Grade 0 b Arkansas

    St Charles Cemetery Gravestone
    Brown  Mattie Dee  Jan 9, 1899  Sept 28, 1986;
    St Charles Cemetery, St Charles, Arkansas
    Photo by Orville Boyd Jenkins 12 May 2017

    Martha Dee “Mattie” Black Brown
    Birth 9 Jan 1899 Prairie Township, Arkansas County, Arkansas, USA
    Death 28 Sep 1986 (aged 87) Arkansas County, Arkansas, USA
    Burial Saint Charles Cemetery, Saint Charles, Arkansas County, Arkansas, USA

    Martha was always called by her nickname, Mattie. She was the daughter of Joseph Francis Black (Jul 1873-unknown) of Mississippi and Julia F Ragsdale of Prairie Township, Arkansas County, Arkansas. Joe and Julia had three children, Mattie, John H Black (14 March 1892-4 May 1980) and Walter M Black (1901-unknown).

    Mattie married Cecil M Brown on 20 July 1920 in Arkansas County, Arkansas.

    Spouse Cecil M Brown 1897-1969 (m. 1920)

    Clyde Richard Brown 1921-1996
    Daisy Vee Brown McSwain 1922-1997
    Bernie Joe Brown 1925-1990
    Cecil Curtis Brown 1928-2013
    Marion Clemmon Brown 1934-2004
    Walter Louis Brown 1938-1949

    Arkansas County Saint Charles Saint Charles Cemetery  Martha Dee “Mattie” Black Brown
    Created by Orville Jenkins 3 May 2020
    --  Find a Grave Memorial 209741871,


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