William Henry HOLDEN Ciscela Ola HOLDEN Russell Arbery MCSWAIN Wylton MCSWAIN Russell Lloyd MCSWAIN Nellie B MCSWAIN Mary E WIGLEY Mini tree diagram

Ethel E HOLDEN10,1,2,3,9,4,5,6,7,11,12,8

18th Mar 18861,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 - 13th Jun 19399,6,7,8

Life History

18th Mar 1886

Born in Mississippi.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

16th Dec 1901

Married Russell Arbery MCSWAIN in Arkansas County, Arkansas.3

about 1906

Birth of son Wylton MCSWAIN in Arkansas.2,1,13

8th May 1909

Birth of son Russell Lloyd MCSWAIN in Arkansas.2,14,4,1,15

21st Feb 1911

Birth of daughter Nellie B MCSWAIN in Arkansas.1,16,6,8


Death of Russell Arbery MCSWAIN in Seymour, Baylor, Texas.17,18

7th Nov 1930

Death of daughter Nellie B MCSWAIN in Dallas, Dallas, Texas.6,8

13th Jun 1939

Died in Dallas, Dallas, Texas.9,6,7,8

Postoperative Surgical Shock, contributory Ulcer Peptic, Not perforated, Gastroenterostomy

15th Jun 1939

Buried in Grove Hill Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas.6,8


  • William Henry Holden
    Birth NOV 1859 Mississippi, USA
    Death ABT 1905 Prairie, Arkansas Co., Arkansas
    John Bell Holden 1844-1882
    Margaret R J Criswell 1843-
    Spouse 1 Margaret Birth 1860, Death Unknown
    Ciscela "Sissily" Ola Holden 1882-1957
    Ethel E Holden 1884-1939
    Spouse 2 Janie R C McSwain
    Birth MAR 1878 Prairie, Arkansas, Arkansas, United States
    Death 1930 Prairie Township, Arkansas, Arkansas
    John H Holden 1896-1978
    Caldonia Maude Holden 1901-1995
    Mattie Holden 1904-1910
    --  Jerry Robnett, https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/person/tree/12478704/person/26219058800/facts

    In the 1900 census Ethel is in the household of her father and stepmother Jane C McSwain Holden.

    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, Ethel Dau W F Mar 1884 16 Single MS MS MS

    Ethel Holden married Russel A McSwain about 1905.  They are enumerated in the 1910 census in the same area, with two children and some Holden family members.  In the 1910 census Ethel is reported as 24, thus born about 1886, two years different from the birth year reported in 1900.

    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[-in-law] F W 66 Single SC SC SC
    Holden, John Nephew [Brother-in-law] M W 13 Single AR MS MS

    Note that Margaret is reported as Russel's grandmother.  Neither of his parent's mothers was named Margaret.  But this is most likely Ethel Holden's grandmother, Margaret R J Criswell Holden Wigley.  Note that Jerry Robnette's genealogy above reports that William Holden's mother (Ethel Holden McSwain's grandmother) was Margaret Criswell.  Margaret was enumerated in the 1880 census in her father's home as a widow name Margaret Wigley, with several stepchildren named Wigley.

    John Holden in the household is Ethel's half brother, the son of Jane C McSwain and William Holden.  So it is unclear why he is reported as Russel's nephew.  Maybe because he was so much younger than Ethel, they thought of his that way, or the enumerator just got confused.  John and Ethel's father William Henry Holden died in about 1905.

    1920 Federal Census, Arkansas County, Arkansas, 10 February, South Prairie Township, District 16, page 9A, Hse #158, Fam #167
    McSwain, Russel A  Head Rents M W 39 AR NC NC Farmer [b abt 1880]
    McSwain, Ethel E  Wife F W 33 MS MS MS [b abt 1886]
    McSwain, Wylton Son M W 13 AR AR MS [abt 1906]
    McSwain, Russel L Son M W 10 AR AR MS [abt 1909]
    McSwain, Nellie B Dau F W 8 AR AR MS [b abt 1911]

    In 1930 Ethel is the head of household, Russell having died in 1925.  Her daughter Nellie Garner nd her husband are living in the household.  It is not clear when they moved to Dallas.  No death record has been found for Russell, so it not known whether Ethel moved with him or after he died.

    1930 Federal Census, Dallas County, Texas, 10 May, Dallas Precinct 10, District 23, page 17A, 801 Park Ave, Hse #148, Fam #208
    McSwain, Ethel Head Rents F W 44 Widow First married at 15 MS MS MS
    McSwain, Lloyd Son M W 20 TN TN TN Filling Station Attendant
    -- Fam #208 --
    Garner, John Son M W 33 First married at 31 AR AR AR Elevator Boy
    Garner, Nellie Dau F W 19 First married at 18 AR AR AR

    They were listed in the city directory of that year, and I found them in the 1934 directory also.  I don't recognize the individual William A McSwain, but notice he is at a different address from either Ethel or Wilton.  So he does not appear to be an immediate member of their family.  He may be a cousin.  I know of one William A in this family line, but he was born in 1858 in North Carolina.

    I do not have William A's marriage of death information, but his parents Minor and Lucy Ann moved to Jefferson County, Arkansas, near Arkansas County where Ethel and Russell lived before moving to Texas.  They moved to Arkansas soon after William A was born in 1858 and were enumerated in the 1860 census in Arkansas.  William's parents died in Arkansas.

    U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Beta)
    Dallas, Texas, City Directory, 1930
    Page 1412
    McSwain Ethel (wid Russell A)  h 1409 Seegar
    " Eunice Mrs  icer Brown Cracker and C Co h 2025 Richardson [wife of Wilton]
    " R Lloyd  attndt The Gas House h 1409 Seegar
    " William A  r 3539 University blvd
    " Wilton F  (Eunice) lab Dallas P & L Co h 2025 Richardson

    Dallas, Texas, City Directory, 1934
    Page 1051
    McSwain see also MacSwain
    " Ethel E (wid Russell) home 1510 Beaumont
    " Eunice Mrs icing dept Brown Cracker and C Co 4 2013 Richardson Av
    " Lloyd (Mary) atndt Dallas Car Clnr Co 4 1510 Beaumont
    " Wylton F (Eunice) lab City Eng Dept h 2013 Richardson Av

    U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989
    Dallas, Texas, City Directory, 1938, p 956
    McSwain Ethel (wid Russell A) home 1510 Beaumont
    -- Wylton F (Eunice) tr driver City Dept of Public Works h 2013 Richardson Av

    A death record seems to indicate that Ethel was living with her son Wylton in Dallas when she died in 1939.

    Texas Death Index, 1903-2000
    Certificate #27374
    Mrs. Ethel E. McSwain
    Death 13 Jun 1939 Dallas County

    Only in June 2014 did I find more family information on Ethel, including her mother's name.  Her Find-a-Grave memorial was helpful, but had a different name than my previous source for her father.  The memorial identifies him as Wade Holden, while he is identified in the 1900 census with Ethel as William H Holden.  It is helpful to have her mother's name, Mary E Wigley.  We have other information on the Wigleys related to other Ethel, Arkansas, families.

    Ethel E Holden McSwain
    Birth Mar 18, 1886 Arkansas
    Death Jun 13, 1939 Dallas, Dallas County, Texas
    Parents Wade Holden,‚Äč Mary E. Wigley
    Spouse Russel McSwain
    Daughter Nellie B McSwain Gusman (1911 - 1930)
    Burial Grove Hill Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas, Plot Section 154
    Created by David Brasfield Oct 12, 2012
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #98718869, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=98718869

    Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982
    Mrs Ethel E McSwain [Mrs Ethel E Holden]
    Age 53, Widowed
    Birth Date 18 Mar 1886 Arkansas
    Residence 1510 Beaumont St, Dallas for 14 years
    Father Wade Holden
    Mother Mary E Wigley, born Mississippi
    Spouse Russel McSwain
    Informant W F McSwain, 1510 Beaumont, Dallas
    Death 13 Jun 1939 St Paul Hospital, Dallas, Dallas, Texas, USA
    Cause of Death P O Surgical Shock, contributory Ulcer Peptic, Not perforated, Gastroenterostomy
    Burial 15 June 1939 Grove Hill, by Ed C Smith & Bros, Dallas
    Certificate #27374 filed 14 June 1939, filed State 10 July 1939


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