William M WEAVER John Allison MCSWAIN William August MCSWAIN Ruby Mae MCSWAIN Jewel B MCSWAIN John Edwin MCSWAIN Chester Allen MCSWAIN Henry Durward MCSWAIN Sarah Rebecca HALLMAN Mini tree diagram
Vesta Estelle Inie WEAVER

Vesta Estelle Inie WEAVER5,6,1,2,7,3,4,8

1st Jan 18851,2,3,4 - 12th May 19643

Life History

1st Jan 1885

Born in Alabama.1,2,3,4

29th Jun 1902

Married John Allison MCSWAIN in Crossroads, Delta, Texas.6,1,17

8th Apr 1903

Birth of son William August MCSWAIN in Delta County, Texas.1,4,9,8

about 1905

Birth of daughter Ruby Mae MCSWAIN in Texas.1,4,3


Birth of daughter Jewel B MCSWAIN in Arkansas.1,4,3

13th Dec 1912

Birth of son John Edwin MCSWAIN in Magazine, Logan, Arkansas.1,2,3

9th Mar 1918

Birth of son Chester Allen MCSWAIN in Magazine, Logan, Arkansas.1,2,10,11

12th May 1922

Birth of son Henry Durward MCSWAIN in Logan County, Arkansas.7,10,12,13,3,14

8th Sep 1938

Death of John Allison MCSWAIN in Elk Township, Beckham, Oklahoma.15,16,3


Death of daughter Jewel B MCSWAIN.3

22nd Sep 1963

Death of son William August MCSWAIN in Madera County, California,.8

12th May 1964

Died in Beckham County, Oklahoma.3

after 12th May 1964

Buried in Fairlawn Cemetery, Elk City, Beckham County, Oklahoma.3


  • A genealogy reports that Vessie married John A McSwain in Texas in 1902.  This genealogy reports John's middle name as Allison.  No documentation is provided for Vessie's name, but the full name of John's wife here matches the first name reported in his WWI draft registration.

    John Allison McSwain
    Birth 22 Oct 1873 in Arkansas
    Death 9 Sep 1938 in  Elk City, Beckham,
    MARY G "IDA" MCSWAIN b 1844
    Marriage to Vessie Estelle Inie Weaver 29 Jun 1902 Crossroads, Texas
    --  Martin & Ritch, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/7106982/person/6055678837

    After the birth of their first two children, they moved to Logan County, Arkansas, in the first county east of Ft Smith.  At this item, twoof Vessie's younger sisters are living with them.  The birth states and ages of the children tell us they moved to Arkansas in about 1906.

    1910 Federal Census, Logan County, Arkansas, 2 May, Revilee Township, District 52, Page 14A, Magazine and Chismville Rd, Hse #263, Fam #270
    McSwain, John A  Head M W 30 Married 9 years AR TN TN Farmer Rents
    McSwain, Vesta E Wife F W 25 Married 9 years 3 children/3 living AL AL AL
    McSwain, William A Son M W 7 Single TX AR AL
    McSwain, Ruby M Dau F W 5 Single TX AR AL
    McSwain, Jewel B Dau F W 2 Single AR AR AL
    Weaver, Lilly M Sister-in-law F W 16 Single TX AL AL Farm Laborer, Working Out
    Weaver, Eva V Sister-in-law F W 13 Single TX AL AL Farm Laborer, Working Out

    When John registered for the WWI Draft in 1918, they were living in Logan County, Arkansas, east of Ft Smith.

    U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
    John Allison McSwain
    Permanent Home Address Magazine, Logan County, Arkansas
    Age 45, Birth 22 Oct 1873 [compare 1900 census Oct 1876]
    Occupation Farmer
    Nearest relative Vessie McSwain
    Tall, Slender, Blue Eyes, Dark Hair
    Registered 12 September 1918 Paris, Arkansas

    1920 Federal Census, Logan County, Arkansas, 6 January, Revilee Township, District 55, page 2B, Hse/Fam #27
    McSwain, John A Head Rents M W 47 Ar SC SC Farmer
    McSwain, Dessie [Vessie] Wife F W 36 Widow IL IL IL None
    McSwain, Gussie Dau F W 16 TX AR AL Farm Laborer [b abt 1903]
    McSwain, Rubie Dau F W 14 TX AR AL
    McSwain, Jewel Dau F W 12 AR AR AL
    McSwain, Edwin Son M W 8 AR AR AL
    McSwain, Allen Son M W 1yr2mos AR AR AL

    After their last son.Burward, was born in about 1923, they moved to Beckham County, Oklahoma, where they were reported in the 1930 census.

    1930 Federal Census, Beckham County, Oklahoma, 10 April, Elk Township, District 5-121, page 5A, Hse #78, Fam #79
    McSwain, John Head M W 56 First married at age 26 [abt 1900] AR NC NC Cotton Farmer
    McSwain, Bessie [Vessie] Wife F W 44 First married at age 19 [abt 1923] AL AL AL
    McSwain, Edwin Son M W 17 AR AR AR
    McSwain, Allen Son M W 11 AR AR AR
    McSwain, Burward Son M W 7 AR AR AR

    John died in 1938.  Shortly before the 1940 census, Allen married and he is reported as the head of the household in 1940.

    1940 Federal Census, Beckham County, Oklahoma, 9 April, Elk Township, District 5-12, page 4A, Hse #68, Rents $2
    McSwain, Allen C Head M W 11 Married Grade 8 Arkansas Same house in 1935 Farmer [b abt 1938]
    McSwain, Mariam N Wife M W 22 Married Grade 6 b Oklahoma Rural Beckham County OK in 1935 [b abt 1918]
    McSwain, Vessie Mother F W 55 Widow Grade 6 b Alabama Same house in 1935 [b abt 1885]
    McSwain, Henry D Brother M W 17 Single Grade 8 b Arkansas Same House in 1935 No Occup [b abt 1923]

    Henry here matches Burward in 1930.  With the middle initial here as D, this makes me wonder if the name in 1930 should have been Durward.  But he is reported as Burward by genealogies, following the 1920 census.  Most genealogies have no reference to the 1940 census and little other documentation.  His FAG memorial has Henry Durward.

    Vessie's memorial on Find a Grave provides more helpful details about family members.

    Vesta Estella "Vessie" Weaver McSwain
    Birth Jan 1, 1885 Alabama
    Death May 12, 1964
    William M Weaver (1866 - 1902)
    Sarah Rebecca Hallman Weaver (1864 - 1901)
    Spouse John Allison McSwain (1873 - 1938)
    Ruby M McSwain Sullins 1905-1992
    Jewel Rebecca McSwain Loyd 1907-1953
    John Edwin McSwain 1912-1968
    Chester Allen McSwain (1918 - 1973)
    Henry D McSwain (1922 - 1996)
    Lucy A Weaver Burns (1885 - 1933)
    Henry Edgar Weaver (1889 - 1971)
    Henry Edgar Weaver (1889 - 1971)
    Velma Rebecca Weaver Mikles (1892 - 1968)
    Lillie M Weaver Kilpatrick (1894 - 1964)
    Eva V Weaver Mills (1897 - 1964)
    Burial Fairlawn Cemetery, Elk City, Beckham County, Oklahoma
    Created by Cokeman2 Dec 18, 2011
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #82101418, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=82101396


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