Tuesday, June 16, 2015 Eppa Swan (1909-1975)

Eppa Swan was born on 5 January 1909 in Campti, Louisiana, to William Henry and Edna Sarah "Minnie" (Norvell) Swan. Campti is a flat area of mostly farm land on the eastern bank of the Red river. I have been unable to find the family in the 1910 U.S. census, but in 1920 they lived in Red River Parish, Louisiana. Her father was a fisherman working on his own account, who sold his catch to Bayou Fish Co. William Henry Childs, Eppa's father died in 1928.

By 1930 Eppa had married Elvin Eufay Childs, a farmer, and had two young sons. Their neighbors were Eufay's brothers and sisters. Some time after 1935, the family included four known children and lived in Trees, which is in Caddo Parish. Eppa's husband, Eufay, worked as an pumper for an oil production company and had been out of work for 16 weeks the previous year. Their children were:
  • Fay Frances Childs, born about 1929 and was married to someone name Hays when her mother died
  • Elvin Ray "Henry" Childs, born 17 January 1930, died 13 October 1951
  • R. C. Harley Childs, born 24 January 1932, died 27 May 1980
  • Edna Mae Childs, born 3 August 1934, may have been married to someone named Swafford or Swassard when her mother died
In 1943 Eppa (Swan) Childs applied for social security. The family still lived in Trees. Eufay Childs died on 10 September 1945 in Coushatta, Louisiana. He was interred at Hand Cemetery in Red River Parish.

At some point after 1953 Eppa was in a relationship with Henry "Jack" Muir. His sister believed they were married but several of his grandchildren tell me they were never married. 

According to one of Henry's granddaughters, Eppa was killed on 25 February 1975 by an 18-wheel tractor trailor truck which ran over her. According to her obituary, she was buried at the St. Bernard Memorial Gardens in Chalmette, Louisiana.

1920 US Federal Census, Census Place: Police Jury Ward 3, Red River, Louisiana; Roll: T625_627; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 122; Image: 747
1930 US Federal Census, Census Place: Police Jury Ward 8; Red River, Louisiana; Roll: 800; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 0010; Image: 556.0; FHL microfilm: 2340535
1940 US Federal Census, Census Place: Caddo, Louisiana; Roll: T627_1385; Page: 24A; Enumeration District: 9-10
Alice (Muir) Jennings Genealogy Notebook, page 9
Times-Picayune, 28 February 1975
US, USGenArchives, Obituary Index, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, 1975 Muir, Ettie Swan
US, Social Security Application, 1935-2014, 1943 Childs, Eppa (Swan)
US, Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014, Number: 439-28-2087; Issue State: Louisiana

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