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THOMAS TURNER CRISWELL FAMILY
IN PICTURES

Thomas Turner Criswell was born June 28, 1883 in the Criswell community in East Falls county. He was a grandson of William Moore Criswell and Mary Ann (Evans) Criswell, pioneer settlers of the farming area referred to as Criswell Community.

He was the son of John Carson Calhoun Criswell and Amy Mytlene (Manning) Criswell. He married Mary Amelia McKinley on September 24, 1911 at Odds, Texas. She was the daughter of John Carson McKinley and Matilda (Miller) McKinley a pioneer farming family in the Odds, Limestone county area.

Turner and Amelia Criswell made their early home near Criswell Lake which was close to the Criswell homeplace where he farmed and raised cattle until moving to Marlin in 1915. In Marlin Turner Criswell owned a wagon yard which provided temporary lodging for wagons and mule teams while their owners shopped and conducted business in town. He also owned meat markets at different times in the 1920s and 1930s.

Turner Criswell died on February 20, 1970. Amelia passed away on March 17, 1966. They are both buried in Calvary cemetery, Marlin, Texas.

Their children were: John C. "J. C." Criswell, Travis Turner Criswell, Amelia Myrtlene Criswell (Tate), Glenn Rice Criswell, Ray Barton Criswell, Mary Ruth Criswell (infant) and Thomas McKinley Criswell-grc


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Thomas Turner Criswell was the son of John Carson Calhoun Criswell and Amy Myrtlene (Manning) Criswell. He was the grandson of William Moore Criswell and Mary Ann (Evans) Criswell.


From Amy (Manning) Criswell Albums

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Thomas Turner Criswell (left) with cousin and good friend, Henry Grammer. Henry Grammer was the son of Thomas L. and Amie (Watters) Grammer. He was the grandson of John White Watters and Melinda (Seay) Watters of Falls County.


From Amy (Manning) Criswell Albums

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell


Studio picture of (left) Thomas Turner Criswell and friend Bob Jolly


From Thomas McKinley Criswell, Sr. Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



There are several of these pictures of Thomas Turner Criswell, his horse and his dog. We are not sure if the horse is named "Blueboy" or "Bluedog". His dog is named "Sport. The background seems to be the same in the pictures of the old house with fence and gate where his parents, John Carson and Amy Myrtlene Criswell were living - predating the Victorian house.

Turner and Henry Grammer were great friends and both liked the cowboy life.


From Thomas McKinley Criswell, Sr. Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Thomas Turner Criswell with his dog Sport while his horse (BlueBoy or BlueDog) patiently waits to be ridden - saddled and ready to go. The background seems to be the same here as the other pictures. This picture has almost faded out.


From Thomas McKinley Criswell, Sr. Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell


Thomas Turner Criswell riding his horse in Mart, Texas 1910. His horse was either named BlueBoy or BlueDog.


From Thomas McKinley Criswell, Sr. Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell


Thomas Turner Criswell with rope and chaps ready for a long hard day's work on the range.


From Thomas McKinley Criswell, Sr. Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Thomas Turner Criswell with his horse BlueBoy or BlueDog hitched to a buggy is shown here with his friend and brother-in-law James Franklin Barton.

These pictures are being preserved here for family and future generations to see how life was back in the early 1900s.


From Thomas McKinley Criswell, Sr. Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



This was a picture postcard sent to Thomas Turner Criswell by Henry Grammer on which he wrote: "Just finished roping here - won first. This is my best pony Flax. Come up and see your cousin-Henry Grammer." Henry Grammer resided at one time in Oklahoma.


From Winifred McKinley Criswell Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



James Franklin Barton wearing a dark suit, bow tie and black hat. Thomas Turner Criswell is wearing a light colored suit, sailor straw hat and both are holding umbrellas.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Idenfification by: Annie May (Criswell) Barton McCoy as: May (Criswell), Turner (Criswell) and Ruby Mullins (Norm Allen's half-sister. She was Mrs. Nobe Honeycutt's sister). The background seems the same as the other pictures with the board fence. Turner Criswell always wore elastic arm bands to hold up the sleeves and most often suspenders too up until his death.


From Thomas McKinley Criswell, Sr. Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



This Miller studio picture was made in his early adult years we believe before 1911.


From Winifred McKinley Criswell Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Thomas Turner Criswell is on front row - first left - the others are unnamed. If anyone can name anyone else in this photograph we'd appreciate. Notice the wicker chair and the twisted wire - wooden bottom foot stool.


From Winifred McKinley Criswell Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



This is a studio picture of Thomas Turner Criswell with an unnamed friend. The friend is on the left in the picture. If anyone recognizes him and can supply his name we'd appreciate.


From Winifred McKinley Criswell Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Thomas Turner Criswell, Charlie Leuschner and George Gross. They were identified by Annie May (Criswell) Barton McCoy. This picture was made at Thompson Studio - Waco, Texas.


From Winifred McKinley Criswell Collection and Thomas McKinley Criswell, Sr. Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



This is a handwritten invitation to the wedding of Mary Amelia McKinley to Mr. Thomas Turner Criswell at 10:00 o'clock Sunday morning, September 24, 1911 at the home of the bride's parents.

Note: This invitation was sent to Mrs. J. C. Criswell and daughter at the home of Nettie Waters (Watters) Alto, Cherokee Co., Texas.

From Thomas McKinley Criswell, Sr. Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Annie May Criswell, Thomas Turner Criswell and Della Petura Criswell. Annie May (Criswell) Barton McCoy has written on the back of the reprint of this picture "The Morn - Turner married after we were dressed."

This appears to have been made in the yard at the old house just before they left for the wedding at the McKinley home - last picture of the sisters with their brother before he became a married man.

From Thomas McKinley Criswell Collection

Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



This is from an original wedding picture of Thomas Turner Criswell and Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell. They were married on Sunday, September 24, 1911 at 10:00 at the home of the bride's parents.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



On the back of the original picture, written in pencil by Annie May (Criswell) Barton McCoy read "Turner and Amelia's home near Criswell Lake. J. C. and Travis" J. C. was the first child.

From an old letter read by Melinda Criswell, we learned that Marcus Criswell was involved in helping to build this house before the wedding. They lived here during the birth of two children and moved into Marlin 1915/16.


From Thomas McKinley Criswell, Sr. Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



The parents of Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell were:

Matilda Caroline Miller was born November 23, 1863 in Burleson County, Texas. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Miller.

John Carson McKinley was born December 6, 1860 at Owensville, Robertson Co., Texas. He was the son of James Franklin McKinley and Mary Frances Amelia Paschall McKinley.

John Carson McKinley married 1880 to (1) Juna Davis of Mustang Prairie. She died one year later. They had one son, Oscar Lee McKinley. He married (2) Matilda Caroline Miller at Rockdale in 1883. They reared the following children: Elmer Ernest McKinley, Wesley Franklin McKinley, Mary Amelia McKinley (Criswell), Lillie Mae McKinley, Clara Ruth McKinley, Carl Carson McKinley and Beulah Leclaire McKinley (Bunn). Those that did not reach maturity were Stella Ione McKinley, Carrie Etna McKinley, Albert Jennings McKinley, Marvin McKinley and Lola Iris McKinley.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Father of Matilda Caroline (Miller) McKinley and grandfather of Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell.

Pictures reprinted as gifts to John and Matilda McKinley's grandchildren by Lillie Mae McKinley.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



James Franklin McKinley and Mary Frances Amelia (Paschall) McKinley were the parents of John Carson McKinley and Mary Elizabeth McKinley. James Franklin McKinley was killed during the Civil War.

James Franklin McKinley was the son of Charles Carson McKinley and Nancy (Wallace) McKinley.


From Lillie Mae McKinley Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



James Franklin McKinley in his Confederate uniform during the Civil War.

From Mary Elizabeth (McKinley) Caldwell Williams descendant Ollie Corbett

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Charles Carson McKinley was the spouse of Nancy Wallace McKinley. He was the father of James Franklin McKinley the grandfather of John Carson McKinley and great-grandfather of Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell.


From Lillie Mae McKinley Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Nancy Wallace McKinley was the spouse of Charles Carson McKinley. She was the mother of James Franklin McKinley the grandmother of John Carson McKinley and the great-grandmother of Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell.


From Lillie Mae McKinley Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Wedding picture of Joe Land and Mary Elizabeth (McKinley) Caldwell Williams. We had camera copied this tintype from the collection but we did not know who it was. I posted the picture to a website. It was seen by their granddaughter and identified as her grandparents. Since that time we have shared many pictures and exchanged much family history.

Mary Elizabeth (McKinley) Caldwell Williams was the only sister of John Carson McKinley.


From Thomas McKinley Criswell, Sr. Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



This is a studio picture of Mary Elizabeth (McKinley) Caldwell Williams with children Roy and Annie Williams. Mary Elizabeth was the spouse of Joe Land Williams.

She was the daughter of James Franklin McKinley and Mary Frances Amelia (Paschall) McKinley and the only sibling of John Carson McKinley.


From Ollie Corbett Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



This was a postcard picture "To My Dearest Uncle, J. C. McKinley from Annie Felts."

The identification was made by Lillie Mae McKinley that Annie Felts was the daughter of John Carson McKinley's sister Mary Elizabeth (McKinley) Williams.


From Thomas McKinley Criswell, Sr. Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Oscar Lee McKinley - Age 17. He was the only child of John Carson McKinley and his first wife, Junia Davis.


From Ollie Corbett Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



This may have been a wedding picture. Oscar Lee McKinley was the son of John Carson and Junia Davis McKinley. He was Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell's half brother.


From Ollie Corbett Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Frances Norene, Waller Lee and Beatrice Junia McKinley are the children of Oscar Lee and Emily (Waller) McKinley. They had another daughter, named Evelyn Ruth but she is not in this picture. They are the grandchildren of John Carson McKinley and his first wife, Junia (Davis) McKinley.


From Thomas McKinley Criswell, Sr. Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Baby Beatrice McKinley is the eldest daughter of Oscar Lee and Emily Roxanne (Waller) McKinley. B. Miller Studio - Marlin, Texas - Mexia, Texas.


From Ollie Corbett Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Beatrice Junia McKinley is the daughter of Oscar Lee and Emily Roxanne (Waller) McKinley. She is the granddaughter of John Carson McKinley and Junia (Davis) McKinley.


From Ollie Corbett Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



I do not have the names of each child in this tintype picture.


From Ollie Corbett Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Identified on back of the original by Lillie Mae McKinley as "Frank, Lillie Mae, Albert and Marvin McKinley". Frank would be the boy standing at the back, Lillie Mae would be far right and we believe Albert would be standing beside Lillie Mae, and then Marvin. This picture was made at Allen and Hearne Studio, Kosse, Texas. The picture has almost faded away.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Clara Ruth and Carl Carson McKinley are children of John Carson McKinley and Matilda Caroline (Miller) McKinley and siblings of Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell.


From Ollie Corbett Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Baby Carl Carson McKinley, son of John Carson McKinley and Matilda Caroline (Miller) McKinley - brother of Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell.


From Ollie Corbett Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Mary Amelia McKinley and baby sister Lillie Mae McKinley, daughters of John Carson McKinley and Matilda Caroline (Miller) McKinley - Fletcher Allen Studio - Kosse, Texas.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Lillie Mae McKinley - at age 14 was the daughter of John Carson McKinley and Matilda Caroline (Miller) McKinley. She was the sister of Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell.


From Ollie Corbett Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Lillie Mae McKinley in one of her school pictures. She was an art teacher in the Marlin public school system. She was the daughter of John Carson McKinley and Matilda Caroline (Miller) McKinley and the sister of Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell. She never married.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



This was from a 1951 reprint. The children of John Carson McKinley and Matilda Caroline (Miller) McKinley are left to right: Clara Ruth McKinley, Mary Amelia McKinley (Criswell), Wesley Frank McKinley, Beulah Leclaire McKinley (Bunn) and Carl Carson McKinley. It was made out at the old John Carson McKinley homeplace at Odds, Texas.


From Thomas McKinley Criswell, Sr. Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Identified on original picture by Annie May (Criswell) Barton McCoy as: Dutch, Amelia and Lillie sitting - Effie and I standing. Here is the order in which they appear: Lillie Mae McKinley (left), "Dutch" Della Petura Criswell, Effie Eaves and Annie May Criswell (standing) and Mary Amelia McKinley sitting far right. This house is the old John Carson Calhoun Criswell homeplace in the back ground.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



This picture was made at the same time as the one on a summer day. They are left to right: "Dutch" Della Petura Criswell (with open umbrella), Mary Amelia McKinley, Annie May Criswell, Lillie Mae McKinley and in front Effie Eaves.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



It was identified on the back of the original picture by Annie May (Criswell) Barton McCoy as " Dutch, Mama and May at Turner's on Williams St." Dutch is Della Petura (Criswell) Erskine, Mama is Amy Myrtlene (Manning) Criswell and May is Annie May (Criswell) Barton McCoy. The picture was made at Thomas Turner Criswell's home on Williams St. in Marlin.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Wesley Franklin McKinley is the son of John Carson McKinley and Matilda Caroline (Miller) McKinley. He married Winnie Brothers of Blue Ridge.


From Ollie Corbett Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Elmer Ernest McKinley was the son of John Carson McKinley and Matilda Caroline (Miller) McKinley. He was the brother of Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell.

He married Bernice Taylor. He was a practicing dentist in Mart, Texas.


From Ollie Corbett Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Back (l to r) Emily (Waller) McKinley, Lillie Mae McKinley and unknown. Front (l to r) Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell, Clara Ruth McKinley and unknown.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



This house was still standing in 1946 when we married but I never saw it. Grandpa McKinley was still living there at the time though he later moved in with his daughter, Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell and her husband Thomas Turner Criswell in Marlin when his health became bad and he lived there until the time of his death. I thought he was such a great old man. I enjoyed talking with him-lsc

This same picture has been used in "The McKinley Clan" - A Genealogy of the Charles Carson McKinley Family Compiled by R. B. Fore, Jr. and R. E. McKinley, Texian Press Waco 1963 and more recent updates.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Studio picture of baby Marie Bunn, daughter of Lloyd and Beulah Leclaire (McKinley) Bunn. Marie was granddaughter of John Carson McKinley and Matilda Caroline (Miller) McKinley. She was niece of Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell.

From Ollie Corbett Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



A studio picture of young lady Marie Bunn. She is the daughter of Lloyd Bunn and Beulah Leclaire (McKinley) Bunn.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell (left) with son Thomas McKinley Criswell and sister-in-law, Bernice (Taylor) McKinley, wife of Dr. E.E.McKinley and their son Myron McKinley. See automobiles of the day in back ground c 1932 or 1933.

From Thomas McKinley Criswell, Sr. Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Identification on back of original written by Annie May (Criswell) Barton McCoy was "Dutch, Mama and May at Turner's on Williams St."

Dutch was Della Petura (Criswell) Erskine, Mama was Amy Myrtlene (Manning) Criswell and May was Annie May (Criswell) Barton. Turner was Thomas Turner Criswell home on Williams Street.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Glenn Rice Criswell - at house on Williams St., Marlin, Texas where he was born. c 1920.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Baby Glenn Rice Criswell in rocking chair with brother, Travis Turner Criswell and sister Amelia Myrtlene Criswell at house on Williams Street, Marlin, TX.

This picture was identified on the back in pencil by Annie May (Criswell) Barton McCoy as "Glenn, Travis & Myrtlene - when I made this picture, J. C. was just inside the room near by with measles - Williams St. - across from Sebesta house."


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



This is a picture identified on the back in pencil by Annie May (Criswell) Barton McCoy as "Mama, Myrtlene and Glenn - made on Williams St. 1919"

Mama is Amy Myrtlene (Manning) Criswell and baby Glenn Rice Criswell with sister, Amelia Myrtlene Criswell at house on Williams St.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Amelia Myrtlene (with bonnet), J. C., Travis Turner, and far right Glenn Rice Criswell - all children of Thomas Turner and Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell with their Grandmother Amy Myrtlene (Manning) Criswell at the house on Williams St., Marlin, Texas.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Thomas Turner Criswell holding son Glenn Rice and Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell holding son Ray Barton.

Front (left to right) Son J. C., daughter Amelia Myrtlene and son Glenn Rice at house on Liveoak and Walker - Marlin, Texas.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Mary Ruth Criswell was the daughter of Thomas Turner Criswell and Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell. She was born on August 3, 1923 and passed away on December 23, 1924. She is buried in Calvary cemetery in Marlin.

Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Glenn Rice Criswell, son of Thomas Turner Criswell and Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell at the old John Carson Calhoun Criswell homeplace at Criswell now lived in by John Chester and Della Petura (Criswell) Erskine.

Identification by Annie May (Criswell) Barton McCoy on the original of this picture reads: "Glenn Rice on front gate post at John and Amy Criswell's home - made after "Daddy" (Turner's father) had passed on. (The) same tree (Oak) that is still growing by (the) road, East of Our home." Watch for this tree in a later picture-lsc


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Left to right - Annie May (Criswell) Barton, John Chester Erskine, Della Petura (Criswell) Erskine, Thomas Turner Criswell and Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell. In front: Amelia Myrtlene Criswell, Glenn Rice Criswell and Ray Barton Criswell.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell

Left to right: Ray Barton, Thomas Turner, Mary Amelia holding Mary Ruth, Amelia Myrtlene (with cape) and Travis Turner - all wearing hats. This was the house on Liveoak and Walker.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Left Ray Barton Criswell and brother Glenn Rice Criswell riding their tricycles. This was the house on Liveoak and Walker. c 1925.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Marie Bunn was the daughter of Lloyd and Beulah Leclaire (McKinley) Bunn.

Amelia Myrtlene Criswell was the daughter of Thomas Turner and Mary Amelia (McKinley) Bunn. Beulah LeClaire (McKinley) Bunn was the sister of Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Back left to right: Travis Turner Criswell, J. C. Criswell Front left to right: Amelia Myrtlene Criswell, Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell, Glenn Rice Criswell, Thomas Turner Criswell and Ray Barton Criswell c 1926 or 1927.

Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Left to right: Thomas Turner Criswell, Ray Barton Criswell, Amelia Myrtlene Criswell, Travis Turner Criswell (holding snowball), Glenn Rice Criswell (waving), J. C. Criswell (with dog 'Fido') - Fido died after the move to the Reed place. This was the Post home on Potomac street (two-story) later bought by Billy Steele's family. c 1927.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Amelia Myrtlene Criswell, age 12, daughter of Thomas Turner and Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell. She married Chester Wright Tate and they had three children.

This picture was made at the house on East Liveoak St., Marlin, Texas.


From Ollie Corbett Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Left to right: J. C. Criswell, Amelia Myrtlene Criswell, Baby Thomas McKinley Criswell, Thomas Turner Criswell, Travis Turner Criswell and Glenn Rice Criswell. Ray Barton Criswell and Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell are absent from picture someone had to be the photographer.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell with grandson David Wright Tate and son Thomas McKinley Criswell. David Wright Tate was the son of Chester Wright Tate and Amelia Myrtlene (Criswell) Tate. This photograph was taken at 729 Capp Street, Marlin February 1937.


From Thomas Mckinley Criswell, Sr. Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell

Glenn R. Criswell remembers that it was at this time that there was a cholera epidemic and the hogs that had been scheduled for the meat market had to be exterminated and burned.


From Winifred McKinley Criswell Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



This was the restaurant we believe was at Spindle and Criswell meat market. At one of the meat markets they served barbeque.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



A studio picture of Thomas Turner Criswell framed in a large oval curved glass mahogany finished frame. We have this picture.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Left to right: (back row) Travis Turner Criswell, J. C. Criswell, Ray Barton Criswell, Sr. (front row) Glenn Rice Criswell, Thomas Turner Criswell and Thomas McKinley Criswell.

This picture was made in the 1940s at 100 Foster St., Marlin, Texas.


From Thomas Mckinley Criswell, Sr. Collection

Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



John Carson McKinley and grandson Glenn Rice Criswell. Lillie Mae McKinley in background. 621 Coleman St., Marlin, Texas c 1938.


From Melinda Criswell Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



A group of family pictures in a Criswell album would not be complete without a picture of Mattie Bradley. She was a very important person in the Criswell households for many years. In addition to the many duties of keeping the Criswells at their best she offered her wisdom on life when she felt it was needed. A very special place was reserved in their hearts for her.

Here she is with Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell at 621 Coleman St., Marlin, Texas in May 1956.


From Thomas McKinley Criswell, Sr. Collection

Submitted by
Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Glenn Rice Criswell, Grandpa McKinley (John Carson McKinley) and Ray Barton Criswell, Sr. This picture was made at the McKinley home at Odds, Texas early 1940s.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Glenn R. Criswell and aunt Lillie Mae McKinley - 621 Coleman St. Marlin, Texas - December 1941 - Baeuchle Studio - Marlin, Texas.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Left to right: Ray Barton Criswell, J. C. Criswell, Thomas McKinley Criswell and Travis Turner Criswell at parents home - 621 Coleman St., Marlin, Texas early 1940s.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Thomas Turner Criswell, Thomas McKinley Criswell, Ray Barton Criswell, Sr. and Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell at home - 621 Coleman St., Marlin, Texas in early 1940s.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Back row (left to right) Travis Turner Criswell, wife Winifred (McKinley) Criswell, Elizabeth (Dickson) Criswell and husband J. C. Criswell, Della Petura (Criswell) Erskine and husband John Chester Erskine.

Front: Thomas McKinley Criswell, Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell, Ray Barton Criswell, Sr. holding Bobby Criswell, son of Travis and Winifred Criswell and Thomas Turner Criswell. 621 Coleman St., Marlin, Texas early 1940s.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Glenn Rice Criswell and brother Ray Barton Criswell, Sr. in uniform, World War II c 1944/1945 - 621 Coleman St., Marlin, Texas.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell

This picture of Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell and her son Ray Barton Criswell, Sr. was taken at 621 Coleman St., Marlin, Texas during World War II years. There is no date on the back of the original picture.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell

Back row (left to right) Melinda Criswell, Glenn R. Criswell, Thomas McKinley Criswell, J. C. Criswell, Amelia Myrtlene (Criswell) Tate and Ray Barton Criswell, Sr.

Front row: (left to right) Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell, Thomas Turner Criswell and Travis Turner Criswell - 621 Coleman St., Marlin, Texas 1952.

The family had grouped for the picture. Little Melinda walked up and took her father's hand. We called her back but Mama Criswell said 'let her stay' so we did. Bless Melinda and Mama Criswell-lsc


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



This picture of Cathy and Melinda with their grandparents Criswell was made in July of 1955 out at the John Carson Calhoun Criswell home where the John Erskines now lived.

Notice the tree just to Cathy's right - it is the same tree that appeared in the picture of Glenn R. Criswell as a child sitting on a front gate post.

Cathy and Melinda are daughters of Glenn Rice and Lena Stone Criswell.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



This picture of Cathy and Melinda Criswell with their father, Glenn R. Criswell was made the same day as the picture with the grandparents and at the John Chester Erskine home, formerly the home of John Carson Calhoun Criswell and Amy Myrtlene (Manning) Criswell. It was made in July 1955. I hope the tree to Cathy's right is still growing the house is no longer there.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Bonnie Criswell was celebrating her first birthday in Albuquerque, NM. She is wearing a little dress that Mama Criswell Mary Amelia McKinley Criswell had sewed and mailed to her for her birthday along with a little rubber doll. Bonnie is the only New Mexican; the rest of us are Texans. (Glenn, Lena and Melinda were born in Falls County. Cathy was born in Harris County. All of the next generation of this family are New Mexicans).


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Thomas Turner and Amelia (McKinley) Criswell celebrated the 50th year of their marriage of September 24, 1911 at their home - 621 Coleman Street, Marlin, Texas with an open house for family and friends. All of the children were there except Glenn Rice Criswell and his family.

There are from left to right: Ray Barton Criswell, Sr., Travis Turner Criswell, Mama (Mary Amelia McKinley Criswell) and Papa (Thomas Turner Criswell), J. C., and Thomas McKinley Criswell.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



This is the group of family at 621 Coleman in 1961 for the 50th Wedding anniversary of Thomas Turner and Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell.

Back Row (l to r) Cliff Anthony McCoy, J. C. Criswell, Chester Wright Tate, John Chester Erskine, Marsha Ann Criswell (daughter of Travis and Winifred Criswell), Travis Turner Criswell, Ray Barton Criswell, Sr., Ray Barton Criswell, Jr., Elmyra (Merrill) Criswell (wife of Ray Barton Criswell, Sr.), Wanda (Harper) Criswell (wife of Thomas McKinley Criswell), David Wright Tate and his wife Norma Tate. (David is the son of Chester and Myrtlene Criswell Tate).

Middle row (l to r) Annie May (Criswell) Barton McCoy (wife of Cliff Anthony McCoy), Elizabeth (Dickson) Criswell (wife of J. C. Criswell), Amelia Myrtlene (Criswell) Tate (wife of Chester Wright Tate), Della Petura (Criswell) Erskine (wife of John Chester Erskine), Bobby Criswell with sister Jan (children of Travis and Winifred Criswell), Winifred (McKinley) Criswell (wife of Travis Turner Criswell) with son Mack, Papa C. (Thomas Turner Criswell) and Mama C. (Mary Amelia (McKinley) Criswell and Marilyn Criswell (behind Mama C - daughter of Ray, Sr. and Elmyra Criswell)

Front (l to r) Thomas McKinley Criswell, Bettye Jane and Mary Nell Criswell (daughters of J. C. and Elizabeth Dickson Criswell), Amy Tate (daughter of Chester and Myrtlene (Criswell) Tate, and nephew David Wright Tate, Jr. (son of David and Norma Tate), Thomas McKinley Criswell, II, Shannon, Cathy & Pam (daughters of Thomas McKinley Criswell and Wanda (Harper) Criswell) & Caroline Criswell, (daughter of Ray, Sr. and Elmyra Criswell)


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell



Glenn and Lena Criswell - almost 60 years ago strolling down Congress Avenue on the way home from work and school. It was a happy day.

There are more than 60 years of pictures here. I am so grateful to so many relatives who have so kindly shared their pictures with us to camera copy and for the patience of those who waited and waited for their pictures to be camera copied and returned. I hope, they and you will enjoy viewing them here - Glenn R. and Lena S. Criswell. September 12, 2005.


Glenn R.
and Lena S. Criswell


   





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