Museum the New Llano Colony

Sena (Goins Nash) Swilley

Birth: She was born in 1881 at Polk, Texas.  

Family Information: Mother of James Earl Nash.  

Description: In 1932 she was described as "a hustler, a good cook."  

Pre-Colony History: She married Emmanuel Nash in 1900 and in 1910 she was living with him and their children in Texas.

In 1920 she was living in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana with second husband, Munroe Swilley, and her children.  

Home in Colony: In December 1932 those living at the Isle of Cuba Plantation (near Thibodeaux, LA) included: Sam Hall, Harry Morgan, Henry and Bennie Frahm, Beldon Lewis, F. Gossett, John Horney, Roy McLean, Mrs. Swilley and Mr. and Mrs. Perkins with their four children.

By the end of the month, the group had added Mrs. Gossett, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Shipman, Albert Wicks, Dolly McCullough, Jim Nash, Earl Swenson and Ranny Wells.  

Job in Colony: In 1932 she was living at the Isle of Cuba where she, Bessie Shipman and Mrs. Gossett would be doing the cooking and housework.

In June 1933 she was back at the main colony, on the evening crew for dinner along with Mrs. Johnson, Florence Anderson, Mrs. Collins, Anna Tabb and Nora Hewitt.

In 1936 Harry Morgan was in charge of the laundry and his helpers included Mrs. Clark, Katie Belle and Ila Goans, Mrs. Ribbing, Mrs. Ogden and Mrs. Swilley.  

Other Info:  

Post-Colony History: Probably around 1943 she married another former colonist, Harry Morgan.

In 1951 she married for the last time, this time to James Felder.  

Death: She died in 1953 at Houston, Texas and was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in DeRidder, Louisiana.  

Sources: US Census: 1910, 1920; "Llano Colonist": December 10, 1932, December 24, 1932, June 4, 1933, January 18, 1936; US Social Security Applications and Claims; Brazoria County Texas Marriage Records; Texas Death Certificates;  

There is a note from a family source on that Sena was a noted Pentecostal preacher whose revivals would often go on for days, sometimes weeks.  

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