Thomas Swindell, An Immigrant

Male 1604 - 1669  (65 years)


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  • Name Thomas Swindell 
    Suffix An Immigrant 
    Born 1604  (Cheshire, England) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 30 Jan 1624  James City County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Alt Birth 1635  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Alt Death ~1666  Northampton, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died 1669  Rappahannock County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    • Richmond County
    Person ID I25705  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 6 Jul 2019 

    Father William Swindal, The Immigrant,   b. ~1584, (Cheshire, England) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1622, Berkeley Plantation, Colony of Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 37 years) 
    Mother Isabelle Hiberte,   b. Bef 1580, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1652, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years) 
    Married 10 Dec 1598  St. Michael's, Macclsesfield, Cheshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7, 8
    • St Michael and All Angels Church overlooks Market Place in the town of Macclesfield, Cheshire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Macclesfield and the deanery of Macclesfield.[1] It forms a team parish with three other Macclesfield churches: All Saints, St Peter's and St Barnabas'.[2] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building.[3]

      A church has been on the site since the 13th century. There have been two major reconstructions, the last being in 1898–1901. Two ancient chapels remain dating from the 15th and 16th centuries. Inside the church are a number of tombs and memorials, mainly to the memory of the Savage and Legh families.

      The first church on this site was a chapel built around 1220, soon after the borough of Macclesfield was established. Around 1278 it was extended or rebuilt by Queen Eleanor, wife of Edward I and dedicated to All Saints or All Hallows. A chapel, known as the Legh chapel was built around 1442 for Sir Piers Legh who fought and died at the Battle of Agincourt. Between 1505 and 1507 the Savage Chapel, a larger chantry chapel, was built by Thomas Savage, Archbishop of York from 1501 to 1507.[4]

      There have since been a number of reconstructions of the church. In 1739–40 it was rebuilt in neoclassical style and at this time it is likely that the church was rededicated to Saint Michael. In 1740 the wooden tower was taken down because it was considered dangerous. In 1819 the east end was rebuilt and a new chancel added. The last major rebuilding was in 1898–1901 by Arthur Blomfield when the whole church, other than part of the chancel and the Legh and Savage chapels, were replaced.
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    St. Michael's, Macclsesfield, Cheshire, England
    St. Michael's, Macclsesfield, Cheshire, England

    Marriage site of William & Isabelle Hiberte Swindal, December 10th, 1598

    8th great grandfather of the grandchildren of Vernia Swindell Byars (1894-1985)
    Family ID F9136  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Hepward,   b. ~1610, (England) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. ~1670, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years)  [1
    Married 1660  Northampton, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. John Swindell,   b. ~1665, Northampton County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1739  (Age ~ 73 years)
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F9137  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1604 - (Cheshire, England) Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 30 Jan 1624 - James City County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt Birth - 1635 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1660 - Northampton, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt Death - ~1666 - Northampton, Virginia Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1669 - Rappahannock County, Virginia Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Thomas Swindall

      Ancestry untraced. Assume born very approximately 1635 in England.

      Married Mary2 (Hepward??b) very approximately 1660 4 possibly in Northampton County, Virginia

      Children

      John, born approximately 1665 in Northampton, Virginia 4

      Died around 1666 (before 1671 in Northampton, Virginia). 4

      PersonID 01498

      Notes
      Transported to Virginia before 1654, Settled first in Westmorelanda and then in Northampton b,g.

      1 A land grant in Westmoreland was awarded to John Walton and John Bagnal in 1654 in respect of the transportation of 78 persons including Thomas Swindall.a

      A land grant in Northampton was awarded to James Price in 1660 in respect of the transportation of 8 persons including Thomas Swindel.b

      On the face of it this implies two different Thomas Swindall/Swindels since only one grant should be made in respect of a given transported settler. However 'the headright system was subject to a wide variety of abuses from outright fraud to multiple claims by a merchant and a ship's captain to a headright for the same immigrant passenger.' and 'Headrights were not always claimed immediately after immigration, either; there are instances in which several years elapsed between a person's entry into Virginia and the acquisition of a headright and sometimes even longer between then and the patenting of a tract of land.' (Library of Virginia - notes).

      It seems too large a coincidence that two Thomas Swindells should appear within such a short time

      2 It is possible that Thomas's wife was Mary Hepward who is mentioned on the same 1660 land certificate. Often indentured servants were forbidden to marry but Thomas Price may not have made this requirement in order to obtain Thomas's services once he had finished his first indenture.

      I think you would have to be an expert on the settlement of Virginia at this period to say whether the transportees actually settled on the land named in the grant but I suspect that they would have done so. In that case Thomas Swindle would have known Mary Hepward /Heiward for at least six years, increasing the likehood that she did become his wife.

      Thomas's widow Mary remarried twice - this reflects the shortage of women in the colony at this time. 4

      3 One Swindle family tree, which has been widely copied, suggests that this Thomas Swindall and Thomas Swinhow might have been the same individual. The information that is now available demonstrates that this is not the case.

      Ruby Ann Caughran of Chattanooga, TN, has suggested that Thomas was the son of William Swandal and was born at the Captain John Berkeley Plantation, Northumberland Co VA. This cannot be the case since Thomas must have been transported to entitle John Walton & John Bagnall to their Patent grant of land.

      4 M K Miles suggests that Thomas married a Mary who, after Thomas's death, married a Matthew Pepin and then a George Willis. This is based on the gift to his 'son-in-law' (step-son) John Swindellc and bequest to his 'daughter-in-law' (step-daughter) Elizabeth Pepind. Also from #d George, son of George and Mary, was born on the 23rd of August 1671.
      Thus the marriage to George Willis must have been before 23rd August 1671 - say 1670 or earlier.
      Miles suggests the marriage to Pepin around 1665 and that to Thomas Swindall around 1660.

      Richard Payne Spencer suggests Thomas died around 1669 in Rappanoch, Richmond County, Virginia. However his son John witnessed a will in 1700 in Northampton Countye so it seems the family remained in Northampton. (Rappanoch is associated with the other John, son of Timothy, but he died after 1714).

      John Swyndals is 'around 24' on 14th of January 1690/1f ie born c1665 and Thomas is 'tithable' in 1666.g

      5 'Indentured servitude was a voluntary labour system whereby young people paid for their passage to the New World by working for an employer for a certain number of years. It was widely employed in the 18th century in the British colonies in North America and elsewhere. It was especially used as a way for poor youth in Britain and the German states to get passage to the American colonies. They would work for a fixed number of years, then be free to work on their own. The employer purchased the indenture from the sea captain who brought the youths over; he did so because he needed labour. Some worked as farmers or helpers for farm wives, some were apprenticed to craftsmen. Both sides were legally obligated to meet the terms, which were enforced by local American courts. Runaways were sought out and returned. About half of the white immigrants to the American colonies in the 17th and 18th centuries were indentured'. (See Wikipedia for more information) 'About 75% were under the age of 25.'

      'Headrights, first described in the so-called Great Charter of 1618, awarded 100 acres of land each to planters who had been in the colony since May 1616, and 50 acres each to anyone who covered the cost of transporting a new immigrant to Virginia.'

      'In its 1642–1643 session, the assembly passed a law mandating that any servant arriving without an indenture and who was younger than twelve years old should serve for seven years, servants aged twelve to nineteen should serve for five years, and servants aged twenty and older should serve for four years. Legislation passed in the 1657–1658 session adjusted these ages: anyone under the age of fifteen should serve until he or she turned twenty-one, while anyone sixteen or older should serve for four years.

      http://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Indentured_Servants_in_Colonial_Virginia

      6 The wealth of John Bagnall can be recognised by the fact that Edward Plampin, his executor after his death, launched a law case to recover from Edmund Scarborough a ¹5000 debt to the estate.

      7 This line almost certainly descends to Willis Swindall and hence the Mattamuskeet Swindells.

      Source data
      a) Westmoreland County
      JOHN WALTON & JOHN BAGNALL, 3,900 acs. Westmoreland Co., 10 June 1654, p. 273. 1600 acs. upon Petomack Riv., beg. at the mouth of Petomack Cr., 700 acs. bounding Nly. on sd. River, Wly. upon a line from the Riv. & dividing this from land of Nich. Merywether; & 1600 acs. adj. these two tracts, Ely. upon a line dividing same from land of Rob. Maphee & Mr. Turne & Sly. upon Matchotwick Towne.
      Trans, of 78 pers: Thomas Winn, Eliz. Renolls, Joseph Harry, Nich. Smith, Marg. Barton, Joseph Stonard, (or Steuard), Eliz. Yorke, Sarah Redder, Jane Colson, Johne Blay, Eliz. Johnson, John Knight, Robert Wright, Miles Grey, Jane Williams, Ann Smith, Marg. Manner, Eliz. Har- mon, Issabell Heath, Judith Dale, Lyd. Easterfeild, Eliz. Vincent, Fra. Eaton, John Hill, Hanna Pice, (or Tice), Sam. Jackson, Mar. Wilkenson, Wm. Russell, John Turner, Tho. Booth, Mabill Jones, Mary Heiward, Rich. Armstrong, Tho. Swindall, Sarah Cowles, John Fisher, Devorux Brown, Joan Armitage, Eliz. Clisse, Eliz. Neale, Fra. Tonevy, Wm. Eaton, Lewis Five, Fra. North, Ann North, Eliz. Wade, Robt. Jnoson (Johnson), Eliz. Hay, Jno. Truman, Denamere, Fra. Calvin, Ben. Jones, Mary Jnoson, Tho. Tull, Abra. Taylor, John Mill, Tho. Grimstone, John Elsey, Robert Hawkins, John Farmer, Brid: Easthop, Mary Palmer, Eliz. Dany, Alice Watson, Wm. Hemsley, Edward Whit- by, Sy. Carpenter, Jno. Pritchard, Eliz. Wright, Eliz. Pardy, Tho. Tucker, Mich. Hooton, Hen: Stott, (or Scott), Edw. Saunders, James Wells, Fra. Glissow.

      Nugent, Nell Marion "Cavaliers and Pioneers: Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants 1623-1666"
      [Land grant = 50 acres per transportee = 78 x 50 = 3900 acres]

      b) Northampton County
      [At a court held] 13th Decbr 1660 [a certificate is granted to] James Price for 400 acres [of land for the underwritten]

      John Hill Mabill Jones Richd Armstrong
      Ffrancis Jones Hannah Tice Mary Hepward
      Thos. Swindel Sarah Colue
      Virginia Historical Magazine Vol 28, p142 (LAND CERTIFICATES FOR NORTHAMPTON COUNTY (Contributed by Judge Thomas B. Robertson, Hopewell, Va.)
      [Land grant = 50 acres per transportee = 8 x 50 = 400 acres]

      Note: 7 of the 8 transportees occur in the 1654 list.

      Extracts from "James Handley Marshall, Northampton Co, VA, Abstracts of Wills & Administrations, 1632-1802" reported by M.K. Miles, 42 Meadowood Drive, Stafford, VA 22554:-

      c) "2 March 1673 It was on this date that George Willis gives deed of gift to son-in-law John Swindall, the son of Thomas Swindall dec'd"

      d) 25 August 1680 George [Willis] made a will on 25 August 1680 at Northampton Co, VA. To my son George Willis 2/3rds of all my estate. To my loving wife Mary Willis the other 1/3rd. Wife extrx. Witt: Daniel Neech, John 'X' Hawkins. Codicil -10 Oct 1681 - In consideration of my son George's tender years (being 10 the 23rd of August last), my will is that he continue with his mother until 21, and that my estate be div. eq. between them. To my dau.-in-law Elizabeth Pepin one cow calf already marked for her when she attains to lawful age or the day of her marriage. Witt: Thomas 'T' Norley, Daniel Neech, Elizabeth 'E' Allegood

      e) John witnessed a will on 6 April 1700 at Northampton Co, VA. It was on this date that Richard Cripps, Francis Costin & John Swindall witnessed the will of John Tilney Gent

      f) John Swindall aged about 24 yrs declareth: That about ye beginning of Augt last, ....
      ......Janry 14th 1690 Jno Swyndals mrk
      (H.R. Mcllwaine and W.L. Hall, Eds., Executive Journals, Council Of Colonial Virginia, Vol. 1, pages 149,150 74)
      [An interesting personal account of the attack on Quebec in 1690]

      g) Virginia Historical Magazine, Vol. 10, 1902-03, "Tithables In Northhampton 1666."
      A list of Tythables in North'ton county, Anno Dom., 1666, delivered
      in att a court held for the s'd county the 28th of August, 1666.
      -
      Capt. John Custis
      John Robinson
      Michael Stone
      Tho. Joanes
      Chas. Weissell
      Hen. Foreman
      Daniel Swindell
      Benjamin Parry
      George Lilly
      John Warppell
      5 negroes
      -
      11 intervening 'plantations'
      -
      Thomas Swendell
      -

      end of this report [3]
    • Notes for THOMAS SWINDELL:

      Thomas SWINDLE was born in 1604 in North Hampton, Virginia. He died about 1669 in Rappanoch, Richmond Co., Virginia. from

      Richard Payne Spencer's research.......Mormon records.
      HIGH TIDES Historical Society editors vol. 8 no. 2
      Hyde Co., NC. states that the first Swindell to arrive in the Virginia Colony, was Thomas Swinhow. In a muster taken 30 Jan. 1624, he is reported as having arrived on the "Diana" and living in the Maine of the Corporation of James City.

      In a circa 1626 listing of the Corporation of Charles City, Thomas (Swindle) Swinhow held 300 acres by patent. He was later in 1638, listed as 'kilt by Indians . However, a Thomas Swindell was one of 78 people who arrived safely in Westmorland County, VA. in 1654. An indentured servant, he was transported by John Walton and John Baynal, VA. planters.

      Research indicates that Thomas Swindell moved across the bay to North Hampton County on the Eastern shore of VA.

      He and a Daniel Swindell were related, possibly as Father and Son, and both are mentioned as tiltable in that county in 1666.

      Thomas Swindell had a son, John Swindell, who married the daughter of George Willis. Old North Hampton County, VA. records show that George Willis gave the couple a cow in 1668, a substantial gift for that time period.

      A Thomas Swindell was one of 78 people who arrived safely in Westmorland County, VA. in 1654. An indentured servant, he was transported by John Walton and John Baynal, VA. planters; 1729 Thomas Swindell, Cooper, of Beaufort Precinct, Bath Co. N.C. purchased 100 acres on the north side of the Pamlico River from James Singleton........

      Check out the Swindell of Cheshire County, England as there is a Hyde twp there containing several Swindells of similar names....... He had over 300 acres by patent; 02/25/1660 Thomas Swindle was in Northhampton, Va and was granted 400 acres of land. (Virginia Land Records, p. 379)

      end of this report
    • Swindle Family

      compiled by Bill Brackett

      The Swindle name is believed to be English. It is said to mean "one who came from Swindale" a chapelry in the parish of Shap in northern England’s county of Westmoreland. The original meaning of the name is thought to be derived from a dale or dell where swine were raised or perhaps a haunt of wild boars.

      The family claims a coat of arms, which has a boar’s head and two crossed blue swords with gold hilts on a silver shield.

      In records I have seen that there was a William Swindell who was born before 1584 in England and was killed in an Indian massacre in Virginia. He died on Captain Berkley's plantation about 60 miles from Jamestown, Virginia in 1624. His last named is spelled Swandal in these records.

      In Cheshire, England on 08 Oct 1578 a William Swyndles married Margery Barber. On 10 Dec 1598 in Cheshire, England a William Swindles married Izabell Hiberte. On 29 May 1610 in Cheshire England a William Swindles married Elizabeth Mallbone. There are several others by this name in Cheshire. William Swindles and Isabell Hiberte had sons, Thomas Swindle and Daniel Swindle.

      In a muster taken 30 Jan 1624 there is a Thomas Swinhow (Swindell) who was reported as having arrived on the "Diana" and living in the main of the Corporation of James City, Virginia. There was a Thomas Swindell who arrived in Westmoreland County, Virginia in 1654. It has been indicated that Thomas Swindell moved to the eastern shore of Virginia. There was also a Daniel Swindell in this same area as mentioned as tithables in that county in 1666. Thomas Swindell had a son named John Swindell who married the daughter of George Willis. George Willis gave the couple a cow in 1668. John and ... (Willis) Swindell lived in North Hampton, Virginia and he died in North Carolina 1750. Thomas Swindell, who arrived in Westmoreland County, Virginia in 1654, was an indentured servant and John Walton and John Baynol who were Virginian “Planters” paid his transport. John Swindell was still on the eastern shore of Virginia as late as 1700 when he witnessed the will of John Tilney of Nassawaddox.

      In 1702 John Swindell moved into Bath County, North Carolina and in that same year proved headrights to 240 acres. This John Swindell may have been the father to Thomas Swindell. In 1729 there was a Thomas Swindell who was a cooper from Beauford Precinct of Bath County North Carolina. Thomas Swindell purchased 100 acres on the north side of the Pamlico River from James Singleton.

      There was a Timothy Swindle in Culpeper County, Virginia in the 1770's. This area of Virginia was settled by Germans, but it is believed that this Timothy Swindle was not of German ancestry. Timothy Swindle married Rebecca Crease (Crees, Crest, Criece, Greys) who was clearly German. Rebecca Crease's family was from Wurttemberg in what was to become Germany. Timothy and Rebecca Swindle had children:

      Sarah Swindle m. Frederick Baumgardner
      Michael Swindle m. Elizabeth Utz
      John Swindle m. Hannah Weaver
      George Swindle m. Hannah Cornelius
      Rebecca Swindle m. John Fray

      It is obvious that the Swindle family came from England possibly as early as 1619. They settled in Virginia, moved into North Carolina by 1702, into Tennessee by 1815 and later into Arkansas by 1860.
      According to research done by Charles H. Swindle and James E. Swindell The Swindle line is as follows:

      John Swindle was born about 1523 in England. John’s wife’s name is unknown. Their son was William Swindle (Swandal) who was born before 1584 in England.
      William Swindle (Swandal) married Isabell Hiberte on 10 Dec 1598 in Macclesfield, St. Michael, Cheshire, England. Isabell was born before 1580 in Cheshire.
      William Swindle (Swandal) was killed in the Indian massacre on Good Friday, 22 Mar 1622 at Berkley’s Plantation 66 miles from James City, Virginia. James City is known today as Jamestown. Isabell died in 1652 in Virginia. William came to the New World about 1619/20. William and Isabell Swindle had at least two sons:

      Thomas Swindle
      Daniel Swindle

      Thomas Swindle was born about 1604, lived in North Hampton, Virginia and died about 1669 in Rappanock, Richmond County, Virginia. Thomas’s wife’s name is unknown but she was born about 1610 in Rappanock and died about 1670 in Virginia. Thomas Swindle’s known children were:
      Timothy Swindle born between 1646-51 and died in 1683 in Virginia

      John Swindle b, 1648 in North Hampton, Virginia.

      Daniel Swindle born about 1648. Timothy Swindle married a lady named Sarah who was born in England. Sarah’s last name is not known. Timothy and Sarah’s son was John Swindle who was born 20 Mar 1675/76 in Rappanock, Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia.
      John Swindle married Mary McPherson, the daughter of William McPherson, about 1696 in Lower Norfolk, Currtuck County, Virginia. John died before 1772 in Hyde County, North Carolina. Mary Swindle died between 1746 and 1751. Some of their sons were:

      Timothy Swindle married Rebecca Crees
      John Swindle b. 1723 in Hyde County, N. C.
      Caleb Swindle
      Parker Swindle b. abt 1730 in Hyde County
      Josiah Swindle b. 1732 in Hyde County
      William Swindle b. 1735 in Hyde County
      Zedekiah Swindle b. 04 Apr 1737

      Josiah Swindle was born about 1732 in Albermarie, Hyde County, North Carolina. Josiah was a carpenter by trade. He signed his will on 07May 1804. His estate was probated in 1806. He left mechanic tools equally divided among sons, furniture to daughters and most of his estate to his wife, Ester. Josiah Swindle was married at least three times. The name of his first wife is not known but they had a son:

      Caleb Swindle

      Josiah Swindle married 2nd Sarah ... . They had sons:

      Samuel Swindle
      Abraham Swindle

      Josiah Swindle married 3rd Ester Balance. They had children:

      Robert Swindle
      Ananias Swindle b. 1758 in Hyde County, North Carolina
      Willis Swindle
      Marget Swindle b. 1764 in Hyde County
      Pricilla Swindle
      Delilah Swindle
      Ann Swindle
      Elizabeth Swindle

      Samuel Swindle was born about 1754 in Hyde County, North Carolina. He died about 1807 in the same county. Samuel is believed to have moved to Bladen County, North Carolina from Hyde County in the late 1700's. Samuel Swindle married a lady named Mary. Mary’s last name is not known. Samuel and Mary Swindle had children:

      Willis Swindle
      Samuel Swindle
      Henry Swindle b. abt. 1776
      James Swindle
      James Swindle was born about 1777 in North Carolina. He died in 1850 in Tennessee. James Swindle married Mary Howe, the daughter of Job Howe Jr.. They were married on 08 Mar 1808 in North Carolina. Mary Swindle died in Tennessee. Mary Swindle died before 25 Jan 1825 as her estate was probated on that date. James and Mary Swindle had children:

      Thomas Swindle
      Seth Swindle b. abt. 1810
      William E. Swindle
      Nathan Swindle b. abt 1813

      Jena (Faye) Green Hopwood [Editor's Note: February 24, 1925 - January 29, 2006, obituary: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=hopwood&GSfn=jena&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=28457875&df=all&] wrote a family history in 1987 called "The Swineherders". It contains photocopies of documents, photos and detailed information about the following:

      Thomas Swindle was born 02 Feb 1811 in North Carolina. He died 29 May 1904 in Benton County, Tennessee. Thomas Swindle came to Tennesse with his parents when he was four years of age (1815). Thomas Swindle lived in Gismunda, Tennessee for over sixty years. When Thomas died he was reportedly 93 years, 3 months and 20 days old and was the oldest man in the county. Thomas Swindle was a Methodist and member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South and was licensed to "exhort", which is to preach, about 1850-1860. Thomas Swindle married 1st Miriam Anderson, the daughter of John and Elizabeth Anderson, on 15 Jan 1833. Thomas Swindle was Justice of the Peace in Benton County, Tennesee in 1869. Thomas and Miriam Swindle had children:

      William Anderson Swindle
      Louisa C. Swindle
      Felissa Ann Swindle b. abt. 1836
      John S. Swindle
      Isaac Harrison Swindle b. abt 1838
      James Eli Swindle
      Green P. Swindle b. abt. 1840
      Asa E. Swindle b. abt. 1843
      Thomas Swindle married 2nd Nancy F. Harris on 12 Jul 1873 and they had children:
      Mary A. P. Swindle
      Isabella Swindle
      Doctor Bennet Swindle
      Clark M. (Martin) Swindle
      Louellen Swindle
      Enoch Hawkins Swindle

      The Camden Chronicle, one of the early newspapers of Benton County, Tennessee reported Thomas’s death on 10 Jun 1904. “Thomas Swindle, who had been in bad health for some time, died Sunday at the advanced age of 93 years, 3 months and 20 days, and was the oldest man in the county. Mr. Swindle was born February 9, 1811. He professed religion in July or August, 1843, and joined the Methodist Episcopal church in 1844. In the division to which he belonged, the Methodist Episcopal Church South, he was licensed to exhort somewhere in the date between 1850 and 1860, and was faithful to the trust until his death, being a devoted servant of God for more than sixty years. He was first married to Miriam Anderson on January 15, 1833. To that union there was twelve children, eight of whom lived to be grown and four died in infancy. His second marriage was to Mrs. N.F. Harris on December 7, 1873, who survives him. In 1867, he received the degrees of F. & A.M. at Camden Lodge # 179, of which he died a member. The burial took place at Shiloh Cemetery Tuesday with all the honors of masonry and was attended by a large gathering of friends and relatives.”

      William Anderson Swindle was born 18 Jan 1834 in Benton County, Tennessee which was Humphreys County at that time. He died 26 Jan 1914 in Randolph County, Arkansas. William A. Swindle was a farmer and trader. William A. Swindle married 1st Angelina Smith on 10 Nov 1850 in Benton County, Tennessee. Angelina was the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Lewis) Smith. William A. and Angelina Swindle were living in Arkansas in 1860. Angelina Swindle died in Randolph County, Arkansas in 1860. William A. Swindle volunteered in the Civil War from Arkansas in 1863 under Captain William Black and Colonel Shaver. William A. Swindle was in battles in Missouri and Siloam, Arkansas. In 1864 William A. Swindle returned to Tennessee and lived there until 1911 when he returned to Arkansas to live with his son, Dr. William T. Swindle. He was known as “Uncle Billie” Swindle. William Anderson Swindle is buried in the Siloam Cemetery near Middlebrook, Arkansas. William A. and Angelina Swindle had children:

      Dr. William T. Swindle
      Anna A. Swindle
      Paralee Swindle
      Green P. Swindle
      William A. Swindle married 2nd Mary Lewis on 20 Jul 1864. Mary was married 1st to John Lewis on 30 Sep 1855. Mary and John Lewis had two children, Martha and William. Mary Smith was the sister of William A. Swindle’s first wife. Mary Smith was born in Benton County, Tennessee 06 Oct 1840 and died in Randolph County, Arkansas on 23 Aug 1905. William A. and Mary Swindle had children:

      Arty Swindle b. 18 Jul 1865
      Ada E. Swindle b. 10 Jul 1871
      Isabelle B. Swindle
      Ida Swindle

      The 1870 census of Benton County, Tennessee shows:

      William A. Swindle
      Mary Swindle
      Thomas Swindle
      Martha Lewis
      William Lewis
      Artie Swindle
      Elizabeth Smith (mother-in-law)
      William A. Swindle’s military records indicate he was wounded at the battle of Siloam, Arkansas and that he was shot with a “Minnie ball” through the right “rist” joint, breaking these bones and “then into my body on the right side and lodged at skin in back”. William died in Randolph County, Arkansas on 26 Jan 1914 and is buried in the churchyard at Siloam near Middlebrook, Arkansas.

      Dr. William Thomas Swindle was born in Benton County, Tennessee on 13 Mar 1854. He died 04 Aug 1924 in Middlebrook, Randolph County, Arkansas. In Benton County, Tennessee he married Vandora Hatley on 11 Dec 1873. Vandora was Victoria Vandora Hatley, the only child of Wyley and Leah (Nowell) Hatley. Vandora Hatley was born 11 Dec 1858 and died in Maynard, Randolph County, Arkansas on 12 Feb 1924. Dr. William T. and Vandora Swindle had ten children:

      Nancy Elizabeth Swindle m. Daniel Odom
      Larkin Leonard Swindle m. Annie Green
      Uler or Ula Balkus Swindle m. John Francis Rapert
      Arcus Eli Swindle m. Effie Jones
      Anderson Horace Swindle m. Bell Curtis
      Pizoler Belle Swindle m. Felix Johnson
      Dovie Dee Swindle m. Frank Luter
      Warner Thurman Swindle m. Ethel Lindsey
      Izra Swindle died young
      Tula Swindle m. Patrick Parker

      Dr. William and Vandora (Hatley) Swindle are buried in the Siloam Cemetery near Middlebrook, Arkansas. Dr. William T. Swindle traveled back and forth between Benton County, Tennessee and Randolph County, Arkansas where he practiced medicine.
      There is an interesting story passed down by Arvena Hambrick Brackett concerning her grandmother Ula Balkus Swindle. Arvena says her grandmother "chewed tobacco and that she would sit on the porch and spit it out into the street". It should be understood that this was a rural area and the street was a dirt path.

      *According to another family historian a family Bible records Ula Balkus Swindle as Uler Balkus Swindle. My mother, her grandaughter, says her name was Ula?
      Ula (Uler) Blakus Swindle married John Francis Rapert in Randolph County, Arkansas. John and Ula (Swindle) Rapert are buried in the Antioch Cemetery near Doniphan, Missouri.
      Their daughter Gussie I. Rapert married Thad Hambrick in Randolph County, Arkansas.
      Their daughter Ula Arvena Hambrick married 2nd Harold Earl Brackett in 1947 in Berrien County, Michigan.
      Their son William Brackett married Jane Hauch in Lakeside, Berrien County, Michigan in 1970. [8]

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