202. William SWINDLE
was born on Sep 16 1811 in Laurens Co., South Carolina. Possible birth date
09/06/1811, from "History of Walker Co." He appeared on the census
in 1850 in Walker Co., Alabama. He was a Farmer in 1860 in Oakman, Walker Co.,
Alabama. He appeared on the census in 1860 in Walker Co., Alabama. Census shows
age as 48. He was a Farmer in 1880 in Walker Co., Alabama. He appeared on the
census in 1880 in Walker Co., Alabama. Census shows age as 69. He signed a
will on Feb 13 1889. He died on Nov 13 1893 in Coal Valley, Walker Co., Alabama.
possible death date 03/13/1893. He was Will Filing Date on Nov 22 1893 in Walker
Co., Alabama. He had an estate probated on Dec 14 1893. He was buried in Swindle
Family Cemetery, Oakman, Walker Co., Alabama. He was Baptist. When William
married Savannah E. "Susan" Hogue she was 18 years old and he was over
William Swindle was the father of at least 22 children. William was born in Laurens Co., S.C. but moved to Tuscaloosa Co., Al. before he was 10.
William's father, John Daniel Swindle, was one of the early settlers of Tuscaloosa Co. William and his younger brother Daniel Swindle began at an early age to help their father on his Warrior River farm. They cleared land with an ax and cross cut saw. Sneaking logs out of the bottoms was a routine job for teenagers in those early Alabama days.
In the early 1840's William Swindle, along with Samuel H. Simpson, William Cobb, and Samuel Tubb, moved from Tuscaloosa Co. to Walker Co., Alabama, creating farms. Walker Co., at that time, was thinly populated due to the lack of roads.
William married Harriet Elizabeth Busby on 10/30/1832. They settled on a farm about 2 mile from present day Oakman Al. The home place is thought to be near the banks of Cane Creek. It would be several decades before coal would be found in an abundants a few feet below the red clay soil in which William was trying to grow cotton and corn. Later this place would be known as Coal Valley, Alabama.
William and Harriet were married a little over a year when the witnessed, on 11/11/1833, a large meteor shower. There has been nothing like this pre dawn meteor shower seen in the world since. "The saying "THE STARS FELL ON ALABAMA" was based on this event.
In William and Harriet's day Oakman was known as "Day's Gap".
Harriet died about 1851.
In 1852, William married a second time to Susan Hogue. William was 40 and Susan was 18.
William, his wife Susan, and two of their children were charter members of "The Providence Baptist Church". Later they transferred there membership to "The First Baptist Church" of Oakman, Al.
William was called "Pap" by his grandchildren.
Williams grave is in "The Swindle Cemetery" near Oakman, Al. The caption on his tombstone reads: "TOO GOOD FOR EARTH, GOD CALLED HIM HOME".
He was married to Harriet Elizabeth BUSBY (daughter of Stephen
BUSBY and Betsy Elizabeth SWINDLE) on Oct 30 1832 in Tuscaloosa,
Tuscaloosa Co., Alabama. Harriet Elizabeth BUSBY
was born about 1811 in Walker Co., Alabama. 1800 census shows age 39 which
would mean birth about 1814. She appeared on the census in 1850 in Walker Co.,
Alabama. 39 in 1850. She died about 1851 in Walker Co., Alabama. One course
has birth at abt 1824. William SWINDLE and Harriet Elizabeth BUSBY had the following
+460 i. Elias SWINDLE.
+461 ii. Amanda S. "Mandy" SWINDLE.
+462 iii. Willa Elvina "Vinnie" SWINDLE.
+463 iv. William P. "Wid" SWINDLE.
+464 v. Pernelia D. "Milla" SWINDLE.
+465 vi. John Holly SWINDLE.
+466 vii. James Wesley SWINDLE.
+467 viii. Elizabeth S. "Sis" SWINDLE.
+468 ix. Eliza T. SWINDLE.
+469 x. Elijah T. "Lige" SWINDLE.
married to Susannah "Susan" E. HOGUE about 1852.
Susannah "Susan" E. HOGUE was born about 1834 in Alabama.
She appeared on the census in 1860 in Walker Co., Alabama. Census shows age
as 26. She appeared on the census in 1880 in Walker Co., Alabama. Census shows
age as 45. She was Baptist. From Timothy Michael Swindle: Brother was a Texas
Governor. William SWINDLE and Susannah "Susan" E. HOGUE had the following
+470 i. "Lula" B. SWINDLE.
+471 ii. William Lucius (Carol) SWINDLE.
+472 iii. George H. SWINDLE.
+473 iv. Daniel "Dan" David SWINDLE.
474 v. Mary SWINDLE was born in 1864.
475 vi. Lucinda "Lucy" SWINDLE was born in 1866 in Alabama. She appeared on the census in 1880 in Walker Co., Alabama. Census shows age as 14.
+476 vii. Edward Darling "Darl" SWINDLE.
477 viii. Sarah Jane SWINDLE was born on Mar 19 1871. Swindle Book called for a march, 1881 birthday, but the fact that she was a twin birth month and year had to be changed. I feel this was a logical change. She appeared on the census in 1880 in Walker Co., Alabama. 9 in 1880. She died on Jun 28 1882. A twin of Genie Swindle.
+478 ix. Jean "Genie" SWINDLE.
+479 x. Doctor "Doc" Vanmeter SWINDLE.
+480 xi. Maryetta SWINDLE.
+481 xii. July W. "Jalie" SWINDLE.
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