The Windle family is included in this website as Coles and
Crafts married into the Windle family.
Most notes taken from Daniel Bly's book "From the Rhine to
Shenandoah" and "Shenandoah Valley of Virginia"
and family records.
The Windle's that live in Pickens County, Alabama are the decedents
of Wendels' that came from Germany in the 1700's. The Wendel's were from
the Palatinate region of Germany. After many years of war the people were
desolate and ready to start a new life elsewhere.
While the land of the Palatinate was good for it's inhabitants, many of
whom were farmers, vineyard operators etc., it's location was
unfortunately subject to invasion by the armies of Britain, France, and
Germany. Mother Nature also played a role in what happened, for the winter
of 1708 was particularly severe and many of the vineyards perished. So, as
well as the devastating effects of war, the Palatines were subjected to
the winter of 1708-09 the harshest in 100 years.
This area experienced severe devastation and economic difficulties in the
seventeenth and eighteenth century, which explains the desire of many to
find a new life elsewhere. The result was a considerable population
movement within the region as well as emigration to more distant lands in
Europe and America.
The region was invaded by French armies during the "Thirty Years' War"
And came under French influence. During the French Revolution (1789-1799)
and the Napoleonic Wars (1799-1815), much of the region was under direct
The disastrous Thirty Years War was the last of the religious wars of the
Reformation and was also the most destructive. While Switzerland was
relatively untouched, whole areas of Alsace, and the central Rhine region,
known as the Palatinate, were completely devastated and depopulated. It
took years for much of Germany to recover from the wars and many parishes
were not sufficiently populated to renew regular religious activities and
record keeping until the late 17th century.
There were many reasons for the desire of the Palatines to emigrate to the
Oppressive taxation, religious bickering, hunger for more and better land,
the advertising of the English colonies in America and the favorable
attitude of the British government toward settlement in the North American
Many of the Palatines believed they were going to Pennsylvania, Carolina
or one of the tropical islands. The scene was set for a mass migration. At
the invitation of Queen Anne of England, in the spring of 1709, about
7,000 harassed "Palatines" sailed down the Rhine River to Rotterdam,
Holland. From there, about 3,000 were dispatched to America, either
directly or via England, under the auspices of William Penn. The remaining
4,0000 were sent via England to Ireland to strengthen the protestant
There were so many separate German states in the eighteenth century that
travelers leaving Basel Switzerland, paid tolls and taxes to more that
thirty separate governments by the time they reached Rotterdam. The trip
from Basel to Rotterdam took four to six weeks. One of the first groups of
"Palatines" to immigrate to British North America was from the Kraichgau
region of present Day State of Baden-Wurttemberg. They went to New York in
1709. One of the men in this group was Jost Heydt from the village of
Bonfeld who later led the first organized groups of German settlers to the
"Shenandoah Valley of Virginia" in 1734.
Early in June, the number of Palatines entering Rotterdam reached 1,000
per week. Later that year, the British government issued a Royal
proclamation in German that all arriving after October 1709 would be sent
back to Germany. The British could not effectively handle the number of
Palatines in London and there may have been as many as 32,000 by November
1709. They wintered over in England since there were no adequate
arrangements for the transfer of the Palatines to the English colonies.
In 1710, three large groups of Palatines sailed from London. The first
went to Ireland, the second to Carolina and the third to New York with the
new Governor, Robert Hunter. There were 3,000 Palatines on 10 ships that
sailed for New York and approximately 470 died on the voyage or shortly
after their arrival.
As many as three to four hundred people were crowded into small wooden
ships, along with their possessions, provisions and assorted cargo brought
included everything from munitions to livestock. The voyage, which usually
crossed during the summer months, took eight to twelve weeks. Most of the
German emigrants landed in Philadelphia.
In New York, the Palatines were expected to work for the British
authorities, producing naval stores (tar and pitch) for the navy in return
for their passage to the New World. They were also expected to act as a
buffer between the French and Natives on the northern frontier and the
English colonies to the south and east. Why were these people willing to
make such sacrifices and endure such hardships? They were seeking escape
from a semi-feudal and poverty-ridden society in which population growth
threatened to make conditions worse. The New World had an abundance of
land that would allow them to maintain an agrarian way of life with
greater chances of prosperity. Particularly important to German farmers
was good grassland that could support livestock.
The rocky, limestone-rich hills of Pennsylvania and Virginia were
especially attractive because the abundant limestone sustained the pasture
land and hay fields. The Shenandoah Valley, I particular, must have
reminded them of their Rhineland homes. The green hills and mountains and
the swiftly flowing streams made it possible to raise their livestock,
grow wheat, barley and oats and build mills just as they did in Europe. It
is further apparent that many wanted to preserve their old way of life
since large family groups and people from the same villages often traveled
together. They were quick to reestablish their churches and communities,
frequently giving them names from the Old World. The German language was
used well into the 19th century in churches and schools and even longer in
In addition to religion and language, many other aspects of their culture
were kept and have given a distinct character to the Shenandoah Valley.
The Germans had a distinct architectural style, preferring stone
structure. When building log houses they used stone foundations and put a
large stone chimney in the center rather than at the end. They built stone
springhouses with cellars often completely vaulted over with stone. Many
now think of these structures as fortifications from Indian attack but in
reality this was typical German architecture brought over from Europe.
Because so much of their farming was around livestock, they built large
"bank" barns where the cattle and sheep could be kept out of winter
weather and where large amounts of hay and grain could be stored. Soon
their English and Scots-Irish neighbors were adopting this and the large
bank barn became a standard American landmark.
All the Swiss and German settlers, dietary habits and customs, remained
very much the same as in Europe. Food crops in the 18th century were
primarily cabbages and root vegetables such as beets, carrots and turnips.
Apples were abundant and could be kept during the winter in a root cellar
and so most pioneers were quick to establish an orchard. Curiously enough,
the potato, a new world plant which we associate with Germanic diet, was
not introduced into Europe until the mid-eighteenth century and it was not
known here until the late eighteenth century when it was introduced from
Europe. The primary sources of meat were pork, which had to be cured with
salt for keeping. The cows produced milk and meat which the greater
portion of milk was processed into various kinds of cheese and butter. In
the late eighteenth century, not only was the potato added to their crops
but the cultivation of corn was also added and this became a major food
for cattle and hogs.
While much of the Old World culture remained, the pioneers were also able
to adjust to new ways of doing things and were soon helping create a new
way of life. In Europe they had lived in small villages and farmed parcels
of the outskirts. There was also a complex political and social hierarchy
of overlords, landlords and princes in which the common people had ties
and no rights. In America they acquired individual tracts of land, led
family farms and chose their own occupations. There was no established
hierarchy and political duties were accompanied by rights, even under the
colonial system. From this new social and political system came a sense of
balance and individualism that was not strong in the European peasant. The
states of the Rhine region, including the Swiss canton, each has a local
church, usually Lutheran or Reformed (Calvinist). These two religions did
not mix with one another, and the Lutheran and Reformed states did not
tolerate Catholics, Anabaptists and other dissenters. On the open
frontier, however, the various denominations learned to live and work
together in a spirit of toleration and respect. The families represented
here include Lutherans, Calvinists and Anabaptist (Mennonites) yet by the
third generation in America there was considerable intermarriage between
The history of these families is witness to human endurance in the face of
the memory of war, pestilence and intolerance, as they dealt with the
everyday problems of making a living and raising a family.
Here also can be seen the bravery and courage it took to make the arduous
journey across the Atlantic, the backbreaking of clearing the forests and
building homes and the daring it took to seek out new frontiers. This
history also presents human frailties and faults that prove the pioneers
were very human and not mythical heroes, larger than life. The Family
histories chronicled here are only a representative few and there is no
intention to imply that they were any different or more important than
many others. These families were chosen because all of them can be traced
to a specific place in the Old World and they interacted with one another
in the New.
Coat of arms was developed in the Middle Ages as a means of identifying
warriors in battle and tournaments. The present function of Coat of Arms
(although one still of identity) serves more to preserve the traditions
that arose from the earlier use.
Heraldic artist of old developed his or her own unique language to
describe an individual Coat of Arms. A heraldic artist drew the Coat of
Arms illustrated herein from information recorded in ancient heraldic
archives. Our research indicates that there are often times a number of
different Coats Of Arms recorded for a specific surname. When possible we
select and translate the Coat of Arms most representative of your surname
or itís variant for illustration.
1. Philipp Wendel earliest known ancestor of the family was born in 1619
and died after
1670. He lived in Framersheim, Germany. The region is still known as the
He married Anna, her maiden name is unknown, about 1644 in Framersheim.
She was born 1623 and died after 1650. They had four known children.
Philipp Wendel born about 1645 in Framersheim and died there. He married
Anna Barbara her maiden name is unknown. She was born about 1647 and died
9 August 1731. They had at least one child, Hans Jacob Wendel born 1667
and died 27 January 1728. This Hans Jacob (which is the second Hans Jacob
mentioned on the stone) married first Gertrud Stellwagen in 1695 and had
five daughters. He married again to one of the sisters of Gertrud, Anna
Margaret Stellwagen and they had three sons and two daughters.
Apollonia Wendel was born about 1647 in Framersheim.
Petronella Wendel was born about 1648 in Framersheim.
Hans Jacob Wendel our direct line.
Most notes taken from Framersheim Parish Church Records. The map is from
Daniel Bly's book "From the Rhein to Shenandoah".
2. Hans Jacob Wendel was born at Framersheim, Palatinate Germany about
married twice and died there on 16 Sept 1697. The name of his first wife
is unknown. They married in 1675. They had at least two children. The name
of his second wife is Eva Catherina Von Der Linden. They married in 1689
and had seven children. They both are mentioned on the Wendel stone. This
stone is built into the outside wall of the church in Framersheim.
The children of Hans Jacob and his first wife were:
Anna Petronella Wendel was born 24 Sep 1678 in Framersheim, Palatinate,
Germany, and died 15 Feb 1751 in Framersheim, Palatinate, Germany. She
married Johann Peter Becker 15 Mar 1696/97 in Framersheim, Palatinate,
Germany. He was born 5 Nov 1671 in Framersheim, Palatinate, Germany, and
died 10 Jun 1748 in Framersheim, Palatinate, Germany.
Johann Philipp Wendel direct line
This tombstone mentions our Hans Jacob Wendel and his second wife Eva
Catharine Von Der Linden. It also mentions the nephew of Hans Jacob, the
son of his brother Philipp.
His name was also Hans Jacob and the stone mentions his wife's name, Anna
This is one of the Churches in Framersheim, Germany 1996. I believe this
is the same church as the one on theleft side of the drawing in Daniel
Bly's book "From the Rhine to Shenandoah.
3. Johann Philipp Wendel was born in Framersheim, Palatinate Germany about
He married Anna Margaretha Diehl on 1 April 1704. She was born about 1683
in Flonheim Germany. She died in America after 1732 in Virginia. Philipp
and Margaretha lived at Framersheim and the baptism of all their children
but Christophel is recorded in the Lutheran Church book. Other sources
prove that he was a son of Philipp and Margaretha and brother of Valentine
and Augustine Wendel. The Wendel family does not appear in the records at
Framersheim after 1720 and have not been located in any neighboring
villages, yet it was another twelve years before they arrived in America.
On 11 August 1732 a Philipp Wendel listed at age 34 and Augustinus Wendel
age 16 arrived in Philadelphia aboard the Ship "Samuel" out of Rotterdam.
All passengers on the "Samuel" including women and children were listed in
this record. Some of the names began with Wendel so it is possible their
names were reversed. Christophel, Valentine, and any other members of the
family who came to America may have arrived at another time. Augustine
Wendel's age is incorrect on this record and so it can only be concluded
that the Philipp Wendel with him is his father and that his age is also
incorrect. Philipp Wendel would have been about 52 years old. By 1737
Christophel, Valentine, and Augustine Wendel were on the frontier in the
Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The oldest son, Johannes, may have also
come to America. A Johannes Wendel and wife Barbara had a son, Frederick.
He was baptized in the Reformed Church at Lancaster, Pa. in 1741. This is
the same church in which Valentine Wendel sponsored a baptism of a child
in 1737.The children of Anna Margaretha Diehl and Johann Phillip Wendel
Johannes Wendel was born about 15 Feb 1705 in Framersheim, Palatinate,
Anna Elisabetha Wendel was born about 14 June 1707 in Framersheim,
Palatinate, Germany. She married Johannes Stoeckle.
Johann Valentine Wendel was born 1 Feb 1711 in Framersheim, Palatinate,
Germany, and died before 1787 in Shenandoah County, Virginia.
Christophel Wendel is our direct line.
Johann Augustinus Wendel was born 18 Jun 1714 in Framersheim, Palatinate,
Germany, and died 2 Sep 1792 in Woodstock, Shenandoah County Virginia. He
married Anna Margaretha Bucher 1 Jun 1743 in Shenandoah County Virginia.
She was born about 1723, and died before 1792.
Johan Jacob Wendel was born 8 Oct 1720 in Framersheim, Palatinate,
Germany, and died 1724 in Framersheim, Palatinate, Germany.
Augustine, Valentine, and Christophel Wendel were living on the frontier
of western Virginia by 1737. They had an extensive family that had many
connections with other pioneer families in the Shenandoah Valley. A large
number of their descendants also were in the major waves of western
Fortunately several excellent records have survived which have been
valuable in constructing a history of the family and which provided clues
that enabled Daniel Bly to discover the German homeland of the Wendel
brothers. The most important of these records is the "Augustine Wendel
Bible", a large German bible printed at Nurnberg in 1702. It contains the
birth and marriage records for the Augustine Wendel family but also makes
references to in-laws, and cousins, including Baker (Becker) relatives.
This Bible came into the possession of Levi Pitman (1807-1892), who
married Rachel Windle. James P. Borden, Pitman's grandson, deposited it
along with Pitman's valuable diary in the Alderman Library at the
University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1966. Another
important document is the will of John Nicholas Baker (Becker) written in
He names his "cousin" Valentine and Christophel, as executors of his will.
Through other means it was possible to trace the Baker family to the
Rhineland village of Framersheim, where indeed the records of the Wendel
family were also found.
The church records at Framersheim begin in the early 1690s but through tax
records and other references in the church book it is possible to extend
our knowledge of the family to Philipp Wendel, great grandfather of the
4. Christophel Wendel (Windle) was born at Framersheim Palatinate Germany
about 1709. He married in Virginia around 1737 to Catherina Brumbach, in
Frederick County Virginia and died in Shenandoah County Virginia in 1791.
1. Catherina was born about 1720 in the Germanna colony in Orange County,
Virginia. She was the daughter of Melchior and Mary Elizabeth Fischback.
Catherina died in Shenandoah County in 1798. 2.
Christophel Wendel had settled in Orange County, Virginia before 1737. He
was the original owner of 400 acres of land from the Colony of Virginia in
1734. 3. Christophel along with his brothers were naturalized as citizens
of Virginia on the 5th of May 1747 in Frederick County court. 4. This is
where Christophel along with his brothers changed their last name from
Wendel to Windle.
Christopher and Catherine appear on a 1746 deed in Prince William County
as heirs of Melchior Brumback. 5. Christopher Windle obtained a survey
warrant for 400 acres of land on Tom's Brook, where he lived in April
1750. In July 1750 he received a patent deed from Lord Fairfax. 6. In 1760
he obtained a patent of 220 acres for his oldest son Philip, and in the
1770s he and Catherine distributed much of his land to the other children.
On 27 Feb 1791 Christopher wrote a will mentioning his wife Catherine, and
all of his children. He left the home place and remaining land to his son
John. The will was probated 29 Dec 1791. 7.
The names and ages of his daughters Elizabeth and Catherine appear in a
list of young people who took first communion at Woodstock in June 1772
when Rev. John Andrew Krug of Maryland visited the area. 8.
1. "From the Rhine to Shenandoah" by Daniel Bly.
2. Melchior family records.
3. James Wood survey dated 5 November 1734
4. Frederick County order book "2". Page 238.
5. "The Nassau Siegen Emigrants to America" pages 75-78 by Benjamin
6. Joyner page 162 and Northern Neck Grants. Book (G), pages 375-378.
7. Shenandoah County will book (D) page 97.
8. Records of John Andrew Krug "Maryland Magazine of Genealogy Fall, 1980
Children of Christopher and Catherine Windle were:
Philip Windle was born 1738 in Frederick County, Virginia, and died 8 Aug
1814 in Shenandoah County, Virginia. He married Elizabeth McKeever? about
1760 in Virginia. She died after 1814 in Shenandoah County, Virginia. They
had the following children:
Barbara Windle was born about 1761. Philipp Windle was born about 1767. He
died before 1838 in Guernsey County, Ohio. Emmanuel Windle was born about
1767/1772. He died 1828/1837 in Va. Catherine Windle was born 2 Jan 1777
in Shenandoah County, Va. She died in Harrison County, In. David Windle
was born 27 Feb 1774 in Shenandoah County, Va. He died March 1859.
Catherine Windle was born 7 Nov 1776. She died about 1778/1782. Christian
(Christie) Windle was born 1780. He died 11 May 1857. Elizabeth Windle was
born 1782. She died after 1795. Daniel Wendel Windle was born about 1786.
Rebecca Windle was born abt 1790. She died after 1840.
John Windle was born 1740 in Virginia, and died 1815 in Shenandoah County,
Virginia. He married Mary Magdalen
Christopher Windle was born 1745 in Shenandoah County, Virginia, and died
about 1795 in Shenandoah County, Virginia. He married Susannah Deaderick
1772. She was born Abt 1755 in Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia, and
died 1816 in Tennessee.
Daniel Windle is the direct line.
Anna Maria Wendel was born about 1750 in Virginia, and died 15 Mar 1829 in
Greene County, Tennessee. She married John Snapp in 1770. He was born
about 1749 in Frederick County, Virginia, and died Dec 1818 in Greene
Elizabeth WENDEL was born 1753 in Virginia. She married John Hoffman 11
Catherine Windle was born 1758 in Virginia, and died 1791. She married
5. Daniel Windle was born in 1748.1. He married Mary Hawkins on 21 April
1774 in what was then Dunmore County but is now Shenandoah County,
Virginia. Mary was born about 1755 in Frederick County, Va. She was the
daughter of Joseph and Sarah Marlin Hawkins. Mary was under the
guardianship of Richard Campbell 2. and he served as the bondsman.3.
On 25 November 1775, Daniel served as a witness when his parents
Christopher and Catherine Windle of Dunmore County deeded one hundred
forty-eight (148) acres of land to Christopher Windle Jr. of Dunmore
County.4. Christopher Jr. then witnessed the deed giving one hundred and
fifty (150) acres from Christopher and Catherine to Daniel. 5. This land
was from the original land grant to Philip Wendel. Both of the young men
had paid five shillings for their land.
Dunmore County was renamed Shenandoah County in 1778. These were troubled
and serious time in the colonies. Daniel took the oath as an Ensign in the
Shenandoah Militia on 28 May 1778. 6. That same day, a deed Daniel
witnessed was recorded in the new county.7.
Daniel leased his one hundred-fifty (150) acres of land to his brother,
Christopher Windle Jr., on 1 March 1781. Christopher paid five shillings
to Daniel and was to pay rent of one peppercorn on Lady Day. March 25th,
was celebrated as the feast of the Annunciation, which commemorated the
visit of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary. This had became known as
Lady Day and served as the first day of the New Year when the Julian
Calendar was in use. In a time when paper calendars were not common, feast
days were often selected as the day to pay rent, settle loans, etc as the
church kept track of the dates for one. Later, Daniel, and Mary sold there
one hundred and fifty (150) acres to Christopher Windle Jr., for 250
pounds. Both the lease and the sale were recorded on 28 February 1782. 8.
1. Bly, Daniel W., From the Rhine to the Shenandoah, Gateway Press 1993,
2. MB.C. Holtzclaw, Ancestry and descendants of the Nassau-Siegen
Immigrants to Virginia,
Third Printing, 1978, Green Publishers Inc., Orange, Va., page 78.
3. B.M. Ashby, Shenandoah County, Virginia, Marriage Bonds, 1772-1850.
4. Shenandoah County, Virginia, Land Records, Deed Book B, page 298 & 299.
5. Shenandoah County, Virginia, Land Records, Deed Book B, page 300.
6. John W. Gwathney, Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution
Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc. 1979, page 817.
7. Amelia Gilreath, Shenandoah County, Virginia, Deed Book A, B, C, D,
Vol. 1, pages 97 & 98.
8. Op. cit., Shenandoah Deeds, Book C, page 457.
On 25 September 1783, William Strother paid Daniel and Mary eight pounds
for two lots numbers 107 and 150, in the town of Woodstock. Each lot was
composed of one acre.9.
Daniel and Mary decided to leave Shenandoah County for reasons unknown.
They moved south to Rockbridge County. Daniel paid tax in 1787 on six and
three quarters (6 3/4) acres of land that had been transferred from Samuel
Moore, a half-acre (1/2) lot purchased from William Brown and a half-acre
(1/2) lot purchased from Joseph Moore. 10.
Being a progressive community and aware of the danger of fire, the town of
Lexington and the surrounding area organized a fire company on 17 January
1797. Daniel Windle was one of the fifty men that signed as members. The
Lexington Fire Company was recorded during the February 1797 term of the
Rockbridge County Court. 11.
On 24 February 1798, Daniel purchased a tract of seven and three-fourths
(7 3/4) acres of land on Woods Creek in Rockbridge County from William and
Margaret Brown. Daniel paid fifteen pounds for the tract that joined land
owned by John Gilbreath. Andrew Moore was the attorney for William Brown.
12. Was Andrew Moore Windle named after this Andrew Moore?
In 1790, the Rockbridge County Court licensed Daniel Windle to operate a
On 4 October 1791, Daniel paid William Moore fifteen pounds, four
shillings for a two- (2) acre lot that joined the town of Lexington. The
lot was on an ally and joined John Gilbreath and John Hoffman. 14.
When his father, Christopher Windle died in 1791, Daniel received fifty
pounds Virginia money from Christopher's estate. 15.
9. Op. cit., Shenandoah Deeds, Book D, page 327.
10. Rockbridge County, Virginia, Land Tax Books, 1782-1810, Microfilm Reel
from the Virginia State Library.
11. Rockbridge County, Deed Books.
12. Rockbridge County, Virginia, Deed Book B, page 52 & 53.
13. Morton, A History of Rockbridge County, Virginia, page 464.
14. Op. Cit., Rockbridge Deeds, Book B, page 276.
15. Shenandoah County, Virginia, Will Book D, page 97 et. seq.
On 21 November 1796, Daniel purchased a second piece of land from William
and Margaret Brown. Andrew Moore, again, acting as the attorney for the
Brown's. This seven and three-fourths (7 3/4)-acre tract joined the town
of Lexington and cost Daniel five pounds. 16.
On 7 August 1798, Daniel Williams and Henry Williams, owners of the
western part of lots 22 and 28, which joined Daniel's lots in Lexington,
requested the city to lay out an ally. Six feet from each lot was to be
used so it would extend from the main street to Jefferson Street. 17.
On 1 October 1799, Daniel and Mary sold Dennis Donahoo seven and
three-quarter (7 3/4) acres on the north side of the main road between
Lexington and the North River. The land was on Woods Creek. 18. In a
second deed made that same day, Donahoo paid Daniel and Mary five pounds
for a lot adjoining Lexington. 19.
The last year Daniel has been found licensed to operate a tavern in
Rockbridge was 1801. He may have continued to do so until his death. 20.
Daniel died intestate, probably in 1805. The inventory of his estate,
taken on 31 December 1805, included a list of slaves, a list of bad debts
and pages of accounts. Among the names are John Robertson and a Sevier.
After the estate sale, an accounting of the estate was prepared. The
slaves listed were Will, Doll, and Philis. One Negro woman, Hannah, was
now deceased. For some reason this account was not filed with the
Rockbridge County Court until 4 October 1819. 22.
On 6 May 1806, Daniel's heirs claimed eight and one half (8 1/2) acres of
land for which Daniel had paid one hundred dollars before his death.
William Moore, Hawkins Windle, Sally Windle, Elizabeth Windle, Nancy
Windle, Andrew Windle, and Matilda Windle joined in this deed. The land
corned John Gilbreath, John Leyborns, Samuel Campbell and John Hoffman.
16. Op. cit., Rockbridge Deeds, Book C. page 335 & 336.
17. Op. cit., Rockbridge Deeds, Book D, page 12 & 13.
18. Op. cit., Rockbridge Deeds, Book D, page 167 & 168.
19. Op. cit., Rockbridge Deeds, Book D, page 168 & 169.
20. Based on the pages of accounts found in his estate inventory.
21. Rockbridge County, Virginia Will Book 2, page 429 et. seq.
22. Op. cit., Rockbridge Wills, Book 5, page 11 & 12.
23. Op. cit., Rockbridge Deeds, Book E, pages 526 & 527.
Daniel's name continued on the tax rolls of Rockbridge County until 1806.
In 1807, the heirs of Daniel Windle transferred land from William Moore.
Mary Windle's household in 1810 consisted of herself, over 45 years of
age; 2 females which could be Nancy and Sally, aged 17 to 26; 1 female,
probably Matilda, aged 10 to 16; and one young Andrew Moore, from 10 to
16. 25. There were also four slaves.
On 15 October 1810, William Windle and Jean, his wife, sold their
one-ninth (1/9) share of Daniel's land to Thomas Johnson for $300.00. All
concerned were living in Rockbridge County. Witnesses to the deed were
Andrew Alexander, John Dalton, Joseph Hoffman, and Edward Brown. 26.
Mary Windle paid Thomas and Susanna Johnson three hundred dollars for that
one-ninth share of 5 October 1813. It included not only the one-ninth
share in the lot in Lexington where Mary was living. It covered a lot
containing two (2) acres that Daniel had purchased, on 4 October 1791,
from William Moore; a plot of seven and three-fourth (7 3/4) acres
obtained from Andrew Moore, attorney for William Brown and a lot of eight
and one-forth (8 1/4) acres purchased from William Moore. This last tract
was the deed made after the death of Daniel. One half of a thirty-eight--
(38) acre survey in the Poplar Hills. 27. For an additional fifty dollars,
Thomas sold the one-ninth (1/9) share in the two slaves that were a part
of Daniel's estate, a man named Will and a woman named Doll. 28.
Mary Windle made her will at Lexington, Rockbridge County, Virginia on 21
April 1815. Joseph Blair and Daniel Hoffman were the executors. The will
was proven on 4 December 1815. 29.
The tax rolls of Rockbridge County continued to carry the names of Daniel
or Mary Windle through 1827. 30.
Most of Daniel's records I obtained from Mrs Estella Morrison from
24. Op. cit., Tax, Roll 271.
25. Rockbridge County, Virginia, Federal Census, 1810, page 263.
26. Op. cit., Rockbridge Deeds, Book G, page 214 et. seq.
27. Op. cit., Rockbridge Deeds, Book H, page 488 et. seq.
28. Op. cit., Rockbridge Deeds, Book H. pages 433 & 434.
29. Rockbridge County, Virginia, Will Book 4, pages 135-137.
30. Rockbridge County, Virginia, Land Tax Books, 1819-1827A, Microfilm
Reel 273, Virginia
Children of Daniel and Mary Hawkins Windle
Joseph Hawkins Windle was born, 1 Dec 1778, 1. in the area of Tom's Brook
between Woodstock and Stoverstown in Shenandoah, Virginia, 2. He was
baptized on 2 January 1779. 3.
On 10 March 1796, soon after his eighteenth birthday, Joseph took the oath
for Commissioner of the Revenue Tax in Rockbridge County, Virginia. 4.
Joseph Hawkins married Joanna Goade Sevieer in Knoxville, Tennessee. The
couple had eleven children. Joanna was born 11 November 1781 on the
Nollichucky River in Washington County, North Carolina. Today, this area
is part of eastern Tennessee. Joanna was the daughter of John Sevier. 5.
Joseph and Joanna moved to Overton County, Tennessee. The couple built a
home there in 1806. 6.
In 1821, Joseph joined George W. Sevier to give power of attorney to
Samuel H. DeWolf Esq. attorney at law in Monroe county, Alabama to handle
certain business. 7.
Joanna died in the town of Monroe on 31 July 1823 and she was buried on
the old Windle land. 8.
In January 1825, Joseph windle was mentioned as a candidate for the Senate
for Overton County. 9.
Joseph sold his interest in the estate of his father on 27 October 1827.
A later deed by Joseph, dated 14 November 1837, included his share in his
father's tavern. 11. Joseph made a deed to Robert White for his one-ninth
(1/9) share of the land owned by Daniel Windle. 12. This deed was made on
3 January 1838.
Joseph Hawkins Windle died on 8 September 1840. He is buried in the Cash
Graveyard in Livingston, Tennessee. 13.
1. J.W. Wayland, A History of Shenandoah County, page 742.
2. Sevier and Madden, Sevier Family History, page 262.
3 Op. cit., Wayland, page 742.
4. Rockbridge County, Virginia, Will Book 1, page 511.
5. Op. cit., Sevier & Madden.
6. E. R. Whitley, Tennessee Genealogical Records, Overton County, page 2.
7. Overton County, Tennessee, Deed Book E, page 173.
8. Family records of Mrs A. A. Windle, descendant of Joseph Hawkins Windle,
9. RS. K. Eddlemon, Genealogical Abstracts from Tennessee Newspapers
Heritage Books, 1991, pages 116 & 117. Cites the "Sparta Review", Jan 5,
Vol. 3, No. 37.
10. Op. cit., Rockbridge Deeds, Book U, page 134 & 135.
11. Op. cit., Rockbridge Deeds, Book U, page 136.
12. Op. cit., Rockbridge Deeds, Book U, page 176.
13. Op. cit., Sevier & Madden.
The Reverend Matthew Lyle performed the marriage of Catherine (Kitty)
Windle to James Dryden on 6 December 1796. 14. Under her mother's will,
made 21 April 1815; Kitty was to receive ten (10) pounds. 15.
Reverend D. Blain married Mary Windle to Christopher Hoffman on 1 March
1804. 16. There is a Christopher Hoffman family on the 1810 census of
Rockbridge County. There were two little boys and two little girls under
the age of ten. Christopher and the older female were 26 to 45 years of
age. 17. Mary Hawkins Windle's will gave Mary Hoffman, daughter of
Christopher Hoffman, five pounds. 18. This indicated Mary Windle Hoffman
may have been deceased at the time her mother's will was written.
On 15 October 1810, William Windle and Jean, his wife, sold their
one-ninth (1/9) share of Daniel's land to Thomas Johnson for $300.00. 19.
William and his family are listed on the census of 1810. There was one boy
and one girl under the age of ten. 20. William received ten (10) pounds
when his mother's will was probated.
Reverend D Blain married Sarah J. Windle to Blackburn Jones on 5 May 1809.
21. Sally's share of her mother's estate was to be ten (10) pounds in
addition to a house and Lot #11 in Newport, Cocke County, Tennessee. 22.
Andrew Moore Windle is the direct line.
Reverend D. Blain married Betty (Betsy) Windle to Joseph Hoffman on 16
January 1811. 23. Under her mother's will, written in January of 1815,
Betsy would receive five (5) pounds. Joseph Hoffman was to receive ten
(10) pounds. On 1 January 1816, Betsy and her husband, Joseph Hoffman, in
a joint deed with her brother, Andrew, sold to Robert White of Lexington,
Rockbridge County, and their one-ninth shares in the property Betsy and
Andrew inherited from their father. Both Betsy and Andrew received three
hundred dollars. 24.
14. Rockbridge County, Virginia, Marriage Register, Book 1, page 50.
15. Op. cit., Rockbridge Wills, Book 4, page 135 et. seq.
16. Op. cit., Marriages, Book 1, page 94.
17. Op. cit., Rockbridge County, Virginia, Federal Census, 1810, page 307.
18. Op. cit., Wills
19. Op. cit., Rockbridge Deeds, Book G, page 214 et. seq.
20. Op. cit., Rockbridge Census, 1810, page 264.
21. Op. cit., Marriages, Book 1, page 123.
22. Op. cit., Rockbridge Wills, Book 4, page 135 et. seq.
23. Op. cit., Marriages, Book 1, page 134
24. Op. cit., Rockbridge Deeds, Book J, page 488 et. seq.
G.A. Baxter performed the ceremony when Nancy Windle married Anderson
Johnson on 13 September 1810. 25. When Mary Windle's will was probated,
Anderson to receive ten (10) pounds and Nancy was to receive five (5)
Under her mother's 1815 will, Matilda received the furniture marked with
her initials. 27. This included a good deal of furnishings. Matilda sold
to Robert White her one-ninth (1/9) share other father's estate on 7
November 1825. Matilda received two hundred twenty one dollars and
eighty-nine cents ($221.89) for her share of the houses and lots Daniel
lived on and used as a tavern in his lifetime. 28.
Most of Daniel's records I obtained from Mrs Estella Morrison from
25. Op. cit., Marriages, Book 1, page 94.
26. Op. cit., Rockbridge Wills, Book 4, page 135 et. seq.
27. Op. cit., Rockbridge Wills, Book 4, page 135 et. seq.
28. Op. cit., Rockbridge Deeds, Book O, page 449.
6. Andrew Moore Windle was born around March of 1794 in Lexington,
Rockbridge County Virginia. 1. Around the age of 19 Andrew enlisted in
Captain Henry Stephen's Company of Mounted Infantry, East Tennessee
Militia on 4 October 1813 at Newport in Cocke County, Tennessee. This
group of volunteers was known as Bunch's Mounted Regiment serving under
Colonel Samuel Bunch. Andrew was at the battle of Hillabee but did not
participate. 2. Most historians called this "The Hillabee Massacre" which
happened about 20 miles east of Talladega, Alabama on 18 November 1813.
Andrew's company was paroled at Coosa Blockhouse on the Coosa River in
November of 1813. 3. He served 89 days and was honorably discharged on 3
January 1814 at Newport, Virginia. Andrew's rate of pay was 8 dollars per
month. The allowance for his horse was 40 cents per day, so Andrew
received a total of 58.82 for his military service. 4.
Andrew was at Lexington, Virginia when he volunteered for military service
the second time. On 15 April 1814, he enlisted and served as a Corporal in
Captain John McMullens's Company of Light Infantry. This unit was detached
from the 8th Regiment, Rockbridge County, in the Light Corps, commanded by
Major Charles F. Mercer. They were attached to the 4th Regiment Virginia
Militia. Andrew was honorably discharged at Norfolk, Virginia on 28 July
1814. For this tour of duty, his pay was $10 per month. It was estimated
Andrew was discharged 280 miles from home. He was allowed fourteen days to
make the return trip home and received fifteen cents per ration or two
dollars and ten cents.
On 1 Jan 1811 there was an indenture (examined & delivered) to Robert
White, of Lexington, Va. 17 Nov 1819 between Joseph Hoffman and Andrew
Windle as two heirs of Daniel Windle who died intestate. 5.
On 21 April 1815, Andrew's mother, Mary Hawkins Windle, made her will.
Andrew was to receive his bed and the furniture marked with his initials
as well as ten pounds. Andrew was also to receive his father's sword. 6.
1. Pickens County, Alabama, Federal Census. Andrew was 56 in 1850, 66 in
1860 but 75 in 1870. His applications for Bounty Land and Pension give his
age, and his obituary in 1874 stated he was eighty so his birth would have
2. Military Records, War of 1812, National Archives, Washington, D.C.
3. Application of Bounty Land Warrant, 1851, National Archives,
4. Op. cit., Military, 1812.
5. Lexington, Rockbridge County, Virginia Book Y, page 488.
6. Rockbridge County, Virginia Will Book 4, pages 135, 136 & 137.
Andrew soon sold his share of his parent's estate. He joined his sister,
Betsy, and her husband, Joseph Hoffman, in selling Robert White their
one-ninth parts in his Parents land in the town of Lexington, Virginia on
2 January 1816. This included the land where his fathers (Daniel Windle)
tavern was. 7.
On 15 February 1820, Andrew was in court in Jackson County, Tennessee to
make his oath regarding a lost horse. 8. This may be where he met and
married his wife, Elizabeth. She was born about 1801 in Kentucky. 9.
Andrew's wife's name was Elizabeth and she was born about 1801 in
Kentucky. 10. By February of 1824, the Windle family was living in
Jefferson County, Alabama. 11.
Moving further west into Pickens County, Andrew established his home in
the small settlement called Carrollton. Andrew M. Windle, his wife, and
three children were living there by April 1828. 12.
On 29 September 1834, and again on 23 March 1835, Andrew was commissioned
as a Justice of the Peace for Pickens County. 13.
Three additional children joined the family by 1840. 14. It is interesting
to note that this family did not own any slaves at this time.
On 17 May 1843, Andrew Moore Windle appeared before the Pickens County
Court to appoint John Letcher of Lexington, Rockbridge County, and State
of Virginia to be his attorney to adjust or settle any claim or claims
which might be due him from James McDowell of Virginia. This Power of
Attorney included the right to execute and deliver all needful instruments
and papers. 15. I do not know the connection to the McDowell's.
Was this Elizabeth's father or relatives?
In 1845, Andrew was appointed postmaster for the city of Carrollton in
Pickens County and filled that position until 1851. 16.
7. Rockbridge County, Virginia, Deed Book J, page 488 et. seq.
8. Works Progress Administration, Project No. 65-44-1465, June 1936,
of Jackson County Ranger Book 1817-1860, page 137.
9. Pickens County, Alabama, Federal Census, 1850, Family 41 in Carrollton.
10. Pickens County, Alabama, Federal Census, 1850, Family 41 in
11. Pickens County, Alabama, Federal Census, 1850.
12. Pickens County, Alabama, Federal Census, 1830, Samuel was born in
13. Marilyn D. Barefield & Carr B. Barefield, Pickens County, Alabama,
1861, Southern Historical Press 1984, page 87.
14. Pickens County, Alabama, Federal Census, 1840, page 342.
15. Rockbridge County, Virginia, Deed Book X, page 131 & 132.
16. Op. cit., Barefield, page 91.
In 1850, the Windle family was one of forty-one families living in the
town of Carrollton yet Andrew's occupation was given as farmer. The oldest
son, Robert had his occupation listed as none while twenty-two year old
Samuel was a carpenter. William, at age eighteen, was also listed as a
farmer. Four of the children were in school: William, Joseph, Rosalene,
and Augusta. Andrew's real estate evaluation was $1,200.00 17.
Andrew had purchased his first slave by 1850, a 65 year old female. 18. In
September of 1850, Andrew, as a veteran of the War of 1812, became
eligible for a bounty land warrant for eighty acres. He applied on 31
March 1851 and was granted Warrant No. 41,236.
By 1855, Samuel had married. Robert, William, and Joseph appear to have
remained in their father's household. There are two females over 21 that
may be his wife and daughter, Elizabeth Margaret. Virginia and Augusta are
two of the four females in the household that are under the age of
twenty-one. One of the other two females under the age of 21 is Sarah E.
Cole, daughter of Elizabeth M. the other cannot be accounted for.
She could be another daughter of Elizabeth that died young. 19.
When the March 1855 law was enacted regarding bounty land for veterans of
the U.S. military, Andrew applied for one hundred sixty acres. The
application was dated 25 April 1855. At this time he returned his warrant
#41,236 for the eighty acres he received under the 1850 act. This must be
when Andrew built a home in what is now called the Marvin Chapel
Community. The legal description was the E 1/2 of NW 1/4 in Section 5,
Township 21, Range 14W. There was also a farm on his land. 20. His first
home in Carrollton, became the site of the American Legion Building.
17. Pickens County, Alabama, Federal Census, 1850, page 3, Dwelling and
18. Pickens County, Alabama, Slave Schedule, 1850, 21 Sept. 1850.
19. Pickens County, Alabama, State Census, 1855.
20. Windle Family Records of John Cheek, Oklahoma City, Ok.
On 7 October 1859, Andrew paid the Federal Land Office in Tuscaloosa,
Alabama four dollars and ninety seven cents for thirty nine and 75/100
acres of land in the South West Quarter of the South West Quarter of
Section 32, Township 20, Range 14 West, Pickens County. The price per acre
was twelve and one half cents. This land was obtained under a special act
for those who wished to obtain land adjoining a farm or plantation already
owned or occupied by the applicant. The legal description of this property
was NW 1/4 of SW 1/4 & E 1/2 of SW 1/4, Section 32, Township 20, Range 14
W. This would give Andrew all of the SW 1/4 of Section 32. When Andrew
applied for this land he stated that forty acres of his then holdings were
in cultivation and there was a dwelling house on the property. Andrew's
patent, #27622 was recorded at the Tuscaloosa Land Office on 7 October
1859. 21. This land in section 32 must be where Andrew build a mill on a
small stream which ran through this property. This stream is still known
today as Mill Branch Creek, and there is a very large cedar tree located
there that looks very old. It could have been there when Andrew was or he
could have planted it.
21. Land Office, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Recorded Vol. 73, page 500.
Elizabeth Windle died sometime after the 1850 Federal Census, probably
after the 1855 State Census. W.F. Sutton of Carrollton, a great grandson
of Elizabeth's has an entry in his Bible of 1860 for her death. Andrew was
living with their daughter, Virginia Rosalene, in 1860. Andrew's real
estate holdings were valued at $7,000.00 and his personal property at
$400.00. Most of his children were married and living nearby. 22. Andrew
is no longer the owner of a slave. 23.
Andrew had at least three sons in the Confederate Army, one did not return
home. After the war, Andrew was living in Township 21, Range 16 West. With
him were two females over the age of twenty. 24. They were Elizabeth and
Augusta his daughters.
In 1870, Andrew was living in Bostic Precinct of Pickens County beside his
son, Robert. There is no amount given in the 1870 census for his personal
property or real estate. Was this an oversight of the census taker or did
it all go to the Confederacy for which his sons fought? Two of his
daughters, Elizabeth and Augusta are listed with Andrew as well as
Elizabeth's two daughters and Joseph's son, David. 25.
On 19 October 1872, Andrew, at the age of seventy-two applied for a
pension for his military service. He was living near Carrollton. Elijah
Harris and Theodore Petete were witnesses to Andrew's application and
swore that "at no time during the late rebellion against the authority of
the United States did he adhere to the cause of the enemies of the
government, giving them aid or comfort". M. L. Stansel, the postmaster of
Carrollton attested to the "good character for truth and veracity" of the
two witnesses. On 21 December 1872 Andrew's claim #28.315 was approved. He
was to receive eight dollars per month. This was retroactive to 14
Andrew died at his home on Sunday the 5th of April 1874. 26. He was buried
on Monday the 6th of April. 27. Andrew may be buried in an unmarked grave
at Marvin Chapel, a rural Methodist Church Cemetery near Carrollton,
Alabama. Many of his descendants are buried there. There is an even older
cemetery south of Marvin Chapel called The Windle Cemetery", it is
possible he could be buried there.
Most of Andrew's records I obtained from Mrs Estella Morrison from
22. Pickens County, Alabama, Federal Census, 1860.
23. Op. cit., Slave Schedule, 1860.
24. Op. cit., Alabama State Census, 1866.
25. Pickens County, Alabama, Federal Census, 1870.
26. Marriage, Death & Legal Notices from Early Alabama Newspapers,
1819-1893, page 121.
Taken from "The Livingston Journal", Sumter County, Alabama.
27. C.P. Spell and N. Pepper, Abstracts of Marriages and Death Notices,
Alabama, page 24. Andrew's record was taken from "The West Alabamian",
1865 to 1881.
Children of Andrew Moore and Elizabeth Windle
Mary R. was born, 9 Feb. 1824, 1. in Jefferson County, Alabama. 2. Mary
was the first Windle born in Alabama. She married Theodore Petete on 30
January 1843 in Noxubee County, Mississippi. 3. Theodore was born 9 Oct
1819. 4. According Clyde Petete, one of their great grand sons, the Petete
name is French. This couple was the parents of ten children. 5. They owned
all but the SW 1/4 of the NW 1/4 of Section 30 TW 20S Range 14W. The road
that ran through there land was called the Petete bottom road. Many of
folk have gotten lost on that road when it was still open. Mary died 28
Feb. 1863. Theodore lived until 15 June 1900. They are buried in Old
Bethel Cemetery, south of the Stansel community in Pickens County,
Alabama. 6. They had the following children: William Petete born 1846,
Susan Petete born 1848, Elizabeth Petete born 1849, Margaret Petete born
1850, Amelia Petete born 1852, James Leroy Petete born 29 Nov 1854, Mary
Criss Petete born 1856, Frances Petete born 1860, Lyon Petete born 1861,
and Geneva Petete born 1863.
Robert Huffman Windle is the direct line.
1. John C. Cheek, Selected Tombstone Inscriptions from Alabama, South
Carolina and other
2. Pickens County, Alabama, Federal Census, 1850.
3. Noxubee County, Mississippi, Marriage Records.
4. Op. cit., Cheek.
5. Family records of Spencer Petete, 2002.
6. Op. cit., Cheek.
Samuel McCrory was named for a Revolutionary War veteran that resided in
Pickens County. 7. Samuel was born, 13 April 1828, in Pickens County,
Alabama. 8. Samuel was the first Windle in our line born in Pickens
County. John William Windle was the first Windle born in Pickens County.
He was a distant relative, his father was John Adam Windle who was born in
Virginia. Samuel was a farmer and a carpenter. 9. Samuel and his wife,
Margaret Ann, had thirteen children, seven boys and six girls. 10. In
1860, Samuel owned two blacks; one was a fifty five years old female and
the other was a boy of 16. 11.
Samuel enlisted as a private in Company K, 41st Regiment, Alabama Infantry
on 4 May 1862. On 2 December 1862, he was detailed as a nurse at the
Murfreesboro, Tennessee Confederate Hospital No. 2. Samuel's name appears
on a roll of Prisoners of War received at Military Prison in Louisville,
Kentucky, 3 June 1863 from the penitentiary at Nashville, Tennessee. This
list states he was captured at Stone River, 4 January 1863. Samuel was
discharged on 8 June 1863 at Baltimore. By August of 1864, Samuel is
listed at Howard's Grove Hospital in Knoxville, Mississippi. He was
promoted to corporal and on 1 December 1864 he was made a sergeant. 12.
On Sunday, 28 March 1878, at the residence of S.M. Windle, Elder S.
Hildreth married Miss Sarah Windle and Mr. James Bridges. 13. In January
of 1880 S.M. and M. A. Windle were paid $450.00 for lots in the town of
Carrollton. Lots 7 & 16 were bounded on the south and west by streets, on
the north by the lots of Hill and Owings. The east boundary was the street
running towards the Methodist Church. 14. In 1880, Samuel M. Windle was
the census enumerator for Beat 14 of Pickens County. 15.
The newspaper for 3 August 1880, "The West Alabamian", carried the notice
that on 30 July 1880, the infant son and John W., children of S.M. and M.
A. Windle died. 16.
7. No reference has been found for the middle name of McCrory. I believe
it was given to me
when we visited Pickens County.
8. Pickens County, Alabama, Federal Census, 1850, Town of Carrollton,
Household #3. Samuel was born in Pickens County, Al. and his age given was
9. Op. Cit., Census, 1850 & Pickens County, Alabama, Federal Census, 1860,
Bostic Precent, Household 24.
10. Family records of Janice James Hinson, September 2000. Twelve of the
children are listed in
the Pickens County, Alabama, Federal Census, 1880, E. D. 100, #1.
11. Pickens County, Alabama, Slave Schedule, Southern Division, page 19.
12. Confederate Military Service Record, National Archives, Washington, D.
13. The West Alabamian Vol. XXIX, No. 15, April 10, 1878. Pickens County
14. Pickens County, Alabama, Land Records, Deed Book A, page 577. Page 576
15. Op cit., Census, 1880, Beat 14.
16. C.P. Spell and N. Pepper, Abstracts of Marriages and Death Notices,
County, Alabama, page 54.
Samuel M. Windle Sr. and M.A. his wife sold W 1/2 of NW 1/4 of Section 9,
Township 21, Range 14 on 21 Dec 1896. They were paid $125.00 for eighty
acres. Samuel M. Windle Jr. paid Samuel M. Windle Sr. $75.00 for the NE
1/4 off NE 1/2 of Section 12, Township 21, Range 15 and the SE 1/4 of the
NE 1/4 of the same section. Both S.M. and M.A. signed the deed. 17.
On 28 June 1893, the death of Mr. Samuel M. Windle occurred. 18. The
newspaper dated March 22, 1898 reported that Mr. S.M. Windle has grown
much worse in the past week. He is at this time very sick. May he be
spared yet many years to his family and friends. Later as we go to press,
Mr. Windle is just alive and is reported to be sinking fast. Samuel died
21 March 1898 as they were preparing the paper to be printed. 19. He and
Margaret are buried in Marvin Chapel Cemetery, Pickens County, Alabama.
20. His tombstone bears a Masonic symbol.
Elizabeth Margaret was born around 1830 in Carrollton, Pickens County,
Alabama. 21. She first married William Cole from Fayette County later this
part became Lamar County. They had a daughter, Sarah E. Cole. Elizabeth M.
& Sarah was living in Andrew Windle's household in 1850. Elizabeth married
Benjamin Edwards prior to 1860. In the 1860 Federal census, Elizabeth and
Sarah Cole was a member of the Edwards's household. 22. Benjamin Edwards
may have died during the War for Southern Independence. Elizabeth and
Sarah were members of Andrew Windle's household in the 1870 census. A nine
year old girl. P. E. Edwards, is also listed. 23. By 1880, Sarah Cole
McDaniel had married and was the mother of a young son. Her aunt, Augusta
Windle, was residing with them. 24.
17. Pickens County, Alabama, Land Records, Deed Book G, page 588.
18. Bullard, Historical Abstracts of Pickens County, Alabama, Taken from
Herald, Thursday 4 June 1981 column: "In Years Gone By".
19. "The Alabama Alliance News", Volume VII, No 17, Carrollton, Al.
County Court House.
20. Pickens County Genealogical Society, Pickens County, Alabama Cemetery
Records, 1983, page 155-156. Tombstones for Samuel M. and Margaret A.
Windle are on page 155. On page 156 is a second stone cited for S.M. It
the correct year of his birth.
21. Op. Cit., Census, 1850, page 3.
22. Op. Cit., Census, 1860. Page 31.
23. Op. Cit., Census, 1870.
24. Op. Cit., Census, 1880, page 611.
William Mitchell Windle was born 10 March 1832 in Carrollton, Pickens
County Alabama. 25. He married Mary Elizabeth Gillespie, about 1858,
probably in Pickens County, Alabama. Mary was born on 21 Dec 1840 26. in
Under the Alabama Settlement and Cultivation act of 1854, William made and
entry for two hundred-and-eighty (280) acres of land in Pickens County.
This land sold at the special rate of twelve and one half cents per acre.
The entry was for the South East 1/4 of North East 1/4 and the West 1/2 of
North East 1/4 and the North West 1/4 of Section 31, township 20 and Range
14 West. His certificate of purchase, #37595, was recorded at the
Tuscaloosa land office on 24 Sept 1859. Robert H. Windle appeared before
the Pickens County Judge of Probate to swear William had been residing on
the land since 1 Sept 1860. By 18 Sept 1860, William had erected a
dwelling house but none of the land was under cultivation. 27.
In 1860, Mary and William Mitchell were shown living beside William's
father. William was a farmer with three hundred dollars in real estate and
one hundred in personal property. 28.
William served in the Confederate Army during the War for Southern
Independence. He enlisted, before muster, as a private in Company B., 40th
Alabama Infantry Regiment, at Carrollton, Alabama. He was absent at muster
on 24 March 1862. 29.
On 4 May 1862, William and his brother, Samuel, enlisted as privates in
Company K, 41st Alabama Infantry Regiment. No records have been found for
William after 31 July 1862, although his enlistment was for "three years
or the war". 30.
The 41st Regiments of Alabama Infantry was organized in May of 1862. They
fought at Chattanooga, Murfreesboro, Vicksburg and Chicamauga. During
1865, they became a part of Longstreet's Company. The 41st saw action at
Drewry's Bluff and Petersburg before their arrival at Appomattox and the
surrender of General Lee. Of the 1,454 men enlisted on the roll, 130 were
killed and 270 died of disease. 31.
25. Tombstone Inscription, Hope Cemetery, Henrietta, Texas.
26. Op. Cit., Tombstone.
27. Land Records, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, Volume 73, page 462.
28. Pickens County, Alabama, Federal Census, 1860.
29. Confederate Military Service Records, Dept. of Archives and History,
30. Confederate Military Service Records, National Archives, Washington,
31. Willis Brewer, "Alabama, Her History, Records and Public Men" page 650
William and his family left Alabama soon after the Civil war ended. 32.
For a few years the family resided in Mississippi. As did many Southern
families, the Windle's moved on to Texas. In a deed dated 30 June 1874,
William paid L. McKlemurry one hundred and fifty one dollars for
thirty-eight feet off the South end of Lot 1, Block 86, in the city of
Ennis, Ellis County Texas. The deed was not recorded until 2 Jan 1894. 33.
On 19 Sept 1876, William enlarged his holdings in Ennis by purchasing 2/3
off the rear end of Lot 1, Block 86 in Ennis from Alexander Thomas. This
tract sold for seventy-five dollars. As with the earlier piece, Lot 1,
this deed was not recorded until 2 Jan 1894. 34.
On 8 Sept 1879, William registered his cattle mark and brand in Ellis
County. The mark was a swallowfork and upper bit in the right ear and
underhalf crop in the left ear. The brand was S-E and to be placed on the
left hip of his cattle and the left shoulder of horses. 35.
William was farming in 1880. Their sons, Thomas, at age eighteen and
Willie, age twelve, worked on the farm. Estella, now fourteen was
attending school. 36.
William paid J.P. Haynes five hundred dollars for one hundred (100) acres
of land from the William Dixon Survey of six hundred forty (640) acres.
The deed was dated 25 Nov 1880 and filed on 18 Aug 1884. 37.
In 1882, William's real estate was valued at 1,000.00. He paid tax on a
carriage wagon or buggy valued at thirty dollars. His manufacturing tools
were worth twenty-five dollars. In addition he was taxed for four horses,
twelve head of cattle and five hogs. 38.
William owned the same land in 1883. He had purchased another wagon and
two additional horses. Ten of the cattle and all of the hogs had been
In January or February of 1887, William and Mary moved their family north
and west from Ellis County. They crossed the Red River and settled in the
Chickasaw Nation near Baldwin, Indian Territory. Baldwin is now known as
Ryan, Oklahoma. Mary's stepmother, Emily Gillespie, several sisters and at
least one brother, had moved to nearby Henrietta, Texas. 40.
32. They are not shown on the Alabama State Census of 1866.
33. The Federal Census of 1880 gave the birthplace of two of teh children
34. Op. cit., Ellis Land, Vol. 76, page 264.
35. Ellis County, Texas, Mark and Brand Book, entry number 1478.
36. Ellis County, Texas, Federal Census 1880, E.D. 49, page 46.
37. Op. cit., Ellis Land, Vol. 39, page 64.
38. Ellis County, Texas, Tax roll, 1882, page 175.
39. Op. cit., Ellis Tax, 1883, page 169.
40. Letters from Mary E. and William M. Windle to Estella Windle Hicks.
Mary's letters to her daughter, Estella Hicks, show her to be a deeply
religious person. She encourages her son-in-law, Price Hicks, to come to
the Indian Territory, "You could do such a grand and glorious work."
Thanksgiving Day, 24 Nov 1887, Mary wrote to Price and Estella, telling
them of the dressed roosters, peach pies and cookies with which they
celebrated the day. She mentioned picking cotton in the cold wind and that
her nose had been improving. This may be the last letter she wrote, Mary
died on 19 Dec 1887. She was buried in Hope Cemetery, Henrietta, Texas.
William married Mrs M.M. Boucher on 16 April 1891, in Archer County,
Texas. 42. He died 19 Nov 1891, and was buried beside his first wife, Mary
Elizabeth, in Hope Cemetery. Their graves are found on Lot 42, Block B,
the southwest front corner of the cemetery. 43. William and Mary Windle
had the following children.
Geneva Bell was born 27 May 1860, 44. in Pickens County Alabama 45. and
died at four years of age. Thomas Gillespie was born 21 Feb 1862 in
Pickens County Alabama. He died 26 Nov 1926 in Phoenix Arizona. He is
buried at Greenwood Memorial Park in Phoenix. 46. Emily Estella was born
16 Dec 1865 in Mississippi. 47. William Manuel was born 9 May 1868 in
Mississippi 48. and died 10 April 1909. He married Aletha Ann Allen. She
was born in 1871 and she died 5 Feb 1905 in Noble Oklahoma. She is buried
in Maguire Fairlane Cemetery. 49. Mary Lou Alice was born 9 Feb 1871 in
Texas. 50. She died in Aug of 1905 51. and is buried in Ninnekah cemetery,
Ninnekah Oklahoma. 52. Helena (Lena) Judson was born 24 March 1872 in
Texas. 53. She married a Moser but he died shortly after their marriage.
She died 11 Sept 1943 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and is buried in Fairview
Cemetery in Shawnee, Oklahoma. 54.
41. Henrietta, Texas, Hope Cemetery, Sexton's record.
42. Archer County, Texas, Marriage Records, Vol. I, page 73.
43. Op. cit., Sexton's record.
44. The names of the children, their birth dates and the date of death for
those dying as children,
were given to Estella Morrison by Norman Hicks Knight.
45. Pickens County Alabama, Federal Census, 1850.
46. Family Records of Neil Windle, Chickasha, Ok.
Ellis County Texas, Federal Census, 1880, E.D. 49 page 46. Her death
Alabama as the state of her birth.
47. Op. Cit., Census, 1880.
48. The dates for birth and death as well as place of burial for Aletha
came from the family
records of Karen Bartlett in September of 2000.
49. Op. Cit., Karen Bartlett.
50. Op. Cit., Census, 1880.
51. Newspaper reports provided by Karen Bartlett.
52. Op. Cit., Newspaper report.
53. Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, Federal Census, 1900, E.D. 120
page 1. This census
Cites Lena's birth date as 24 March 1874.
54. Obituary, "Shawnee News-Star", Shawnee, Ok. 14 September 1943.
George Andrew was born 18 June 1874 in Texas. He married Ester Isabelle
(Belle) Rose. She was born 5 Aug 1889. George Andrew died sometime after
1930. Belle died 21 Feb 1979 and is buried in Fairlane Cemetery, Snyder,
Oklahoma. 55. Martha was born about 1875 in Texas. She was listed in the
1880 Federal census. 56. Dora Gertrude (Gertie) was born 1882, and died 30
April 1913 of tuberculosis. She married Garland Strange about 1898. Gertie
died 30 April 1913 and is buried in the older section of Fairview Cemetery
in Shawnee, Oklahoma. 57.
55. Op. Cit., Karen Bartlett.
56. Ellis County, Texas, Federal Census 1880.
57. Tombstone Inscription, Fairview Cemetery, Shawnee, Ok. Norma Hicks
records had Dora born in 1878. The 1900 census of the Chickasaw Nation,
I.T. has her birth
date as Feb 1880.
Joseph H. was born, around 1834, in Carrollton, Pickens County, Alabama.
58. Joseph attended a Camp of Instruction earlier in the year than his
brother, Robert. His receipt for "Commutation of Rations" was from 29 Oct
1862 to 1 Nov 1862. Joseph enlisted as a private, 9 March 1863, in Company
K of the 41st Regiment, Alabama Infantry. He died 31 March 1864, at
Abingdon, Virginia of "disease, wounds, or in battle". 59.
Joseph married Malinda shortly before 1860. She was born about 1835 in
Alabama. 60. They were the parents of three children. Malinda is living in
her own home and their three sons are with her in 1866. 61. By 1870 the
boys were living with Windle relatives.
William, Joseph's oldest son was born around 1860, was living with his
uncle, Samuel, in the 1870 and 1880 census. In 1880, the census taker
noted that William was paralyzed. William, the twenty-one year old son of
Joseph Windle, died on 30 Aug 1880. 62.
J.G. Windle, an eight-year old male was living in Andrew Windle's home in
the 1870 census. His twin, David Windle, was living in the home of his
Uncle Robert Windle. In later years, William Curtis Windle, a descendant
of a twin sent the information that his father went by the name of David
Trust Windle all his life and was buried as David Trust. His marriage
information located in Jackson County, Arkansas indicated he was Joseph G.
Windle. Joseph G. (David Trust Windle) was born 2 March 1862 in Alabama.
He died 28 April 1929 in Elk City, Ok. 63. In the 1880 census, David was
working on a farm in Cherokee County, Ms. He was about 18 years old.
Virginia Rosalene was born 15 December 1838 in Carrollton, Pickens County,
Alabama. 64. She married William Sutton during or before 1860. The couple
lived with Andrew after the death of Elizabeth. 65. Rosalene was a widow
when she died on 16 February 1918. 66. She was buried in Marvin Chapel
Cemetery in Pickens County. 67.
58. Op. Cit., Census, 1850, page 3.
59. Op. Cit., Military.
60. Op. Cit., Census, 1860, page 31.
61. Pickens County, Alabama, State Census, 1866. Range 21, Township 15
62. C.P. spell and N. Pepper, Abstracts of Marriages and Death Notices,
Alabama, page 54. This record taken from "The West Alabamian", 1865 to
63. This twin is listed on the 1900 census of Fannin Co., Texas and the
1910 census of Coal
64. Alabama State Death Certificate, Virginia Windle Sutton. The dates on
her tombstone and
her death certificate is different. The stone must have been put up years
later as it gives
her birth as 16 June 1838 and her death as 12 June 1918.
65. Op. Cit., Census, 1860, page 27.
66. Op. Cit., Sutton Death Certificate.
67. Op. Cit., Cheek.
Augusta Georgeanna was born, about 1841 in Carrollton, Pickens County,
Alabama. 68. In the 1850 census the numerator incorrectly put down that
Augusta was a male and he also misspelled her name. In the 1880 census she
was living in the home of her niece Sarah Cole McDaniel. 69. In 1881 for
her baptismal service at Marvin Chapel Church she is listed as Augusta
Windle Stephens. 70. She must have married between the census and her
Some of Andrew's records I obtained from Mrs Estella Morrison from
Missouri, all of Williams records are from her.
68. Op. Cit., Census, 1850, page 3.
69. Op. Cit., Census, 1880, page 611a.
70. Marvin Chapel Church Baptismal Records.
7. Robert Huffman Windle was born in Jefferson County, Alabama on 23
February 1826, 1. He was the first Windle male born in Alabama. Robert
married Martha A. Johnson 2. about 1852 in Mississippi. 3. She was born 24
Feb 1833 in Lowndes County, Mississippi. She may have been half or one
quarter Choctaw Indian.
In the 1860 Federal census Robert was listed as a farmer and Martha listed
as a housewife. He had a real estate value of 150 and personal property
value of 100. Robert was listed as 36 years old and Martha was 24. They
had three children by then, Matilda, born in Mississippi, 6 years old, 4.
Andrew was 4, and Thomas was 2.
They were living on about 117 acres of land located about three miles from
The description was all of the SE 1/4 except the NE 1/4 of the SE 1/4 in
section 36, TS 20s, Range 15w.
The only record found for Robert during the Civil War is a Receipt Roll.
It is for "Commutation of Rations" at Talladega, Alabama from 30 November
to 5 December 1862. 5. Robert had attended a camp of instruction. The camp
was established by the Confederate War Department to catch all the poor
fellows who shirked out of the war on the principle that it was a "rich
man's war and a poor man's fight." 6.
Robert was still listed as a farmer, with $250.00 in real estate and
$230.00 in personal property, at the time of the 1870 census of Pickens
County, Alabama. An older child, Robert evidently did not have the
opportunity to attend school, as he and Martha were not able to read or
Robert married again on 6 Nov 1884 to Mary Jane Lee according to Pickens
County marriage records. She was born on 4 Oct. 1839. Robert died at his
home three miles east of Carrollton on 23 July 1897, he was 71 years old.
He is buried in Marvin Chapel Cemetery. 8.
1. Obituary, Alliance News, Carrollton, Alabama, 27 July 1897.
2. Her surname taken from the surname of her mother who lived in Robert's
household in 1880.
3. The marriage date is based on her age and the age of the children in
when the 1850 Federal census was taken.
4. Pickens County, Alabama, Federal Census, 1860.
5. Confederate Records, National Archives, Washington, D.C.
6. T. E. Gracie Jemison, Historic Tales of Talladega, 1959. "Our Mountain
Home", 1910, page
7. Pickens County, Alabama, Federal Census, 1870.
8. Op. cit., Robert Windle Obituary.
This is either Andrew Moore Windle or his son Robert Huffman Windle. It is
a copy from an old Tin Type picture. This particular type of picture was
in use between 1865 and 1885. Andrew died in 1874 and Robert Huffman died
in 1897, so either man in his 50s or 60s would apply here.
Children of Robert Huffman and Martha Ann Windle
Matilda Windle Cole, born 1855 in Mississippi. 9.
Andrew Mose (Andy) Windle born 10 Sept 1856, 10. in Pickens County. He
married Louisa Serginey Jennings on 14 February 1880 in Pickens County.
11. She was born on 16 August 1854 in Pickens County and died on 6 Feb
1935. 12. Their children were, Annie B. Windle born 5 April 1881. Pinkie
Windle. Elbert Hudson Windle was born on 22 Feb 1886, Huberth Windle was
born 22 Feb 1883. All of their children were born in Pickens County,
Alabama. Andrew Mose died on 6 Oct 1931. 13. Andrew and Louisa are both
buried at Marvin Chapel Cemetery.
Thomas Sidney Windle was born on 9 Sept 1858, 14. in Pickens County,
Alabama. He married Emma Jennings on 4 March 1886 in Pickens County. 15.
Their children were,
Leona Windle born 1887, Howard Windle born 1888, Thomas Cole Windle born
Evie Windle born 1893, and Maud Windle born 1897. All their children were
born in Pickens County. Thomas Sidney died on 12 Sept 1923. 16. Thomas
Sidney and Emma are both buried at Marvin Chapel Cemetery.
Mary Isabell Windle was born on 25 March 1863 in Pickens County. There is
no record of her ever getting married. She died on 5 Oct 1896 and is
buried at Marvin Chapel Cemetery. 17.
9. Pickens County, Alabama, Federal Census, 1860.
10. Taken from his tombstone at Marvin Chapel Cemetery.
11. Pickens County Court House marriage records.
12. Taken from her tombstone at Marvin Chapel Cemetery.
13. Taken from his tombstone at Marvin Chapel Cemetery.
14. Taken from his tombstone at Marvin Chapel Cemetery.
15. Pickens County Court House marriage records.
16. Taken from their tombstone at Marvin Chapel Cemetery.
17. Taken from her tombstone at Marvin Chapel Cemetery.
Martha Anne Windle was born on 16 Feb 1865 18. in Pickens County. She
married David Alfred Acker on 21 Dec 1883 in Pickens County. 19. He was
born on 6 Dec
1852. 20. Martha Anne died on 25 Aug 1942. 21. She is buried at Marvin
William Huffman Windle is the direct line.
Martin Windle was born in Dec 1869 and died at a young age. 22.
Robert Lee Windle was born on 24 Dec 1871 in Pickens County. 23. He never
married and toward the end of his life he lived with the Barrett family
and died at there home in Carrollton, Alabama on 20 Aug 1933. 24.
Davis Whitmore Windle was born 15 Feb 1874 in Pickens County. 25. He first
married Sammie H. Windle in 1893. 26. She was born 16 July 1874 and died
27 Sept 1904. She is buried at Marvin Chapel Cemetery. 27. Their children
were, Homer Windle born Sept 1893, Houston Windle born Nov 1896, and
Robert S. Windle born 16 Sept 1904. All were born in Pickens County. Davis
married again on 24 Dec 1905 to Hannah Kate Colvin. They were married by
G.W. Kerr. Davis died on 8 June 1947, Hannah died 29 Aug 1964. Both are
buried at Unity Cemetery located about 3 miles above Aliceville. 28.
18. Taken from her tombstone at Marvin Chapel Cemetery.
19. Pickens County Court House marriage records.
20. Taken from his tombstone at Marvin Chapel Cemetery.
21. Taken from her tombstone at Marvin Chapel Cemetery.
22. Pickens County Federal Census 1970.
23. Taken from his tombstone at Marvin Chapel Cemetery.
24. Robert Lee Windle's obituary taken from the Pickens County Hearld.
25. Taken from his tombstone at Unity Cemetery.
26. Pickens County Court house marriage records.
27. Taken from his tombstone at Marvin Chapel Cemetery.
28. Taken from his tombstone at Unity Cemetery.
8. William Huffman (Huff) Windle was born on 15 April 1867 in Pickens
Alabama and he grew up in the Marvin Chapel area. He married Mary Lou
Jennings on 7 Feb 1889 in Pickens County and was married by W. T. Clardy a
Justice of the Peace. Mary Lou was born on 10 March 1871 in Pickens
County. She was the daughter of Joseph B. and Martha Jennings. They built
a home on Halls Mill road. The house is still there, it once belonged to
Richard and Pauline Harcrow, now their grandchildren. They were the
parents of three boys and one girl. William Huffman died at the early age
of 33 on 27 Sept 1900 in Pickens County. He is buried at Marvin Chapel
Cemetery. Mary continued to live at home for a few years but eventually
she sold her house and stayed at Burtis and Hubbards at different times.
Mary Lou died on 2 Nov 1938 in Pickens County. She is buried at Marvin
Records taken from tombstones, Federal Census, Church records, Pickens
County Court House marriage records, Pickens County Herald articles, and
Children of William Huffman and Mary Lou Windle
William Burtis Windle is the direct line.
Blanche Windle was born on 8 Nov 1893 in Pickens County. She was baptized
at Marvin Chapel Methodist Church in 1901. She married W.F. McDaniel on 10
Dec 1923. They had four children, three boys and one girl. Roy, Hayse,
Willie Beatrice, and Clayton. Blanche died in Pickens County in 1962.
Hubbard Billups Windle was born on 30 July 1897 in Pickens County. He
married Martha Cameron on 25 June 1920 in Pickens County. Martha was born
on 7 Nov 1898. They built a home near (present day) Stansel Baptist
Church. They were the parents of six boys and three girls. Mozelle Lavonia
Windle was born 27 January 1921, Rudolph Windle was born 15 Sept 1922,
Hubbard B. (H.B.) Jr. was born 7 Oct. 1924, Joe Jennings Windle was born
16 May 1927, Betty Ceil Windle was born 24 Dec 1928, Cleo Cameron Windle
was born 10 Aug 1930, Robert Hayes (Bob) Windle was born 8 May 1934,
Lonnie Max Windle was born 24 Jan 1940 and died 7 Feb 1940, Martha Lou
Windle was born 4 June 1944.
Hubbard died 15 April 1954 and Martha died on 30 Dec 1997 at one of her
children's home, in Jefferson County, Alabama, she was 99 years old.
Records taken from tombstones, Federal Census, Church records, Pickens
County Court House marriage records, Pickens County Herald articles,
records of Bob Windle, and family history.
Floy O. Windle was born on 4 Aug 1900 in Pickens County. He was a gifted
musician and loved to play music. He taught Sunday school at Marvin Chapel
Methodist Church. Floy married Elsie and they had three children, two
girls and one son. Mary Jane, Sidney Harold, and Floye Deloise. On the day
that he died he thought he had a bad case of indigestion. He was at Thomas
Cole Windle's house and they took him to Carrollton to find Dr. Hill. When
they got back to the car he had already died from a heart attack. This was
on 27 Jan 1944.
Records taken from tombstones, Federal Census, Church records, Pickens
County Court House marriage records, Pickens County Herald articles, and
family history. Information on Floy Windle's death is from Ralph Windle
Sr. a son of Thomas Cole.
9. William Burtis Windle was born in Pickens County, Alabama 23 July 1891.
A life long resident of Pickens County. He owned several hundred acres of
land. He married Julia Anna Jane Fulgham on 22 Oct 1915 at Glenn Echo Free
Will Baptist Church on a Sunday afternoon around 3:00 by the Rev. R. L.
Marler. Julia was born 23 July 1899. She was the daughter of Henry Wester
Fulgham and Viola Jane Shirley.
Burtis lost his father when he was young and Julia lost her mother when
she was young. They also shared the same birthday, the 23rd of July.
Their home was located on what was then called the Clardy place, which was
on Halls Mill Road north of Oscar Fulghams place. He spent all of his life
as a farmer and he owned many head of cattle, horses, and goats. He kept
many types of ledgers dealing with times of planting crops to services for
and by different people.
He was baptized at Marvin Chapel Methodist Church in 1901. He loved to go
to different Southern gospel singings in the area and would even lead the
music at times.
Burtis died on 13 May 1960 he was 68 years old. Julia died on 19 Dec 1937
she was 38 years old.
Records taken from tombstones, Federal Census, Church records, Pickens
County Court House marriage records, Pickens County Herald articles, and
Children of William Burtis and Julia Windle
Mable Lois Windle was born on 9 June 1918 in Pickens County Alabama. Mable
married Ed Burkhalter and they moved to San Angelo, Texas, around 1945,
where she and Ed lived most of their lives. They had at least two children
Patricia and Julia. Mable died on 13 March 1995.
Henry Huffman Windle was born 14 Aug 1920 in Pickens County Alabama. He
served in the army during WWII and he never married. He died 11 Jan 1990
and is buried at Marvin Chapel Cemetery.
William Boyd Windle is the direct line.
Dorothy Evelyn Windle was born 27 April 1927 in Pickens County Alabama.
About two weeks after Dorothy graduated from high school, Ola Mae Brown
came and got Dorothy and left for Tuscaloosa. She already had Dorothy a
job lined up at Druid City Hospital.
She started working there in 1947. Dorothy married Amos Lamar Smith l8
April 1950. Their children are, Leslie Ann Smith born 24 Sept 1952. She
married Terry Glover on 10 Oct 1978. Amos Lamar Smith Jr. was born 26 Jan
1956. He married Diane Hart on 5 Aug 1979. Belinda Kay Smith was born on
18 May 1961. Karen Lynn Smith was born on 26 June 1962.
Records taken from tombstones, Federal Census, Church records, Pickens
County Court House marriage records, Pickens County Herald articles, and
This is a picture of Burtis and Juliaís house in the late 70ís. No one
lived there at that time.
Boyd with one of his ponies. Around 1935.
10. William Boyd Windle was born in Pickens County Alabama on 13 February
He grew up in the Bostic area, which is between Marvin Chapel and Stansel.
He married Ernestine Price on 14 June 1952 in Steins, Ms where they
eloped. She was born in Pickens County 15 Aug 1931. She was raised in the
He was baptized at Marvin Chapel Church in 1940. Boyd went to school at
Pickens County High were he drove the bus for at least one year. He played
on the football team until the tenth grade at which time he dropped out of
school. He served in the Pacific on the U.S. Burleigh during WWII.
Boyd and Ernestine first lived in Tuscaloosa County in Albert City in a
small apartment. They moved to another apartment on 6th street that
belonged to a Mrs Kilpatrick. One night after Boyd had gotten off work at
the B.F. Goodrich plant he tried to get into the apartment but he could
not awaken Ernestine. He began to remove the screen door and neighbors
called the police thinking he was a burglar, but all was well when
Ernestine awoke. They moved to a house in Reform close to where the
Westinghouse plant was. While there they began to build a house just north
of his father's home. Some people called it the Clardy place. He owned
many acres of land, most of which he inherited from his father. He loved
to fish and hunt. He owned many hunting dogs and he especial loved to fox
hunt with his buddies.
In 1977 he retired from B.F. Goodrich in Tuscaloosa and just enjoyed
farming, fishing and hunting around the house.
Ernestine had four brothers, two full sisters, and one half sister. She
worked at the Westinghouse in Reform for a while and also as a nurses- aid
at the nursing home in Reform. Most of all she has always been a loving
mother to her children and grand children.
Boyd had complained many times about his legs hurting but we all just
brushed it off. He had an aneurysm in the vein in his back that runs to
your legs. Dr. William Hill saved his life when it ruptured at the
Hospital in Carrollton. They rushed him to Druid City Hospital in
Tuscaloosa. Dr. Wallace performed emergency surgery but daddy didnít live
more that two days. Daddy (Boyd) died on 19 Feb 1989.
Records taken from family history