Fannin County TXGenWeb
Russell L. Windle son of
Wilford Melton Windle son of
William McKinley Windle son of
John Pressley Windle son of
John William Windle son of
John Adams Windle son of
Peter Joseph Wendel son of
Samuel Wendel who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1747 from
"Home place about 1908 or 9"
Built by John William Windle, he settled on a land
grant that was granted to his father John Adams Windle.
In 1804 John Adams Windle was born in Shenandoah VA. He
was the first in our family to drop the spelling of our last name from
Wendel to Windle. In 1827 at the age of 23 he was married and living
in Pickens County AL. around other Windles (Andrew Moore Windle’s family).
Not much is known about his first wife including her name. It has
been theorized that she was probably Indian since Indian names were not
registered and that John A had lived around Indians most of his life in
VA. His first son John William Windle was born in 1827 and was the first
Windle born in Pickens County AL. The description of John William from
Lucinda Willis Windle’s affidavit for a widows pension as being “about
five feet six inches high, rather dark complexion, black hair and black
eyes”, which indicates that more than likely he was part Indian.
John Adams Windle in 1842
The next recorded record of John A Windle places him in Overton County
TN where he once again settled near other Windle’s (Joseph Hawkins Windle’s
family) living in the area, where his second son James William. was born
in 1829 and where John A’s first wife died. John A took a second wife in
Lincoln Co. TN; in 1835 her name was Permelia Lusk. Permelia was
born in Union City South Carolina. In 1836 Permelia and John A are
recorded as having a daughter Permelia Elizabeth on July 2, 1836 in the
state of LA.
Land Grant Papers
On August 1st 1845 (date on Fannin Co. Land grant), John A received
two known land grants from the Republic of Texas, one in what was then
known as being a part of Nacogdoches Co. (what is now known as Rusk Co.)
and the second in Fannin Co. (there was a rumor of a third land grant).
There was a migration of a number of families from TN to TX of which John
A’s family was one of them. The Hamilton, Davis, Lusk, and Willis families
also settled in Texas at the same time. John A and Permelia settled
in Henderson as did most of the migrating families. In Henderson
John A and Permelia had three more children. David K. born in 1847,
Mary Catherine born in 1848, and Isaac Parker born April 25, 1851. John
A owned a 12-year-old male slave according to the 1850 slave schedule census.
In 1852 Permelia passed away. John A then married Mary Harmon in Henderson
on February 5th 1854. With her he had four more children Nicholas
born March 3rd 1857, George Washington April 5th 1859, Sarah Isabella date
not known, and John A II, born January 18th, 1861 who was born after John
A’s death in 1860. John A Windle died at the age of 56 in Henderson
Co. in 1860. John A and most of his later children and wives are buried
in Davis Cemetery in Henderson. TX.
John A’s first son John William, married Lucinda Willis in 1847.
After serving in the Mexican war in 1846, Corporal John William served
under L. H. Mabbitt's Shelby County Mounted Volunteers During the Mexican
War along with his younger brother James W. John William’s wife Lucinda
was born in 1830 in TN. The 1850 Census for Rusk Co shows John William
and Lucinda having two children James 2 and Nancy Elizabeth 6 months.
Between 1850 and the 1860 census John William’s family moved to the Fannin
County land grant. He and Lucinda had three more children Charles
who was 8, John Pressley who was 6 (born April 1st, 1855), and Robert D.
who was 4 in 1860. John William was a member of the Black Dragoons
in Fannin Co.; this organization protected the women and children from
Indian attacks while their husbands and sons were off fighting the Civil
War. On December 30th 1854 John A deeded all of the 1,470 acres (a.k.a.
John A Windle survey) of the Fannin Co. land grant to John William, as
the deed stated “out of natural love and affection.” The deed duly
recorded in Bonham TX. Fannin Co. shows John A’s mark “X” with his name
written around it as witness. John William returned to Henderson in Rusk
Co. TX in 1867 after his father’s death and was killed in Henderson Co.
returning from Henderson in Rusk Co. In an Affidavit given by his son John
Pressley Windle and his sister Nancy Elizabeth Windle Jamison they stated,
“ That they are the children of the said William and Lucinda Windle and
that they were present at his death which occurred in Henderson Co. Texas
on October 29th, 1867”. Lucinda and their children remained on the Fannin
Co land grant. She petitioned the US Government for a widow’s pension,
her son John Pressley who was 34 along with his sister Nancy Elizabeth
Windle Jamison who was 39 gave an affidavit previously mentioned above
as witnesses for the widow’s pension. On June 6th, 1889 Lucinda was granted
the pension due to John William’s service in the Mexican War.
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