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Lewis Barker was born before 1750 Virginia, the son of Joel Barker and Sarah Edmonds. He married Mary Read b. abt. 1770 NC, the daughter of Aaron Pendery Read and Jemima Claxton. One of their children, Zacharias, was also a pioneer of Benton Co., TN

Submitted by Laurie


Dr. William Thomas Swindle came to the Randolph County area to practice Medicine and to raise his family. He settled in the Maynard area and was a fellow practitioner with Dr. J.W. Brown, Dr. C.E. Stuttle, Dr. H.L. Throgmorton, Dr. H.L. Richardson and other fine well know men in the County. Dr. Swindle was born and was raised in Benton County, TN. in 1854 and was living there when he decided to get a Medical Degree. He was married there to Vandora Hatley, also born in Benton County. They had one child when they came to Arkansas. The Swindle family was blessed with 8 living children,Larken Leonard (died at age 30.) Arcus, Horace, Belle, Nancy, Dovie, Thurman and Tula. All of these children married and lived and raised their family in the Randolph County area except Thurman and Belle. There are many grandchildren and great grandchildren from this family, of which I am one. Nancy Elizabeth married Martin Odom and my Father, Buford, was their second child. Dr. Swindle, his Father, William Anderson Swindle, and his wife, Vandora (Dora), are buried in Siloam cemetery, near Maynard. W. Anderson Swindle was also born in Benton County, TN. but his parents, Thomas and Miriam Swindle, were born in North Carolina, as were many of our ancestors. They were all members of the Methodist Church. Dr. Swindle was a great country Doctor. He spent 58 years of his life ministering to the sick around Randolph County, AR. and Ripley County, MO. He delivered a large majority of babies born in the area of the time. He, in his younger days, traveled to a sick person, either by walking or by horseback, Medical Bag tied to the saddle. In his later days, he traveled in a buggy to treat the sick. He was always ready to go. He and his son Horace, owned and operated a Pharmacy in Maynard, when Maynard was a very lively Town. There are many descendants of this family, still living in Randolph County and Greene County today. Most everyone here by the name of Swindle is related to Dr. W.T.. A book, 'The Swinherders', about this family was written by Jena F. Hopwood, a granddaughter, at 1987, and copies are still available today.

Submitted by Dr. Cloyce E. Odom


William Anderson Swindle was born in Tenn. , Benton County, and married Angelina Smith on Nov. 10, 1850 in that area. Angelina was the daughter of William and Elizabeth Lewis Smith. They had 8 children. All of these children were aunts and uncles of Dr. W.T. Swindell. William was a farmer and trader by occupation. He volunteered in the war under General Jackson. He made application for a pension as a Confederate Soldier.

On Jan. 30, 1914 The Son Dr. William Thomas Swindle, gave a birthday party in honor of his Father, Uncle Billie Swindle's 80th birthday, in Arkansas, just a short time before he died.

William and Angelina were found living in Arkansas in 1860, and back to Benton County, TN., in 1870. The idea of William A. living in AR. and TE. both from time to time, indicates a reason for Dr. W.T. to move to Arkansas for a Medical Practice location. He must have known the area.

William A. had enlisted from ARK. in April or May of 1863, in the Confederacy. In his application for a pension, it states that he served under Capt. William Black and Colonel Shaver. He had battles in Missouri and Siloam, AR. He was wounded by a shot with a 'Mini Ball through the wrist and into the back, in the battle in Siloam. He was furloughed, not discharged, in AR., until May 1864, when he returned to TENN.

He evidently lived most all his life in TE. and after Feb. 1911, he returned to AR. to live with his son Dr. W.T. or close to him, and died in AR. in 1914. Buried in Siloam Cemetery, Maynard, AR.

Submitted by Dr. Cloyce E. Odom


The Camden Chronicle, one of the early newspapers of Benton County, reported on August 23, 1901 that, Thomas Swindle was born in North Carolina and had been brought by his parents to Tennessee when he was about 4 years old. He lived in Gismunda for over 60 years.

On June 10, 1904, the Camden Chronicle stated that "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 Feb. 9, 1811. He was a Methodist, and member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and was licensed to exhort about 1850-1860. ( to exhort- is to 'Preach')

He first married Miriam Anderson on Jan. 15, 1833 and had 12 children. Eight of them lived to be grown. 4 died in infancy.

He sold 9 3/4 acre of land to the Methodist Church on 16 Jan. 1904 for $50. He also gave them 3/4 acre per land records 1867.

His second marriage was to Mrs. N.F. Harris on Dec. 12 1873. In 1873 he received the degree of F. & A.M. at Camden Lodge # 179. He was buried at Shiloh Cemetery with Mason honors.

His first wife, Miriam, was the daughter of John & Elizabeth Anderson. John entered a modest acreage on the Little Birdsong Creek in 1822. He and his family lived for years west of Chalk Level. In the little Shiloh Methodist Churchyard at Gismunda is a monument to ISAAC ANDERSON, (1820-1881) , which bears the inscription, "Son of John Anderson, one of Benton County's first settlers."

There are many footprints of Thomas Swindle, his offspring and other relatives, in the records of Benton County, TE. He was Justice of the Peace, in Benton County, TE. in 1869

Submitted by Dr. Cloyce E. Odom


Sherwood Hatley's son, Edwards, came to Benton Co.(actually it was part of Humphreys until 1836 when the west side of the Tennessee River became Benton Co.) TN about 1828. He settled along Birdsong Creek and had many children. One of his sons was Wyley who married (1) Leah Nowell. They had one child, Vandora, born here in Benton Co., TN. She married W. T. Swindle, right here in Benton County. Before 1860, Leah and Wiley were separated and consequently divorced. Wyley then married Rebecca Nichols in 1861. Sherwood married Martha Rebecca Edwards, daughter of Edward Edwards. They had six children, all of whom eventually came to Benton Co.

They were Martha who married Charlie Oatsvall, Nancy who married Cullen Luper, and Elizabeth who married Anderson Lynch. The boys were Hardy who married Sarah Mitchell, Edwards who married Piety Wilson, and the youngest child was Mark who married Nancy Pennington Mitchell (Pennington was her middle name and not a surname). After Edwards came, his brother Hardy soon followed in 1834. In 1837, Edwards went back to Chatham Co., to get his father who was old and blind. He brought his father and six slaves back with him and his other brother and sisters came too. They were all here by 1840. Sherwood died in 1842. All the children signed the agreement to sell the slaves .

Submitted by Dr. Cloyce E. Odom


Generation No. 1

1. JOHN1 HATLEY was born 1750 in NC, and died 1803 in Chatham County, NC. He married ELIZABETH (OLDHAM) ODOM 1774 in Chatham, NC, daughter of JOHN ODOM and ANEY ODOM. She was born 1774 in Chatham, NC, and died Abt. 1815 in Chatham, NC.

Notes for JOHN HATLEY:
Left some money in will of John Odom as he was husband of John Odom's daughter, Elizabeth.
Last will and testament of John Odom, Chatham County NC, 1830

Children of JOHN HATLEY and ELIZABETH ODOM are:
2.   i. SHERWOOD [SHERROD]2 HATLEY, b. 1775, Chatham County, N.C.; d. 1842, Benton County, Tennessee.
  ii. WILLIAM HATLEY, b. Abt. 1777; m. FANNIE ROGERS.
  iii. SIMEON HATLEY, b. Abt. 1776.
  iv. ALFRED HATLEY, b. Abt. 1780.
  v. MARGARAET PEGGY HATLEY.
  vi. REBECCA HATLEY, m. UK KIRBY.
3.   vii. JOAB HATLEY, b. 1770.

Generation No. 2

2. SHERWOOD (SHERROD)2 HATLEY (JOHN1) was born 1775 in Chatham County, N.C., and died 1842 in Benton County, Tennessee. He married MARIAH MARTHA REBECCA EDWARDS, daughter of EDWARD EDWARDS. She was born 1775 in N.C., and died Abt. 1850 in Benton County, Tennessee.

Notes for SHERWOOD [SHERROD] HATLEY:
This name is spelled both ways, and both sources have the same date and items , therefore it must be the SAME person, with the name problems that were prevalent in those days. ( Sherwood ) ( Sherrod )

The book by Jessye Ann High, "My Mother Nancy and her Oldhams". shows Sherrod as being born ca. 1790 Chatham County, NC

See NOTES under Edwards: His Son.

Children of SHERWOOD HATLEY and MARIAH EDWARDS are:
4.   i. EDWARD3 HATLEY, b. 1800, N.C.; d. Abt. 1857, Benton County, Tennessee.
5.   ii. ALBERT MARK HATLEY, b. 1808, Chatham, N.C.; d. September 16, 1834, Chatham, N.C..
  iii. MARTHA HATLEY, b. Abt. 1805, NC; m. CHARLIE OATSVAIL; b. Abt. 1800, NC.
  iv. NANCY HATLEY, b. Abt. 1802, NC; m. CULLEN LUPER; b. Abt. 1800, NC.
  v. ELIZABETH HATLEY, b. Abt. 1804, NC; m. ANDERSON LYNCH; b. Abt. 1800, NC?.
  vi. MARK HATLEY, b. 1800, NC; d. 1837; m. NANCY PENNINGTON MITCHELL; b. Abt. 1815, NC.

3. JOAB2 HATLEY (JOHN1) was born 1770. He married UK PARISH 1811.

Children of JOAB HATLEY and UK PARISH are:
  i. SHERWOOD3 HATLEY.
  ii. MARK HATLEY.

Generation No. 3

4. EDWARD3 HATLEY (SHERWOOD (SHERROD)2, JOHN1) was born 1800 in N.C., and died Abt. 1857 in Benton County, Tennessee. He married PIETY WILSON, daughter of JOHN WILSON and SARA WILSON. She was born Abt. 1800 in N.C., and died Abt. 1850 in Benton County, Tennessee.

Notes for EDWARD HATLEY:
from Elton Hatley (johat@usit.net)

This is the same family. Sherwood Hatley's son, Edwards, came to Benton Co.(actually it was part of Humphreys until 1836 when the west side of the Tennessee River became Benton Co.) TN about 1828. He settled along Birdsong Creek and had many children. One of his sons was Wyley who married (1) Leah Nowell. They had one child, Vandora, born here in Benton Co., TN. She married W. T. Swindle, right here in Benton County. Before 1860, Leah and Wiley were separated and consequently divorced. Wyley then married Rebecca Nichols in 1861. Sherwood married Martha Rebecca Edwards, daughter of Edward Edwards. They had six children, all of whom eventually came to Benton Co. They were Martha who married Charlie Oatsvall, Nancy who married Cullen Luper, and Elizabeth who married Anderson Lynch. The boys were Hardy who married Sarah Mitchell, Edwards who married Piety Wilson, and the youngest child was Mark who married Nancy Pennington Mitchell (Pennington was her middle name and not a surname). After Edwards came, his brother Hardy soon followed in 1834. In 1837, Edwards went back to Chatham Co., to get his father who was old and blind. He brought his father and six slaves back with him and his other brother and sisters came too. They were all here by 1840. Sherwood died in 1842. All the children signed the agreement to sell the slaves, so there is an accurate records of the children. I would love to work with you. I have been working on this family for more than 20 years and I am always excited to add family members. Please send me your lineage and I will add it to my charts. Joan Hatley. NCAt 12:45 PM 9/29/98

Children of EDWARD HATLEY and PIETY WILSON are:
6.   i. WYLEY4 HATLEY, b. 1830, Benton County, Tenn.; d. September 1866, Benton County, Tennessee.
  ii. HARDY HATLEY, b. Abt. 1832, TN; m. SARAH MITCHELL; b. Abt. 1835, TN.

5. ALBERT MARK3 HATLEY (SHERWOOD (SHERROD)2, JOHN1) was born 1808 in Chatham, N.C., and died September 16, 1834 in Chatham, N.C.. He married NANCY P. MITCHELL. She was born 1815 in prob NC.

Child of ALBERT HATLEY and NANCY MITCHELL is:
7.   i. JOHN K.4 HATLEY, b. 1852; d. 1933.

Generation No. 4

6. WYLEY4 HATLEY (EDWARD3, SHERWOOD (SHERROD)2, JOHN1) was born 1830 in Benton County, Tenn., and died September 1866 in Benton County, Tennessee. He married (1) LEAH NOWELL HATLEY WHITE Abt. 1855 in Benton County, Tennessee, daughter of CULLEN NOWELL and CYNTHIA PIERCE. She was born October 06, 1830 in Benton County, Tenn., and died Abt. 1865 in Benton County, Tennessee. He married (2) REBECCA NICHOLS March 08, 1861.

Child of WYLEY HATLEY and LEAH WHITE is:
8.   i. VANDORA (SWINDLE)5 HATLEY, b. November 12, 1858, Benton County, Tennessee; d. December 02, 1924, Maynard AR. Siloam Cemetery.

Children of WYLEY HATLEY and REBECCA NICHOLS are:
  ii. MARY ANN5 HATLEY.
  iii. WYLIE THOMAS HATLEY.

7. JOHN K.4 HATLEY (ALBERT MARK3, SHERWOOD (SHERROD)2, JOHN1) was born 1852, and died 1933. He married SUSAN CALINE TOWNSEND, daughter of STEVE TOWNSEND and NANCY BRECHEEN. She was born 1874, and died 1968.

Child of JOHN HATLEY and SUSAN TOWNSEND is:
9.   i. JOHNNIE BELL5 HATLEY, b. January 21, 1894, Holladay, Benton County, TN; d. April 06, 1969, Paducha , KY..

Generation No. 5

8. VANDORA (SWINDLE)5 HATLEY (WYLEY4, EDWARD3, SHERWOOD [SHERROD]2, JOHN1) was born November 12, 1858 in Benton County, Tennessee, and died December 02, 1924 in Maynard AR. Siloam Cemetery. She married DR. WILLIAM THOMAS SWINDLE November 12, 1873 in Benton County, TN., son of WILLIAM SWINDLE and ANGELINA SMITH. He was born March 13, 1854 in Benton County, Tenn. came to AR. 1883, and died April 08, 1924 in Middlebrook, AR. Siloam Cemetery.

Notes for VANDORA (SWINDLE) HATLEY:
Vandora Hatley, married Dr. Swindell in Tennessee as noted there in a census book.

from Lawrence Dalton's book p310 +
Reddin and Delphis Kelley Hatley, were born in North Carolina. Their parents came to America from the British Isles in 1770. Two (2) sons Albert and Henderson are noted in this book. Albert married Nancy Mitchel in Randolph County and were the parents of 2 children. After her death, Albert Hatley married Mahulda Abbott and had several children. Mahulda Abbott is very prominent in the ODOM family history, having been in it before.

The Hatley's came to Randolph County in 1851 and settled at Maynard. Vandora Hatley Swindell and her husband Dr. William Thomas Swindell later came to the area and W.T. practiced Medicine in the area for the rest of their lives.

From Grady and Zilpha Swindell March 1995
Ancestors of Vandora Hatley Swindell, were from Benton County Tenn. and originally from N.C. Sherwood Hatley was born in 1775 and married Mariah Edwards and had a large family. Their son WYLEY, married LEAR NOWELL, who are the parents of Vandora.

Notes for DR. WILLIAM THOMAS SWINDLE:
.......notes from Helen Bruss, Grady and Zilpha Swindle, and from articles published in the Pocahontas Star Herald paper, one dated Apr. 18, 1940

William Thomas Swindle, while studying for a Degree in Medicine in Tennessee, married Vandora (Dora) Hatley, in 1873, in Benton County. Upon completion of his studies , the family moved to Arkansas and settled in the Middlebrook area, where he practiced Medicine.

Dr. Swindle spent 58 years of his life, walking, horse back riding and riding in the buggy with a horse, for miles and miles around Randolph County, AR. and Ripley County, MO., ministering to the sick and needy, and delivering babies. Dora, his wife, was the one who took care of the Doctor. from Jena Green Hopwood Book .......A Granddaughter

Dr W.T. Swindle of Maynard, aged 70 years, died at his home of infirmities due to advanced age. He had been in failing health for several months. He was buried at Siloam Cemetery with religious services by the Methodist Church. The final services were conducted by 8 members of the Ku Klux Klan, in full regalia, who marched to the grave, knelt in silent prayer for a minute and then silently dispersed. Many of his fellow Masons and Physicians attended the funeral.

of note Dr. Swindle , on Jan 30, 1914, gave a birthday party for his father, Uncle Billie Swindle who was 80 years young.

Jena Hopwood's book relates the incident that happened to Dr. Swindle at the Old Siloam Church, when Union Soldiers came upon the congregation and Dr. W.T. was wounded.

Children of VANDORA HATLEY and DR. SWINDLE are:
10.   i. NANCY ELIZABETH (ODOM)6 SWINDLE, b. November 29, 1887, Randolph County, AR.; d. January 22, 1949, Reyno, AR..
11.   ii. LARKEN LEONARD SWINDLE, b. October 31, 1874; d. January 09, 1904, Maynard, AR..
12.   iii. ULER BALCUS SWINDLE, b. October 27, 1876, Randolph County, AR.; d. December 01, 1939, Oxly, MO. from cancer-Antioch Cemetery, Ripley CO..
13.   iv. ARCUS ELI SWINDLE, b. February 14, 1879, Benton County, Tenn.; d. January 24, 1945, Siloam Cemetery, Randolph County , AR..
14.   v. ANDERSON HORACE (SWINDLE) SWINDLE, b. September 02, 1881, Benton County, TENN.; d. August 12, 1950, Maynard, AR..
15.   vi. PIZOLER BELLE SWINDLE, b. March 24, 1884, Green County, AR,; d. December 19, 1969, Bertrand Nursing Home Mississippi County, MO., Buried in Doniphan, MO..
16.   vii. DOVIE DEE (LUTER) SWINDLE, b. September 05, 1891, Randolph County, AR.; d. October 11, 1958, Randolph County, AR..
17.   viii. WARNER THURMAN SWINDLE, b. December 14, 1893, Middlebrook Randolph County, AR.; d. March 06, 1967, Leroy, ILL..
  ix. EZRA SWINDLE, b. July 19, 1897, Randolph County AR; d.
November 04, 1900, Randolph County AR. 18.   x. TULA (PARKER)(BATES) SWINDLE, b. July 06, 1901, Randolph County, AR.; d. October 16, 1971, Randolph County, AR..

9. JOHNNIE BELL5 HATLEY (JOHN K.4, ALBERT MARK3, SHERWOOD (SHERROD)2, JOHN1) was born January 21, 1894 in Holladay, Benton County, TN, and died April 06, 1969 in Paducha , KY.. She married WILLIAM ROBERT SHANKLE. He was born 1886, and died 1944.

Children of JOHNNIE HATLEY and WILLIAM SHANKLE are:
19.   i. LILLIAN LAZELLE6 SHANKLE, b. 1918.
  ii. VIRGINIAL SHANKLE, b. 1918.

Submitted by Dr. Cloyce E. Odom


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