Amasa Windham loved family, family gatherings, family tales, family keepsakes, family pictures, family history.
Out of his love and pride in family grew his interest in genealogy, his native desire to "trace our family back to the beginning." He did not get quite all the way back to Adam in his search for that beginning, but he did compile an impressive and scholarly record of the Windham lineage.
A native of Gordo, Alabama, where he was born on June 7, 1905, Amasa Windham was the son of John J. and Nannie Estelle Ezell Windham. He spent his early years in Columbus, Mississippi, and Birmingham where he graduated from Howard College (now Samford University). He was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity.
His first newspaper experience was on the old Birmingham Age-Herald where he started in the art department. He later became a feature writer and also worked for several years on the copy desk.
Mr. Windham was active in Birmingham's Little Theatre group, both as an actor and as a writer. Several of the plays he wrote were produced there.
During World War II, he was a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S.Navy, serving first as a public relations officer and later as commander of a military government unit on Okinawa.
After his discharge from the Navy, he joined the staff of McGraw-Hill Publishing Company as a Southern editor (with his headquarters in Selma, Alabama) for one of the company's publications. His business trips through the South afforded him an opportunity to do research on the family genealogy he had begun years before.
In 1946, he was married to Kathryn Tucker of Thomasville, Alabama, who was at the time of their marriage a feature writer and reporter for The Birmingham News. They were the parents of three children, all born in Selma: Kathryn Tabb Windham, Amasa Benjamin Windham, Jr., and Helen Ann Windham.
Amasa Windham died at his home in Selma on March 7, 1956.
Kathryn Tucker Windham
Amasa Benjamin Windham
Jeffie Windham Moore
THE WINDHAM FAMILY
Section I The Windham lineage.........................1
Section II The Descendants of Charles Windham.........32
by Jeffie Windham Moore
Section III The Descendants of (24) John Windham.......69
by Jeffie Windham Moore
This book, The Windham Family has become a reality through the efforts and interest of many members and friends of the Windham family who have contributed to its preparation and publication.
A special acknowledgment goes to my late husband, Douglas Webber Moore, without whom this book could not have been written. He traveled the thousands of necessary miles with me, making the reservations, driving the car, carrying the bags, searching the records, and believing that his wife could write a book. I hope that I have fulfilled his expectations.
I am especially grateful to Kathryn Tucker Windham, the eminent writer and story-teller, for her generosity in allowing me to use her late husband's manuscript as the first section of the book. Amasa B. Windham's work has become a point of reference for all who research the Windham family; it has inspired many to continue what he has begun.
Mary Windham Flautt began the research for The Windham Family but was unable to continue. She delegated the responsibility to me with true Windham decisiveness and, accepting no excuses, kept me headed toward the finish line. Her letters of wit and encouragement have been unfailing.
I am indebted to Bryant Guy Windham who, at eighty-one, "knows more about Dale County, Alabama, and the Windham family than any man alive." He escorted Doug and me from town to town, from cemetery to cemetery and introduced me to family both living and dead. While we sat around the kitchen table, he told me the family legends and stories. Knowing Bryant has been one of the nicest experiences of my life.
To Carolyn Powell Alexander, who kept me informed about the Texas Windhams, goes my deep appreciation for her enthusiastic letters and telephone conversations which enlivened the hours of tedious work.
For their invaluable contributions to the family tree, I express my gratitude to Cleone Windham Morris, Lula Windham Brown, Margaret Tatum, and Hilda Rish Young.
For their capable assistance, I wish to thank the many people in the state archives and the county courthouses of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia. Their willingness to help and their knowledgeable interpretation of the records made this book possible.
Jeffie Windham Moore
THE WINDHAM LINEAGE
AMASA BENJAMIN WINDHAM
The Windham pedigree is drawn from nine major sources. In chronological order, they are:
1. A manuscript now in the possession of Stonyhurst College, showing the pedigree of the family from 1139 A.D. The compiler and compilation date are unknown. (See Third Report of the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts - London - 1874 - Page 341.)
2. The genealogy used by William Harvey, Clarencieux King of Arms in 1563, compiled by Sir Francis Wyndham, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas in 1578-79. (Visitations of Norfolk - Edited by Walter Rye - London - 1891.)
3. The pedigree and account now in possession of the Royal College of Arms, provided the Visitation Heralds in 1623 by Sir John Wyndham (1558-1645) and his wife, Joan Portman, who received the heralds in their home at Orchard Wyndham. (Visitation of Somerset 1623 - Harleian Society - London.)
4. The pedigree and account of the family based on the research and work compiled by Thomas Palmer (1733) of Fairfield, Somerset, grandson of Sir William Windham (1688-1740), Chancellor of the Exchequer 1713-1714. (Wotton's Baronetage - London - 1727.)
5. The manuscript pedigree drawn up by the Rev. Richard Harris Barham (1788-1845), author of The Ingoldsby Legends, etc., from two manuscripts dated 1700 and 1720, compiler unknown, in the possession of Rev. John Heathcote Wyndham, rector of Gorton, Somerset. (Boscobel Tracts - Hughes _ 1830 edition - page 344; 1857 edition - page 324.)
6. The description of Adare Manor compiled by Caroline, Countess of Dunraven, and distributed by her in a book printed for private circulation by Messrs. Parker in 1865. (The Herald and Genealogist - 1866 - Vol. 3 - page 490.)
7. The genealogy compiled in 1917 by the Very Rev. Francis M. Wyndham, M.A., canon of Westminister Cathedral, who had it printed for private circulation, (Genealogy of the Family of Wyndham in the Elder Male Line - Wyndham - London _ 1917.)
8. The most complete and thorough work yet undertaken on the Wyndham family, compiled by the Hon. Hugh Archibald Wyndham, born Oct 4, 1877, and graduate of New College, Oxford, 1900. Now living at Wyndham House in London. (The Wyndhams of Norfolk and Somerset - Wyndham - Oxford - Oxford Press - 1939.)
9. Twenty-five years of research and study on the part of the present compiler, who has had access to public and private libraries throughout the nation, to records in scores of County Court Houses, to hundreds of family Bibles, to reminiscences and anecdotes of older members of the family and to an extensive collection of family letters and private papers.
For the record, it must be pointed out that the pedigree has some doubters. These are chiefly Dr. John Horace Round, the eminent British historian and genealogical expert, and Mr. Walter Rye, the Norfolk historian. Dr. Round's doubts seem to revolve around the Saxon origin of the family. He has the following to say:
"The Wyndham story obviously rests on the evidence of 'Ailwardus,' that 'eminent Saxon' who held an estate in Wymondham. But in the Domesday Book we look in vain for this 'eminent Saxon' whether in the days of Edward or in the days of William. It is only with eminent trouble that we run him down at last. The proof of his existence is a charter of William D'Aubigny ('de Albini') to Wymondham Priory, among his witnesses to which are found 'Ailwardus de Wymondeham et filii ejus, Ricardus, Paganus, etc., Edricus de Wymondham.' But in the first place, the charter of Norwich (who was present at its granting) was consecrated, so that when we do meet with Aethelward ('Ailwardus'), it is 55 years at least after the Norman Conquest. And in second place, he cannot have borne, at this date, an hereditary surname, and was merely styled 'of Wymondham' from the place of his abode. For all that we can see, Edric 'of Wymondham' might have been claimed as the ancestor instead."
"But here again we note the singular fact that the actual pedigree given in 'Burke' begins only some 250 years after the Conquest, when 'William, son of Ralph de Wimondham was possessed, 10th Edward II, of the manors of Crownthorpe and Wicklewode, Norfolk.' And alas, we find that even this statement, comparatively modest though it is, will not bear investigation. The official evidence of Feudal Aids confirms that of the local historian, and proves that neither were held by the Wyndhams at the time. It is strangely difficult indeed, to find satisfactory information on the history , at this period, of this ancient and distinguished house. Indeed, although in Feudal Aids the Norfolk returns are very full and extend down to the year 1428, there is not a Wyndham to be found in them. It appears to have been only later in the reign of Henry VI that the family acquired their manors in Crownthorpe, Wicklewode, and Felbrigg. The Norfolk Wymondham was not the only place of its name in England and the family, probably would not claim Richard de Wymondham, a burgess of Reading (1348), Adam de Wymondham, a London mercer (1350) of John de Wimondham, a London Ironmonger (1310), as among their ancestors." (Peerage and Pedigree - Round _ London _ 1910 - Vol. 2 - Pages 93-96.
The second doubter, Mr. Walter Rye, speaks of "the early absurd descent from Ailwardus" and questions marriages shown in the pedigree, of John (No. 9) to the daughter of Sir John de Redisham, and of Thomas (No. 10) to Margaret Walcot.
At first glance, Dr. Round's arguments may seem logical and profound, but a closer examination of the records indicates that the great scholar was writing to achieve an "expose" angle and his statements are certainly superficial. Apparently, he has not taken into consideration the following: (1) We do not look in vain for Ailwardus in the Domesday Book, we look at the Abraham Farley's translation in the Chapter House at Westminister -
Vol. 2 - Folio 247 - Norfolk County; in other counties there are no less than 85 Ailwarduses and two Wimunds listed (Ibid - Vol. 3); (2) he (Ailwardus) not only "cannot have borne. . . an hereditary surname," he actually did not bear it but, as stated by almost all of the pedigree sources, assumed the "de Wymondham" just as did Ailwardus de Felbrigg, who likewise assumed his surname from his place of residence at about the same time and in the same vicinity - and held it at the Domesday survey (Norfolk Archaeology - Report of 1921 - Vol. 21 - Page xxx); (3) Edric "of Wymondham" might not have been "claimed as the ancestor instead." He is definitely and separately set apart after a careful study of the record by no less a historian than Blomefield, who even distinguishes between the two in the spelling of the name by a clear statement that Edric was a man apart from Ailwardus' family (History of Norfolk - Vol. 2 - Page 510 and Page 533.; (4) Dr. Round is correct in his statements about the possession of Crownthorpe and Wicklewode and most of the nine sources of the pedigree agree with him. Only Burke (Genealogical and Heraldic History of Landed Gentry - 1925 - Page 1947) and possibly the Collins Peerage make the assertion that the Wyndhams held these manors in 10th Edward II. Burke and Collins may have been confused by the fact that the William de Wymondham they list as holding the manors was a grandson of the Cruzons who actually did hold manors there in the late 13th century (History of Norfolk - Blomefield - London - 1805 - Vol. 2 - Page 499); but the ownership of the manors since the time of Edward the Confessor is very clearly outlined (Ibid - Page 400); (5) depending solely on Feudal Aids. Dr. Round finds no Wyndham with property in Norfolk and infers that the only landed possessions of the family were acquired in the reign of Henry VI. One has only to read the pedigree to find the sources which prove the family held property in Norfolk, Bedford, London, Somerset and elsewhere in the 12th and 13th centuries; (6)"the Norfolk Wymondham was not the only place of its name in England" is of course, true and admitted. There were places of this name in Chester, Leicester and Dorset. Indeed, the original name may go much further back that even Dr. Round suspects. For example: "There was one Wymund, son of Witlaf, King of Mercians, and this town being in that province, probably he had it for part of his maintenance and so gave name to the place." (History and Antiquities of the County of Leicester - Nichols - London - 1815 - Page 300.) It should be pointed out, however, that some historians call this son Wermund instead of Wymund.
But Dr. Round proves his superficiality in Wyndham family research by the act of singling out three names which, he infers, the family would not claim as among their ancestors. The last statement is utterly ridiculous, of course. Indeed, what family did not have such an origin?
Among others who are not claimed as ancestors but who undoubtedly were members of the Wymondham family in Norfolk were:
William de Windeham, resident of Norfolk in 1212 (Testa de Nevil - Page 93).
Reymund de Wymundham, resident of Norwich in 1226 and a
witness at the Norwich Cathedral Priory (Norfolk Records Society - Vol. 11 - Page 111).
Walter de Wymundham, mentioned in connection with the Priory of Wymondham in 1225 (Close Roll - Public Records Office - London - Vol. 9 - Page 174).
Richard de Wymondham, witness in a Norfolk coroner's case in 1267 (Norfolk Archaeology - Vol. 2 - Page 270).
Geoffrey de Wymundham, hung at Norwich in 1272 for taking part in a riot (Norfolk Antiquarian Miscellany - Rye - Norwich - 1880 - Vol. 2 - Page 17-31).
Sewall and his son, Geoffrey, de Wymundham were residents of Norwich in 1276 (Calendar of Patent Rolls - Public Records Office - London - Vol. 2 - Page 179).
Galfridus de Wymundham, resident Norwich in 1288 (Norfolk Antiquarian Miscellany - Vol. 2 - Page 50).
Reginald de Wymundham, resident of Norwich 1290 (Ibid - Vol. 2 - Page 346).
Robert de Wymondham, resident of Norwich in 1293 (Norfolk Archaeology - Vol. 25 - Page 210).
Walter de Wymundham, resident of Norwich in 1304 (History of Norfolk - Blomefield - Vol. 4 - Page 285).
Nicholas de Wimundham, sub-prior of Benham in the diocese of Norwich in 1321 (Papal Registers - Public Records Office - London - Vol. 2 - Page 213).
Paul de Wymundham, resident of Blakeneye, Norfolk, in 1322 (Calendar of Patent Rolls - Vol. 8 - Page 159).
Hugo de Wymundham, resident of Bokenham, Norfolk, in 1334 (Ibid - Vol. 12 - Page 68).
William Wyndham, of Norfolk, was among those putting up a bond in 1386 (Close Roll - Vol. 23 - Page 247).
William de Wymundham, guardian of a tower near Berstrete Gates in Norwich in 1385 (Norfolk Archaeology - Vol. 16 - Page 67).
Adam de Wymundham, a grocer (1396); John de Wymondham, a tailor (1394); Richard de Wymondham, a webster (1349); William de Wymundham, a cordwainer (1347); John de Wymedhain, a smith (1342) - all freemen of the city of Norwich (Calendar of the Freemen of Norwich - L'Estrange - London - 1888 - Page 153).
In 1385 there is listed a deed from May to Wymondham; in 1386 one from Pilly Wymondham; in 1396 one from Robins to Wymondham; in 1397 one from Blakeney to Wymondham; in 1399 one from de Wymondham to Neke (Calendar of Norwich Deeds Enrolled - Rye - 1910 - Pages 19, 23, 49, 50, 59).
All of these documents were available to Dr. Round. Why was he able to list only three names - the burgess, the mercer and the ironmonger? It will be noted that the above were all residents of Norfolk and lived there over a period of almost 200 years, which fact alone makes the efforts of Dr. Round to discredit the Norfolk origin and antiquity of the family look absurd. Indeed, it the good doctor really wanted to muddle the family thoroughly, he could have cited:
Lawrence de Wendeham (1232), among the "men of the chamberlain of the exchequer" (Calendar of the Patent Rolls - Vol. 3 - Page 6).
William de Wymundeham, canon of Derleg in 1261 (Ibid - Vol. 1 - Page 168).
Walter de Wenham, who went to Wales with Prince Edward in 1263 (Ibid - Vol. 3 - Page 286).
Simon de Wymundeham, parson of the church at Buketon in 1277 (Ibid - Vol. 3 - Page 342).
Thomas de Wymundham, of Lancastershire, who in 1279 was among those who "ought to be knights and are not" (Ibid - Vol. 3 - Page 342).
Thomas, son of Robert de Wymundham, resident of Cumberland County in 1304 (Close Roll - Vol. 18 - Page 203).
Thomas de Wymundham, parson of the church at Aldington in 1307 (Calendar of Patent Rolls - Vol. 5 - Page 537).
John de Wymundham (1311), king's clerk, of Durham (Ibid - Vol. 6 - Page 336).
Richard de Wymundham and Amice, his wife, residents of Northampton in 1333 (Ibid -d Vol. 10 - Page 476).
Simon de Wymundham, a wool dealer in London in 1388 (Close Roll - Vol. 25 - Page 429).
John de Wymundham, resident of Berkshire in 1331 (Calendar of Patent Rolls - Vol. 14 - Page 242U).
Adam Wymondham, sheriff of London in 1368 (Close Roll - Vol. 32 - Page 493).
These are names picked almost at random from early British records and many of them were clergymen who wore the name "de Wymondham" - or some varied form - simply as a designation of office. The fact is there were scores of other Wyndhams living in other counties as well as in Wales and Ireland during the same period of time. Naturally, this makes Dr. Round's suggestion that the burgess, the mercer and the ironmonger were the only Wyndhams around ridiculous in the extreme and shows up the shallowness of his study into the history of the Wyndham family. In fact, nowhere is his argument does Dr. Round offer any solid evidence to contradict the pedigree as outlined in
most of its nine major sources.
As for Mr. Rye, who uses the phrase "the early absurd descent from Ailwardus," he simply follows Dr. Round in his conclusions and gives no reason whatever for the statement. As to his doubts about the marriages listed, ironically it is Mr. Rye himself (Norfolk Families - 1913 - Vol. 2 under "Walcote") who accepts the fact that Thomas Wyndham married Margaret Walcote, daughter of Walter Walcote (died 1335). As for the Redisham marriage, a better historian than Mr. Rye verifies it: "on the walls of Norwich Cathedral and in its windows are to be found, in many places, the arms of Windham, (History of Norfolk - Vol. 4 - Page 50). Mr. Rye well knows that no family impaled the arms of another unless it was connected by marriage.
There are others who disagree on such factors as names and marriages in the pedigree. One of them is Jacob. In his A Complete English Peerage - London - 1876 - Part 1 - Vol. 2 - Page 181, he lists the first nine generations as (1) Ailwardus, (2) Richard, (3) Richard, (4) John, (5) John, (6) Ralph, (7) William, (8) John and (9) Thomas. This apparently substitutes Richard for Eric (No. 3 on the pedigree); John for Thomas (No. 4 on the pedigree) and eliminates John (No. 9 on the pedigree) entirely. Jacob also lists (4) John as the husband of Margaret Curson, and (5) John as the brother of Thomas (No. 4 on the pedigree), the chanter of Litchfield. Burke is later editions of his numerous genealogical works, apparently confused by such writings as those of Dr. Round, simply begins the pedigree with Ralph (No. 6 on the pedigree).
But these dissenters are outweighed by the mass of the evidence found in the early charters and the researches of reliable historians. Until better arguments are posted, the pedigree may, therefore, stand as it is.
ORIGIN OF THE NAME
The name Windham is a variation of the ancient name Wyndham, which was taken by its first bearers because of their residence in Wymondham, Norfolk County, England.
The most reliable authorities believe that the original derivation of the name was from Wymond or Wymund, a Saxon personal name, combined with "ham," a Saxon word meaning "home," and, therefore, meant "Wymond's home." Other authorities have conjectured that the name means "the house within the winding path." Whatever its meaning, it is definitely Saxon in origin. As with almost every other name, it has been spelled in different ways - it is found in the ancient records in such varied forms as Wymondha, Wyndhame, Wyndam, Windome, Windhom, Windham, Wyndham and others. The last form generally predominates in England and Australia, while the next to last form is most generally used and accepted in America today.
Families of the name were to be found at early dates in the English counties of Norfolk, Leicester, Somerset, Wilts, Hants, York, Devon, Sussex, Hetford and London as well as in various parts of Wales and Ireland at slightly later dates. The Sussex Domesday Book lists a Windeha", and an early 12th Century charter shows John de Windeha' as the holder of a knight's fee in the Hundred of Pourstock in Dorset.
But the Wymondham, Norfolk family clearly was the stem from which the family grew. At one time, this village of Wymondham was thought to be Sitomagus, the ancient village established by the Romans in Britain. This has been discounted by historians, however, and no Roman remains have ever been found there. Says Blomefield, the Norfolk historian: "Windham, Wimondham, Wimundham or Wimuntham, notwithstanding some have imagined it of Roman original, is certainly Saxon and might take its name from its pleasant situation, for "win' signifies a chosen or beloved place so the 'win-munde-ham' is a village 'on the pleasant mount' and the situation exactly answers."
In the time of Edward the Confessor, the whole town belonged to Stigand, the Saxon bishop. William the Conqueror seized it and gave it to Ralph de Warren. At that time it was four miles long and two miles broad. The Conqueror later gave it to William d'Albini for services as the king's butler.
The first mention of the name of Wymondham as a surname in connection with this William d'Albini, who was the founder of the Priory of St. Mary's between the years 1100 and 1107. Four of the witnesses to the charter bore the names of de Wymondham.
Today, the Windham family is established on every continent in the world and may be met as frequently in Australia as in Alabama. There are Windham counties in at least four of the New England states as well as numerous Windham cities and other places and geographical names. One very well known one is Windham's Point at the tip of Terra del Fuego, southernmost point of South America. The noted painter, John Singer Sargent, immortalized the Wyndham sisters in his renowned painting titled "The Three Graces." It was Senator William Windom of Minnesota who introduced Anthony Comstock's famous bill to bar obscene literature from the mails back in 1873, and who later was to become Secretary of the Treasury of the United States under Presidents Garfield, Arthur, and Harrison. Other famous members of the family were Sir Percy Windham and the British raider who was captured by Ashby during the civil war; William Windham of London, the noted actor, and George Wyndham, the cabinet officer.
The loyalty of the Windham family, recognized among the strongest in English history, became proverbial from the emphatic admonition of Sir Thomas to his five sons in 1636 not to forsake the crown "though it hang on a bush!" Such devotion to homeland and ideals was evident, too, in old Benjamin, who dropped his plow, bade his wife and large family good-bye and rushed to join a company of Virginia militia when the infant American Colonies were threatened back in 1775.
The Wyndham coat-of-arms, dating from the 14th Century, is as follows:
Arms: "Azure, a chevron between three lions' heads erased, or."
Crest: "A lion's head erased within a fetterlock, or."
Motto: "Au bon Droit."
1. AILWARDUS DE WYMONDHAM - The evidence is uncertain but he apparently was the
Ailwardus who held land in Norfolk during the reign of
King Edward "the Confessor" before the Conquest by William the Conqueror, and who was so recorded in the Norfolk Domesday Book (Domesday Book - translation by Abraham Farley in the Chapter House at Westminister - Vol. 2 - Folio 247; An Analysis of the Domesday Book of the County of Norfolk - Mumford - London - 1858 - Page 114).
The evidence also indicates he was the Ailwardus referred to in later genealogies as the "eminent Saxon who possessed an estate in Wymondham" since he actually held 13 borderers and half a curacate in Sustead (which grant went to Roger Bigod, then to the Felbriggs by enfeoffment and eventually back to the Wyndhams), and two socmen with 12 acres of land and three borderers in Felbrigg (also bought by the Wyndhams later). A curacate of land was anywhere from six to a dozen score acres (An Essay Towards the Topographical History of Norfolk - Blomefield - London 1805 - Vol. 8 - Page 81, Page 168).
Between the years 1100 and 1107, he and his three sons were witnesses to the foundation charter of Wymondham Priory in the reign of Henry I. William d'Albini, the king's chief butler, who was Lord of Buckingham in Norfolk, made the grant to the priory, which was dependent at that time upon the great Benedictine Abbey of St. Albans in Hertfordshire (Monasticon Anglicanum - Dugdale - London - 1779 - Vol. 1 - Page 43).
Sometime between 1121 and 1135, William d'Albini made a further grant to the Priory of Wymondham on the occasion of the funeral of his wife, Maud, daughter of Roger le Bigod. Ailwardus and his three sons again were witnesses (Ibid - Vol. 5 - Page 203; History of Norfolk - Blomefield - Vol. 8 - Page 115).
Ailwardus was the father of Richard, Hugh and Payne. In the early 13th Century, Hugh was a benefactor of the monastery of Wymondham (History of Norfolk - Vol. 2 - Page 517) and in a late 12th Century deed is named (Hugh filius Wimundh') in connection with the sale of land in Crofts (Calendar of Ancient Deeds - Public Records Office - London _ Book B - 3492).
2. RICHARD DE WYMONDHAM - Oldest son of Ailwardus, is mentioned only in the charters
listed above. He was the father of Eric, Nigel, John, Robert,
and Geoffrey (Collin's Peerage - London - 1779 - Vol. 5 - Page 203).
3. ERIC DE WYMONDHAM - Oldest son of Richard. Other than those contained in the
genealogy, there are no records of his activities. He was the
father of Thomas (Ibid).
4. THOMAS DE WYMUNDHAM - He appears to have been a personage of some importance,
bearing the title of precentor of Litchfield and Clerk of the
King's Treasury, and the records mention him for approximately 50 years (Close Roll - Public Records Office - London - 1908 - Vol. 3 - Page 243; Vol. 4 - 1911 - Page 446; Vol. 5 - 1916 - Page 478; Vol. 6 - 1922 - Page 223; Vol. 15 - 1902 - Page 351; Dugdale's "Warwickshire"; Fasti Ecclesiae Anglecanae - LeNeve - Oxford - 1854).
On August 4, 1237, "Master Thomas de Wymondham, a king's clerk" was declared "a fit person to receive one benefice in addition to what he has" by special dispensation of the Pope (Calendar of Patent Rolls - Public Records Office - London _ 1906 - Vol. 1 - Page 191).
On March 2, 1245, he was described as "precenter of Litchfield and pastor of the church at Ferneberg" (Papal Registers - Vol. 1 - 1893 - Pages 214-221).
On October 31, 1259, Thomas de Wymondham with Hugh le Bigod, justiciary of England; William Aquilon, Constable of the Tower, and Simon Passelewe delivered on Monday the eve of St. Simon and St. Jude to the clerks of the wardrobe, 85 marks 40 d. of gold and chattels of Salomon de Eweske, Jew, of London (Calendar of Patent Rolls - Vol. 3 - 1901 - Page 98).
On February 28, 1260, Thomas de Wimindeham with Gilbert de Preston and John de Wivill were commissioned to extend certain manors in Nottingham, Derby, Gloucestor, Hertford and Dorset, committed in tenancy to Simon de Monte Forti, Earl of Leicester, and Eleanor, his wife (Ibid - Page 98).
On February 7, 1260, Thomas "presented to the church of Chetinton the king's gift of a third part of the manor thereof" (Ibid - Vol. 3 - Page 116).
On April 4, 1264, Thomas was granted "protection without clause until Michelmas" (Ibid - Page 350).
On September 24, 1264, Thomas was granted "simple protection without clause until Christmas" (Ibid - Page 350).
On May 4, 1265, Thomas, with others, was commissioned to extend manors of Salop, Stafford and Nottingham (Ibid - Page 421).
On August 8, 1265, Thomas was granted "simple protection until Easter" (Ibid - Page 436).
On April 4, 1266, "Master Thomas de Wimundham, king's clerk, the treasurer" was granted the next ward that fell to him worth 50 pounds unless he should provide for him by giving him a benefice of the value of 200 marks yearly, which was promised (Ibid - Page 580).
On June 4, 1266, "Simple protection for one year" was granted to Thomas described as "pastor of the church at Far-
neberg" (Ibid - Page 56).
On September 2, 1277, Thomas was granted "protection with clause nolumus" (Ibid - Page 228)
Sometime prior to 1288, Thomas was listed as a benefactor of the Gray Friar's Church in Norwich (History of Norfolk - Blomefield - Vol. 4 - Page 108).
Dugdale says that Thomas died on March 24, 1277 but cites no authority for the statement, which is in conflict with some of the references listed above.
Thomas was the father of John de Wymondham (Collins - Page 203).
5. JOHN DE WYMONDHAM - He owned land in Bedford and Norfolk Counties. On June 27,
1286, he acknowledged that "he owes to William de Holecote,
clerk, 30 s. to be levied, in default of payment, of his lands and chattels in Cos. Bedford and Norfolk" (Close Roll - Vol. 15 - 1902 - Page 421).
A deed (circa 1250), shows the sale of land in St. Johns Parish, Maddermarket, to one John Martin of Norwich by one Samuel, the land having formerly belonged to John de Wymundham (East Anglican Notes and Queries - Ipswich - Vol. 5 - Page 346).
He was among the benefactors of the Priory of Wymondham (Baronetage - Wotton _ London _ 1727 _ Vol. 3 - Page 346).
He married Margaret, daughter of Robert Cruzon. Apparently she was a member of the ancient Cruzon family which held the manor at Stanfield Hall, Wymondham, about 1250 (The Wyndham Family in the Elder Male Line - Wyndham - London - 1918 - Page 6; A Complete English Peerage - Jacob - London - 1766 - Vol. 2 - Page 181).
They were the parents of Ralph and William.
6. Ralph de Wymondham - (Circa 1270) In the time of Edward I, he was the recipient of
a grant of land with buildings on it in "Wodemarket-gate of
Hedon" (Yorkshire). The grant was made by John de Melsa, son of Sir Godfrey de Melsa, to Ralph and Agnes, his wife, who paid a yearly rent of eight shillings (Report of Historical Manuscripts Commission - London - Vol. 37 - Page 230).
Because of scanty documentary evidence, many of the later genealogists, notably Burke, begin the family with Ralph. Few records exist on him.
He married Agnes and was the father of -
7. WILLIAM DE WYMONDHAM - (Circa 1300) He was the overseer of silver mines in
Devonshire, had offices in the Exchequer and was a great
chemist. "By his art in 1293 he refined 270 pounds of fine silver out of the lead ore which King Edward I gave for a portion with his daughter Eleanor to the Count of Bar. In the next year, there were 521 pounds sent to London and coined, and the following year, when the Derbyshire miners were sent to help the Devonian, Mr. Wimindham sent 700 pounds of silver to the mint" (History of Norfolk - Blomefield - Vol. 2 - Page 533).
He was not possessed of the manors of Crownthorpe and Wicklewode in 1316 as Burke says (Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry - Burke - 1925 - Page 1947) as these manors were not purchased by the Wyndhams until 1436 (Norfolk Families - Rye 1913 - Page 1039) but in 1284 he purchased by fine, rents in Norwich, and in 1303 he and his wife purchased lands in Redenhale, Norfolk, by fine (History of Norfolk - Blomefield - Vol. 8 - Page 115).
He married Johanna de Castell (Ibid) and was the father of -
8. JOHN DE WYMONDHAM - (Circa 1357) Little is recorded of him and his activities and some
of the genealogists omit him entirely from the lineage, but he
may have been the John de Wymondham who was the incumbent of a chantry dedicated to the Virgin Mary, in the church of Tarring, Suffolk County, in 1324 (Histories of Noble British Families - Drummond - London - 1846 - Vol. 2 - Page 10).
He was the father of -
9. SIR JOHN DE WYMONDHAM - (Died 1357) He married Catherine de Redisham, daughter
of Sir John de Redisham of Redisham, Norfolk. Thereafter,
the Redisham coat-of-arms were frequently impaled on that of Wyndham, They held lands in Kirby-Bedon, etc., in Norfolk in 28 Edward III (1355) (History of Norfolk - Blomefield - Vol. 4 - Page 40).
Sir John was the father of Thomas, Henry and Sir Richard. Of these, Henry is described by Collins as Prior of St. Mary's, Wymondham. This apparently is in error, arising out of the fact that in the bull of Pope Clement VI dated 8th Ides of July 1349, a Henry de Wymundham is spoken of. But the description clearly signifies his office and not his surname. The prior Henry was Henry de Stukely (Monasticon Anglicanum - Dugdale - London - 1846 - Vol. 2 - Page 197).
Another son, Sir Richard de Wymondham, was said to be at the Battle of Poitiers on September 19, 1356 (Collin's Peerage - Vol. 5 - Page 203). Whether he was or not, he certainly had the king's protection, going into Brittany under his son Edward,
Prince of Wales in 1356, and he may have been among those who were knighted by the Black Prince during the campaign in the southwest of France (Knightage - Shaw - London - 1906 - Vol. 2 - Page 9; Rymer's Foedera - 1708 - Vol. 5 - Page 844).
The other son -
10. THOMAS DE WYMONDHAM - (Died 1386) He was robably a resident of the city of
Norwich as shown in the Subsidy Roll of 6 Edward III
(Norfolk Archaeology - Vol. 16 - Page 194).
He was the father of -
11. JOHN DE WYMONDHAM - (Died 1415) No records of him nor of his activities have been
found. He married Elizabeth, the daughter of John
He was the father of -
12. JOHN WYMONDHAM - He died about 1450 while a resident of Crownthorpe. He bought
Crownthorpe and Trusbutt's Manors in the late 1430's from
William Halys and his wife Margery, of Welles, and sometime after 1443, he bought Wicklewode from Alexander Mason (History of Norfolk - Blomefield - Vol. 1 - page 434). These places became the seat of the Wyndham family for generations and their origin is lost in antiquity. As early as 1254, they were both taxed in Norwich taxation (Norfolk Archaeology - Vol. 17 - Page 113). Wicklewode appears to have belonged to Gilbert Malet in 1190 (Norfolk Families - Rye - Vol. 1 _ Page 517). In 1446, when the grandson of the John married Margaret Howard, these estates were settled upon them and their issue for life (History of Norfolk - Blomefield - Vol. 2 - Page 401-466).
John Wymondham married Margaret Segrave, the daughter of Sir John Segrave and they were the parents of -
13. JOHN WYNDHAM - He died in 1745 after an eventful and checkered political career which
raised the Wyndham family to prominence in England. He is first
heard from in 1439, when he was elected by freeholders of Norfolk to be one of their representatives in Parliament (The Wyndhams of Norfolk and Somerset - Wyndham - Oxford Press - 1939 - Page 2).
In 1459 he was returned to Parliament for a second time and was one of those knights for Norfolk in the Parliament held at Coventry (1459-60), wherein the Earl of Warwick and other
accomplices of the Duke of York were attainted of high treason. At this time, John was an ardent supporter of the House of Lancaster (Ibid - Page 21).
In 1467, he again was returned to Parliament as a member for Ipswich (Ibid - Page 21).
In 1450, he purchased the estate of Felbrigg from the trustees of Sir John Felbrigg, K. G., and this property was to become the main seat of the Wyndham family in England. But John had much trouble keeping the property and his right to it was disputed by some of the former owner's heirs. In June 1461, one of them attacked the house in his absence and threatened his wife. The incident was related thus: "Sir John Felbrigg... made a forcible entry and in the absence of her husband, threatened to fire the house, she having locked herself up in her room to keep possession, and at last dragged her out by the hair of her head and took possession; but John Wymondham having the king's order to Thomas Montgomery. Esq., the sheriff of the county, to be put in possession, he came to an agreement and Wymondham paying to Sir John 200 marks, he released all his right and claim to his lordship; and in the 39th Henry VI, Sir John and his wife conveyed it to John Wymondham by fine" (A Royal Descent - Thomasin Elizabeth Sharpe - 1904 - Page 8; History of Norfolk - Blomefield - Vol. 8 - Page 112; The Wyndhams of Norfolk and Somerset - Page 22).
John was married first, in 1440, to Margery Clifton, Widow of Sir Edward Hastings and daughter of Sir Robert Clifton, of Buckingham. She died in 1456 and was buried in the Church of the Austin Friars. After her death, John married a second time in 1458 to Lady Heveningham, widow of Sir John Heveningham. John died in Norwich and was buried in the Church of the Austin Friars (History of Norfolk - Blomefield - Vol. 4 - Page 80; The Wyndhams of Norfolk and Somerset - Page 22).
The children of John and Margery his first wife, were John, Roger, Ela, Isabel. Ela married in 1458 to Thomas Fastolf of Cowhawe, and Isabel married Sir Simon Wiseman of Great Thornham, Suffolk (Baronagium Genealogicum - Segar and Edmundson - Vol. 3 - Page 273; Norfolk Visitations - Harleain Society - 1891 - Page 324, 325).
14. SIR JOHN WYNDHAM - He was born about 1451 and died May 16, 1502, while a resident
of Crownthorpe and Felbrigg. In 1483, he was Commissioner of
Array in Norfolk to raise forces for Richard, Duke of Gloucestor. He also was a Justice of the Peace and held membership on several committees. In 1480, he bought lands in Melton Constable, Briston, Briningham, Burgh, Stody and Gunthorpe (The Wyndhams of Norfolk and Somerset - Page 25).
He was at the Battle of Stroke on June 16, 1487, against the Earl of Lincoln, Lambert Simnel and their adherents. He was knighted immediately after the battle for bravery by King Henry VII. But he was afterwards accused of working in the interests
of the House of York and was implicated in the conspiracy of Edmund de la Pole, Earl of Suffolk, to wrest the throne from Henry VII. On the 7th of November 1501, Sir John with Lord William Courtenary, Sir Robert Cruzon and Sir James Tyrell, Lord of Guisnes Castle, were "publicly accursed" at St. Paul's Cross, as traitors. On February 13, 1503, they were thrown into prison and on May 16, 1503, Sir John and Sir James Tyrell wee beheaded on Tower Hill. Sir John is buried in the Austin Friars Church in London (Dictionary of National Biography - Oxford Press - Vol. 21 - Page 1164; History of King Henry VII - Bacon - London - 1825 - Vol. 4 - Page 384, 385).
Sir John was married on 1467 to Margaret Howard, fourth daughter of John Howard, Duke of Norfolk, the premier duke of England. The marriage treaty stipulated that "Sir John Howard, Knt., should provide all manner of array for Margaret, his daughter, and John Wyndham, junior, Esq., at and for the said marriage; and all manner of meat and drink for all manner of persons and all other things necessary behoful and convenient at the proper charge and cost of the said Sir John, for the space of two years following the said marriage, continually with meat and drink for the said John and Margaret, convenient for them, their servants and their horses" (A Royal Descent - Sharpe - 1905 - Page 8).
Sir John married a second time to Eleanore, widow of Sir Richard Scrope but by her had no children. His children by his first wife were Roger, Thomas, Edward, George, Edmund, Ann, Elizabeth, Margaret and Mary. Ann married Geoffrey Radcliffe and Elizabeth married Francis Calthorpe (Collin's Peerage - Vol. 5 - Page 206; Dictionary of National Biography - Vol. 20 - Page 44; Vol. 21 - Page 1164; Norfolk Families - Rye - Page 1039; Visitations of Essex - Harleain Society - Part 2 - 1879; The Herald and Genealogist - 1866 Vol. 3 - Page 490.
15. THOMAS WYNDHAM - He was born in 1468 and died at Crownthorpe in 1521. Through
his mother, he was a direct descendant of all the royal families of
Europe - of the English kings from Alfred the Great to Edward I - of the French kings from Charlemagne to Philip III - of the German emperors from Conrad "the red" to Frederick Barbarossa - of the Spanish emperors from Garsias Ximenes to Ferdinand III - of the ancient Scottish kings, the ancient rulers of Wales and the ancient monarchs of Ireland, who claimed they traced their lineage back to Adam (Royal descent recorded in Browning's "Americans of Royal Descent" - 1883 edition - Pedigree XXXI; also in the 1911 edition of this work under Pedigree LXXX - Page 335).
Thomas succeeded to the family estates in the early 16th Century after the death of his older brother without issue. King Henry VIII relieved him of all penalties attached to the son of an attainted man and "restored him in blood" on November 4, 1512, making him also a knight of his body-guard, a Privy Councillor, Vice Admiral of England and Lieutenant-General of the Army and Navy (Letters and Papers of Henry VIII - 1862 - Vol. 1 - Pages 437-515).
Thomas served in the Navy under his cousin, Sir Edward Howard, Lord High Admiral of England in the French War of 1512-13, being at least 40 years old when he joined the fleet. He was captain of Sir Edward's flagship, the Mary Rose, at a salary of 18 d. a day, the regular wage of an officer of that rank. On board were 200 soldiers recruited in Norfolk and as Thomas had been a member of the Commission of Array for that county, it seems likely that they were of his own choosing. Thomas was knighted in Croyton Bay with seven other captains in order that they may "the more earnestly show their valiancy". He took part in the Battle of Brest Harbor on August 10, 1512, he was appointed "Treasurer of the king's army by the sea" - the equivalent of a fleet paymaster. He also was given the captaincy of a new ship, the John Baptist (The French war of 1512-13 - Navy Records Society; The Wyndhams of Norfolk and Somerset - Pages 30-35; Letters and Papers of Henry VIII - Vol. 1 and 2; Norfolk Families - Page 1039).
Thomas was with the Army at the sieges of Therouene and Tournay and was nominated to be the Field of the Cloth of Gold in May 1520, at which time he had in his retinue a chaplain, eleven servants and eight horses. His highest assignment came when he was relieved of his duties as treasurer and was appointed deputy-lieutenant and Vice-Admiral to Sir Thomas Howard. His flagship was the Trinity Sovereign and his pay 10 s. a day (A Royal Descent - Sharpe - Page 9; The Wyndhams of Norfolk and Somerset - Page 36).
Thomas married first, Eleanor Scrope, daughter of Sir Richard Scrope. Their children were John, Edmund and Elizabeth (Visitations of London, 1633-35 - Vol. 2 - Harleain Society).
He married a second time to Elizabeth Wentworth, daughter of Sir Henry Wentworth of Latheryngsett, Suffolk, and the widow of Sir Roger d'Arce of Danbury, Essex. The license for this second marriage was granted August 4, 1509 (Letters and Papers of Henry VIII - Page 54).
By Elizabeth Wentworth, Thomas was father of Thomas, Margaret and Mary.
Sir Thomas made a testament and will at Felbrigg on October 22, 1516, as "son and heir of Sir John Wyndham, Knt.," The testament was proved April 28, 1522 and the will on March 4, 1523 at the Principal Court of Probate. In the testament he desires to be buried in the Lady Chapel of Norwich Cathedral "without damnable pompe and superfluitie" but there, he says, "uppon my body I woll have a tombe as shall be thought convenient to myn executors, sufficient in largess for me and my two wyffs, yf my wife Elizabeth woll there be buried." He provides for the masses to be said "perpetuum for the said waives' souls" and his own, and leaves various sums "to be expended for other pious purposes and in honour of the nine order of aungles." In the will he treats of his estate and those of all his wards at great length, mentioning also "my fader, Sir John Wyndham" and the three Miss Scropes, "my first wyf's sisters." Executors for the will are "my wife, Dame Elizabeth Wyndham, my singular good
lorde my Lorde Thomas, Erle of Surry, Peter Nobys, Doctor of Divinitie, and my well beloved brother George Wyndham." Supervisor, "my Lorde of Norfolke," the testator's uncle.
Sir Thomas was buried as he desired, in the Lady Chapel of St. Peters Cathedral at Norwich, whence his alter tomb was removed, first to the Jesus Chapel when the Lady Chapel was destroyed between the years 1573 and 1589 and then to the north side of the cathedral nave, where it is now. The inlaid brass effigies of himself and his wives and all other ornaments, shields of arms and badges and devices that formally adorned it have long since disappeared together with the whole of the inscription. In 1630, this much remained of the latter: "ORTE P.A'IAB. THOME WYNDHAM, MILITIS, ELEANORE ET DOMINA ELIZABETHE UXORUM EJUS, QUI QUIDEM THOMAS FUIT UNUS CONCILLIARIORUM D'NI REGIS HENRICI OCTAVI, ET UNUS MILITUM PRO CORPORE EJUSDEM D'NI REGIS NECNON VICE-ADMIRALLUS....."(The Works of Thomas Browne - 1852 - Vol. 3 - Page 284; A Royal Descent - Sharpe - Page 9; Norfolk Archaeology - Vol. 25 - Page 175; History of Norfolk - Blomefield - Vol. 2 - Page 490; Antient Funeral Monuments of Great Britain, Ireland and the Islands Adjacent - Weever - London - 1767 - Page 252).
Sir Thomas' will showed that he had in his possession the lordships of Botley, Hamesthwayt, Wighton, in Yorkshire, Crownthorpe, Wicklewode, Hackford, Aylmerton, Rungton, Ingworth, Baningham, Tuttington, Colby Briston, Wolverton, Metton, Melton, Cockfields, and Felbrigg (History of Norfolk - Blomefield - Vol. 8 - Page 112).
16. THOMAS WYNDHAM - He was born at Crownthorpe in 1510 and died on a sea voyage in
1553. He probably was the most colorful of all the Wyndham
family, as far as his personal history goes. At various times he was a famous navigator, a pirate, and a slave trader (Documents Illustrative of the History of the Slave Trade to America - Donnan - 1930 - Vol. 1 - Pages 8,9,11,13).
He was about 12 years old when his father died and he was then being educated by William Chamberlain, the family tutor. His father wanted him to attend the universities of Louvain and Bologna, but Thomas was not by nature a student. He was an adventurer rather than a humanist. When he was about 25, he was serving under Thomas Cromwell in Ireland. In October 1539, he was sent as a captain of a hundred men to serve under the Earl of Ormonde, and during November and December he saw a good deal of fighting in various parts of Ireland (Letters and Papers of Henry VIII - Pages 303,611,709,710).
In March 1539, he was compelled to return to England through ill health and on the 20th of June following was granted the dissolved monastery of Chichsand, Bedfordshire. Pending further employment, he married and settled in Somerset. He was among those who advocated war on Scotland and declared "unless you will handle them with fire and sword, they will never be good, but give you fair words and will perform nothing." War was declared in 1544 and Thomas was placed
in command of a "west country ship," the New Bark, a vessel of 160 tons. He did not see much action in the North Sea that year but next year he was put in command of the Strusse of Danzig, a vessel of 400 tons and 200 men, and took part in the action in Solent (Dictionary of National Biography - Vol. 21 - Page 1164).
Thomas, however, like most Tudor seamen, combined these latter commissions with filibustering on a somewhat extensive scale and a few years later, the French ambassador described him as an expert in piracy as well as "un grand homme de marine" (Commission des Archives Diplomatiques, Correspondence Politique de Odet de Selbe - Page 235, 240).
His reputation, however shady, was already made. He is described as "a commander of courage and enterprise, a Naval officer of good repute in the wars of Henry VIII and Edward VI, and an owner of privateers which preyed upon Portuguese shipping in the Channel" (Sir John Hawkins; The time and the Man - Williamson - Oxford - 1927 - Page 29). While he was not alone in his piracy, he nevertheless was a giant among the fraternity of freebootery. Indeed, says Gosse, "as one reads through the diplomatic correspondence of the early years of Elizabeth's reign, one is struck by the fact the protests against acts of piracy make up the largest item of ambassadorial routine. There is voluminous correspondence over Thomas Wyndham, son of a Norfolk man who served against the French and became a councillor and vice-admiral under Henry VIII.... Wyndham's particular enterprise was the seizure of sugar ships in the channel and the transfer of their cargoes into Waterford, where they were sold to London receivers who had agents there and at other Irish ports" (History of Piracy - Goose - New York - 1932 - Page 105). It appears that Thomas was exactly cut out for his work. He is described by a student of Elizabethan sea lore as "a fierce and masterful man making more enemies that friends among his equals, but always able to command the loyalty of his crew; just the type of character of which the service and person-ality of King Henry VIII bred such numerous examples" (Sir John Hawkins; The time and the Man - Williamson - Oxford - 1927).
Early in May 1545 Thomas, sailing in a bark called the Martin Russel, captured the Santa Maria de Guadelope and brought her into Plymouth, where he merged his freebooting activities with William Hawkins, father of Sir John Hawkins, the brilliant English navigator. On May 11, the Council ordered its restoration and on 23rd of November, directed Thomas to come to London to answer for his conduct. In May 1546, another prize which he had taken was seized at Bristol by the Council's order because Thomas had failed to satisfy the prior seizure claims, and on the 18th of July he was ordered to pay 350 pounds compensation (Dictionary of National Biography - Vol. 21 - Page 1164).
In October 1547, Thomas was given the office of "master of the ordnance of the king's ships," was appointed Vice-Admiral under Clinton, of the fleet sent to the east coast to
enforce the Protector's Scottish policy. It's object was to partly intercept French aid but especially to support the English and reforming party in the east of Scotland. Thomas' flagship was the Ager, of 240 tons and 200 men. The other ships under his command were the Mary Hamburgh, the Phoenix, the Saker, the Double Rose and the Galleot of Yarmouth. In December he anchored in the Firth of Fay and on the 18th, he wrote promising "not to leave one town nor village nor fisherboat unburned from Fifeness to Combe's Inch" and trusting soon to "suppress an abbey or two." On the 22nd he fortified Dundee and burned Balmerino Abbey and early in January he captured some French ships bound for Leith. In April, he was detached for service at Haddington and constructed Wyndham's Bulwark", which proved of great service to the defense. Thomas was not in Haddington during the siege but in July he was one of the officers under Sir Thomas Palmer who vainly attempted relieve it. Apparently, he escaped Palmer's fate and in March 1548, again was in command of the ships in the mouth of the Tay (Ibid - page 1164).
With the peace of 1550, Thomas turned to piracy briefly, capturing several Portuguese vessels going up the channel with sugar and gutting them at his leisure (Sir John Hawkins; The Time and the Man - Page 36). But soon he turned his energies to trade and exploration. With "a tall ship of 150 tons called the Lion of London", of which he was the captain and part owner, he joined in what Haklyut calls the "first voyage for traffique into the kingdom of Maracco in Barberie." No details of this expedition which sailed from Plymouth in 1551, are known. On the 29th of January 1552, Thomas was summoned before the Privy Council for plundering some Danish ships and in May he was one of the adventurers in the proposed northeast voyage of discovery (Strype - Ecclestial Memoirs - Vol. 2 - Page 72-231).
In the same year he set out on his second voyage to Morocco, the account of which, printed by Hakluyt, was written by :Master James Thomas, then page to Master Thomas Wyndham, chiefe captain of this voiage." Thomas is there described as a "Norfolk gentleman born, but dwelling at Marshfield Park in Somersetshire." The expedition sailed from Bristol Channel at the beginning of May, reached Morocco in a fortnight and traded for three months at Santa Cruz in Teneriffe. On the way back, the English captured the governor of Lanzarote in the Canaries but soon released him and reached England in October. At Christmas, Thomas took part in the court revels and also participated in the revels of the "lord of misrule" (Literary Remains of Edward VI - Page 382).
Thomas' preparations for his third and most important voyage were interrupted by the death of Edward VI; at the time, he appears to have been with the ships guarding the coast of Norfolk and his attitude was doubtful. On the 25th of July, Queen Mary's Council ordered him to London, but five days later, they wrote to the governor of Plymouth "for the dismissing of Mr. Wyndham's ship, of which they have made a stray, that he may be forth in his intended voyage." He is there described, apparently in error, as "Sir" Thomas (Dictionary of National Biography - Vol. 21 - Page 1164).
Thomas sailed from Portsmouth in the Lion of London on August 13, 1553, accompanied by the Primrose, commanded by Antonio Pinteado, a Portuguese refugee and experienced mariner. They passed Madeira, the Canaries and reached the Gold Coast. Hakluyt describes the actions of Thomas in black language, declaring he assumed command of the expedition and ordered Pinteado to take him on to the Bight of Benin. Says Hakluyt: Being counseled of the said Pinteado.... to go no further, Windam fell into a sudden rage, reviling the said Pinteado, calling him Jew, with other opprobrious words, saying, This whoreson Jew hath promised to bring us to such places as we are not, or as he cannot bring us to; but if he do not, I will cut off his ears and nail them to the masts" (The principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation - Hakluyt).
In the face of such threat, Pinteado took the expedition on to the Bight of Benin and Thomas thus became the first Englishman who "fairly rounded Cape Verde and sailed into the Southern Sea." He remained with the ships in the bight while Pinteado sailed up the Niger to trade; fever broke out among his men and Thomas himself succumbed to it. The Primrose finally got back to Plymouth with only 40 men living or half dead, of the 140 who had set forth. Pinteado himself died on the homeward voyage(Ibid).
But perhaps the character of Thomas on this trip was not so black after all. Says Williamson, concerning the details of the voyage: "Although there are few facts to be gleaned from the Admiralty documents.....the main authority is the narrative of Richard Eden (Decades of the New World - London - 1555 - Hakluyt - Vol. 6 - Page 14), a contemporary historian who was rather credulous and unsympathetic and who entertained a violent prejudice against Thomas Wyndham. Eden undoubtedly distorts the truth and omits important events" (Sir John Hawkins; The Time and the Man - Pages 41-42).
Thomas married Mary Everard, daughter of Henry Everard, of Lynnstead, Suffolk, and was the father of Henry and two daughters, one of whom married Andrew Luttrell (Dictionary of National Biography - Vol. 21 - Page 1164; The Wyndhams of Norfolk and Somerset - Page 55).
It is here that the ancient family of Wyndham begins its division. The eldest son of Sir Thomas (No. 15 on the pedigree) and his first wife, Eleanor Scrope, was Sir John Wyndham, progenitor of the branch which later was to give England some of its finest judges, lawmakers and members of the peerage, including the Earls of Egremont and Dunraven.
The youngest son of Sir Thomas and his second wife, Elizabeth Wentworth, was his namesake and the progenitor of the cadet branch of the family which found its way to foreign shores and in 1634, became one of the first families in America.
Of the older branch of the family, probably the best memorial is compiled in the description of Adare Manor, the famous abode of the Earl of Dunraven. Adare is a beautiful sylvan valley in the county of Limerick, Ireland, and the manor is described in detail by Messers. Parker (Oxford, MDCCCLXV,
4 tomes, ppxxii - 303, 31 lithographic plates and 55 woodcut vignettes).
The major feature of Adare Manor was five large bay windows illustrating the pedigree and descent of the Wyndhams, designed and executed by Thomas Willemont of London in 1838 and erected by Wyndham Henry Wyndham, Second Earl of Dunraven.
In the west window are memorials of Ailwardus, 1139; Hugh, 1152; Edricus, 1170; Thomas 1197; John, 1223; Rodolph, 1250. In the north window No. 1, William and Johnna de Castell, 1284; John, 1325; John and Katherine Redisham, 1357; Thomas and Margaret Walcot, 1386. In the north window No. 2 are full length figures of Sir John Howard in his robes of state and Sir John Wyndham in complete armour; in the No. 3 window memorials to John and Elizabeth Sharington, 1415; John and Margaret Segrave, 1440; John and Margaret Clifton, 1456; and John and Margaret Howard, 1502. In the east window Sir Thomas and Elizabeth Scrope, 1535, Sir John and Ellen Sydenham, 1574; John and Florence Wadham, 1572; John and Joan Portman, 1645; Sir George and Florence Davy, 1671; and Francis and Sarah Dayrell, 1694 (The Herald and Genealogist - 1886 - Vol. 3 - Page 450)
17. SIR HENRY WYNDHAM - Of Mileham. The dates of his birth and death are not known
but he was very young when his father died in 1553. He became
a customs official at the Port of London, serving as Collector of Subsidies on Exports, and he introduced many reforms in that office. For some reason not known today, he was incarcerated in prison at Marshalsea, and little else is heard of him (The Wyndhams of Norfolk and Somerset - Pages 149-156).
He was knighted on July 23, 1603, and is buried at Great Walshingham (Norfolk Archaeology - 1859 - Vol. 5 - Page 331; The Progress of James I - Nichols - Vol. 1 - Page 200).
He married Bridget, the daughter of Thomas Mannock, of Wyrmingford, Essex. Their children were Susan (married Myles Clark of Wroxham, Norfolk); Frances (married Sir Henry Frankland of Auldwark, Yorkshire); Elizabeth (married John Harper of Norwich); Bridget (married Thomas Frankland of Auldwark, Yorkshire); Mary, Judith and Thomas (Visitations of Norfolk, 1563, 1589, and 1613 - Hervey - Harleain Society - London - 1891 - Vol. 32 - Pages 324-325).
18. THOMAS WYNDHAM - (Died 1631) Of Pentney, Norfolk. His date of birth is not known.
Among the first mentions of his is the time when he was sent by
his father to collect a 100 pound debt from his cousin Roger. He did this with such thoroughness, Roger later instituted suit for damages (The Wyndhams of Norfolk and Somerset - Page 113).
He was left the properties of Bentley and Hamthwaite in Yorkshire by Sir Francis Wyndham, his third cousin (Ibid - Page 340).
He is buried in the church at Stokesby. He married Susan
Clere (1576-1620), daughter of Thomas Clere of Stokesby (Norfolk Families - Page 1043; Norfolk Archaeology - Vol. 5 - Page 331). The marriage license was dated 1594. She died on June 13, 1620 aged 44. There is a brass on the nave floor of the church at Pentney, with two shields (Wyndham and Clere) reading: Here lyeth interred the bodie of Mrs. Susan Wyndham the late wife of Tho. Wyndham esq. whose course of life was holly ledd in the exercise of vertu and practise of pietie, being frequent in prayer, upright in conversation carefull over hir family charitable to the poore and friendly to all as she was religious in hir lyfe, so she was blessed in hir end and hath no doubt obtayned the crowne of immortalitie. She died the 13 day of June Anno Dm 1620 being 44 years of hir adge" (Church Heraldry of Norfolk - Farrer - Norwich - 1889 - Vol. 2 - Page 263; Norfolk Archaeology - Vol. 2 - Page 88).
The children of Thomas and Susan were Thomas, Henry,
Francis, Edmond, Edward (baptised 1612) and Ann, who married Thomas Thoroughgood. Thomas' will was proved march , 1631 (Visitations of Norfolk, 1664 - Bysshe - Harleain Society - London - 1934 - Vol. 86 - Pages 246-7; Visitations of Norfolk 1563, 1589, and 1613 - Hervey - Harleain Society - 1891 - Vol. 32 - Page 324).
19. EDWARD WINDHAM - (1608-1664) Youngest son of Thomas and Susan Clere Wyndham
was born in 1608 in Norfolk County, England. He was baptised at
the age of four (Norfolk Visitations - Bysshe - 1934 - Vol. 2 - Pages 246-7; Norfolk Families - Rye - 1913 - Page 1043).
He came to America in the ship John and Dorothy in 1634 with Capt. Adam Thoroughgood, a relative by marriage, while only 26 years old (Virginia magazine of History and Biography - Vol. 2 - Page 423; Cavaliers and Pioneers - Nugent - 1934 - Vol. 1 - Page 23; Early Virginia Immigrants - Greer - 1912 - Page 366; Cyclopedia of Virginia Biography - Tyler - 1915 - Vol. 1 - Page 361).
In 1642-3, Edward was a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses, which convened at Jamestown on March 1st. He was the first burgess ever elected from Lower Norfolk County and he served in this capacity with Cornelius Lloyd and the other member from his county. He was among those burgesses who protested against the dissolution of the proprietary government (History of Virginia - Burk - 1822 - Vol. 2 - Pages 68-74; Virginia Carolorum - Neill - Pages 158-168; Va. Mag. of History & Biog. - Vol. 2 - Page 423).
He took an active part in the early history of Tidewater Virginia, serving as judge and military advisor. On June 16, 1637, William Berkeley of Virginia issued a commission appointing him one of the commissioners for keeping monthly courts in Lower Norfolk, along with John Cookin, John Sibsey, Henry Woodhouse, William Julian, Henry Sewall, Francis Mason and Henry Catching. He also was appointed inspector of tobacco crops for his county, on January 6, 1639, along with John Stratton and Thomas Keeling (Wm & Mary College Quarterly
- New Series - Vol. 4 - Page 25; Va. Mag. of History and Biography - Vol. - Pages 122-435).
On August 8, 1643, he deeded about 400 acres of land to one James Stirling. This land was located on Samuel Bennett's Creek (now the western branch of Lynnhaven River) next to the land of Capt. Adam Thoroughgood. He signed the deed as Edward Windham gent: of Lynnhaven (Wills and deeds of Norfolk County, 1651-1656 - Book C - Folio 13 - County Clerk's Office, Portsmouth, Va.).
He was described as a man of great military talent and is variously referred to as Captain, Major, Commander, Lieutenant-Colonel and Sergeant-Major. The council of war which met on November 3, 1645, was composed of eight residents of Lower Norfolk, Upper Norfolk and Isle of Wight Counties who had the most experience in military affairs and he was one of the eight (Institutional History of Va. in the Seventeenth Century - Bruce - Vol. 2 - Pages 83-85; Va. Mag. of History & Biog. - Vol. 25 - Page 76; Lower Norfolk County Antiquity - Vol. 2 Page 12; Maryland Historical Magazine - Vol. 35 - Page 173; Cyclopedia of Virginia Biography - Tyler - 1915 - Vol. 1 - Page 361; Old Homes in Princess Ann, Va. - Kellam - Portsmouth - 1931 - Page 189).
He was a member of the vestry in Lynnhaven Parish in 1640 and was one of the five judges present at the courts held in Lower Norfolk County from 1637 to 1643 along with Capt. Thomas Willoughby, Capt. John Sibsey, Lieut. Francis Mason, Mr. William Julian and Mr. Henry Sewall. He was witness to a sales contract by Edward Moseley on August 5, 1651 (Va. Mag. of History & Biog. - Vol. 39 - Pages 2,4,5,7,10,11,13,14,16 and 239; Vol. 40 - Pages 40,133,140, 236,240,355, and 134; Vol. 41 - Pages 50,120,248,335 and 336; Lower Norfolk County Antiquity - Vol. 1 - Pages 2,81,82,84, 139,140,142 and 146; Vol. 2 - Pages 12,122,125 and 126).
On April 7, 1646, he was appointed high sheriff for the county of Lower Norfolk (Minute Book A - Norfolk County - Page 322 - Courthouse, Portsmouth, Va.) and on March 3, 1650 he witnessed a document for one John Townes concerning the sale of tobacco (Wills and Deeds - Norfolk County - Book B, 1646-1651 - Courthouse, Portsmouth, Va.)
In 1651 Edward was still a resident of Lower Norfolk County but apparently he joined the Puritan emigration to Maryland and in March of 1652, he was appointed one of the six members of the council to govern Maryland during the argument between the Cromwell party and Lord Baltimore. This council was named to administer the oath of allegiance to the English Commonwealth from the province of Maryland. His title was that of Provincial Commissioner, one of those who superceded the governor's council (Maryland Historical Magazine - Vol. 35 - Page 173; Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight Virginia - Boddie - 1938 - Page 63; History of Maryland - Bozman - 1837 - Pages 442,681; Archives of Maryland - Vol. 3 - Page 271; Vol. 54 - Page 7; Tercentenary History of Maryland - Andrews- Pages 223,226)
Apparently, Edward Windham returned to England about this time as his name does not appear among the new councillors appointed in June 1652, nor indeed does his name appear of record in America after 1652. He was buried in Stokley, Norfolk in September 6, 1664 (Norfolk Archaeology - Vol. 2 - Page 274).
It is here that the genealogy becomes confused, principally because of the only known entry showing Edward's death. This reads: "Edw. Windham, bapt. 15 April 1612, ob.s.p" (Norfolk Archaeology - Vol. 2 - Page 274).
This would indicate the burgess died without posterity but the record belies such assumption. In the first place, as witness to the will of Robert Powys, he sign himself as "Edward Windham, senior", indicating the existence of a son named for himself. It has been suggested that the younger Edward was an illegitimate son but this hardly seems likely in view of the elder's signature.
Since there was only one Edward Windham of record in Virginia or Maryland between 1652 and 1680 and no record of another having emigrated to these shores, this seems fair proof that he was the son of the burgess as the family records and traditions have always stated.
20. EDWARD WINDHAM - The exact dates of his birth and death are not known and he
apparently lived obscurely as a planter. In 1677 he was a resident
of the Isle of Wight County and received land grants from William Boddie. This Boddie continually refers to him as Edmund Windum" (Cavaliers and Pioneers - Nugent - 1934 - Vol. 1 - Page 467; Wm. & Mary College Quarterly - New Series - Vol. 14 - Page 127).
In October 1677, he is to be found among the petitioners who asked for the release of William West, who had taken part in Bacon's rebellion. He was a resident of Isle of Wight (Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight Virginia - Boddie - 1938 - Page 163).
The date of his death is unknown but it must have occurred between 1683 and 1695 because on June 5, 1683, he had land in Isle of Wight County which adjoined a plot given to Mary Brown, daughter of William Boddie (Ibid - Page 340; Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight County, Va. 1647-1800 - Vol. 1 - Page 33; Isle of Wight County Deed Books - Book 2 - Page 434), and was dead by April 13, 1695 at which time Boddie appeared in court in behalf of his son Edward, who was still under age at the time (Seventeenth Century Isle of Wight Virginia - Boddie - Page 201)
This latter Edward lived in Isle of Wight County on the north side of Nottoway River and west side of Horse Pen Branch as late as 1734, when John Jordan patented 190 acres next to his land (Virginia Land Office Records - Vol. 15 - Page 15; Edward Pleasants Valentine Papers - Vol. 2 - Page 718).
Other sons were Reuben (see below) and John (married in 1742 to Elizabeth__?___), both living in Nottoway Parish, Isle
of Wight County (Deed Book - Isle of Wight County - Book 6 - Page 165 - Courthouse, Isle of Wight, Va.) John had a son, John Jr. who married Martha Kitching on January 3, 1779. Both were residents of Nottoway Parish (Marriage Records - Southampton County - Book 1 - Page 27 - Courthouse, Courtland, Virginia).
21. REUBEN WINDHAM - (Died 1745 Lived and died in Nottoway Parish, Isle of Wight
County, Virginia. The date of his birth are not known. His
inventory is on file in that county dated January 27, 1745 in Book 5, page 3. The inventory, presented by his son Edward, showed him owing 13 pounds in debts, with 11 pounds due him (Wills and Administrations of Isle of Wight County, Va. 1647-1800, Vol. 2 - Page 123).
He had a very large family, apparently all of whom, with the exception of (1) Benjamin and (2) Edward, emigrated to Cheraw and Ninety-Six Districts in South Carolina. Of these children there are on record the following (Original records of early South Carolina on file in the State Historical Commission, War Memorial Bldg., Columbia, S.C.):
(3) John, who held much land in Cheraw District in 1789. He is found on record in Terrel County, NC., in 1749 and 1750 and is there described as "formerly of Southampton County, Va.,"(Deed Book 1 - Page 70 - Southampton Co., Virginia - Courthouse, Courtland, Virginia). His wife's name appears to have been Elizabeth.
(4) William, on record in Craven County in 1766.
(5) Jesse, who died in the Revolutionary War.
(6) Reuben, who on November 28, 1766 bought 100 acres of land in Craven County, SC., on the
"northeast side of Pee Dee River bounding southeast on Tom Burton's land."
(7) James, of whom nothing is known.
(8) Amos, of whom nothing is known.
(9) Daniel, of whom nothing is known.
(10) Rachel, who held land in her own name in Craven County in 1766.
(11) Charles, on record in Craven County in 1754.
(12) Moses, on record in Georgetown District.
Of the other sons, (1) Benjamin (see below) apparently remained in Southampton County, and (2) Edward appears in many Southampton deeds from 1752 to 1762. His land was located on the south side of Flat Swamp, adjoining that of John Calthorpe
(Deed Books - Southampton County - Book 3 - Page 112 - Courthouse, Courtland, Va.). This Edward had a son named Eustis, who married Elizabeth Carr (Ibid - Book 1 - Page 353; Book 1 - Pages 75,276; Book 3 - Page 137).
Since Southampton was formed from Isle of Wight County in 1748, it is probable that these Windhams lived in that section of Isle of Wight which became Southampton.
22. BENJAMIN WINDHAM - (Died 1782) Was born in Isle of Wight County, Va., but his date of
birth is unknown. He died in Southampton County (probably
that section which was formerly Isle of Wight - see paragraph above), and his inventory is on record there, dated July 12, 1782. The inventory was valued at 35 pounds 18 shillings (Will books - Southampton County - Book 3 - Page 424 - Courthouse, Courtland, Va.).
He fought in the Revolutionary War on the side of the colonists and was a soldier in Col. Dabney's State Legion, dying while in the service of his country, as did his brother Jesse (Pension Records - Eight Annual Report of the Library Board of Virginia - 1912 - Page 478).
His wife was named Mary and was the mother of a large family. She was pensioned as a soldier's widow in 1789 by the state of Virginia. Ben Blunt, in a letter to the governor of Virginia, dated August 11, 1792 states: "Mary Windham is the widow of Benjamin Windham who was a soldier in Col. Dabney's State Legion and died whilst in the service of his country; she is about 40 years of age and has several children' tho' they are all, except one or two of the youngest, able to maintain themselves, and they are likely to be able to earn a support in a few years." She continued to live in Southampton County as late as 1806 (Calendar of Virginia State Papers - Vol. 5 - Page 652; Vol. 9 - Page 486).
Among the children were Reuben (see below) and William who moved to Maryland.
23. REUBEN WINDHAM - Lived in Surry County, Va., but the dates of his birth and death are
unknown. On December 3, 1785, the Rev. Henry John Burgess,
rector of Southampton Parish in Surry County, presided over his marriage to Jane Clements (Tyler's Quarterly - Vol. 7 - Page 115; Register of Marriages - Surry County - Page 207 - Courthouse, Surry, Va.).
They later moved to South Carolina, where Reuben bought 420 acres of land in Fairfield District in 1806 (Original records of South Carolina on file at the State Historical Commission, War Memorial Bldg., Columbia, SC.). Their children were Edward (see below), Thompson, Mary Sarah and Catherine. Jane Windham survived her husband, married a second time to John Wilson of Tuscaloosa County, Ala. and became the mother of James and John Wilson (Old Windham Family Bible in possession
of the Wilson family, McConnels, Ala.).
The oldest son -
24. EDWARD WINDHAM - Was born in South Carolina on February 18, 1795. With his
brother Thompson Windham, he moved to Tuscaloosa County,
Alabama, where they settled in the northern section of the county sometime before 1824 (Census records of Tuscaloosa County, Ala.).
They had much difficulty in holding the land on which they settled and were beaten to the land office at Huntsville by others who jumped their claims. But both Edward and Thompson owned fairly large tracts of land in Tuscaloosa County at various times. On April 2, 1827 Edward bought 80 acres from Thompson (Tuscaloosa County Deed Records - Book F - Page 12); on August 15, 1835, Edward and his wife Mary sold 100 acres to one P. Suddeth (Ibid - Book N - Page 41); on February 28, 1845, Thompson and Sarah, his wife sold 39 acres to Edward (Ibid - Book U - Page 464) and on December 14, 1855 Edward deeded to Reuben Benjamin, his son, "in consideration of the love and affection I bear him.....the northeast quarter section 4 township 19 range 12 west containing 40 acres more or less, also the southwest quarter of the southwest quarter section 33 township 18 range 12 west, 40 acres more or less, also the southeast quarter of the northeast quarter of section 4 township 19 range 12 west, all in Tuscaloosa County, Ala." (Ibid - Book 3 - Page 410)
Thompson married Mary Spencer and had a son named Adolphus, who was progenitor of the South Alabama branch of the family.
Edward married Mary "Polly" Stone on July 12, 1824. The wedding was performed by Thomas I. Wash, Justice of the Peace (Marriage Records - Tuscaloosa County - 1823-1845 - Page 40 - Courthouse, Tuscaloosa, Ala.).
Among their children were Edward, Oliver, Patsy, William, David, Nancy, James, Reuben Benjamin (see below) and others, most of whom had issue. Of these -
25. REUBEN BENJAMIN WINDHAM - (1828-1905) Was born June 16, 1828 at Windham
Springs, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. He died
September 15, 1905 in Pickens County, Alabama. He was married January 29, 1854 to Elizabeth Hannah, daughter of Cullinas Hannah and his wife Mary "Polly" Lowe, and they lived on land at Moore's Bridge in Tuscaloosa County, which had been deeded to Reuben Benjamin by his father (see above). Their children were:
(1) Cullinas Calloway (1858-1898). Married to Binie Propst and had issue: Hugh and Minnie.
(2) Roda Elizabeth (1866-1889). Not married.
(3) Reuben Vaughn (1861-1948). Married to Mattie Waldrop
and had issue: Whitten, Effie May, Waldrop and Nell.
(4) Nathaniel Bascomb (1856-1930). Married first to Isabella Propst and had issue: Edward,
Manly, Jacob and Henry, all of whom lived in Texas and has issue. Married second to Emma Johnston and had issue: William, Adele, and Joseph Clark.
(5) Martha Alvira (1859-1933). Married to William Thornton and had issue: Annie, Myrtie,
Georgia, Ruby, Etta, Artie, Pearl, Bascomb, Roscoe, William.
(6) Mary Ann (1855-1929). Married to L. Mack Strickland and had issue: Spurgeon, Virginia,
Attie, Basil, Newbern, Beria, Jalie, Walter, Fora, Percy.
(7) John Wilson (J.) (see below).
(8) James William (1870-1946). Married to Alice Donahoo and had issue: Willie Lou, Julia, Elliree,
Mozelle, Bernard, Eugene, Frances and Jimmie B.
(9) Issac Early (1873-1934). Married to Nettie Lowe and had issue: Niva Avis.
26. JOHN J. WINDHAM - (1868-1936). He was born November 20, 1868 at Moore's Bridge, Tuscaloosa
County Alabama. His given name was John Wilson but because he had a
brother with the same initials, resulting in much confusion, he adopted the middle initial of J., early in manhood.
He was educated at Forkland High School and Davis Creek High School. In his early 20's he became a teacher and taught in schools throughout North Alabama, among them Fayette, Berry and Florence Normal, which became Florence State Teachers College. He entered politics a little later and was twice candidate for the State Legislature but was never elected. In 1872, he moved with his family to Gordo, Ala., where he grew up. In later years he operated a hotel in Gordo and worked for various mercantile houses.
He was the first mayor of Gordo - his father-in-law being the second and his brother-in-law the third. In 1907, he moved his family to Columbus, Mississippi, where he went to work in the Post Office. He held this job until September 1918 at which time he moved his family to Birmingham, Alabama, and became a statistician with the Tennessee Coal, Iron & Railroad Company. He retired about 1932 and died at the West End Baptist Hospital on October 9, 1936 at Birmingham.
He married Nannie Estelle Ezell, the daughter of Amasa C Ezell and his wife Mary Ann Shepard, of Pickens County Ala. Their children were:
(1) Mary Estelle (1895-1933). Married Leroyce Borders and had issue: May Estelle, Merril Leroyce,
and John Amasa.
(2) Ira Jay (1897-1906). Died in adolescence.
(3) Bessie Anita (born 1899). Married to Verner Loy Adams. No issue.
(4) John Laurin (1901-1919). Died in youth.
(5) Merril Buford (born 1903). Married to Eleanor Bennett and had issue: Marilyn.
(6) Amasa Benjamin (1905-1956). Married Kathryn Tucker and had issue: Kathryn Tabb, Amasa
Benjamin Jr. and Helen Ann.
(7) Twin daughters (died in infancy).
The following is additional information sent in by Mrs. Henry Windham of Columbus, Mississippi, and Mr. Thurman Windham of Corpus Christi, Texas, concerning the children of Nathaniel Bascomb Windham.
26. NATHANIEL BASCOMB WINDHAM - was the son of Reuben Benjamin Windham and
Elizabeth Hannah Windham. He was born 1856;
died 1930; married first Isabella Propst and had issue; married second Emma Johnston and had issue.
The children of Nathaniel Bascomb Windham and Isabella Propst Windham were:
(1) Nathaniel Manly Windham, born July 10, 1879; died September 22, 1961. He married first on
January 10, 1900, Alma Etta Jack, (daughter of Andrew Jack and Sarah Denton Jack of Roxtown, Texas) who died November 11, 1939. He married second on January 15, 1942, Trannie McClure Gunter who died March 9, 1959.
The children of Nathaniel Manly Windham and Alma Jack Windham were:
(a) Otis Lee Windham, born April 10, 1901; married Ruby McBurnett of Petty, Texas.
Their children were Wilma Windham, Lora Windham, Alma Jane Windham and Gladys Windham.
(b) Grady Edward Windham, born June 6, 1902; lives in Texas; married Tina Harris. Their
children were: Gracie Elizabeth Windham.
(c) Gracie Elizabeth Windham (twin of Grady) died at age three; buried near Clarksville,
(d) Claude Milton Windham, born September 28, 1903; lives at Fort Worth, Texas;
married Bessie Taylor (deceased). Their children were Helen Inez Windham, L.A. Windham, R.E. Windham, Shirley Glenn Windham.
(e) Thera May Windham, date of birth unknown; died at age three; buried at Pleasant Hill,
(f) Clara Isola Windham, born September 3, 1911; lives at Odessa, Texas; married Lester P.
Spann. Their Children were Melba Faye Spann, Donald Ray Spann, Joyce Nell Spann, Gary Roland Spann and Tommy Jack Spann.
(g) Sarah Inez Windham, born September 11, 1915; died at age six; buried at Pleasant Hill,
(h) Manly Thurman Windham, born July 26, 1919; lives at Corpus Christi, Texas; married
Anna Katherine Fitzhugh, a descendant of Martha Washington on November 9, 1941, at Denison, Texas. Their Children were: Kenneth Charles Windham, Larry Paul Windham.
(2) James Henry Windham, born 1882 at Kennedy, Pickens County, Alabama; died 1954; married
Velma Alabama Clanton in 1905 at Gordo, Alabama. Their children were:
(a) Elizabeth Windham, born 1907; lives in Columbus, Mississippi married Coker F.
Ellerburg of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, who died June 1957. No issue.
(b) Kate Hill Windham, born 1910; married Frederick W. Wichman of Columbus,
Mississippi. Their children were Frederick W. Wichman Jr., Sandra May Wichman.
(c) James Henry Windham Jr., born 1920; married Vallie Wilma Williams of Pushmataha,
Alabama. Their children were: Judy Windham, Philip Windham, John Paul Windham.
(3) Jacob Reuben Windham, deceased;; married Mary Hobbs (deceased) of Petty, Texas. Their
children were: Anna Margaret Windham (Paris, Texas); Malcolm Windham (deceased); Mary Jake Windham (Dallas, Texas). He married second Carrie Rivers of Petty, Texas, and had issue: Billie Frank Windham (deceased).
(4) Calvin Edward Windham, deceased; married four times and last to Amelia Jones, widow of
Dallas, Texas. No issue.
The children of Nathaniel Bascomb Windham and Emma Johnston Windham were:
(5) William Benjamin Windham, married Beulah Vesta Thornton (deceased) of Columbus,
Mississippi, and had issue: Nathaniel Bascomb Windham
(6) Minnie Adelle Windham, married Jud Tennison; divorced; no issue; lives at Greenville, Texas.
(7) Joseph Clark Windham, deceased; married Josephine Skaggs, now a resident of Tampa, Florida.
Their children were: Joseph Clark Windham Jr., Richard Windham (deceased).
THE DESCENDANTS OF CHARLES WINDHAM
JEFFIE WINDHAM MOORE
IN MEMORY OF
DR. JOHN EVANS WINDHAM
Dr. John Evans Windham
During Dr. Samuel Johnson's last hours in 1784, James Boswell recorded that Sir William Windham placed a pillow under his head to make him more comfortable. Boswell later described Sir William as "the high-souled Windham."
In the twentieth century a descendant of Sir William, Dr. John Evans Windham, with the same "high soul" continued the ministries of his ancestor. Dr. Windham placed many comforting pillows under the heads of his patients to make their recoveries or their last moments less painful. With his medication and his words of wisdom gleaned from forty-five years of experience in the practice of medicine, he made an invaluable contribution to his profession.
Born in Vaiden, Mississippi, on September 4, 1904, he was the son of a prominent educator, John Calhoun Windham, and his wife Mary Evans Windham. His father, who was once president of the Mississippi Education Association, was superintendent of such outstanding schools as Canton, Tupelo, Cleveland, Brooklyn and Hickory.
After his graduation from Cleveland High School, Johnny, as he was affectionately known, entered the University of Mississippi in 1922. Here he distinguished himself both as a scholar and as a football player. An extremely handsome but modest and unassuming young man, he became a charter member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and belonged to the Cotillion Club and the Demolay Club.
He earned an impressive reputation as a football hero and served many times as game captain of the "Mighty Mississippians" in 1926. Johnny was one of the few players who could claim the distinction of having played every minute of every game, both defense and offense, during a single football season.
The 1926 annual described him thus: "The Great Stone Face was one of the deadliest tacklers of Ole Miss and never failed to play havoc in opposing backfields. Johnny's work is a good example of what can be accomplished by consistent work." The inscription under his senior picture read: "His chances for future greatness are unlimited."
After a year at Greenwood High School as a coach and teacher of General Science, he returned to Ole Miss in the fall of 1927 as a freshman football coach and obtained his Master of Arts degree. He then decided that medicine was his chosen field, so he entered the Medical School at the University for two years. After his pre-med work he went to Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1931 and received his degree in 1933.
The Jefferson annual, The Clinic, paid this tribute to Dr. Windham: The lad with the softness of Mississippi nights in his voice came to us at the beginning of our junior year...Although he does not have a great deal to say for himself, we have learned to appreciate his excellent qualities. We have no doubt of his powers to become one of those truly great physicians."
He went to Washington, Pennsylvania, for internship. At Delaware County Hospital in Philadelphia he met his future wife, Beryl Elberson, a petite, red-haired anesthetist, whom he married in 1934. After their marriage he went to Oncologic Hospital in Philadelphia to study cancer research. There he received extensive training in X-ray and became an expert radiologist.
In 1937 Dr. Windham returned to the South with his wife and little daughter, Bonnie, who was born in 1936. After two years at Kosciusko, Mississippi, he was called into service as a member of the Army reserve. He became chief radiologist at Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, where he so severely damaged his eyesight reading X-rays that he was forced to wear dark glasses for the remainder of his life. In 1941 he was discharged and returned to Kosciusko with his family, including another daughter, Jean who was born in Hattiesburg in 1941.
Dr. Windham remained in Kosciusko for thirteen years as a general practitioner with a host of patients and friends. In 1953 the North Sunflower County Hospital in Ruleville offered him a position as radiologist, and he accepted. He moved to Ruleville, where he purchased a clinic and built his home. Soon he was reading all the X-rays for both Ruleville and Cleveland hospitals. His work became so demanding that he gave up his medical practice and concentrated on X-rays.
In 1972 Dr. Windham became ill and had to retire because of cancer. After a long and courageous battle with his illness, he died on September 22, 1978, at the hospital in Ruleville.
With great pride in "this lad with the softness of Mississippi nights in his voice" and in the esteemed Delta doctor, who combined all the great qualities of his Anglo-Saxon heritage, we dedicate to Dr. John Evans Windham this study of the Windham family.
Hudean Windham Burkhalter
DESCENDANTS OF CHARLES WINDHAM
22. CHARLES WINDHAM - He was born about 1709 in Nottoway Parish, Isle of Wight
County, Virginia. He died before August 20, 1771, in
Cheraw District, formerly Craven County, South Carolina.
Charles was the son of Reuben Windham noted as the twenty-first generation in The Windham Lineage by Amasa B. Windham (see Page 25). Reuben had a very large family: Edward, Benjamin, John, William, Jesse, Charles, Reuben, James, Amos, Daniel, Rachael, and Moses. It is known that Edward and Benjamin remained in Virginia, but many of the others were attracted by the inducements to the Providence of South Carolina.
Charles Windham first appeared on record in Prince Frederick Winyaw Parish, South Carolina, in 1737. At that time three important settlements were being made in the region along the Pee Dee River at Britton's Neck, Sandy Bluff, and the Welsh Tract at Long Bluff.
The settlement at Britton's Neck, twenty miles below Mars Bluff and forty miles above George-town, was made in 1735 by the families of Britton, Graves, Fladger, Davis, Tyler, Giles, and others. These families came from England as one colony, and being members of the Established Church, they erected a house for the worship of God as one of their first acts. The Reverend Robert Hunter, who came with the colony, served Britton's Neck Church until his death. He was succeeded by the Reverend Allison (History of Old Cheraws - Bishop Bregg - 1867 - p. 69).
The settlement at Sandy Bluff, a point on the east bank of the Pee Dee River two and one half miles above Mars Bluff and forty miles above George-town, was made in 1735 by the families Turbeville, Crawford, Saunders, Murfee, Crosby, Keighly, Berry, Gibson, and others. They came from England and Ireland, and having landed at Charles-town, theY found their way to George-town and thence up the river. Like their neighbors at Britton's Neck, they erected a building for public worship according to the rites of the Established Church. The Reverend William Turbeville, who came from England with the colony, was rector of the Sandy Bluff Church for over sixty years (Ibid - pp. 70,71).
In 1737 a group of Welshmen obtained from the Council of King George II of England a grant of 173,840 acres of land on the Pee Dee River. At that time they were settled in Delaware on lands purchased from William Penn. Their intentions in securing the grant were:
(a) to settle in a community of farmers who would be homogeneous in spirit, customs and ideals;
(b) to establish a church of their own faith, Baptist, with no authority from the Church of England;
(c) to bring up their children in an orderly, law-abiding
community controlled by the simple democratic ideals of their Welsh fatherland;
(d) to have no outsiders settled among them.
In 1736 they came up the Pee Dee River to stake out their claims, 250 acres each, on the east bank of the river in what is now Marion County. In 1737 the grant was extended up the river above the present North Carolina line and included all lands lying within eight miles on each side of the Pee Dee River. On February 10, 1737, the Honourable Thomas Broughton, Governor of South Carolina, instructed the Surveyor General "not to survey for any other persons than the said Welsh people any more of the said lands lying within eight miles on each side of the river and so up to the Branches aforesaid." By 1747 practically all the lands were taken. The known families of the Welsh settlers were: James James and wife, Philip James and wife, Daniel Devonald, Abel James, Daniel James and wife, Thomas Evans and wife, Thomas Harry and wife, John Harry and wife, Samuel Evans and wife, David Jones and wife, Thomas James, William James, Evan Harry, John Jones and wife, Samuel Wilds and wife, Daniel Harry and wife, Thomas Jones and wife, Griffeth Jones and wife, Griffeth John, John Newberry, Henry Oldacre, William Eynon, David James, Samuel Sarance, and William Terrel (Darlingtoniana, A History of the People, Places and Events in Darlington County, South Carolina - Edited by Eliza Cowen Ervin and Horace Fraser Rudisill - 1976 - pp. 24,26,27,28).
It should be noted that Windham is not included among the names of the known families who settled at Britton's Neck, Sandy Bluff and the Welsh Tract, although the records clearly indicate that Charles Windham was living in the vicinity from 1735 until 1771. According to the existing church records, it appears that Charles arrived in South Carolina before the establishment of the above settlements. He was associated with the Prince Frederick Winyaw Parish Church on the Black River near George-town and the Reverend John Fordyce who was rector from 1734 until 1751 and who officiated at the Britton's Neck Church and extensively up the Pee Dee River into the Cheraws (A Historical Account of the Protestant Episcopal Church in South Carolina - Albert Sidney Thomas p. 349). The rector recorded the following information (The Register Book of Prince Frederick Winyaw Parish Church - published by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America - 1916 - pp. 7,9,16,38)
Charles Windham and his wife Mary Windham had the following children baptized:
(1) Mary Windham, born September 7, 1735; baptized December 8, 1737.
(2) Daniel Windham, born September 1, 1738; baptized February 5, 1739
(3) Amos Windham, born November 11, 1741; baptized October 12, 1743.
The Reverend Michael Smith, who came to the church in 1752,
recorded the following:
Charles Windham and his (second) wife Ann had the following child baptized:
(4) Mary Windham, baptized December 1, 1753, then aged one year and seven months.
The daughter of Charles and Ann Windham was named Mary Ann and called Ann. Here began a Windham tradition of having a daughter named Mary and a daughter named Mary Ann in the same family.
After 1754 there are no references to the Windham family in the records of the Prince Frederick Winyaw Church. According to the minutes of the vestry meetings recorded in the Register Book in 1754, the Reverend Michael Smith found himself in serious difficulties because of his manners and immoral conduct toward parish members and his "unauthorized" use of church funds. Many of the parish families turned to other churches. It seems that Charles Windham may have become associated with the Sandy Bluff Church and the Reverend William Turbeville as indicated by the late Leonardo Andrea in his research of both the Windham and Turbeville families. However, the Sandy Bluff Church merged with Christ's Church in Mars Bluff around 1800, and the early records of the Sandy Bluff Church were lost (The Windham Manuscript - Andrea - 1950 - pp. 1,2,10,20 - South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina - Columbia, South Carolina).
When he arrived in South Carolina, Charles Windham appears to have bought lands along the Pee Dee river near Mars Bluff in Craven County. The records indicate that he did not receive a royal land grant. However, after the Welsh Tract was settled he petitioned the Council in 1754 for three hundred acres-----stating that he had a wife, three children (under sixteen) and one Negroe (Council Journal Number 23 - p. 108 - South Carolina Archives - Columbia, South Carolina). The petition was granted, and a tract of land containing three hundred acres was laid out on Jefferies Creek on the south side of the Pee Dee River in Cravens County on July 20, 1754. According to the plat, the grant was not issued but was held in reserve for Charles Windham from 1754 until August 30, 1771, when the Court of the Ordinary certified the grant for Amos Windham, his son. This action by the Court indicates that Charles was deceased by this time (Pre-Revolutionary Loose Plats - Folder Number 2039 - South Carolina Archives- Columbia, South Carolina). The Index to Royal Plats Prior to 1776 shows this plat dated 1754 in the name of Amos Windham, who was twelve years old at the time.
On October 28, 1742, Charles Windham witnessed the will of Daniel Shaw of Prince Frederick Winyaw Parish, Craven County, South Carolina (Abstracts of Wills of the State of South Carolina 1740-1760 - Moore - p. 38 - South Carolina Archives, Columbia, South Carolina).
On June 25, 1747, Charles Windom, planter, of Prince Frederick Winyaw Parish in the Province of South Carolina, mortgaged
to John McIver, planter, of the same parish and province, for seven hundred and fifty pounds and thirteen shillings, the following properties: a slave named Will, one hundred head of black cattle, one hundred head of hogs, four head of mares and horses, one mare, and all the household furniture. The deed was signed by Charles Windham , witnessed by Edward Rouse and George Cooper, was sworn by George Cooper before William Fleming, and was recorded on July 16, 1747 (Mortgages - Vol. SS - p. 247 - South Carolina Archives - Columbia, South Carolina).
On December 31, 1766, Charles Windham, planter of Craven County in the Province of South Carolina, signed a deed of gift, at his death, of black cattle, hogs, horses, household furniture, and plantation tools to his children: Jesse, David, Isaac, James, and Ann Windham. The deed was witnessed by Edward Clark and James Thomson, was sworn by James Thomson before Daniel Dayley, and was recorded February 19, 1767 (Miscellaneous Records - Vol. MM - pp. 670,671 - South Carolina Archives - Columbia, South Carolina).
The known Children Charles Windham were:
(1) Mary Windham-------the daughter of Charles and Mary Windham; born September 7,
1735, in Prince Frederick Winyaw Parish, Craven County, South Carolina; baptized December 8, 1737, by the Reverend John Fordyce, rector of Prince Frederick Winyaw Parish Church. The list of known heirs (see below) to the estate of Isaac Windham, Mary's half-brother, who died intestate in 1820 may give us some clues to the family of this daughter.
(2) Daniel Windham-------the son of Charles and Mary Windham; born September 1, 1738 in
Prince Frederick Winyaw Parish, Craven County, South Carolina; baptized February 7, 1739, by the Reverend John Fordyce, rector of Prince Frederick Winyaw Parish Church. The only record for this son was found in the South Carolina Archives - South Carolina Court of Common Pleas - Judgment Rolls 1704-1790 86A, 358A. Daniel Windom had given a note to Thomas Blackmon for twenty five pounds and fourteen shillings. The note was signed with Daniel's mark, a capital D, dated 1765. On August 9, 1768, a legal notice was given to attach the body of Daniel Windham who lived near the Great Store at Indian Land near Mars Bluff. He could not be found by Deputy George Beasley. Daniel's name does not appear in the records of either the Revolutionary War or the 1790 census of South Carolina. It appears that he died at an early age and at approximately the same time as his father. The records indicate that Daniel has a son, Daniel Windham, Jr.
(3) Amos Windham-------the son of Charles and Mary Windham; born November 11, 1741;
See (23) AMOS WINDHAM on the following pages.
(4) Mary Ann Windham-------the daughter of Charles and His second wife Ann Windham;
born April 1752, in Prince Frederick Winyaw Parish, Craven County, South Carolina; baptized December 1, 1753, by the Reverend Michael Smith, rector of Prince Frederick Winyaw Parish Church. The list of known heirs to the estate of Isaac Windham, Mary Ann's brother, may give some clues to the family of this daughter.
(5) Jesse Windham-------the son of Charles and Ann Windham; born about 1754 in Prince
Frederick Winyaw Parish, Craven County, South Carolina. He served as a private in the South Carolina Militia during the Revolutionary War. Jesse Wyndham is listed in General Francis Marion's Men by Boddie along with proof of his service (The Windham Manuscript - Andrea - 1950 - pp. 4,7 - South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC). Jesse received a land grant, issued May 4, 1795, from the State of South Carolina for 234 acres located in Georgetown District (Index to State Grants 1784-1821 - South Carolina Archives, Columbia AC). He died in Georgetown District at his home near China Grove in 1818. The notice of the sale of his personal estate was published in the Winyaw Intellingencer on April 4, 1818, by the administrator of the estate, Robert Cotten, (Marriage, Death and Estate Notices from Georgetown, South Carolina Newspapers 1791-1861 - Holcomb - p. 57 - South Carolina Archives - Columbia, SC).
(6) Isaac Windham------the son of Charles and Ann Windham; born about 1755 in Prince
Frederick Winyaw Parish, Craven County, South Carolina. There us a stub indent, S 325, dated June 16, 1785, for twenty pounds, twelve shillings and eight pence, pay due Isaac Windham for service in the Continental South Carolina Line in 1782 and 1783 during the Revolution-ary War. He was found on record in Barnwell County, South Carolina, in the court proceedings of William Roberts vs. Isaac Windham dated November 5, 1788. The jury found for the plaintiff forty-four pounds with interests and costs (Winton (Barnwell) County, South Carolina, Minutes of the County Court and will book I - Holcomb - pp. 48,56,62 - South Carolina Archives - Columbia S.C.). Isaac moved to North Carolina where he first appeared on record May 8, 1973, when a state land grant, Number 2892, for one hundred acres in Bladen County was entered for Isaac Windham. From 1793 until his death in 1820, Isaac and his wife Amelia accumulated a large estate in land and slaves in the Cape Fear River area in Bladen County (Land Grants and Deeds for Bladen County, N.C. - Grants 2844, 2892, 3012, 3672 - Book 9, p. 583 - Book 35 p. 226 - North Carolina Archives, Raleigh, N.C.). Isaac died without issue and intestate in 1820. Since all Bladen County records prior to 1865 were destroyed by fire, there
are no estate papers available for Isaac's estate. However, there are known heirs who gave powers of attorney to Elias Windham, nephew of Isaac, to collect their interests in the estate, and those records are available (North Carolina Archives, Raleigh, N.C. - Bladen County Deed Book 11 - pp.247,248,249,151,151; South Carolina Archives, Columbia, S.C. - Darlington County Deed Book H - pp. 191-193; Deed Book J - p. 24; Deed Book K - p. 1).
The known heirs of Isaac Windham were:
(a) James Prowder and his son Jasper of Scriven County Georgia;
(b) John Windham, Daniel Windham, Sr., Anthony Windham, Giles Carter,
Elizabeth Dubose,Timothy Hickson, Henry Truitt-----all of Darlington County, South Carolina;
(c) Daniel Windham, Jr. of Darlington County, South Carolina
(d) Jemima Windham (in the right of her deceased husband, Amos
Windham, Jr.) of Darlington County, South Carolina;
(e) Jeremiah Windham of Darlington County, South Carolina;
(f) Thomas Mercer, in the right of his wife Sarah, of Darlington County,
(g) David Windham of Georgetown District, South Carolina;
(h) William Ponder, Hezekiah Ponder, Patience Mobley, Sarah Standland,
Mary Ann Smith relict----all of Camden County and Scriven County, Georgia;
(i) Jesse Williamson, in the right of his wife Mary, of Feliciana Parish,
(j) Elias Windham of Darlington County, South Carolina, attorney for all
persons listed above,
There were other heirs who haNdled their own interests directly with James Smith, the administrator of the estate, but they are not known.
(7) David Windham-------the son of Charles and Ann Windham; born about 1757 in Prince
Frederick Winyaw Parrish, Craven County, South Carolina. He served as a private in Captain Archibald Chaplain's Company,
Joban's Regiment, during the War of 1812 (Service Records of Veterans of the War of 1812 of South Carolina - Book X - Edna A. Manning). In 1821, David Windham of Winyaw County, Georgetown District, appointed his nephew Elias Windham as his attorney to collect his interest in the estate of his brother Isaac Windham who died intestate in 1820 (Darlington County Deed Book H - p. 191, Darlington County Courthouse, Darlington, S.C.). David died shortly afterwards, for Elias Windham bought portions of his estate from Nancy King, widow of John King, on August 9, 1821, and from Mark and Elizabeth Jinks on February 1, 1830 (Darlington County Deed Book H - p. 193; Deed Book K - p. 501; Darlington County Courthouse, Darlington, S.C.
(8) James Windham-------the son of Charles and Ann Windham; born about 1759 in Prince
Frederick Winyaw Parish, Craven County, South Carolina. Very little is known of this son. He served as a private in the South Carolina Militia during the Revolutionary War. His claim for service was allowed and an indent issued on August 26, 1785, before Zachariah Nettles, J.P. of Cheraw District. James requested that his claim be delivered to Amos Windham, his brother. Later James sold his indent to Theophilus Ward of Georgetown District (The Windham Manuscript - Andrea - 1950 - p.4 - South Caroliniana Library. University of S.C.).
In order to clarify the existing records, it should be noted here that another Charles Windham arrived in South Carolina in 1735. He was the Captain Charles Windham of the HMS Rose. Captain Windham is on record in The Colonial Records of South Carolina, Journal of the Commons House of Assembly 1736-1739 - pp.291,368,554 in relation to his duties to patrol the coast of the Province of South Carolina and that of the Province of Georgia down as far as St. Augustine. He was mentioned in the will of Henry Lowring-------"late of the ship CORRINA, Walter Doubt, Commander; now of the HMS Rose, Charles Windham, Esq. in command"-------signed May 18, 1738(Abstracts of Wills of the State of South Carolina, 1670-1740 - Moore - p. 282).
Commander W.E. May of London was commissioned to search the Admiralty Records in the Public Records Office in London, and in his report of May 26, 1979, Commander May states that Charles Windham was born about 1707. He began his naval career under Captain James Windham as a volunteer in the SOLEBAY in 1721; passed his examination for Lieutenant on September 4, 1728; was promoted to Captain of the LOWESTOFF on January 12, 1733, in which ship he served until January 27, 1733. Charles Windham became Captain of the ROSE on January 26, 1733; left England in February 1735, and until 1738 was senior officer in the Carolinas, spending most of the time in the Cooper's River. When he returned to the Thames in December of 1738, Captain Charles Windham was suffering severely from gout. He was promoted to Commodore of the DUKE on April 10, 1747. On May 6, 1747, Commodore Charles Windham died of gout at Bath.
23. AMOS WINDHAM -- He was born November 11, 1741, in Prince Frederick Winyaw
Parish, Craven County, South Carolina. He was baptized
October 13, 1743, by the Reverend John Fordyce, rector of the Prince Frederick Winyaw Parish Church. He died before April 21, 1798, in St. David's Parish, Darlington County, South Carolina.
Amos Windham owned lands located on Jeffreys Creek, Middle Swamp, Lake Swamp, Sparrow Swamp, Deep Hole, Bay Branch, Newman's Swamp, and Boggy Gully in Darlington County, formerly Cheraw District, formerly Craven County, South Carolina. He received seven hundred acres in royal land grants between 1769 and 1772.
The following list of royal plats indicates the locations of the lands, acreage, dates lands were surveyed, and record books in which plats were listed (Index to Royal Plats Prior to 1776 - South Carolina Archives - Columbia, S.C.).
Location Acres Vol. Page Date
Amos Windham Jeffreys Crk 300 bundle 7-29-1754*
Amos Windham Craven Co. 100 11 119 6-27-1766
Amos Windham Craven Co. 150 21 551 10-30-1771
Amos Windham Craven Co. 150 21 551 2-14-1772
*As noted previously, the 300 acres recorded on plat dated July 29, 1754, were surveyed for Charles Windham to whom the grant was never issued. The land was certified for Amos Windham by the court on August 30, 1771, and the grant was issued to him and recorded on September 14, 1771 (see below).
In accordance with the royal plats, the following royal land grants were issued and recorded to Amos Windham (Index to Royal Land Grants Prior to 1776 - South Carolina Archives - Columbia, S.C.)
Location Acres Vol. Page Date
Amos Windham Jeffreys Crk 300 24 226 9-14-1771
Amos Windham Sparrow Sw. 100 19 142 12-21-1769
Amos Windham Sparrow Sw. 150 24 414 11-28-1171
Amos Windham Sparrow Sw. 150 25 662 5-21-1772
On July 9, 1773, Amos Windham of St. David's Parish was qualified by the Court of the Ordinary as an administrator on the estate of William MacHugo, deceased of the same parish. Amos claimed next of kin in the right of his wife who was not named (Probate Records of South Carolina - Vol. 2 - #119,122 - South Carolina Archives, Columbia, S.C.). An interpretation of the existing records seems to indicate that the wife of Amos Windham was Sarah MacHugo.
On December 13, 1778, Amos Windham made a contribution of twenty-five pounds to St. David's Society for the establishment of St. David's Academy (Minutes of St. David's Society - South Carolina Archives, Columbia, S.C.; Darlingtoniana - Ervin and Rudisill - 1976 - p. 29).
During the Revolutionary War, Amos Windham served in the South Carolina Militia. He received his appointment as Lieutenant on February 21, 1776, in the St. David's Parish, and began his service in Colonel G.C. Powell's Regiment. He served as Captain during 1781, 1782, and 1783 in Colonel Kolb's Regiment, Marion's Brigade, and was commissioned Major after the war had ended (Records of the Council of Safety, February 21, 1776 - South Carolina Archives, Columbia, S.C.; The Windham Manuscript - Andrea - 1950 - pp. 4,14 - South Caroliniana Library, University of S.C. - Columbia, S.C.).
Following the Revolutionary War, Major Amos Windham received thousands of acres in state land grants between 1785 and 1795 in Cheraw District, which was formerly Craven County and later became Darlington County (Index to State Land Grants - 1784-1821 - South Carolina Archives, Columbia, S.C.).
Location Acres Vol. Page Date
Amos Windham Cheraw 300 6 260 8-1-1785
Amos Windham Cheraw 350 14 116 7-5-1786
Amos Windham Cheraw 490 21 25 5-7-1787
Amos Windham Cheraw 325 18 378 5-7-1787
Amos Windham Cheraw 75 19 386 5-7-1787
Amos Windham Cheraw 1330 20 373 8-6-1787
Amos Windham Cheraw 1000 20 504 9-3-1787
Amos Windham Cheraw 950 20 507 9-3-1787
Amos Windham Cheraw 200 23 229 2-4-1788
Amos Windham Cheraw 170 23 232 2-4-1788
Amos Windham Cheraw 243 35 103 9-2-1793
Amos Windham Cheraw 500 41 291 7-6-1795
The early records of Darlington County, South Carolina, were destroyed by fire in 1804. However, there are a few records available in the South Carolina Archives and some that have been recorded for a second time in the deed books in the Darlington County Courthouse in Darlington, South Carolina.
On November 7, 1787, Amos Windham deeded to John Garner 304 acres , part of 1330 acres granted to said Windham on March 5, 1787, on the north side of Jeffrey's Creek and on the north and south side of High Hill Creek. The deed was witnessed by Shadrack Williamson and John Stuart (deed Book A - p. 380 Darlington County Courthouse, Darlington, S.C.).
On February 7, 1787, Amos Windham, planter, of Darlington County gave a deed of sale to Elijah Truet, blacksmith, for 300 acres, part of 950 acres granted said Windham on September 2, 1787, on Sparrow Swamp and Lake swamp. The deed was witnessed by Enos James, Daniel Windham and Esais Cook (Ibid - p.211).
On April 9, 1791, Amos Windham gave a deed of sale to John Stokes for 200 acres on Lake Swamp (South Carolina Archives, Columbia, S.C. - Memorials of deeds and other conveyances of Darlington County - 1789-1795 - Abstracts of Original Records by Evander McIver, Clerk of the Darlington County Court - two folders of loose records filed with the Secretary of State).
On May 16, 1793, Amos Windham gave a deed of sale to Bryan Thornhill for 175 acres on Middle Swamp (Ibid).
On October 17, 1793, Amos Windham gave a deed of sale to James Butler for 170 Acres on the south side of Sparrow Swamp (Ibid).
On September 16, 1794, Amos Windham mortgaged to Thomas Mercer one Negro man named James for forty-six pounds and seventeen shillings to be paid by the said Windham to the said Thomas Mercer within eighteen months from the date of the mortgage (Ibid).
Major Thomas Windham died before April 12, 1798, at which time a citation was granted to Daniel Windham and William Zimmerman to administer the estate of Major Amos Windham, deceased. The citation was read at the James Meeting House on May 6, 1798, by the Reverend Enos James. Daniel Windham and William Zimmerman were qualified as administrators on June 11, 1798; the administrative bond was signed by Daniel Dubose, Jr. and John Huggins. Elijah Truet, Daniel Sansberry, and Samuel Mixon were appraisers of the estate; the legal advisor was William Falconer (Estate File 45-732 - Darlington County Courthouse - Darlington, S.C.; The Windham Manuscript - Andrea - 1959 - pp. 14,15, - South Caroliniana Library, University of S.C. - Columbia, S.C.).
Major Windham had accumulated a large estate; he owned several thousand acres of land and many slaves. Only a few of the records concerning this estate were saved from the burning courthouse in 1804. The papers concerning the partition of the land and the equity suit involved were lost. There is no list of heirs. The remaining accounts of a portion of the estate sale list among the buyers the following (Ibid)
William Zimmerman Marmaduke Williams
John Windham, Jr. Peter Melton
Daniel Windham John Stewart
Daniel Windham for Elias Windham William Garland
John Windham, Jr. James Corbitt
Amos Windham, Jr. Daniel Sansberry
Anthony Windham John Sansberry
John Mathis Enos James
Moses Mathis Jeremiah Blek
Ephriam Horn Daniel Polk
Edward Woodham Robert Ellerson
James Love Abram Saul
John Huggins Henry Young
Daniel Dubose, Jr. William Boutwell
Branch Pardue John Bozeman
James Butler John Wilson
Andrew Dubose, Sr. Noel Waddel
Elias Dubose John Truett
Cornelius Cook William Dick
William Gurley John Kilpatrick
John Waddel William Tyner
Hardy Bryant James Mercer
Samuel Huggins Jeremiah Jones
Jesse Williamson Charles Stewart
Some of the accounts paid by the estate were (Ibid):
Evander McIver........Fee paid for equity partition of lands
George Keller...........Blacksmith work for Major Windham
Katherine Nettles....Fee for affidavit in partition of lands
John Huggins...........For crying the sale
Samuel Mixon..........For appraising the estate
Daniel Sansberry.....For appraising the estate
Daniel Polk..............His proved account
Peter Feling (?).........His proved account
Rev. Enos James......For preaching the funeral
Jonathan Mathis......His account
John Sanders............Whiskey for funeral and rum for sale
Josiah Clement.........His account
Abram Saul...............His help in dividing the land
John Windham..........Part of what is due him
Cornelius Cook..........His account
Samuel Wilds............Attorney's advice in partition of lands
King & Allen..............As per account
Richard Horn.............His accounts
Mannasa Machau......His account and cost of suit
The Kirby Estate.......Note taken up
The Simmons Estate..Note due
Micah Mixon..............His account
Benjamin Dubose......His account
Thomas Taylor..........His account
Albert Fort................His account
Mordecai Cohen.........His account
William Falconer.......For his advise on behalf of the estate
Alexander McIntosh...Amount of note and interest
Ellison Zimmerman....His account
Evan Prothro..............His account
An 1829 map of Darlington District shows the house of Amos Windham located on the read from Newman's Ferry about fifteen miles west of Darlington, South Carolina.
The records indicate that Amos Windham and Sarah MacHugo were married by 1766. They had a large family including six sons. Five of the sons are a part of the family legend of the five Windham brothers who were among the first settlers in Dale County, Alabama.
No attempt has been made to list the children of Amos Windham in order of birth. They were:
(1) Daniel Windham-------the oldest of six sons; born 1769 in Cheraw District, South
Carolina; the first of the name in the family legend about "the three Daniels." He died on June 13, 1862, in Dale County, Alabama. See (24) DANIEL WINDHAM (SR.) on the following pages.
(2) Anthony Windham-------Anthony was a favorite name of the MacHugo family. Anthony
Windham was born between 1770 and 1780 in Cheraw District, South Carolina. On May 15, 1802, Anthony Windham deeded to Thomas Andrews sixty acres on the northwest side of Sparrow Swamp, part of 300 acres granted to Amos Windham on August 1, 1785. The deed was witnessed by Jesse Williamson, and John Windham (Deed Book A - p. 346 - Darlington County Courthouse - Darlington, S.C.). On September 30, 1821, Anthony gave his power of attorney to his brother Elias Windham to collect his interest in the estate of Isaac Windham (Deed Book H - p. 192 - Darlington County Courthouse, Darlington, S.C.). On March 7, 1822, Anthony Windham gave a deed of sale to William Pierce for 210 acres, "being the fourth draw of the estate of Amos Windham," witnessed by Zorababel Hooten and Courthouse, - Darlington, S.C.). Anthony served on the petit jury of Darlington District in October of 1808, and on the grand jury in 1828.
Anthony Windham married Sarah Mixon (called Martha in his will), the daughter of Samuel Mixon who died intestate in 1825. Samuel Mixon's estate papers are on file in the office of the Judge of Probate, Darlington County Courthouse. On September 20, 1825, a summons was issued by George Bruce, Ordinary of Darlington District, to the heirs and their representatives to appear in court on November 30, 1825, to show cause if any why the real estate of Samuel Mixon, deceased, containing 500 acres between Newman's Ferry and Sparrow Swamp (originally granted to Amos Windham, David Chancery, and William Dubose) should not be sold and the proceeds divided among the heirs. The heirs and their representatives were:
(a) Sarah Windham, widow;
(b) Cornelius Cook and wife;
(c) Ichabud Mixon;
(d) Barnabas Watford and his wife Lydia;
(e) Hardy Watford and his wife Nancy;
(f) Joseph Watford and his wife Penelope;
(g) Mary Watford
(h) Anthony Windham and his wife Sarah;
(i) Jehu Mixon and his wife Gennety;
(j) John Durant and John Sansberry, guardians for the minor children of
Samuel Mixon: Susan, Critty, and Gatsey;
(k) Anthony Windham, guardian for the children of John Mixon.
Anthony Windham and his brother James, who was one of the appraisers of the Samuel Mixon Estate, bought parts of the estate lands in June of 1826. Before the estate was finally settled, Anthony moved his family to Dale County, Alabama, where on November 11, 1828, he gave his power of attorney to James
Windham of Darlington District, South Carolina, to sell the land which he had bought previously and to recover anything due him from the estate of Samuel Mixon (Deed Book J - pp. 347,358; Deed Book L - p. 283 - Darlington County Courthouse - Darlington, S.C.). Anthony Windham moved to Henry County, Alabama, where he bought land from the government in 1837: E ½ of NE ½, Section 26, Township 8 N, Range 28 E, Certificate 5894, December 5, 1837 (Henry County Tract Book 1 - Sparta Land Office - Henry County Courthouse, Abbeville, Alabama).
Anthony Windham died in Henry County, Alabama in 1853. His will was probated on September 26, 1853, by Ichabud Mixon and Martha Windham, the widow and only legatee. The will was witnessed by Seaborn S. Whitehurst and Micajah Whitehurst (Estate File 2266 - Henry County Courthouse - Abbeville, Alabama). The children of Anthony are not known, but it is believed that one of his sons was Amos Windham who married Sarah Reynolds, the daughter of Mary Reynolds and William Reynolds (who died intestate in 1836). This Amos Windham is often confused with Amos Windham, Jr. the son of Major Amos Windham (The Windham Manuscript - Andrea - 1950 - pp. 9,11,12 - South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina - Columbia, S.C.). It is believed that another of his sons was William Windham who witnessed the deed of sale that Anthony gave to William Pierce on March 7, 1822 (see above).
(3) Amos Windham, Jr.-------was born in 1774 in Cheraw District, South Carolina. From
November 1, 1814, to December 13, 1814, Amos served as a private under William R. David in Alston's Third Regiment of the South Carolina Militia in the War of 1812. He is recorded as a substitute for his nephew Elisha Truet (Service Records of Veterans of the War of 1812 of South Carolina - Book X - 1963 - Manning - South Carolina Archives - Columbia, S.C.). Amos Windham, Jr. died before August 11, 1821, at which time his wife Jemima Windham was qualified as the administratrix of his estate in Sumter County, South Carolina. The administrative bond was signed by Jemima Windham and John S. Capers. The appraisers of the estate were John S. Capers, William Brantley, Henry Law, Isaiah Law, and Jacob Barnes (Sumter County Estates - bundle 97 - pkg 10; Book BBBB for Inventories - pp. 275, 276; Book C for Administrations - pp. 363,364 - South Carolina Archives - Columbia, S.C.). On December 13, 1822, Jemima gave her power of attorney to Elias Windham, her brother-in-law, to collect her interest in the estate of Isaac Windham. The document was witnessed by Jacob Mims and James Watson (Deed Book H - p. 191 - Darlington County Courthouse - Darlington, S.C.). The children of Amos Windham, Jr. are not known.
(4) John Windham-------was born between 1780 and 1790 in Cheraw District, South
Carolina, part that became Darlington County in 1785. See DESCENDANTS OF (24) JOHN WINDHAM in Section III.
(5) James Windham-------was born between 1780 and 1790 in Cheraw District, part that
became Darlington County in 1785. He married Nancy Reynolds, daughter of Mary Reynolds and William Reynolds who died intestate in 1836. James was one of the five Windham brothers who moved to Dale County, Alabama. It is known that James and his brother Elias went back and forth between Darlington County, South Carolina and Dale County, Alabama, several times over the years, for each owned property and had family in both states. Since the records of Dale County, Alabama prior to 1870 were completely destroyed by fire, no attempt has been made to establish James' residency in that county. A few of his records, including his will, were probated in Darlington County, South Carolina, and only those records will be documented.
On November 11, 1828, James Windham of Darlington County, South Carolina, was appointed attorney by his brother Anthony Windham of Dale County, Alabama, to sell land which he had bought from the estate of Samuel Mixon and to recover anything due Anthony from said estate (Deed Book L - p. 238 - Darlington County Courthouse, Darlington, S.C.).
In 1836 William Reynolds, Sr. died intestate in Darlington County, South Carolina. An equity suit was filed on July 11, 1839, involving approximately 2000 acres of land located on Sparrow Swamp and Newman's Swamp. The suit was probated during the spring term of the Court of Equity in 1843. James Windham was named trustee of the Estate. The heirs named in the suit were:
(a) Mary Reynolds, widow;
(b) Elizabeth, wife of George Mims;
(c) Nancy, Wife of James Windham (trustee);
(d) Sarah, wife of Amos Windham;
(e) Penny, wife of George Mims (not same above);
(f) James Reynolds, who resided in Alabama;
(g) Daniel Reynolds;
(h) Dolly Reynolds, deceased wife of Daniel Windham, and whose children
were: James Windham, William Windham, Dilly Windham;
(i) Abraham Reynolds, deceased, whose children were: John Reynolds,
Sarah Reynolds who married John Peoples;
(j) Mary Reynolds who married William Speer;
(Old Court of Equity Index - 1805-1871 - pkg DD-6, #227 - Darlington County Records - South Carolina Archives - Columbia, S.C.; The Windham Manuscript - Andrea - 1950 - pp. 9,11 - South Caroliniana Library,
University of South Carolina, - Columbia, S.C.).
On December 16, 1859, James Windham deeded a tract of land to his daughter Eliza J. Windham, wife of Eli W. Windham- - - - and at her death to her children - - - also to John W. Windham, C.M. Windham, Mary E. Wadford, Elizabeth Troublefield, wife of Thomas Troublefield- - - - - land bounded east by James Windham and the heirs of Amos Windham, south by William J. Windham, and west by John W. Windham, Jr. and Thomas W. Windham and run of Sparrow Swamp (Deed Book TT - p. 32 - Darlington County Courthouse, Darlington, S.C.). According to a lineage chart published by the South Carolina Genealogical Society, Eli W. Windham was born June 10, 1812; he died December 16, 1889. Eliza Jane Windham was born July 8, 1826; she died August 10, 19900. Their daughter Louisiana L. Windham was born December 8, 1862, at Windham Town; she died July 9, 1934, at Timmonsville. She married George C. Howell; their son Talmadge Howell married Vera L. Galloway; their daughter was Marie Irene Howell.
The will of James Windham was signed on February 23, 1856, and was witnessed by George Mims, Abraham S. Mims, and J.F. Eliot. The will was probated in Darlington County, South Carolina, on December 28, 1867 (The Windham Manuscript - Andrea - 1950 - pp. 9,22 - South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina - Columbia, S.C.). The heirs mentioned in the will were:
(a) Eli W. Windham
(b) Daniel G. Windham
(c) Thomas W. Windham
(d) John W. Windham, executor
(e) James R. Windham
(f) William J. Windham
(g) Amos K. Windham
(h) Mary A. Watford
(i) Sarah E. Watford
(j) James T. B. Windham, grandson
(k) William J. Windham, grandson.
It is known that Daniel G. Windham had moved to Dale County, Alabama, by 1838 and that his brother James R. Windham had moved there by 1842. According to the 1850 and 1869 census records of Dale County, the children of Daniel G. Windham and his wife Elizabeth were: Charlotte J., Mary W., Millie A., Zilpha, Gina (?), Edny, and Samuel.
According to the 1850 and 1860 census records of Dale County, the children of James R. Windham and his wife Anetta were: James, Elizabeth, John W., Edward S., and Henry W.
(6) Elias Windham-------was born about 1789 in Darlington County, South Carolina,
formerly Cheraw District,
South Carolina. Elias married first Parthena Horn, daughter of Richard Horn and Elizabeth Horn. It appears that he was married a second time by 1831 to Jane ? . The known children of Elias Windham were Richard E. Windham, Postell C. Windham, and Godfrey G. Windham. There were others who are not known.
On May 1, 1812, Elias Windham deeded to Penelope Flowers, widow, 190 acres which were his share of the partition of the real estate of Amos Windham, deceased. Plat shows land adjacent to estate of Hampton Sullivan, deceased, Daniel Windham, and Jesse Runnels (Reynolds). The deed was witnessed by Drury Flowers and Michael Hill with relinquishment of dower by Parthena Windham and was recorded May 11, 1813 (Deed Book E - p. 65 - Darlington County Courthouse, Darlington, S.C.).
On December 21, 1814, Elias Windham deeded to James Hutson, Jr. 150 acres on the north side of Sparrow Swamp, granted to Amos Windham on November 12, 1771. The land was conveyed from Amos Windham to Christopher Small in a lease and release on March 11, 1777, and conveyed by Small to Daniel Windham on January 29, 1807 (estate of Amos Windham). Daniel Windham conveyed said land to Elias Windham on June 18, 1810 (probably Elias reached his majority). The deed was witnessed by Richard Horn, Drewery Flowers, with relinquishment of dower by Parthena Windham, and was recorded February 27, 1815 (Deed Book F - p. 91 - Darlington County Courthouse, Darlington, S.C.).
As mentioned previously, in 1812 Elias Windham was appointed attorney for several members of the family to collect their interests in the estate of Isaac Windham who died without issue and intestate in Bladen County, North Carolina (Deed Book H - p. 191,192; Deed Book K - p. 1 - Darlington County Courthouse, Darlington, S.C.).
On May 4, 1829, Elais Windham was qualified as an administrator on the estate of Richard Horn, deceased. The administrative bond was signed by J.C. Dubose and P. R. Gee; the appraisers were Timothy Dargan, J. Dubose, and P. R. Gee. Elias bought all the estate most of which was in Alabama where Richard Horn had resided for some time. It appears that Elias was the administrator for the estate in Darlington County, South Carolina, and Robert Horn was the administrator for the estate in Alabama and Florida. On March 4, 1831, Elias Windham appointed Josiah Daniel of Jackson County, West Florida, to collect properties and money due him from the estate of Richard Horn and then in the possession of Robert Horn of Henry County, Alabama, the administrator of the estate of Richard
Horn (The Windham Manuscript - Andrea - p. 8 - South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina - Columbia, S.C.; Estate File A - Apt. 15 - Pkg. 11; Deed Book DD - pp.234,235 - Darlington County Courthouse, Darlington, S.C.).
On January 27, 1831, Elias Windham deeded to Frederick Ham two tracts of land on Sparrow Swamp and Bay Branch, shown as follows: 150 acres bounded by William Stuart, Andrew Davis, Thomas Brown, Wm. Sansbury and 170 acres bounded by the estate of Thos. Rollings, estate of John Gamewell, and Andrew Davis. The deed was witnessed by A. Cole, and B. Dubose with relinquishment of dower by Jane Windham (Deed Book L - p. 146 - Darlington County Courthouse, Darlington, S.C.).
Elias Windham evidently moved to Alabama and Florida to look after his property from the estate of Richard Horn. In Henry County, Alabama on January 10, 1837, Elias Windham applied to Darlington County, South Carolina, for guardianship of his two minor sons, Richard F. Windham and Postell C. Windham (who had been residing in Florida) who had inherited a small estate in Darlington County and two slaves in Florida------stating that he intended to remove the children from Florida back to Darlington County, South Carolina. The petition was granted and Elias Windham became the guardian of Richard E. Windham and Postell C. Windham on May 18, 1837 (Deed Book A & B - pp. 359,360,361,362 - Henry County Courthouse - Abbeville, Alabama).
Elias Windham appeared on record in Darlington County, South Carolina, in 1842 when he was granted 535 acres of land from the State of South Carolina (Index to State Land Grants - 1822-1845 - South Carolina Archives - Columbia, S.C.
On December 2, 1846, Elias Windham and his wife Jane sold 459 acres of land to Marquis Booth-----a tract of land on Jeffries Creek surveyed July 23, 1842. The deed was witnessed by F. Ham and Penelope Ham (Deed Book R - p. 388 - Darlington County Courthouse, Darlington, S.C.). Elias Windham did not appear on record in the 1850 census of Darlington County. When Richard F. Windham reached his majority, it is believed that Elias Windham returned to either Florida or Alabama. His estate papers do not appear to be on record in Darlington County.
(7) Mary Windham-------was born in Cheraw District, South Carolina, date unknown. She married
Jesse Williamson. They moved to Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, by 1820 when Jesse Williamson wrote a letter to Elias Windham in connection with the estate of Isaac Windham. He addressed Elias Windham as his brother. The letter was recorded as Jesse's power of attorney given to
Elias Windham in both Bladen County, North Carolina. and Darlington County, South Carolina. The children named in the letter were: Amos, Isabella, Alice, Penelope, and Rosanna (Bladen County Record of Deeds 1809-1821 - Vol. II - pp. 231,232 - North Carolina Archives, Raleigh, N.C.)
(8) Sarah Windham-----was born in Cheraw District, South Carolina, date unknown. She married
Thomas Mercer who died testate in 1831. The children mentioned in the will were: Amos, James, Thomas, Polly, Zilphia, Kezia, Mary, and Roseanna Wright. Sarah Mercer died intestate in 1857. The estate was administered by William Van; the heirs mentioned were:
(a) Keziah Dampier,
(b) Rosanna Wright, wife of Absolom Wright;
(c) Martha Murphy, wife of Daniel Murphy;
(d) C. A. Kervin, trustee;
(e) Wiley Williamson,
(f) Thomas Williamson,
(g) Kevin McCaskill,
(h) Charlotte West,
(i) James Mercer,
(j) Zilpha Davis, wife of James Davis;
(k) J. N. Harrel, administrator for Mary Thornhill;
(l) M. L. Kervin.
(Estate File 1129 - Case A - Apt. 21 - Pkg. 16 - Will Book 8 - p. 456 - Darlington County Courthouse, Darlington, S.C.).
(9) Rachael Windham-------was born in Cheraw District, South Carolina, date unknown. She
married Elijah Truet who died testate May 16, 1812. The children mentioned in the will were:
(a) Sarah Mixon,
(b) John Truet,
(c) Milla Truet,
(d) Rachael (Rache) Mathis, wife of John Mathis;
(e) Elijah Truet, Jr., executor;
(f) Elisha Truet,
(g) Henry Truet,
(h) Mary Mathis (wife of Moses Mathis);
(i) Elizabeth Mathis, granddaughter.
The will was witnessed by John Sansbury, Daniel Myers, and George Bruce (Will Book 2 - p. 926; Case A - Apt. 10 - Pkg. 41 - Darlington County Courthouse, Darlington, S.C.). Rachael Windham Truet died in 1833, and her estate papers are on file in the office of the Judge of Probate, Darlington County Courthouse.
(10) Mary Ann Windham-----was born in 1776 in Cheraw District, South Carolina. She married
William Zimmerman who was one of the administrators of the es-
tate of Major Amos Windham in 1798. Mary Ann dies at age 39 in 1815 at Poplar Hill. Colonel William Zimmerman died of quinsy eleven days later in Darlington. His will was signed October 11, 1815, a few days after the death of his wife, Mary Ann. The children mentioned in the will were:
(a) John Zimmerman,
(b) Daniel Zimmerman,
(c) Melvina Zimmerman,
(d) James Zimmerman, executor;
(e) William Zimmerman, executor;
(f) Sarah Zimmerman.
Melvina Zimmerman died soon after her father. James Zimmerman died soon after he
was sworn as executor and left a widow, Sarah T. Zimmerman (The South Carolina Historical & Genealogical Magazine - Vol. 40 - 1939 - pp. 153,155; The Windham Manuscript - Andrea - 1950 - p. 17 - South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina - Columbia, S.C.).
(11) Elizabeth Windham-----was born in Cheraw District, South Carolina, date unknown. She
married ? Dubose. Elizabeth Dubose was an heir to the estate of Isaac Windham. In 1821 she gave her power of attorney to her brother Elias Windham to collect her interest in the estate. She died shortly after, for Benjamin Dubose, her son, and Peter Boseman were qualified as administrators of her estate on July 25, 1821. Elizabeth Dubose appeared in the 1810 census of Darlington County, South Carolina, as a widow with two sons and four daughters.
24. Daniel Windham - He was born in 1769 in Cheraw District, South Carolina, the part that
became Darlington County in 1785. He married first a daughter (his
distant cousin) of Moses Mathis who died testate in 1794. The will of Moses Mathis was proved in open court on September 11, 1794, in Darlington County, South Carolina. The executors were Moses Mathis, John Mathis, Enos Mathis, and Marmaduke Williams. The appraisers of the estate were Micah Mixon, Amos Windham, and Elijah Truet. The heirs were:
(a) Enos Mathis
(b) Marmaduke Williams, Son-in-law;
(c) Daniel Windham, son-in-law, who was deeded "the land where he now lives";
(d) John Mathis (who married Rachael Truet);
(e) Edmond Mathis,
(f) Burrel Halford,
(g) Oen Halford,
(h) Moses Mathis (who married Mary Truet).
Daniel Windham Sr. married a second time, but the date is not known. His second wife was Sarah
Dawsey (History of Henry
County, Alabama - Mrs. Marvin Scott - p. 492 -= Georgia Archives - Atlanta, Georgia).
On June 11, 1798, Daniel Windham was qualified as an administrator on the estate of Major Amos Windham, his father (Estate File 45-723A - Darlington County Courthouse. Darlington, S.C.).
Daniel Windham received the following land grants from the Sate of South Carolina:
Location Acres Vol. Page Date
Daniel Windham Cheraw 500 41 292 7-6-1795
Daniel Windham Darlington 430 51 200 11-5-1804
Daniel Windham Darlington 430 51 201 11-5-1804
On December 28, 1805, Daniel Windham, Sr. of Darlington County, South Carolina deeded to Esais Cook 215 acres on Sparrow Swamp, part of 430 acres granted to Daniel Windham on October 19, 1804. The deed was witnessed by Robert Monk and John Hutson and recorded on January 30, 1809 (Deed Book E - p. 229 - Darlington County Courthouse, Darlington, S.C.).
On February 3, 1818, Daniel Windham, Sr. of Darlington County, South Carolina, deeded to Elias Windham, his son, 190 acres of land which was Amos Windham's share of the division of real estate of Major Amos Windham, deceased. Amos sold his share to his brother Daniel Windham who in turn sold it to his son Elias. The deed was witnessed by William Pierse and Willy Pierse and was recorded July 9, 1818 (Deed Book G - p. 223 - Darlington County Courthouse, Darlington, S.C.).
On September 24, 1819, Daniel Windham bought from his son Elias Windham the same 180 acres of land which he had deeded to him on February 3, 1818 (Deed Book H - p. 201 - Darlington County Courthouse, Darlington, S.C.).
On September 30, 1821, Daniel Windham gave his power of attorney to his brother Elias Windham to collect his interest in the estate of Isaac Windham, deceased, of Bladen County, North Carolina. Daniel Windham gave the following deposition, on behalf of his brother Elias, which was recorded in both Bladen County, North Carolina, and Darlington County, South Carolina, on January 23, 1823 (Deed Book H - pp. 1991,193 - Darlington County Courthouse, Darlington, S.C.; Bladen County Record Book 11 - p. 205 - North Carolina Archives, Raleigh, N.C.):
"Personally appeared Daniel Windham of the State and District of aforesaid and swore that he was personally acquainted with Isaac Windham late of North Carolina, Cape Fear and that this Deponent and said Isaac Windham were raised together on Cape Fear as aforesaid and that he the said Isaac Windham was half brother to this Deponent's father and that Elias Windham is brother to this Deponent and that he is well acquainted with the relationship between Isaac Windham aforesaid and Elias Windham of Darlington
District in the State aforesaid and knows and believes him to be the heir at law with others to said Isaac Windham all of which facts as above stated are clearly and entirely known and understood by this Deponent."
On January 23, 1823, Daniel Windham deeded to his son Robert Godfrey Windham all his rights in the estate of Isaac Windham. The deed was witnessed by George Bruce and John B. Bruce (Deed Book H - p. 193 - Darlington County Courthouse, Darlington, S.C.).
On May 8, 1823, Daniel Windham was named along with Drury Flowers, Richard Horn, Edwin James, Edmond Mancill, Bob Horn and Elias Windham to receive from George Mims a deed of gift to the Methodist Episcopal Church of a parcel of land on the south side of Sparrow Swamp for the purpose of erecting a meeting house (Deed Book H - p. 203 - Darlington County Courthouse, Darlington, S.C.).
On September 22, 1826, Daniel Windham, Sr. deeded to Hardy Watford 280 acres conveyed to Daniel Windham by Anthony Windham on July 6, 1802; 96 acres granted to said Daniel on September 6, 1802; one half of 430 acres granted to Daniel Windham, Sr. on Sparrow Swamp, part of 666 acres.... The deed was witnessed by Barnabas Watford and George Bruce with relinquishment of dower by Sarah Windham (Deed Book I - p. 377 - Darlington County Courthouse, Darlington, S.C.).
Daniel Windham, Sr. joined the exodus of many Windham and related families to Dale County, Alabama, where he and his family appeared on record in the 1830 census (page 8) of that county. All records of Dale County prior to 1870 were completely destroyed by fire, leaving the census records, federal land records, church and cemetery records, and family records as the remaining sources of information.
Daniel Windham, Sr. was affiliated with the Methodist Church of Dale County, and his efforts helped establish the Sylvan Grove Methodist Church at Sylvan Grove Community near Midland City, Alabama. A record of the early days and some of the people in Dale County was given by J. M. Carmichael who wrote The History of the Methodist Church in Dale County which was published by the Quarterly Conference of Ozark Church in observance of the centennial year of Methodism in Alabama (Alabama Archives, Montgomery, Alabama - The History of the Methodist Church in Dale County - Carmichael - p. 1). Mr. Carmichael wrote as follows:
"As far back as 1818, The Austins, Waldings, Beveretts, and some others, perhaps, settled in the territory now embraced in the County of Dale, at a point three miles northeast of Midland City; and, while there may have been now and then a squatter in other sections of the territory, this was the first settlement in the County, or so nearly so that the proposition cannot be successfully denied. Soon after those mentioned, Isaac Ledbetter, John Whitehurst, Grandfather to Albert Owen, Mis-
sionary to China, Peter Dunham, William Byrd, Isham Byrd, Thomas Dawsey, Daniel Windham, and others joined their fortunes with those of the earlier settlers in the lovely frontier country.
Such a thing in those days as a church house was unknown, bush-arbors furnishing the only shelter for the occasional preaching services. The settlers lived in very indifferent and humble board and log camps, and did not for some time construct like buildings for churches or church services. By and by a house of worship was constructed at Walding's Cross Roads, six miles east of where Newton now is and was used in common by Methodist and Baptist, until after 1845, when the Methodists set up for themselves, near the point known for so many years as Sylvan Grove, the church being called Zoar, and the church at the Cross Roads becoming a Primitive Baptist Church.
The first house of their own, in which Methodists worshipped, at Sylvan Grove, was a small log house, used for a school house, which they continued to use for some years, and until after 1848, when they constructed a neat log building, of good size, and named it Zoar Church. The building was used until 1857, when the members of the church built a neat frame church, of good size, being among the first framed churches in the country." The church was called Sylvan Grove Church in 1858).
Daniel Windham was enumerated in his own household on page 38 of the 1840 census in Dale County, Alabama. In the 1850 census of Dale County, Daniel and his wife Sarah were enumerated in the household (#682) of Isham Byrd and his wife Mariam, the daughter of Daniel Windham. Sarah Dawsey Windham, born in 1767 in South Carolina, died February 16, 1855, approximately 88 years old. She was buried in the Sylvan Grove Cemetery. Daniel Windham continued to live in the house of Isham Byrd until he died on June 13, 1862, approximately 93 years old. He was buried beside his wife in the Sylvan Grove Cemetery (History of Henry County, Alabama - Scott - p. 494; Markers in the Sylvan Grove Cemetery near Midland City, Dale County, Alabama).
Daniel Windham, Sr. was the first of the name in the family legend of "the three Daniels" and from the last accounting he lived 104 years. As the legend is told, all three men were named Daniel Jasper Windham, but there is no proof in the existent records. Daniel Windham, Sr. had a son Daniel who was born in Darlington County, South Carolina, in 1796; the second Daniel had a son Daniel Jasper who was born in Dale County, Alabama, in 1837. The family identified them as the first, the second, and the third, although the titles were never used officially (Family records of Cleone Windham Cantrell-Morris of Slate Springs and Calhoun City, Mississippi; Family records of Lula Windham Brown of Dayton, Ohio).
The known children of Daniel Windham, Sr. were:
(1) Elias (Eli) Windham-------was born March 16, 1795,
in Darlington County, South Carolina. He married Sophira Stewart on July 3, 1816.
On August 8, 1821, Eli Windham and Sophira Windham witnessed the deed of John Phillips to Benjamin Dubose (Deed Book H - p. 142 - Darlington County Courthouse, Darlington, S.C.).
At the May session of the Equity Court of Darlington County in 1823, a suit was brought by Mrs. Patience Packer, widow of Marmaduke Packer, to recover from Eli Windham. Ezekial Truitt had given a note for a sum of money to Will Garner, and the note was endorsed by Marmaduke Packer. Eziekiel Truitt in turn gave as security a note signed by Eli Windham. Patience Parker was bringing suit by equity against Eli Windham and his father Daniel Windham to force them to make good. According to the testimony, Amos Windham, a son of Major Amos Windham, sold 190 acres of land, which came in the partition of the estate of Major Amos Windham. The son Amos Windham sold this land to his brother Daniel Windham, who in turn sold the land to his son Eli Windham. Eli in turn resold the land to his father Daniel Windham. Eli Windham became of age on his birthday, March 16, 1816. He resided in the home of his father Daniel Windham. Since he did not live on the 190 acres of land sold to him by his father, he resold the land to him and at the same time sold his mare and stock to this father-in-law, Mr. Stewart. The suit was decided in favor of Windham (The Windham manuscript - Andrea - 1950 - p. 16 - South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.).
Eli Windham joined the exodus of many Windham and related families from South Carolina to Alabama where he and his family were enumerated on page 34 of the 1930 census of Pike County, Alabama. Eli appears with his family on page 29, family # 387, of the 1840 census of Pike County, but in the 1850 census, household # 199, Sophira Windham appears alone.
Eli Windham purchased land from the government through Sparta Land Office on November 10, 1836; NE ¼ of NW ¼, section 10, Township 11 N, Range 22 E. 39.93 acres, Cash Certificate # 2946. This land was located in the northeast corner of Pike County near Saco Alabama (National Archives - Washington, D.C. - Record Group 49 - Cash Certificate #2946).
The known children of Eli Windham and Sophira Stewart Windham were:
(a) Erasmus Windham, born 1818, Darlington County, South Carolina; married Mary Ann
Mosley, January 4, 1839, Pike County, Alabama. The known children: William, Mary
Ann, and Charity Windham.
(b) Eli P. Windham, born March 1, 1822, Darlington County, South Carolina; died
December 23, 1887; married May 18, 1846, Pike County, Alabama, Allsey W. Drion, born December 22, 1821; died September 20, 1904. Both buried in Wesley Chapel Church Cemetery on Highway 29 between Troy and Banks, Alabama. Their known children were: Elizabeth, Robert F., Josephine, Melissa, and Ichabod E. Windham.
(c) Nethelred Thomas (Dred) Windham, married Mary Bagget, December 17, 1846, Pike
(d) Edwin Windham, born 1825, Darlington County, South Carolina; married Martha ? .
Their children were: Mary and Sarah Windham.
(e) William T. Windham
(Alabama Archives - Cemetery Records of Pike County, Alabama; Marriage Records of Pike County, Alabama - pp. 95,259; 1860 Census of Pike County, Alabama).
(2) Daniel Windham (the second)-------was born in 1796 in Darlington County, South Carolina. See
(25) DANIEL WINDHAM on the following pages.
(3) Robert Godfrey Windham-------was born 1805 in Darlington County South Carolina. On
January 23, 1823, Daniel Windham, Sr. deeded to his son Robert Godfrey Windham all his rights in the estate of Isaac Windham, deceased of Bladen County, North Carolina (Deed Book H - p.203 - Darlington County Courthouse - Darlington, S.C.).
Robert Godfrey Windham was living in his father's household when the family moved to Dale County, Alabama by 1830. Evidently Robert joined his brother Eli Windham in Pike County, for his marriage to Lavicey (Vicey) Lynch took place in Pike County on November 11, 1833 (Marriage Records if Pike County, Alabama - p. 18).
Robert Godfrey Windham moved from Pike County, Alabama to Copiah County, Mississippi, about 1838. According to the 1850 and 1860 census records of Copiah County, the known children of Robert G. Windham and Lavicey Lynch Windham were:
(a) Stokley M. Windham, born 1834, Pike County;
(b) Thomas I. Windham, born 1838, Copiah County;
(c) Melissa Windham, born 1838, Copiah County;
(d) Ranson Graves Windham, born 1840, Copiah County;
(e) Margaret E. Windham, born 1845, Copiah County;
(f) Nancy Caroline Windham, born 1847, Copiah County;
(g) Sarah Jane Windham, born 1849, Copiah County;
(h) Matilda Windham, born 1850, Copiah County;
(i) Alice Windham, born 1854, Copiah County;
(j) Winfield Windham, born 1855, Copiah County.
(4) Miriam G. Windham-------was born December 20, 1802 in Darlington County, South Carolina.
It appears that she was living in the household of her father when the family moved to Dale County, Alabama, before 1830. She married Isham Byrd; they lived in Dale County for over fifty years. Miriam died on November 6, 1889; she is buried in Sylvan Grove Cemetery near Midland City, Alabama. Isham Byrd, born 1805, died August 13, 1880; he is buried in Sylvan Grove Cemetery (History of Henry County, Alabama - Scott - p. 494 - Georgia Archives - Atlanta, Georgia; Markers in the Sylvan Grove Cemetery near Midland City, Dale County, Alabama).
The children of Miriam Windham Byrd and Isham Byrd were:
(a) Robert L. Byrd, born October 6, 1838; died January, 1863, in the War of Secession;
married Margaret Pope, born December 20, 1834; died October 20, 1911; buried in Sylvan Grove Cemetery. Their children were:
James M Byrd, born October 28, 1855; died July 19, 1954; married Deluna Newton, born February 11, 1849; died July 12, 1931.
Elbert Franklin Byrd, born February 1, 1857; died October 22, 1937; married Martha Jane Herring, born May 7, 1862; died March 13, 1945.
Amanda Byrd, born November 25, 1858; married Sydney Johnson, born May 17, 1850; died September 5, 1936
(b) Elizabeth Ann Byrd, born October 31, 1835; died February 17, 1919; not
married; buried in Sylvan Grove Cemetery.
(c) Ira Byrd, born June 29, 1839; died November 10, 862; not married; buried in
Sylvan Grove Cemetery.
(d) Arrena Byrd, born June 29, 1839; died June 27, 1855; not married; buried in
Sylvan Grove Cemetery.
(e) Dosia Amanda Byrd, born January 1, 1842; died February 8, 1880; not married;
buried in Sylvan Grove Cemetery.
(f) William Franklin Byrd, born February 28, 1844; died in the War of Succession,
date unknown; not married.
(History of Henry County, Alabama - Scott - p. 492 - Georgia Archives - Atlanta, Georgia; Markers in Sylvan Grove Cemetery near Midland City, Dale County, Georgia).
(5) Celia Windham-------dates of birth and death unknown. She married Lowell Peacock and moved
to Grenada, Mississippi (Family Records of Cleone Windham Cantrell - Morris of Slate Springs and Calhoun City, Mississippi).
(6) Levia Windham-------dates of birth and death unknown. She married ? Dixon and lived in
There were other children of Daniel Windham, Sr. of whom nothing is known.
25. DANIEL WINDHAM - He was born in 1796 in Darlington County, South Carolina. He
married Parthena Marshall, always known as Thena, in Darlington
County, South Carolina about 1824. Daniel Windham moved with his family to Dale County, Alabama, where they were first enumerated on page 8 of the 1830 census of that county.
In October, 1838, Daniel Windham bought land from the government at the Sparta Land Office under the preemption Act of 1838, Cash Certificate 6741, but his claim was contested by Alfred Edwards. The file concerning this case contains affidavits by William Mims, Lion Marshall, Elijah Marshall, William R. Marshall, Jeremiah Marshall, John I. Marshall, Moses Stribling, and Elijah Boles. Daniel Windham was identified as head of a family, over 21 years of age, a housekeeper in actual possession of the land by personal residence as of June 22, 1838, and for four months previously; he had a wife and nine children. The disputed land was patented to Daniel Windham on December 10, 1841, but Daniel had moved his family to Bibb County, Alabama, where the were enumerated in household #251 in the 1840 census of that county (National Archives - Washington, D.C. - Record Group 49 - Cash Certificate 6741).
On January 11, 1843, James Steel and Bryant Lee, Sr. deeded to Daniel Windham 160 acres: NE ¼ of SE ¼, Section 17, Township 23, Range 9 E; SE ¼ of SW ¼, section 16, Township 23, Range 9 E. The deed was witnessed by Oliver Quinn and John Nichols with relinquishment of dower by Mary (Polly) Steel. (Deed Book E - p. 243 - Bibb County Courthouse, Centreville, Alabama).
On November 9, 1844, Daniel Windham mortgaged to Lafayette W. Wilson and Bagwell L. Defreese, all of Bibb County, the 160 acres described above. The deed was witnessed by D. Brunhard and George Trammel and was recorded November 18, 1844 (Ibid - p. 429).
On April 15, 1846, Daniel Windham mortgaged to Lafayette W. Wilson, Bagwell L. Defreese, Arthur Avery, Henry Avery, Thomas Avery, and James Cutts the following properties: "one Sorel Stud horse known as Billy Barlow, one Sorrel Gilding one pair worke oxen one gray mare and Young Colt and Sorrel filley...." (Deed Book F - p. 119 - Bibb County Courthouse - Centreville, Alabama).
On September 21, 1849, Daniel Windham mortgaged "entire crop of cotton on my plantation on which I live" to Charles Stanford and James Cutts. The deed was witnessed by B. L. Defreese and John W. Cadell (Ibid - p. 445).
Daniel Windham and his family appeared in the 1850 census of Bibb County but do not appear in the 1860 census. There are no estate papers for him in that county; it is assumed that Daniel and Thena moved with many members of their family to Chickasaw County, Mississippi, where Daniel died before 1860. He does not appear in the 1860 census of Mississippi.
The children of Daniel Windham and Thena Marshall Windham were:
(1) Susan Windham-------was born in Darlington County, South Carolina, in 1825. She moved with
her father to Dale County, Alabama, by 1830. By 1840 the family had moved to Bibb County, Alabama, where Susan was enumerated in her father's household in both the 1840 and 1850 census records of that county. Nothing else is known of this daughter.
(2) Rebecca Ann Windham-------was born in Darlington County, South Carolina in 1828. She
moved with her father to Dale County, Alabama, by 1830. By 1840 the family had moved to Bibb County, Alabama, where Rebecca was enumerated in her fathers household in both the 1840 and 1850 census records of that county. She married John Marlow in Bibb County on March 12, 1853 (Bibb County Courthouse, Centreville, Alabama).
(3) Elizabeth Windham-------was born in Darlington County, South Carolina, about 1829,. She
moved with her father to Dale County, Alabama, by 1830. By 1840 the family had moved to Bibb County, Alabama, where Elizabeth was enumerated in her father's household in the 1840 census. She married Niram Peterson in Bibb County on April 4, 1846 (Bibb County Records - Gandrud and Jones - p. 339 - Alabama Archives - Montgomery, Alabama).
(4) Catherine Windham-------was born in Dale County, Alabama, in 1830. She was enumerated in
household in both the 1840 and 1850 census records in Bibb County, Alabama. Nothing else is known of this daughter.
(5) John Windham-------was born in 1831 in Dale County, Alabama. According to the family legend,
he served in the Confederate Army but did not return from the War (Family Records of Cleone Windham Cantrell-Morris of Slate Springs and Calhoun City, Mississippi).
(6) Jeremiah Maston Windham-------was born in Dale County, Alabama, November 16, 1833. He
moved to Bibb County, Alabama, with his father and was enumerated in his father's household in both the 1840 and 1850 census records of that county. He married Druscilla D. Glass on May 21, 1857 (Bibb County Marriages - Book E - p. 176 - Bibb County Courthouse, Centreville, Alabama). Their children were (Family Records of Lula Windham Brown of Dayton, Ohio; Family Records of Cleone Windham Cantrell-Morris of Slate Springs and Calhoun City, Mississippi):
a. Henry Windham
b. Margaret Windham
c. James Reuben Windham, born 1859; died 1929; married Elizabeth Ann Pitts. children:
Lula Marie Windham, married George T. Brown; lives in Dayton Ohio. Children: George T. Brown, Jr., Betty J. Brown, Paul Pitts Brown.
James Reuben Windham, married Lillie Porter. Children: Raymond Windham, Winston Windham, Helen Windham.
d. Lula V. Windham, married Forrest Arnold. Children:
James W. Arnold, married May Snyder; Children: James Everett Arnold, Emma Louise Arnold.
Mary Druscilla Arnold, married Alfred Hicks. Children : Alfred Hicks, Jr., Marion Arnold Hicks
e. Jeremiah Maston, Born 1871.
(7) Elias Jefferson Windham-------was born December 13, 1835, in Dale County, Alabama. See (26)
ELIAS JEFFERSON WINDHAM on the following pages.
(8) Daniel Jasper Windham-------was born in 1837 in Dale
County, Alabama. He moved with his father to Bibb County, Alabama, where he was enumerated in his fa-
ther's household in both the 1840 and 1850 census records of that county. Daniel Jasper Windham married Sarah Elizabeth (Lizzie) Quinn. Their children were (Family Records of Cleone Windham Cantrell-Morris of Slate Springs and Calhoun City, Mississippi; Family records of Lula Windham Brown of Dayton, Ohio):
(a) Albert Kirby Windham born 1870; died 1948; married Eudora Thornton. Their
Elizabeth Cleone Windham, married first Hughie Cantrell; divorced; no issue. She married second Willie J. Morris; no issue.
Alberta Eudora Windham, married James McPhail.
(b) Kate Windham, married Daniel Hobart and had one child;
Bessie Hobart, married Walter McLendon.
(c) Bessie Windham, no issue.
(9) Elmira P. Windham-------born in Bibb County, Alabama, in 1842. She moved to Chickasaw
County, Mississippi, with her brothers and sisters before 1860. Nothing else is known of this daughter.
(10) Mary Windham-------date of birth unknown. According to the family records of Cleone
Windham Cantrell-Morris, Mary Windham married John Martin. Nothing else is known of this daughter.
(11) Margaret Windham-------born in Dale County, Alabama, about 1836. Margaret Windham
married M. D. Echols about 1854 and lived in Chickasaw County, Mississippi. The children listed in the 1860 census of that county were: N. J. Echols, M. W. Echols, and Amanda Echols.
(12) Narcissa E. Windham-------born in 1844 in Bibb County, Alabama. She married ? Mixon
and lived in Mississippi. Their Children were: Ellen, Elizabeth, Kate, and Mary.
26. ELIAS JEFFERSON WINDHAM - He was born December 13, 1835, in Dale County, Alabama. He
moved to Bibb County, Alabama, with his father before 1840.
He was enumerated in his father's household in both the 1840 and 1850 census records of that county. In the 1860 census of Chickasaw County, Mississippi, Elias Jefferson Windham was enumerated in the household of M. D. Echols, his brother-in-law.
On March 23, 1861, Elias Jefferson Windham became a member
of the Spartan Band, 13th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Company H (K first year), CSA, at Sparta, Chickasaw County, Mississippi; 3rd Lieutenant to reorganization. Spartan Band, along with the other units, were ordered to Corinth and enlisted in the Confederate service, May 13-14, 1861, for twelve months. Date of the reorganization of the 13th Regiment given as May 14, 1861, William Barksdale, Colonel. The 13th Regiment became a part of the Army of Southern Virginia. After the failure of the campaign under General Joseph E. Johnston, Elias Jefferson walked home to Mississippi where he joined a cavalry unit under General Albert Sidney Johnson. Elias Jefferson fought at Shiloh where he was wounded. He talked about the "pond of blood" which from historical accounts really existed (Mississippi Archives - Mississippi-OSR, 1908; The Wofford Volume - Zelma Wells Price - pp. 72-73; Family Records of Mary Windham Flautt of Tutwiler, Mississippi).
Note: At the time that the Wofford Volume was written by Zelma Wells Price, a mistake was made in listing the parents and the place of birth of Elias Jefferson Windham. The Wofford Volume states that Elias Jefferson's parents were Elias Windham and Mary Marshall and that he was born at Windham Springs, Alabama. The parents of Elias Jefferson Windham were Daniel Windham and Thena Marshall Windham, and he was born in Dale County, Alabama.
On January 28, 1868, in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, Elias Jefferson Windham married Louisiana Frances (Leanna) Wofford, daughter of Elias Joseph Wofford and Delilah Wofford. Leanna was born February 16, 1846, near Sonora, Chickasaw County, Mississippi. She died February 1, 1884, and is buried in Houston Cemetery, Chickasaw County, Mississippi (The Wofford Volume - Zelma Wells Price - pp. 52,72,109 - Georgia Archives - Atlanta, Georgia).
Elias Jefferson Windham died April 5, 1922, at the home of his daughter, Vannie Lee Windham Dendy-Chambers, Okolona, Chickasaw County, Mississippi. He is buried in Houston Cemetery, Houston, Chickasaw County, Mississippi (Ibid).
The children of Elias Jefferson Windham and Louisiana Frances Wofford Windham were (Ibid):
(1) Jefferson Davis Windham-------was born November 7,1870, near Sonora, Chickasaw County,
Mississippi; died April 8, 1888, Chickasaw County, Mississippi; buried in Houston Cemetery, Houston, Chickasaw County, Mississippi. Jeff was not married.
(2) Ida Windham-------was born about 1872, near Sonora, Chickasaw County, Mississippi; died
about 1956; married Thomas Jefferson Gordon. Their children were:
(a) Jefferson Gordon, born Chickasaw County, Mississippi; died many years ago; single.
(b) Alfred Gordon, born Chickasaw County, Mississippi; deceased; married and had issue.
(c) Clara Gordon, born Chickasaw County, Mississippi, married first Stanfield Alford;
divorced; no issue. Married second ? Crupper; no issue.
(d) Eugene Gordon, born Chickasaw County, Mississippi.
(e) Ann Gordon, born Chickasaw County, Mississippi; deceased; married Appelton Owen; no
(f) Everett Gordon, born Chickasaw County, Mississippi; deceased; married and had no issue.
(3) Vannie Lee Windham-------was born about 1873, near Sonora, Chickasaw County, Mississippi;
died September 1955, Okolona County, Mississippi; buried Okolona, Chickasaw County, Mississippi. She married first her second cousin, Samuel Tilden Dendy, born December 12, 1872, Chickasaw County, Mississippi; had no issue. Married second, as his second wife, Jefferson Chambers; deceased; no issue (The Wofford Volume - Price - p. 110 - Georgia Archives - Atlanta, Georgia).
(4) John Calhoun (Hal) Windham-------was born November 16, 1875, near Sonora, Chickasaw
County, Mississippi; died December 15, 1960, at Columbia, Mississippi; buried in Rosemound Cemetery, Tutwiler, Mississippi. He married November 5, 1903, Vaiden, Mississippi, Mary Westmoreland Evans (daughter of the Reverend John Franklin Evans and Sarah Rebecca (Toomer) Evans), born May 13, 1874, near Mobile, Alabama. Their children were:
(a) John Evans Windham, born September 4, 1904,Vaiden, Mississippi; died September 22,
1978, at Ruleville, Mississippi. He married December 23, 1934, Elkton, Maryland, Beryl Elberson (daughter of Theodore Elberson and Hannah (Brandon) Elberson), born June 2, 1909, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Their children were:
Beryl Lee (Bonnie) Windham, born May 21, 1936, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; married Orvell Jones, August 11, 1956. Their children were: Linda Lee Jones, Deborah Ann Jones.
Sarah Jean Windham, born May 1, 1941, Hattiesburg, Mississippi; married Edward Henson, December 28, 1964. Their children: Edward Henson, Jr., Rachael Linn Henson, Bonnie Jean Henson.
(b) Mary Lee Windham, born March 27, 1908, Canton, Mississippi; married William
Frierson Flautt (son of Henry Bolton Flautt and Emma (Robertson) Flautt of Sumner, Mississippi), born August 11, 1898, Sumner, Mississippi. Their children were:
Ann Flautt, born June 29, 1935, Memphis, Tennessee; married July 1, 1958, Clarksdale, Mississippi, William Owen Mayfield, Jr. Their children: William Owen Mayfield, III, born August 10, 1962; Julia Flautt Mayfield, born December 1, 1964; Laura Windham Mayfield, born August 26, 1969.
Emma Flautt, born March 1, 1939, Memphis, Tennessee; married September 20, 1969, Tutwiler, Mississippi, Edgar Theodore Crisler, Jr. Their children : Sarah Emma Crisler, born September 15, 1970.
William Frierson Flautt, Jr., born February 9, 1941, Memphis, Tennessee; married July 12, 1970, Inger Johanne Hegland in Arendal, Norway. Their children: Kristin Hegland Flautt, born November 1, 1971; Ingrid Eugenie Flautt, born April 11, 1976.
(c) Hal Windham, born September 17, 1910, Canton, Mississippi; married October 8, 1938,
Sophie Petrow, Rochester, New York. Their children: Mary Ann Windham, Hal Windham, Jr., Helen Windham.
(The Wofford Volume - Price - p. 171; Family Records of Mary Windham Flautt, Tutwiler, Mississippi).
(5) Addie Williams Windham-------was born December 30,1879, near Sonora, Chickasaw County,
Mississippi; died November 18, 1959, Grenada Hospital, Grenada, Mississippi; buried Houston Cemetery, Houston, Chickasaw County, Mississippi; married June 28, 1903, James Alfred Rish, born November 15, 1879, Calhoun County Mississippi; died March 19, 1962; Houston Hospital, Houston, Chickasaw County, Mississippi; buried Houston Cemetery, Houston, Mississippi. Their children were:
(a) William Jasper Rish, born September 2, 1904, Calhoun County, Mississippi; died
June 30, 1980; married first, December 24, 1925, Houston, Mississippi, Hazel Anita McWhorter (daughter of William Jones McWhorter and Lavonia (Massey) McWhorter), born March 13,
1906, Jones County, Mississippi; died September 7, 1935, Houston, Chickasaw County, Mississippi, Nannie Virginia Robertson, born September 15, 1904, Woodland, Chickasaw County, Mississippi. The children of William Jasper Rish are:
William Jasper Rish, Jr., born June 29, 1926
J. A. Rish, born May 29, 1929; died December 7, 1948; married Peggy Marion.
Virginia Rish, born May 29, 1936; married first Tom Yancey on August 21, 1959 and their children were: Charlotte Yancey, born June 9, 1960; Yvonne Yancey, born August 1, 1966. Virginia married second Ralph Hilt on November 22, 1978.
(b) Jeff Windham Rish, born August 19, 1906, Calhoun County, Mississippi, Frances
Martine Helms (daughter of James Weaver Helms and Mary Alma (Porter) Helms). Their children were:
Jeff Windham Rish, Jr.,
Mary Allen Rish,
James Donald Rish,
Jack E. Rish,
Billy Joe Rish,
Julian Porter Rish,
(c) Sam Dendy Rish, born December 17, 1908, Calhoun County, Mississippi;
married first, September 22, 1934, San Francisco, California, Verna Georgia Brewer, born December 25, 1917, Missouri; divorced February 1945, Fresno, California. Their children were: James Alford Rish, Margaret Lee Rish. Sam married second, September 27, 1946, Houston, Chickasaw County, Mississippi, Ida Maylene Robertson, born February 4, 1923, Chickasaw County, Mississippi. Their children were: William Windham Rish, Betty Jane Rish, Martha Faye Rish, and Peggy Ann Rish.
(d) Hilda Lee Rish, born October 23, 1910, Cal-
houn County, Mississippi, married April 9, 1932, Okolona, Chickasaw County, Mississippi, Maltraverse Young (son of Henry Juette Young and Winnie Isabel (Coggin) Young), born November 21, 1907, Nettleton, Lee County, Mississippi; died June 12, 1977. Their children were
Barbara Ann Young, born February 12, 1933, Houston, Mississippi; married May 7, 1951, Grenada, Mississippi, Eugene Bloodworth, born February 6, 1929. Their children were: Patricia Ann Bloodworth, born June 6, 1952; Barbara Jo Bloodworth, born May 2, 1955; Cindy Lee Bloodworth, born October 11, 1958.
Maltraverse Young, Jr., born June 9, 1935; married December 8, 1951, Margaret Joyce White, born December 5, 1934. Their children: Gerald Glenn Young, born March 2, 1954; Monte Rish Young, born June 21, 1966.
Emily Windham Young, born February 2, 1942; married December 19, 1965, Grenada, Mississippi, William Byrd James (son of Byrd Lafette James and Alvilda Ester (Conyers) James. Their children: Jenny Leigh James, born October 27, 1968; Elizabeth Addie James, born April 10, 1975.
(e) Margaret Jane Rish, born October 1, 1915, Calhoun County, Mississippi;
married July 30, 1938, Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi, Julian Rundell Tatum (son of Henry Fletcher Tatum and Ruth (Featherstun) Tatum), born February 24, 1910, Meridian, Lauderdale County, Mississippi; died December 18, 1980. Their children were:
Julian Rundell Tatum, Jr., born May 23, 1949; married first Elizabeth Robertson; divorced; no issue. He married second Paula George. Their children: Patrick Owen Tatum, born July 1, 1979; died July 8, 1979.
Emily Wofford Tatum, born July 1, 1953; married September 12, 1975, Charles Dale Gibson (son of Waymon Gibson and Dolline (Denton) Gibson), born November 5, 1955. Their children: Charles Maxwell Gibson, born June 18, 1980.
(f) Mary Kate Rish, born August 16, 1922, Houston, Chickasaw County, Mississippi;
married July 30, 1943, Searcy, White County, Arkansas, George Karl Rogers (son of Carl Cecil Rogers and Lena Bessie (Mullins) Rogers), born June 16, 1922, Searcy, White County, Arkansas. Their children were:
Rosanne Rogers, born March 30, 1944; married September 12, 1965, Edwin Rodney Smith (son of Rodney J. Smith and Jane (Blaney) Smith), born November 23, 1943. Their children; Ramey Scott Smith, born February 26, 1969; Victoria Bolling Smith, born August 23, 1970.
George Karl Rogers, Jr., born September 30, 1949; married Wilma Fortune. Their children: Shelly Renee Rogers, born September 13, 1972; Laura Kathleen Rogers, born December 7, 1974.
(The Wofford Volume - Price - p. 170; The Rish Family - Zelma Wells Price - pp. 20,21 - Georgia Archives, Atlanta, Georgia; Family Records of Hilda Rish Young of Grenada, Mississippi).
(6) Thomas Eugene (Dean) Windham-------was born March 4, 1881, near Sonora, Chickasaw
County, Mississippi (see below).
(24) THOMAS EUGENE WINDHAM - He was born March 4, 1881,near Sonora, Chickasaw
County, Mississippi; died August 19, 1948, Georgia Baptist Hospital, Jackson, Mississippi; buried Rolling Fork Cemetery, Rolling Fork, Sharkey County, Mississippi. He married February 23, 1908, Chickasaw County, Mississippi, Nancy Ellen Pearson (daughter James Pearson and Elizabeth (Holleman) Pearson), born February 23, 1884, Apex, North Carolina, died June 16, 1968, Sunflower County Hospital, Ruleville, Mississippi; buried Rolling Fork Cemetery, Rolling Fork, Sharkey County, Mississippi. The children of Thomas Eugene Windham and Nancy Ellen Pearson Windham were:
(1) Eugene Pearson Windham-------was born September 3, 1911, Houston, Chickasaw County,
Mississippi. See (28) EUGENE PEARSON WINDHAM on the following pages.
(2) Hudean Windham-------was born December 16, 1913, Houston, Chickasaw County, Mississippi;
married December 23, 1956, Jackson, Mississippi, Edgar Charles Burkhalter, Jr. (son of Edgar Charles Burkhalter and Ella (Martin) Burkhalter), born April 3, 1909, Hattiesburg, Forrest County, Mississippi. No issue.
(3) Lois Windham-------was born September 9, 1917, Houston, Chickasaw County, Mississippi;
married January 15, 1945, Thetford, England, Roger Henry McDermott, born June 20, 1917. Their children:
(a) Joseph McDermott, born November 12, 1948, Detroit, Michigan; married Carol Yanik.
Their children: Joseph Roger McDermott, Sarah McDermott.
(b) Lois Elizabeth McDermott, born March 13, 1954, Detroit, Michigan.
(c) Christine McDermott, born December 28, 1955, Detroit, Michigan.
(4) Jeffie Adair Windham-------was born December 8, 1919, Merigold, Bolivar County, Mississippi;
married April 30, 1943, Grenada, Mississippi, Douglas Webber Moore (son of William Cox Moore and Mary Ella (Wales) Moore of Pensacola, Florida), born May 13, 1920; died November 2, 1980; buried Arlington Cemetery, Sandy Springs, Georgia. The children of Douglas Webber Moore and Jeffie Windham Moore were:
(a) Nancy Ellen Moore, born April 23, 1947, Atlanta, Georgia; married February 12, 1972,
Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, Corry Lee Sandlin (son of Jack Sandlin and Elizabeth (Smith) Sandlin), born July 28, 1948. The children of Nancy Moore Sandlin and Corry Lee Sandlin were:
Ross Windham Sandlin, born October 17, 1976;
Jesse Douglas Sandlin, born May 2, 1979;
Erin Wales Sandlin, born December 8, 1981.
(b) Mary Beth Moore, born April 10, 1948, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, Richard Lewis
Sloss (son of Russel Melvin Sloss and Dorothy (Lewis) Sloss), born June 27, 1947.
(c) Pegeen Adair Moore, born March 18, 1954, Atlanta, Georgia, married December 10,
1977, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, Charles William Byrd, Jr. (son of Charles William Byrd, Sr. and Bernice Lanette (Burel) Byrd), born April 10, 1952.
(The Wofford Volume - Price - pp. 171,172 - Georgia Archives - Atlanta, Georgia; Family Records of Jeffie Windham Moore of Decatur, Georgia).
28. EUGENE PEARSON WINDHAM - He was born September 3,1911, Houston, Chickasaw
County, Mississippi; married April 13, 1938, Rolling
Fork, Sharkey County, Mississippi, Christine Lovorn (daughter of Jackson Julian Lovorn and Audrey Bernice (Crowe) Lovorn), born September 17, 1916, Kosciusko, Leake County, Mississippi. The children of Eugene Pearson Windham and Christine Lovorn Windham were:
(1) Eugene Pearson Windham, Jr.,-------was born July 19, 1939, Vicksburg, Mississippi; married
December 28, 1962, Kosciusko, Mississippi, Beryl Ann Nowell, born December 24, 1943. Their children: Stephen Eugene Windham, born November 9, 1963.
(2) Donald Wayne Windham, Sr.-------was born February 12, 1943, Vicksburg, Mississippi; married
December 4, 1965, Carrollton, Alabama, Lura Angeline Middleton, born November 10, 1944, Greenville, Mississippi. Their children: Donald Wayne Windham, Jr., born July 7, 1966; Amelia Christine Windham, born June 21, 1973.
(3) Glen Dean Windham-------born January 29, 1949, Vicksburg, Mississippi; married July 21, 1974,
Memphis, Tennessee, Jane Mayo, born April 6, 1950. Their children: Byron Pearson Windham, born April 20, 1977.
(4) Linda Love Windham-----born January 29, 1949, Vicksburg, Mississippi; married July 1, 1972,
Rolling Fork, Mississippi, Tom Frazier, born March 28, 1948, Rosedale, Mississippi. Their Children: Stephanie Love Frazier, born July 31, 1976.
(The Wofford Volume - Price - p. 170 - Georgia Archives - Atlanta, Georgia; Family Records of Eugene Pearson Windham, Sr., of Mayersville, Issaquena County, Mississippi).
THE DESCENDANTS OF (24) JOHN WINDHAM
JEFFIE WINDHAM MOORE
DESCENDANTS OF (24) JOHN WINDHAM
24. JOHN WINDHAM - He was the son of (23) Amos Windham and Sarah MacHugo. He was born
between 1780 and 1790 in the Cheraw District, South Carolina, part that
became Darlington County in 1785. The exact date of his birth is unknown, but the date has been placed approximately 1785 by his living descendants.
John Windham served as a private under William R. David in Alston's Third Regiment of the South Carolina Militia during the War of 1812 from November 12, 1814, to January 2, 1815. He was discharged by furnishing a substitute (Service Records of Veterans of the War of 1812 from South Carolina - Edna J. Manning - 1963 - Book X - South Carolina Archives - Columbia, South Carolina).
John Windham married Virginia Jane Mixon, born 1793 in Darlington County, South Carolina. John and his family joined the exodus of many Windham and related families from Darlington County, South Carolina, to Dale County, Alabama, where he and his family were enumerated on page 8 of the 1830 census of that county.
The records of Dale County, Alabama, prior to 1870 were completely destroyed by fire. The only sources of information available are the census records, federal land records, church and cemetery records, and family records.
It appears that John Windham died between the birth of his last child, Elizabeth Ann, on December 3, 1831, and June 25, 1836, when Jane Windham bought in her own name 160.25 acres of land through the Sparta Land Office: NE ¼, Section 5, Township 5 N, Range 25 E (National Archives - Washington, D.C. - Record Group 49 - Cash Certificate 3288). It is believed that John Windham is buried in the Windham Cemetery near Ewell, Alabama, since many of this family lived and died in this area. The Windham Cemetery is located in the midst of a pine forest, and only two stones remain standing to mark the many graves still evident in the undergrowth. The old Windham House which stood on a hill not far away was torn down several years ago.
Jane Windom was enumerated in her own household (page 26) in the 1840 census of Dale County, Alabama. She, at age 56, was enumerated in the household (#272) of her son, Thomas Windham, in the 1860 census of Dale County. She died between 1860 and 1870, and it is believed that she is buried beside her husband in the Windham Cemetery.
The known children of John Windham and Virginia Mixon Windham were (Research Files of Colonel James E. Windham of Merryville, Louisiana; Family Records of Bryant Guy Windham of Midland City and Sylvan Grove Community, Alabama; 1850 and 1860 Census Records of Dale County and Barbour County, Alabama):
(1) Anthony Windham-------was born in Darlington County, South Carolina. The History of
Alabama and Her People by A. B. Moore lists the birth-date of Anthony Windham as 1814; the census records list the birth-date as 1809. Anthony moved with his father to Dale County, Alabama before 1830. He was enumerated with his own family in the 1840, 1850, and 1860 census records of Barbour County, Alabama.
Anthony Windham married first ? Bizzell; he married second Hepsey Flowers; and on April 29, 1860, he married third Martha A. McMurry.
Anthony Windham enlisted in the Confederate Army during the Civil War and served until the close of hostilities. Anthony and his wife Martha McMurry Windham moved to Dale County, Alabama between 1860 and 1870; they were listed in the 1870 census of that county. About 1885, Anthony and Martha moved to Shelby County, Texas, where they lived until Anthony's death in 1895 and Martha's death in 1905 (The History of Alabama and Her People - Moore - 1927 - Vol. II - pp. 498-499 - Alabama Archives _ Montgomery, Alabama; Household #321, 1850 Census of Barbour County, Alabama; Household #74, 1870 Census of Dale County, Alabama).
The known children of Anthony Windham were:
(a) Edward Windham, born 1837;
(b) Thomas Windham, born 1838;
(c) William Windham, born 1840;
(d) Abner Windham, born 1841, Barbour County, Alabama;
(e) Rebecca Windham, born 1843, Barbour County, Alabama;
(f) Wright Windham, born 1845, Barbour County, Alabama;
(g) Julia A. Windham, born 1847, Barbour County, Alabama;
(h) Mary Windham, born 1849, Barbour County, Alabama;
(i) Saphronia Windham, born 1851, Barbour County, Alabama;
(j) Martha Windham, born 1852, Barbour County, Alabama;
(k) John Windham, born 1854, Barbour County, Alabama;
(l) Shorter Windham, born 1856, Barbour County, Alabama
(m) There were others probably who were born between 1860 and next listing;
(n) Samuel G. Windham, born February 27, 1867, near Ozark, Dale County,
Alabama; died March 21, 1937; buried Union Cemetery, Ozark, Alabama. He married Hattie M. Mosley, born October 15, 1858; died November 16, 1932; buried Union Cemetery, Ozark, Alabama. Their children were:
Bama Windham, married Albert Kinsaul;
Dr. Lewis Anthony Windham, born July 12, 1889, Ozark, Dale County, Alabama; married Bessie Hildreth, December 9, 1917, at New Brockton, Coffee County, Alabama. Their children were: Ralph Windham, born October 31, 1918, Daleville, Alabama; Samuel Travis Windham, born April 19, 1920, Daleville, Alabama; Rex Windham, born January 12, 1922, Daleville, Alabama.
William Henry Windham,
Benjamin Windham, veteran of World War I;
Ida Windham, married James M. Donnel;
Little Mattie Windham, born June 9, 1888; died July 10, 1889; buried Union Cemetery, Ozark, Dale County, Alabama.
(2) William Pierson Windham-------was born September 11, 1810, Darlington County, South
Carolina. See (25) WILLIAM PIERSON WINDHAM on the following pages.
(3) Celia Windham-------of whom nothing is known.
(4) Samuel Windham-------was born September 3, 1813, Darlington County, South Carolina. See
(25) SAMUEL WINDHAM on the following pages.
(5) Zilpha Windham-------died January 20, 1891.
(6) Hester Jane Windham-------was born 1820 in Darlington County, South Carolina. She died
January 12, 1891. Hester Jane married James Joshua Mims, born May 18, 1818. Joshua died August 25, 1893. Both are buried in Mt. Zion Cemetery located one mile south of Ewell, Dale County, Alabama. Their known children were: (Household #855 - 1860 Census of Dale County, Alabama):
(a) Narcissa J. Mims, born 1842;
(b) Celia A. Mims, born 1844;
(c) Natham B. Mims, born 1846;
(d) Theodocia E. Mims, born 1847;
(e) Mary E. Mims born 1852;
(f) Harriet C. Mims, born 1854;
(g) Henry G. Mims, born 1857;
(h) Robert E. Mims, born 1859.
(7) Thomas Windham-------was born August 24, 1825, Dale County, Alabama; died March 18, 1892;
buried in the Windham Cemetery near Ewell, Dale County, Alabama. His stone is one of the two stones still standing in the cemetery. Thomas Windham married first Mary A. Peacock, born 1831 in Florida. The date of her death is unknown, but she is buried (no stone) beside her husband in the Windham Cemetery. Thomas married second, about 1856, Sarah Jane Smith, born November 30, 1834, in Georgia. She died August 7, 1905, and is buried in Daleville Cemetery, Daleville, Alabama.
The known children of Thomas Windham were (Household #915 - 1860 Census of Dale County, Alabama; Cemetery Records of Dale County, Alabama - Alabama Archives - Montgomery, Alabama):
(a) Dallas B. Windham, born 1845, Dale County, Alabama; first Postmaster of Ewell,
(b) Almeida J. Windham, Born July 1, 1846, Dale County, Alabama; died April 25, 1935;
buried in Claybank Cemetery, Ozark, Alabama; married Simeon W. Brackin, born August 11, 1846; died March 12, 1914; buried Claybank Cemetery, Ozark, Alabama;
(c) Nancy Ann Windham, born May 7, 1849, Dale county, Alabama; died May 10, 1923;
buried Carroll Cemetery, Ozark, Alabama; married Noah Carroll, born March 5, 1846; died Seotember 16, 1920; buried Carroll Cemetery, Ozark, Alabama
(d) Anthony Banks Windham, born 1851, Dale County, Alabama;
(e) Susan Windham, born 1856, Dale County, Alabama;
(f) Ida Windham, born November 13, 1859, Dale
County, Alabama; died June 20, 1916; buried Daleville Cemetery, Daleville, Alabama; married George C. Sansbury, born December 17, 1853; died January 5, 1937; buried Daleville Cemetery, Daleville, Alabama;
(g) Thomas Foster Windham, born August 12, 1861, Dale County, Alabama; died July
12, 1941; buried Daleville Cemetery, Daleville, Alabama; married Saphronie E. Windham, born March 10, 1862; died May 25, 1934; buried Daleville Cemetery, Daleville, Alabama.
(8) Theodocia Windham-------was born 1829 in Dale County, Alabama; died September 3, 1900;
buried in Union Cemetery, Ozark, Alabama; married Green H, Whaley, born 1813 in Georgia.
(9) Eliza Ann Windham-------was born December 3, 1831, Dale County, Alabama; died January 26,
1896; buried in Asbury Cemetery located seven miles ease of Ozark, Alabama; married Charles (?) Lewis.
25. WILLIAM PIERSON WINDHAM - He was born September 11, 1810, Darlington County,
South Carolina. He moved with his father to Dale
County, Alabama before 1830. William P. Windham was enumerated with his own family in the 1840 census (page 26) of Dale County, Alabama. He was enumerated with his family in the 1850 census (household #279) of Coffee County, Alabama, where he lived until he moved to Shelby County, Texas, around 1870. He later moved to Newton County, Texas where he lived until his death on May 28, 1892. He is buried in Bleekwood Cemetery (Family Records of Carolyn Powell Alexander of Port Neches, Texas).
William Pierson Windham married first (1833) Mary Priscilla Mims, born 1820, Darlington County, South Carolina. Their children were (Ibid):
(1) Frances Abijah Windham, born 1834, Dale County, Alabama;
(2) John Henry Windham, born 1836, Dale County, Alabama;
(3) Noel Irvine Windham, born Dale County, Alabama;
(4) Jehugh Windham, born Dale County, Alabama;
(5) Harriet Jane Windham, born Dale County, Alabama;
(6) Mary Windham, born Dale County, Alabama;
(7) Jonathan Jasper Windham, born Dale County, Alabama; moved to Shelby County, Texas about
(8) William Pierson Windham, Jr., born May, 1846, Dale
County, Alabama. See (26) WILLIAM PIERSON WINDHAM, JR. on the following pages.
In 1852 William Pierson Windham married second Sarah (Sallie) Lee. Their children were:
(9) Thomas Jesse Windham, born Coffee County, Alabama;
(10) Virginia (Lizzie) Windham, born Coffee County, Alabama; married N. B. (Pode) Wilson;
(11) Alabama (Sarah) Windham, born Coffee County, Alabama; married Adam L. Stark;
(12) August Perry Windham, born Coffee County, Alabama;
(13) Missouri Windham, born Coffee County, Alabama; married R. E. McFarland, youngest son of
Colonel T. S. McFarland and Elizabeth Eubanks.
(Some Early South East Texas Families - Wilson - p. 15 - Alabama Archives - Montgomery, Alabama).
25. SAMUEL WINDHAM - He was born September 3, 1813, Darlington County, South
Carolina. He moved with his father from Darlington County, South
Carolina, to Dale County, Alabama, before 1830. He was enumerated in his own household (page 26) of the 1840 Census of Dale County and household #857 in the 1860 Census of Dale County.
Samuel Windham married Elender D. Woodham, born August 17, 1817. She died September 5, 1890, and was buried in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Ewell, Dale County, Alabama. Samuel Windham died on December 3, 1890, and was buried in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Ewell, Dale County, Alabama.
The known children of Samuel Windham and Elender Woodham Windham were (Family Records of Bryant Guy Windham of Midland City, Alabama; Research Files of Theresa Lynn Ethridge of Dothan, Alabama; Household #494, 1850 Census of Dale County, Alabama; Household #857, 1860 Census of Dale County, Alabama; Cemetery Records of Dale County, Alabama - Alabama Archives - Montgomery, Alabama);
(1) John M. Windham, born 1838, Dale County, Alabama;
(2) Sarah Jane Windham, born February 22, 1839, Dale County, Alabama; died June 25, 1925,
buried Claybank Cemetery, Ozark, Dale County, Alabama; married Samuel Sawson Dowling.
(3) James Edward Windham, born July 27, 1840, Dale County, Alabama; died July 19, 1888. See
(26) JAMES EDWARD WINDHAM on the following pages.
(4) Ann Rebecca Windham, born 1843, Dale County, Alabama;
married Tobias Drayton Lee;
(5) Theodocia H. Windham, born 1845, Dale County, Alabama
(6) Saphronia E. Windham, born March 18, 1847, Dale County, Alabama; died September 10, 1915;
buried Lee Cemetery, Dale County, Alabama; married John Taylor Lee, brother of Tobias Drayton Lee, as his second wife (South Carolina Marriage Records, Ann Pamela Cunningham Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution - Mrs. William A. Huey - p. 39 - South Carolina Archives - Columbia, South Carolina
(7) Mary A. E. Windham, born 1847, Dale County, Alabama;
(8) Samuel C. Windham, born 1849, Dale County, Alabama;
(9) Nancy M. Windham, born 1853, Dale County, Alabama;
(10) Thomas H. Windham, born 1856, Dale County, Alabama.
26. WILLIAM PIERSON WINDHAM, JR. - He was born May, 1846, Dale County, Alabama. He lived
in Coffee County, Alabama, until 1870 at which time he
moved his family to Shelby County, Texas, and from there to Newton County, Texas. He died in 1934. William Pierson Windham, Jr. married Mary C. Gunter, born 1851, South Carolina; died 1899 in Newton County, Texas.
The children of William Pierson Windham, Jr. and Mary Gunter Windham were (Family Records of Carolyn Powell Alexander, great granddaughter of William Pierson Windham, Jr.):
(1) James Irvin Windham, born 1867;
(2) Sophie Cordelia Eliza Jane Windham, born 1869:
(3) Julia Rebecca Jane Windham, born 1871;
(4) Joseph Preston Windham, born 1874;
(5) California Victoria Windham, born 1876;
(6) Kelia Windham, born 1878;
(7) Trudie Lorine Windham, born 1880; died 1916; married
Oliver C. Powell, born 1879; died 1952. Their son, Carroll Powell, born 1906, married Luetta Weber, born 1915, and their children were: Carolyn Powell (Alexander), born March 29, 1938; Alex Windham Powell, born December 12, 1939.
(8) Harvey Augustus Windham, born 1882;
(9) Robert Cleveland Windham, born 1885.
26. JAMES EDWARD WINDHAM - He was born July 27, 1840, Dale County, Alabama; died
July 18, 1888; buried in the Lee Cemetery, Dale County, Alabama. James Edward Married Margaret A. Johnson on January 3, 1858. Margaret was born 1835; died July 11, 1912; buried in the Sylvan Grove Cemetery, Dale County, Alabama.
The children of James Edward and Margaret Johnson Windham were (Windham Family Bible in possession of Bryant Guy Windham of Midland City and Sylvan Grove Community, Dale County, Alabama):
(1) Martha Ann Windham, born November 28, 1858, Dale County, Alabama;
(2) Emma J. Windham, born November 22, 1860, Dale County, Alabama;
(3) Joseph H. Windham, born February 16, 1863, Dale County, Alabama;
(4) Robert Early Windham, born May 29, 1866. See (27) ROBERT EARLY WINDHAM below.
(5) Elbert A. Windham, born October 21, 1869, died September 2, 1892;
(6) William E. Windham, born November 5, 1871, Dale County, Alabama
(7) Drewsilar M. Windham, born May 10, 1874, Dale County, Alabama;
(8) Harris A. Windham, born July 20, 1876, Dale County, Alabama;
(9) Mirah C. Windham, born September 10, 1879, Dale County, Alabama;
(10) Lilly Dale Windham, born October 6, 1881, Dale County, Alabama.
27. ROBERT EARLY WINDHAM - He was born May 29, 1866, Dale County, Alabama; Died
July 11, 1940; buried in the Sylvan Grove Cemetery, Dale
County, Alabama. On August 25, 1890, Robert Early Windham married first Kizzy Jane Mann, born June 17, 1868; died April 29, 1910; buried in the Sylvan Grove Cemetery, Dale County, Alabama. On January 4, 1911, Robert Early Windham married second Sarah (Bertie) A. Windham, born June 18, 1884 (Ibid).
The Children of Robert Early Windham and his first wife, Kizzy Jane Mann Windham were (Ibid):
(1) Lena Windham, born November 15, 1892; died April 18, 1894; buried Sylvan Grove Cemetery,
Dale County, Alabama (Marker in Sylvan Grove Cemetery);
(2) Fay E. Windham, born August 16, 1896, Dale County, Alabama;
(3) Bryant Guy Windham, born January 19, 1901, Midland City, Dale County, Alabama; married
January 3, 1926, Vera Etta Wright (daughter of Martin Luther Wright and Frances Lela (Johnson) Wright), born November 3, 1903, Dale County, Alabama. Their children were:
(a) Lorry B. Windham,
(b) Freddie Yvonne Windham,
(c) Wyman Guy Windham,
(d) Wilton Theodore Windham,
(e) Frances Rebecca Windham,
(f) Lynette Windham,
(g) Martin Luther Windham,
(h) Sandra Karen Windham.
(Family Records of Bryant Guy Windham, of Midland City, Dale County, Alabama).
(4) Maurice S. Windham, born June 5, 1904, Dale County, Alabama; died October 1, 1960;
(5) Annie F. Windham, born September 20, 1908, Dale County, Alabama.
The Children of Robert Early Windham and his second wife, Sarah (Bertie) A. Windham, were:
(6) Early T. Windham, born June 18, 1914, Dale County, Alabama; died October 11, 1914; buried
Sylvan Grove Cemetery, Dale County, Alabama;
(7) Lillian B. Windham, born February 18, 1916, Dale County, Alabama;
(8) Carey A. Windham, born December 22, 1920, Dale County, Alabama; died January 20, 1922;
buried Sylvan Grove Cemetery, Dale County, Alabama.
INDEX TO LINEAGE
WINDHAM, WYMONDHAM, WYNDHAM
WINDHAM, Abner 70 WINDHAM, Carrie Rivers 30
Ada 71 Catherine 26, 58
Adele 28 Celia 57, 71
Addie Williams 63 Charity 55
Adolphus 27 Charles 25, 32, 33, 34, 35,
Alabama (Sarah) 74 36, 37, 38, 39
Albert Kirby 60 Charles, Capt. 38
Alberta Eudora 60 Charlotte J. 46
Alice 56 Chrisitne Lovorn 68
Alice Donahoo 28 Clara Isola 30
Allsey W. Drion 55 Claude Milton 30
Alam Etta Jack 29 Culinas Calloway 27
Alma Jane 29 Dallas B. 72
Almedia J. 72 Daniel 25, 32, 33, 35, 41,
Amasa Benjamin 42, 45, 47, 50, 51,
Amasa Benjamin, Jr. 29 52, 53, 54, 55, 57,
Amelia 36 58, 61
Ammelia Christine 68 Daniel G. 46
Amelia Jones 30 Daniel Jasper 53, 59, 60
Amos 25, 32, 33, 34, 35, Daniel, Jr. 35, 37
38, 39, 40, 41, 42, Daniel, Sr. 37, 42, 50, 51,
43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 52, 53, 57
50, 51, 53, 54, 69 David 27, 35, 37, 38
Amos, Jr. 37, 41, 44 Dewey 71
Amos K. 46 Dilly 45
Amos, Sr. 52 Donald Wayne, Jr. 68
Anetta 46 Donald Wayne, Sr. 68
Ann 34, 35, 36, 37, 38 Drewsilar M. 76
Ann Rebecca 74 Drucilla Glass 59
Anna Katherine Fitzhugh 30 Early T. 77
Anna Margaret 30 Edny 46
Annie F. 77 Edward 22, 23, 24, 25, 26,
Anthony 37, 41, 43, 44, 27, 28, 32, 70
45, 52, 70 Edward S. 46
Anthony Banks 72 Edwin 55
Avis 28 Effie May 28
Augustus Perry 74 Elbert A. 76
Bama 71 Eleanor Bennett 29
Benjamin 25, 26, 32, 71 Eleanor D. Woodham 74
Bernard 28 Eli 53, 54, 55
Beryl Ann Nowell 68 Eli P. 55
Beryl Elberson 62 Eli W. 46
Beryl Lee 62 Elias 37, 38, 41, 44, 45,
Bessie 60, 71 46, 47, 48, 49, 51,
Bessie Anita 29 52, 53, 61
Bessie Taylor 30 Elias Jefferson 59, 60, 61
Billie Frank 30 Eliza Ann 73,
Bryand Guy 77 Eliza J. 46
Byron Pearson 68 Eliza Jane 46
C. M. 46 Elizabeth 25, 30, 46
California Victoria 75 50, 55, 58
Calvin Edward 30 Elizabeth Carr 26
Carey A. 77 Elizabeth Cleone 60
WINDHAM, Elizabeth Hannah 27, 29 WINDHAM, Jane Mayo 68
Elliree 28 Jefferson Davis 61
Elmira 60 Jehugh 73
Emma Johnston 31 Jemima 37, 44
Erasmus 54 Jeremiah 37
Eugene 28 Jeremiah Maston 59
Eugene Pearson 66, 68 Jesse 25, 32, 35, 36
Eugene Pearson, Jr. 68 Jimmie B. 28
Eustis 26 John 24, 25, 32, 37, 42,
Fay E. 77 43, 45, 59, 69, 70
Frances 28 John Calhoun 62
Frances Rebecca 77 John Evans 62
Francis Abijah 73 John Henry 73
Freddie Yvonne 77 John J. 28
Gina (?) 46 John, Jr. 25, 41
Gladys 29 John Laurin 29
Glen Dean 68 John M. 74
Godfrey G. 47 John, Sr. 41
Gracie Elizabeth 29 John W. 46
Grady Edward 29 John W., Jr. 46
Hal 63 John Wilson (J) 28
Hal, Jr. 63 Jonathan Jasper 73
Harriet Jane 73 Joseph Clark 28
Harris A. 76 Joseph Clark, Jr. 31
Harvey Augustus 75 Joseph H. 76
Hattie Mosley 71 Joseph Preston 75
Helen 63 Josephine 55
Henel Ann 29 Josephine Skaggs 31
Helen Inez 30 Julia 28
Henry 28, 59 Julia A. 70
Henry W. 46 Julia Rebecca Jane 75
Hester Jane 72 Kate 60
Hudean 66 Kate Hill 30
Hugh 27 Kathryn Tabb 29
Ichabod E. 55 Kathryn Tucker 29
Ida 61, 71, 72 Kelia 75
Ira Jay 29 Kenneth Charles 30
Isaac 35, 36, 37, 38, Kizzy Jane Mann 76
43, 44, 47, 48, L.A. 30
51, 52, 55 Lavicey (Vicey) Lynch 55
Isaac Early 28 Larry Paul 30
Isabella Propst 28, 29 Lena 76
Jacob 28 Levia 57
Jacob Reuben 30 Lewis Anthony, Dr. 71
James 25, 27, 32, 35, 38, Lillian B. 77
43, 44, 45, 46 Lilly Dale 76
James, Capt. 38 Linda Love 68
James Edward 74, 76 Lois 67
James Henry 30 Lorry B. 77
James Henry, Jr. 30 Lora 29
James Irvin 75 Louisiana Frances Wofford 61
James R. 46 Louisiana L. 46
James Reuben 59 Lula 59
James T. B. 46 Lula Marie 59
James William 28 Lynette 77
Jane 26, 27, 47, 48, 69, 71 Malcomn 30
Jane Clements 26 Malissa 55
WINDHAM, Manly 28 WINDHAM, Otis Lee 29
Manly Thurman 30 Parthena Horn 47
Margaret 59, 60 Parthena Marshall 57
Margaret A. Johnson 76 Patsey 27
Margaret E. 56 Postell C. 47, 48
Marilyn 29 R. E. 30
Martha 44, 70 Rachael 25, 32, 49
Martha Alvira 28 Ranson Graves 56
Martha Ann 76 Rebecca 70
Martha McMurry 70 Rebecca Ann 58
Martin Luther 77 Reuben 24, 25, 26, 32
Mary 26, 33, 35, 48, Reuben Benjamin 27, 29
55, 60, 73 Reuben Vaughn 27
Mary A. E. 75 Rhoda Elizabeth 27
Mary Ann 28, 34, 36, 49, Richard E. 47, 48
54, 55, 63 Robert Cleveland 75
Mary Ann Mosley 54 Robert Early 76, 77
Mary Bagget 55 Robert F. 55
Mary C. Gunter 75 Robert Godfrey 52, 55
Mary Estelle 28 Ruby McBurnett 29
Mary Hobbs 30 Samuel 46, 71, 74
Mary Jake 30 Samuel C. 75
Mary Lee 63 Samuel G. 71
Mary Pricilla Mims 73 Sandra Karen 77
Mary Spencer 27 Saphronia 70
Mary Stone 27 Saphronia E. 75
Mary W. 46 Sarah 26, 27, 29, 45,
Mary Westmoreland Evans 62 52, 53, 55
Matilda 56 Sarah A. (Bertie) 76, 77
Mattie 71 Sarah Dawsey 50, 53
Mattie Waldrop 27 Sarah Elizabeth Quinn 60
Maurice S. 77 Sarah Inez 30
Melissa 55 Sarah Jane 56
Merril Buford 29 Sarah Jane 62, 74
Millie A. 46 Sarah Lee 74
Minnie 27 Sarah MacHugo 39, 42, 69
Minnie Adelle 31 Sarah Mixon 43
Mirah C. 76 Shirley Glenn 30
Miriam G. 53, 56 Shorter 71
Missouri 74 Sophie Cordelia E. J. 75
Moses 25, 32 Sophira Stewart 54
Mozelle 28 Stephen Eugene 68
Nancy 27 Stokley M. 55
Nancy Ann 72 Susan 58, 72
Nancy Caroline 56 Thena Marshall 58, 61
Nancy Ellen Pearson 66 Theodocia 73
Nancy M. 75 Theodocia H. 75
Nancy Reynolds 45 Thera May 30
Nannie Estell Ezell 28 Thomas 69, 70, 72
Narcissa E. 60 Thomas Eugene 66
Nathaniel Bascomb 28, 29, 31 Thomas Foster 73
Nathaniel Manly 29 Thomas H. 74
Nell 28 Thomas I. 55
Nethelred (Dred) Thomas 55 Thomas Jesse 74
Nettie Lowe 28 Thomas W. 46
Niva 28 Thompson 26, 27
Noel Irvine 73 Tina Harris 29
Oliver 27 Trannis McClure 29
WINDHAM, Trudie Lorine 75 Thomas 9, 10, 11, 12
Vannie Lee 61, 62 13, 21
Velma Alabama Clanton 30 William 11, 12, 21
Vera Etta Wright 77
Virginia Jane Mixon 69 WYNDHAM, Ann 15, 22
Virginia (Lizzie) 74 Bridget Mannock 221
Waldrop 78 Edmond 22
Whitten 28 Edmund 15, 16
William 25, 26, 28, 32 Edward 15, 22
43, 44, 45, 54, 70 Ela 14
William Benjamin 31 Eleanore Scrope 15, 16
William E. 76 Elizabeth 15, 16, 21
William Henry 71
William J. 46 WYNDHAM, Elizabeth Scrope 21
William Pearson 71, 73 Elizabeth Wentworth 16, 20
William Pearson, Jr. 73, 75 Ellen Sydenham 21
William T. 55 Florence Davy 21
Willie Lou 28 Florence Wadham 21
Wilma 29 Frances 21
Wilton Theodore 77 Francis 21, 22
Winfield 56 Francis, Sir 21
Wright 70 George 15, 17
Wyman Guy 77 George, Sir 21
Zilpha 46, 71 Henry 20, 22
Henry, Sir 21
WYMONDHAM, Ailwardus 9, 22 Isobel 14
Agnes 11 Jean Portman 21
Edricus 21 John 13, 14, 16
Elizabeth Sharington 13 John (junior) 15
Eric 9 John, Sir 14, 15, 16, 21
Geoffrey 9 Judith 21
Henry 12 Margaret 15, 16
Hugh 9, 21 Margaret Clifton 21
Johanna de Castell 21 Margaret Howard 15, 21
John 9, 11, 12, 13, 21 Margery Clifton 14
John, Sir 12 Mary 15, 16, 21
Katherine Redisham 21 Mary Everard 20
Margaret Cruzon 11 Roger 14, 15
Margaret Segrave 13 Sarah Dayrell 21
Margaret Walcot 13, 21 Susan 21, 22
Nigel 9 Susan Clere 21, 22
Payne 9 Thomas 15, 16, 17, 18,
Ralph 11 19, 20, 21, 22
Richard 9, 12 Thomas, Sir 16, 17, 20, 21
Robert 9 Wyndham Henry 21