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Revolutionary War veterans' graves listed in Biographical History of Madison County, Indiana by Helen Baumer, 1978.

From Biographical History…:

Willis Swindell's grave at the Vinson Cemetery, Summitville. From Biographical History...:

"Willis Swindell was born in Hyde County, North Carolina in 1763. He served with the militia of that state during the latter years of the Revolutionary War along with others of his family. This military service is verified in the supplement to the DAR Index of Patriots.

"The Swindells followed the westward movement to Wayne County. He later came to Van Buren Township [Madison County]. Willis lived to be 88 years old and passed away in 1851, survived by a son, Ashley. He is buried in the western section of the Vinson Cemetery southwest of Summitville. The early Fort Wayne Trace once passed just west of it. His gravestone is in excellent condition."

The information below was provided by Unknown name

According to an article in High Tides, Volume VIII, Fall of 1987, Number 2, which is a publication of the Hyde County Historical and Genealogical Society Willis Swindel was a son of Josiah Swindell of Hyde County, North Carolina. Josiah Swindell was the son of John and Mary (Mc Pherson) Swindell. The notation reads:

“Pvt. Willis Swindell (B. 6 March 1763, d. 9 May 1851), son of Josiah Swindell (Sr.), was a veteran of the Revolutionary War. He appears as the head of a household in the 1790 census living with a male under 16 and two females. He recorded his mark at May Court 1792. In the 1800 census of Hyde, he is 26 to 45 and lives with 1 male under 10, 1 male 10 to 16, 3 females under 10 and two females 10 to 16. Apparently his wife had died before the 1800 census because by the 1810 census he is once again living with a female in his age group (26 to 45), 1 male under 10, 1 male 10 to 16, 2 females under 10, 2 females 10 to 16, and 1 female 16 to 26. At August Court, 1801, he was appointed patroller in Capt. Thomas Daniel’s District. In 1808, he is listed as a member of the South Mattamuskeet Primitive Baptist Church. Willis Swindell and his family remained in Hyde County until sometime after the 1810 census. He appears in the 1830 census of Randolph county, N. C. Also in Randolph’s 1830 census is his son, Allen Swindell (b.c. 1799, Hyde County). Allen Swindell was married in Randolph County on 5 January 1828 to Nancy Swaim. She was born circa 1808 in Randolph county (?) and is believed to have died there in 1850 at the age of 42. On 6 May 1809, Willis Swindell had another son, Ashley, who was born in Hyde County. Ashley married Anna Hendricks (b. October, 1814, N. C.) and in 1833 migrated to Indiana, settling in Wayne County. Ashley Swindell died in 1891 at the age of 82. His widow, Anna Swindell, was still living in 1893 when an article regarding her son, William Allen Swindell, was published. Willis Swindell died at the age of 88 and is buried in Madison County, Indiana.”


The thirteen included on our web site Pioneers Cemeteries and Their Stories, Madison County, Indiana. were initially researched by Madison County historian Raymond Davis.

Old Vinson Cemetery, Van Buren Township

One of the oldest, most honored stones facing west in the old section is that of Willis Swindell. Willis served in North Carolina's militia in the latter years of the Revolutionary War. His service is recorded in the Supplement to the DAR Index of Patriots. He was born in Hyde County, North Carolina, in 1763, and after the Revolution, he and his family first moved to Wayne County, Indiana, and later to Van Buren Township in Madison County. Willis lived to be eighty-eight years old. He died in 1851 and was survived by his son Ashley. Willis Swindell's stone is in excellent condition and can be read easily. His gravestone was photographed and used by the Anderson Herald-Bulletin for a June 2002 article on Revolutionary War soldiers buried in Madison County . Of the thirteen RW veteran's graves in Madison County, Willis Swindell's is the only one with a legible, completely intact stone on his burial plot.


Directions: Vinson Cemetery, Summitville-- from SR 28 turn N onto 100E; after 4-5 miles cemetery on west side. Willis Swindell, headstone

Information and Photo courtesy of Melody & Tom Hull, Madison County, Indiana

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