Family History Notebook

Charles Swindle

Son of  Nicholas Swindle and Jane Lynch, born 1858 at Castle Eden, County Durham.

Married Abigail Thornton in 18793 (b.1861 Usworth) (d.1892)


Mary Ann, born 1880 in Usworth, County Durham, England (d.1882)
Mary Ann, born 1882 in the Chester le Street district
Jenny, born February 1883 in Pennsylvania
Henry, born July 1886 in Canton, Illinois
George, born March 1891 in Arkansas

Married Mary Ogle on the 21st of February 1897 in Sebastian, Arkansas (d. before 1900 census)

Died in 1933 and buried in  Bokoshe, Le Flore County, Oklahoma

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1    There are other Charles Swind* born around 1857 who have not yet been investigated but this Charles was a coal miner, daughter Mary A, who 'disappeared' in England after the 1881 census. The most common version of the family name was Swindle. Abigail was buried in Sebastian County, Arkansas in 1892.

2    Birth registration Swindlay, census Swindle.

3    There is a Chas Swindell, 24, aboard the City of Berlin ariving in New York on the 19th of December 1881

4    Bokoshe was a Choctaw settlement in 1886, when a post office was established here with William A. Sanner serving as the first Postmaster. The principal business was a coal mine that employed ten miners. By 1900, the population was 153. The Ft. Smith and Western Railroad built tracks in 1901 to this area to ship the coal elsewhere. The Midland Valley Railroad built its own line in 1903 - 1904. The town moved south from its initial location to the intersection of the two railroads. Two other coal mines soon opened nearby, and the population grew to 483 by 1910. By 1920, the census reported a population of 869 . (Wikipedia)


a)    1861 UK census    Living with his parents in Usworth, north of Washington, County Durham (Swindle)
        1871 UK census Not found
        1881 UK census    A coal miner at Usworth, wife Abigail (19) and daughter Mary A.
        1881    Possible emigrated to USA bringing his daughter across in 1883 (from 1900 census)
        1900 US census    A coal miner in Rogers, Sebastian, Arkansas. A widower with 4 children, the eldest being daughter Mary A born in England
        1910 US census    A coal miner (widower, 52, born England) in Bokoshe, Le Flore County, Oklahoma with sons Henry and George
        1920 US census    Charlie (62), Henry & George are coal miners in Bokoshe, Le Flore County, Oklahoma
        1930 US census    Charles (72) and his son Henry are living in  Bokoshe, Le Flore County, Oklahoma

b)    The birth of Charles Swindlay, mother's maiden name Lynch, was registered in the second quarter of 1858 in the Easington district (FreeBMD / GRO 10a 323)

        The marriage of Charles Swindle and Abigail Thornton was registered at Gateshead in the first quarter of 1879 (FreeBMD 10a 741).

Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957 [database on-line] 

Name: Chas Swindle
Gender: Male
Age: 38
Birth Year: abt 1859
Residence: Sebastian, Arkansas
Spouse's Name: Mary Ogle
Spouse's Gender: Female
Spouse's Age: 25
Spouse's Residence: Sebastian, Arkansas
Marriage Date: 21 Feb 1897
Marriage License Date: 19 Apr 1897
Marriage County: Sebastian
Event Type: Marriage
FHL Film Number: 1034074


c)   FindAGrave

Douglass Cemetery  Jenny Lind, Sebastian County, Arkansas, USA

wife of
C. Swindle
Oct. 24, 1892
32 years
Abigail Swindle c1860 - 1892
cii) FindAGrave

Old Bokoshe Memorial Gardens,  Bokoshe, Le Flore County, Oklahoma, USA

Charles Swindle
1857 - 1933

Charles Swindle 1857 - 1933

d)    New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line with images] 

Name: Chas Swindell
Arrival Date: 19 Dec 1881
Birth Date: abt 1857
Age: 24
Gender: Male
Place of Origin: -
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England and Queenstown, Ireland
Destination: United States of America
Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Ship Name: City of Berlin

x)    The birth of Mary Ann Swindle, mother's maiden name Thornton, was registered in the second quarter of 1880 in the Chester le Street district (FreeBMD 10a 538)
        The birth of Mary Ann Swindle, mother's maiden name Thornton, was registered in the second quarter of 1882 in the Chester le Street district (FreeBMD 10a 578)