Our Swindell Family roots have not been straightforward to follow as very little is known of them prior to to 1799 with the birth of a slave named Tinker who lived on the Sam Swindell plantation, in Columbus County, North Carolina. However, after many years of extensive internet genealogy research, phone calls, and e-mail, we were able to produce a semblance of our family tree from Tinker and his wife Tilla to present.
The name Swindell was not given to those who would indulde in shade (swindle) activity as some people may think. It is actually has it's origins in England, and denoted those "that dwelled in the valley where swindell are bred" a very noble trade at that. However, we know that that was the name given to us by their slave masters.
Unfortunately, African Americans face a unique challenge in tracing their ancestry due to our nation's history of discrimination and slavery. Instead of simply looking up wills, birth and death certificates, or other traditional genealogical research documents, African Americans are forced to identify the names of any and all former slave owners of your ancestors, and then hope that these owners kept accurate records of pertinent property, tax, and probate information. To further hamper documented research, in its history the Columbus County Courthouse has burned down at least three times in it's history. In addition the In addition to this, not all ex-slaves elected to keep the surname of their former slave masters.
In addition,the institution of slavery our enslaved ancestors were prohibited from reading, writing, freely marrying, owning land, and voting, few of the documents that we need and depend on exist for them, and those that do take extra patience and determination to discover. For those of us researching recent ancestors, segregation and the Jim Crow south has left a series of obstacles that make the process more of a challenge. Discover some of the pitfalls -- and promises -- of exploring the past. That's why the knowledge that each of you possess is so important. Each of you holds a piece of the puzzle.
According to ongoing DNA research the African ancestors of Tinker either came from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, or the Temne people of Sierra Leone.
This web site was put together for as a central repository of information and research for family members to enjoy and also in hopes that there might be others out there connected with our Swindell Family that find it and get in touch with us. Family Names included Swindell, Baldwin, Troy, Campbell, Gibson, Edwards, Mattocks, Regular, Shaw, and more
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