JOHN A. WINDLE
The following bio was taken from page 450 of the book entitled "Rusk County History" compiled and edited and used with permission of the Rusk County Historical Commission.
Transcribed by Claudia Schuster
Submitted by Gloria Briley Mayfield, Rusk County TX Coordinator
John A. Windle, whose ancestors came from Germany, was born in Virginia in 1804. As was usual in the early days of America, John A. moved around before finally settling down. He had three wives and ten children. He and his first wife moved to Alabama where his first child, John W., was born in 1827. They then moved to Tennessee where their second son was born in 1829.
After the death of John A.ís first wife, he married Permelia, born in 1814 in South Carolina. They moved to Louisiana where a daughter named for her mother was born in 1836. Prior to 1840 the family moved to Texas. In the 1850 census of Rusk County, they were living southwest of Henderson on a farm of about 1,600 acres that was estimated to be worth $14,800.00. The family included five children and the first wifeís son, John W., who was married and had two children of his own.
After John A. Windleís second wife, Permelia, died in 1852, he married Mary A. Harmon, who was born in 1821 in North Carolina. The 1860 census lists a household of seven children. John A. died in 1866 and was buried in the family cemetery beside his second wife. Mary A. Windle died in 1881 and her son, John A., in 1885. They are buried in the family cemetery which was later called the Davis Cemetery. After her husbandís death, Mary sold some land to the Maddox and Davis families. The Texas Government gave John A. 4,605 acres of land in Fannin County, and this land is known as the John A. Windle Survey. The survey was not settled until after John A.ís death, and after Mary A.ís death, the land was divided among the heirs.
The children of John A. Windle lived in and around Henderson, and the son of Isaac Parker had a home on his part of the farm. Isaac had three wives and six children. Isaac Parkerís first wife was Addie I. Evans, and they had three children. One son, John Robert, joined his uncle in Pilot Point, Texas (north of Denton) where they operated a hardware store for many years. Leanna was Addie Evansí daughter, who married A.C. Alexander and lived on a farm next to the Windle farm. One of their daughters, Effie Mae (1881-1927), married T.H. Curbo and had six children, one of whom was named Addie Mae. Addie Mae is now married to Charles E. Lloyd and lives northwest of Henderson about five miles out on highway 323 in a home built in 1918 on land that has been in the Lloyd family since 1844.
Submitted by Addie Mae Lloyd