Death of Catherine Ardella Swindle, May 11, 1882

Catherine  Ardella “Della” Swindle was born in Liberty County, GA on April 13, 1870.  She was the sixth child of  Nancy Jane Parker and James Swindle. Some time prior to 1870 she moved with her parents to live near Rays Mill (nka Ray City), GA.  It was there, on the family farm, where 13 year old Catherine Swindle was hit by a fatal lightning bolt on May 11, 1882.  News of her death was reported in the state and national newspapers.

General News
Milledgeville Union and Recorder
May 30, 1882, Page 2

A little daughter of Mr. J. S. Swindle of Berrien county, was killed by lightning while out in a field. She was twelve years old.

A few days later the Atlanta Constitution gave this account:

Little Della’s Death
Atlanta Constitution
June 4, 1882, Pg2

From the Hinesville Gazette.
     On Thursday, May 11th, 1882, Mr. James Swindle, of Berrien county, with his wife and two little girls was in the field. Mr. Swindle saw a heavy cloud rising and told his wife she had better start home.  She started with the two little girls, Mr. Swindle following thirty feet behind, when there came a heavy clap of thunder, accompanied by a blinding flash of lightning.  The bolt struck Della, the oldest of the two little girls, who had just entered her thirteenth year.  Her hair was burned to a crisp  and her breast and neck blistered.  She fell to the ground and never moved or breathed again.

Death of Catherine Ardella Swindle, of Rays Mill, GA reported in the Washington (DC) Evening Star, May 30, 1882, Page 8.

Death of Catherine Ardella Swindle, of Rays Mill, GA reported in the Washington (DC) Evening Star, May 30, 1882, Page 8.

 

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James Swindle ~ Wiregrass Pioneer

James Swindle was a pioneer of the Wiregrass area of Georgia.  He was born  in 1830 in South Carolina, and by the 1850s he was living in Liberty County.   James Swindle moved his family to Berrien County some time in the 1860’s.   The Swindle farm was located about two miles outside Ray’s Mill, GA [now Ray City, GA].

On November 22, 1855 at age 25 James Swindle married Nancy Jane Parker in Liberty Co, GA.  Nancy Jane Parker was the daughter of Solomon Parker and Harriet Baxter. She was born January 2, 1837 in Liberty County, GA.

JamesSwindle1830-1914

Swindle, James (1830-1914)

 

 

James Swindle & Nancy Jane Parker

James Swindle & Nancy Jane Parker

 

 

Left to right: James Henry Swindle, Nancy Jane Parker Swindle, Harriet Swindle, Martha Ada Swindle. The home was located about two miles outside Ray City.

Left to right: James Henry Swindle, Nancy Jane Parker Swindle, Harriet Swindle, Martha Ada Swindle. The home was located about two miles outside Ray City.

 

Children of Nancy Jane Parker and James Swindle:

  1. William Lawrence Swindle, b. September 8, 1856, Liberty County, GA; died 1915
  2. George Emory Swindle, b. April 5, 1859, Liberty County, GA.
  3. Ann Eliza Swindle, b. July 4, 1861, Liberty County, GA.
  4. Marietta Swindle, b. June 12, 1865, Liberty County, GA.
  5. James S. Swindle, b. July 13, 1867, Liberty County, GA.
  6. Catherine Ardella Swindle, b. April 13, 1870, Liberty County, GA; d. 1882.
  7. Harriet Swindle, b. December 26, 1871, Liberty County, GA.
  8. Martha Ada Swindle, b. March 18, 1877, Berrien County, GA; d. April 16, 1957, Valdosta Lowndes

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