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Tindall Brothers

Contributed by Shelly Tindal Alexander

From the "Our Heritage" column written by Wyatt Shely

Though the name Tindall (Tindle or Tinnell) does not appear in the earliest records of Anderson County, the family was well established in the Van Buren and Camden (Glensboro) sections before 1840.

John Tindall, born October 23, 1824, was one of the famed Salt River Tigers, who fought under the command of Capt. John H. McBrayer during the Mexican War. He with about thirty other volunteers, enrolled in Company C, Second Regiment Foot Volunteers in Frankfort on May 23, 1846. They were mustered in at Louisville on June 9, 1846, and mustered out on June 8, 1847, at New Orleans.

The Salt River Tigers distinguished themselves at the battle of Buena Vista, February 23, 1847, at which time the Mexicans were totally defeated. Tindall, a private throughout the war, was one of the most valiant soldiers, and though several of the Tigers were killed and others seriously wounded Tindall escaped with only minor injuries.

Following the war he returned to the Anderson County farm where he was reared and where he continued to live until his death on May 23, 1908. At the time of the death of "Uncle Johnny" only three of his army companions were living. These were John H. McBrayer, W. T. Bond, and Berry Perry.

John Tindall was married to Elizabeth Husband, December 23, 1845. They reared five sons and four daughters, all of whom survived their parents. John and Elizabeth Tindal are buried in a family graveyard not far from the top of "bridge hill" near Glensboro.

Their sons included John H., who married Rebecca Alice Busey; Joseph, married Aline Bentley; James, married to Sarah Ragland; Benjamin, married to Fanny Franklin; Taylor, married to Mary Franklin.

The daughters were: Lydia, married first to Joseph Johnson, second to Merritt Noel; Sallie, married to Henry Bruner; Molly, married to George Wisehart; and Eliza, who married James Wisehart.

Some of the surviving grandchildren are Jesse Tindall, Mrs. Bessie McGinnis, Mrs. Elizabeth Franklin, all of Anderson County; John Bruner, Holly Bruner, Benny Bruner, Mrs. Mary Thompson, Mrs. Mae Miller, Guy Wisehart, and Mrs. John Staley, all of Louisville.

Younger brothers of John Tindall were Samuel and Thomas, both of whom served in the Orphan Brigade, Co. I Second Kentucky Infantry under command of Captains James Redmon and W. E. Bell.

Samuel Tindall, fought at Donelson, Hartsville, Stone River, Jackson, and Chickamauga. He was badly wounded at the latter place and was disabled for several months. He returned to his company in the fall of 1864. He was married in 1858 to Martha J. Lowe.

Thomas Tindall also fought at Donelson, Hartsville, Stone River, Jackson, Chickamauga, and at Resaca, Dallas, Peachtree, Intrenchment, Utoy Creek, and Jonesboro. He was wounded at Chickamauga. In 1858 he was married to Sarah Jane Long.

Descendants of Thomas Tindall are still to be found in Anderson County, and a later article will contain more about the Civil War Brothers.

Notes from Shelly

The column "Our Heritage" was published regularly in the Anderson County, Kentucky newspaper. The exact date of this column is unknown [after 1908]. The Tindall brothers, John, Samuel and Thomas, mentioned in this column, are the sons of Thomas Tindall, Sr.. Thomas Tindall, Sr., is my GGG Grandfather. Thomas married my GGG Grandmother, Eliza Warford, in 1825. Samuel Tindall [Tindle] is my GG Grandfather. Samuel married his second wife, my GG Grandmother, Mary Ann Taylor, in 1868.

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