Henry M. Tindall was my great grandfather. He was quite the noted family historian of his time (turn of the last century) by several of the surname branches. According to a modern distant cousin, Henry's notes were mysteriously lost in some vague tragedy. My uncle, now in his mid 80's, remembers this well. After Henry's first wife, Phebe Mitchell Tindall, died Henry married a woman named Mary Stanley. My uncle remembers her as being a harsh woman who was constantly jealous of the time his work took away from her. He remembers the rest of the family was absolutely horrified to discover that Mary had burned his papers upon Henry's death.
Unbeknownst to my uncle, my father had a trunk of old papers which I discovered upon his death. 8 years later I opened it to find very OLD Bible pages, title pages & all. Several letters written by Henry's father during his time in the Civil war, old receipts for debts paid off 160 years ago, quit claim deeds from Henry's great grandmother Martha Churchill York, land deeds to Joseph Tindall dated 1794.........the list goes on. This is what started my research.
I have discovered that the York's & the Churchill's both had this Tindall line as being 'died out'. I have also discovered that Henry's wife, Phebe Mitchell is a direct line to the Mayflower! I started out doing this for my father, then for my own personal interest. Now I want to fill out as complete a family history as possible for my own children to benefit from someday.