Friday, February 23, 2018

Family Heirlooms

Archie Moman Swindell 
     Being the youngest in the family that is interested in genealogy and family history, I have received many items that were from my ancestors.

     I have received a machete that my great grandfather, Archie Moman Swindell, used during World War II. Moman enlisted into the army on January 10, 1945 in Dallas, Texas as a private. He fought in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the Battle of Luzon, liberating the city from the Japanese.
     My uncle told me a story about Moman's time over in the Philippines, Moman was on a tank destroyer team which did not do to well in the jungle terrain. His unit would often have to stop and cut down bushes and trees to make a track for the tank, sometimes the local Philippines and natives would help with the creation of the track. A memory Moman had was that the locals did not want to ride on the tank due to the tank destroyer being  hot and it would burn their butts. As he recalled the natives did not wear any pants, which he thought was funny. 

I have also received many sets of glasses from relatives, one from Archie Moman and another set from Jefferson Davis Barker, my third great grandfather. A set of domino's, cards and dice from my maternal great grandfather, Lonnie Cole. Even as weird as it sounds the last pack of cigarettes and cigar from Lonnie. All these these help my ancestors come to life and I get to connect to them better. I am very lucky to have gotten into genealogy at a young age and have the knowledge of past generations past down to me.

This is written as part of Amy Johnson Crow's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. #52Ancestors


  1. Great story. Look forward to seeing you at #Rootstech.

  2. Great that you appreciate these family mementos and god to know they won't be discarded.

  3. Indeed, you're very fortunate to have these family treasures. These old heirlooms really do help bring our ancestors back to life, don't they? Great post!