Origin of Name: probably Norman.
The Lindsays were of Lowland origin, the first known member of the family
being Baldric de Lindesaya, a Norman who held lands in England and Normandy.
Around 1120 Sir Walter Lindsay was a member of the Council of Prince David,
Earl of Huntington, who became King of Scots in 1124; Walter's successor,
William, acquired lands of Crawford in Clydesdale. Sir David Lindsay of Crawford
acquired Glenesk in Angus by marriage with Maria Abernethy one of the heiresses
of the Earldom of Angus and was hence created Earl of Crawford in 1398. The
4th Earl, the ferocious "Earl Beardie", was defeated by the Earl of Huntly
in 1452 and deprived of his lands. His son, David was created Duke of Montrose
by James III in 1488, this title ended on his death in 1495.
The House of Lindsay established itself in Angus (although Lindsays were
to be found throughout Scotland) and engaged in bitter feuds with the Ogilvies
and Alexanders. The Lindsays remained loyal throughout to the Stewarts; the
6th Earl died at Flodden in 1513, the 10th supported Mary Queen of Scots
and the 16th Earl commanded a regiment for Charles I. When he died the title
passed on to a cadet branch, the Balcarres, already raised to earldom of
Balcarres in 1651. In 1848, the House of Lords decided that the titles of
Earls of Crawford and Earls of Lindsay belonged to James, 7th Earl of Bal
carres who was then 24th Earl of Crawford.
The Lindsays are celebrated for their literary talent, Sir David Lindsay
of the Mount in Fife, created Lyon King of Arms, was a poet and reformer,
and Robert Lindsay of Pitscottie was famed as a witty although unreliable
Our part of the family may have moved to Ireland and thus became part of
the Scotch-Irish (as one family story goes).
I think that this family came from Ohio to Missouri, but can't find any more
information on Nathan (if that is his name).
Daughter, Mary was born in Ohio in 1803, the year Ohio was admitted to the
Union as a state. The 1800 Federal Census of Ohio was lost, all except
There was a Margaret "Pegga" Lindsey (1782-1875) who married John Makemson
II in 1805 in Logan Co, Oh.
Also, Ann Lindsey (d 1813, sister of Margaret) m Andrew Makemson.
Another sister, Eliza Jane Lindsey (2/20/1772-12/23/1858) married Thomas
Makemson. They were settlers in Cynthiana, Harrison Co, KY. (south
There is a town called Lindsey, Ohio in Sandusky County. (See map of
Sandusky County was formed in 1820 from old Indian territory.
On the Lindsay DNA
website there is an interesting entry -- a Stephen Lindsey. I am wondering
if he could be a brother of our Nathan because
1. He had a son named Nathan
2. He's about the same age
3. His migration path was similar: Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois --
Nathan's was Ohio, Indiana, Missouri
Stephen Lindsey b. ca 1775 Virginia, d. Sept. 7, 1864 Fulton County, Illinois,
married Rachel Reynolds Dec. 1798 in Campbell County, Kentucky. The
children of Stephen Lindsey & Rachel Reynolds were, Nathan (b. circa
1802 KY), James (died circa age 18), Jonah (b. Ohio), Jacob, Phoebe (m. Mr.
Lovell), Reuben, Stephen, Hannah (m. Mr. Stoops) & Hezekiah. The
migration path for Stephen Lindsey (1775 Virginia - 1864 Illinois)
was his marriage and time in Campbell County, Kentucky to Clermont County,
Ohio to Fulton County, Illinois. In an October 17, 1843 deposition
by Stephen Lindsey (1775 VA - 1864 IL), he states, in 1782, he went to live,
at age 7 or 8, with his maternal aunt, Ruth Beasley Dollar & her husband
William Dollar, in Berkeley County, Virginia. Inferring the maiden
name of Beasley, for the mother of Stephen Lindsey, provides a possibly connection
to Edmond Lindsey (Long Marsh-now Clarke County, Virginia Lindseys), b. 1697
who married Elizabeth Beasley in Baltimore Co. MD in 1724. This could
imply that Edmond Lindsey & Elizabeth Beasley were the grandparents or
great-uncle/aunt of Stephen Lindsey.
website with a list of Lindsey/Lindsay researchers.
Here are some other Lindseys in Ohio:
Jane Lindsey, b in Muskingum, Ohio 10/02/1808; d bef. 1890; m David A.
Stockdale also b in Ohio
J. Lindsey and his wife, Jane Taylor of Ohio. Both Wm. and Jane were
born in Ireland.
Lindsey from Brown or Clermont Co, OH, married Mary ? and had a son,
Thomas Jefferson b. 1839 m. 1859 to Margaret Jane Sidwell and d. 1863 at
Lindsey lived in Brown and Clermont Counties in 1850, 1860, & 1870
Lindsey, b Pa; m Margaret who was b Pa; moved to Ohio; then on 1850 census
of Perry Co, IL.
• Col. J.W.
Lindsey, b Pike Co, OH 1830 (0bit)
Linsey (1841-1872) who lived in Circleville, Ohio
Lindsey left Shenandoah Ohio in 1832 & moved to so. IL
Lindsey, b 1800 Ohio; died 1840s in IL; Macan Lindsey b 1802, son of
George; Jane Lindsey 1810-1883
Lindsey, b 1790, brother of Charles who went to Ohio from VA.
The father of the Missouri family:
In 1821 daughter Mary"Polly" Lindsey was listed on her marriage record (to
Martin Willard) as being a resident
of Tywappity township, on what was then the northern border of Cape Girardeau
Co. , Mo.
The census of 1830 there shows Nathan Lindsey on page 449 (next door to
Martin Willard) who is 50-60 years old. He is the only Lindsey who
was old enough to be the father of Polly and the other younger Lindseys.
Mary named one of her sons Nathan; of course she also named one of them William
Henry (which could be the typical one son who is named for both grandfathers).
In 1830 Nathan Lindsey was in Cape Girardeau Co, Mo. next door to Martin
[Nathan Lindsay: 00100001 - 00010001]
Nathan - 50-60
woman - 50-60
girl - 15-20 [Sarah, b abt 1815]
boy - 10-15
[The older children were married by 1830: Polly, William, Ann & Lemuel]
1. MARY “Polly”
LINDSEY, b 1803, Ohio; (picture) m
July 8, 1821, Cape Girardeau Co, Mo to Martin Willard (b 1793, Va).
1830 in Cape Girardeau Co, Mo; 1850 Henry Co., Mo; 1860, Oregon Co, Mo.
Polly lived with son John until she d 1870-80. Children:
1a) Squire Willard, b 1823; m Talitha Stevens & Margaret
1b) William Henry Willard, b 1828; m Mary Fletcher
1c) Elizabeth Jane Willard, b 1830; m Burrell Foster
1d) Nathan Willard, b 1838; m Elizabeth ?
1e) John Willard, b 1839; m Sarah Jane Colyott
1f) Martin Willard, b 1843; prob d young
1g) Polly Ann Willard, b 1849; m Nathan J. Lowe
LINDSEY, b 1805, Ohio; July 26, 1826 he signed a petition in Adams Co., Ill.
along with Solomon Greer, Martin & Henry Willard; m Jan 22, 1829, Cape
Girardeau Co, Mo to Christiana Greer, by George Henderson, J.P. (Book A-42).
In 1830 he was in Cape Girardeau County, Mo. This family made its way
from Missouri to Illinois to Iowa.
8 Children (from David Stone, a descendant):
2a) James Lindsey
2b) Nathan Lindsey
2c) Benjamin Lindsey
2d) Jasper Lindsey
2e) Mary Lindsey
2f) Margaret Lindsey
LINDSEY, b ? (abt 1808 in Indiana - son Ephriam lists on the 1880 census that
his mother was born in Indiana); m Dec 30, 1827, Cape Girardeau Co, Mo to
Solomon Greer (by George Henderson, J.P., Book A-21). July 26, 1826
Solomon signed a petition in Adams Co, Ill., along with William Lindsey,
Martin Willard & Henry Willard. Solomon's sister, Christina Greer
married William Lindsey, brother of Solomon's wife Ann. Both these couples
are in Alexander County, IL and then moved at the same time to Jo Daviess
Co, IL about 1840. [There is a Lindsey
Cemetery in Alexander co, IL, probably across the river from Cape Girardeau]
Solomon is in the 1840 Federal Census of Jo Daviess Co. (p391) as "Grear,
Solomon 100 01 - 210 01 1"
In 1850 & 1870 they are still in Jo Daviess Co, but there are no Greers
there in 1880.
3a) Ephriam Greer, b May 1832; m Hannah Duest, 1855, Jo Daviess
3b) Eliza Greer, b 1835; m Patrick McDermott
3c) Elizabeth Greer, b 1838; m Edward Clark
3d) Pauline Greer, b 1840
LINDSEY, b abt 1810, 1830 in Cape Girardeau county near rest of Lindsey &
1830 Cape Girardeau, Mo census, page 452:
Lindsey, Lemuel 15-20
. . . . . woman 20-30
. . . . . girl 5-10
. . . . . boy 0-5
. . . . . 2 girls 0-5
LINDSEY, b ? (abt 1816); m Feb 28, 1836, Shawnee township, Cape Girardeau
Co, Mo to John C. Cary, by W.J. Hines, J.P. (Book C-43)
5. Boy, b 1815-20
Marriages of 1. Sarah Lindsey & John C. Cary, 2. Ann Lindsey & Solomon
Greer, 3. William Lindsey & Christiana Greer.
Marriage of Mary "Polly" Lindsey to Martin Willard
would like to check my database to see if the information on your family
is correct, go to my ancestor
file then search for the name of one of your ancestors. (Only those born
before 1930 or no longer living are listed by name. I have names of the living,
but they are not displayed in the online database.) Please email me if there are any corrections
War of 1812 soldiers:
Nathan Lindsey (Linsy, Lindsley), pvt I Regt (Jordan's), IN Militia
William Linzy (Linsy), pvt 2 Regt (Stephenson's), OH Militia
William Lindsey (Lindsay), pvt 2 Regt (Ferguson's), OH Militia
William Lindsey (Lindsy), capt, Adam's Regt (1812), OH Militia
William Lindsey (Linzee), pvt 1 Regt (DeLong's) OH Militia (see also Henry
1830 Census of Cape Girardeau Co., MO:
page 449: (these 3 families are right next to each other)
Lindsey, Nathan 50-60
girl 15-20 (Sarah)
Willard, Martin 40-50
(Martin’s mother, Elizabeth?)
(Polly Lindsey, 27)
(Wm. Henry, 2)
Willard, James 20-30
Lindsey, Lemuel 15-20
2 girls 0-5
Lindsey, William 20-30
(next to James Willard)
Willard, James 20-30
(prob. duplicate of above)
OTHER LINDSEYs found in Cape Girardeau Co, Mo:
1. Nancy Lindsay, married Samuel Hannah in Cape Girardeau
Co, Mo., May 12, 1850.
2. Caleb Lindsey, married Pauline C. Robit (residents
of Jackson, Ill.), Cape Girardeau Co, Mo., Jan. 22, 1860.
3. Amanda J. Lindsey, married James T. Hamilton, Cape
Girardeau Co, Mo., Sept. 27, 1866.
4. Isaac M. Lindsey, married Elizabeth York, Cape Girardeau
Co, Mo., Dec. 18, 1866.
5. John C. Lindsay, married Martha Ellen Scison in Cape
Girardeau Co, Mo, July 25, 1869
6. John L. Lindsey married Harriet W. Allifield (both
of Alexandria Co., Ill.) in Cape Girardeau Co., Mo., June 16, 1867.
7. John Lindsey (of Charleston, Mo.), married Sonora Taylor
(of Cape Girardeau, Mo.) in Cape Girardeau Co, Mo., Oct. 2, 1872