Many of the Group 2 Lindsey participants in
Lindsay Surname DNA Project have been proved descend from
the Lindsey family that lived in the Long Marsh area of old
Frederick Co., VA circa 1733-1785. Research conducted in the
1970's by professional genealogist
William Thorndale showed that two brothers, John and
Edmond Lindsey, left Cecil County, Maryland about 1733 to
settle along the Long Marsh. John and Edmond, who are believed
to have been sons of Edmond Lindsey (b. ca. 1666, d. 1709) and
his wife, Abigail, were the likely progenitors of many of the
Group 2 descendants.
John Lindsey was the first Lindsey male to appear in Frederick
County records, serving on a jury in 1740. In 1741, John
Lindsey purchased a tract of land from Isaac Pennington.
This was the first of many land transactions that John Lindsey
made in the Long Marsh area. According to author Cecil
O'Dell (Pioneers of Old Frederick County, Virginia, p.
214), John Lindsey amassed 2,419 acres of land in the Long
Marsh area. The image to the right is from Letter 3, page 6 of
the William Thorndale
manuscript. It shows some of John Lindsey's land in
John Lindsey was a justice of the peace and a vestryman in
Frederick County. He was also a captain in the local militia
during the French and Indian War. By 1770, John Lindsey had
moved to the area of South Carolina that is present day
Newberry County. Most of John's children went with him to
South Carolina. John Lindsey had four sons who were soldiers
in the Revolutionary War in South Carolina, as well as several
grandsons who were also patriots.
Lindsey made a will in Newberry County in 1783 in which he
named his wife,
Elce, and children: James, Sarah Speaks (married to Thomas
Speake), John, Abigail Wells (married to Humphrey Wells),
Thomas, and Samuel. John's will also named a son-in-law,
Gerrard Smith (married to Esther Lindsey).
More information about John Lindsey, Sr. and
his descendants can be found on the
Newberry County web page. Also, refer to William
manuscript about the Long Marsh Lindsey family for more
details about John Lindsey's life in Frederick County,
The Group 2 Lindsey lineages associated with
John Lindsey, Senior are:
Edmond Lindsey, born circa 1697, married Elizabeth Beasley in
St. George's Parish, Baltimore County (today's Harford Co.),
Maryland in 1725. Edmund and Elizabeth moved to the Long Marsh
area by 1733. Edmund was a frequent juryman in Frederick
County. He was also in the Frederick County militia during the
French and Indian War. No probate or will has been found for
Edmund, who last appeared in Frederick Co. records in 1782.
Because of the lack of a will or probate, it
is difficult to know the names of Edmond Lindsey's children
with any certainty.
St. George's Parish records show that Edmond and Elizabeth
Lindsey had a son named John, born in 1731. It is not
known what became of this son John. He may have moved to
Edmond Lindsey may also have been the father
of Edmond Lindsey Junior, born circa 1730, who died in
Newberry County, South Carolina about 1818. Edmond's 1816 will
named a wife, Mary, and children Nancy Hughes, Ruthe Pearson,
William, Edmund, and Phoebe Ogilvie. More information about
Edmond Lindsey Jr. can be found on the
Fort Pitt web page, and the
Newberry County web page.
Jacob Lindsey Sr. (b. by 1746) is the only proved son of
Edmond Lindsey Sr. to date. Jacob Lindsey left the Long Marsh
area about 1785 to settle in Wilkes Co., GA. More information
about Jacob Lindsey Sr. is also available on the
Wilkes County, Georgia web page. Also, see Yvonne Hardy's
article in which she proved that Jacob was a son of Edmond
Lindsey Sr. A link to more information about Ms. Hardy's
article is available on the
The Group 2 Lindsey lineages associated with Edmond Lindsey,
Abraham Lindsey was born circa 1723, probably in Cecil County,
Maryland. At this time, the parents of Abraham Lindsey
are not known. Abraham
may have been a son of Edmund
Lindsey, Sr. Because Abraham Lindsey was
born before Edmond Lindsey married Elizabeth Beasley, he may
have been Edmond's son from a prior marriage. At this
time, there is no evidence of a prior marriage for Edmond
Lindsey, so Abraham's father could have been a different
Lindsey owned land on Goose Creek in present
day Loudoun County, Virginia for which he received a
grant in 1745. He was a member of the
Frederick County militia during the French and
Indian War. Abraham left the Long Marsh area for South
Carolina about 1762. That same year, Abraham obtained a
grant for land along the Enoree River in present day Newberry
County. Abraham Lindsey sold his Newberry County land in
1783, and he moved to Wilkes County, Georgia. Abraham
Lindsey died in Wilkes County about 1824.
More information about Abraham Lindsey can be
found in this
about him. A report on Abraham Lindsey's
descendants is also available in PDF format:
Abraham Lindsey Descendants.
Abraham had a son named John (b. abt. 1749),
who lived in Laurens Co. SC, then Jackson Co,
GA, and who died in Maury Co., TN in 1810.
For more information about John Lindsey,
click here. Additionally, William Thorndale wrote a manuscript about the
Lindsey's of Maury Co., TN that is available
for download on the
page. The manuscript has more information about the family
Another man believed to have been a son of
Abraham Lindsey was Isaac Lindsey (b. ca. 1745), who owned
land adjacent to Abraham in Newberry County. Isaac
Lindsey sold his Newberry County land in 1784, and he moved to
York County, South Carolina. Information about Isaac
Lindsey can be found in this
report about the York County Lindsey's.
Ezekiel Lindsey, who died in Laurens Co., SC
ca. 1784 is also believed to have been a son of Abraham
Lindsey. More information about Ezekiel Lindsey can be found
The Lindsey lineages associated with Abraham
Thomas Lindsey may have been a son of Edmond
Lindsey, Sr. He was a constable,
juryman, and road overseer in Frederick Co.
Thomas married first Mary, and second,
Elizabeth. Thomas Lindsey sometimes
signed his name Thomas Jr. despite being the
oldest known Thomas Lindsey in the county.
Thomas died in 1769. His will named his
wife, Elizabeth, and children John, Thomas,
Abraham, James, and Mary Turner.
Thomas' will also named his sons-in-law
Nathaniel Barrett (married to Abigail
Lindsey), and Richard Allen (married to Nancy
Lindsey). A book about Thomas Lindsey
was written by Ferrell A. Brown. More
information about Brown's book is available on
Thomas Lindsey's son, John (b. 1746),
married Sarah Abrell, the sister of Elizabeth
Abrell (married to Jacob Lindsey Sr.).
John and Sarah Lindsey moved to Pickaway Co.,
Ohio about 1811. Some of their sons
migrated to Pickaway Co. with them. Many
Lindsey's from this line still live in
Pickaway Co., but none have participated in
the DNA project to date.
The Lindsey lineages associated with Thomas Lindsey are: None
William Lindsey was born by 1728. William
Thorndale called William Lindsey a puzzle,
because he did not appear in many records.
William made a couple of court appearances
(one involving Edmond Lindsey Jr.),
and he guided a 1748 survey party for young
George Washington. William recorded a
deed for John Lindsey Sr. in 1742.
Though he would have been of age, William did
not appear in any militia records in Frederick
Co. during the French and Indian War.
Perhaps William had left the area or he had
died by then.
The Lindsey lineages associated with William
Lindsey are: None known
David Lindsey, born by 1728, was also an enigmatic figure in the
area. He appeared in court on numerous
occasions, almost always in litigation.
David was in the Frederick Co. militia.
He had a wife named Catherine. David may have
leased land in the area because he did no
citizen duties in Frederick Co. David
appeared in a court record with Isaac Lindsey
in 1770, indicating that they may have been
related. By 1773, David had moved to the area
that is now Greenbriar Co., WV.
Researcher Jack McDonald has a
web page with more information about
David. Known children of David Lindsey
are Robert, John Valentine, Sarah, Jane, and
The Lindsey lineages associated with David
Lindsey are: None known