Some Lindsay's Found in Early Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania Land Records
The Lindsay's discussed here arrived early in the area. They were likely to have come from eastern counties while on military duty, and they claimed land at an early date. Three of the men, Arthur, James, and William Lindsay Jr., had claims prior to 1769. They received certificates for 300 acres each in the 1769 Pennsylvania land lottery, which was established to settle disputes over prior land claims. Because the land the Lindsay's claimed was clustered very close to each other in South Huntingdon Township, it seems they may have been related to each other. It is not known if they actually lived on the land, or claimed it for speculative purposes and lived elsewhere. Below are the records I've collected concerning these Lindsay's and their lands.
1769: New Purchase Lottery certificate #1850 issued to James
Lindsay for 300 acres on the "East branch of Sewickley about 5 or 6 miles
above ye mouth of sd. Creek including the Run is called Turlow about 1
mile or more from the mouth of sd. Run." This is the aqua area on the
maps, above. John Carnahan had the tract resurveyed in 1785.
A return was issued to Benjamin Miller in Trust in 1827. John Carnahan's
1824 will mentioned his daughter, Eleanor "Nelly" Lindsay.
Eleanor Carnahan's husband, John Lindsay (b. by 1765), may have been the son of James
Lindsay, the original owner of this tract. John and Nelly Lindsay later
lived in Venango Co., PA where John had died by 1820.
New Purchase Register: http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/rg/di/r17-43NewPurchaseRegister/r017-43NewPurchReg%20185.pdf
1769: New Purchase Lottery certificate #2429 issued to
Arthur Lindsay for 300 acres on "one of the branches of the Yough (Youghiogheny
River) on the north side about 5 miles above the mouth of Sewickly adjoining
Thomas Baird East." This is the green area on the maps, above.
New Purchase Register: http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/rg/di/r17-43NewPurchaseRegister/r017-43NewPurchReg%20244.pdf
1773: William Lindsay witnessed the will of Thomas Sumrall/Simeral (Westmoreland Co., PA Will Book 1, Page 1). The map of Westmoreland Co., above, shows the name Sumeral just above the yellow dot which represents the location of William Lindsay's land. The Simeral family operated a ferry on the Youghiogheny River in this area. Thomas was the son of Alexander and Jean Lindsey Simeral (m. ca. 1737) who had moved to Westmoreland Co. from Chester Co. ca. 1773. Jean was the daughter of Samuel Lindsey of Chester Co. (Source: The Abridged Compendium of American Genealogy, edited by Frederick A. Virkus. Baltimore, Genealogical Publishing Co., 1968: Volume VII, Lineage Records, Pages 134 and 400).
1773: Gedison Miller sold 400 acres of land on Sewickley
Creek to Casper Miracle.
Source: FHL film # 0929165
Westmoreland County Deed Book Vol. A, Pg. 271: Gedison Miller to Casper Miracle 27 Sep. 1773
Huntingdon Township, on waters of Big Sewickley, 400 acres
Adj.: Robert Miller, Clement Finley, Thomas White, Thomas Smallman
Witnesses: Henry Smith, James Kinkead
1774: Warrants (#'s 79 and 80) issued to Peter
and Casper Merckelin for 191 and 200 acres in Huntingdon Township.
Warrant Register: http://www.phmc.state.pa.us/bah/dam/rg/di/r17-88WarrantRegisters/WestmorelandPages/Westmoreland86.pdf
The image below is from Survey Book C-142, page 152. The survey took place in 1785. Land north of Markle's was shown as being owned by the heirs of Robert Miller, who had died in 1775. Land just east of Markle's was shown as being owned by the heirs of Clemens Finley, who had also died in 1775.
FHL Film #0929165
Westmoreland Co. Deed Book Vol. A
William Masson to William Lindsay, both of Hempfield
For 30 pounds, 300 acres on waters of Beaver Run
Adj: William and Mathew Jack, John Christie, and others. Consentable lines between Alexander Thompson's land.
Signed William Mason, 5 Jun 1775.
William Lindsay to Samuel Whitsett, both of Hempfield Township
For 50 pounds, 300 acres on the waters of Beaver Run, being the same land
conveyed by Mr. Mason to John Mason, unto William Lindsay. Bounded by lands
of: John Christy, William Jack, William Graham, and others.
Signed William Lindsay, 26 March 1776
Witnessed by James Kinkead.
More on the soldier William Lindsey who died in 1776:
1795: James Lindsay to Jno. Carnahan. Westmoreland Co., PA. Deed Book Vol. 2, Pg. 139, 10 Feb 1795. (Source: Grantor Index Surnames H-L, FHL film #929098)
Lindsey to Silas Clark, land in South Huntingdon Twp. Westmoreland Co.,
PA. Deed Book Vol. 5, Pg. 208, 29 Mar 1800. (Source: Grantor Index Surnames
H-L, FHL film #929098)
1802: John and Eleanor Lindsay to Joseph McCracken, land in South Huntingdon Twp. Westmoreland Co., PA Deed Book Vol. 6, Pg. 201, 15 Mar 1802. (Source: Grantor Index Surnames H-L, FHL film #929098)
John Lindsay to Jno. Rob, land in South
Huntingdon Twp. Westmoreland Co. Deed Book Vol. 7, Pg. 395, 17 Jun 1805.
(Source: Grantor Index Surnames H-L, FHL film #929098)
1826: Benjamin Miller received letters of administration for the estate of John Carnahan of Venango Co. Source: J. V. Thompson Journals, Vol 1., Page 3. Thompson cited Westmoreland Co., PA Will Book 2, Page 152.