Descendants of David, William, and Hezekiah
Lindsey are represented in Lindsay Surname DNA Project Group 2
by participants L0028,
L0038. Our knowledge of these Lindsey's began with a
"Another family of Lindsays spelled, however,
with the "e," trace their early ancestry to this locality, and
are perhaps related to the preceding families I have
written of who settled here. The tradition, however, in this
family, is that their early ancestor came direct from Scotland
before the Revolution, but this tradition may arise from the
fact that being originally from Scotland ere their
ancestor settled in Ireland, and the clan being so old a
Scotch one, the elder members dwelt more on this point in their
history, and in consequence, posterity has clung to it and so
lost trace of their Irish identity. The genealogy of this
branch as given to me by one of its members, now settled in
Visalia, Califor-nia, Tipton Lindsey, Esq. (and also by his
daughter Kate, who has shown great interest in her family
ancestry), who had it from his father in turn is, that David
Lindsay (then spelled with the " a " he thinks), emigrated
before the Revolutionary war direct from Scotland, and bought and
settled a large farm near or where the city of Pittsburgh now
is; that here he lived and died, and left four sons, viz.
Hezekiah, who settled in Ohio; David, Jr., of Kentucky (or as
one member of this family says who settled in Virginia);
Edward, of North Carolina, and William, who was killed in the
Revolutionary war at the battle of Guilford Court House,
having been under General Morgan, then commanding a branch of General Greene's army. William left two sons,
viz.: John, who died in the wilds of Kentucky, or was killed
at Boon's Lick, Missouri, unmarried; and William, who
lived in Kentucky, and afterward in Indiana, where he died.
These two Lindsays had a sister named Sallie, who married
a Mr. Wil-liams, and lived in North Carolina, near Guilford
Court House; William, who died in Indiana, left sons,
John, William, Joshua, Findla, and Boyde, and daughters.
These sons, 'tis said, were always fond of relating
to their families that they descended from Sir David Lindsay,
of Mary Queen of Scots time." Source: The
Lindsays of America, by Margaret Isabella Lindsay.
Munsell & Sons, Albany, NY: 1889. Pages 218-219.
This family tradition has never been proved. Parts of it
have been proved untrue. William's son, whom Tipton
listed as William Jr., has been proved to have been named
Joshua. Edmund settled in South Carolina, not North
Carolina. It is understandable that some of the facts related by
Tipton Lindsey were incorrect. The tradition was an oral
one, given to him by his own father. Many years had
passed between Tipton hearing the family stories and writing
So the tradition can serve as a general guide,
but it should not be taken as factual in its entirety.
More research is needed to prove (or disprove) the
relationships told of in the tradition.
Research has shown that there were four men
with the names David, William, Hezekiah, and Edmund who lived
in the Fort Pitt area during the Revolutionary War.
Nothing in the research proves that they were related to each
other. I have compiled timelines of records for each of
the four men in the Fort Pitt area. They are in PDF
format. Click on a name to download the timeline:
David Lindsey in the Fort Pitt area ca. the
Research has shown that there were two men
living in the Fort Pitt area named David Lindsey during the
Revolutionary War. One lived in present day Washington
County, and one lived in present day Fayette County. I
have written research reports on each of them. David Lindsey
of Washington County is believed to be the ancestor of
L0028 of Lindsay
Surname DNA Project Group 2. David Lindsey of Fayette
may have been the man written about in the tradition, above,
but because he was a Revolutionary War soldier, he may have
been the son, rather than the father. Click on a name
below to access research reports about each man:
David Lindsey of Washington County.
Lindsey of Fayette County.
A timeline of
all the records I've found for David Lindsey in the Fort Pitt
area in PDF format.
William Lindsey in the Fort Pitt area ca.
the Revolutionary War:
As with David Lindsey, there were two men
(at least) named William Lindsey who lived in the Fort Pitt
area during the Revolutionary War. I have written
research reports about each of them. One was a soldier who died
in 1776 after the being taken prisoner at the Battle of Long
Island. The other died in the area sometime after the
war. This second William Lindsey may have been the
ancestor of L0059.
Lindsey, of Westmoreland Co., PA, soldier who died in 1776.
Lindsey of Yohogania Co., VA/Westmoreland Co., PA.
of all the records I've found for William Lindsey in the Fort
Pitt area in PDF format.
Hezekiah Lindsey in the Fort Pitt area ca.
the Revolutionary War:
Hezekiah Lindsey was the ancestor of
Hezekiah Lindsey moved from Frederick Co.,
VA to the Fort Pitt area sometime before the Revolutionary
War. He lived in the area that is now Westmoreland
County. Hezekiah served in both Virginia and
Pennsylvania regiments in the area. After the war,
Hezekiah Lindsey lived in Campbell Co., Kentucky for a time
before moving to Clermont Co., Ohio. Hezekiah died there
web page about Hezekiah Lindsey in the Fort Pitt area.
More information about Hezekiah Lindsey and
his descendants can be found on the
A timeline of
all the records I've found for Hezekiah Lindsey in the Fort
Pitt area in PDF format.
Edmond Lindsey in the Fort Pitt area ca.
the Revolutionary War:
Edmond Lindsey lived in the area from about
1777 to 1783. Though there are no military records that
list Edmond Lindsey as a soldier during the Revolutionary War,
there is a 1778 deposition made by Edmond Lindsey in which he
stated that he served as a soldier in the Pennyslvania
militia. Below is information about the deposition:
In early November, 1778,
Edmond Lindsey and several of his neighbors were taken
prisoner by men who stated they were acting under the orders
of Col. John Stephenson. The apprehended men were physically
abused, then taken out of the area and tried by court
martial. Each man was forced to serve a tour of duty in the
Virginia militia, and fined two months’ pay. Some of the
court-martialed men were serving in the Pennsylvania militia
at the same time, including some commissioned officers.
Col. Archibald Lochry
learned of the plight of Edmond Lindsey and his neighbors.
Each man made a sworn statement about what had happened.
Lochry sent some of the depositions to Patrick Henry, the
governor of Virginia, along with a plea to settle the boundary
dispute. Henry sent the depositions to the Virginia
legislature along with his own letter, imploring the lawmakers
to take action to settle the dispute before more harm was
Below is my transcription
of Edmond Lindsey’s 1778 deposition. The spelling and
punctuation were preserved as written in the original
document. Superscript letters in the original are replaced
with an apostrophe before the letter.
before me one of the Justices of the Court of Common
Pleas for said County Edmund Lindsay who on his Solemn
Oath deposeth and Saith that he Settled on the Waters of
Mountz’s Creek four Miles North of Youghiogania River,
Expecting the Protection of Pennsylvania and the Laws
thereof Extended to him Regularly for Several Years,
that he Purchased his Lands of Pennsylvania and was
happy in the Enjoyment of his Priviledges Untill the
time Lord Dunmore was Governor of Virginia at which time
this Deponent and his Neighbours in Genral was much
Disturbed by his Measures in forcing them to a
compliance to Receive the Virginia Government, (his
Intentions he leaves to Jugment) there being a Number of
his followers (as to Government) he this Deponent on the
Seventh day of October last in his house was taken
Prisoner by a certain Capt. Harness and about fifteen of
a party he demanded to know by what Authority he was
taken he was told by Col. John Stephensons Orders and
Carried him to said Stevensons house, when there Said
Stephenson Dam’d him, Bound him with Sharp Cords, and
put him into a Stinking meat house and then Bound him
Back to Back with William Crew and kept them, in that
Position and Misery About 9 or 10 hours, next he was
three Miles to Stewarts Crossing Bound then taken to
Cockinddals mill under a Guard of 20 Men on the way Col.
Stevenson Beat this Deponent with his Gun, at said Mill
this Deponent Petition for trial at Youghiogania
Court-house but was denied , Col. Stephenson let him
know his Crime was Mutiny, Desertion & disobedience of
Orders of the Militia of Virginia, and also told him the
General Court-martial then sitting at said Court-house
Ordered this Deponent and the Other Prisoners to be Sent
to Beaver Creek to stand trial there by a Court-martial,
and were then put under the care of the main Guard of ye
Virginia Militia and taken to Beaver Creek 30 miles in
the Indian Contry where he had no Evidence and tried,
and Sentenced to Serve the Present Tower of Duty and
fined two months pay, at the same time this Deponent –
enroled in the Pennsylv’a militia and did his Duty
regularly in his Tower and class and further Saith not –
Sworn & Subscribed
Me the 11th day of
A True Coopy
General Assembly, House of Delegates, Speaker, Executive
communications, Letter and depositions, 1778 November
27. Accession 36912. State government records
collection, The Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA 23219
Edmund paid taxes on land and personal
property in Westmoreland Co. in 1783, but I have not found any
deeds for Edmond Lindsey in the area to date. Edmond may
have lived near David Lindsey. Both men paid taxes in
Tyrone Township in 1783, and both men served on a jury in
Westmoreland Co. the same year. In addition Edmond and
David Lindsey were named as assignors of property in a 1774
lawsuit in Westmoreland Co. These records suggest the
two men may have been related. See the
webpage about Edmond
Lindsey's land for more information.
The sources for the information about Edmond
Lindsey presented here, and other records concerning Edmond in
the Fort Pitt area are contained in a
timeline about him I've made
in PDF format.
I believe that the man named Edmond Lindsey who lived in the
Fort Pitt area was Edmund Lindsey, Jr. of Frederick Co., VA
and Newberry Co., SC. Edmond Lindsey, Jr. made his last
land sale in Frederick Co. in 1775. He first appeared in
Newberry Co., SC records about 1785.
More information about Edmond Lindsey, Jr.
in Newberry Co., SC can be found on a research
Other Lindsay's were found in records during
the Revolutionary War era in the Fort Pitt area. I've
created a research web page
about them, also.