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The Lindsey's of Fort Pitt (Pittsburgh) ca. the Revolutionary War

b. ca. 1750, d. ca. 1835
b. ca. 1740 - d. ?
b. 1747, d. ca. 1826
b. ca. 1730, d. ca. 1818
Other Lindsay's
in the area

Descendants of David, William, and Hezekiah Lindsey are represented in Lindsay Surname DNA Project Group 2 by participants L0028, L0164 , L0059, and L0038.  Our knowledge of these Lindsey's began with a family tradition:                  Fort Pitt map published in 1765, drawn by John Rocque

"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 them down.

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     William     Hezekiah     Edmund


David Lindsey in the Fort Pitt area ca. the Revolutionary War:

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.

David 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.

William Lindsey, of Westmoreland Co., PA, soldier who died in 1776.

William Lindsey of Yohogania Co., VA/Westmoreland Co., PA.

A timeline 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 L0038.

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 ca. 1826.

Research web page about Hezekiah Lindsey in the Fort Pitt area.

More information about Hezekiah Lindsey and his descendants can be found on the Literature page. 

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 done.

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.

Westmoreland County

Personally appeared 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 Before

Me the 11th day of nov’m  1778

Charles Foreman,

A True Coopy


Source: Virginia 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 web page about him.

Other Lindsay's

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.



This page was updated on 5-5-2012

Susan Grabek