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Lindsay Surname DNA Project Group 2
Documents about the family of Joseph Lindsey
(Represented in Group 2 by L0156)

These documents concern the family of Joseph Lindsey (b.1807  d.1883).  Joseph Lindsey was a son of Jacob Lindsey Jr. (b. 1778) and his wife Phoebe Lindsey.  Joseph Lindsey married Nancy Branham in Butts Co., GA in 1830.  They later lived in Tallapoosa Co., Alabama.  Among Joseph and Nancy's children were John G. Lindsey, b. abt. 1831, and Benjamin F. Lindsey, b. 1838.   Benjamin F. Lindsey married Amanda "Mandy" Ammons in St. Louis, MO in 1873. Benjamin F. Lindsey died in Clinton Co. in 1878.
Grand Excursion: Images of an 1874 letter written by Joseph Lindsey (b. 1807) on the back of a flyer.
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Transcription of letter: PDF file

Images of an 1879 letter written by written by John G. Lindsey (son of Joseph Lindsey) to his sister-in-law, who was the widow of his brother, Benjamin F. Lindsey




Transcription of letter: PDF file

Images of Jackson Ammons' 1865 Will
(father-in-law of Benjamin F. Lindsey)
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Transcription of Jackson Ammons' Will:
PDF file
1873 marriage certificate of Benjamin F. Lindsey (son of  Joseph B. Lindsey) and Amanda Ammons.

 Image of certificate

Transcription of the certificate:
 PDF file

News from Newsite, Alabama: An 1886 letter written by John G. Lindsey (son of Joseph Lindsey) to his sister-in-law, the widow of Benjamin F. Lindsey.

Image of the letter.

Transcription of the letter: PDF file


Transcription of letter sent by Lewis Ammons in 1885.

Joseph Lindsey (son of Benjamin F. Lindsey) receipt, 1916

These documents were received from Bernie Lindsey on 10-08-07.

Oct. 20, 2007
Notes from Bernie Lindsey:

 Amanda A. B. Ammons was the wife of Benjamin F. Lindsey, son of Joseph B. Lindsey (b.1807, d. 1883). I believe that Benjamin died on March 16,1878, approximately five years after they were married. Clinton County, Illinois started keeping track of deaths only 3 months before this date. County records include a Benjamin F. Linsey (I believe a misspelling), and the record indicates this person was 39 years, 11 months, 17 days when they passed on March 16, 1878, and that they had been in Illinois for 13 years, coinciding with the end of the Civil War. The record also indicates they were born in Georgia. We believe that Benjamin was born in 1838, so this death record information is consistent. Alabama census records indicate that Benjamin was born in Georgia. The Ammons family was located in Clinton County. These facts lead me to believe that the death record for Benjamin F. Linsey is in fact the son of Joseph B Lindsey.

Clinton County records include the marriage of Amanda A. B. Lindsey to W. K. (Wingate K. I believe) Lewis on March 19, 1879. The letter from John G. Lindsey she received, dated October 12, 1879, indicates that she had multiple children. It is understandable that a young woman with children would re-marry rather quickly. The letter from John G Lindsey expresses a desire to see her children, because her husband "was all the brother that I had that seemed like a brother". This is clearly past tense, and I believe he is referring to Amanda's husband Benjamin Lindsey, but goes on to write in the next sentence of the letter that he would like for her and her husband (new, I believe), to come visit. The 1886 letter refers to her in writing as Amanda A. B. Lewis.  

Benjamin and Amanda Lindsey had a son, Joseph B Lindsey (b. December 9, 1874; d. June 14, 1945), my GG Grandfather. He only had his father a very short time, and was apparently raised by W. K. Lewis and Amanda. The 1865 will of Jackson Ammons refers to one of his daughters as Mandy, and we believe this was Amanda.  

The two letters from John G. Lindsey, passed down from Amanda, to Joseph B. Lindsey, then to Harry L. Lindsey, have provided valuable information that is helping to piece together this part of the Lindsey family; however, more valuable is the personal nature and feel that the words provide. You get a sense of the common language of the time, written by a farmer, and the interest in providing a family member with an update on the "Connection". In the 1879 letter, you can almost feel the pain of the reference to recovering from the Civil War in Alabama, but at the same time, the optimism of the upcoming crop, and the sense of joy after seeing photos of the "beautiful babes", whom he has never seen in person. Documents like this provide so much more than government records.

Susan Grabek