A descendant of Abraham Lindsey,
represented in Lindsay Surname DNA Project Group 2.
Abraham Lindsey, a Long Marsh Lindsey
patriarch, was born
circa 1723, probably in Maryland. Abraham Lindsey may have been a son of Edmond
Lindsey, Sr. (m. Elizabeth Beasley in 1725),
though he would have to have come from a prior marriage of
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 Lindsey left the
Long Marsh area for South Carolina about 1763.
Abraham received several grants for land
in present day Newberry County. Abraham Lindsey sold his
Newberry County land in 1783 and moved to
Wilkes County, Georgia, where he died circa 1824.
Additional information about Abraham Lindsey can be found in
William Thorndale's research
the Long Marsh Lindsey's, which can be downloaded on the
Literature page. Also, see the
Wilkes County web page for information about Abraham
Lindsey while he lived there (a downloadable
timeline has numerous records for Abraham). Additionally, a
Abraham Lindsey and his descendants can be downloaded on the
Abraham Lindsey's land in Newberry
County, South Carolina
Abraham Lindsey received a grant for 150
acres of land on the Enoree River in present day
Newberry Co. in 1765. A 1762 survey plat for his grant
is shown above.
Abraham Lindsey had another 200 acres surveyed on
Foster's Branch, a tributary of the
Enoree River. This tract was located adjacent to
land owned by
Isaac Lindsey, who was likely Abraham's
son. Click here for
more information on Abraham Lindsey's lands in South
Plat images above were reproduced with permission from the South Carolina
Map above modified from
1845 map of SC by Sidney Morse
I've guessed at the location of Abraham Lindsey's land
from descriptions given in various
Notes for Abraham Lindsey:
The first record of
Abraham Lindsey in Virginia was as a voter in the 1744 House
of Burgesses election in Fairfax County (Loudoun today).
Abraham voted for Capt. Lawrence Washington. Source:
Gleanings of Virginia History, compiled by William Fletcher
Boogher, reprinted 1995 in Baltimore, MD by Genealogical
Publishing Co., Inc., page 124. Because he was old
enough to vote in 1744, this means that Abraham was born by
Since only landowners voted,
it is known that Abraham must have owned land in Fairfax
County. Abraham’s land was probably the 76 acre tract on
Goose Creek in Fairfax Co. that he received a grant for in
1745. This grant was recorded in Virginia Northern Neck Grant
Book F, page 226.
Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, Vol. II, 1742-1775,
compiled by Gertrude E. Gray, published in Baltimore, MD 1988
by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., page 12:
Abraham Lindsey witnessed the sale of some land on the Long
Marsh between Edmond Lindsey Sr. and Edmond Lindsey Jr.
“Frederick County, Virginia Deed Book Series Volume 2, Deed
Books 5, 6,7, 8
1757-1763”, compiled by Amelia C. Gilreath, 1990 in
Nokesville, Virginia, page 43:
Abraham Lindsey was a member of the Frederick Co., VA militia
in 1761, which indicates he may have been living in Frederick
Co. at that time.
Source: “Virginia’s Colonial Soldiers”, by Lloyd DeWitt
Bockstruck, published in 1988 by Genealogical Publishing Co.,
Inc in Baltimore, MD., page 352:
Abraham Lindsey was living in Craven County, South Carolina when
he sold his Goose Creek land in Loudoun County, Virginia. The
sale was recorded in Loudoun County Deed Book D, pages 3-5.
From: “Virginia Ancestors and Adventurers”, compiled by
Charles Hughes Hamlin, published in 1975 by Genealogical
Publishing Co., Inc. in Baltimore, MD., pages 2-3:
County, South Carolina in 1763 included the area that would
later become Laurens and Newberry Counties.
I have modified the maps from the website. On the left map,
I’ve colored in the approximate area of Craven Co. aqua, and
I’ve labeled it boldly so it can be seen, and I’ve also
colored the approximate area of Berkeley Co. pink. On the
right map, I’ve colored the approximate area of Laurens and
Newberry counties (created in 1785 from part of Craven) aqua.
known that Abraham Lindsey lived in the Enoree Settlement from
the 1774 deed of sale to his son, John Lindsey, from James
Steen recorded in Laurens County, SC Deed Book A, page 294: On
Dec. 6-7, 1774, James Steen and his wife Elener sold 300 acres
on the south bank of the Enoree River to John Lindsey, son of
Abraham Lindsey of Enoree settlement, Berkeley County, SC. This
deed was recorded July 12, 1786, one year after the creation
of Laurens County.
In 1783, Abraham
Lindsey sold his Newberry County land, and he moved to Wilkes
Newberry County, SC Deed Book A, pg. 736:
8 & 9 Dec 1783: (Lease and release): Abraham
Lindsey of the settlement of Enoree, Ninety Six District, to
James Blair of same place, 200 acres in the fork between Broad
& Saludy Rivers on a small branch called Foster's Creek adj.
Isaac Lindsey, Daniel Johnson, deceased. Signed Abraham
Lindsey. Witnesses: Mary Stewart, Thomas Lindsey, James
Lindsey. Proved 9 Dec 1783 by the oath of James Lindsey before
W. Wadlington, J.P. Recorded 18 Aug 1789.
: Wilkes County, GA, Land Court Minutes 1784,
p. 2. Georgia Archives film # 45/28:
Abraham Lindsey obtained a warrant for land on
his own Headright on 5 January 1784. See the Wilkes County,
web page for more information about Abraham Lindsey after
he left Newberry County, South Carolina.
Abraham Lindsey's family
Abraham had a son named John (b. abt. 1749),
who lived in Laurens County, South Carolina, then in Jackson County,
Georgia, and who died in Maury County, Tennessee in 1810.
William Thorndale wrote a manuscript about the
Lindsey's of Maury County., Tennessee that is available
for download on the
Literature page. Thorndale's
manuscript has information about the
family of Abraham Lindsey's son, John, who
died in Maury County, Tennessee in 1810.
Also, see the web page about John Lindsey for more information.
Lindsey, who died in Laurens County, South Carolina
is also believed to have been a son of Abraham
Ezekiel's estate inventory was made by several men, including
John Lindsay and Patrick Laffaty. I believe that John Lindsay
of the estate inventory was Ezekiel’s brother, John Lindsey,
son of Abraham Lindsey. I also believe that Patrick Laffaty
of the inventory was Patrick Lafferty, who sold his land in
Loudoun County, Virginia in 1763 and moved to South Carolina
with Abraham Lindsey (see the deed information, above).
“Abstracts of Old 96 and Abbeville District Wills and Bonds”,
compiled by Willie Pauline Young, published in 1950 by
Greenville Printing Co., Greenville, SC, page 177:
here for a copy of
Ezekiel Lindsey's 1784 probate record (PDF file, 4 pages,
about 299K). Source: FamilySearch.org. South
Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers,
1732-1964. Abbeville, Probate Court, Probate records
1782-1958. Box 54, Package 1276.
1790 U.S. census for Laurens Co., SC an Elizabeth Lindsey was
a neighbor to Capt. John Lindsey. The image below is from
page 18 (Ancestry.com image):
Thorndale hypothesized that Elizabeth Lindsey of the 1790
Laurens Co. census was the widow of John Lindsey’s brother
(whom he did not name) in his 1974 manuscript on the Maury
Co., Tennessee Lindsey’s. Thorndale believed that the three
sons of Elizabeth shown on the census were Edward, Ezekiel,
and Isaac Lindsey, who later moved to Maury County to be near
their Uncle John Lindsey. Thorndale also thought that John
Lindsey had set aside half of his 300 acre parcel on the
Enoree River when he left South Carolina because he had most
likely been in partnership with his deceased brother in
ownership of the parcel. John Lindsey later sold the 300
acres to Edward, Ezekiel, and Isaac Lindsey for a nominal fee.
“The Lindsey’s of Maury Co.”, by William Thorndale, 1974
(FHL microfilm # 928098) page 15:
circumstantial evidence presented here, it does seem quite
plausible that Ezekiel Lindsey who died in 96 District
(present Laurens Co., SC) in 1784 was the brother of John
Lindsey, and the son of Abraham Lindsey. Ezekiel’s widow was
named Betty, and she could likely have been the widow
Elizabeth who was John Lindsey’s Laurens Co. neighbor in 1790.
of Abraham Lindsey may have been Isaac Lindsey, who owned land
next to Abraham on Foster's Creek in Newberry County.
Isaac Lindsey may have been the man who later lived in York
County, South Carolina. This Isaac Lindsey has been
proved an ancestor of
L0045 in Group 2. See the York County, South
web page for more information about Isaac Lindsey.
Additionally, Abraham Lindsey may have had children who moved
with him to Wilkes, County, Georgia. These included
Edmund and Caleb Lindsey (who later lived in
Clermont Co., Ohio), Thomas Lindsey (probable ancestor of
L0183), Phoebe Lindsey (married Jacob Lindsey Jr.,
L0156), and Anne Lindsey, to whom Abraham deeded all his
property before he died in Wilkes County. See the Wilkes
web page for more information about these Lindsey's.