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Abraham Lindsey of Frederick Co., Virginia,
Newberry County, South Carolina,
and Wilkes County, Georgia

A descendant of Abraham Lindsey, L0138, is 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 Edmond's.  Abraham 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 manuscript about 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 report about Abraham Lindsey and his descendants can be downloaded on the Lineages page.

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.

In 1772, 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 Carolina.
Plat images above were reproduced with permission from the South Carolina Archives:

Map above modified from
David Rumsey Collection:
1845 map of SC by Sidney Morse

I've guessed at the location of Abraham Lindsey's land from descriptions given in various plats.



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 1723.

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.

Source: 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:

In 1760, Abraham Lindsey witnessed the sale of some land on the Long Marsh between Edmond Lindsey Sr. and Edmond Lindsey Jr.

Source: “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:

By 1763, 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:


Craven 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.

It is 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 County, Georgia.

Source: 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.

Source: : 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, Georgia 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. 

Ezekiel Lindsey, who died in Laurens County, South Carolina circa 1784 is also believed to have been a son of Abraham Lindsey. 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).

 Source: “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:


Click here for a copy of Ezekiel Lindsey's 1784 probate record (PDF file, 4 pages, about 299K). Source:  South Carolina Probate Records, Files and Loose Papers, 1732-1964.  Abbeville, Probate Court, Probate records 1782-1958.  Box 54, Package 1276.  

On the 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 ( image):


 William 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.

Source: “The Lindsey’s of Maury Co.”, by William Thorndale, 1974
(FHL microfilm # 928098) page 15:


From the 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.

Another son 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 Carolina 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 L0015 and L0183), Phoebe Lindsey (married Jacob Lindsey Jr., ancestor of L0156), and Anne Lindsey, to whom Abraham deeded all his property before he died in Wilkes County.  See the Wilkes County, Georgia web page for more information about these Lindsey's.



This page was updated on 9-05-2011