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William Lindsey, 1766-1817, Nash Co NC
Posted by: Guy (ID *****2524) Date: April 26, 2011 at 03:47:53
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William Lindsey was born in or after 1766 in Edgecombe Co NC (a part which became part of Nash Co NC in 1777), his birth taken from the 1810 Federal Census, Nash Co NC; he died in or before May 1817 in Nash Co NC, no older than 51 years old when he died. He married (1st) a daughter of Samuel Longbottom, Sr.(1) probably before 1791 as the 1790 Federal Census, Nash Co, showed both a William Lindsey and a Billy Lindsey, both apparently with families. William Lindsey’s first wife died before 1805 as it appears that daughter Polley, born 24 Aug 1805, was named for his second wife, Polley (---), so William Lindsey married (2nd) Polley (---) before 1805.
William Lindsey had a brother whose son was named “Col. John B. Lindsey.”(4)
DNA research(5) has shown that William Lindsey who died in 1817 in Nash Co NC (William Lindsey #3) was the son of John Lindsey or William Lindsey #2, both of whom lived near their brother, Joseph Lindsey, on the Nash Co/Franklin Co NC county line; documented descendants of Joseph Lindsey have the same DNA as do the descendants of William Lindsey #3. The three Lindsey brothers began moving from Rocky Swamp, Halifax Co NC to the Little Peachtree, current-day Nash Co area (then Edgecombe Co) by 26 May 1772 when there was: “A Deed of Sale from Abner Hill to Joseph Lynsy proved by Willobe Tucker.”(2) It appears that John Lindsey died before the time of the 1782 tax lists, Nash Co NC, and that he was replaced on that tax list by his assumed widow, Dinah/Diana Lindsey; before 1801 it appears that William Lindsey #2 died or left Nash Co NC. Land deeds show that the Lindseys moved from the Little Peachtree area in Nash Co NC to the Sapony Creek area, 1780-1790. Not all William Lindsey land records have been thoroughly compared to separate the William Lindsey #2 records from the William Lindsey #3 records, but if that is done it might determine whether or not William Lindsey #3 was the son of William Lindsey #2 (and there are many land records to check, 1780-1817, possibly comparing them with earlier records).
William Lindsey who died in 1817 was probably the William Lindsey whom Bishop Francis Asbury ordained at “Whitaker’s chapel”:
“14 Mar 1801: Having fourteen miles to Henry Bradford’s, we had no time to dine. We took to horse, and came in with the shadows of evening. This morning we breakfasted at seven o’clock, and now we supped at seven — hard preaching and hard riding occupied the intermediate hours. We have passed rapidly through Edgecombe into Halifax County. Oh, the awful state of religion in this circuit!
15 Mar 1801: At Bradford’s meeting house, near Fishing Creek
22 Feb 1804: After preaching at Whitaker’s chapel on Rev 2:10, I ordained Henry Bradford, Benjamin Nevell, and William Lindsay deacons: it was very cold.”
The book entitled “The Journal and Letters of Francis Asbury” contains the names Buxton, Mintz and Fletcher in its index(3), possibly showing where those names came from in the children of William Lindsey of Nash Co NC.

The will of William Lindsey (16 Feb 1817, May Ct 1817, Nash Co NC) recorded wife and children in the order below:
wife, Polley Lindsey (stepmother to some children)
1_oldest son John Wesley Lindsey (born before 1795)
2_son William Ray Lindsey (born before 1796)
3_son Edward Buxton Lindsey (born about 1811?);(5) the phrase “my wife Polley Lindsey and Edward Buxton Lindsey”in the will implies that Polley was not his mother
4_son Asbury Lindsey (born about 1796)(5)
5_daughter Jerusha Lindsey (probably a full sister to Polley, per Finch records, married Mr. Jernigan)(4)
6_daughter Polley Mintz Lindsey (born 24 Aug 1805, most likely named for mother Polley Lindsey, married Hudson Finch)(4)
7_daughter Betsey Mary Fletcher Lindsey

(1)_The will of Sarah Long Bottom said, “my 2 brothers William Lindsey & John Pitman,” and appointed as executor “friend William Lindsey.” John Pitman and the two sisters in the will were devised specific items while William Lindsey was not and as the others in the will can be accounted for it is concluded that William Lindsey was a brother-in-law whose wife, the sister of Sarah, had died before 19 Jan 1805. --- Will of SARAH LONG BOTTOM 19 Jan 1805 - Feb Ct 1805 “Weake in body” Sister FORTEN WHIDDON - certain clothing. Sister OLIEF (OLIVE) PITMAN - 1 flax wheel, $5. Brother JOHN PITMAN - 1 hat. Remainder of estate to be sold & to be divided between my 2 brothers WILLIAM LINDSEY & JOHN PITMAN. Ex. friend WILLIAM LINDSEY. Wit. JESSE JOINER, LUCY L. BOTTOM (Reported by Harvey Bottoms to be from The Wills of Nash County, North Carolina, Volume I 1777-1848, abstracted by Dr. Stephen E. Bradley, Jr.)
(2)_ 26 May 1772 court minutes from Weynette Parks Haun; his land was sold in Nov 1774 -- Joseph (X) Linsey of Edgecombe Co. to Thomas Tucker of same, Nov 10, 1774, for 18pds. Proc. Money a tract of 50 acres on Little Peachtree Creek adjoining William Lassiter, it being part of a Granville grant to Abner Hill bearing date Dec. 20, 1760. Wit: William Andrews, Junr, William Andrews, Senr., John Linsey, EC DB 2-167
(3)_The Journal and Letters of Francis Asbury, editor E.T. Clark, 3 volumes, London & Nashville: Abington Press, 1958) from
(4) Ruby Finch Thompson, Finch Families of Dixie: 300 Years in the South, pp. 51-52, “FINCH, Hudson b 24Jun1800 d 2Sep1854 m 25Aug1823 Mary Mintz ‘Polly’ LINDSEY b 24Aug1805. She was a sister of Jerusha JERNIGAN and a cousin of Col. John B. LINDSEY. They lived on a farm about two miles from Mt. Pleasant Church and are buried in the family cemetery situated on a heavily wooded knoll now in the middle of a plowed field.” This book was taken largely from family records and if Jerusha Lindsey Jernigan was in the family records of Mary Mintz as a sister then that probably meant she was her full sister. The “cousin” above was most likely a first cousin.
(5)_DNA for Lindsey

Will of William Lindsey, 16 Feb 1817, May Ct 1817, Nash Co NC:
“In the name of God amen I William Lindsey of the county of Nash and State of North Carolina . . .
Itim (Item) I give and bequeth (bequeath) to my Loving wife Polley Lindsey the hole (whole) of the property that She purest (possessed?) before our marrige (marriage) . . .
and my desier (desire) is that my eldest Son John Wesley Lindsey see that thay (they) mind thare (their) Stepmother . . .
I also Lend to my wife polley (Polley) the house and plantation on which I Live . . .
(page 2) . . . I also give to my bloved (beloved) Wife Polley one gray horse . . .
my will and desier (desire) is that my son William Ray Lindsey shall continue with my wife five years . . .
It is also my will that my wife Polley Lindsey and Edward Buxton Lindsey as soon as connvenint (convenient) thay (they) are to pay one hundred and fifty Dollars for the purpose of paying of my Land contracts Now the land that I have above Lent to my wife Polley after her death or marrige (marriage) I give to my Beloved son Edward Buxton Lindsey to him and his heirs for Ever
Itam (Item) I give and bequeth (bequeath) to my beloved son John Wesley Lindsey the tract of Land that I Bought of Nathan Lindsey . . .
(Page 3) Itam (Item) I give and bequeth (bequeath) to my beloved son Asbury Lindsey the tract of Land I Bought of Edward Ballard . . .
Itam (Item) I give and bequeth (bequeath) to my beloved son William Ray Lindsey all the ballance (balance) of my Lands . . .
Itam (Item) I give and bequeth (bequeath) to my beloved daughtor (daughter) Jerusha Lindsey one bed with out any furniture . . .
Itam (Item) I Give and bequeth (bequeath) to my beloved daughtor (daughter) Polley Mintz Lindsey one bed and furniture and fifteen Dollars in money . . .
Itam (Item) I Give and bequeth (bequeath) to my beloved daughtor (daughter) Betsey Mary Fletcher Lindsey one bed and furniture and fifteen Dollars . . .
(Page 4) . . . I do hereby nominate and appoint my beloved Son John Westley Lindsey and Richard Holland Executor . . .
this 16th of February 1817 Barna Tucker Jurst Nelson Jurst William Lindsey seal Recorded Exam.d May Ct 1817” (May-Sep 1817) Nash County, North Carolina (Nash Co Wills CR.069.801.6)

1790 Federal Census, Nash Co NC (Halifax District) from an old published abstract
Lindsey, William ----- 1-5-1-0-0
Lindsey, Billy ----- 1-1-3-0-0
Lindsey, Sion ----- 1-1-4-0-0

In the 1800 Federal Census, Nash County, there was only one Lindsey,
William (2 0 1 2 0/2 1 0 1 0 0)
2 males under 10, born 1790-1800
1 male 16-25, born 1775-1784
2 males 26-44, born 1756-1774 (one of these had to have been Wm Lindsey)
2 females under 10, born 1790-1800
1 female 10-15, born 1785-1790
1 female 26-44, born 1756-1774 (Mrs. Wm Lindsey)

In the 1810 Federal Census, Nash County, there were three Lindseys (Salley, William and Nathan): page 648 (Wm immediately after Salley)
Salley Linsey (1 0 0 0 0 – 0 1 0 1 0 0)
Wm Linsey (1 1 2 1 0 – 2 2 1 1 1 0)
1 male under 10, born 1800-1810
I male 10-15, born 1795-1800
2 males 16-25, born 1785-1794
1 male 26-44, born 1766-1784 (Wm Lindsey)<-<-<-<-<-<-
2 females under 10, born 1800-1810
2 females 10-15, born 1795-1800
1 female 16-25, born 1785-1794
1 female 26-44, born 1766-1784 (probably Mrs Wm Lindsey)
1 female 45 or older, born in or before 1765 (an older woman)
page 646 Nathan Linsey (2 0 0 1 0 – 2 0 0 1 0 0)

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