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Re: John Motley M.--descendants, siblings
Posted by: John Field Pankow (ID *****5675) Date: November 22, 2004 at 09:20:37
In Reply to: Re: John Motley M.--descendants, siblings by Nancy Scales of 816

Dear Nancy,

Thank you for your reply, and for the information. I had some information on the children of Robert, Jr. and Letitia Harper, but I didn't have the information on either of the families of Morehead children.

Robert Lindsay, Sr. died between Feb. 5, 1801, when he wrote his will, and May of that year, when the will was probated. I have no idea where or when he was born. Several accounts say his father's name was John. Some claim that they were Scotsmen who came from Ulster in Ireland to Md. and/or Pa., and thence to NC. Other accounts state they were descended from the Lindsay family of Northumberland County, Virginia...Robert Lindsay, born in Scotland, c.1640, who came to Virginia with his uncle Rev. David Lindsay in the 1660s, is said by some to have been the grandfather of our John Lindsay, John being the son of Robert's son Opie Lindsay (c.1680-1727).

There is a will recorded in Guilford County, NC, of John McCall of York County, Pa., in which he mentions his "friend John Lindsay, Sr." and his "Cousin Robert Lindsay." The will was written in 1780 and probated in 1796. In addition to leaving Robert Lindsay "land & adjoining ferry in Yourk and Lancaster counties (Pa.), known as Nelson's Ferry," he made Robert the executor of his will. John McCall was a resident of York County, Pa. in 1756. I have been unable to determine the relationship to Robert Lindsay...or of this means that John and Robert did live in Pa. at one time.

According to my information, Robert Lindsay was married twice. One account states his first wife was a Miss Mebane, first name unknown. Another says her name was Elizabeth, last name unknown. They evidently had two children: Elizabeth who died without issue, and John, who married Elizabeth Wilson of Rockbridge County, Virginia, and had 14 children. I am afraid I do not know any more about him or his children. He may have died before his father did, as he is not mentioned in the will.

Robert Lindsay's second wife was Nancy (Ann) McGee (b. 1753/4, d. Nov., 1832) who was a daughter of Colonel John McGee (d. Dec. 13, 1773). John McGee's first wife, the mother of Nancy, is unknown. His second wife was Martha McFarlane, who after his death married a Bell, and was a rather famous spy for the American side during the Revolution. John McGee first obtained land in NC in 1749. He may have come from Ireland or England, but was probably of Scots ancestry. One of his brothers lived in Dorchester County, Md. John lived at Julian, NC, and owned a great deal of land.

Robert Lindsay and Nancy McGee had at least seven children: Samuel (d. 1813/4, md. Henrietta E. Causey), Robert (c.1775-1818, md. Letitia Harper), William (c.1777-1841, md. Elizabeth Briggs), Jane (b. 1779, md. Jesse Hargrove), Andrew (1786-1844, md. Elizabeth Dick), Susannah (1789-1857, md. Dr. Joseph Wood) and David (1793-1860, md. Sarah Dillon.) I have more specific birth and death dates for some of these folks, and right now I have a contact in Greensboro who is copying newspaper obituaries and marriage notices for me. Hopefully I will be able to sort them all out eventually.

Robert Lindsay's home was on the banks of Deep River, in what is now High Point. The act which formed Guilford County in 1771 provided that the county court was to meet at Robert Lindsay's home until land for a court house was acquired, and they met there until 1774. According to an architectural survey of Guilford County published in 1979, a fragment of the house was still standing then, but I have been unable to discover if it still exists. There was also supposed to be a family graveyard near the house where several of Robert's children were buried. (I suspect he was buried there as well, but when the cemetery survey was made in 1976, only the graves of William, his wife Elizabeth, Andrew, his wife Ellizabeth, and Susannah remained marked.)

As to the next generation, I will give you what I have. (In some cases I have more specific dates, if you want them).

1. Samuel Lindsay & Henrietta Causey:

A. William R. D. Lindsay. No dates known, but listed as age 45 in the 1850 census. He married three times. 1st to Rebecca C. Dick (1806-1828), 2nd to Lydia M. (d. 1845), 3rd to Mrs. Jane R. Aiken, md. 1857. Annie W. Lindsay, infant daughter of W. R. D. & Lydia, died Oct. 18, 1843. No other info on children as yet.
B. Isaac James Madison Lindsay (1804-1854) md. Jane Erwin Dick (1810-1848) sister of Rebecca. Dr. I. J. M. Lindsay, called Madison, established a medical school at Jamestown, Guilford County, NC in the 1820s, and the building, which was built by his uncle David Lindsay in 1817, has been preserved at the Mendenhall Plantation museum. At one point, Dr. I. J. M. Lindsay was post master of Greensboro. He and Jane are buried at Green Hill cemetery, Greensboro. Daughter Jane E. Lindsay died May 17, 1848. There is bound to have been at least one other daughter, as his tombstone states "inscribed to the memory of the kindest of parents, an affectionate daughter." His obit. says "leaving an orphaned daughter and numerous friends to mourn his loss." And I just got her marriage notice: Miss Susan L. Lindsay md. Mr. John Henry Morehead, Nov. 22, 1855.
C. Letitia Lindsay, md. Col. John Crump, Dec. 19, 1826. Married "at Montgomery" as per marriage notice, Greensboro Patriot.

2. Robert Lindsay & Letitia Harper (1785-1835) daughter of Colonel Jeduthan Harper of Randolph County, NC. They had 5 children. They are buiried at the Buffalo Presbyterian Church. The children were:

A. Jeduthan Harper Lindsay, age 45 in 1850, md. Martha, born c. 1809, Bedford, Virginia. children: Jesse H. (c. 1832...could this be the son of Jesse Harper Lindsay, who died in 1859?), Mary V. (c.1834, d. 5/5/1853, of consumption. Obit. says "only daughter of Jed. H. Lindsay, Esq."), James E. (c. 1836), Henry (c. 1838), Harper (c. 1840), Thomas (c. 1843, d. 10/17/1869, obit.), Ernest (c. 1855), Edward (c. 1849). These names and dates are from the 1850 census.
B. Ann Eliza (1804-1868) md. John Motley Morehead, as you stated before. You had information on their children which I did not, but I do have dates for the daughter Ann Eliza and her husband Colonel Peter G. Evans.
C. Mary Tess (d. 1847) m. James Turner Morehead. I didn't know their children's names.
D. Jesse Harper Lindsay (1808-1886) md. Amelia G. Ellison. (I have a newspaper article about him which states she was his cousin.) Census says she was born in Darlington, SC. Children: Annette Eliza (c. 1835. md. Clement G. Wright of Fayetteville, 10/10/1854), Ellison H. Lindsay (c. 1836, d. Sept. 22, 1847), Sarah L. "Sallie" (c. 1840, md. Colonel John A. Gilmer). Jessie, infant daughter, d. May 19, 1848. Jesse H. Lindsay, Jr. d. 1859, age 28.
E. Robert Goodloe Lindsay (1816-1886) md. Mary Anna (Marianna P. Austin, 1819-1901), Alexandria Va. They were married Sept. 14, 1841, at Washington, and the notice says she was "of Georgetown.") Capt. Robert G. Lindsay was the first commanding officer of the Guilford Guards, CSA. Children, per 1850 census: John A. (c. 1842), Letitia H. (c. 1844), Charlot E. (c. 1845), Louisa L. (c. 1847), Mariana R. (c. 1849). Also living in the household were Henrietta Crump (c. 1829) and Laura A. Crump (1831), both born in Montgomery, NC, perhaps children of Saumel's daughter Letitia? Also there was Thomas James, c. 1828. Don't know who he was. Another daughter, Kate Austin Lindsay, died Nov. 23, 1855, aged 6 months, and Emma P. died "on Sabbath afternoon," July 31, 1859, aged 19 months. Lottie E. Lindsay md. Mr. A. M. Payton of Danville, Va. on May 18, 1869. The 1880 census lists Robert Lindsay as a railroad agent. Living with him are Marianna, Louisa, circa 1852 (did she lie about her age?), Lizzie. c. 1854 (a teacher), granddaughters: Cornelia (c. 1872), Lulu (c. 1874) and Lottie (c. 1877) "Paton," 3 black servants, and Eliza Selden (c. 1837, Va.) a widow, listed as a boarder. I have an extensive obit. of Eliza Morehead "Lizzie" Lindsay (1853-1933) a prominent teacher in Greensboro.

3. William Lindsay married Elizabeth Briggs (c. 1784-1871) in Stokes County, NC on Feb. 17, 1807. I have a list of 7 names of chidren for them, but only know of one definitely. The names on the list are: William Pinkney Lindsay, Dr. Robert Lindsay, Henry Lindsay, Dr. Andrew Lindsay, Lauania (Guilianna?) Lindsay, Amanda Lindsay and Sarah Lindsay.

A. Guilianna Lindsay (Dec. 30, 1807-March 29, 1885) md. Elswick S. Field on Dec. 20, 1831 in Guilford County. They had eight children: Martha Eliza Field (Feb. 16, 1833-March 8, 1844), Eleanor E. Field (c.1833), William B. Field (c.1835), Susan L. Field (c.1838), Robert H. Field (c.1840), Thomas E. Field (c.1843), John Andrew Field (1846-1883) and Frances "Fannie" Guilianna Field (1851-1919). All dates from census, except for Martha's, John's and Frances', which are from their tombstones.

I am uncertain of the other children of William and Elizabeth Briggs, but these seem to match up from the census:
B. William P. Lindsay, c. 1810, md. Charity (c. 1816, d. 2/2/1857, aged abut 40 years). Children: Jesse (c.1835), Robert W. (c.1837), Bu--phas (c.1840), Sarah Ann (c.1842), Thomas F. (c.1845), and David A. (c. 1849).
C. Robert C. Lindsay, c.1811, physician, md. Emily P., c. 1820. Children: Eberle (c. 1838), Robert (c. 1840*), Adelaide (c. 1843), William (c. 1847). Also in the household was Charity Wood, born c. 1828, perhaps a daughter of Robert's aunt Susannah Wood. (Obit. says Ella, daughter of Dr. Robert C. Lindsay, d. 11/9/1854, of croup, aged about 4 years.)
[* Robert Lindsay, age 40 appears in the 1880 census of Jamestown, Guilford County, with: wife Georgia (c. 1855), children Lela (c.1873), Nellie (c. 1874), Allie (c. 1876), Robert (c. 1878) and an unnamed son age 8 months. Also in the household are Robert's sisters, Anna (c. 1853) and Lulu (c. 1858), brother Charlie (c. 1863) and three black servants.]
D. (?) Henry T. Lindsey, born c. 1812, appears on the 1880 census of Cedar Grove, Orange Co., NC, a farmer, with wife Isabell E. Lindsey, born c. 1807.

As to Andrew, I do not know, but there is the following listing in the 1850 census: A. H. Lindsay, born c. 1824, farmer, living alone, but he gives his birthplace as Davidson, NC. Value of property owned $6,000! I don't know how to track down the daughters, as I don't know their married names. There was a Sarah S. Lindsay who married Mr. William Penn Henley of Stokes County on March 6, 1844.

4. Jane Lindsay md. Jesse Hargrave, Rowan county, NC, March, 1803. This comes from a message board posting made by a Jesse Steven Hargrave several years ago. I wrote to him, but got no reply.

5. Andrew Lindsay md. Elizabeth Dick (1792-1845). 6 children, but I do not know the names. "Miss Jane E. Lindsay, daughter of Andrew Lindsay Esq." md. Mr. W. J. McConnell on March 31, 1839 or 40, Patriot.) W. R. D. Lindsay and W. J. McConnel were in partnership in a store, but the partnership was disolved in 1842, per articles in the Patriot. Evidently a "funeral sermon" was planned for both Andrew Lindsay and his daughter Jane McConnel and was preached by Rev. S. S. Bryant on April 13, 1845, and the mother had died the day before the sermon. Info on the funeral and lengthy obit. Nov. 1844 and April, 1845, Patriot. Mary Eliza Lindsay md. Mr. Wyatt F. Bowman in May, 1846. Julia E. Lindsay md. Mr. Thomas J. Wilson, Esq. of Salem in May, 1847. 3 more children?

6. Susannah Lindsay, md. Dr. Joseph Wood. No info. on children.

7. David Lindsay md. Sarah Dillon (1796-1864). They are buried at the Friends' Meeting House at Jamestown. No info. on children. In 1850, they were living alone with two free black servants. He was listed as a merchant, and his property valued at $1600.

There were two William Lindsays in the 1880 census that I can't fit in with the family. One thing I found quite interesting given your post is that one of them, William Lindsay, born c. 1842, has listed in his household his sister, Marta Scales, born c. 1821. I wonder how she might fit in with your Scales family.

You had asked about Guilianna Lindsay Field. I think she and her husband Elswick may have been closely associated with Governor Morehead and his wife Annie Eliza, her first cousin. Governor Morehead built a mill in Leaksville, Rockingham County, NC, in 1839. On the 1860 census, Elswick S. Field is listed as living in Leaksville, and his occupation is given as a superintendent. I wonder if he was not working for Gov. Morehead, running the mill. This is just my theory.

I have been unable to discover where or when Elswick Field died. After 1860, the family seems to disappear from the records for a time, though I think some of the sons served in the Confederate army. By 1880, Guilianna was a widow, living with her son Thomas who was a merchant in Hickory, and the other childen are scattered all over the state. William was a tobacco trader living in Greensboro, Robert was running a hotel in Charlotte, John Andrew (my ancestor) was farming in Cabarrus County, and Frances Guilianna, the youngest daughter, was married to Lewis Erwin Griffith in Kernersville. I cannot trace the other daughters, Eleanor E. and Susan L., as I do not know their married names. Martha Eliza had died at the age of 11 in 1844, and is buried at Green Hill Cemetery in Greensboro. Guilianna Lindsay Field died in 1885, and is buried at the Main Street Methodist Church in Kernersville. (I find this rather odd, as all her family had been Presbyterians before her...and her son John Andrew was a Presbyterian, as well. But then her husband's brother had been a Methodist minister.) Update: found marriage notice of Susan Lavinia Field, daugher of E. S. Field "at Mountain Island, Gaston County," to A. H. S. Beard, Esq., on June 16, 1857.

Well, I have written far too much. (I had kept this on my computer so I could add to it as I went along.) I have a picture of what might be the Lindsay house from the Guilford Co. architectural survey, as well as a newspaper article on Jesse Harper Lindsay, and Lizzie Lindsay's obituary, if you want them. Send me your email address if you do, and I will send them directly to you.

Best Regards,

John Field Pankow
Asheville, NC

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