Dennis Linchey, Irish Indentured Servant to Richmond County, Virginia, 1718, and Dennis Lindsey, Who Dies in Granville County, North Carolina, in 1762: A Comparison

The following is a small chart I’ve compiled to map some of the pertinent facts we know about Dennis Linchey, who came to Richmond County, Virginia, in April 1718 as an indentured servant from Ireland, and Dennis Lindsey, who died in August 1762 in Granville County, North Carolina. Yesterday, I posted a more extended discussion about why I am confident that the two men are the very same men — that is, that Dennis Lindsey of Granville County, North Carolina, is the man who arrived in Richmond County, Virginia, in 1718 as an Irish indentured servant.

Lindsey, Dennis and Dennis Linchey, a Comparison.jpg

Please note an error that needs to be corrected above: Jeremiah Strother is not in the 1754 Granville Counthy, North Carolina, militia list of Capt. Sugan Jones. His brothers Lawrence and Francis Strother are in this list.

Works cited:

Margaret M. Hoffmann, The Short, Short Course in the Use of North Carolina’s Early County-Level Records in Genealogical Research. Rocky Mount: Copy-It Printing Co., 1988.

Carol McGinnis, Virginia Genealogy: Sources and Resources. Baltimore: Geneal. Publ. Co., 1993.

2 thoughts on “Dennis Linchey, Irish Indentured Servant to Richmond County, Virginia, 1718, and Dennis Lindsey, Who Dies in Granville County, North Carolina, in 1762: A Comparison

  1. I question the 1754 comment about a Dennis Linsey/Linchey. In the militia List is my ancestor Joseph LInsey/Lindsey and John Riggin and John Shearing who all married into each others families. Dennis Linsey is not seen with the men you mention above. I believe this Dennis Linsey is connected to Joseph and Leonard Lindsey and their father was William Lindsey previous of Brunswick, VA .. William Linsey obtained land in Granville Co and died in 1772 in Bute. Perhaps 2 different Dennis Linchey/Lindsey? The family of Linsey/Lindsey’s associated with William Linsey comes from Isle of Wight. There is anothe Lindsey family not connected to mine with many of the same names.

    1754 – https://www.ncgenweb.us/ncgranville/rev/1754-militia.htm
    Muster Roll of the Regiment in Granville County under the Command of Col. William Eaton as taken at a General Muster of the said Regiment 8th October 1754

    Capt. John Glover’s Company William Person, Lieut. Col.; James Paine, Major; George Glover, Lieut.;
    Evan Ragland, Ensign. 1. Henry Bishop, Serjeant 2. William Glover, Serj.
    3. Joseph Lindsey, Serj.

    Capt. Sugar Jones’s Company, James Mosely, Lieut.
    1. Francis Walker Senior 2. William Wood 3. Miles Jones 4. Denis Lindsey

    Capt. Richard Coleman’s Company, Robert Abbernathy, Lieut .Israel Robinson, Ensign.
    1. William Sission, Serj. 2. Thomas Harton, Serj. 3. Mathew Robinson, Serj. 4. William Stroud, Serj.
    5. Moses Myrich 6. George Rhodes 7. John Shearing 8. John Riggin 9. Isaac Acrey

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  2. Thank you for your comment. You write, “I question the 1754 comment about a Dennis Linsey/Linchey. In the militia List is my ancestor Joseph LInsey/Lindsey and John Riggin and John Shearing who all married into each others families. Dennis Linsey is not seen with the men you mention above.”

    But Dennis Lindsey is most certainly on an 8 October 1754 muster list in Granville County in Capt. Sugan/Sugar Jones’s militia unit, along with Aaron Fussell, who witnessed Dennis’s will and is listed next to him in the muster list, and also with Roger Thornton, who married Dennis’s daughter Catherine, and with Roger’s brothers John and Henry Thornton, as well as with Francis and Lawrence Strother, brothers of Jeremiah Strother, for whose 22 April 1748 survey of land on the south side of Sandy Creek Dennis Lindsey was a chain carrier. See this posting, which has an image of the 1754 muster list in question. https://begatsandbequeathalsasouthernusfamilydocumented.com/2019/11/26/dennis-linchey-lindsey-abt-1700-1762-post-indenture-life-in-north-carolina-1750-1762/

    Yes, there were other Lindsey families living in this area at the time, but careful research by many good researchers over the years has shown that these were entirely unrelated Lindsey families, though they’ve often been confused in genealogies. DNA studies confirm the conclusion that they were not related families.

    There were at least three different William Lindseys living in Brunswick County, Virginia, in the mid-1700s. I’m assuming that the William of Brunswick County to whom you refer as father of Joseph and Leonard is the William Lindsey who first appears in Brunswick records on 14 April 1743, who died in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, by 28 July 1772. He did have a son Joseph, though I’m not entirely certain that Joseph is the man in the Granville militia in 1754.

    I’ve done quite a bit of work on that particular Lindsey family, both to sort it out from my own family descending from Dennis Lindsey — and there’s absolutely no evidence the two families were related, something DNA analysis confirms. John Lindsey, son of that William Lindsey, had a wife Dinah who is my ancestor through her second marriage to Theophilus Odom in Nash County, North Carolina, about 1783, and that’s another reason I’ve worked on this family.

    It’s tempting to think all these families are related because they shared a surname, lived in the same area, and used similar given names — but that assumption has been proven not to be correct.

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