Children of Dennis Lindsey (1794-1836) and Jane Brooks: Mark Jefferson Lindsey (1820-1878) and Mary Ann Harrison — Sons Carry Samuel, Charles Henry, and Mark Jefferson

As we’ve seen in a previous posting, Carry was a twin to Mark and Mary Ann’s son Alexander Cobb Lindsey, something noted in the 1860 federal census listing for the family.[1] The Brooks family of Mark Jefferson Lindsey’s mother Jane has a long history of producing twins, a genetic trait that runs down many lines of that family for generations. 

Carry is enumerated in his parents’ household on the 1860 and 1870 federal census.[2] The latter census lists him and his twin Alex, both aged 11, with their older brother Benjamin Dennis as laborers on their father’s farm. 

On 25 November 1879 in Red River Parish, Carry married Maranda J. Love, daughter of Robert B. Love and Sarah Nelson. His father Mark had died the preceding year, and his mother in 1877, and all of his surviving siblings had married by November 1879 except for his two youngest brothers Charles and Mark and his older brother Benjamin Dennis, who had gone to Texas in 1873 and was serving in the Texas Rangers at this point. As we’ll see in a moment, Charles also left for Texas either shortly before or after his father’s death, and would marry there not long after relocating to that state. 

Maranda Love’s father Robert B. Love was a deputy sheriff in Bienville Parish in 1867.[3] Historian Ted Tunnell notes Robert Love’s service as deputy sheriff in Bienville Parish in 1865, also, and states that he was a prominent citizen and a saloon owner in Sparta, which was at this point the parish seat of Bienville.[4] Tunnell recounts an incident that occurred in Sparta not long before Christmas 1865, in which Love shot and killed a Black Union soldier, William Harris, outside the courthouse in Sparta. Love was apprehended and taken to Shreveport and then apparently exonerated of charges, since he claimed he was acting in his capacity as a law officer and Harris had shown signs of being dangerous.[5]

The 1880 federal census shows Carry (listed as S.C. Lindsey) farming in ward 2 of Red River Parish.[6] The census states that S.C. Lindsey is 22, a farmer, born in Louisiana with parents born in Alabama. Wife Maranda is 25, born in Louisiana with Georgia-born parents.

Times-Democrat (New Orleans, Louisiana) (23 March 1889), p. 8, col. 2

On 23 March 1889, the New Orleans paper Times-Democrat reports that the preceding day, S.C. Lindsey had been appointed constable for Red River Parish.[7] The report notes that the appointment was made in Baton Rouge, which indicates that constable appointments for Louisiana parishes were being made at the state level at this period. The Bossier Banner-Progress newspaper (Benton, Louisiana) for 11 January 1894 shows S.C. Lindsey being issued a certificate for a payment of $9.55 for an unspecified service to Bossier Parish.[8] The certificate was issued by the parish police jury at its meeting on 10 January 1894. On 17 January 1895, S.C. Lindsey appears as a constable of Bossier Parish in minutes of the parish police jury for 16 January; the minutes were reported in Bossier Banner-Progress on the 17th.[9]

By 1900, Carry and Maranda had divorced. The 1900 federal census shows Carry (listed as Carrie S. Lindsey) living as a boarder in the household of Lafayette Mobley in Red River Parish and working as a farm laborer.[10] The census states that he is divorced and was born in March 1858 in Louisiana.

Maranda appears on the 1900 federal census in Red River Parish as a widow. She is enumerated as head of her household, which contains her and children Walter and Maud.[11] The census states that Maranda was born in September 1863 in Louisiana and was the mother of two children. Son Walter was born in October 1880 and daughter Maud in November 1888. Maranda is farming rented land and Walter is listed as a laborer on the farm.

The 1910 federal census shows Carry as a deputy sheriff living in a hotel in San Antonio without his wife or children.[12] His name is given as Samuel C. Lindsey, and his age as 52; he was born in Louisiana with Alabama-born parents. The census lists him as single. His occupation is, as I’ve just stated, deputy sheriff. Everyone living in the hotel other than the family managing it is listed as a servant in the hotel, though most have separate occupational listings that seem to be related to the hotel — e.g., cook, dishwasher, barber, masseur, housekeeper, piano player, laundress, chambermaid, etc.

As I have noted above, in 1873, Carry’s older brother Benjamin Dennis Lindsey went to Texas, spending a year working on the farm of his uncle Thomas Madison Lindsey at Moody in McLennan County, then going “up the trail” as a cowboy before joining the Texas Rangers.[13] B.D. joined the Texas Rangers in 1880, serving in west Texas for seven years. Following his discharge in 1887, he co-owned saloons in Uvalde and Eagle Pass with a former comrade W.W. Collier, and also opened a store in Eagle Pass. 

On 8 November 1888 in San Antonio, B.D. Lindsey married Mary Ellen Mitchell, daughter of John Addison Mitchell and Eleanor Thornhill, and by 1900 the couple had settled in San Antonio, where B.D. Lindsey served as sheriff of Bexar County in 1909-1910. The 1910 federal census lists him as county sheriff.[14] At some point prior to 1910, it seems Carry had gone to Texas and joined his brother B.D., who apparently got Carry a job as his deputy sheriff by 1910.

The 1910 federal census shows Carry’s wife Maranda in Red River Parish farming rented land with daughter Maud Pickett living in the household, along with sons Wilmer, 6, and Walter, 4.[15] The 1920 federal census indicates that Maranda was living at Campti in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, with her grandson Walter in the household.[16] The census states that she was running a boarding house. The Louisiana death index shows Maranda dying in Red River Parish on 9 December 1925.[17]

Tombstone of Carry Samuel Lindsey, Old Armistead Chapel Methodist cemetery, Coushatta, Red River Parish; photo is by A Footstep in Time at Carry’s Find a Grave memorial page

I have not located Carry on the 1920 or 1930 federal census. Following his death at Shreveport, Louisiana, on 9 October 1935, he was buried at Old Armistead Chapel Methodist cemetery near Coushatta, where his parents and a number of his siblings are also buried. 

According to Mary Lou Lindsey Prothro, Carry Samuel Lindsey was a “tinker-peddler” whose wife was Amanda [sic] and whose children were Walter and Maud Lindsey.[18] Henry C. Lindsey’s Mark Lindsey Heritage describes Carry as “mostly a wandering peddler of notions and condiments.”[19]

As I’ve noted previously, I think it’s likely that Carry was given the name Samuel to remember his father’s brother Samuel Asbury Lindsey, who was living in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, in 1860 along with his brother Mark Jefferson Lindsey. As I’ve also noted, I think the name Carry may have been borrowed from the family of Samuel A. Lindsey’s second wife Leonora Elizabeth Bickley, whose father was William Cary Bickley. The bible of Mark and Samuel’s sister Frances Rebecca Lindsey Kellogg actually gives Samuel and Leonora’s son Samuel Asbury Lindsey Jr. the name Samuel Cary Lindsey, though all other records throughout his life show him with the name Samuel Asbury Lindsey. Though Samuel Sr. and Leonora had not yet married in 1858 when Mark’s son Carry Samuel Lindsey was born, I think it’s very likely that the Lindsey siblings living in Claiborne and Bossier Parishes by 1860 — Mark J., Samuel A., Frances Rebecca Kellogg, Margaret Hunter — already knew the Bickley family soon after the Lindseys arrived in northwest Louisiana.

Carry was called by the name Carry and not by his name Samuel. The name Carry was not pronounced like the verb “carry,” but with the vowel in the first syllable sounding like the A in “car” (or “bar,” “tar,” “mar,” “far,” etc.).

I have not been able to find much information at all about Samuel Carry Lindsey and Maranda Love Lindsey’s two children Walter and Maud. As noted above, Walter is found on the 1900 federal census living with his mother in Red River Parish, and I can find no record of him after that. Maud is with her mother in Red River Parish in 1910, with the census suggesting that sometime before 1904, she had married a Pickett husband and had children Wilmer and Walter by this husband, both living with their mother and grandmother Maranda in 1910. I can find no record of Maud Lindsey Pickett or her son Wilmer following that census listing. 

I have been able to trace Maud Lindsey Pickett’s son Walter up to the end of his life. His World War II draft registration card, which he filed in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on 16 October 1940, states that he was born in Coushatti [sic], Louisiana, on 31 December 1905, and gives his name as Walter Alexander Pickette. He was working for the U.S. post office at the time and living 6 miles northwest of Santa Fe with his wife.[20] The draft registration card describes him as 5’10½”, with gray eyes, brown hair, and ruddy complexion.

Walter A. Pickette died at Albuquerque, New Mexico, on 23 March 1976, and is buried in Gate of Heaven cemetery in Albuquerque, with wife Mary Anita. The couple had sons Walter Anthony and John R. Pickette, according to Walter’s obituary in Albuquerque Journal on 24 March 1976.[21]

Charles Henry Lindsey (1860-1949)

Charles Henry Lindsey was born 4 April 1860 in Union or Bossier Parish, Louisiana, and died 6 November 1949 at Cypress in Franklin County, Texas.[22] He appears as a six-month-old baby in his parents’ household in Bossier Parish on the 1860 federal census.[23] In 1870, he’s once again enumerated in his parents’ household, this time at Coushatta Chute in Natchitoches Parish, where he’s listed as a boy of 9.[24]

Charles was 17 years old when his mother Mary Ann Harrison Lindsey died on 13 August 1877 in Red River Parish, and 18 years old when his father Mark Jefferson Lindsey died in 1878 in the same parish. According to Henry C. Lindsey in his book Mark Lindsey Heritage, Charles went to Texas in 1876, riding horseback from Coushatta, Louisiana, to reach the farm of his uncle Richard T. Harrison near Winnsboro in Franklin County.[25] Citing stories told him by Charles’s children, Henry C. Lindsey states that Charles traveled through Shreveport and on through Jefferson, Texas, to reach Winnsboro.

Memoir of Charles Henry Lindsey by son Mark Jefferson Lindsey, in Henry C. Lindsey, Mark Lindsey Heritage (Brownwood, Texas, 1982), p. 101

I think it’s more likely that Charles’s move to Texas took place in 1878 after his father died, and that he went to Franklin County, Texas, because his uncle Richard took him in, as one of the two youngest sons of Mark J. and Mary Ann Harrison Lindsey who were not yet married when the parents died. Charles is listed in 1880 on the federal census in the household of his uncle Richard T. Harrison in Franklin County, Texas.[26] The census states that C.H. Lindsey is R.T. Harrison’s nephew, and is a farm laborer — I suspect on his uncle’s farm, and, according to a memoir written by his son Mark Jefferson Lindsey and published in Mark Lindsey Heritage, perhaps also for a Mr. Burie Campbell.[27] The 1880 census shows Charles born in Louisiana, his father in Alabama, and his mother in Tennessee.

According to James W. Wiley who uploaded this picture to his Harrison family tree at Ancestry, his mother Grace Leah Harrison Wiley stated that it’s a photo of her grandfather Richard Thomas Harrison in his Mexican-American War uniform; I think it’s actually a drawing with chalk coloring — photography postdates the Mexican-American War

Also in Richard T. Harrison’s household in 1880 is a grandson Lee Cone. His death certificate (filed in Tyler, Smith County, Texas, on 16 September 1942) states that his parents were Madison Cone and Kate Harrison. Kate was Richard’s daughter Kate Mattie Harrison (1856-1922). I haven’t been able to identify her husband Madison Cone, but have to wonder if he’s part of the same Louisiana-to-Franklin County, Texas, Cone family that might be the Cone family into which Charles Henry Lindsey’s sister Emma married.

Texas Historical Commission marker for Cypress Baptist church and cemetery, Franklin County; photo uploaded by Nancy (Folmar) Reykdal to the Find a Grave memorial page for Cypress cemetery

Mary Ann Harrison Lindsey’s brother Richard Thomas Harrison had moved from Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, to Franklin County, Texas, in 1869, settling at a community called Cypress after a creek of that name which ran through it.[28] Notes sent to me in March 1997 by Richard T. Harrison’s grandson Charles Noel Douglas Harrison state that, according to family stories, Richard came to this area up Cypress Creek from Shreveport, settling a few miles east of Cypress Baptist church and cemetery where many Harrison descendants are buried, as well as Charles H. Lindsey and his wife. Douglas Harrison’s notes include a detail from a Franklin County map showing that Richard’s homeplace was just south of a portion of present-day Lake Cypress Springs, near Dogwood Park. This map shows the Cypress church just west of highway 37, near the intersection of this highway with a county road going to Snodgrass. Douglas Harrison’s father William Henry Harrison described the location as being within “a coon dog’s bark of Cypress Creek.”[29]

When Charles Henry Lindsey married in 1882, he, too, settled in this vicinity: on 30 November 1882 at Winnsboro, he married Lucy Adeline Sparks, daughter of Francis Marion Sparks and Mary Catherine Brown.[30] Three years later, Lucy’s sister Mary Ella married Richard T. Harrison’s son Benjamin Dorsey Harrison. Douglas Harrison’s notes about the history of the Harrison family in Franklin County include a county map showing the homeplace in which Charles and wife Lucy lived on highway 37 north of Winnsboro, about halfway between Winnsboro and Purdy, near the community of Cypress.

In his previously cited memoir of his father, Charles’s son Mark Jefferson Lindsey states that after marrying Lucy A. Sparks, Charles settled on his own farm and then moved his family about 1910 to Winnsboro. About a year after this, he bought a store that he co-owned with Bob Ward at Greenwood in Hopkins County, moving his family there. In 1915, Greenwood burned, destroying the store, and though his father and Ward rebuilt the store and re-opened it, they had to declare bankruptcy after a year or so, since they could not find insurance to cover their losses in the fire. Mark J. Lindsey also states that his father was a road commissioner prior to this — it’s not clear to me if this was in Franklin or Hopkins County — and had a salary from that position. 

The 1900 federal census shows Charles H. Lindsey in Franklin County, Texas.[31] The census states that he was born in April 1860 in Louisiana, and had been married 17 years, with parents born in Alabama. He owned his farm. Wife Lucy A. was born in January 1865 in Texas. In the household were their children Emma L., born in March 1887, Mattie E., born in August 1889, Charles S., born in April 1892, Fanny G., born in August 1895, and Mark J., born in December 1897.  

The 1910 federal census shows the family of Charles Henry Lindsey again in precinct 4 of Franklin County, Texas.[32] The census shows Charley Lindsey as 53, a farmer born in Louisiana, parents born in the U.S. Wife Lucy is 45, born in Texas of Alabama-born parents. The children in the household are Spurgeon, 18, Fannie, 14, Mark, 11, and Ona, 6. Also in the household is nephew Shellie Harrison, 21, a farm laborer, son of Charles’s brother-in-law Benjamin D. Harrison and his wife and Mary Ella Sparks, sister of Lucy, Charles Lindsey’s wife.

The 1920 federal census shows the family of Charles Henry Lindsey in Hopkins County, Texas.[33] Charles is 59, renting his home, working on a farm, and born in Louisiana. Wife Lucy A. is 55, born in Texas. In the household is son Mark J., 21.

In 1930, Charles is back in Franklin County.[34] Charlie H. Lindsey is 69, owns his house, and was born in Louisiana with parents born in the “United States.” He is proprietor of a general merchandise store. Wife Lucy is 66, born in Texas of Texas-born parents. 

The final federal census on which Charles Henry Lindsey appears is the 1940 census, which shows him (his name given as Charley A. Lindsey) in Franklin County.[35] He’s 79 and owns his farm. In the household are wife Lucy, 75, and daughter Mary Hill, 55.

Tombstone of Charles Henry and Lucy A. Sparks Lindsey, Cypress Baptist cemetery, Cypress, Franklin County, Texas; photo uploaded to Charles’s Find a Grave memorial page by Russell Laird
Tyler [Texas] Morning Telegraph (9 November 1949), p. 16, col. 2

As stated previously, Charles Henry Lindsey died 6 November 1949. His obituary in the Tyler [Texas] Morning Telegraph on 9 November 1949 states that he died at home at his farm near Cypress, and his funeral occurred the following day at Cypress Baptist church, in whose cemetery he was buried.[36] Charles’s wife Lucy had preceded him in death, dying on 25 August 1944, and also being buried in the Cypress cemetery, where her parents are also buried. Charles’s uncle Richard T. Harrison and wife Margaret Jones Harrison are buried in Pleasant Hill Methodist cemetery near Purley in Franklin County. A probate record for Charles is filed in Franklin County, Texas, but I have not read it, since it’s in a probate book not available on microfilms made by the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.[37]

In his memoir of his father, son Mark says that his father was “firm in his convictions,” and not a member of any church.[38] According to son Mark, however, Charles insisted that his family members contribute financially to the church, as he himself did. For about 40 years, he was president of the annual memorial day at the Cypress church cemetery, and would make speeches at this event that Mark found memorable. Mark J. Lindsey also notes that, though his father Charles was not a drinking man, he enjoyed a toddy.

Henry C. Lindsey indicates that Charles was a farmer, successful merchant, and a road commissioner.[39] It should be noted that Henry C. Lindsey was a grandson of Charles’s brother Alexander Cobb Lindsey. After the first husband of Henry Lindsey’s mother-in-law Lovie James Pierce, Rev. Alton Bryan Pierce, died in 1964, Lovie remarried in 1970 to Charles H. Lindsey’s son Mark J. Lindsey, who was a first cousin of Henry C. Lindsey’s father Benjamin Dennis Lindsey.  

I remember visiting my uncle Henry C. Lindsey and wife Natille, along with Mark and Lovie Lindsey, in the 1980s in Atlanta, Texas, where both families were living. On this visit, Mark told me that my curly light brown hair, with touches of red, was very much like his father’s hair and the hair of older members of the Lindsey family Mark remembered from his younger days. 

Charles Henry and Lucy A. Sparks Lindsey and Family, 1940s; Charles is third from left in back row and Lucy is in front of him; photo uploaded by Paula Duchesne to her Raulston Family tree at Ancestry
Family of Charles Henry and Lucy A. Sparks Lindsey, 1940s, from Henry C. Lindsey, Mark Lindsey Heritage (Brownwood, Texas, 1982), p. 100
Photo of Charles Henry Lindsey from ibid.

Pictures of Charles Henry Lindsey show that, like many older members of the Lindsey family, he was tall and spare — a trait mentioned by James Edmond Saunders in his biography of Mark Lindsey and son Dennis, the grandfather and great-grandfather of Charles Henry Lindsey.[40]

The children of Charles Henry Lindsey and Lucy Adeline Sparks are as follows (all surname Lindsey):

1. Infant daughter Lindsey, who was born and died 25 September 1883 at Cypress, Franklin County, Texas, and is buried in Cypress Baptist cemetery at Cypress.

2. Mary Bell Lindsey was born 1 January 1885 at Winnsboro, Texas, and died 1 June 1969 at Gilmer in Upshur County, Texas. On 10 December 1900 in Franklin County, she married William Matthew Hill, son of William Vaught Hill and Mary Lula Sanders. Mary Bell and William M. Hill are buried in the Cypress Baptist cemetery at Cypress.

3. Emma Lee Lindsey was born 3 March 1887 at Cypress, and died 25 June 1960 at Mount Vernon in Franklin County. On 3 March 1907 in Franklin County, she married Charles Edward Turner, son of Charles Turner and Lucinda Woodson. Following Charles Turner’s death on 6 March 1949, Emma remarried to William Eaton. Emma and husband Charles Turner are buried in the Cypress Baptist cemetery at Cypress.

4. Mattie Elizabeth Lindsey was born 28 August 1889 at Cypress, and died 9 March 1954 at Winnsboro. On 1 January 1908 in Hopkins County, Texas, she married Paty Boles, son of Andrew J. Boles and Maggie Chambers. Both are buried at Harmony cemetery at Harmony in Hopkins County.

5. Charles Spurgeon Lindsey was born 11 April 1892 at Cypress, and died 25 September 1996 at Quitman, Wood County, Texas. On 31 January 1916 at Pickton in Hopkins County, he married Exie Inez McGill, daughter of Thomas Vincent McGill and Rena King. Both are buried in Lee cemetery at Winnsboro in Wood County.

6. Fannie Gertrude Lindsey was born 25 August 1895 at Cypress, and died 2 May 1972 at Mount Vernon in Franklin County. On 24 December 1916 in Franklin County, she married Perry Clow Knotts, son of John Knotts and Emaline Hough. Both are buried in Cypress Baptist cemetery.

7. Mark Jefferson Lindsey was born 27 December 1897 at Cypress, and died 1 August 1997 at Atlanta, Cass County, Texas. In 1925, he married Elizabeth Mae Oakes, daughter of Rama Alexander Oakes and Mary Elzada Milligan. After Elizabeth’s death on 30 May 1964, Mark remarried on 28 November 1970 in Brownwood, Texas, to Lovie Lorena James, daughter of Bartlett Eugene James and Lillie Allan Strachan. Lovie was the widow of Rev. Alton Bryan Pierce when the couple married. Mark and wife Elizabeth are buried at Pine Crest cemetery in Atlanta, Texas.

8. Ona Ellen Lindsey was born 29 November 1903 at Cypress, and died 9 March 1911 at Cypress. She is buried in Cypress Baptist cemetery.

Mark Jefferson Lindsey (1862-1927)

Mark Jefferson Lindsey was born 10 December 1862 in Bossier or Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, and died 4 September 1927 in Natchitoches Parish.[41] The 1870 federal census enumerates Mark as a boy aged 8 in his parents’ household at Coushatta Chute in Natchitoches (later Red River) Parish.[42]

I haven’t located Mark on the 1880 federal census. His mother had died in 1877 and his father in 1878, with the latter death leaving Mark an orphan at the age of 16. The likeliest candidate among his siblings to have taken Mark in following their parents’ death was, I think, his brother Alexander Cobb Lindsey, who had married in 1876 and was living in Red River Parish. I cannot find Alec and his wife Mary Ann and their two children born prior to 1880 — Samuel Mark and Veda Pearl — on the 1880 census, either.  

On 20 February 1881 in Red River Parish, Mark J. Lindsey married Samantha Alfadonia Holland, daughter of Jackson T. Holland and Margaret Talton Greer. Mark and Allie appear on the 1900 federal census in Winn Parish, Louisiana, with 6 children in the household.[43] The census shows Mark born in December 1862 and farming on land he owns. It states that his parents were born in Alabama. Wife Alley (as her name appears here) was born in September 1863. The couple have been married 19 years and have had 9 children of whom 7 are living. The children enumerated in the household are Avy, Effy, M.J., Roxy, Kilmer, and Comadore.

In 1910, the family appears on the federal census in Bienville Parish.[44] The census shows Mark as 47 and wife Allie as 46, and states that they have been married 29 years, with 11 children of whom 7 are living. Mark is farming. In the household are children Man (i.e., Mansfield), Roxie, Commodore, Lottie, and Curtis.

The last federal census on which Mark appears, the 1920 census, enumerates him and his family at Liberty Hill in Bienville Parish, where Mark was farming on a farm he owned.[45] His age is 57, and wife Allie’s is 56. In the household are children Commodore, Lottie, and Curtis. 

Photo of Mark Jefferson Lindsey from Henry C. Lindsey, Mark Lindsey Heritage (Brownwood, Texas, 1982), p. 103

Information about Mark and his family appears in an article whose author is not given, which is included in the volume History of Bienville Parish, Louisiana.[46] This source states that Mark and Allie Holland Lindsey had 10 children, but lists only 9 of them. A complete list (except for a child who died in infancy, whose name is not known) is in Henry C. Lindsey’s Mark Lindsey Heritage.[47] Mark Lindsey Heritage also includes a photo of Mark.

Tombstone of Mark Jefferson and Allie Holland Lindsey, Carolina Baptist cemetery, Saline, Bienville Parish, Louisiana; photo is by Brad Dison at Mark’s Find a Grave memorial page

Mark and wife Allie are buried in Carolina Baptist cemetery at Saline in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.

Photo of Mark J. Lindsey’s children Curtis Henry, Roxie, and Perry Commodore in 1960s from Henry C. Lindsey, Mark Lindsey Heritage (Brownwood, Texas, 1982), p. 103

The children of Mark Jefferson Lindsey and Samantha Alfadonia Holland are as follows:

1. Hattie Mae Lindsey was born 19 June 1882 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana, and died 31 October 1962 at Alexandria in Rapides Parish. On 12 May 1895 at Jonesboro in Jackson Parish, she married Samuel Jackson Rockhold, son of Samuel Rockhold and Mary Elizabeth Ophelia Wheat. Hattie and Samuel are buried in Jonesboro cemetery, Jonesboro, Louisiana.

2. Idelle Lindsey was born 10 May 1884 in Bienville Parish and died before 1900. 

3. Eva Lindsey was born 19 October 1888 in Bienville Parish and died 9 December 1981 at Saline in Bienville Parish. In 1904, she married James A. Holman, son of James A. Holman and Martha Jean Babers. Eva and husband James are buried at Carolina cemetery, Saline, Bienville Parish.

4. Effie Lindsey was born in February 1891 in Bienville Parish, and died in 1904 in Bienville Parish. She is buried in Carolina cemetery at Saline in Bienville Parish.

5. Roxie Lindsey was born 10 February 1896 in Bienville Parish and died in July 1987 at Saline in Bienville Parish. About 1912, she married James Talmadge Mitchell, son of James H. Mitchell and Mary E. Kimbell. Roxie and James are buried in Carolina cemetery at Saline. At Roxie’s Find a Grave memorial page, Scout Finch writes the following charming mini-biography of her:

Married to my grandmother’s brother, Tal, Aunt Roxie was beloved to the whole family. She had a little black chihuahua named “Bobby.” Bobby was ill-tempered and loved only Aunt Roxie. She would ride her bicycle around Saline with Bobby in the front basket. Everyone hated Bobby except, of course, for Aunt Roxie who wrote in her will to have Bobby put to sleep if she predeceased him.  Fortunately for all, Bobby passed away a few years before Aunt Roxie which spared the family from the unpleasant task of dispatching Bobby.

Roxie Lindsey Mitchell; photo uploaded by Scout Finch to Roxie’s Find a Grave memorial page

6. Mansfield J. Lindsey was born 25 December 1897 in Bienville Parish and died 21 August 1914 in Natchitoches Parish. He is buried in Carolina cemetery at Saline in Bienville Parish.

7. Kilmer Lindsey was born 20 February 1899 in Bienville Parish and died in 1905 in Winn Parish. He’s buried in Carolina cemetery at Saline in Bienville Parish.

8. Perry Commodore Lindsey was born 22 February 1900 in Winn Parish and died 18 November 1998 in Jackson Parish. In 1924, he married Blanche Sophronia Robinson, daughter of James Allen Robinson and Nancy Sophronia Brister. Following her death, he married Christine Coker. Commodore and wife Blanche are buried in Danville cemetery at Danville in Bienville Parish.

9. Lottie Virginia Lindsey was born 3 June 1903 in Winn or Bienville Parish, and died 14 January 1951 in Jackson Parish. On 11 November 1921 in Bienville Parish, she married Arthur Nelon Caskey, son of Cameron Cork Caskey and Louretta E. Matthews. Lottie and Arthur are buried in Carolina cemetery at Saline in Bienville Parish.

10. Curtis Henry Lindsey was born 12 January 1905 in Bienville Parish and died 12 March 1985 at Arcadia in Bienville Parish. On 24 December 1929 in Bienville Parish, he married Artie Marie Caskey, daughter of Leroy Alonzo Caskey and Maude Medora Fuller. Curtis and Artie are buried in Friendship Baptist cemetery at Friendship in Bienville Parish.


[1] 1860 federal census, Bossier Parish, Louisiana, Orchard Grove post office, ward 6, p. 729 (dwelling and family 291; 13 August). 

[2] For the 1860 census, see ibid; and see 1870 federal census, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, Coushatta Chute, ward 13, p. 531 (dwelling 22, family 19; 24 June).

[3] Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana: Comprising a Large Fund of Biography of Actual Residents, and an Interesting Historical Sketch of Thirteen Counties (Nashville: Southern Publ. Co., 1890), p. 154.

[4] Ted Tunnell, Edge of the Sword: The Ordeal of Carpetbagger Marshall H. Twitchell in the Civil War and Reconstruction (Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 2001), p. 100.

[5] Ibid., pp. 100-103.

[6] 1880 federal census, Red River Parish, Louisiana, ward 2, p. 73 (dwelling 224, family 225; ED 39; 18 June). Carry is also on the 1880 agricultural census in Red River Parish, p. 22.

[7] Times-Democrat (New Orleans, Louisiana) (23 March 1889), p. 8, col. 2.

[8] Bossier Banner-Progress (Benton, Louisiana) (11 January 1894), p. 2, col. 2.

[9] Bossier Banner-Progress (Benton, Louisiana) (17 January 1895), p. 2, col. 3.

[10] 1900 federal census, Red River Parish, Louisiana, ward 4, p. 69 (dwelling and family 334; ED 85; 20 June). 

[11] 1900 federal census, Red River Parish, Louisiana, ward 1, p. 18 (dwelling 333, family 334; ED 82; June [no day given]).

[12] 1910 federal census, Bexar County, Texas, San Antonio, justice precinct 7 (dwelling and family 79; ED 79; 23 April).

[13] See these previous postings for more information and documentation regarding Benjamin Dennis Lindey here and here.

[14] 1910 federal census, Bexar County, Texas, San Antonio, ward 8, p. 10B (dwelling 177, family 208; ED 60; 21 April). The census shows the family living at 430 Madison Street.

[15] 1910 federal census, Red River Parish, Louisiana, ward 1, p. (dwelling and family 75; ED 95; 25 April). 

[16] 1920 federal census, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, Campti, p. 21 (house 442; ED 42; 3 April).

[17] Louisiana Archives, Vital Records Indicesonline at Ancestry as Louisiana Statewide Death Index, 1819-1964.

[18] Mary Lou Lindsey Prothro, “The Lindseys of Red River Parish,” in Red River Parish: Our Heritage, ed. Red River Parish Heritage Society, (Bossier City: Everett, 1989), p. 308.

[19] Henry C. Lindsey, The Mark Lindsey Heritage (Brownwood, Texas, 1982), p. 99.

[20] NARA (St. Louis), WWII Draft Registration Cards for New Mexico, 10/16/1940-03/31/1947: Phillips, Lee-Pomroy, William; RG 147, 147, box 97. This source is online at Ancestry as U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947

[21] See his obituary in Albuquerque Journal (24 March 1976), p. 44, col. 4. 

[22] Henry C. Lindsey, Mark Lindsey Heritage, p. 100, has dates of birth and death for Charles Henry Lindsey and wife Lucy A. Sparks Lindsey, supplied to Henry C. Lindsey by Charles’s children. Charles’s death certificate also has his dates of birth and death. For his place of birth, it simply states, “Louisiana,” and for his parents’ names, it states, “unknown.” Information was supplied by Charles’s son Mark Jefferson Lindsey (Texas death certificates, Franklin County, October-December 1949, #53257). The dates of birth and death are also on Charles’s tombstone in Cypress cemetery at Cypress, Franklin County, Texas.

[23] See supra, n. 1.

[24] See supra, n. 2. 

[25] Henry C. Lindsey, Mark Lindsey Heritage, p. 100-1.

[26] 1880 federal census, Franklin County, Texas, precincts 4-5, p. 455 (dwelling and family 413; ED 2; 26 June).

[27] Henry C. Lindsey, Mark Lindsey Heritage, p. 101.

[28] On 5 November 1884, in an affidavit he gave in Franklin County, Texas, for an invalid’s pension based on his Mexican-American War service, Richard stated that he had lived in Franklin County continuously from 1869 to 1884, though the 1870 federal census shows him in Hopkins County. The affidavit is filed in the pension file of his widow Margaret Jones Harrison, who claimed a pension based on her husband’s Mexican-American War service (pension application 6604, certificate 5741). 

[29] See also Cecil Harper, Jr., “Cypress, TX (Franklin County),” Handbook of Texas, online at website of Texas State Historical Association; and Jim Birdsong, “Cypress Cemetery, Cypress, Franklin County, Texas,” at the Interment.Net website.

[30] Franklin County, Texas, Marriage Bk. A.

[31] 1900 federal census, Franklin County, Texas, precinct 4, p. 15 (dwelling and family 263; ED 43; 25 June).

[32] 1910 federal census, Franklin County, Texas, precinct 4, p. 6 (dwelling 92, family 93; ED 52; 22 April).

[33] 1920 federal census, Hopkins County, Texas TX, precinct. 2 (dwelling 260, family 270; ED 69, 29 January).

[34] 1930 federal census, Franklin County, Texas, precinct 4 (western part), p. 138 (dwelling 103, family 105; ED 80; 11 April).

[35] 1940 federal census, Franklin County, Texas, precinct 3, p.2 (house 20 on old Winnsboro and Purley Road; ED 80-7; 4 April). 

[36] Tyler [Texas] Morning Telegraph (9 November 1949), p. 16, col. 2.

[37] Franklin County, Texas, Probate Bk. P, pp. 89-93.

[38] See supra, n. 27.

[39] Henry C. Lindsey, Mark Lindsey Heritage, p. 100.

[40] James Edmond Saunders, Early Settlers of Alabama (New Orleans, 1899), pp. 122-3.

[41] Mark’s death certificate gives his year of birth incorrectly as 1858, stating that his parents were Jim [sic] Lindsay and Mary Harrison. Mark’s tombstone in Carolina Baptist cemetery at Saline, Bienville Parish, Louisiana, gives his birthdate as 10 December 1862 and his date of death as 5 September 1927. Mark’s death certificate says that he died 4 September 1927.

[42] See supra, n. 2. 

[43] 1900 federal census, Winn Parish, Louisiana, ward 8, p. 11 (dwelling 179, family 180; ED 120; 21 June). 

[44] 1910 federal census, Bienville Parish, Louisiana, p. 199, p. 3B, ward 6 (dwelling and family 50; ED 10; 19 April).

[45] 1920 federal census, Liberty Hill, ward 6 (ED 14, sheet 4, fam./dwel. 32)

[46] “Lindsey,” in History of Bienville Parish, Louisiana, vol. 2, ed. Billie Gene Poland (Bossier City, LA: Everett, 1990).

[47] Henry C. Lindsey, Mark Lindsey Heritage, p. 103.

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