1. Samuel Mark Lindsey was born 13 December 1877 in Red River Parish, Louisiana, and died 2 November 1976 at Coushatta, Red River Parish. On 17 June 1900 in Bienville Parish, he married Ava Frances Nix, daughter of Robert Fairchild Nix and Mary Octavia Harris. After Ava’s death on 26 August 1942, Sam married Lorena Bamburg, daughter of Robert Lindsey Bamburg and Elizabeth Catherine Pickett. Sam and both of his wives are buried at Springville cemetery in Coushatta.
Following his marriage to Ava, by whom he had five children, Sam farmed and also worked for a time as a barber in Coushatta. He also opened a store in Coushatta and was the town’s marshal for 16 years. I have fond memories of visiting Uncle Sam and Aunt Lorena, who won my heart on one visit by bringing me gingerbread hot from the oven as I sat on their porch swinging in the porch swing. Sam was a gentlemanly, cordial old fellow who could tell hilarious stories, and loved to laugh. As the patriarch of the family — the oldest son of Alex and Mollie — he presided at the annual family reunion the descendants of Alex and Mollie were holding each October in my childhood, and insisted that the “ball” (i.e., dance) that was part of the reunion not begin until he had surveyed the room and chosen, as he liked to announce, the prettiest woman in the room to dance with him and open the ball.
Sam was named for his grandfathers Ezekiel Samuel Green and Mark Jefferson Lindsey. Sam and his brother Robert did not share the Lindsey gene for height. Both were fairly short men inclined to gain a bit of weight, in contrast to their brothers John, Ed, Bloomer, and Emmitt, who had the Lindsey gene for height and were all tall, slim men. Their brothers Clarence and Dennis were of medium stature, and had the slender, small-boned build of their parents.
2. Veta Pearl Lindsey was born 1 November 1879 in Red River Parish and died 22 April 1965 at Gladewater, Gregg County, Texas. On 22 December 1898 in Red River Parish, she married Leroy Alphonso Jones, son of C.C. Jones and Mattie Vaughn. Veta and Alphonso had four children and lived much of their married life in Natchitoches Parish, where Fonse worked in a sawmill. The family then moved to Texas where he was a Baptist pastor and did oilfield work. He was also something of an inventor, and growing up, I heard humorous stories about some of his inventions, including a machine that would shine one’s shoes while combing one’s hair, but which often gouged the scalp of the person whose hair was being combed, so that the machine did not have many takers. Veta and Fonse are buried in Old Armistead Chapel Methodist cemetery outside Coushatta.
3. Robert Randle Lindsey was born 12 August 1881 in Red River Parish and died 4 July 1966 at Coushatta. On 19 July 1910 in Red River Parish, he married Anna Emma Bright, daughter of Michael and Sarah Bright. The couple had five children. Robert and Anna (who was called by her nickname Babe) are buried in Springhill cemetery at Ringgold, Bienville Parish. Robert farmed in Red River and Bienville Parishes. I remember him as an elderly man using a wheelchair, who was genial and humorous like his older brother Sam.
In the 1980s, Robert’s niece Lucy Mae Lindsey Parker, daughter of Sam and Ava Nix Lindsey, told me that Robert had been her “buddy” when she was a girl. She loved to ramble in the woods, and would sometimes find her uncle Robert off in the woods gambling with other men, a discovery he strictly enjoined her not to share with his wife.
Robert was named for Robert Randle, a noted north Louisiana Methodist minister.
4. Edward Eugene Lindsey was born 20 September 1883 in Red River Parish, and died 20 September 1979 at Vivian, Caddo Parish. On 6 January 1906 in Red River Parish, he married Elizabeth Smith, daughter of William Riley Smith and Ida Jane Riley. They were parents of seven children. Ed and wife Lizzie are buried at Holley Springs Methodist cemetery near Martin in Red River Parish.
After farming in the early years of his marriage, Ed entered the oil business in Red River Parish, becoming a lease lender of an oil field. By the time of his parents’ death, he had moved his family to Jefferson, Texas, where he continued his work in the oil business.
5. John Wesley Lindsey was born 20 March 1885 in Red River Parish, and died 21 April 1922 at Haynesville in Claiborne Parish. On 14 August 1915 in Red River Parish, he married Helen Lillie Rushing, daughter of Joseph Rushing and Deborah Minnie Johnson. John is buried at Old Armistead Chapel Methodist cemetery near Coushatta. The couple had three sons.
As the previous posting notes, John was killed as a young man in a work-related accident. A newspaper clipping I have providing details of his death (the source is not identified) states that he was working for Gilliland Oil Company, and while he was erecting an oil derrick at the Goodwin lease at Haynesville, a piece of lumber fell, crushing his skull and causing his immediate death. Following John’s untimely death, his widow Helen lived with her sons at Shreveport and then remarried in 1935 to Leonidas Weaver Moore.
As a number of previous postings about this Lindsey family have indicated, the name John Wesley was frequently given to sons in this family, which had been a Methodist family from the time Alex C. Lindsey’s grandfather Dennis Lindsey and his father Mark lived in Wayne County, Kentucky, in the early 1800s before moving to Lawrence and Morgan Counties, Alabama, before 1820. Mark named a son Fielding Wesley Lindsey, and Mark’s son Dennis named a son John Wesley Lindsey. Late in his life, the latter John Wesley Lindsey moved to Louisiana to join his siblings Mark Jefferson Lindsey, Margaret Lindsey Hunter, and Frances Rebecca Kellogg Lindsey there, and he then married Mary Ann Nobles, the widow Wester, in 1878 in Red River Parish and settled with her at Marthaville in Natchitoches Parish, where he died in 1903. Alex C. Lindsey’s son John Wesley Lindsey is probably named for his uncle of that name, and would also likely have been given this name because Alex and wife Mollie were devout Methodists.
6. Benjamin Dennis Lindsey was born 12 April 1887 in Red River Parish, according to the birth entry his father Alex recorded for him in Alex and Mollie’s family bible. Dennis reported the same date of birth in his World War I draft registration filing. But the date of birth his widow Vallie reported at the time of his death, which appears on his death certificate, is 12 April 1890, and that date is inscribed on his tombstone.
I’m pretty sure I know why my grandmother Vallie Snead Lindsey shaved three years from her husband’s age when he died: throughout her adult life, she was horrified at the thought of anyone knowing her actual age, and she persistently cut years from her actual date of birth as recorded in her parents’ bible when she reported it on most any form. Ask her what her age was, and she’d draw herself up and state emphatically, “A lady does not disclose her age.” I can recall my grandfather saying, “Vallie has lied so much about her age, she don’t really know what it is.” (She was born 9 March 1892, according to her parents’ bible.)
I’m confident the birthdate Dennis’ father Alex recorded in his family bible, and which Dennis reported when he filed his World War I draft registration, is correct. Further corroboration that my grandmother likely deliberately fudged her husband’s age for his death certificate: in their latter years in El Dorado, Arkansas, he enjoyed very much going to the Senior Citizens’ Club weekly for lunch, domino playing, and socializing. Wild horses could not have dragged Vallie there, because, good Lord, senior citizen! She fumed about his going, suspecting lots of the town’s widows were flirting with him there and he was enjoying it (and he did have an eye for nice-looking women, it must be admitted).
On one occasion — and I think it was the birthday celebration in 1965 memorialized in the photo above — he was interviewed by a reporter while he was at the Senior Citizens’ Club and asked his age, and he answered honestly, giving his actual age. When Vallie saw the article in the local paper, she hit the ceiling. “Dennie, why on earth did you tell that man your age?” she spluttered. “They can calculate my age from yours!”
As the preceding anecdote suggests, Benj. Dennis Lindsey, who was named for his uncle of the same name, the colorful Texas Ranger-cum-banker in San Antonio, was called Dennis. His son of the same name, my father, was known as either Ben or B.D.
On 10 January 1916, Dennis Lindsey married Vallie Snead, daughter of Henry Clay Snead and Lucy Frances Harris, at Lucy’s house outside Coushatta. Vallie was as elusive about her name as about her birthdate. We’re pretty sure Vallie was a nickname for a name like Valerie or Valora, but if so, she refused to disclose her actual name — including her middle name. The name recorded in the birth register of her parents’ bible is simply Vallie, but the bible records the name of Vallie’s sister Mary Harris Snead as Daffie, the nickname by which she was always called — so the bible register does not give complete names for the Snead children. As the previous posting states, at the time of the marriage, Dennis was working as a hired man for Louella Teer Hunter, widow of Willie Sockwell Ross Hunter, and for Lucy Harris Snead, who was also a widow.
Dennis and Vallie had four children, of whom the first, a daughter Edwina, did not live beyond infancy. For the first part of the couple’s marriage, Dennis farmed in Red River Parish, never having much success at this occupation despite the hard work he put into any job he did, and when oil was discovered in south Arkansas in the 1920s, he moved his family to Union County, Arkansas, to find work in the oil fields.
Though he was an exceptionally hard worker to whom friends and neighbors gave the nickname “Iron-Legs Lindsey” because of his stamina and because, it was said, he could work all day and then dance all night, he also had the slight build of both of his parents, and was soon badly injured working in the oil fields. He then shifted to mercantile work, buying stores in central Arkansas south of Little Rock. When I was a boy, my grandparents owned a store at Sweet Home southeast of Little Rock, a largely African-American community on the verge of the Delta. When my father moved our family to El Dorado in Union County, Arkansas, in 1959, he bought a house there for his parents and moved them to El Dorado, and my grandfather then retired, though at times he took odd jobs in town like working as a night watchman in various buildings.
About his nickname “Iron-Legs”: a story told about my grandfather is that he would plow his fields all day long, then come home and my grandmother would immediately send him to town for something from the store. She tended to be on the imperious side, and when she needed something for her cooking, she needed it and that was that. He’d turn around, just having walked in the door, and walk to town to buy what she needed.
In my teen years when I visited my grandparents, she would often send my grandfather and me to the store to buy items she had written on a difficult-to-read list: her hands shook from some palsy condition, and reading her handwriting was an exercise in figuring out a cuneiform inscription. Her grocery list often included boxes of cake mix. When I drove my grandfather to the store and helped him shop, I’d notice that one cake mix of the very same flavor would be cheaper than another, and I would suggest we substitute the more frugal item. My grandfather was very careful with money, not ever having had abundance of it, and my grandmother was the opposite. We’d return home with the cheaper cake mix, she’d pull it out of the grocery sack and wave the box at my grandfather and say, “Dennie, that list explicitly said I wanted Bettie Crocker chocolate cake mix, not Duncan Hines. You take that back to the store right now and get what I needed.” And back we’d trot.
Dennis died in El Dorado on 9 February 1976, and Vallie followed him in death on Christmas day the same year. Her son Carlton had moved her to San Antonio following my grandfather’s death, and that’s where she died. Both are buried at Rest Haven cemetery at Norphlet in Union County, Arkansas, along with their son B.D., my father. In the final months of his life, Dennis was diagnosed with nephritis, and his death was attributed to that cause, though the actual cause of death stated on his death certificate was arteriosclerosis with coronary artery diseasee. Because adult-onset diabetes is widespread in many branches of the Lindsey family, however, Dennis’ daughter Helen Blanche Lindsey Compere, a nurse, suspected her father had undiagnosed and untreated diabetes, and had been living with it for years. Both Helen and her brother Carlton developed diabetes as adults, and I’ve often thought that if my father had lived beyond age 49, he, too, would have become diabetic, as his siblings did.
Dennis’ wife Vallie was, by the way, a first cousin of Sam’s wife Ava: her mother Lucy Frances Harris Snead was a sister of Ava’s mother Mary Octavia Harris Nix. Vallie was also a cousin of Ed’s wife Lizzie Smith, whose great-grandmother Caroline Godwin Cole was a sister of Vallie’s grandmother Harriet Godwin Snead.
7. Aaron Bloomer Lindsey was born 12 June 1889 in Red River Parish, and died 7 July 1969 at Shreveport. On 29 March 1913 in Red River Parish, he married Grace Lee Adkins, daughter of Davis Marion Adkins and Lula Mentoria Caston. The couple had twelve children. Following Grace’s death in childbirth with their last child, Bloomer remarried on 4 February 1936 in Red River Parish to Sue Willa Dupree, daughter of Ivy Cuthbert Dupree and Theodocia Lea Fair. The couple had six children.
Bloomer and both of his wives are buried at Liberty Baptist cemetery, Martin, Red River Parish, a church founded by Sue Willa’s ancestor Reverend John Dupree, and pastored by Alex C. Lindsey’s first cousin William Marshall Hunter, son of William Hunter and Margaret Tranquilla Lindsey. Marshall Hunter married John Dupree’s granddaughter Laura Jane Dupree.
Bloomer farmed near Coushatta and also served on the Red River Parish school board from 1948 to 1960, serving as board president for the final four years of his time on the school board. His death in 1969 was due to an automobile accident; he died several hours after the accident occurred.
I remember Bloomer, whom we visited often when we made trips to Coushatta, as a tall, thin man of few words whose speech was measured and devoid of emotion. In that way, he was like my grandfather, who was a cordial man and loved to have guests visit him and wife Vallie, but was capable of sitting hours at a time and saying nothing at all. It has to be said that my grandmother usually gave him little opportunity to talk, too. According to the memoir of Alex C. Lindsey written by Henry C. Lindsey in 1982 and transcribed in the previous posting, Bloomer and his family provided care for Alex and wife Mollie in the final part of their lives.
I’m fairly certain that Bloomer was named for a Texas Ranger whose name was Aaron Bloomer. He was in Captain G.W. Stevens’ company of the Frontier Battalion of Texas Rangers, the battalion in which Alex C. Lindsey’s brother Benjamin Dennis Lindsey also served.
8. Clarence Edgerton Lindsey was born 28 July 1892 in Red River Parish, and died 23 June 1989 at Arcadia in Bienville Parish. On 28 June 1918 in Red River Parish, he married Edith Leola Barnhart, daughter of John Barnhart and Mary Arizona Morgan. The couple had four children. Both Clarence and Leola are buried in Strange Methodist cemetery at Readhimer in Natchitoches Parish.
Clarence farmed throughout his married life, at first in Natchitoches Parish and then at Vivian in Caddo Parish, where he was operating a watermelon farm that my family sometimes visited as I was growing up. He developed throat cancer at the end of his life, and his niece Lucy Mae Lindsey Parker told me on a visit I made to her in Coushatta in the 1980s that she visited him frequently in the nursing home, but found it difficult to talk with him, since he had a breathing device installed in his throat and would become angry when he spoke and was not understood. I had, I have to say, witnessed his temper on visits to his farm as a boy — once directed at me when I shot a songbird and then cried after seeing it lying dead in the dirt — and tended to shy away from him for that reason.
As the previous posting states, Clarence was named for Coushatta doctor Clarence Edgerton, and was known by the nickname Doc for that reason.
9. Camilla Green Lindsey was born 31 August 1894 in Red River Parish, and died 24 June 1984 at Coushatta. She married 30 August 1920 in Red River Parish to James Mumford Griffith, son of Edward Joseph Griffith and Margaret Jane Pace, by whom she had three children. Following his death, she remarried to John Edward Mitchell, and after he died, she married Henry Allen Cooper. Camilla is buried in the Old Armistead Chapel Methodist cemetery near Coushatta.
Camilla was named for her grandmother Camilla Birdwell Green. In his birth entry for her in the family bible, her father Alex, who was not always a reliable speller, wrote her name as Cumilla, and as I was growing up, I knew her by the nickname Cumie. As the previous posting states, in her adult life, she chose to spell her name Camille.
I remember Aunt Cumie as an attractive ladylike person who was always fastidiously dressed. She’d attend the annual Lindsey family reunion in hat and gloves, and would amuse family members by tipping out to the outdoor facility very carefully in her hat, gloves, and high heels. I last saw her and her sister Emma at my grandfather’s funeral in 1976, when I sat in the pew ahead of them. I heard one of them say to the other as I was crying, “It is sad, dear, but it’s the price we all must pay.” Cumie had perfect posture, always standing and sitting ramrod straight, as her father did, too. As the previous posting, which I have just linked, notes, Camilla was a trained nurse who did nursing work as an adult. In a 16 January 2003 letter to me, her niece Ledavon Lindsey Bamburg, a daughter of Bloomer, said to me, “Aunt Cumie was the cutest old lady I’ve ever known.”
A small side note about Alex C. Lindsey’s lapses in spelling: when my aunt Helen Blanche Lindsey was born in April 1922, he was the doctor who delivered her and filled out her birth certificate. On that document, he spelled her name as Hellon, and as an adult, she had to appeal to the Louisiana Department of Health for an official name change in order to have the spelling on her birth certificate conform to the actual spelling of her name.
10. Myrta or Myrtis Lee Lindsey was born 21 November 1896 in Red River Parish, and died 19 March 1924 at Pineville in Rapides Parish. The date of death recorded in her parents’ bible is 24 March 1924, but both her death certificate and obituary state that she died on 19 March that year. On 23 November 1912 in Red River Parish, she married Walter Grey Price, son of Benjamin Andrew Jackson Price and Mary Louisa Timms. The couple had two children, the second of whom, a daughter Grace Marie, died at birth, and the first of whom, Julia Alice, Alex and Mollie Green Lindsey raised after her parents died when she was young.
The spelling of Myrta’s/Myrtis’s name varies from document to document. Her father wrote it in the register of births in the family bible as Myrta Lee, but other documents use the Myrtis spelling. Six years prior to Myrta’s/Myrtis’s birth, a cousin of hers was born to Benjamin Dorsey Harrison and wife Mary Ella Sparks in Franklin County, Texas, and was given the name Myrta Lee. Benjamin was a first cousin of Alex C. Lindsey; his father Richard Thomas Harrison was a brother to Alex’s mother Mary Ann Harrison. Alex actually had a double connection to Benjamin Dorsey Harrison through both the Harrison and the Lindsey family, since Benjamin’s wife Mary Ella Sparks was a sister to Lucy Adeline Sparks, who married Alex’s brother Charles Henry Lindsey.
11. Mary Emma Lindsey was born 1 June 1899 at Provencal in Natchitoches Parish, and died 22 March 1985 at Shreveport. In 1915, she married George Andrew Jackson Morgan, son of Alonzo Jackson Morgan and Sarah Price. Sarah Price was a sister of Walter Grey Price, husband of Myrta/Myrtis Lee Lindsey. Emma and Alonzo had three children. After the couple divorced on 7 December 1934, Emma remarried twice, first to Jesse French and then to Robert Myrh Rutledge, son of John Robert Rutledge and Mattie Jane Grooms. Emma had children only by her first husband. She is buried in Old Armistead Chapel Methodist cemetery outside Coushatta.
Emma was named for her father’s sister Emma, who was discussed in a previous posting. My memories of this great-aunt are not very clear. I do recall talking to her at my grandfather’s funeral in February 1976, and remember that she was tall and thin like several of her brothers.
12. Emmitt Lindsey was born 25 December 1900 according to his parents’ bible. The birth entry is in a handwriting different from Alexander Cobb Lindsey’s. On his World War II draft registration form, however, Emmitt stated that he was born 23 December 1901 at Coushatta, Louisiana. His tombstone has the same date of birth. His death certificate states only a year of birth — 1902 — and reports that he was born in Coushatta.
Emmitt married Birdie Johnson, daughter of Hardy Johnson and Doyle, Henrietta Doyle, on 30 September 1926 in Orange County, Texas. Following her death on 24 October 1930, he married Viola Clark, daughter of Varice Clark and Mary Elizabeth Smith, by whom he had a daughter Beth. Emmitt did oilfield work in southwestern Louisiana and southeastern Texas, and died 11 June 1954 at Lake Charles in Calcasieu Parish. He and both of his wives are buried in Doyle cemetery at Starks in Calcasieu Parish.
An interesting article in the Shreveport Journal newspaper on 8 September 1952 reported that the descendants of Dr. A.L. Lindsey had just hosted the first reunion of their family held in many years. The gathering was at the house of Robert Lindsey near Ringgold on Sunday, 31 August. A list of the attendees was given, including the 10 living children of Dr. and Mrs. A.L. Lindsey, all of whom attended. “The fourth generation was represented, and there were 87 present,” the report concludes.
On 10 August 1954, the Shreveport Journal reported on another reunion of this family that had been held on 1 August at Conly’s picnic grounds (evidently in Red River Parish). On this occasion, all 9 children of Dr. and Mrs. A.L. Lindsey who were still living had attended. The article says that the reunion was an annual affair and would be held next year at the same picnic grounds on the first Sunday in August.
 1910 federal census, Red River Parish, Louisiana ward 1, p. 28A (dwelling and family 411; ED 95; 12 May).
 As the previous posting notes, photocopies of these bible pages are found in Henry C. Lindsey, Mark Lindsey Heritage (Brownwood, Texas, 1982), pp. 65-6. This source does not have information about who owned the bible in 1982.
 See his obituary in Shreveport Times (3 November 1976), p. 21, col. 4.
 See her obituaries in Shreveport Times (25 April 1965), p. 23, col. 1 and p. 42, col. 5; and in Tyler [Texas] Morning Telegraph (24 April 1965) p. 16, col. 1.
 See his obituary in Shreveport Times (6 July 1966), p. 37, col. 1.
 See Annual of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South (1929), pp. 115-116; and see also Robert Randle’s Find a Grave memorial page, Minden cemetery, Minden, Webster Parish, Louisiana, maintained by Scout Finch, which has a transcript of his biography in Annual of the Louisiana Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
 See his obituary in Shreveport Times (22 September 1978), p. 4, col. 1.
 Dennis’ obituary in the El Dorado Times on 11 February 1976 is reproduced in Mark Lindsey Heritage, p. 73.
 See his obituary in Shreveport Times (9 July 1969), p. 4, col. 8, and (10 July 1969), p. 9, col. 1.
 See his obituary in Shreveport Times (24 June 1989), p. 10, col. 6.
 See her obituary in Shreveport Times (27 June 1964), p. 12, col. 1.
 See her obituary in Town Talk (Alexandria, Louisiana) (20 March 1924), p. 2, col 2.
 See her obituary in Shreveport Times (25 March 1985), p. 10, col. 1.
 “Reunion Is Held By Robert Lindsey Family,” Shreveport Journal (8 September 1952), p. 7, col. 3.
 “Lindsey Family Has Reunion,” Shreveport Journal (10 August 1954), p. 6, col. 3.