Dennis Lindsey (1794 – 1836): Additional Information

The following emendation was made in this previous posting about Dennis Lindsey:

I reworded the following note to make clear that the document I’m talking about in the note is a deed of trust: On 1 November 1826, Nimrod Morris recorded a deed of trust he had made in Lawrence County on 21 October to Philip Thirkel, to whom Morris was indebted with Dennis Lindsey as trustee. Morris proved the deed of trust on 14 November and it was recorded.

The following additions and emendations or corrections have been to this previous posting about Dennis Lindsey:

To the note for the court record dated 30 March 1832, I added: Lewis Bentley was the father of Louvisa Bentley, wife of John T. Hunter, whose son William married Dennis’s daughter Margaret Tranquilla Lindsey, and whose daughter Mary Jane married Margaret’s brother Samuel Asbury Lindsey.

I also added the following new notes:

16 September 1834: James Brooks, uncle of Dennis’s wife Jane Brooks, made a deed of trust to William Hodges and Richard Puckett of the firm of Hodges and Puckett, with James’s son James Jr. as trustee (Lawrence County, Alabama, Deed Bk. F, pp. 339-340). James was indebted to Hodges and Puckett by notes dated 21 February 1833 (two sums of $48 and $45.16), 5 May 1832 ($47.30), 13 May 1832 ($14.88). Hodges and Puckett also held a note James had made to Peter B. Jones for $15, dated 29 March 1831, and to Elijah Stover for $33. James placed in trust with his son James Jr. various items of property until the debts had been satisfied, or, if they were not satisfied, the property would be sold. Both Jameses signed (as James Brookes in each case), along with Hodges and Puckett, with Darius Lynch witnessing, in presence of Dennis Lindsey as justice of the peace. Dennis Lindsey affirmed the deed of trust before both himself and Samuel Irwin as justices on 12 October 1834 and it was recorded on that date.

22 January 1835: as one of the commissioners appointed to sell the real estate of David Knott, Dennis Lindsey, along with William Hodges and Ezekiel Thomas, held a sale of the land. This information is stated in court minutes in October 1838, which state that the land sale was ordered in January 1834 (Lawrence County, Alabama, Orphans Court Minute Bk. E, p. 520; see also Lawrence County, Alabama, Deed Bk. H, pp. 244-8, with Ezekiel Thomas reporting the sale to court on 31 December 1838).

I have added the following to this previous posting about Dennis Lindsey:

To the notes for November 1836, I have added: The petition for the land sale once again names the heirs of the estate, noting that William McCord had been made guardian of the minor heirs.

I have also added the following new notes:

May 1837: an account of the estate of David Knott of Lawrence County, Alabama, shows Dennis Lindsey and an unnamed son of Dennis being paid by the estate $12.40 with .20 interest in 1836 (Lawrence County, Alabama, Orphans Court Minute Bk. E, p. 194). Dennis’s brother-in-law Charles Brooks also appears in the estate account with a notation that the estate paid him $114.59 in 1836.

23 October 1837: in response to an application by administrators James B. Speake and Samuel Irwin, the court ordered that the administrators make an annual settlement of their administration at the courthouse in Moulton on Wednesday after the third Monday in December next, with publication for forty days in the Moulton News (Lawrence County, Alabama, Orphans Court Minute Bk. E, p. 254).

(For the notes re: a January 1838 court record): The account runs up to 6 January 1838 and shows the estate with $6,436.46 1/4 credit and $3,224.34 1/4 debit, leaving a balance of $3212,10.

February 1838: court minutes state that administrators James B. Speake and Samuel Irwin had given bond with John W. Lindsey, Fielding W. Lindsey, and Charles Brooks in the sum of $18,500 regarding the land of the estate that had been sold by Sylvanus Gibson as commissioner, who was to report the results of this land sale to court.

19 October 1839: Richard Puckett and William H. Price made a deed of trust in Lawrence County to the bank of Alabama at Decatur as well as to various other parties including James B. Speake as administrator of Dennis Lindsey. Thomas Lile of Morgan County was trustee. Among the notes owed by Puckett and Price was one for $1,200 to Samuel Irwin and James B. Speake as administrators of Dennis Lindsey. Among the property Puckett and Price mortgaged was a 40-acre tract previously belonging to Dennis Lindsey and a tract of 6 1/2 acres on which his son John W. Lindsey was living (Lawrence County, Alabama, Deed Bk. I, pp. 54-9).

3 June 1841: Lawrence County sheriff Christopher C. Gewin through his deputy Charles Gibson, acting on an execution of Lawrence County court issued 3 February 1841 in a case filed 15 July 1839 by Sylvanus Gibson for the use of Speake and Irwin, administrators of Dennis Lindsey deceased, sold land to the Bank of Alabama at Decatur. The land sale was to satisfy debt owed to Dennis Lindsey’s estate by William Grey, William T. Elliott, and William E. Terry (Lawrence County, Alabama, Deed Bk. K, pp. 101-2 — see the next entry below for more on this case, spelling the surname Grey as Gray in that deed).

7 June 1841: as administrators of Dennis Lindsey, James B. Speake and Samuel Irwin filed their annual settlement of the estate, showing it with $2,182.69 (Lawrence County, Alabama, Orphans Court Minute Bk. F, pp. 545-551). Among the many debtors owing the estate were Dennis’s widow Jane, her brother Charles Brooks, her first cousin James Brooks, Dennis’s cousin David Lewis Dinsmore, and Dennis’s son John Wesley Lindsey through the firm of Lindsey and Gibson..

On 28 July 1841, Lawrence County sheriff Christopher C. Gewin sold land belonging to William T. Elliott for $250 to the bank of Alabama at Decatur. The deed for this land sale states that Gewin was acting on the basis of two writs from Lawrence County circuit court, one of them issued 3 February 1841, in a case filed by Sylvanus Gibson Sr. as commissioner of the real estate of Dennis Lindsey, deceased. Gibson filed for the use of  James B. Speake and Samuel Irwin as administrators of Dennis Lindsey to recover a debt of $115.54 (with $17.80 1/4 for court cost) owed by William Gray, William T. Elliott, and William E. Terry. Gibson’s suit was 15 July 1839 (Lawrence County, Alabama, Deed Bk. K, pp. 55-6). See also Lawrence County, Alabama, Deed Bk. L, pp. 270-1, with chancery court affirming the land sale on 5 January 1846.

13 September 1841: Berville M. Hodges of Lawrence County made a deed of trust to John Hodges of South Carolina with John M. Jackson as trustee. The deed contains information about Bervillle’s neighbors, noting that he was mortgaging the land on which he lived on the road from Moulton to Oakville, which bounded his land on the north and ran by his house and past a horse-powered mill south of and near Oakville with the land of James B. Speake bordering it on east and south, along with land of Sylvanus Gibson Sr, On the west, commencing at the bridge crossing the Flint River, the Flint River bordered Berville’s land. Berville also mortgaged land he had from the estate of Dennis Lindsey bounded east and south by lands owned by Jane Lindsey, and on the west by town lots of Oakville (Lawrence County, Alabama, Deed Bk. I, pp. 586-9). Note that the deed tells us that Dennis Lindsey and wife Jane lived just outside Oakville, not far from a bridge crossing the Flint River, and their son-in-law James B. Speake lived near them. For information about a suit of debt that Jane Brooks Lindsey’s brother Charles filed against Berville M. Hodges in April 1840, see this previous posting. Dennis and Jane’s son John Wesley Lindsey married Sylvanus Gibson’s daughter Margaret, as previous postings have noted. On 2 May 1842, as trustee, John M. Jackson sold the land to John B. Sale — see Lawrence County, Alabama, Deed Bk. K, pp. 147-8.

30 September 1841: Lawrence County sheriff Christopher C. Gewin, by a writ from Lawrence County court dated 29 September 1840 in a case filed by Sylvanus Gibson, commissioner of the real estate of Dennis Lindsey for the use of Wiley Huffaker, sold land belonging to Bennett Wood. The case was filed against Henry Terry and William Terry of the firm of H. & W. Terry, James McDaniel, and Bennett Wood for a debt of $453.49 and $38.29 damaged and $26.45 1/4 court costs. Judgment rendered 21 January 1839 (Lawrence County, Alabama, Deed Bk. K, pp. 118-9). Wiley Huffaker is Wesley Huffaker; his name is given erroneously in the deed.

7 March 1842: at chancery court for the Northern Division of Alabama on 24 January 1842,  Judge James C. Watkins ruled in a case filed by Sylvanus Gibson Sr., James B. Speake, and Samuel Irwin as administrators of the estate of Dennis Lindsey, deceased, against James McDaniel, William C. Terry, Bennett Wood, and Richard Puckett. The court roled that 80 acres in section 22, township 7, range 6 west in Lawrence County be sold to James B. Speake as estate administrator (Lawrence County, Alabama, Deed Bk. K, pp. 87-9).

7 March 1842: the court appointed James B. Speake as guardian for Dennis’s minor children Martha Ann, Rebecca F., Margaret T., and Dennis Edward Lindsey (this is a revision of a previous note).

14 June 1843: the court ordered that the commissioners appointed to sell the land of Dennis Lindsey’s estate make a final report to court (Lawrence County, Alabama, Orphans Court Minute Bk. G, p. 437).

On 4 May 1846, the court recorded receipts for the following disbursements by James B. Speake from the estate: $90 to Samuel Asbury Lindsey on 5 January 1846; $350 to Mark Jefferson Lindsey on 12 March 1846 and another $50 on 21 March; $290 to James Irwin Brooks on 23 March with a notation that this was the share of James’s wife (Mary Jane Lindsey) while she was living with her mother; and $200 allotted to Samuel Irwin for his administration of the estate, as allotted by the court in the final settlement in May 1846 (Lawrence County, Alabama, Orphans Court Minute Bk. I, p. 79). Note: this set of notes was added to the discussion of the final settlement of Dennis Lindsey’s estate in May 1846.

I also added the following to this previous posting about Dennis Lindsey’s father Mark Lindsey:

2 May 1842: an account of the estate of George Keyes filed in Lawrence County court shows Mark Lindsey owing the estate a debt of $76 with $20.23 interest (Lawrence County, Alabama, Orphans Court Minute Bk. G, p. 186).

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