Children of Dennis Lindsey (1794-1836) and Jane Brooks: John Wesley Lindsey (1814-1903) — Wayne County, Kentucky, and Lawrence County, Alabama, Years

Lindsey, John W., Signature to Original Will of Thomas Brooks
John Wesley Lindsey’s signature as witness to will of his grandfather Thomas M. Brooks, 2 October 1838, Morgan County, Alabama (from loose-papers estate file of Thomas Brooks, Morgan County)

Or, Subtitled: Weathervane Turns on Fortunes of North Alabama Merchant Planters in 1830s

John Wesley Lindsey’s Birth in Wayne County, Kentucky, April 1814

In line with their strong Methodist commitments, Dennis Lindsey (1794-1836) and Jane Brooks named their first child (and eldest son) John Wesley, after the founder of Methodism. As we’ve seen, Dennis had a brother who also bore the name Wesley — Fielding Wesley Lindsey. Another brother, William Burke Lindsey, was named for the first Methodist circuit rider in Wayne County, Kentucky, at the time the Lindsey family lived there. John B. McFerrin, another Methodist circuit rider whom James Edmond Saunders mentions in connection with Mark and Dennis Lindsey in his Early Settlers of Alabama, as we’ve noted, provides abundant information about William Burke in his History of Methodism in Tennessee.[1] Continue reading “Children of Dennis Lindsey (1794-1836) and Jane Brooks: John Wesley Lindsey (1814-1903) — Wayne County, Kentucky, and Lawrence County, Alabama, Years”

The Children of Dennis Lindsey (1793 – 1855/1860): Melissa Lindsey Hester (abt. 1823-1882) and Amanda Lindsey (1839-1911)

 

Lindsey, Amanda, Franklin County Times (Russellville, AL), 1 June 1911, p. 2, col. 2
Obituary of Amanda Lindsey, Franklin County Times (Russellville, Alabama), 1 June 1911, p. 2, col. 2

Or, Subtitled: Censuses, Aunts, Mothers-in-Laws, and Tombstones and the Tales They Tell 

As I’ve noted previously, in addition to the two sons I’ve discussed in postings here — Miles R. and Robert D. Lindsey — Dennis Lindsey and Anna Woodruff also had daughters Melissa (abt. 1823-1882) and Amanda (1839-1911). My postings about Miles are here, here, and here, and the one about Robert is here. Continue reading “The Children of Dennis Lindsey (1793 – 1855/1860): Melissa Lindsey Hester (abt. 1823-1882) and Amanda Lindsey (1839-1911)”

The Children of Dennis Lindsey (1793 – 1855/1860): Robert D. Lindsey (1829 – 1892)

Lindsey, Robert D. Tombstone, Hovater Cem., Franklin Co., Alabama
Tombstone of Robert D. Lindsey, Hovater cemetery, Franklin County, Alabama; photo is by Find a Grave user Old Bwana at the Find a Grave memorial page for Robert D. Lindsey, created by Mollie Ann Lindsey Studenroth

Or, Subtitled: “Farewell My Wife and Children All, From You a Father Christ Doth Call”

Robert D. Lindsey, son of Dennis Lindsey (1793-1855/1860) and Anna Woodruff, was born 3 June 1829, according to his tombstone in Hovater cemetery, Franklin County, Alabama.[1] The tombstone also states that Robert died 6 September 1892. All federal censuses from 1850 through 1880 state that Robert was born in Alabama.[2] Since we know that Robert’s father Dennis Lindsey sold land that appears to have been his homeplace in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, in February 1827, and then disappeared from Spartanburg County records, showing up in a record indicating that he patented land with William Moore in Franklin County, Alabama, in May 1828, it seems likely that Robert was born in Franklin County, Alabama. Continue reading “The Children of Dennis Lindsey (1793 – 1855/1860): Robert D. Lindsey (1829 – 1892)”

The Children of Dennis Lindsey (1793 – 1855/1860): Miles R. Lindsey (1820/1 – 1878/1880) (3)

Lindsey, Miles R., Southern Claims Commission File, Jane's Petition
Miles R. Lindsey, Southern Claims Commission file #16521, office 51, report 8, “Barred and Disallowed Claims,” NARA M1407, 4 February 1888 petition of Jane S. Lindsey
Lindsey, Miles R., Southern Claims Commission File, Letters of Adminstration to Jane
Miles R. Lindsey, Southern Claims Commission file #16521, office 51, report 8, “Barred and Disallowed Claims,” NARA M1407, 20 June 1890 letters of administration, Jane S. Lindsey

Or, Subtitled: Unpaid Civil War Voucher Claims and Migration of an Alabama Family West to Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma

The Final Years of Miles R. Lindsey’s Life

After Miles filed his claim with the Southern Claims Commission on 24 October 1872, I don’t have a great deal of information about the rest of his life, because of the paucity of records in Franklin County, Alabama, after its courthouse fire in 1890. As I noted in a previous posting, testimony that Miles gave on 13 December 1878 in his Southern Claims Commission file shows him still alive on that date, but by 18 June 1880, when his family was enumerated on the census in Franklin County, Alabama, his wife Jane appears as a widow, so it seems clear that Miles died between those two dates, almost certainly in Franklin County.[1] Other documents in this file show Jane filing, on 4 February 1888 as administratrix of Miles’s estate, in a legal appeal to have his Southern Claims Commission claim honored. The file also shows Jane receiving letters of administration on Miles’s estate on 20 June 1890. These are valuable documents, since the 4 December 1890 courthouse fire destroyed the county’s estate files prior to that date. Continue reading “The Children of Dennis Lindsey (1793 – 1855/1860): Miles R. Lindsey (1820/1 – 1878/1880) (3)”

The Children of Dennis Lindsey (1793 – 1855/1860): Miles R. Lindsey (1820/1 – 1878/1880) (2)

Lindsey, Miles R., Southern Claims Commission, Summary Page 1
Miles R. Lindsey, Southern Claims Commission file #16521, office 51, report 8, “Barred and Disallowed Claims,” NARA M1407 — page summarizing the claim

Or, Subtitled, Mules, Mares, and Barbecues: Proving Claims of Loyal Union Men and Women

Miles R. Lindsey’s Southern Claims Commission File

As I noted in my previous posting, Miles R. Lindsey filed a claim with the Southern Claims Commission on 24 October 1872, stating that he had been a Unionist during the Civil War, and asking for reimbursement for property confiscated by federal troops from his farm.[1] As the guide to using Southern Claims Commission files for genealogical research at the FamilySearch wiki site states, Southern Loyalists (that is, Unionists) who qualified to file claims before this Commission in the states of the former Confederacy between 3 March 1871 and 3 March 1873 filed 22,298 claims for property losses totaling $60,258,150.44, but only 7,092 claims (32%) of these claims were approved, for reimbursements totaling $4,636,920.69. Miles’s claim was among the majority of those disallowed by the Southern Claims Commission. Continue reading “The Children of Dennis Lindsey (1793 – 1855/1860): Miles R. Lindsey (1820/1 – 1878/1880) (2)”

The Children of Dennis Lindsey (1793 – 1855/1860): Miles R. Lindsey (1820/1 – 1878/1880) (1)

Miles R. Lindsey Relationship Chart

Or, Subtitled: Land Plats and Tax Assessments as Genealogical Resources

When I finished my account of the life of Dennis Lindsey (1793-1855/1860), son of Dennis Lindsey (abt. 1755-1795) of Spartanburg County, South Carolina, I told you I’d move on to an account of the children of Dennis younger and wife Anna Woodruff. As my postings about Dennis have indicated, due to the loss of early Franklin County, Alabama, records in a devastating courthouse fire in 1890, there are many gaps in the documentation of Dennis and his family after he moved to Franklin County, Alabama, about 1827-8. No estate record naming his children has survived. Continue reading “The Children of Dennis Lindsey (1793 – 1855/1860): Miles R. Lindsey (1820/1 – 1878/1880) (1)”

The Children of Dennis Lindsey (abt. 1755-1795): Dennis Lindsey (1793-1855/1860) (2)

CV_Patent_0127-238
15 May 1828 federal patent to Lindsay Allen, Franklin County, Alabama, Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office, Credit Volume Patent Bk. 127, p. 238

Or, Subtitled: Entering the Thicket of Allen-Woodruff Kinship Ties

Dennis Lindsey Family Settles in Franklin County, Alabama

As I noted in my last posting, after Dennis Lindsey (1793-1855/1860) sold Benjamin Goodman 100 acres on Ferguson’s Creek in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, on 22 February 1827, he dropped out of Spartanburg County records. It seems likely to me that the land he sold was his homeplace and that he moved his family to Franklin County, Alabama, not long after this land sale. In an article on the Lindsey family of Franklin County in Olden Times of Colbert and Franklin Counties in Alabama, Beatrice Russell states that the Lindsey family came to Franklin County, Alabama, from South Carolina and settled in the Crooked Oak-Frankfort area of the county.[1] This is in the north-central part of Franklin County, near the Colbert County line. Continue reading “The Children of Dennis Lindsey (abt. 1755-1795): Dennis Lindsey (1793-1855/1860) (2)”

Prob. Died Young, Or How Pat Ryan Lost His Eye (As a Union Soldier) (5)

Ryan, Patrick Union Pension File, Elizabeth Hill Affidavit
Affidavit of Elizabeth Hill, Civil War Pension Files of Patrick Ryan and Widow Delilah Rinehart Ryan (Invalid’s Pension, South Division, #1107789, Widow’s Pension #586121)

I’d like to begin winding down my series of postings about the Civil War pension files of Patrick Ryan and his wife Delilah Rinehart Ryan of Grant County, Arkansas, by tying up some loose ends I’ve left dangling in my four previous postings about these genealogically rich documents. As I do so, I’m fully aware that most of you don’t share my intense interest in the people mentioned in these files. How could you, when they aren’t your relatives and the connections of your kin? Continue reading “Prob. Died Young, Or How Pat Ryan Lost His Eye (As a Union Soldier) (5)”