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Lindsay Genealogical Reference Books/Publications

New since last update is Publication Number 2.

1.  Lives of the Lindsays; or A Memoir of the Houses of Crawford and Balcarres

Lord Lindsay (1812-1880), Second Edition in 3 Volumes

London: John Murray, Albemarle Street, Published 1858

Note: Lord Lindsay (Alexander William Crawford Lindsay), 25th Earl of Crawford & 8th Earl of Balcarres, provided for a privately published edition in 1840 (4 vols.), followed by the first publicly published first edition (3 vols.) in 1849 of the Lives of the Lindsays. This was followed with a final and revised second edition (3 vols.) in 1858.

Google has scanned and provides FULL TEXT on-line PDF copies of these three volumes.  Click on the hyperlinked Volumes below to read and enjoy these books.

Volume I, publication date 1849, London, John Murray, Albemarle Street

Volume II, publication date 1849, London, John Murray, Albemarle Street

Volume III, publication date 1849, London, John Murray, Albemarle Street

See Alexander William Crawford Lindsay for more details on the author of the "Lives of the Lindsays".


2. Publications of The Clan Lindsay Society

This fascinating soft-cover publication was started in 1901 by the Clan Lindsay Society under the editorship of W. A. Lindsay, K.C. (Windsor Herald) and John Lindsay, M.A., M.D.  Over the years, these publications have documented in great detail many of the early lineages of the House of Lindsay in Scotland after lengthy research.  The unfortunate part of this story is that these valuable publications are not widely available.  Check your local library for availability.

3.  The History and Traditions of the LAND OF THE LINDSAYS in Angus and Mearns

The late Andrew Jervise (1820-1878), Rewritten and corrected by James Gammack, M.A.

Second Edition, Edinburgh: David Douglas, Published 1882

A photocopy reprint, in two soft cover volumes, can be purchased from Unicorn Limited, Inc, Bruceton Mills, West Virginia 26525.

Google has scanned and provides A FULL TEXT on-line PDF copy of this book.  Click on the hyperlink below to read and enjoy this volume.

The History and Traditions of the Land of the Lindsays , 2nd edition, 1882.

The first edition of this work/book was published by Sutherland and Knox in Edinburgh in 1853


4.   The Lindsay Memoirs

Authored by J.C. Lindsay and J. A. Lindsay.  The book was printed in Belfast, Northern Ireland by William Strain & Sons in 1884, for private circulation only.

This book provides a record of the Lisnacrieve and Belfast branches of the Lindsay family during the last two hundred years.  The front cover includes the crest and motto "Endure Fort" of the Lindsay family, while the crest and motto "Resurgo" is on the back cover and represents the Graham family associated by marriage in 1790.

A genealogical table is also included.

This hard cover volume was researched and complied by cousins, James Cuthbert Lindsay and James Alexander Lindsay of the Belfast branches of the Lindsay family, who related that the facts pertaining to the period prior to the year 1790 were collected by their late uncle, John Lindsay, who devoted much time and labour to the collecting of manuscripts and documents.  The authors further stated  they found no lack of evidence, oral, documentary or in the public press, to substantiate the recorded  historical knowledge of family members.

This book begins with the Scottish origins of James Lindsay, his emigration with his four sons, James (Jr), Alexander, Robert & David, in 1678 to settle first in the north of Ireland near St Johnstown on the Donegal side of the Foyle Valley, involvement of the sons at the Siege of Derry, during which Alexander lost his life, and their return to farming pursuits.

The movements of generations of the Lindsays from Donegal, Tyrone and Belfast and their successful business activities are well recorded by the authors, in addition to the births, marriages, deaths and occupations of family members, leaving a genealogical trail to be followed by succeeding generations.

Our thanks to Noel J. Lindsay of Clifton Springs, Australia  for providing the book review of this excellent Lindsay genealogical record.  


5.   The Lindsays of America

A Genealogical Narrative and Family Record, by Margaret Isabella Lindsay.  

Originally published and copyrighted 1889, Albany, New York, Joel Munsell's Sons, Publishers;  1979 reprint by Gateway Press, Inc; Baltimore


6.  The History of the Linzee Family and the Limesi, Lindsay, Lindsey, Etc. Families, authored by John William Linzee, Jr.

The Fort Hill Press of Boston, Massachusetts originally privately published the two-volume set in 1917 for the author John William Linzee, Jr.

The title page of Volume I reads: The Lindeseie and Limesi Families of Great Britain, with the subtitle Including The Probates At Somerset House, London, England of All Spellings of The Name Lindeseie From 1300 - 1800.  This volume gives an extensive treatise on the origin and history of the surname Lindsay, including virtually all of its spelling variations.  Volume I is divided into four chapters.  Chapter I covers the ancient records of Lindeseie and Limesi in Great Britain.  Chapter II covers the ancient records of Lindsay in Scotland and England.  Chapter III treats general compilations of the ancient records of the Limesi Family, the Lindeseie Family and the Lindsays of Scotland.  The final Chapter IV lists the probates referenced in the subtitle above.  Volume I is composed of 422 pages.

The title page of Volume II reads:  The Linzee Family of Great Britain and the United States of America and Allied Families of Penfold, Hood, Amory, Tilden, Hunt, Browne, Wooldridge, Evans.  It is a bit more specific in that it chronicles the descendants of the author's earliest known Linzee ancestor, Thomas Linzee who died November 1687 and was buried in the St. Mary's Church cemetery in Kingston, Portsea, Hants, England.  Starting with Thomas Linzee and his wife Elizabeth (Hill) Linzee, the author tracks all their descendants up to the time of printing in 1917.

Also included in Volume II, amongst the numerous descendants, are many other family names of note who are associated with the Linzee genealogy through marriage; such families as Hood, Penfold, Pasco, Amory, Tilden, Browne, Prescott, Parker, Warick, Hunt and others.  Volume II is composed of an additional 488 pages.

Both volumes of these books are available as a reprint.  For more information see the "News" for August 8, 2001 or contact The Linzee Family Association Inc.


 7.  The Gray Family and Allied Lines, Bowman, Lindsay, Millis, Dick, Peebles, Wiley, Shannon, Lamar, McGee

Jo White Linn for Gordon Gray, Privately published, Salisbury, North Carolina 1976, Printed by Salisbury Printing Company, Salisbury, NC; Copyrighted 1976 by Jo White Linn

This book provides an exclusive 77 page section on the Lindsay surname as it pertains to the those who married into the Gray family.  The origin of these Lindsays of Guilford County, North Carolina are traced back to Robert Lindsay of Northumberland County Virginia.  Robert Lindsay was the son of Captain Bernard Lindsay (descended from Thomas Lindsay of Kingswark) and Rachel Lindsay (descended paternally from Sir Jerome Lindsay of Annatland & maternally from the Lindsays of the Mount).  The Scottish Lindsay relationships are authenticated by professional genealogist Donald Whyte of the UK.  Mr. Whyte offers that there is considerable circumstantial evidence and clear heraldic evidence linking Captain Bernard Lindsay (of the Lindsays of Kingswark) with the Lindsays of the Mount.

This book is indexed and the Lindsay section is footnoted.

The original book (1976) is no longer available but Mrs. Linn has authorized a reprint by the Higginson Book Company ( http// ) in Salem, MA.  the current price is $75.00 USD (April 2002).

Note:  Mrs. Jo White Linn is a professional genealogist.


 8.  The Albemarle Lindseys and Their Descendants, (1585-1979)

By Gordon C. Jones, Copyright 1979, Privately Published


 9.   Origins of Heraldry

Beryl Platts, Copyright 1980 by Beryl Platts, First published in 1980 by The Procter Press, London SE10


 10.  Scottish Hazard, The Flemish Nobility and their Impact on Scotland

Volume I,  Beryl Platts, First published in 1985 by The Procter Press, Greenwich London S.E.10


 11.  Scottish Hazard, Volume Two, The Flemish Heritage

Beryl Platts, First published in 1990 by The Procter Press, Greenwich London SE10 8ER

(see also book #25)


 12.  Carolina Scots

Douglas F. Kelly & Caroline S. Kelly, copyrighted in 1998

The Lindsay family is covered on Page 306.

Note: Lindsay researcher (Mr. Alan Lindsay Berry ) has recently brought to my attention a number of significant errors found in this reference volume that pertains to his Lindsays that are recorded there.  You should contact Mr. Berry for exact details.

Pertaining to Carolina Scots, Part Two: Genealogy of Representative Carolina Scots Families, it should be noted that the author makes a specific point (see page 143 of the book) to advise users that ".... much of the genealogical section of this volume is presented in the form of folk history.  That is, I have not attempted to document ... " .  The author goes on to say that .... "the validity of what I repeat here depends directly on the validity of the sources from which I have compiled my information".

As I continue to point out to all Lindsay researchers, to use what you find in written and Internet sources only as a "starting point" for you to do your own documenting before deciding it is something you want to add to your "official" proven genealogy.  This is true for all undocumented genealogical information found in books and particularly the Internet.


13.  The Leafy Branches of the Lindsays

Privately published and authored by Noel James Lindsay, copyrighted 1998, Australia.

This soft cover publication covers a Lindsay lineage that starts in Scotland followed by multiple generations in Ireland and eventually ends in Australia.  There is a 320 year interval from 1678 when James Lindsay departed Ayrshire, Scotland and settled in Ireland (between Derry and St. Johnstone) and the year 1998 when the book was published in Australia by his descendant Noel James Lindsay.

This Lindsay branch made its entry into Australia when George Frederic Lindsay emigrated there August 25, 1882.

If you would care to communicate with the author of this well researched Lindsay genealogy, contact Noel Lindsay .  Copies of his book The Leafy Branches of the Lindsays are still available if you wish to acquire a personal copy for your own library.


14.  History of the Lindsay Family

        Privately published and authored by E. J. Lindsay, 1925, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Hard cover.

This Lindsay lineage starts with David Lindsay born January 10, 1798 in Dundee, Scotland to James Lindsay and Janet Ramsay and the eventual migration of this family to Wisconsin, USA .

Edmond James Lindsay of Milwaukee, Wisconsin was the author of this book.  He was also the President of The Lindsay Family Association of America in 1909-1910.  The Lindsay Family Association of America was founded in 1904 by Margaret Isabella Lindsay in Boston, Massachusetts.

Access to this 292 page Lindsay genealogy was provided by David Lindsay a descendant of this extensive Lindsay lineage.  If  you would care to do so, contact David Lindsay regarding this genealogy .

15.  The Original Scots Colonists of Early America 1612-1783

Authored by David Dobson and published in 1989 by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, Baltimore, MD., hard cover.

In this volume are listed nine Lindsays, one Linsay and one Livesay.  These Lindsays (how ever spelled) migrated to North Carolina, Virginia, New York, South Carolina, Antigua, and Jamaica.

This volume concludes that from the early seventeenth century to the American Revolution around 150,000 Scots emigrated to the New World.  He further concludes that areas such as Georgia, the Carolinas, upper New York, Nova Scotia and Jamaica had the greatest concentration of Scottish immigrants.

This volume is the culmination of several years of research in archives and libraries throughout Great Britain with data extracted from a wide variety of primary sources.  The record for each individual (7180 in alphabetical order) contains a maximum of 23 points of information including name, date/place of birth, etc.

David Dobson was born in Carnoustie, Scotland in 1940.  He is currently on the staff of Madras College, St. Andrews, Scotland.  Other books by David Dobson include; "Directory of Scots Banished to the American Plantations, 1650-1775",  "Directory of Scottish Settlers in North America, 1625-1825 (7 volumes)" and "Directory of Scots in the Carolinas, 1680-1830".


16.  Pamunkey Neighbors of Orange County, Virginia

This book was authored by Sam & Ruth L. Sparacio.  It is hard bound, 6"x 9", compiled using Court Records of Virginia, Kentucky and Missouri, along with personal letters, Bible and other miscellaneous Records. The LINDSAY, MOUNTAGUE, MILLS & STEVENS lines of Orange County are emphasized. More than 2,000 other surnames are listed. The book is indexed.

This book can be purchased at The Antient Press ( ) at a cost of  $35.50 USD.


17. The Land of the Lindsays 1856-1990

This hard cover book was complied and edited by Elizabeth Lindsay Beer.  It was privately published by The Lindsay Family Reunion Committee in 1990.  The Lindsay lineage of this book is basically that of James Lindsay (1795-1882) and Mary Caldwell and those of their children who migrated from Scotland to New Zealand.  James had a twin brother named Andrew.  His other siblings were Robert (1793-?), John (1797-1840) and a second Robert (1799-?).  The parents of James Lindsay (1795-1882) was John Lindsay and Janet Blackburn of Scotland.  The grandparents of James Lindsay (1795-1882) was James Lindsay and Margaret Clark of Scotland.

This 418 page Lindsay genealogy can still be purchased directly from Mrs. Elizabeth Lindsay Beer .  The price is $85.00 NZD or $36.00 USD and includes shipping fees from New Zealand.   The book is not indexed.


18.  The Lindesays of Loughry, County Tyrone, A Genealogical History, by Ernest H. Godfrey, 1949; H H Greaves Ltd., London, 119 pp.

This book is about the lives and times of Robert Lindsay and his descendants, from 1611 to shortly before the outbreak of World War II.  At that time a visit by several members of the Lindesay family to their ancestral home, Loughry, County Tyrone, Ireland, prompted the author to write a genealogical history of the family.  It covers, by way of a brief story about each person, the triumphs of the family as well as the various disasters that befell members of the line. 

Robert Lindsay was the son of Thomas Lindsay of Kingswark, who was born circa 1522.  Thomas was appointed Snowdon Herald and later Lyon depute at the Court of the Lord Lyon.  Various sources indicate that he descended from the Byres branch of the house of Lindsay, but no supporting documentary evidence has been found.  Thomas Lindsay had three sons, Bernard, Thomas, and Robert.  Robert Lindsay took possession of his grant of the lands of Tullyhogue and Loughry, County Tyrone by Patents dated 24 June 1610 and 21 June 1611.  His first house was a wooden structure surrounded by a ditch;  his son Robert later built the manor house (see photo at right) at the present site.  The stone-carved arms of Robert Lindsay impaled with those of his wife Margaret, with the date 1632, mark the event.

For seven generations this family of landed gentry, clergy, and military officers lived at Loughry (see photo at left), many being buried in the cemetery at nearby Donaghrisk where there is a Lindesay family vault. 

At first the Loughry family spelt their surname in various ancient formats of Lindsay, but by the 1700s consistently included the medieval ‘e’ as Lindesay.  During the late 1800s, members of the family migrated from County Tyrone to England, Scotland, New Zealand, Rhodesia and South Africa.  The last Lindesay owner of Loughry, Lt-Col. Joshua Lindesay, died unmarried in 1893 and the estates were sold.  Although no Lindesays remain in Ireland, almost all Lindesays world wide are descended from Robert Lindsay. However, the origins of a Lindesay family in Melbourne, Australia, several Lindesays on the east coast of the USA, and some on the island of Montserrat are unknown.  The only other family with this unusual spelling is that of the Earl of Lindsay, James Lindesay-Bethune.  Today Loughry and its surrounds are home to Loughry College , part of the University of Belfast.  Check out the college webs site History link for additional information on the Lindesay family of Loughry, Ireland.

The book includes 32 black and white photographs, an index, and four appendices of genealogical details. 

This book review and photos were provided by Chris Lindesay of Canberra, Australia who is descended from the Lindesays of Loughry.  Our thanks to Chris for the informative review and photos.


19. Your Clan Heritage - Clan Lindsay by Alan McNie 1986, Cascade Publishing Company, Jedburgh, Scotland, 34pp., paperback

Some Lindsays have the dedication to read all the volumes of Lord Lindsay’s Lives of the Lindsays.

But if it is a short, well-researched, readable summary of the history of the Lindsays that you are looking for, then this is the book for you.  There is sufficient detail on the life of each person mentioned and the historical context in which they lived, to leave the reader fulfilled, but not over faced with detail. 

This story of the Lindsays begins with Sir Walter de Lindsay (almost certainly 3rd son of Gilbert de Ghent) who probably accompanied David, Earl of Huntington, subsequently David I, in his anglicising of the Lowlands in the early 12th century.  The author goes on to describe the role played by each of the main Lindsay players in shaping Scotland’s early history through to the late 1700s.  The origins of family designations such as Ercildoune (Earlston), Luffness, Byres, Crawford, Edzell and Balcarres are explained in the context of dynastic land-holdings. 

The account is visually enhanced by a water-colour rendering of Edzell Castle, full colour photographs of the Ancient Crawford, Modern Crawford, Ancient Lindsay and Modern Lindsay tartans, 10 historical sepia illustrations, and two maps relevant to the Lindsay saga.  The author notes that there is no official registered list of sept names for Clan Lindsay, so completes the book with surnames that have Clan Lindsay associations.  This is a well-written narrative that can be devoured in under an hour. 

This book review was provided by Chris Lindesay (chris.lindesay at ) of Canberra, Australia.  Our thanks to Chris for the informative book review.


20.  Edzell Castle by W. Douglas Simpson & Richard Fawcett, 1982, Her Majesty's Stationary Office, Edinburgh, 20pp. 

Castles are often viewed in a romantic light today, but their origins are far more utilitarian.  Those built before the Middle Ages largely had defense as their primary objective, and residential comfort was of secondary importance.  By the 15th and 16th centuries the decline in the power of the knights made it unnecessary to be permanently armed against raids of all kinds.  The progress in weapons techniques also meant that such a fortress no longer provided adequate protection.  Thus the idea of security was replaced by a desire for more comfort and by an every-increasing wish to erect impressive buildings.  An excellent case in point is provided by Edzell Castle, which is situated 1.6 km west of the village of Edzell, 9.6 km north of Brechin, in the county of Angus, and was built for and occupied by successive members of the Lindsay family until 1715. 

The first part of Edzell Castle to be built was the tower house in the early 16th century, to which a large quadrangular courtyard mansion was added in about 1580.  The site chosen for the castle was influenced by the need for shelter from the wind and an unimpeded sunny outlook to the south;  high ground overlooking the castle from the north, which in earlier times would have been considered a defensive threat, now provided an opportunity to improve residential comfort.  The most notable feature of the castle is the pleasance, a large garden enclosure built to the south of the tower house, which was completed by Sir David Lindsay in 1604. 

This book delves in some detail into the design of the castle, and in particular the unique artistic significance of the pleasance.  With the assistance of his master mason, Lord Edzell achieved an artistic masterpiece which remains unique in Scotland.  If you are planning a visit to the castle, try to obtain a copy of this booklet first, so that you can enjoy the full significance of his vision. 

Included in the book are 11 black and white photographs of the castle and garden, and a floor plan of the same.

This book review was provided by Chris Lindesay of Canberra, Australia.  Our thanks to Chris for the informative book review.


21.  Ephraim Lindsey and His Descendants

Compiled by Mrs. L. J. Holbrook, Rockland, Mass., with a sketch of the Lindsay Clans of Scotland, prepared by Mrs. D. N. Williams, San Francisco, Cal., Published by John F. Hall, Atlantic City, N.J., 1904. 

Thomas Lindsay left Scotland ca 1700 for America by way of Londonderry, then a flourishing and  most accessible seaport on the north coast of Ireland.  At Londonderry he met some old friends  and joined them in a steeple chase.  This celebration proved fatal to him as he was thrown from his horse and his neck broken.  His wife and nine children were obliged to set sail, leaving "Tom," as his wife called him, to be buried by his friends. 

Just where this widow and her nine children settled in America is not certain, but a few facts indicate that it was near Pembroke, Mass. 

There is reason to believe that Andrew [ancestor of Ephraim] was one of the aforesaid nine children as there were other Lindsays living in that locality during his life time. 

The following record from the official rolls in the Boston State House suggest one Ephraim Lindsey as a soldier. 

Ephraim Lindsey, Private, Lexington alarm, Roll of Capt. James Hatch's Company which marched on Alarm April 19, 1775, from Pembroke, West Parish. (Town of Hanson since Feb. 22, 1820).  Length of service 11 days.  Discharged Apr. 29, 1775.  Lexington Alarms, Vol. 12, page 128.[There are more service records.] 

Ephraim Lindsey married (1) Ann Howland, May 22, 1760, [Children listed], (2) Ann Bonney, Dec. 1, 1771, [Children listed].

This information for this book review was provided by Elizabeth Lindsey Lee .  Our thanks to Elizabeth for sharing this Lindsey knowledge.


22.  The Lindsey Family Organization Book of Remembrance - Volume I

Compiled by Vaughn Rowley (dec.)

Published in May 1963, originally "Self-Published" by Chief Printing, Tyler, Texas (out of business), can currently be obtained from: Higginson Book Company, 148 Washington Street, P.O. Box 778, Salem, Massachusetts 01970; Phone: 508.745.7170

8 1/2 x 11 paperback - Cost approximately $60.00

Foreword by reviewer Earline Long-Zlotkowski:
Caveat Emptor: As the reader can see, many assertions do not hold up under scrutiny, often due to conflict of dates given.  A noteworthy amount of the information contained in this book was "disproved," according to the later book (Vol. II) published by the same Lindsey Family Organization.  While these books have both proven helpful in some respects (including clues and hints for further research), the reviewer's main concern with the books is that there is no definitive documentation listed.  For some things (such as the letters and Bible of Mollie/Molly Lindsey, the reviewer's great-grandmother), no references are provided and despite repeated attempts over the years, this reviewer has been unable to obtain information from the Lindsey Family Organization as to their sources and/or documentation for either volume.  As a genealogist, I find this lack of source reference and documentation very troublesome.  I would advise, therefore, that these books be used as a beginning point, with validity of information being reserved until documentation can be obtained.

This book begins with a very brief history of The Lindsey Family Organization, beginning in 1953, in Gilmer, Upshur County, Texas.

It continues with a history of this Lindsey line, beginning with the usual "three brothers emigrating from Scotland," story, where they are believed to have first settled in Virginia.  One brother supposedly went to Pennsylvania (unnamed), one to Tennessee (possibly Isaac) and the third to the Carolinas (possibly Nimrod [since disproved]).  This story then progresses to the story of two brothers fighting with the patriots in the Revolutionary War, with the third (in Pennsylvania) fighting with the British, thus causing a lifelong schism in the family.

Section 1, Part 1

Deals with James Lindsey (supposed son of Nimrod), born in 1768 in "a Scottish settlement" in Anson Co., NC, d. Aft. 1850, probably in Alabama.  James married Ruth Howard, b. 1770 in the same "Scottish settlement."  James and Ruth had six children: Samuel, John, William, Clement, James and Eliza.

Primary locations for this group and its descendants were: NC, AL, MS, OK and TX.

Section I, Part 2

Deals with John Lindsey b. 1779, assumed brother of James in Part I above, his son, David, b.1818,  David's son,  David S. and wives, Sarah Catherine Aydelott and Lavica Abigale Peery, and all known descendants.

This group and its descendants appears to have been located primarily in NC, TN and OK.

Section II

Deals with William Lindsey (son of James, in Section I, Part I above & brother of Clement) and his wives, Eliza Lewis and Rhoda Susan Smith, their 24 children and all known descendants, with the exception of a son, James Monroe Lindsey, who is detailed in Section III.  There is quite a lot of detail about this William and his descendants, as well as some photographs and some documentation.

There primary locations were: NC, GA, AL, MS, OK and TX.

         Section III

Deals with James Monroe Lindsey (son of William, Section II above) and his wife, Mary Sarah Ann Little, and all descendants, except their son, William Jasper, detailed in Section IV.  Again, there are many detailed stories and photographs and some documentation in this section.  The primary locations of this group and its descendants are: GA, AL, TX and UT.

 Section IV

Deals with William Jasper Lindsey (son of James Monroe, above), his wife, Martha Emma Christina Lucinda Mull, and their 16 children and all descendants. Again, there are many detailed stories and photographs and some documentation in this section.

The primary locations of this group and its descendants are: AL, TX, AZ and UT.

Section V

Deals with Lindsey wives, as outlined below:

Part 1: Ruth Howard (wife of James, Section 1, Part 1)

Part 2: Eliza Lewis (wife of William Lindsey, Section II) and all known relatives, including Stacy Lewis Morrell, Noah and James Lewis.

Part 3: Mary Sarah Ann Little ancestry (wife of James Monroe Lindsey, Section III), Julia Bedwell, Robert Little and Verlinda Arnold.

Part 4: Martha Emma Christina Lucinda Mull ancestry (wife of William Jasper Lindsey, Section IV),  Josiah Leach and wife, Catherine ?, Henry Mull and wife, Eleanor Leach.

The information for this book review of The Lindsey Family Organization Book of Remembrance - Volume I was provided by Earline Long-ZlotkowskiOur thanks to Earline for sharing this Lindsey knowledge.


23.  The Lindsey Family Organization Book of Remembrance - Volume II

Compiled 1993 by Fayrene Bonebrake, Elsie Updegrove and William E. Grubbs

Printed in 1995 by Stevenson's Genealogy Center, 230 West 1230 North, Provo, Utah 84604, Phone: 801.374.9600

This book can be obtained only from: Fayrene Bonebrake, Route 4, Box 550, Gilmer, Texas 75644, Hardcover, approximately $40

Foreword by reviewer Earline Long-Zlotkowski:

Caveat Emptor:  As the reader can see, many assertions do not hold up under scrutiny, often due to conflict of dates given. While these books have both proven helpful in some respects (including clues and hints for further research), the reviewer's main concern with the books is that there is no definitive documentation listed. Despite repeated attempts over the years, this reviewer has been unable to obtain information from the Lindsey Family Organization as to their sources and/or documentation for either volume.  As a genealogist, I find this lack of source reference and documentation very troublesome.  I would advise, therefore, that these books be used as a beginning point, with validity of information being reserved until documentation can be obtained.  Please, again, bear in mind that what I am synopsizing is taken directly from the book itself and not from my own research and/or documentation.

Volume II deals primarily (but not solely) of the Lindsay/Lindsey line: George, Sr., James, William, James Monroe and on to the present day.  The primary differences in this book and its Volume I predecessor are (1) the revision of the origin of this line, (2) the additional information on Lindsey wives and their ancestry, (3) the addition of many family stories and much family lore and photographs, and (4) the way the book is organized.  In this review, I will not address the organization.  The pertinent locales stayed the same, and thus I will not readdress this. 

Volume II begins by correcting the parentage of the original James from Nimrod to George Lindsey, Sr.  who was born Abt. 1740, probably in Frederick Co. area of Virginia.  George, in ca. 1764, married Margaret "Peggy" Bennett (b. Ca. 1756, d/o William Bennett and Olivia Chears), of Anne Arundel County, MD.

George Sr. & Peggy's children were: Sarah, William, James, John, Rachel, Elizabeth and George Jr.  George Jr. appears to have stayed in North Carolina when the rest of the family migrated to other places.  There is a brief discussion of John (above) possibly having been in Jackson Co., GA with James, but it is believed he moved back to Anson Co., NC until 1848, when he moved to Muscogee Co., GA.  He died there in 1854 and was buried in the Lindsay Cemetery, Muscogee County, GA.   Mention is made of a William Lindsay in Anson Co., NC, believed to be George Sr.'s brother, who married Rachel Tallent.  Their children are listed, as well as a brief discussion of their burial site in the Dr. Battle Cemetery, near Lilesville, Anson Co., NC.  This volume includes a transcription of the Will of George Lindsey, Sr.       

The entire first section of Volume II (pages 5 through 351) consists of current descendants' stories, memories, and pictures.  There are some wonderful photographs in this section mostly modern day, but some historical ones.  The last page of this section is an historical map of Anson Co., NC, which shows many Lindsay/Lindsey related historical sites.  

The next section details the Lindsey Wives (pages 353 through 395).  Surnames detailed are: Bennett (MD and NC), Howard (England, VA and NC), Lewis (GA and NC), Little (SC, AL, GA and NC), Arnold (SC, VA and NC), Ashton (England), Caldwell (Scotland, Ireland, NC and VA), Carpenter (England and MA), Cockerham, Dutton (England, MA, RI, Netherlands), Lister (England), Mitchell, Church (England, RI and VA), Satterwhite (NC, SC, VA, AL and GA), Settle (England and VA), Spencer, Warren (England and MA), Wynne (VA), Coppin (Wales), Southworth (England, MA, RI and Netherlands), Mull (AL, GA, NC, SC and TX). Leach (SC,GA and AL), Gentry (England, VA, AL and SC), and Reynolds (England, VA and SC).  

The final portion of this volume is the Lindsey Descendancy Chart (pages 401 through 655). 

Pages 657 and 658 give a history of The Lindsey Family Organization and lists Presidents from 1954 to 1993.  Page 661 supplies two photographs taken at the 1991 James Lindsey Reunion in Gilmer, Texas.

The information for this book review of The Lindsey Family Organization Book of Remembrance - Volume II was provided by Earline Long-Zlotkowski Our thanks to Earline for sharing this Lindsey knowledge.


24.  Lindsay of Blairyfeddon: A Genealogical History of the Forebearers and Family of Mr. David Lindsay (1615-1677), Minister of Rescobie

          written by Jack Blair and published in 2005, by the Tay Valley Family History Society, 53 pages.  

A genealogical history of the forebears and family of David Lindsay (1615-1677) Minister of Rescobie.  This booklet encapsulates research into the family of the Lindsays of Blairyfeddon and covers the period from 1525 when a charter of David, Earl of Crawford, granted the lands of Blairyfeddon just north of Forfar, to Master John Lindsay, up to the death in 1727 of Robert Lindsay, Minister of Edzell.  It is a well-researched publication which provides many details on this family, and includes a family tree in an appendix.

Following the death in 1677 of Master David Lindsay, Minister of Rescobie, his son raised a monument in his memory.  This stone monument includes the carved coat of arms of the Lindsays of Dowhill, from whom this family descends.  It is unfortunate that the author drew his own version of these arms as a full-colour illustration for the cover of this fine publication, but incorrectly coloured.  The star in the top of the coat of arms, coloured gold, should be silver for two reasons:  the arms of the Lindsays of Dowhill include a single silver star in the top centre of their shield, and that family in turn descends from the Lindsays of Rossie, who used a single silver star in the top right of their shield (see for example Stevenson (1914) Heraldry in Scotland).  Such a star is used as a mark of difference between the families.  The second reason is based purely on probability: historically different Lindsay families differentiate their arms using silver rather than gold marks of difference.  It is also likely that the bottom third of the arms should comprise alternating thin wavy bars of gold and blue, rather than silver and blue as illustrated by the author.  Thus, don’t judge this booklet by its cover!

The preceding book review was written by Chris Lindesay of Australia.


25. Flemish Influence in Britain, 2-vols, 938 pages, written by J. Arnold Fleming and published in 1930 by Jackson, Wylie & Co., Glasgow

This two volume work was written with the aim of producing a comprehensive, accurate and interesting account of the Flemish people.  This book is useful to those with an interest in the Flemish people in Britain and to those with British-Flemish ancestors.

(see also books #9, #10 & #11)



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