Whatever the circumstances, the death of Mary and the remarriage to Sophia obviously did not effect the family relationship. Certain of these children are found living with/near John and Sophia later in Sangamon County, Illinois. That Sophia contributed to the rearing of Mary's children is evident in that the oldest of the children, Rebecca would have been age nine and Amanda less than a year old at the time of John and Sophia's marriage.
Larry offers this information about his life:
I was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 9, 1952, the last of three boys born to Clarence Binns and Lois June Lindsay. Having outgrown our tiny apartment, we soon moved to Hillside, Illinois. I grew up in Zephyrhills, Florida having moved there when I was 9 years old. After high school, I moved to Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota. My oldest brother was finishing his doctorate at the U and wanted me to experience the culture and educational benefits that Minnesota had to offer.
I lived with my brother and his wife the first year. But then he had the audacity to finish his PhD program and became a professor at the University of Toledo. I was suddenly all on my own and had to find housing and employment. I found a job as a youth minister at a small church near the University. As with many churches, money was tight so instead they offered me free housing in the parsonage, sharing a rather large 4-bedroom home with the single pastor. Still needing income, I began my retail career with Montgomery Ward in St. Paul in the sporting goods department.
The first week of school, the minister, Bob, gave me his car keys and asked me to go pick up a student at the U and bring her to church. She was from Winona, MN and had met Bob at a summer church camp. I continued to pick her up for church events and give her rides home. On one such event, Bob told me that he was first going to give his date a ride home and when he returned, I could take Linda home. We started a fire and listened to some music. Six o’clock the NEXT morning, Bob returned and when he opened the door to the parsonage, he suddenly remembered that I was waiting for the car to take Linda home. I fondly refer to that as our first “date” and tell everyone that it was an all-nighter.
Linda and I married on July 14, 1973 on Garvin Heights, a hill overlooking Winona. It was a great wedding. The weather was perfect. When we went to set up the chairs on the lookout that morning, we had to politely ask the dozen or so people that camped overnight if they would mind giving way to the wedding. Both my minister and Linda’s minister officiated. Yes, it took two ministers to marry us. My minister in fact told us that he didn’t think we would make it. We fooled him!
Linda and I both had a year plus of school to finish. I took some time off to work full time at Wards to make some money. We, at some point, decided that the U wasn’t the best fit for us any longer, and moved to Winona to finish school. I graduated from WSU. I hold a BS degree with a Math Major. Linda finished at the now defunct College of St. Teresa with a degree in Speech Pathology.
When we moved to Winona, I transferred to the Wards store and managed the sporting goods department. I went to school full time and worked about 30 hours a week. It was a teeny, tiny department. I was the only salesperson and I also sold in the hardware and paint departments. As manager, I was responsible for ordering inventory. Southeastern Minnesota was a hunter’s paradise and Wards had a fair lineup to offer. Trouble was, our store had no shotguns to sell. I got on the phone and called some contacts from other stores and managed to have some inventory transferred to our store. We had a record season. Next challenge came at Christmas. An ad was coming up and it featured pool tables. The store manager felt that we couldn’t carry the inventory and hadn’t pre-ordered any tables for display. Wards was the number one retailer of slate pool tables. The store manager went on vacation and I ordered three different slate tables for display. I set them up myself. My job was probably on the line if I failed. We sold ten pool tables and, perhaps just as importantly, we sold all of the displays. Sporting goods had a record year.
After graduation, I had a teaching job offer in Cass Lake, Minnesota (that’s up near Bemidji). We decided that the location was just too far away from family. We stayed in Winona. Linda never worked in Speech Pathology and I never held a teaching contract. We did however raise two wonderful kids that had the joy of sleepovers at the grandparents, along with oodles of other fun grandparent/grandkid stuff, something that I wouldn’t trade for anything. Both have graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul and have chosen teaching as their vocation.
I had a wonderful 18 year career at the Winona Daily News. During that time, I was promoted often, each time with increased challenges and responsibilities. I never applied for any of the positions other than the first one.
When I was the Advertising Manager at the Daily News, I was responsible for creating budgets, both revenue and expense and held accountable for meeting those goals. I had to hire, train, and supervise a small sales staff. Ongoing coaching, leading weekly sales meetings, and continuous motivational strategies for the staff were key functions of my job. I was also responsible for resolving customer (advertiser) complaints.
The newspaper business is a fast paced, hectic, and very challenging vocation. Just as retail dollars are hard to come by, the media business is equally competitive. Maintaining and growing market share was critical. Competition was fierce as the local shopper announced, shortly after my appointment to ad manager, an additional second day issue, which would surely erode our revenue base. I called in corporate resources and together we implemented strategies that actually grew our revenue base.
The newspaper next had me start a new revenue department, Direct Marketing Advertising (primarily direct mail). Our corporation had delved into Direct Marketing a year or so earlier. I set up the revenue and expense budgets and laid out plans for achieving those goals. I was able to use the resources of the paper but I was a separate unit within the paper. I no longer had direct reports but was encouraged to utilize the current ad sales staff. Direct Marketing had been the enemy to the newspaper industry, traditionally competing for revenue. The concept was for the newspaper to become more of a total solution for their customers and glean those dollars for themselves. Approximately two years later, the corporation shut down the direct marketing division and my, along with many others, career was over.
Since then, I have sold cars, substitute taught, and worked in retail-at Sears no less, and my most recent job was with an organization that helps train and place people with disabilities into the work force. I retired at the age of 57 and have enjoyed the freedoms that come with retirement.
One activity that I have taken up to fill my time is genealogy. I’ve enjoyed learning about my ancestors. I recall my mother telling me that she was related to the 4th president of the United States, James Madison. I have done a bit of research and have found that I am indeed a relative, as I am a descendant of the Bishop James Madison, (August 27, 1749 – March 6, 1812) who was the first bishop of the Diocese of Virginia of The Episcopal Church in the United States, one of the first bishops to be consecrated to the new church after the American Revolution. He is my 4th great grand uncle. He also served as the eighth president of the College of William and Mary and was a cousin of President James Madison.
Also on my mother’s side, I am directly related to Patrick Henry who is also my 4th great grand uncle.
In doing research for my paternal side, I came across a then unknown cousin, Bob Lindsay, and he introduced me to an organization that existed solely for Lindsay genealogical research, http://www.clanlindsay.com/. I became intrigued. At the time, there were 211 members, most from the United States but there were others from Europe and Australia.
Note: Larry took the DNA test. Larry's DNA test was successful and we discovered he is a perfect 43 marker match to my DNA! Although we are now cousins, At one time we probably would have been living under the same roof and call half-brothers! We also know grandma Mary and grandma Sophia were faithful wives!
Larry has found Logan County, Illinois newspaper articles wherein we have evidence of the Lindsay's associating with Abraham & Mary Lincoln in the Springfield area. Also, some have suggested that Lincoln may not have been a religious man but Larry can also disprove that! One of his newspaper articles reports the Lincoln's sitting behind the Lantermans in church!
Thanks Larry for your contribution.