About Bagpipes: "Thank God there is no Odor" . . . Oscar Wilde
The David Lindsay (2) I am researching died in 1814, age 74, Harrison County, Kentucky. I believe he lived in the Fort Pitt Area of Pennsylvania before he came to Kentucky. There was a David who lived in Pennsylvania consistently from 1772 to 1787. Then he disappears from the Pennsylvania records. In a timely fashion, the David (2) I know appears at Ruddles (Ruddell's) Mill, Bourbon County, Kentucky in 1788. In 1811 he is deeded land from Thomas Moore indicating he purchased the land in November 1787. The rest is known history for my ancestors.
Where he came from prior to Pennsylvania, I can only surmise with reasonable evidence! Tradition (by Tipton Lindsey as told to Margaret Isabella Lindsay) has it his father (David (1)) came from Scotland and settled on a nice farm in the Ft. Pitt Area. This would perhaps mean David (2) was born on this land. Tradition has it that David (2) first child was born in 1772. My ggGrandfather was born there in 1773...documented by probable oral tradition supplied toJohn Carol Powers as given to him by family members ca 1876. This was indeed frontier country with only a newly form government. Pennsylvania and Virginia both convened courts in the area and disputed the authority of the land.
Births and deaths are hard to find but the evidence suggests David (2) was born in County Tyrone ca 1739 or 1740; migrated to New Jersey by 1769; eventually arriving in Kentucky to settle there until he died. I do not think he came with his father to the new land as Tipton Lindsey and/or Margaret Isabella Lindsay writes.
My DNA test indicates I am a Group 1 Member of the 'Lindsay International' research organization. A well documented Group 1 Member can trace his ancestry back to Thomas Of Kingswark, a locality on the East side of Edinburgh, Scotland called Port of Leith. Two sons of Thomas are known to have initiated "Plantations" in County Tyrone, Ireland beginning in 1609. As I am closely associated DNA-wise with this member and I seek to find my genealogical way to Scotland some day!
Read about Thomas of Kingswark and History of Leith Here
EVENT & TAX RECORDS FOR DAVID LINDSAY, FT. PITT AREA, PENNSYLVANIA:
David Lindsay is first found appearing in Sussex County, New Jersey in 1769. This is the area in which his Fleming Cousins had resided for several years. For parts of four years he lived there as court records indicate. Then, with or without a wife, he went west to the wilds of SW Pennsylvania.
David Lindsay is found second in the Ft. Pitt Area (Pittsburgh, PA) in 1772. He lived in Tyrone Township and paid taxes on his property to Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He is identified as an "early settler" by James Veach: The Monongahela of Old or Historical Sketches of Southwestern Pennsylvania to the Year 1800 (Pittsburgh, 1910 edition)
See the "Coincidence of Names" box below to read more about this discussion.
1772 BEDFORD COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA (First Pennsylvania reference.)
In 1772, and until Westmoreland County was established in 1773, Bedford County encompassed all of southwestern Pennsylvania. In James Veach's "The Monongahela of Old or Historical Sketches of Southwestern Pennsylvania to the Year 1800", A married David Lindsay is listed as inhabitant of Tyrone Township along with Wm. Harrison & Thomas Moore, future Kentucky associates. See Veach
December 25, 1772, David Lindsey signs a petition at Stewart's Crossing (now Connellsville, PA) to retain a Rev. David McClure to minister to the area by preaching to them. This assignment was shared by two additional communities. See McClure Petition.
The Reverend David McClure kept a diary of this adventure which can be read: HERE
Susan Grabek through great effort acquired the signature of David Lindsay of Stewart Crossing . See the original at ORIGINAL SIGNATURE MORE SIGNATURE COMPARISONS
The signature on the original McClure Petition is different that David Lindsay's signature of the 1788 Ruddle's Mill Petition, or for any other for that matter. This leads to the discussion of if the 1772 Pennsylvania David is the same man as the 1788 Kentucky David. See the TWO SIGNATURES together.
TAX LIST, 1773 BEDFORD COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
Taxpayer Tyrone Township. At this time, this was a very large Township.
1773 BEDFORD COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
In 1773, Westmoreland County was formed out of Bedford County. David still lived in Tyrone Township which became part of Westmoreland County.
1778 1st lieutenant, 3rd BN 4th CO; Col. James Smith, Lt. Cornel Providence Mounts, Major Joseph McGerraugh and Captain James Torrence)
ABOUT THE PENNSYLVANIA MILITIA
1778 Lieutenant in David Lindsey's Company of rangers on the frontier 1778-1783?
1780 3/04/1780 Deed, David Lindsey to John Reed; filed 12/6/1783; 400 acres on the waters of Miller's Run, Yohogania CO, VA for 12,000L, PA currency The tract, now in Cecil TWP, Washington CO, PA referred as "Justice": warranted 3/31/1786: patented to Reed 1/25/1796 Land is east of Venice and bounded on South by Miller's Run. George Washington contested what is believed to adjacent lands, but not the "Justice" property! (It is believed this David Lindsey subsequently migrated to Alabama through Tennessee.)
TAX LIST,1783 WESTMORELAND COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
In 1783, Fayette county was formed out of Westmoreland County. From 1783 to 1786, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania co-existed with Yohogania County, Virginia. This was a result of a boundary dispute between Pennsylvania and Virginia.
1784 FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
In 1784, another portion of Westmoreland County was annexed to Fayette County, being an area north of the Youghiogheny River to Jacobs Creek. Originally all Tyrone Township, the grater portion of the annex was named Bullskin Township. It is clear that David Lindsay always lived in Bullskin Township portion and references to Tyrone Township are related to date sensitive boundary descriptions.
This 1784 map of Fayette County, Pennsylvania show the annexed townships.
David Lindsay along with Abraham Gardner were designated "Overseers of the Poor".
TAX LIST, 1785 FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
1785 & 1786: David taxed in Bullskin Township. He was also appointed "Supervisor of Roads" for Tyrone Township. These two Townships are directly adjacent to each other in the North portion of Fayette county and adjacent to Westmoreland County on the North.
TAX LIST, 1786 FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA David Lindsay Tax 4 pounds 10 shillings.... or 4 shillings 10 pence.
Voters List, Jan. 31, 1787 Fayette County, Pennsylvania David Lindsay
1787 FAYETTE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA David Lindsay on three March Session 1787 juries.
The "CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF CONNELLSVILLE" tells of a David Lindsay that settles a land dispute with Zacharia Connell.
(1787 is last know presence of David Lindsay/Lindsey in Pennsylvania.)
1787 BOURBON COUNTY, KENTUCKY
10/26/1811 Thomas and Polly Moore deeded 200 1/2 acres to David on Mill Creek; which lands were in his possession at time of death in 1814. The deed provides that should the tract Thomas Moore assigns to David Lindsay fail because of a legitimate prior claim, Thomas and Polly Moore shall refund the original purchase price of 51 pounds seven shillings eight pence PLUS legal interest from November 19, 1787. (I interpret this to mean that the purchase was made in 1787 and the title was conveyed in 1811, possibly after legal ownership was finally ascertained.) See Deed to David Lindsay
James Lindsay was also assigned 81 1/4 acres under the same terms. I believe this was David's Son James and David partitioned part of his original Thomas Moore tract for the benefit of James. See Deed to James Lindsay
In a heavily wooded corner of this land is the final resting place of Thomas Moore, et al. David may also be buried here, but tombstones are covered by dirt and overgrowth! The highway historical marker and cemetery was visited by me in June 2007 and these pictures are offered: Cemetery Pictures
Note: We have David definitely located from here on:
1787 BOURBON COUNTY No Lindsay's
1788 BOURBON COUNTY, KENTUCKY TAX LIST: Lindsey, David
1788: 10/27/1788 Petition by David et al to build tobacco warehouse on Isaac Ruddle's land on South Licking Creek, Bourbon County, Kentucky. Note: David's signature is Lindsay. See Document Here and HERE
1789 BOURBON COUNTY, KENTUCKY TAX ROLL: Linsey, David & Lindsey, David
1790 BOURBON COUNTY No Lindsay
1791 (June) BOURBON COUNTY 1790 FEDERAL CENSUS: Lyncy, David
1792 BOURBON COUNTY, KENTUCKY TAX ROLL: Lindsey, David
1792 March Court Session, Bourbon County David Lindsey is juror for Benjamin Harrison's petition to build a gristmill on Mill Creek. David also has property on Mill Creek. PETITION
1793 BOURBON COUNTY, KENTUCKY TAX ROLL: Lindsey, David & Lindsey, George
1793 MAY COURT BOURBON COUNTY David Lindsy et al ordered to mark a new road best way from Samuel McGlaine's(?) to Coleman's Mill.
The Court Order
In 1793 Harrison County, Kentucky was proposed, becoming permanent in 1794. David is no longer recorded paying Bourbon Countytaxes. I would conclude then, that David probably lived on Mill Creek all the time.
1794 HARRISON COUNTY, KENTUCKY :
David (Daniel) Lindsay named first County Coroner.
1795 BOURBON COUNTY, KENTUCKY TAX ROLL: Lynsey, Oliver
1796 BOURBON COUNTY, KENTUCKY TAX ROLL: None
1797 BOURBON COUNTY, KENTUCKY TAX ROLL: Lindsey, George & Lindsey, Oliver
1799 BOURBON COUNTY, KENTUCKY TAX ROLL: Lindsey, John
In 1799 David Lindsey, Harrison Co., Ky., paid taxes on 350 acres along Mill Creek, about three miles northwest of Cynthiana, said taxes entered for heirs of William Trabue. (Brother of Daniel and/or James Trabue? Mentioned in Draper's paper's and published in a book called "Westward to Kentucky")
1802 Harrison County Taxes David Lindsey paid taxes on 300 acres surveyed and patented for Thomas Moore.
1810 Harrison and Fleming Counties FEDERAL CENSUS:
First known census of Harrison County is the 1810 Federal Census. David Lindsay is listed as David Linsey.
gggGrandfather David Linsey, 1810 US Census, Harrison County, KY :
Male= 1 (10-15) 1 (45 or over)
Female= 1 (16-25) 1 (26-44)
ggGrandfather John Lindsay is listed in Fleming County
US Census Records: 1810 Fleming CO, KY
male= 3 (0-9) 1 (26-44) (1766-1784)
female= 2 (0-9) 1 (16-25)
Oct. 28, 1811 Harrison County Thomas Moore deeded David Lindsey 202 ½ acres along Mill Creek, in possession at time of his death in 1814. David dies March 18, 1814 @ age 74.
April 1814, Harrison County David Lindsay dies. His second wife Nancy (Agnes) McNay Lindsay receives her dower of 67 1/3 acres. Nancy dies Oct. 30, 1828 @ age 75.
Nancy Lindsay's Deed
SUMMARY of DAVID LINDSAYS CIVIL SERVICE RECORD in KENTUCKY
|The Coincidence of Names Associated With A David Lindsey of Bedford County, PA in 1773 and the David Lindsay of Harris County, Kentucky.|
DEED FROM DAVID LINDSEY TO JOHN REED
It it was once thought that this much discussed David Lindsey deed was by David Lindsay of Cynthiana, Kentucky. Now it is believed that this David Lindsey went on to Alabama where he subsequently died.
The "Jersey Settlement"
The Barnes Family of Fleming County, Kentucky