County Tyrone, Ireland is the birthplace of many of our Scotch-Irish ancestors. One great Tyrone family was/is? the Lindesay’s of Loughry. Robert Lindesay, (son of Thomas Lindsay of King’s Wark, Edinburgh), was born in Leith Scotland and died in Loughry, County Tyrone ca 1618.

Loughry is a parish in the Townland of Derryloran where the Lindesay estate resided and adjacent to Loughry demesne (explained below) which is positioned both in Townlands Derryloran and Desertcreat.

Letter writer David Lindsey is supposed to have written his letter from somewhere in County Tyrone. (Not Desertcreat ((Makemson)) He refers to a Fleming “cusen” living in the Townland or Parish of Desertcreat (There are both).

The writer of the Fleming chronicles firmly believes that the four Fleming brothers migrated from Cookstown (or Cookstown Parish) to the U.S. after 1751. As you can see, Cookstown is located in the Townland of Derryloran, 10-12 miles from the Townland of Desertmartin. The lands of the Loughry Lindesay’s are between the two references.

This is perhaps all the evidence we shall ever have of the geographical connection of David Lindsey, the Lindesay Loughrys’, and the Fleming family of Tyrone County.


Map of the Civil Parishes of Co Tyrone

Map showing Parishes of Derryloran:                `                                                                                                                              


Parishes of Desertmartin:                                                                                                                                                             Loughry Demesne                                                           



British History: demesne


Demesne was a legal term to describe land and property worked for the direct benefit of the owner. During the Middle Ages the importance of such holdings varied: at times it was more valuable for owners to work the land themselves, whilst at others it was more profitable to rent the land to tenants. When demand for agricultural produce was high and profits good, demesnes expanded. When the costs of production rose, as after plague during the 14th cent.many magnates leased demesnes to tenants for cash rent, keeping the part near to residences to meet household needs.





The Fleming chronicles below are taken from the publication found elsewhere by Publius V. Lawson, L. L. B.    [Enter]



The church letters of Thomas [Fleming] show that both            1751

William and Thomas were still at Cookstown

in May 1751. It is natural to conclude that the

letters were asked for, because Thomas was

about to go away to America.


French and Indian War                                                                     1754-1763



Thomas of the three brothers of Cookstown                                 1755-1783

was a resident near the Bethlehem church,

in township of that name in Hunterdon County,

New Jersey, from 1755 to 1783


The David Lindsey/Lindsay references are accurate but may not be the same person! This author

Suggests the possibility that it is the same person by reason of compelling chronology and location.


letter of David Lindsey      [Enter]                                                   1758


Immigration records reports a David Lindsay                                 1760

arrived in Philadelphia


In 1767 there is a receipt among the same                                   1767

papers signed by William Fleming given to

Thomas for money paid for the salary of

Rev. John Hanna, Pastor of the Bethlehem

Presbyterian Church, and it is endorsed,

"with a present from Andrew Fleming."

On this receipt appear the names of all

three brothers who came from Cookstown

to the town of Bethlehem.


The first item we have of William Fleming                                   1767

of Cookstown is the receipt mentioned above

as given to Thomas Fleming in 1767, April 17th,


Andrew of the three brothers; and he bought                              1768

223 acres in township Independence, County Sussex

[8.7 mi from Andover (Furnace], since set off and

now in Warren County, on Nov. 8th 1768, when it

is presumed he moved on to his new purchase,

perhaps the next spring. Remember, David Lindsey

kept his tavern 21/2 miles from Andover Furnace 


Wanted-David Lindsey                             [Enter]                             February 20, 1769


David Lindsey, NJ Tavern Keeper           [Enter]                             December 25, 1769-January 1,, 1770. 


David Lindsay Appears on Cumberland                                          1772

County, PA tax list.


Jim Richey reports in his rich volume regarding the Cumberland County, PA David Lindsay’s arriving in the vicinity of Carlisle in 1772. He is either accompanied by spouse, children, and their families or is joined by them at sometime time later. The letter of 1758 does not mention David’s spous and children but it is easy to assumed he did indeed have a family migration in his plans. Perhaps David migrated first to establish his presence in the “new country” which many times was the case.


David Lindsey renter, in West Pennsboro TWP,                              1772-1774

Cumberland County, PA


Note: another David Lindsey/Lindsay also appears in

Tyrone TWP, Westmoreland County, PA in 1772.  


Further, there are three David Lindsay’s taking the

Cumberland County “Oath of allegiance” in 1778.            


and another  David Lindsay,  arrived in 1773,                              1773

age 17, (b. c1756)   Philadelphia


David Lindsey, Carlisle, Cumberland County                               1779

Tavern keeper; one house on one lot

(Probably Lot 4), 1779


David, James, John, Jacob Lindsay                                               1780 & 1781

Carlisle TWP


David Lindsey Sr. (Carlisle) deceased                                            1781-1782



when he (Thomas) removed to Vienna, in                                      1783

Town Independence in Sussex County,

(now in Warren County), New Jersey.  


and he (William) paid pew rent in the same                                 1791

Bethlehem Church, March 29th, 1791.


William Fleming's will was dated at                                             1792-1795

Bethlehem township (Hunterdon County)

[16.9 mi from Independence Township],

June 16th, 1792, probated Feb. 4, 1795.


The New Jersey Animap indicates all named places where the Fleming brothers are found. Township Independence (and Great Meadows) where Andrew purchased his acreage in 1768 is but a short distance from where the tavern keeper David Lindsey resided in 1769, and he may have arrived sometime earlier. Further, Great Meadows is only 7 mile east of  "PENNSILLVENA"! 


This is also a portion of New Jersey where the Fleming’s reportedly lived and where David Lindsey kept his tavern 2 1/2 miles south of Newton.: