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William Lindsey
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Birth: Nov. 21, 1807
Anson County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Nov. 29, 1871
Milam County
Texas, USA

[PRIMARY SOURCE CITATION "Lindsey" compiled by Vaughn Hamberlin Rowley. Published 1963. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 63-20054]


William Lindsey was living in Newton County, Georgia when he married Eliza Lewis, a girl of Irish descent. The first ten of their fifteen children were born in Georgia.

William and Eliza had moved to Cobb County, Georgia before their sixth child, Benjamin (probably named for Benjamin Franklin, Williams's cousin), was born. They were living in an isolated region and it was necessary for William to make an occasional trip to market for supplies and to take care of business. These trips usually took several days. Benjamin's first birthday had just passed, in the winter of 1836, when William prepared to take one of these long trips to market. Little Benjie, who was just learning to walk, toddled about his father's feet that morning before he began his journey. This was the last time William saw the baby. Benjamin suddenly developed severe croup in the night following his father's departure. The other children were very young, and Eliza had no way to contact William. Benjamin died on the 3rd of December 1836, and was buried before his father's return.

William and Eliza moved to Alabama before the spring of 1843, where he bought land in the Hatchett Creek Taxing District near Rockford in Coosa County. The last five of Eliza's children were born there. They were: Priscilla, Samuel, Thomas, Sheridan and Harrison.

William bought land fourteen times in Coosa County, Alabama. He was a hard working man and a good farmer. He had a very comfortable home, a cotton gin and slaves. Though many descendants say he was opposed to slavery, the 1850 and 1860 county census and slave schedules show that he did own two slaves. His grand-daughter, Alice Little Ambrose, said he owned two slaves, a man first who was later permitted to take a wife. They were house slaves who helped grandmother with the children, the cooking and the house work. When grandfather gave these slaves their freedom he gave them forty acres of land, a house, a mule and a cow.

Three of the children of this family, Catherine, Berry Grove and James, had married and were living near their parents. Catherine had children of her own before their mother passed away. Eliza died when Harrison was born on the 6th of January 1851, at the age of 43 years, leaving ten or eleven motherless children in the home.

William Lindsey and Rhoda Smith (second wife)

William Lindsey married Rhoda Susan Smith soon after the death of his first wife, Eliza. Rhoda had moved from Georgia, where she was born, to Alabama when she was 12 years old. It was here, in Alabama, that she and William met and were married. To this union nine children were born. This William Lindsey then had a family of 24 children.

About the year 1868, soon after the birth of his youngest child, Susan, William started to Texas with his family by covered wagon. En route, they stopped in Mississippi for about a year. Two of William and Rhoda's children died there. Evidence indicates these children were Fannie A. Lindsey age 4 years, and Sarah Jane Lindsey age 13. Sarah died four days after Fannie did.

William arrived in Texas in the winter of 1869. His family is listed in the Port Sullivan, Milam County, Texas census of 1870. William settled on the old Wilcox farm on the Brazos River. He and his sons and son-in-law farmed together. According to Margaret Morris (William's grand-daughter), they all worked hard and made bumper crops. His grand-son stated that William had a hundred bales of cotton on his yeard when he died.

William said that his hard luck began when he came to Texas. Evidence indicates that he suffered much financial loss during the Civil War. With his move to Texas, death became a seemingly constant visitor to his family. In one year and nine months, William lost five of his children. Fannie A. and Sarah Jane died en route to Texas and Andrew Jackson died soon after their arrival. Harrison was then accidentally shot by his brother, making the family's grief even harder to bear. Four months later Samuel, who had remained with his brother in Alabama, died. Within this period a dear grand-son and son-in-law also passed away. Margaret Moore Morris, William's grand-daughter mentioned above, visited often in her grandparent's home. She said of him, "Poor Grandpa, it was more than he could bear." Indeed it was, for it was less than seven months before he too passed away. Three more of his children soon followed him to the grave.

When William and Rhoda made their home in Port Sullivan, it was a busy shipping center, a thriving little town of 20 or more stores and a college. The college burned; the town died. When the writer [Vaughn Hamberlin Rowley] went to Port Sullivan (November 1956), part of the old docks could be seen from a very old bridge that was spanning the Brazos River, a short distance from the cemetery. Near the cemetery, prior to 1896, stood a Methodist Church that was also used as a school house. In 1956, an old church still stood near the lonely, unkept cemetery --- eighty five years after William's death. In 1955, shortly before her death, Susan (William's youngest daughter), went to this cemetery with her son, Kelso Rogers. She told Kelso that her father and two brothers were buried in the three graves on the right as you enter the gate, but she was not sure which of the three was that of her father. When the writer [Vaughn Hamberlin Rowley] saw the graves in 1956, each had a large rock at the head and smaller ones at the foot with daffodils growing around them. This cemetery seemed to have been long closed. I, the writer [Vaughn Hamberlin Rowley], was told it's first grave was dug in 1838. Directly behind the church was a slave cemetery, separated from the main cemetery by a fence.

In 1961, when the writer again went to Port Sullivan, the old bridge across the Brazos was gone and also the old church. In the cemetery the rocks had been removed, the graves leveled, and bushes had grown higher than your head over these graves.

Margaret Moore said her father, John Moore (son-in-law to William), and her two year old brother, little Robert Moore was also buried in this cemetery. From statements made by other relatives, the writer [Vaughn Hamberlin Rowley, 1963] has no doubt that many more of William's loved ones are buried there.

Family links: 
  James Monroe Lindsey (1829 - 1912)*
  Elizabeth A Lindsey Henderson (1831 - 1901)*
  Ruthie Jane Lindsey Moore (1834 - 1906)*
  William Mitchell Lindsey (1839 - 1932)*
  Harrison Lindsey (1851 - 1870)*
  Andrew Jackson Lindsey (1860 - 1870)*
*Calculated relationship
Port Sullivan Cemetery
Milam County
Texas, USA
Maintained by: Danny Grizzle
Originally Created by: Leslie Harris
Record added: Feb 12, 2008
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William Lindsey
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William Lindsey
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William Lindsey
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- Marian and Richard--Rest in Peace
 Added: Mar. 1, 2011
3rd great grandfather
- Leslie Harris
 Added: Jun. 4, 2009

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