|Birth: ||Jun. 17, 1839|
|Death: ||Jul. 28, 1932|
[PRIMARY SOURCE CITATION "Lindsey" compiled by Vaughn Hamberlin Rowley. Published 1963. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 63-20054]
[ibid, Page 43]
WILLIAM MITCHEL LINDSEY - CHILD OF WILLIAM & ELIZA LINDSEY
William Mitchel Lindsey (Bill) was a twin to Eliza. They were named for their parents. Bill was a tiny baby and the story was often told that he was so small when born that he could be put in a quart coffee pot and the lid would close. William was in Company D, 17th Alabama Infantry C.S.A. He suffered an injury in the leg in the Civil War and was sent home before the war ended. Soon after his return home, he was standing on the porch of a store, with his injured leg propped against the wall. A young Stinson boy came to the store with a basket of eggs to exchange for desperately needed supplies. A Federal soldier approached the boy, cursed and kicked him, then took the boy's eggs and threw them. Bill went to the boy's defense. He struck the soldier on the chin with his fist. The soldier fell, striking his head on the post causing his neck to break. He died instantly. Bill knew the Feds would be after him shortly so he hid on the upper floor of a nearby building. He heard the soldiers approaching and as they started up the stairway, he leaped from the second story window and somehow escaped. Someone loaned him a mule that took him to the river but the mule hesitated to cross. After much persuasion, Uncle Bill finally got him to swim the river, and made it to the home of his brother, James. In later years, he vividly recalled his struggle with that mule. James was away at this time in the army, but his wife Sarah [Bill's sister-in-law], gave Bill a good horse that took him safely to Texas.
William settled in Port Sullivan, Milam County, Texas. Later he bought a home in Maysfield where he lived more than sixty years. In his early days, Uncle Bill was a very handsome man and was a fancy dresser. He always kept a fine rig and beautiful horses. One horse was named Dido and was trained to do tricks. Uncle Bill treated it as a child and fed him sugar lumps.
William married Mary Jane Allen of Alabama first. There were the parents of three children. Cornelia was born in Alabama. Marion Lee and William David were born in Milam County, Texas. The daughter, Cornelia died 7 August 1895 and ten days later five year old David died. Heart-broken Janie died seven years later and for many years Uncle Bill and his only surviving child "Lee" lived alone.
Lee, the light of his father's life, later attended a ministerial school and became a Methodist minister. He was handsome and married a very attractive girl. Lee died in his fourty-first year leaving Uncle Bill a heart-sore, lonely man.
Some years after Janie's death, Uncle Bill married Mell McClosky. After Mell's death, Uncle Bill suffered a severe illness and was cared for by a young widow, Chistine (Teena) Brantly. They were married a short time later. (Christine's full name was Christine (Teena) Weathers Brantly).
Uncle Bill raised race horses in Texas. He and his brother, Harrison, were at a race when they, along with others, became engaged in an argument that resulted in a serious fight. As Bill struggled to take a gun from another person, the gun accidentally discharged, shooting Harrison in the leg. Harrison later died of this wound. Uncle Bill was inconsolable in his grief for his brother whom he called Toad. Some sixty years later, when on his death bed, Uncle Bill called again and again for Toad, as though he was searching for him.
Uncle Bill and his nephew, William Jasper, both lived in Maysfield at the same time. both were called "Uncle Bill" by their many common relatives, which resulted in the names of "Old Uncle Bill" and "Young Uncle Bill".
Old Uncle Bill died in Maysfield at the age of ninety three and is buried in Little River Cemetery beside Janie and two of their children, Cornelia and little David. They have several descendants in Tyler and Beaumont, Texas [as of 1963]. Among them are medical doctors and others of notable achievements.
William Lindsey (1807 - 1871)
Mary Jane Allen Lindsey (1843 - 1892)
Cornelia A Lindsey (1867 - 1885)*
Marion Lee Lindsey (1874 - 1915)*
William David Lindsey (1879 - 1885)*
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)*
Little River Cemetery
GPS (lat/lon): 30.9491, -96.87213
Created by: Danny Grizzle
Record added: Jun 04, 2009
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