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Harrison Lindsey
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Birth: Jan. 6, 1851
Death: Dec. 25, 1870, USA

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


[ibid, p. 49]


Harrison Lindsey was born 6 January 1851 near Rockford, Coosa County, Alabama. His mother, Eliza, died at his birth. The new baby was cared for by an older sister and the slaves until his father remarried.

Harrison came to Port Sullivan, Milam County, Texas in 1869 with his father's family.

Harrison's neice, Mrs. Margaret Moore Morris (now nearing her ninety nineth birthday) [as of 1963], spent many days playing in her grandfather's home with Harrison's young sisters. She described Harrison as "a big, strong, handsome lad who was well loved by all who knew him".

In the year of 1870, efforts were being made to legalize horse racing in Texas and in the words of Harrison's sister, Ruthy, "every time there was a horse race, there was a fight". It was near the end of that year when Harrison went to one of these races with other members of the family. During the course of the day, an argument began and developed into a fight. Varied accounts have been given of ensuing events, but since fact cannot be separated from fiction, to relate this accident in detail is impossible. However, this much is known. Someone produced a gun with the threat to shoot another. Harrison's brother, Bill, grabbed the gun and struggled with the assailant in an effort to prevent a killing. During the struggle the gun was accidently discharged, shooting Harrison in the leg. The believed Harrison was dying and carried him home immediately. Members of the family gathered in. He hovered between life and death for many days, then improved so well the doctor thought he would live providing his leg was amputed. Margaret M. Morris (the niece mentioned above) remembers this event well. She said, "I was there while Uncle Harrison was so sick. Mama (Ruthy) stayed with him. The next morning the doctor and an assistant came from Maysfield in a buggy and amputated his leg. I still remember the box they put his leg in". Nevertheless, Harrison died - on Christmas Day - in the year 1870. He was buried in the Sullvan Cemetery beside Archie A., his ten year old half-brother who died four months previously.

"Oh! It was a sad, sad time", recalls Margaret. "It was almost more than we could bear. Mama and others (his brothers and sisters) were heartsore - especially Uncle Bill - he felt responsible for Harrison's death. And poor, poor Grandpa it was more than he could bear". 
Family links: 
  William Lindsey (1807 - 1871)
  James Monroe Lindsey (1829 - 1912)*
  Elizabeth A Lindsey Henderson (1831 - 1901)*
  Ruthie Jane Lindsey Moore (1834 - 1906)*
  William Mitchell Lindsey (1839 - 1932)*
  Noah Lindsey (1841 - 1909)*
  Harrison Lindsey (1851 - 1870)
  Andrew Jackson Lindsey (1860 - 1870)*
*Calculated relationship
Port Sullivan Cemetery
Milam County
Texas, USA
Created by: Danny Grizzle
Record added: Jun 04, 2009
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Harrison Lindsey
Added by: Danny Grizzle
Harrison Lindsey
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- Marian and Richard--Rest in Peace
 Added: Mar. 1, 2011

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