Maj Joseph Lindsley

Maj Joseph Lindsley

Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey, USA
Death 8 Oct 1822 (aged 86)
Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey, USA
Plot Plot 911
Memorial ID 24748378 · View Source
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He married first to Anne Lumm and married second to Mary Gardner. He had children by both wives. He served in the Eastern Battalion of the Morris County militia during the Revolutionary War as a Lieutenant (1775), a Captain (1776) and a Major (1778); part of his service was under Captain Sylvanus Seeley. He was a carpenter by trade and served as the head carpenter when the Presbyterian congregation built their second meeting house. Some of his descendants came to use the common spelling of LINDLEY for their surname.

A reference to Major Joseph Lindsey (who died 13 Jun 1822), Son of Benjamin & Sarah Lindsley as the "Blind Major." The nickname appears to have been applied in error. Later research (i.e., Bartenstein, Fred & Isabel, New Jersey's Revolutionary War Powder Mill, Morris County Historical Society, Morristown, NJ, 1975, at Pages 158-161), show Major Joseph Lindsley, Son of Daniel & Grace Lindsley, was the "Blind Major," who helped build and operate Ford's Powder Mill. The error of identifying Benjamin's Son Joseph as the "Blind Major" is easily understood, as Benjamin Lindsley lived for many years on property adjacent to the Powder Mill. The Joseph Lindsley on this memorial was reportedly blind by 1792. For more information about him refer to: Scott Sherpherd's "Who's Who in the Graveyard, The Presbyterian Church of Morristown, Interments of Record Dating From 1731", Morristown NJ, @2002, in which the author made use of church records and two earlier complications of inscriptions, one from 1931 and another from 1851.

Reference: Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots, Vol.3, p. Serial: 12259; Volume: 4. Source:

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His original marker as seen in the photo is no longer legible, but read at one time as follows:
J. L.
In Memory of Maj. Joseph Lindsley
Who Died Oct 8th, 1822
In the 87th Year of His Age
(source: The Conklings in America by Ira B. Conkling @1913, page 91)

His military marker reads:
Major Joseph Lindsley
The Powder Maker
1736 - 1822



  • Maintained by: Diane Gravlee
  • Originally Created by: P. Reilly
  • Added: 19 Feb 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 24748378
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Joseph Lindsley (7 Jun 1736–8 Oct 1822), Find a Grave Memorial no. 24748378, citing First Presbyterian Churchyard, Morristown, Morris County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Diane Gravlee (contributor 47083760) .