Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens
Lawrence County Pennsylvania 1897

THOMAS S. LINDSEY,

[p. 545] deceased. This gentleman, who is familiar to the older generations of Lawrence County, as one of the county's most progressive and prosperous agriculturists of the early day, was born in Mercer Co., Pa., in 1806, and died in 1866, being survived by his wife and a number of children and grandchildren.

George Lindsey, the father of Thomas, was an Irishman by birth and by parentage; he came to Pennsylvania from the "ould sod" about 1770, and settled in Mercer County, where he purchased a farm in the vicinity of Wilmington, and was engaged in cultivating its virgin soil the remainder of his life, reaping and garnering splendid crops by reason of his skill in gardening and agricultural work. He married Nancy Sampson, who bore him nine children: John; James; Robert; Elizabeth; George; Thomas; Jane; Nancy; and Boyd. They were upon coming to this country what were known as Seceders in religious belief, but later in life united with the United Presbyterian Church.

Thomas S. Lindsey received his education in Neshannock township, and followed the footsteps of his father in adopting the vocation of a farmer as a means of support. He was a man who loved to see the most made of things, and his industry and exceptionally good judgment, which placed him among the first citizens of the toanship, were the subject of remark for long years after his death. He was at first a Whig, and then in 1856 became a Republican, as that party seemed destined then to succeed its parent.

In 1831, he married Sarah Bay, daughter of William V. Bay, a native of Neshannock township, and to them were born nine children: Lily Ann, who married McGiffin Fisher of Neshannock township, and has four childrenóMelda J., Lawrence, William, and Sarah E.; William, deceased, who married Mary A. Bay of Neshannock township, and has three childrenóFrederick L., Thomas L., and Edna F.; Lawrence, deceased; George, deceased; Margaret, deceased; Lizzie, deceased; John, deceased; Nancy Florenda, deceased; and an infant that died unnamed. Mrs. Lindsey, who was born Oct. 16, 1811, and is therefore well-advanced toward the nonogenarian mark, is active and bright, and does not seem to be as old as she really is by twenty years. The family are United Presbyterians, of which society Mrs. Lindsey has been a member for sixty-five years, quite a wonderful record, and one that she may well be proud of, for it is not met with every day.


Biographical Sketches of Leading Citizens Lawrence County Pennsylvania
Biographical Publishing Company, Buffalo, N.Y., 1897

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