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By Robert Lindsay Contributing columnist



Robert Lindsay and his dog Charlie.
Robert Lindsay and his dog Charlie.
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Yes, we had our 68th annual Lindsay reunion July 27, 2014. Many of us left wider, and hopefully wiser. Scrumptious food will do that you know. I weigh before I attend the reunion, and after I return home. I can assure you I never come home weighing less.


The program this year was especially informative with a pictorial slide show with narration on our previous generation’s family. Next year there will be detailed information on each aunt and uncle. Our president, Don Lindsay, Jr., and his father made an excellent presentation.


My heritage column will begin by informing you just who are these Lindsay’ of the Land of Goshen. They were farmers who never grew tobacco. Instead they grew more vegetables, berries and fruit to increase their income. Hogs, chickens, and cows helped in their efforts in supporting their large families. To give you an idea of large, I had 40 first cousins.


The first known Lindsay in Sampson County was Thomas and Seth Lindsay in 1825. They both were court appointed to work on the road from Goshen Swamp to Blackmon’s crossroad.


Thomas was killed by lightning in 1839, leaving a wife Elizabeth (Disey) Vann Lindsay and three children — Caroline, age 6, John Devane, 4 , and Mary (Betsy), 2. Disey later married Caswell Bryan of Newton Grove. They had one daughter, Susan. The daughter Betsy never married. On her tombstone reads “the best of the good.”


Her brother John, a Civil War veteran, is laid to rest at Hillcrest Cemetery in Newton Grove. I have been unable to find anything on Caroline’s family or grave site. Seth Lindsay has not appeared since working on the road. One can guess he may have died while working on the road.


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