Biography of William Lindsey (1813- )
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888), p. 565.

William LINDSEY was born in Christian County, Ky., in 1813, and is a son of John and Margaret (CARR) Lindsey, who were born in North Carolina and Kentucky, respectively. John LINDSEY started for Kentucky with his parents when quite small, but the father was killed by the Indians while en route and only he, his mother and brothers and sisters, ever reached the " Blue Grass State." John clerked in a store in Dover, Tenn., for a number of years, and was married in Kentucky about 1809. In 1818 he and family came to Pike County, Mo., of which he became a prominent and influential citizen. He was the second sheriff of Pike County, served twelve years, and was at one time coroner of the county. In 1840 he was elected to represent the county in the State Legislature, and proved to be an able and efficient representative. He was a descendant of one of five brothers who came from England to America before the Revolution, and many of his descendants reside in Pike County. He died in 1856. His wife died in 1855, and both she and the father were for many years members of the Baptist Church. William LINDSEY, the subject of this sketch, is the second of eleven children, and was educated in the common country schools. He attended school three months after he was twenty-three years of age, which schooling did him more good than all his previous attendance. He served as deputy collector and sheriff of Pike County, Mo., during the last term, and in 1838 was married to Harriet HUMPHREY, who died in 1840, leaving one child, James D. His second marriage was consummated in 1855, his wife being Lucinda HUMPHREY. She died in 1862, also leaving one child, Elizabeth, wife of George LONG. Annarah DAY became his wife in 1863, and their union was blessed by the birth of six children, four of whom are living: Andrew Johnson, Jennie Lee, Albert J. and Liberty Day. Mr. LINDSEY is a Democrat in politics, and served in the mexican War under Gen. Sterling PRICE. In 1850 he crossed the plains to California, and after spending about three years in mining and stock trading he returned home, and in 1854 came to Lincoln County, but since 1865 has resided on his present farm of 310 acres.

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