Identity of Alexander Lindsay

Identity of Alexander Lindsay

The Alexander Lindsay, father of our progenitor, Thomas Lindsay, is not the same Alexander Lindsay that married Lydia Cross in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on 3 December, 1719. There are two references that show that Lydia Lindsby (widow) of Portsmouth, remarried on 17 November, 1726 to James Kenny. (Am Pub H, vol 24, pg 358 and N.H. P3b).

The marriage of Lydia (Cross) Lindsay as a widow in 1726 means that her husband, Alexander Lindsay, who was of Forfaine, Angushire, Scotland, died prior to 1726. The Alexander Lindsay who was the father of our Thomas Lindsay was living in 1758 when he deeded land to his son, Thomas.

The place of birth, the date of birth, the parentage, and the wife of our Alexander Lindsay are yet to be found. This analysis and conclusion has been concurred in by researchers at the Genealogical Association in Salt Lake City. In a letter to the William Buckminster Lindsay Family Association, by Naomi M. Harker, of the research staff, dated 21 January, 1955, she states:

"It is our opinion that the Alexander Lindsay who married in Portsmouth in 1719 to Lydia Cross, is not identical with the one first of Methuen, then of Dracut, but we have been able to discover nothing additional on him."

Compiler's Notes and Comments (David J. Wardell, 1990)

Rex Lindsay's views are clearly articulated in the material found above that he authored over 30 years ago.  A strong contrary view has been held by the Lindsay family for many years, and is summarized by the following quotation extracted from biographical source notes pertaining to the same individual:

"This ancestor (Thomas Lindsay) has been proven by tradition and record to be the right one--his son, Ephraim Lindsay, after living in Thornton, New Hampshire, and Peachin, Vermont, moved to Brockville, Leeds County, Ontario, Canada. It is stated that Alexander brought records from Scotland of his ancestors that were handed down to this Ephraim, and in their home the records were destroyed by fire. Nevertheless, tradition was handed down to the effect that the Lindsays came from the House of Crawford in Scotland. The Lindsays later moved to Johnstown, Canada."

Geneaogical Society of Utah - Salt Lake City, Utah

"Thomas Lindsay, who married Ruth Foster, 19 April, 1755, at Dracut, is unquestionably a son of Alexander Lindsay of Forfaine, Angus County, Scotland, who married, 3 December, 1719, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Lydia Cross of that place. We know that Alexander Lindsay had a son, William Lindsay, Jr., because under date of 29 August, 1743, Alexander of Methuen, buys in Dracut, land and on the 18 July, 1758, he sells this same land to his son, William, Jr. This William, Jr., is associated with Thomas in a purchase of land in Dracut, 13 January, 1766. The land then purchased bounded partly on Thomas Lindsay's homestead farm."

-- 4 February, 1947:
Henry E. Christiansen, Superintendent

In this author's opinion, Rex Lindsay's evidence is far from conclusive and a number of completely plausible explanations can be advanced to explain these circumstances.   Therefore, while preserving the Rex Lindsay views, I have not discarded the alternative lineage nor altered the accepted Lindsay family pedigree.