New Hampshire Period: 1781-1791

New Hampshire Period: 1781-1791

By the time that the United States Census of 1790 was taken, the Lindsays had moved from Middlesex county, Massachusetts. Stanley Lindsay, Sparks, Nevada searched other counties and states of this same census in order to locate where the family was living. He found them living in Thornton, Frafton, New Hampshire, which town was incorporated in 1781.

United States Census—1790—New Hampshire (RB A 39)

The following Lindsay and allied families are recorded in Thornton, Grafton, New Hampshire:

Head of Family

Free White Males 16 and Up*

Free White Males Under 16

Free White Females*

Other Free Persons

Slaves

David Lindsay

2

1

4

-

-

Ephraim Lindsay

2

1

3

-

-

Thomas Lindsay

1

-

1

-

-

           
John Osgood

1

3

5

-

-

Abel Willey

4

3

3

-

-

Abel Willey, Jr.

1

-

4

-

-

Jared Willey

1

2

2

-

-

Patience Willey

-

-

2

-

-

Seth Willey

1

-

3

-

-

* Including Heads of Families

Ephraim Lindsay, father of William Buckminster Lindsay, Sr., married Mercy Willey in Thornton in August, 1783 (F NH 5, pt 386, page 100)

Record of the Town Proceedings of Thornton (F NH 5, Part 386.) The following typical entries show participation of Ephraim in the town activities:

  • Ephraim Lindsay was voted Petit Juror of the Town Court and Grand Juror of the Superior Court, 3 December 1787
  • Voted constable 29 March 1735
  • Took in second girl of Mr. Burkheart since the Burkheart family could not support their children and was paid 24 bushels of wheat for one year’s care of the child starting 31 May 1786
  • Bought a pew in the church for $19.50 on 2 December 1790 and another pew for $10.50 on 29 March 1791
  • Voted surveyor of highways 29 March 1791
  • Collector of school taxes for one district in 1791
  • Voted surveyor of highways in March 1792
  • Constable 17 October 1792 to about 1794
  • Collector of taxes according to proclamation of Thornton town Selectmen 13 June 1792

Ephraim and Mary (1) Lindsay sell land to John Robertson in Thornton on 17 April 1793 (after which they moved to Peacham, Caledonia, Vermont.)

(1) The names Mary and Mercy are believed to have been used interchangeably in those days.