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From: "Bob Lindsay" <>
Subject: Re: [S-I] Thoughts on replying to an American letter etc...
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2012 16:18:50 -0700
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Dear List:

Perhaps I can provide some help with what I think know about this letter.

Elisha M. Fleming of Belvidere, originally in Pennsylvania; Sussex and now
Warren County, NJ found this letter (ca 1880's) in his barn in a box of old
papers preserved by his father. The Fleming cousins referred to were
citizens of now Warren, Sussex; and Hunterdon Counties, NJ. These cousins
(brothers all) followed their elder brother Samuel (founder Flemington, NJ)
and mother (now) Martha Biggers to the NJ area. It is believed that David
Lindsey's mother was the Fleming brother's aunt, she being a daughter of the
deceased Malcolm Fleming. It is understood that Malcolm resided in
Tullywiggin, Derryloran Parish, and County Tyrone. Malcolm Fleming's family
was from Largs, Scotland and settled in the Cookstown area ca 1643.

A David Lindsay is found in the Sussex County Court records, May Term, 1769
wherein he petitions the court to issue a "Licens to Keep a Public House
Where he now lives, it being a public House for many years, . . . ". Another
document of that time show petitioners David Lindsay and Andrew Fleming, et
al on the same document. We can postulate that David Lindsay/Lindsey did
indeed find his Fleming cousins.
Research suggests this David Lindsey/Lindsay migrated to present day Fayette
County, PA and later to present Harrison County, KY. Original family bible
records (in possession of David Lindsey Wilcox) indicate that David's wife
was named Rebekah and the mother of his offspring. No known source for the
much-publicized report that a Mary Fleming was his wife!

David Lindsay was a Westmoreland County, PA 1st Lt. during the Revolutionary
War. For evidence of his reputation, he retained several community/county
offices during his PA and Ky years. David Lindsey wrote the letter at age 18
having visions of coming to the USA for "the good bargains of lands". He was
a Scotch-Irishman who came, fought for his adopted country, and helped
settle the early frontiers of our lands. He died in 1814, age 74, presumably
on his farm north of Cynthiana, KY. He is buried there in the "Lindsey
Cemetery", a small-unkept plot of ground on his original property.

The source of this posting is partially taken from the publication:

Family Genealogy
Author: Publins Lawson
Call Number: CS71.L425
This book contains the history of the Fleming and Lawson families of New
Bibliographic Information: Lawson, Publins. Family Genealogy. Privately
Published. Menasha, Wis. 1903.

Other sources include Ted Lindsay; Susan Grabek; David Lindsey Wilcox; and
forgotten others, who are all to be thanked.

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Document ID 9307016
Date 19-03-1758
Document Type Letters (Other)
Archive Public Record Office, Northern Ireland
Citation David Lindsey, Tyrone, to Thomas or Andrew Fleming,
Pennsylvania.; PRONI D3561/; CMSIED 9307016

Papers of Prof. E.R.R. Green (Copies of emigrant letters collected by and
sent to E.R.R. Green as part of his research project on emigration)
Deposited by Dr. P.R. Green

Letter dated "March ye 19th, 1758". From David Lindsey of County Tyrone,
Northern Ireland to Thomas *Fleming* or Andrew *Fleming*, Pennslyvania.
ye 19th, 1758

Dr.[Dear?] Cusen [Cousin?] I had upertunity [opportunity?] of reading your
letter that was sent to your father-in-law, which gave me great
satisfaction to here [hear?] you were all in goodhealth and fortuned so well
as to be possessed in so good a bargain of lands. We are all in good
health. I bless God for all his mercies, and yr. [your?] uncle David is
helthy[healthy?] and harty [hearty?], and all do join in our love and
compliments to you and your families and enquiring friends. I expected
account oftener from you, only times being troublesome in that country with
wars that we were assured that you were all ded [dead?] or killed. The good
bargains of your lands in that country doe [do?] greatly encourage me to
pluck up my spirits and make Redie [ready?] for the Journey, for we are now
oppressed with our lands at 8s per acre and other improvements, cutting
our land in two-acre parts, and Quicking, and only two years' time for doing
it all [--?] ye, we cannot stand more. I expected a letter from you more
oftener, or that cusen [cousin?] Wm. [William?] *Fleming* would come over
before this time; but these things does not Discourage me to goe [go?], only
we depend on ye [you?] for Derections [directions?] in the goods fitting to
take to that place. I had disappointment of 20s worth of Lining [linen?]
clothye [cloth?] I sold, and had James Hoskins' bond for the money. The
merchant ran away, and I had great truble [trouble?] in getting my money, so
that was deleavered[delivered?]. Brother John *Fleming* is dead, and brother
James Lindsey is married again to one Hoskins, and his son Robert has
service to his uncle, James Martin, and desires to know if he will redeem
him if he goes over there. He is a good favour and is willing to work for
his passage till it's paid.

Your Cusen [cousin?] in Desert master [martin?] is all in health. Cusen
[cousin?] Mary to let you know that all my father's family is in helth
[health?] and joins in ye love
to ye. My father is very far spent, and I expect to see him buried before I
leave the place. Your father and my uncle Andrew is but tender in helth
[health?]. Sarah Rickets
desires to be remembered in her love to her sister Nelly and other friends.
Our living is dear in this place.
I conclude with my love to you and all friends there. I am yours till death.

David Lindsey.

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