March ye 19th, 1758


County Tyrone, Ireland is the birthplace of many of our Scotch-Irish ancestors. One great Tyrone family was/is? the Lindesay’s of Loughry. Robert Lindesay, (son of Thomas Lindsay of King’s Wark, Edinburgh) (Reference)), was born in Leith Scotland and died in Loughry, County Tyrone ca 1618.

Loughry is a Townland in the Parish of Derryloran where the Lindesay estate resided and adjacent to Loughry demesne (explained below) which is positioned both in Parishes Derryloran and Desertcreat.

Letter writer David Lindsey is supposed to have written his letter from somewhere in County Tyrone. (Not Desertmartin) He refers to a Fleming “cusen” living in the Parish of Desertmartin. (County Londonderry)

The writer of the Fleming chronicles firmly believes that the four Fleming brothers migrated from Cookstown (or Cookstown Parish) to the U.S. after 1751. As you can see, Cookstown is located in the Parish of Derryloran, 10-12 miles from the Parish of Desertmartin (County Londonderry).  [other maps]


This is perhaps all the evidence we shall ever have of the geographical connection of David Lindsey, the Lindesay Loughrys’, and the Fleming family of Tyrone County.

Map of the Civil Parishes of Co Tyrone:

Map showing Townlands of Derryloran Parish:

                                                                                                                                    Loughry Demesne            

Townlands of Desertcreat Parish:


British History:


Demesne was a legal term to describe land and property worked for the direct benefit of the owner. During the Middle Ages the importance of such holdings varied: at times it was more valuable for owners to work the land themselves, whilst at others it was more profitable to rent the land to tenants. When demand for agricultural produce was high and profits good, demesnes expanded. When the costs of production rose, as after plague during the 14th cent. many magnates leased demesnes to tenants for cash rent, keeping the part near to residences to meet household needs.

The Fleming chronicles below are taken from the publication found elsewhere by Publius V. Lawson, L. L. B.

Here it describes the Hunterdon County, New Jersey Flemings and their father Malcolm Fleming. Here also you will see the James and Martha Bigger family mentioned. (A PDF file) [Enter]

A Summary: [Enter]

Ted Lindsay's and my own research are added with the appropriate references.

In 1746 Samuel Fleming was licensed 				1746-1756
to keep a tavern in a log house and in 
1756 he built "Fleming Castle", which 
Judge Connet will tell you more about 
After the building of this magnificent 
structure, the place began to be spoken 
of as the Fleming settlement, later as 
Fleming's and still later Flemington. 
This 'Castle" stood a little back from 
a road which ran from a mill on the 
South Branch on the site of the present
A part of the land purchased by 
Samuel Fleming was a tract of about 
one hundred and five acres, and em- 
braced the spot upon which we now 
stand. This was in 1756, one hundred 			
and fifty years ago, ...........
Samuel Fleming was born in Ireland 
in 1707 and died in Flemington in 1790. 
It is not known just when he immigrated
from Ireland to this section.
Throughout the Hunterdon County Will references Samuel Fleming 
is mentioned as a Witness, Bondsman, and sometimes debt claimant 
to someone's estate.
Additional Information about Samuel Fleming
A Thomas Fleming is also mentioned as early as 1751!

"The church letters of Thomas [Fleming] show that both                                         1751
William and Thomas were still at Cookstown
in May 1751. It is natural to conclude that the
letters were asked for, because Thomas was
about to go away to America."

If this true, this means, as Ted Lindsay suggests, the Fleming Brothers did not

come to New Jersey at the same time as Samuel!

French and Indian War                                                                                          1754-1763

"Thomas of the three brothers of Cookstown                                                          1755-1783
was a resident near the Bethlehem church,
in township of that name in Hunterdon County,
New Jersey, from 1755 to 1783."


The David Lindsey/Lindsay references are accurate but may not be the same person! A comparison of David Lindsay signatures from Sussex County, NJ and those of Harrison County, PA are not exactly identical though competent researches think so!

This author's belief is that the NJ signatures are not the father of David Lindsay of Harrison County, KY, rather David himself.  The chronology of time and location suggests that because David Lindsay first child Eliza? Jane Lindsay was born in 1772 (Presumably in Pennsylvania), it's rather late for a married David of Ireland to have children!

letter of David Lindsey [Enter]                                                                               1758
Immigration records reports a David Lindsay                                                    
arrived in Philadelphia [1]                                                                                      1760
                      Boston [2]                                                                                      1768

Samuel Fleming property sold at sheriff auction                                                  1766

Trenton, April 19, 1766. Agreeable to Adjournment, will be exposed to Sale at  public Venue, to the highest Bidder, on Wednesday, the 2 1 St of May next, between the Hours of Twelve and Five of the Clock in the Afternoon, on the Premises, the noted Tavern House, and about 40 Acres of Land, be it more or less, situate in Amwell, and now in the Possession of Samuel Fleming, bounded by Lands of Richard Lan- ing, Thomas Lowrey, Gershom Lee, William Norcross, and the King's Highway; there is also' a good Barn, a good bearing Orchard, and some excellent Meadow on the above Lot, also one Frame House, Blacksmith's Shop, and about three Acres of Land, be it more or less, in the Corner of two Roads, adjoining the above, and nearly Opposite to Mr. Thomas Lowrey's. Also to be sold the same Day, to begin at Twelve of the Clock, Horses, Cows, Calves, Hogs, one Iron bound Waggon and Gears, one Plough, one Harrow, sundry Houshold Furniture, such as Feather Beds and Bedding, one Clock, Tables, Chairs, Writing Desk, Pewter, Iron Pots with sundry other Things too tedious to mention here; late the Property of Samuel Fleming, seized and taken in Execution at the Suit of Alexander Ray, John Smith, and others, and to be sold by Samuel Tucker, Sheriff. — The Pennsylvania Gazette, No. 1949, May 1,1766.

"In 1767 there is a receipt among the same                                                              1767
papers signed by William Fleming given to
Thomas for money paid for the salary of
Rev. John Hanna, Pastor of the Bethlehem
Presbyterian Church, and it is endorsed,
"with a present from Andrew Fleming."
On this receipt appear the names of all
three brothers who came from Cookstown
to the town of Bethlehem."
"The first item we have of William Fleming                                                             1767
of Cookstown is the receipt mentioned above
as given to Thomas Fleming in 1767, April 17th,"

"Andrew of the three brothers; and he bought                                                          1768
223 acres in Township of Independence, County Sussex
[8.7 mi from Andover (Furnace], since set off and
now in Warren County, on Nov. 8th 1768, when it
is presumed he moved on to his new purchase,
perhaps the next spring."

Remember, David Lindsey
kept his tavern 2 1/2 miles north of Andover Furnace

We now know that David Lindsay and Andrew Fleming                                      May 1769

had association with each other because they both signed

the same petition for Thomas Boor to have a public house

in Sussex County  [Enter]

Wanted-David Lindsey  [Enter]                                                                           February 20, 1769                                               
David Lindsey, NJ Tavern Keeper
                                                                      December 25, 1769-January 1, 1770.

[Newspaper Publication = Here]                    

[Original Petition = Here]
(Remember, this date only documents
his present location, not how long he has been there!)

[3] David Lindsay, Bondsman  Pge. 517

1771, March 5. Teate, David, of Newton, Sussex Co. Int. Adm'r 		        March 5, 1771— Samuel Teate, of Pennsylvania. Fellowbondsman — David Lindsay, of Newton, Sussex Co. Witness — John Allen. Lib. 15, p. 106.

[4] David Lindsay, Estate Administrator of will:

1770, Jan. 4. Reinolds, William, of Newton, Sussex Co. Int. Adm'r 	         Jan. 4, 1770-Aug. 22, 1771David Lindsay. Fellowbondsman — David Frazer; both of said place.1770, Jan. 5. Inventory, £16.3.3, made by Amos Pettit and Elijah Allen. 
1771, Aug. 22. Account by Adm'r of the estate of "William Rey- nolds." Lib. 14, p. 414; Lib. 15, p. 2. (Still in NJ) Pge. 349
[7] David Lindsay, Witness to marriage bond
#476; John MARTIN and John WILLIAMS of the County of Sussex... [bound to]... WilliamFRANKLIN, Governor... 500 pounds... 18 March 1771. ... John MARTIN and John WILLIAMS...obtained license of marriage for Abraham HOUSE... and for Francis RANKINS... [w] Eph DARBY,David LINDSAY

A David Lindsey Appears on Cumberland                                                         1772
County, PA tax list. (Proven to have come from Chester County, PA)


David Lindsey renter, in West Pennsboro TWP,                                                 1772-1774      

Cumberland County, PA

Another David Lindsey/Lindsay also appears in                                                 1772
Tyrone TWP, Westmoreland County, PA in  1772
and another David Lindsay, arrived in 1773,                                                       1773
age 17, (b. c1756) Philadelphia

[5] 1777, Sept. 1. Fleming, Andrew, of Hardwick, Sussex Co., yeoman;               1777will of. Son, John, my real estate, and he is to support his sisters, while they are single. Son-in-law, Abraham Norcross, a coat. Daugh- ter, Agness, sheep, and to her son, William, a horse. Daughters, Martha, Jane, Elizabeth and Sarah, the rest. Executors — son, John, and my daughters, Martha and Jane. Witnesses — Thomas Fleming, William Williamson, Sommans Oliver. Proved Oct. 3, 1777. 

Further, there are three David Lindsay’s taking the                                             1778
Cumberland County “Oath of allegiance” in 1778.

David Lindsey, Carlisle, Cumberland County                                                      1779
Tavern keeper; one house on one lot
(Probably Lot 4), 1779
Sons David, James, John, Jacob Lindsay                                                            1780 & 1781
in Carlisle TWP
David Lindsey Sr. (Carlisle) deceased                                                                   1781-1782 


"when he (Thomas) removed to Vienna, in                                                           1783
Town Independence in Sussex County,
(now in Warren County), New Jersey. " 

Samuel Fleming, Son of Malcolm, Husband of Esther, Deceased                           1790

 "and he (William) paid pew rent in the same                                                         1791
Bethlehem Church, March 29th, 1791."
"William Fleming's will was dated at                                                                      1792-1795
Bethlehem township (Hunterdon County)
[16.9 mi from Independence Township],
June 16th, 1792, probated Feb. 4, 1795."


I know nothing more of the Fleming's nor of David Lindsay in New Jersey .

The New Jersey Animap indicates all named places where the Fleming brothers are found. Township Independence (and Great Meadows) where Andrew purchased his acreage in 1768 is but a short distance from where the tavern keeper David Lindsey resided in 1769, and he may have arrived sometime earlier. Further, Great Meadows is only 7 mile east of "PENNSILLVENA"!

This is also a portion of New Jersey where the Fleming’s reportedly lived and where David Lindsey kept his tavern 2 1/2 miles south of Newton.:


So there you have it! A story of David; not from the caves of Canaan, but a letter writer from Ireland who came to the "new country, prospered, and provided the country with new and vigorous children to fill the land!

The End


[1] Reference
Name: David Lindsey Year: 1760 Place: Pennsylvania Source Publication Code: 9761
Primary Immigrant: Lindsey, David Source Bibliography: WHYTE, DONALD.
A Dictionary of Scottish Emigrants to the U.S.A. Vol. 2, with an appendix and
corrections to vol. 1. Baltimore: Magna Carta Book Co., 1986. 200p. Page: 78
Source Citation: Place: Pennsylvania; Year: 1760; Page Number: 78.

[2] Reference
David Lindsey Year: 1768 Place: Boston, Massachusetts Source Publication Code: 9750 Primary Immigrant: Lindsey, David
Annotation: Excerpted from A Volume of Records Relating to the Early History of Boston Containing Miscellaneous Papers,
Registry Department of the City of Boston, 29th in the series formerly called Record Commissioners' Reports, Document Number
100, published 1900. T Source Bibliography: WHITMORE, WILLIAM H., compiler. Port Arrivals and Immigrants to the City of
Boston, 1715-1716 and 1762-1769. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1973. 111p. Page: 79

[3] Reference

[4] Reference

[5] Reference

[6] Reference for wills and deeds of New Jersey:

[7] Early New Jersey Marriages - Extracts from microfilm copies of original marriage bonds in possession of NJ Dept. of Education,
Division of State Library Archives & History, filmed in 1966. "Marriages are from various
counties, and are arranged in groups by surname, but not alphabetical within groups." (Family
History Library Catalog; 0888701-0888710) I have capitalized all surnames for ease in
identification. When there was a discrepancy with a name in the body of the bond and the
signature, the difference of the signature is in parentheses An asterisk * indicates spelling of
a locality as found in document.
FHLC 0888704; Vol.H; 1735-1795 (806 bonds) #451 - #500