David Lindsay

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David Lindsay or David Lindsey (born 1750 in Washington County, Pennsylvania; died 1835 in Shelby County) was a private in the American Revolutionary War and a pioneer settler of Shelby County.

Lindsay, born in Pennsylvania, married the former Mary Casey there prior to the war, and eventually had twelve children with her. Their eldest, Huldah and Thomas were born in 1771 in Pennsylvania. The family, numbering five with the birth of Rachel in 1773, moved to Virginia some time before the Revolutionary War and Lindsay served three years with various regiments of the Virginia Continental Lines. Four more children, Lydia, Mary Elizabeth, Elijah, and David Jr were born in Virginia before 1786.

On April 2, 1784, in reward for his service to the Commonwealth of Virginia, Linday was granted 100 acres of land in Green County, North Carolina (now part of Tennessee). He and Mary produced their youngest children, Mary Ann, Joseph, James and Rebecca in Tennessee.

The household moved to Madison County in Alabama before relocating southward again to settle in Shelby County sometime before the 1820 census. He died about 1835 and his widow died about 1847 and are buried with other family members at Elijah's former homestead in the Maylene community. The family graveyard has been preserved as the Lindsay Historical Site near Shelby County Highway 17.

The David Lindsay Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) was first chartered in Montevallo in 1927 with some members having descended from Lindsay through his daughters. In 2006 the group erected a memorial plaque on a native rock at American Village. In April 2008 they won official recognition of Lindsay's service and genealogy from the National Society of the DAR.


  • Daughters of the American Revolution (December 14, 1953) The David Lindsay Family of Alabama - The First Three Generations. Montevallo
  • Robinson, Phoebe (October 3, 2008) "Marker honors soldier and pioneer." Shelby County Reporter

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