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Thursday, October 06, 2016

Thriller Thursday - Robert Larkin Reuben Lindsey

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Thriller Thursday - Robert Larkin Reuben Lindsey

Robert Bob Larkin Reuben Lindsey was born 5/19/1885 in Hot Springs, Madison County, NC to Reuben A. Lindsey (DOB Abt 1847 in Macon County, NC; DOD Abt 1911 in Hot Springs, Madison County, NC) and his second wife, Ellender Sade Shelton (DOB 3/1854 in Yancey County, NC; DOD 1/22/1924 in Beaverdam, Haywood County, NC). Reuben A. Lindsey was first married to Sarah E. Beasley (1843-1882) on 4/5/1862 in Macon County, NC. They had 6 children: James "Jim" Albert Lindsey, Mary Etta "Minetta" Lindsey, Isabella Josephine "Josie" Lindsey, Harriett "Hattie" Elvira Lindsey, William E. Lindsey and Nancy Clementine Lindsey.

After Sarah Beasley Lindsey died in 1882 he married Ellender Sade Shelton on 11/8/1885 in Madison County, NC. They had 3 children: Doggett James William Lindsey, Robert "Bob" Larkin Reuben Lindsey and Coleman Greenberry Lindsey.

Ellender Sade Shelton was born 3/1854 in Yancey County, NC to James Buford "Buffer Jim" Shelton (DOB Abt 1822 in Madison County, NC; DOD About 1902 in NC) and his first wife, Agnes "Aggie" Gosnell (DOB Abt 1822 in Madison County, NC; DOD Abt 1860 in Madison County, NC). They had six girls and one boy: Saline Jane Shelton, Lucretia Lois Shelton, Sarah Sallie Shelton, Rachel M. Shelton, Ellender Sade Shelton, James Tipton Shelton, Mary "Pollie" Caroline Shelton. He then married Mary "Polly" Willis (DOB Abt 1839 in NC, DOD Abt 1911 in Cocke County, TN) as his second wife. They had 8 children: James Shelton, Mary "Polly" Shelton, Alice Delania Shelton, Josiah Shelton, Eli Shelton, George W. Shelton, Tennessee "Tennie" Elizabeth Shelton, Jennie Shelton.

Buffer Jim Shelton was nicknamed this because he tended to head butt men when he was fighting.

Ellender Sade Shelton was first married to Jessie R. Gillespie (DOB Abt 1850 in NC: DOD ? in ? ) on 9/14/1871 in Madison County, NC. They had Josiah Tipton Bailey Gillespie (1872-1956). Then Sade Shelton Gillespie had a child names Agna Porthna Lavada Jane Shelton (1878-1936) possibly by a Rogers. She married Reuben A. Lindsey second on 11/8/1885 in Madison County, NC. Ellender Sade Shelton Gillespie Lindsey was said to have a volatile temper and could be violent but it's possible she had learned it in her lifetime or was reacting to abuses in her families?



1900 U.S. Census of Mederfork of Spring Creek, Madison County, North Carolina; Roll: 1205; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0086; FHL microfilm: 1241205, Family 139, Lines 58-72, "Rubin A. Sendez" (sic, Reuben Lindsey)
Rubin A. Sendez, Head, W(hite), M(ale), Born Oct, 1848, 52 yrs old, Married 25 yrs (DOM 1875), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer, Can read and write, Rented farm
Emma Sendez (sic), Wife, W, F, Born July 1843, 46 yrs old, Married 25 yrs, 4 children with 3 still living, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Cannot read or write
James M. Sendez (sic), Son, W, M, Born July, 1882, 17 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer, Cannot read or write
Robert S. Sendez (sic, Robert L. Lindsey), Son, W, M, Born Mar, 1886, 14 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer, Cannot read or write
George C. Sendez (sic), Son, M, W, Born April, 1892, 8 yrs old, Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer

Reuben A. Lindsey was literate and was a good singer. He lined music for the congregation at church which means he sang the line and then the congregation repeated after him. He was known to teach others how to sing, even called the "singing schoolteacher". He had a deep bass voice.

When his first wife, Sarah Beasley Lindsey, died his children were told that he didn't care what happened to them. So they walked to relatives and were taken in by them and raised. I don't know if he was that brutal or in a deep depression? The result was the loss of 6 children. He was excommunicated from his church in Liberty Baptist Church, Cowee, Macon County, NC for unknown reasons. His marriage to Sade Shelton was rocky. In the 1910 U.S. Census, he and Ellender Sadie Lindsey are not living together.


1910 U.S. Census of Spring Creek, Madison County, North Carolina; Roll: T624_1107; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 0086; FHL microfilm: 1375120, Family 88, Lines 52-54, "Elender Lindsey"
Elender Lindsey, Head, F(emale), W(hite), 54 yrs old (DOB 1856), 2nd Marriage, Married 25 yrs, 7 children with 5 still living, Born in NC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC, Laborer, working out, Cannot read or write
Larkin Lindsey, Son, M, W, 24 yrs old (DOB 1886), 1st Marriage, Married 3 yrs, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farm laborer, working out, Cannot read or write
Greenberry Lindsey, Son, M, W, 16 yrs old (DOB 1894), Single, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farm laborer, working out, Cannot read or write

Reuben A. Lindsey died in 1911, Elender Sade Shelton Lindsey was living with her daughter Agna Portha Louvada Shelton and her husband, William Jacob Campbell Rhinehart in the 1920 U.S. Census in Spring Creek, Madison County, NC. She died 1/22/1924 in Beaverdam, Haywood County, NC of Influenza.


Let's look at Robert "Bob" Larkin Reuben Lindsey. He married Bettie Jackson Sigmon first on 2/3/1907 in Cocke County, TN.

Bettie Sigman was born 8/1884 in NC to David Eli Sigmon (DOB 3/1846 in NC; DOD Aft 1911 in Spartanburg Spartanburg County, SC) and Laura Catherine Lamb (DOB 4/20/1863 in TN to James Aiken Lamb and Mary Elizabeth Hixon; DOD 4/14/1936 in McDowell County, NC). This is the connection to me. James Aiken Lamb was the son of John Rollins Lamb and Sarah Ann Ealey, my 3 great grandparents. So Robert Larkin Reuben Lindsey married into a Lamb line and is no blood relation to me. I discovered him and his story by researching James Aiken Lamb, brother of my direct ancestor, Elbert Sevier Lamb.

Bob Larkin Lindsey and Betty Jackson Sigmon had one son:

1) Larkin R. Lindsey  (Later he changed his name to James Paul Lindsey.) (DOB 1/18/1907 in Madison County, NC; DOD 1961 in Marion, McDowell County, NC) married Effie Mae Shores (7/3/1909 in Kansas-3/15/1960 in McDowell County, NC). As you can see from the date of birth on 1/18/1907 compared to the date of their marriage, 2/3/1907 it doesn't match. Makes you wonder why? If James Paul Lindsey is Larkin Lindsey's son, why didn't they marry before he was born and save her and their child from gossip? How did she get him to marry her afterwards? Or maybe she was the one that didn't want to marry him? As we will see, he didn't make good husband material.

Although they had married in 1907 and had a son in 1907, by 1910 they are living apart. See the 1910 U.S. Census (above) where Larkin Lindsey is living with his mother and brother in Madison County, NC. Bettie Sigmon Lindsey is living with her mother and family.

1910 U.S. Census of Drayton Mills, Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Roll: T624_1472; Page: 6A-6B; Enumeration District: 0088; FHL microfilm: 1375485, Family 85, Lines 46-50, next page, Lines 51-54, "Laura C. Sigmon"
Laura C. Sigmon, Head, F(emale), W(hite), 46 yrs old (DOB 18640, Widowed 12 children with 7 (or 8) still living, Born in TN, Both parents born in NC, Inspector Cloth in cotton mill, Can read and write, Rents home
Jim E. Sigmon, Son, M, W, 22 yrs old (DOB 1888), Single, Born in TN, Father born in NC, Mother born in TN, Carder in cotton mill, Can read and write
Will F. Sigmon, Son, M, W, 18 yrs old (DOB 1982), Single, Born in TN, Father born in NC, Mother born in TN, Oiler in cotto mill, Can read and write
Lizzie B. Sigmon, Daughter, F, W, 15 yrs old (DOB 1895), Single, Born in TN, Father born in NC, Mother born in TN, Spinner in cotton mill, Can read and write
Miles G. Sigmon, Son, M, W, 14 yrs old (DOB 1896), Single, Born in TN, Father born in NC, Mother born in TN, Filling Batteries in cotton mill, Can read and write, Does not attend school
Nannie R. Sigmon, Daughter, F, W, 10 yrs old (DOB 1900), Single, Born in TN, Father born in NC, Mother born in TN, Spinner in cotton milll, Cannot read or write, Does not attend school
Emory A. Sigmon, Son, M, W, 8 yrs old (DOB 1902), Single, Born in TN, Father born in NC, Mother born in TN
Bettie J. Lindsey, Daughter, F, W, 25 yrs old (DOB 1885), 1st Marriage, Married 4 yrs (DOB 1906), 1 child with 1 still living, Born in TN, Father born in NC, Mother born in TN, No occupation, Can read and write
Larkin R. Lindsey, Grandson, M, W, 3 yrs old (DOB 1907), Born in TN, Father born in NC, Mother born in TN

I could not find Betty J. Sigman Lindsey in the 1920 or 1930 U.S. Census. She died 5/16/1939 in McDowell County, NC.


North Carolina Death Certificates, Certificate #132, Registration District #56-05, Certificate #23, Mrs. Bettie Jackson Lindsey, DOD 5/16/1939 in Marion, McDowell County, NC
Female, White, Widow of Larkin L Lindsey (dec), Birth Date: 8/5/884 in Madison County, NC, 54 yrs old
Death Date: 16 May 1939 at 11:45pm
Cause of death: Pulmonary tuberculosis and carcinoma of right breast
Father's Name: David Ely Sigman
Mother's Name: Laura Lamb
Informant: Paul Sigmon, Clinchfield Station, NC
Burial: 5/18/1939 Murphy's Chapel, McDowell Co., NC

North Carolina, Death Indexes, 1908-2004
Name: Bettie J Lindsey
Race: White
Age: 54
Date of Birth: 1885
Date of Death: 16 May 1939
Death County: McDowell
Death State: North Carolina
Source Vendor: NC State Archives. North Carolina Deaths, 1908-67

FindAGrave.com
Bettie E. Sigmon Lindsey
Birth: Aug. 5, 1884, Madison County, North Carolina, USA
Death: May 16, 1939, Marion, McDowell County, North Carolina, USA
Family links:
Parents: Laura L. Sigmon (1863 - 1936)
Spouse: Robert Larkin Rubin Lindsey (1885 - 1934)
Children:
James Paul Lindsey (1907 - 1961)
Siblings:
Bettie E Sigmon Lindsey (1884 - 1939)
James Eli Sigmon (1886 - 1969)
Willie Frank Sigmon (1891 - 1972)
Thomas Miles Sigmon (1896 - 1972)
Nannie Sigmon Forga (1900 - 1984)
Emory Allison Sigmon (1903 - 1970)
Burial: Murphys Chapel Cemetery, McDowell County, North Carolina, USA
Created by: Donna Thomas
Record added: Oct 29, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 79497870

Meanwhile Larkin Rubin Lindsey was in Arlington, Greenville County, SC on 9/16/1918 for his WWI draft registration. He lists his nearest relative as Alice Rubin. I have no idea who she is?

U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Registration State: South Carolina; Registration County: Greenville; Roll: 1877663; Draft Board: 1, Serial #106, Order #1649, Larkin Rubin Lindsey (sic), DOB 3/19/1885
Serial #106, Order #1649
Larkin Rubin Lindsey (sic)
Address: Arlington, Greenville County, SC
33 yrs old, DOB 3/19/1885
White
Native born
Occupation: Cotton mill operative
Employer: Victor Monaghon Mills, Arlington, Spartanburg County, SC
Nearest relative: Annie Rubin, Arlington, Greenville County, SC (I have no idea who this is?)
39-2-9, C
Medium Height, Medium Build, Blue Eyes, Black Hair
Signed by his mark, 9/12/1918 in Traveler's Rest, Greenville County, SC

I don't know if he obtained a divorce from Betty Sigman Lindsey but I find a marriage record for Larkin Reuben Lindsey on 9/30/1919 in Asheville, Buncombe County, NC to Frances Young. France Young was born 5/28/1892 in Madison County, NC to George R. Young and Mollie Hagan.

I couldn't find them in the 1920 U.S. Census.

They had a son who died in infancy and two daughters :
1) Lottie Lindsey (DOB 10/8/1921 in NC; DOD 5/1/1966 in Asheville, Buncombe County, NC) married Clarence James Kuykendall (1916-1997) and Howard Wilfond Allen (1908-1974).

2) Infant Lindsey (DOB 1/13/1926 in Henderson County, NC; DOD 1/14/1926 in Henderson County, NC)

2) Althea Lindsey (aka Althia Lindsey) (DOB 11/22/1926 in Madison County, NC; DOD 8/19/1990 in Asheville, Buncombe County, NC) married ? Anderson.


1930 U.S. Census of Tellico Rd, Burningtown, Macon County, North Carolina; Roll: 1704; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0001; Image: 312.0; FHL microfilm: 2341438, Family 9, Lines 38-41, "Larkin Lindsey"
Larkin Lindsey, Head, Rents farm, M(ale), W(hite), 48 yrs old (DOB 1888), Married at age 41 yrs old (DOM 1923), Cannot read or write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer
Frances Lindsey, Wife, F, W, 32 yrs old (DOB 1898), Married at age 25 yrs old, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Lonnie Lindsey (sic, Lottie Lindsey), Daughter, F, W, 8 yrs old (DOB 1922), Attends school, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Althia Lindsey, Daughter, F, W, 5 yrs 4/12 mos old (DOB 1925), Born in NC, Both parents born in NC


This is representative of tenant farmer or sharecropper farmer's home. It was provided by the owner. The farmer would try to raise crops and split the profits with the owner of the land.

Now we have the background of this family, let's see what happens. It is October, 1934 and Larkin R. Lindsey and Francis Young Lindsey and their two daughters, Lottie and Althea, are living in an area between Inman and New Prospect, Spartanburg County, SC. Here is the initial newspaper story:


It seems that Robert Larkin Lindsey had been drinking that day and in a drunken rage had been arguing and beating his wife. She and the girls had run out of the house to hide in the ditch but the abuse continued. Finally he began dragging Frances out of the house by her hair, holding an ax and taking her to the chopping block to cut her head off. Lottie ran to the neighbor's house for help. T.W. Webb came over with his gun to try to stop Bob Lindsey. For his trouble, Lindsey turned on Webb and started towards him with the ax. Webb shot Larkin 3 times and killed him. He called the police and was taken into custody, convicted and sent to 10 years in prison.

I hope to spend some more time looking for more newspaper clippings on this. I'm amazed that T.W. Webb had to serve time since it seems obvious he was protecting Frances and the girls and himself. So maybe there are other details that will explain the court decision. But for now, that's what I know. I found the original story on FindAGrave. Then I went to the library and found the newspaper article above.

What happened to Frances Young Lindsey? She evidently married again because when she died she was a Ball. I have not determined who her second husband was.

She died 10/19/1970 at 78 yrs old in Asheville, Buncombe County, NC of Cardiac arrest due to coronary artery disease with contributing factors of diabetes mellitus and cerebral vascular accident.


NC Death Certificate #33653, Registration District #11-95, Frances Ball, DOD 10/19/1970 in Memorial Mission Hospital, Asheville, Buncombe County, NC
Female, White, Widowed, DOB 5/28/1892, 78 yrs old
Usual residence: 167 Broadway, Asheville, Buncombe County, NC
Occupation: Machine operator in textile
Father: George Young
Mother: Mollie Hagan
Informant: Mrs. Althia Lindsey, 167 Broadway, Asheville, Buncombe County, NC
DOD 10/19/1970 at 8:00am
Cause of death: Cardiac arrest due to coronary artery disease with contributing factors of diabetes mellitus and cerebral vascular accident
Buried 10/22/1970 in Hagan Cemetery, Rt #7, Marshall, Madison County, NC
Funeral Home: Bowman-Duckett, Inc., Marshall, NC

FindAGrave.com
Frances E. Young Lindsey Ball
Birth: May 28, 1892, Madison County, North Carolina, USA
Death: Oct. 19, 1970, Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
Family links:
Spouse: Robert Larkin Rubin Lindsey (1885 - 1934)
Children:
Lottie Lindsey Allen (1921 - 1966)
Althea Lindsey Anderson (1924 - 1990)
Infant Son Of Bob Lindsey (1926 - 1926)
Burial: Hagen Cemetery, Marshall, Madison County, North Carolina, USA
Created by: Jeni
Record added: Jan 06, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 122900339

You notice the FindAGrave memorial was done by "Jeni" and she's the one who had the story on the FindAGrave website and how I got interested in doing this blog post. You can go to FindAGrave and see her stories on Frances Young Lindsey BallRobert Larkin Reuben Lindsey, Reuben A. Lindsey, Elender Sade Shelton Gillespie Lindsey, Sarah Beasley Lindsey. She has a lot more detail. Thank you, Jeni!

Lottie Lindsey married James Kuykendall on 8/5/1937 in Buncombe County, NC. But when she died, her spouse was Howard Wilfong Allen. She died 5/1/1966 of an intestinal obstruction due to metastatic carcinoma due to carcinoma of ovary.

NC Death Certificate #14744, Registration District #11-95, Lottie Lindsey Allen, DOD 5/1/1966 in St. Joseph's Hospital, Asheville, Buncombe County, NC
Usual residence: Route #1, Leicester, Buncombe County, NC
Female, White, Married to Howard W. Allen, DOB 10/8/1919 in NC, 46 yrs old
Occupation: Housewife
Father: Larkin Lindsey, Mother: Frances Young, Informant: Howard W. Allen, Route #1, Dix Creek #2, Leicester, Buncombe County, NC
DOD 5/1/1966 at 4:25pm
Cause of death: intestinal obstruction due to metastatic carcinoma due to carcinoma of ovary
Buried: 5/3/1966 in Green Hills Cemetery, Asheville, Buncombe County, NC
Funeral home: Anders-Rice Funeral Home, 521 Haywood Road, Asheville, Buncombe County, NC

Althia Lindsey married an Anderson and I haven't been able to determine who her husband was. She was divorced when she died. She died on 8/1990 in Asheville, Buncombe County, NC at the age of 65 yrs old.

North Carolina, Death Indexes, 1908-2004
Name Althia Lindsey Anderson
Gender Female
Race White
Marital Status Divorced
Social Security Number 237******
Father's Last Name Lindsey
Age 65
Date of Birth 22 Nov 1924
Residence City Asheville
Residence County Buncombe
Residence State North Carolina
Date of Death Aug 1990
Death City Asheville
Death County Buncombe
Death State North Carolina
Autopsy No
Institution Home
Attendant Physician
Burial Location Burial in state
Source Vendor NC Department of Health. North Carolina Deaths, 1988-92

U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
Name Althia L. Anderson
SSN 241-**-****
Last Residence Asheville, 28814, Buncombe, North Carolina, USA
Born 22 Nov 1924
Died 19 Aug 1990
State (Year) SSN issued North Carolina - 1957

FindAGrave.com
Althea Lindsey Anderson
Birth: Nov. 22, 1924, Madison County, North Carolina, USA
Death: Aug. 8, 1990, Asheville, Buncombe County, North Carolina, USA
Family links:
Parents:
Robert Larkin Rubin Lindsey (1885 - 1934)
Frances E Young Lindsey - Ball (1892 - 1970)
Siblings:
James Paul Lindsey (1907 - 1961)
Lottie Lindsey Allen (1921 - 1966)
Infant Son Of Bob Lindsey (1926 - 1926)
Burial: Hagen Cemetery, Marshall, Madison County, North Carolina, USA
Created by: Jeni
Record added: Jan 06, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 122913393

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