John Brown Lindsey

John Brown and Maria Lindsey

By Helen Bradley Lindsey of Newport
From the Kentucky State Historical Society Vol. 26 No. 77 May 1928

John Brown Lindsey, the third son of Thomas Sr. and Rebecca (Harris) Lindsey was born in Ireland, April 21, 1775, and died at his home, on Front Street, Newport, Ky., October 21, 1849. He was a lad of fourteen when he came with his parents to America, and spent his boyhood days at the home of his parents, at Leitch Station, now Cold Springs, Ky. His earliest business venture was in 1804 when he bought out the interest of Squire Grant in a store in Grant's Lick and continued it in partnership with William Dickerson, until the Fall of 1808. Another partnership was with Jacob Fowler, in "a venture down the Ohio River," in 1806.

January 4, 1806, John Brown Lindsey was married to Mariah Noble, daughter of Thomas Noble and Elizabeth Clare Sedwick, born in Clarke County, Virginia, October 26, 1786. For practically all his life in Newport he was a Justice of the Peace, and conducted a saddlery and harness business, and with his sons, James and Henry, at different times had a, lumber yard, on the northeast corner of Second and Columbia Streets.

Children of John Brown Lindsey and Mariah Noble

1. Thomas Noble Lindsey-b-22 Dec 1807 in Campbell Co; m (1) Isabella Price Weisiger 21 Aug 1834 in Frankfort; m (2) Louisa Benham 13 Mar 1853 in Frankfort; d-22 Nov 1877 in Frankfort Ky. br-Frankfort Cemetery
2. Marcus Lindsey b-13 Nov 1809 in Newport; d-16 Sep 1810 in the Old Newport Cemetery; moved to Evergreen
3. John Lindsey b-1810 in Newport; d-23 Apr 1821 in Newport; br-Old Newport Cemetery; moved to Evergreen
4. Maria Lindsey b-6 Feb 1814 in Newport; d-7 Dec 1838 in Newport; br-Old Newport Cemetery; moved to Evergreen; m-Scroggen
5. Louisa Lindsey b-16 Dec 1816 in Newport; d-2 Apr 1840 in Newport; br-Old Newport Cemetery; moved to Evergreen
7. James Noble Lindsey b-11 Dec 1818 in Newport; d-14 Apr 1897; br-Evergreen
8. Henry Kilgour Lindsey b-13 Nov 1825 in Newport; d-19 Nov 1908; br-Evergreen; m-Augusta Mayo Lewis 10 Sep 1851
9. Martha Lindsey b-18 June 1828 in Newport; d-9 July 1834 in Newport; br-Old Newport Cemetery; moved to Evergreen

Children of Henry Kilgour Lindsey and Augusta Mayo Lewis (1830-1886)

1. Aurelia Lindsey b-16 Oct 1852 in Newport; d-1946; br-Evergreen; never married
2. Lizzie M Lindsey b-21 July 1854 in Covington; d-20 Dec 1928 in Clifton; br-Evergreen; never married
3. Henry Augustus Lindsey b-29 Aug 1856 in Covington; d-18 Nov 1947 in South Newport; br-Evergreen; m-Mary A Humphrey in 1890
4. Mary E Lindsey b-1859 in Newport
5. Louisa Lindsey b-May 1862 in Walnut Hills in Cincinnati; d-23 Aug 1862 in Walnut Hills; br-Evergreen
6. Daughter Lindsey b&d 21 Aug 1870 in Cincinnati; br-Evergreen
6. Augusta F Lindsey b-21 Aug 1870 in Cincinnati

Children of Henry Augustus Lindsey and Mary A Humphrey

1. Henry Humphrey Lindsey b-3 July 1890 in Ashville North Carolina
2. Lloyd Putnam Lindsey b-20 Dec 1891 in Ashville NC; d-15 Dec 1957 in Ashville NC

John Brown Lindsey was the second Mayor of Newport, in 1838-39, and again Mayor for four years 1845-1848. He was also Sheriff of Campbell County, 1827, and Deputy Sheriff for his brother, James Gardiner Lindsey, 1826, and 1828; the term of Sheriff, at that time being one year, with election held in August. Mr. Lindsey accumulated quite a fortune, for that time, much of it in real estate, which he left to his descendants. He was over six feet tall, had blue eyes, of decided Scotch appearance, manner and speech and spent all his spare time reading the best the times afforded. He and his wife reared not only twelve of their fifteen children, but also three orphaned boys, one, a grandson, John Lindsey Scogin, for whom he was guardian, and Simeon and Scipio Sedwick, relatives of Mrs. Lindsey.

With such a large household help was necessary and slaves were the order of  the day. Old Jack, who called himself "Colonel Wilson, and Nancy were both  freed at Mr. Lindsey's death. Grace, Reuben, George, and Phyllis were others whose names appear in old slave deeds.

A part of the John B. Lindsey home, on Front Street, which was the first brick dwelling in Newport, Ky., is still  standing. The Central Bridge Co., when  constructing their bridge across the Ohio river, between Newport and Cincinnati, removed a portion of the dwelling, and also the former home of  James Noble Lindsey, a son of John B, which had been erected in 1853 on the east half of the same lot.

Henry Kilgour Lindsey, the youngest son of John B and Mariah Noble, secured an old hand hewn oak sleeper from the old home, and from it made a number of canes, which he gave to the surviving male members of the family in 1890.

John B died at his home on Front Street in Newport October 21, 1849 and Mariah died August 9, 1850.  He was buried in the Newport Cemetery (now Evergreen) in Southgate.  Mariah was buried in Newport Cemetery in Southgate.


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