To All Tallent/Tallants who claim Sarah Lindsey as an Ancestor;
On genealogical web pages or sights I have seen Sarah Lindsey listed as the wife of Lott Tallant, Moses Tallant, Richard Tallant, and Aaron Tallent.On some sights I have seen her listed as Sarah Mary Lindsey or Mary Sarah Lindsey.
Now, there is documentation (mostly land deeds) that prove the wives of Moses, Aaron, and Richard were all named Sarah, but no maiden names were ever given and as far as I know there was only one Sarah Lindsey that married a Tallent.
In trying to trace the origin of the claim that Sarah Lindsey married any of these Tallants, the first written example of this was in Rev. James Eblen Tallant's manuscript that was written in 1932, "Tallant Family History."Rev. J.E. Tallant had just retired from the ministry and moved to Detroit, Michigan on Oct. 20, 1931.He wrote that Sarah married Lott Tallant and later, she married Moses.
Practically the same information that Rev. J.E. Tallant wrote in his 1932 manuscript appeared in a July 29, 1933 term paper that Ora Truman Tallent wrote for his College Missouri History Class.
These two Tallants never corresponded, but their source of information was traced to a third Tallent researcher, Bettie J. (Johnson) Gilmore, R.N. Supt. of Nurses at Garfly & Ramsay Hospital, Memphis, TN.In a Apr. 19, 1931 letter to Mrs. Lilly Doyle Dunlap, Ansonville, NC Librarian, Mrs Gilmore ask for any information that you maybe able to give me (on the Tallent of Anson County).
One peace of information that Mrs. Dunlap found was the will of William Lindsey of Anson County, NC dated 1801, naming among his heirs, a daughter named Sarah Tallent.
The will did not state Sarah Tallent's husband's name, so Mrs. Dunlap had no idea which Tallent she married.But, William Lindsey also left a Family Bible record which was in the possession of Rhea Shults (Mrs. W.H.) Wayland of Sevier County, TN in 1975. On Dec. 17, 1975, Mrs. Beulah D. Linn who was the county historian for Sevier, wrote the following article in the Sevier Bicentennial:
The Lindsey family Bible is most significant
When we. consider the material possessions with which most of us are blessed on this earth, perhaps one of the most significant is the family Bible. The underlined passages, the pencilled words in the margins, the handwritten notes on the flyleafs, some pages more worm and ragged than others, - all are mute evidence that our parents had "words to live by." Separating the Old from the New Testament is the Family Record: marriage of the parents, births,. marriages of the children, and deaths.
Untold hundreds of people at one time or another have used the family Bible as proof of birth, marriages or dead.
Realizing the importance of preserving his great-grandfathers Bible, John Westly Lindsey, took the old Lindsey family Bible to his grand-daughter, Rhea Shults when she was about fifteen years old in the home of her parents, Mr. And Mrs. Oscar Shults in Pigeon Fargo. He explained that he wanted her to have the Bible and hoped that she would take care of it as long as she live. Rhea Shults, now Mrs. W.H. Wayland, a former Sevier County teachers, has presented the Bible which her grandfather entrusted to her. Many years ago someone had made a hand-woven cover for the Bible to protect the paper cover.
In old English letters on the title page is printed. "Holy Bible Containing the Old Testament and The New Testament Out Of The Original Tongue And With the Latin Translation Diligently compared And Revised By His Majesty's Special Command.Appointed to be read in Churches."
The Bible was printed at the Clarendon Press in Oxford "Cum Privilegio in 1786. The style of the letters is so different from modern printing that one has to remember that what appears to be an "f" Is really an "s."
The pages between the Old and New Testament originally were blank pages without titles. A Lindsay, in beautiful handwriting, probably with a quill and black ink, recorded the births of the pioneer Lindsey family. On one of the pages is the notation."William Lindsey takes his pin on this Sabbath day. Serve the Lord and join our hearts with one accord."
I shall record the Bible record first and then record additional information about the Lindsey family in Sevier County.
Children of William Lindsey and Rachel, his wife
Isaac b. July 13, 1772
Sary b. May 5. 1778.M.Joshua Tallent.Daughter, Mary born Jan. 15, 1801.
Ruth b. Oct 15, 1780,
Martha b. Jan. 1. 1785,
Jesse b. Feb. 22, 1787,
Nancy b. April 26,1789,
Rachel b. Feb. 17, 1790.
Jesse Lindsey married Salina Ivy. Children:
William b. April 4, 1813,
Hannah b. April 16, 1815,
Jesse b. Aug. 22 1816,
Lydia b. Aug. 4, 1817,
Sara Jane b. March 10 1822,
Rachel b. Dec. 4 1824,
John b. Feb. 22, 1827,
Elizabeth b. May 21, 1829,
Sherod b. 1831,
Martha b. April 10, 1833,
Joel b. March 15, 1835,
Eli R. b. Dec. 30, 1838
Early Lindsey History
The earliest Lindsey land grant in Sevier County. No. 1018, was issued to Rachel Lindsey (widow of the first William) and described as follows. There is granted by the State of Tennessee to Rachel Lindsey a certain tract or parcel of land containing sixteen acres and eight chains lying in the County of Sevier in the District South of the French Board and Holston on the waters of Birds Creek there being due and chargeable on said land the sum of Sixteen Dollars and ten cents with the interest due thereon, Beginning at a beech and running with vacant land North forty-five, East nineteen chains and five-tenths to an Ironwood, South seventy-six East twelve chains to a Black oak North thirty-five and & half, West twenty-two chains to a stake South seventy-nine West thirty-four chains and-five-tenths to a Black oak South forty-four, East thirty-one chains to the beginning. Surveyed April 23, 1807, "Grant issued May 12, 1810 by Willie Blount, Governor of Tennessee.
We do not know how long Rachel Lindsey was living on the land before the survey in 1807. Apparently her husband William had died before 1807. The North Carolina census of 1790 includes three William Lindseys. An effort should be made to locate William Lindsey. husband of Rachel, as in all probability he fought in the Revolution..
I wish I could place where Rachel Lindsey lived on Bird Creek.The creek heads in the Glades, flows through Shady Grove, the Caton's Chapel area, and empties into the Big East Fork of the Little Pigeon at a place called the Long Ford.
The last record I have found of Rachel Lindsey is in a list of Sevier County land grant owners published in the Knoxville Register in 1821.Her name does not appear as a head of a household in the 1830 census at which time she would have been about 76 years old.
I too had the wrong Tallent married to Sarah Lindsey in the book "Richard Tallant (1768-1832)" and again in the Aaron Tallent book where I list Joshua married to Sarah Flake.I would like to hear what other researchers think. And if you would like a copy of this newspaper article on the Lindsey family Bible, please e-mail me.
Thank you, Cheryl Cunningham and Debbie Woo for supplying me with a copy.
Cynthia Tallent Barnes