Arbitrarily, those Lindsays listed here will be that group whose lives and achievements
were basically fulfilled during the period 1900 – modern times, but are now deceased.
William Alexander Lindsay was born 8 June 1846 in Scotland and died 13 September 1926, the eldest son of the Honorable Colin Lindsay and Lady Frances Howard. His father was the fourth son of James Lindsay (1783-1869), 24th Earl of Crawford. William married Lady Harriet Gordon, a daughter of Sir George John James Hamilton-Gordon, the 5th Earl of Aberdeen and Mary Baillie.
A long-serving officer of arms at the College of Arms in London, his heraldic career began in 1883 when he was appointed Portcullis Pursuivant in Ordinary at the College of Arms. In 1894 he was promoted to the office of Windsor Herald of Arms in Ordinary. In 1919, he was again promoted Norroy King of Arms after Charles Athill was promoted to Clarenceux King of Arms. Three years later, William Alexander Lindsay followed Charles Athill to the role of Clarenceux upon Athill’s death. He held the Clarenceux office from 1922 until his death in 1926.
William Alexander Lindsay and Harriet Gordon were the parents of seven children, five sons and two daughters
Alexander Dunlop Lindsay, 1st Baron Lindsay of Birker (1879-1952), was a noted political philosopher and first Principal of the University College of North Staffordshire which later became Keele University. A student hall of residence, Lindsay Hall, was named after the founding Principal of the college.
Born 14 May 1879, he died 18 Mar 1952. He was created 1st Baron Lindsay of Birker in 1945. His son, Michael Francis Morris Lindsay (1909 Feb 24 – 1994 Feb 13), became the 2nd Baron. Michael’s son James Francis Lindsay (b.29 Jan.1945) is the current 3rd Baron. Alexander Dunlop Lindsay descended from the lineage of the Rev. Alexander Lindsay (born late 1700s), of the Relief Church of Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, Scotland. He married Erica Violet Storr, third daughter of Francis & Rose Storr (nee Lloyd).
Alexander Dunlop Lindsay’s papers have been presented to Keele University by Lord Lindsay’s daughter, Lady Drusilla Scott. They include correspondence (some of it from India) during the second half of the nineteenth century, journals, albums of photographs, notebooks and some printed matter. The majority of the later material relates to Lord Lindsay and includes letters, copy letters, memoranda, lectures, sermons, diaries, articles (including printed broadcasts) and newspaper cuttings.
As a further tribute, the Lindsay String Quartet which has established itself as one of the world’s foremost string quartets, took its name in honor of Lord Lindsay, Vice Chancellor of Keele University where the quartet was first resident. Its interpretations are rooted in the European tradition of great quartet-playing, handed down by such as the Busch and Vegh Quartets.
Anne Catherine Sybil Lindsay (? – 1936) was the daughter of Alexander William Crawford Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford and Margaret Lindsay. She married the Honorable Francis Bowes-Lyon (1856-1948), November 22, 1883. Anne Lindsay and Francis Bowes-Lyon, at some point in their life, made their home at Ridley Hall. This fine country house is set on a thirty-three acre estate, located at Bardon Mill, near Hexham, in the heart of rural Northumberland.
The original Ridley Hall was built in 1567 but later burned and was replaced by a Georgian country house in 1743. In 1876 John Bowes, the founder of Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle, inherited the house. Thus, Ridley Hall passed to the Bowes-Lyon family (family of the Queen Mother) in 1891 when it was rebuilt in the popular neo-Tudor style. Ridley Hall currently provides a venue as a boarding wing for Haydon Bridge High School and as a conference center during school holidays. Ridley Hall is also an ideal location from which one could plan a day excursion to Hadrian’s Wall.
David Lindsay was born in Blackheath, London, on 3rd March 1876, and brought up there, though he spent holidays with his father’s relations near Jedburgh. Since his father deserted the family at an early stage, financial difficulties prevented Lindsay from going to university. Instead, in 1894, he began work in an insurance office, remaining there for over 20 years. He married in 1916 and moved from London to the country, where his wife encouraged him to become a full-time writer.
Lindsay’s first novel, A Voyage to Arcturus, published in 1920, sold fewer than 600 copies. A surrealist fantasy drawing to some extent on the work of George MacDonald, it has always been known as a complex and difficult book, though a recent critic maintains that a reader who approaches it with sympathy “will find the experience both profound and astonishing”. A Voyage to Arcturus, though unsuccessful during Lindsay’s lifetime, is now recognized as an important work both in Scottish literature and in the fantasy genre. Acknowledged by CS Lewis as a major influence on his own fantasy novels, it has recently been reprinted in the Canongate classics series. Canongate has also republished Lindsay’s second novel, The Haunted woman (1922), also a fantasy but with a terrestrial setting.
Before his death in Hove on 16th July 1945 Lindsay published 3 further novels, leaving 2 more, The Violet Apple and The Witch, in manuscript form. These were posthumously published in 1976. His work is now attracting considerable critical attention, for instance in JB Pick’s The Great shadow house (1993) and Colin Manlove’s Scottish fantasy literature (1994), both of which deal with A Voyage to Arcturus at some length, and in Bernard Sellin’s The Life and works of David Lindsay (1981).
[Taken from the book Discovering Scottish writers, published by the Scottish Library Association.]
Eric Mervyn Lindsay met his wife at Harvard. He married Sylvia Mussells in Cape Town in 1935. They had one son, Derek Michael Lindsay, born in 1944 who was Professor of Chemistry at the City College of the City University of New York and died six months before his mother in 1999.
After 3 years in South Africa, Eric moved back to his native County Armagh to become the 7th Director of Armagh Observatory at a time when Irish Astronomy was in the doldrums. He realized that small observatories, in unsuitable climates such as Armagh, could only survive by joining other institutions in more favorable locations. Eric revitalized the Armagh Observatory, whose main instrument had been a modest 10-inch refractor, by installing an 18-inch Schmidt telescope able to photograph wide areas of the sky. He also successfully reopened the Dunsink Observatory as a part of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.
Armagh Observatory was founded in 1790 by Archbishop Richard Robinson. Today it is a modern astronomical research institute and one of the UK and Ireland’s leading scientific research establishments. Around 25 astronomers are studying Stellar Astrophysics, the Sun, Solar System astronomy, and the Earth’s climate.
Eric Lindsay’s Boyden Station work in South Africa, with the Magellanic Clouds, had shown him the importance of southern stations, and Boyden was an ideal site for a new telescope of the kind needed for this sort of work. He persuaded the two Irish governments to jointly fund, with Harvard University, a new telescope at Boyden to chart the southern skies. In 1954, when Harvard threatened to withdraw from the Boyden project, Eric Lindsay and several others, persuaded Sweden, Belgium, Germany and the USA, to join Ireland in the first international observatory at Boyden. This became a forerunner of the European Southern Observatory.
Dr. Eric Lindsay also brought astronomy to a wider audience by raising capital for a Planetarium in Armagh. After many fruitless attempts his vision was realized when the Planetarium opened to the public. In 1974 the main building was extended to incorporate the Lindsay Hall of Astronomy, a large exhibition hall. Many exciting exhibitions have been staged, including displays of meteorites, moon-rock and various pieces of equipment from the Apollo missions. It is probably the most comprehensive facility for education in astronomy in the British Isles.
Although Eric Lindsay made no great astronomical discoveries during his lifetime, his influence on the politicians of his day and their adoption of his imaginative schemes were crucial to the renaissance of Irish astronomy in the second half of the 20th century.
Dr. Eric Mervyn Lindsay was Director of the Armagh Observatory from 1937 until his death, July 27, 1974 at Armagh, Northern Ireland.
Soon after his death, the Executive Committee of the International Astronomical Union, in August 1977, approved the renaming of the DOLLAND C crater on the Earth’s moon after Eric Mervyn Lindsay. Lindsay crater is located on the near side of the moon, midway between Mare Tranquillitatis and Mare Nubium, and is about 33km in diameter. .
Eric Mervyn Lindsay was elevated as Member of the Royal Irish Academy (MRIA) in 1939. In 1963, he was also awarded the “Officer, The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire” (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II, in recognition of his distinguished service to science.
Howard Lindsay was born as Herman S. Nelke, March 29, 1889 in Waterford, New York and died February 11, 1968 in New York. It is believed that Herman Nelke’s ancestors were from the state of Maine. Howard Lindsay was a Broadway producer, playwright, director, and performer. He married actress Dorothy Hayes Stickney.
When the Broadway play “Anything Goes” (1934) was first projected, the text was the work of Bolton and Wodehouse exclusively. Their story concerned a shipwreck, and its impact on some off-beat characters. But before “Anything Goes” could go into rehearsal, a major sea disaster actually took place off the coast of New Jersey: the burning of the Morro Castle, in which 134 people lost their lives. Shipwrecks consequently had suddenly become a highly sensitive area for the exploitation of song and humor. Vinton Freedley, the producer, prevailed upon Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse to revise the libretto completely. This was the first time that Lindsay and Crouse worked together, initiating a playwriting partnership that was destined to become one of the most successful in the American theatre, and built on the solid foundation of one of the outstanding musical comedies of the 1930s.
In addition to “Anything Goes” (1934), Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse wrote librettos for the successful Cole Porter musical “Red, Hot and Blue” (1936). They also produced “Arsenic and Old Lace” (1940) and later wrote librettos for such musicals as “State of the Union” (1945, Pulitzer Prize), “Call Me Madam” (1950), starring Ethel Merman, and “The Sound of Music” (1959).
The original Broadway comedy “Life With Father” (1939-1947) was the most popular accomplishment for the writing team becoming the longest running non-musical play on Broadway. Life with Father ran for over 7 years and starred Howard Lindsay as Father and wife, Dorothy Stickney, as Mother. He is also known for his collaboration with Russel Crouse in their book “The Sound of Music”, suggested by The Story Of Trapp Family Singers by Maria von Trapp.
In 1945, “State of the Union” was adapted from the play by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. Spencer Tracy plays an aircraft tycoon who is coerced into seeking the Republican Presidential nomination by predatory newspaper mogul Angela Lansbury. “State of the Union” won the Pulitzer Prize in Drama in 1946.
A veteran of World War II, in which he served as a naval officer and achieved the rank of lieutenant, John Vliet Lindsay graduated Yale Law School in 1948. After a decade in private practice in a New York law firm, Lindsay went to work for the Justice Department in 1955, serving as a liaison to the White House and arguing cases before the Supreme Court. Lindsay, a liberal Republican, returned to New York City and won election to Congress in Manhattan’s heavily Democratic 17th District. He was elected to four terms in the House of Representatives, from 1958 to 1964. He then became the 103rd mayor of New York City in 1965.
He won reelection as mayor in 1969 on the Liberal Party line after losing the Republican primary. In 1971, he switched affiliation to the Democratic Party. In 1972, he entered the presidential primaries in Florida and Wisconsin, losing both. After serving out his second term as mayor of New York City, Lindsay returned to private life in 1973, working at his law practice, authoring books, and serving as a television commentator.The abridged version of Mayor Giuliani’s eulogy says it all:
“John Lindsay defined an era in the life of New York City. He embodied the hopes of a generation after the death of John F. Kennedy, a time of discord, rebuilding, and re-birth, when all the action in our nation — for better and for worse — seemed to be taking place in our cities. He made New York City a symbol for urban America, by speaking out about what he believed was wrong, discussing what he believed could be made right, and proposing solutions whose legacy we live with today. There is no question that he had an enduring impact on the City that he loved.
Throughout his career he kept his word, always speaking out for the individual, always speaking out for human rights, and always speaking out against extremists — in other parties as well as his own — and standing alongside civil rights leaders who welcomed him as an articulate and strong ally in their struggle. He opened his arms to the immigrants who have always ensured that our City’s greatness will be constantly renewed, and he made them feel wanted. All of these attributes, and more, drew men and women of extraordinary talent to him, and to city government. For many, the idea of working for city government would have otherwise been below their perceived horizons, but for the appeal of working for John Lindsay and of taking part in his great mission to reform New York City.
But whatever John Lindsay’s party affiliation, he remained consistent in his philosophy of government, about helping people, about individual rights, about human rights and civil rights. He spoke out for them nobly. He put the interests of the City of New York ahead of all politics.
One of the finest moments of his mayoralty occurred on the night of April 4th, 1968, which I’m sure you all remember well, in the aftermath of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. While cities across the nation were exploding into flames, New York remained comparatively quiet in a spirit of shared loss. This was in large part due to the example John Lindsay set, walking the streets late into the night, reaching out to those in pain and calling for unity and understanding even in the depths of that terrible time. It was an exceptional contribution.
John Lindsay did a lot to cultivate the arts in our City, creating the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting which has done much to secure our place in the movie industrks; and that’s why it is appropriate to rename East River Park for John Lindsay.
Stness of a Mayor can be determined in many different ways, but it is already evident that John Lindsay’s presence, his looming figure and leadership, will endure. John Lindsay transcended party lines, as he reached across ethnic and racial barriers in a very special way. He forced people to look for long-term solutions. IJohn Lindsay’s legacy will continue to be debated in the civic discussions that he loved so well.”
Margaret Isabella Lindsay, was the firstborn daughter of Major George Frederick Lindsay, born 1802, at ‘Laurel Hill’, Fairfax County, Virginia; died 27 September 1857, in Washington, DC; buried 29 September 1857, at Historic Congressional Cemetery, Washington, DC.
As we all know, she did a marvelous job of relating the history of the Lindsay Family through her book, “The Lindsays of America” published 1889, Albany, New York, and through the Lindsay Family Association as one of its founding members in Boston, Massachusetts, 1903, becoming defunct by 1914. She probably remained active in researching the Lindsay line, traveling, at least once, to Scotland, to visit the homeland of her Fraser and Lindsay roots.
Margaret’s marriage took place late in her life, aged 46, to Captain Alexander Atkinson in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They were married at St. Andrews Episcopal Church Parish, 701 Oglethorpe Street, NW, in Washington, DC. Later, this church was incorporated with another of the Episcopal faith, is known today as Holy Comforter at the same location.
Alexander and Margaret moved to Boston shortly after their marriage. In the Census of 1910 they were enumerated residing on Bradford Terrace, he continued working as a Clerk, this time for the U.S. Army. Interestingly enough, Margaret gave her occupation as ‘Historian’ and nature of business, ‘Genealogist.’ Alexander was aged 70, Margaret 55, they’d been married for nine years. [Could this mean she may have actually been a certified genealogist, or only speaking of her involvement with the Family Association?]
In August 1915, Alexander suffered a stroke requiring 24 hour nursing care. Margaret happily took care of her husband, although with obvious sorrow. During the time of Alexander’s illness, Margaret continued the pursuit of her lifelong interest with the Lindsay Family up to her death – writing to various family members, requesting updated material. Margaret died 10 January 1932, [without issue] at the age of 76 years, 10 months and 14 days; cremation took place on 12 January 1932, at Forest Hills Crematorium, Boston Massachusetts.
On August 19, 1956 at MacRae Meadows in Linville, North Carolina, the first Grandfather Games were held. This one-day event attracted approximately 10,000 people. Among the attendees were: Mr. and Mrs. Lindsay D. Saunders of Savannah, Georgia, Mr. and Mrs. William Steen Lindsay of Greenville, South Carolina and Mr. and Mrs. Saxon D. Crawford of Birmingham, Alabama, who were also patrons. This group approached the home office of the Clan Lindsay Society in Scotland to establish a branch in the United States, but did not receive permission. Undaunted, Lindsay Saunders agreed to sponsor the Clan Lindsay Society at the Grandfather Games and William Steen Lindsay became the Registrar of the Games. Lindsay Saunders, William Lindsay and Saxon Crawford were all patrons of these games.
In 1960, Lindsay Saunders presented the trophies for the Highland Wrestling competition. This was only the second year that this event was a part of the games. Clan Lindsay has continued to donate trophies for this event, even after Lindsay Saunders’ death in 1969. For a number of years, Mr. and Mrs. William Steen Lindsay continued to serve as Registrars of the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and also represented the Clan Lindsay Society of Scotland. Through his tireless efforts William Steen Lindsay, Jr. was the driving force behind the organization and eventual incorporation of the Clan Lindsay Association USA Inc at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games in 1974.
Australian artist and novelist Norman Lindsay was born on February 23, 1879 to Dr. Robert Charles William Alexander Lindsay (b. Londonderry, Northern Ireland 1843) and Jane Elizabeth Williams in Creswick, Victoria, Australia. “Lisnacrieve” was the name of the Lindsay home where Norman was born. It was located on Victoria Street, Creswick, next to an old Methodist Church. A modern brick house now stands on the site but a small stone monument, commemorating the centenary of the birth of Norman Lindsay is posted there.
Norman was one of ten children, all of whom were equally accomplished in the arts and distinguished in the art world. Their artistic capabilities have been attributed to their mother, and her father, the Rev. Thomas Williams. He died November 21, 1969.
Leaving Creswick when he was 17 Norman joined his brother Lionel, also a prominent artist, in Melbourne Victoria, where he began a career as principal cartoonist for the Australian Bulletin. Although his prominence as an artist grew he still continued his work with the Bulletin for many years. During this time he married Catherine (Katie) Parkinson and had three sons.
In 1911, after living in England for a number of years, Norman returned to Australia and moved to the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, with his second wife Rose Soady (1885-1978). Norman and Rose were the parents of two daughters, Jane (1920-?) and Helen (1921-?).
Norman Lindsay’s home today, under the guidance of the National Trust, houses a great deal of his work and is the Norman Lindsay Gallery and Museum at Faulconbridge via Springwood in New South Wales.
In addition to his many works of art, Norman Lindsay was the author of eleven novels. These novels were, “Curate in Bohemia” 1913, “Redheap” 1930, ” Miracles by Arrangement” 1932, ” Saturdee” 1932, “Pan in the Parlour” 1933, “The Cautious Amorist” 1934, ” Age of Consent” 1935, “Cousin from Fiji” 1945, “Halfway to Anywhere” 1947, “Dust or Polish” 1950, and “Rooms and Houses”. There were also two children’s books entitled, “The Magic Pudding” 1918, and “The Flyaway Highway” 1936. Other books included an autobiography: My Mask 1970, and “Reminiscences: Bohemians of the Bulletin”.
The autobiography “My Mask; For What Little I Know Of the Man Behind It: An Autobiography”, should provide a great source of additional information on the life of Norman Lindsay. This book was published posthumously in 1970
Ronald Charles Lindsay was born May 3, 1877 as the 5th son of James Ludovic Lindsay, 26th Earl of Crawford and Emily Florence Bootle-Wilbraham. Ronald’s eldest brother, David Alexander Edward Lindsay, became the 27th Earl of Crawford in 1913, upon the death of their father.
On October 20, 1898, Ronald was nominated an Attache´, thus beginning a lifetime of diplomatic service to his country. Sir Ronald Charles Lindsay served as the British Ambassador to the United States from 1937 to 1938. The photo was taken in 1928.
Sir Ronald Charles Lindsay died August 21, 1945.
Modern American poet, Nicholas Vachel Lindsay was born November 10, 1879 to Vachel Thomas Lindsay and Catherine Lindsay née Frazee, in Springfield, Illinois. Depressed and unstable in later years, he committed suicide by drinking poison and died December 5, 1931.
Lindsay in his youth began traveling the country reciting his poems in return for food and shelter, in an attempt to revive poetry as an oral art form of the common people.
The verse of Vachel Lindsay is characterized by its powerful rhythms, vivid imagery, and bold rhymes and express an ardent patriotism, a passion for progressive democracy, and a romantic view of nature. He first received widespread recognition for the volume General William Booth Enters into Heaven and Other Poems (1913), about the founder of the Salvation Army. His other volumes of poetry include The Congo and Other Poems (1914), The Chinese Nightingale and Other Poems (1917), and Every Soul Is a Circus (1929). His prose writings include the autobiographical Adventures While Preaching the Gospel of Beauty (1914) and A Handy Guide for Beggars (1916).
Much of the controversy and tragedy of Vachel Lindsay’s life can be found at the following link. http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/g_l/lindsay/lindsay.htm Youtube contains a considerable amount on Lindsay, including some audio recordings of Lindsay reciting (performing) his own works. He continued a bardic tradition going back to Ireland.
The Y-chromosome DNA haplotype for the Lindsay lineage of Nicholas Vachel Lindsay is represented in the Lindsay International DNA Database by a proven genealogical relationship with DNA participant L0091. See DNA Group 1 results.
Benjamin Barr Lindsey was born in Jackson, Tennessee, 1869, to a former confederate captain. He was educated in public school and Southwest Baptist University. His father, Landy Tunstall Lindsey, committed suicide when Ben was 18, leaving him the sole support of his mother and her 3 younger children. He worked in a real-estate office in Denver, Colorado and studied law in his spare time. In despair over slow progress in his law studies, he attempted suicide, but his gun misfired. In 1894, he entered the practice of law in Denver. In his work, he was often assisted by his wife, Henrietta. He was appointed to a vacancy in the county court in 1900.
Lindsey pioneered the establishment of the juvenile court system. Through his efforts, an act was passed creating a juvenile court in Denver which represented an important advance in relation of the law to children and would go on to serve as a model for future juvenile courts across America. Lindsey was made judge of the juvenile court in 1901 (which became a juvenile and family relations court in 1907). He held the position continuously, but he was not endorsed by either political party in 1908. Among other measures to which Judge Lindsey contributed were a reform of the registration law, greatly reducing election frauds; a reform of the ballot; state provisions for the support of the dependents of people serving in prison; extension of the probation system for prisoners; organization of public baths and playgrounds in Denver; the institution of the fresh-air movement in Denver; and enactment of statewide Mother’s Pension Law.
He was a leader in the movement to abolish child labor. He actively canvassed for the adoption of the juvenile court plan, and for political and social reform, through lectures and via books and pamphlets, of which The Beast (with Harvey J. O’Higgins, 1910) was widely circulated. In 1906, Judge Lindsey was a candidate for Governor of Colorado, and in 1912 became a member of the Progressive National Committee.
In early 1927, Judge Lindsey co-wrote a controversial book about what he called “companionate marriage”. He suggested that young men and women should be able to live together in a trial marriage, with a year to evaluate whether or not they were suited. The only caveat was they had to agree not to have children. Many clergy believed that sexual intercourse within marriage should only be for procreation so Lindsey’s essay aroused strong emotions. He was accused of promoting immorality, promiscuity and free love, charges that he denied. At one point, even the Pope spoke out against him. In Denver, he was ousted from the bench, after 28 years of service. Judge Lindsey continued to defend his views on radio and in speaking engagements. He appeared as himself in the film The Soul of Youth (1920), directed by William Desmond Taylor, and in Judge Ben Lindsey in the Juvenile Court (1921), the latter film made in the experimental Photokinema sound-on-disc process. In 1931, he ran for, and won election to a judgeship in the California Superior Court. He also continued his advocacy for children in the juvenile justice system. He died in Los Angeles, California, of a heart attack.
John William Linzee, Jr. was the author of the two-volume set of books, published in 1917 and entitled The History of the Linzee Family and the Limesi, Lindsay, Etc. Families. He was also present at the organizational meeting of The Lindsay Family Association of America in 1904. He and his family appeared to lead a very active role with this organization as a researcher of the Lindsay (how ever spelled) surname in Europe throughout the years of its existence while serving also as the Assistant Secretary.
In the pursuit of knowledge Linzee attended and gained degrees from no less than 3 prestigious universities: Cambricge (in England), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard and Boston. He subsequently became involved with increasing rank and authority in a wide variety of civil engineering projects many of which were railway related.
As a recreation, he was especially interested in historic-genealogic research, publishing a six hundred page volume, with many portraits, of old Boston families, a History of Peter Parker and Sarah Ruggles of Roxbury, Mass., their Ancestors and Descendants, and the History of the Linzee Family. He also nearly completed a history of Christopher Tilden and Sarah Parrott of Boston, Mass., Their Ancestors and Descendants – a twin book to the Parker-Ruggles History – the genealogy of his mother’s ancestors, the Mahe Family of France plus The Descendants of William Speakman of Boston; and a Genealogy of the Tildens of America.
Ronald Gerald Lindsay passed away Monday February 12 2018 surrounded by his loving family at his home in San Jose, CA. His importance to the Lindsay International organisation is immeasurable. In view of his very recent demise we have featured him in both the Current and Contemporary sections.
Ron was born at home in Mt. Olive, NC, the sixth of eight children and first of twin sons of Addest Lutrell and Mary Margie Baggett Lindsay. He graduated from Mt. Olive High School and then NC State University, graduating with a BS/ME. He had a distinguished 30-year career with IBM in Raleigh, NC.
Ron’s lifelong passion was chronicling his family history and documenting their genealogy. He’d just published a beautiful 881-page Lindsay family genealogy book last year (The Lindsays of Goshen), a legacy that will be treasured for generations to come. He built an international Lindsay surname web site and started the Lindsay DNA project.
Friendly and outgoing, Ron was a natural leader, taking an active role in Clan Lindsay USA (president from 1990-1994) and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, CA. He loved history, philosophy, traveling, and time spent with friends.
Ron is survived by his loving wife, Carol; children Donna Jean (Dan) Thompson of Decatur, IN, Ron, Jr (Debbie) of Raleigh, NC, and by his loving step-children Thom Hill of Ventura, Ca, and Lisa Hill-Pierce (Brendan) of San Jose and collectively, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Ron was predeceased by his first wife, Norma Jean Hunnicutt of Raleigh. He is also survived by his twin brother Donald (Audrey) of Mt. Olive, NC, brother Harold (Faye) of Kinston, NC, and brother Carroll of VA Beach, VA. He leaves a big hole in our lives.
Ron was the founder, architect and shepherd of the Lindsay International Surname DNA Project which dates back nearly 20 years. After working with a succession of Labs, he found us a long-term home with FTDNA, and hospitality from Cyndi Rutledge who had established an FTDNA Surname Project for Lindsays of any spelling.