Thomas Lindsay

Company F, 95th Illinois Volunteer Infantry

Thomas Lindsay, for many years connected with the agricultural activities of Dorr Township, but now deceased, was one of the substantial men of McHenry County, and one whose memory is held in high esteem. He was born in Scotland, July 23, 1836, a son of Thomas and Marion (Marshall) Lindsay, who came to the Unitqd States in 1840, and located permanently in McHenry County in 1842, purchasing the farm in Dorr Township which later became the property of their son' Thomas. The father only lived for twelve years after his arrival in McHenry County, dying in 1852, but the mother survived him until 1880. Their children were as follows: Jenette, who married William Scott; Thomas, whose name heads this review; Christine, who married Oren Allbee; Archibald; Mary A., who married D. Redpath; and Margaret J., who married Thomas Wier.

The educational training of Thomas Lindsay, the younger, was acquired in the district schools of Dorr Township, and he grew up on the homestead. From the time of his father's death until that of his mother, he had charge of the homestead of 200 acres of land, and then acquired ownership of it, and operated it very successfully for many years. In 1864 when his adopted country was divided in a civil war, Mr. Lindsay enlisted in defense of the Union, and served in Company F., Ninety-fifth Illinois Volunteer Infantry for one year, when he was honorably discharged, and returned. to his agricultural, labors.

In 1880, Mr. Lindsay was married to Maggie Pope, a daughter of Frederick Pope of Cook County, Ill. Mr. and Mrs. Lindsay became valued members of the Presbyterian church. A Mason, Mr. Lindsay maintained membership with St. Mark's Lodge No. 63, AF&AM of Woodstock. Although some years have passed since Mr. Lindsay's demise he is still remembered by the older generation of Woodstock and Dorr Township as one of the men who helped to raise the high standards for which this region has always been justly celebrated.


Submitted by Dr. William L. Baran

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