From all I can gather, William Lindsay was the straightest of arrows, a saint. In an attempt to keep his experiences accessible, I'm dedicating a few years of research into William Lindsay and putting it on this blog. Please sign the guestbook. I'd love for this to be a gathering place for discussion on the man and his family.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Birthday: February 11th, 1847

William Lindsay, the second of nine, was the only member of the William Geddes Lindsay family born in Lanarkshire and not Ayrshire. This occured in or near Petersburn and Chapehall [Chapelhall] near Airdrie on undoubtedly a cold winter day. I have seen both sites mentioned in his reports, and they aren't more than a mile apart from each other. I am not aware if William Lindsay was christened, if christening records exist, familysearch might have a good source here, the parish was probably in Airdrie. It was very near this time that William's parents along with his grandparents Robert Mcqueen Lindsay began investigating the Mormon Church.

1864 map from: http://www.old-maps.co.uk/index.html

I found this to be an interesting description of the mining villages in New Monkland, Lanarkshire that provides context to where William Lindsay was born in 1847.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Early life: Stay out of other people's business

This short event written by William's younger brother James may be the only record we have of William Lindsay being a kid and doing things that kids do. All the other instances in his life prior to Utah revolved around mining, brief schooling, or his eye accident.

"Gatehead is the first place I can remember, because of an incident
that happened in my younger life. Brother William and I were playing
when he found a large black bug. He wanted to kill it, I interfered,
and as he raised the hatchet to strike I received the blow on my nose .
I had a scar all my life to remind me to stay out of other people's
Source: James Lindsay's Autobiography