Marker honors soldier and pioneer

Published 12:05 pm Friday, October 3, 2008

For more than a decade a small group of women, led by Adelle Simpson of Briarfield and Lyn Lucas of Calera, have dedicated themselves to honoring and recognizing David Lindsay as a Revolutionary War Patriot and Shelby County Pioneer.

Anne Kelly, recently deceased, set the aim years ago for Shelby County’s David Lindsay Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. In April 2008, they achieved their goal and on Oct. 1, 2008, the chapter held a dedication ceremony to place the NSDAR Historical and Memorial Marker honoring Private David Lindsay in front of his memorial rock, which was dedicated in Oct. 2006 in the Veteran’s Park at the American Village in Montevallo.

This large rock is from land adjacent to the American Village that is now the property of the National Cemetery. The NSDAR Historical and Memorial Marker completes Pvt. Lindsay’s memorial after years of genealogical hard work assisted by descendents, Bobby Joe Seales and Scott Martin.

After the dedication ceremony, a reception followed prepared by Margaret Clark, Karen Jenson, and Linda Gibbons. Regent Rita Reid surprised her chapter members as she presented the David Lindsay Chapter Charter from the NSDAR. Listed on the Chapter Charter were the original David Lindsay charter members who formed in Montevallo in 1927.

Pat Kelly also came to honor his wife Anne, whose vision brought David Lindsay his rightful honor, and presented his wife’s DAR medals and ribbons to the chapter as a gift of her love of the DAR.

Also attending from the Alabama State DAR were Carolyn Drennen, second vice regent, and historian Sandy Fox. The David Lindsay Chapter members attending were Clark, Lucas, Reid, Simpson, Shelia Coupland, Emmie McDonald, Judith Arthur, Beverly Hall, Caroline Johnson, Bonnie Atchison, Karen Jenson, and prospective DAR members Neville Peacock and Gibbons.

The chapter is proud to have Roberta Fulton Meadows, a direct descendant through Lindsay’s daughter Rebecca Lindsay Fulton, as a charter member. The chapter also recognizes Sarah Ann Rebecca Brasher Kendrick, a prospective DAR, as a direct descendent of Lindsay through his daughter, Mary Elizabeth Lindsay Hale.

Lindsay served with the Virginia Continental Lines during the American Revolution War and received a land grant in 1787 for his service. He used that land grant in Green County, N.C., now Tennessee. He later migrated to Madison County, Miss., finally settling in Shelby County before 1820 when he is listed in the state census. Lindsay is buried next to his wife, Mary Casey Lindsay, at the Lindsay Historical Site on Shelby County Highway 17 in Maylene.