by William T. Lindsey
From Former Residents of West Middletown, Pennsylvania

Old Samuel Lindsey had two sons, William and Thomas, each receiving a half interest in his house and lot.

William became an innkeeper and his hotel figures in several of the stories partly because its barnyard was where the traveling animal shows were held.

Thomas was a cabinet maker who married Permelia Williams, a daughter of Eleven Williams. They had a son Thomas who went west and a son James Evans Lindsey who stayed in West Middletown and became the father of William T.

William T. Lindsey (1847-1914) taught for a time in the Manchester School, as Janet Bemis who taught there later happily discovered in an old record. Janet's father, Dr. Jimmie Bemis, was a long-time friend of William T., whom the Bemis children called "Uncle Will." He never married.

For twenty years William T. Lindsey was chief clerk of the U. S. District Court in Pittsburgh. His Middletown house was one his father bought from Dr. Archibald Campbell in 1852. William T. Lindsey was the one who saw to it that legless Virginia Johnston got to a school where she learned office skills and was fitted with a wooden leg. Fox Road is named for Virginia's husband.

Mr. Lindsey took his stenographer and spent the evening with Phebe McKeever Stewart, then later with Mary McFadden Allison in Kittanning. Other old-timers responded to letters.

Phoebe A. Murdock, talking to my tape recorder, August 1970:

He got one of the Lanes who was out in Kansas. Different ones to tell all they could remember about Middletown--the schools, the houses, the churches, abolition... They were here all written into a great book, looked like a ledger. Miss Haidee [Brownlee] was supposed to be copying it. She copied a little bit and brought the book out to me and I copied for a while. Then it was taken back to Mrs. Shoop, and when she quit the book quit too. We tried to catch up with her, but we never got any more.

I have retyped and indexed the nine we have--from Allison, Jones, Lane, McElroy, Means (Sarah Armstrong's maiden name), Richey, Stewart, Wilkin, Woodburn.

Paul E. Rieger's 2002 letter follows the others giving an historian's comments on what they said. It's very useful.

Jane Murdock Fulcher, March 2002