Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Samuel Washington LINDLEY

Residences & events:

Anderson Co, SC. where he was born.

Abt 1790 Christian Co, KY. Following the death of his father, his mother moved the family and there he grew up and married Polly. Following her death he was named in her stead in the will of her father.

1810 Where was Samuel that year at census time? He was not in KY.

1811 Bond Co, IL. It has been said that the family moved with at least three of Samuel's brothers and the Whitley clan.

11/25/1812 Samuel served in the War of 1812 under Capt Amos Squire in the only battle on Illinois soil during the Fort Wisconsin Campaign.

4/7/1817 Bond Co, IL, was recorded as his residence when he purchased 158.63 acres in Clinton Co, for $2.00/acre at a Federal sale. Brother-in-law, Miles Whitley, was in the same county at that time.

1818 Bond Co, IL. The state's first census listed Samuel "Lindly" with a household of 1 white male over 21 and 5 other whites. In the same county were John and Simon Lindley while in Bond Co were John, Joseph and William Lindley, as well as John, John Jr and Mills Whitley.

1820 Perryville Twp, Bond Co, IL. At census time Samuel's family consisted of: 2 males under 10 years of age, Samuel at 26-45, 3 females under 10, 1 female aged 16-26, 1 person was engaged in agriculture. Down the road was William Lindley with Abraham Bateman between them. In the other direction was Henry Hall, probably a relative of first wife Polly.

1828 Moultrie Co, IL. Supposedly the first church services held in the county were held in Samuel's cabin that year by Rev. Hart, a Methodist. There is no evidence Samuel ever owned any property in Moultrie or in Shelby Co.

Although no land entries have been found for Samuel, a county history said one "important thing he did was to go down to what is now known as the Whitfield farm with his ox teams and break out some prairie land for the Waggoners" (the second family to arrive in the county behind the Whitleys.)

1830 Clark Co, IL. That year at census time, he lived next door to brother-in-law, Randolph Whitley. Living in Samuel's house were 1 male under 5, 1 aged 5-10, 1 at 10-15, 1 was 15-20, Samuel was 40-50, 1 female under 5, 1 at 5-10, 1 was 10-15, 2 at 15-20, and 1 was 30-40.

1833 DeWitt Colony, TX. On the move again, the family settled in the Gonzales Co area.

1834 Montgomery Co, TX. Apparently he and several of the Whitley family moved together again. Court records verify that all of Samuel's children were born to Elizabeth Whitley except the first and last.

11/7/1834. The Governor of IL signed his entrance to TX through the Port of Nacogdoches

Same date. He received Spanish Land Grants that were later recognized by the Republic of TX

Another researcher said that the family moved to Montgomery Co, after the Battle of San Jacinto but that did not occur until 4/1836 and in light of the previous and next items they were there earlier.

1835 Danville, Montgomery Co, TX. There he "founded the town, acquired additional land and became a well known planter and cattleman," according to relative Richard Lindley of Houston.

1840 No census records are available for TX that year.

10/4/1850 That year at census time, Samuel was a 62 year old farmer with real estate valued at $5000. Wife Martha was 60 and living with them were John, 20, James, 19, Mahala, 17, Elijah, 15, and Amanda, 10.

Samuel died intestate, the estate was probated 11/1859 and administered in 1860. The probate and settlement of his estate evolved into a legal dispute between his children and his fourth wife, wherein the children prevailed with their petition. Daughter Sarah, child of the first wife, and all of Elizabeth's children were included as heirs. His last child Amanda was not part of the settlement.

The estate, valued at $26, 299.50, consisted of:
7 slaves valued at $5, 950.00
personal property worth $3,475.75
700 acres of land at $8,400.00
700 acres of unimproved land on Caney Creek valued at $4,200.00
other parcels worth $3,8776.25 and $497.50.

It has been said he had so much land he never did walk on some of it. Samuel's current wife, Martha Taylor Allphin, tried to get the whole estate but his children took the matter to court and won, but because of this, they would never put a marker on his grave.

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