William Martin & Nancy Jane (Osborne) Lindsey
of Navarro & Limestone Counties, T


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William Martin Lindsey, step son of Henry Thomas Williams, was born December 21, 1858 in Arkansas to Arthur Jones and Martha Jane (Thomas) Lindsey.   He was baptized by Rev. Bob Griffin. He married Mary E. Williams November 14, 1878 in Navarro County. William Martin and Mary moved to Center, Limestone County Texas, where she died on February 8, 1880 having no children. He then moved to the Emmett community where his mother and Step Father were living, and met the Rev. James Campbell Osborne family.  William married a second time to Nancy "Nannie" Jane Osborne, daughter of Rev. James Campbell and Sarah (Coats) Osborne, on September 9, 1880 in Navarro County by the Rev. Z. Curry Sears. She was also born in Arkansas on Aug 29, 1861.  William was ordained as a deacon of the Fairview Baptist Church at Raleigh in 1910.  He operated a grocery store in Emmett and farmed for several years in the Emmett and Raleigh communities.  They had 13 children. William Martin died on September 4, 1925 in Mexia, Limestone County Texas where he had spent the last ten years of his life. Nancy Jane lived there for many more years, but was living in Ft. Worth with her daughter, Mary Ballew, at the time of her dean on  September 30. 1954.  William Martin & Nannie Jane are buried in the Dresden Cemetery, at Dresden, Navarro County, Texas.

  • Information from Edward L. Williams, James Kelley & Agnes Gill
  • Photographs from James Kelley


Children of William Martin and Nancy Jane (Osborne) Lindsey





Arthur Jones Lindsey, Jr. 23 Feb 188219 Oct 1882 
Sarah Alice Lindsey 24 Dec 188323 Aug 1965James (Jim) Alfred Shepherd
Mary Delusia Lindsey 16 Nov 188517 Apr 1989Jacob Franklin "Frank" Ballew
George Campbell Lindsey 6 Sep 188724 Mar 1918Maudie (Williams) Linsey-Hendon-Williams
Carrie Otha Lindsey 10 Dec 18897 Mar 1973
Robert Belve "Bob" Thompson
Martha Jeannette Lindsey 6 Feb 1892 2 Jul 1912Prentis Walter Chunn
JoAnna Lindsey 31 Dec 18931 Oct 1997Cap Burns &
Hugh Frazier Hester
Wallace Lafayette Lindsey, Sr.15 May 1895 1 May 1945
Death Certificate
UNKNOWN 1st & Ruth E. Johnston
Lucy Dale Lindsey 9 Dec 18978 Mar 1974Ervin McClure Boyd
Julia Margaret Lindsey 27 Aug 190031 Dec 1980 James Anderson Raines
Troy Amy Lindsey 28 Nov 1902 Aug 2006Charles West Fowler
Ruby Leona Lindsey 2 Nov 190411 May 1995Robert Bernard Sewell, Sr.
Willie Jane Lindsey 11 Oct 19071 Jun 2004Charles Edward Thompson, Jr.



Dresden Cemetery, Dresden, Navarro County, Texas




Pioneer Buried Near Old Home in Nearby County

W. H. (sic) Lindsey, veteran pioneer citizen of this section of Texas, and for the past seven years residing near Mexia, died at his home on the Tehuacana road, just beyond the oil field district, Friday afternoon, Sept 4.

He is survived by his wife, nine daughters, one son, 31 grandchildren, one greatgrandchild, two half brothers and a half sister, all of whom were present when he passed away.  In all 72 members of the immediate family and more remote relations were present at the home Thursday, representing every living relative.  Such an illustration, showing closer family ties probley has never been duplicated here or anywhere else, evidencing the high esteem and affection in which the deceased was held by his devoted loved ones.

For several years he has been in poor health and for the past two months or more his condition has been known to be serious, suffering from stomach trouble.  Everything that medical science and love could do for him was done, but these were unable to combat the trouble that brought him to his death.  He was carried to the Brown hospital for treatment and later returned home where he died Friday afternoon at 8:15 o'clock.

Deceased was born in Arkansas, December 23, 1858.  In early manhood he removed to Texas in which state he has resided ever since.  He located in Navarro county, near Dresden, where has was buried Saturday afternoon, Rev. Corbett, pastor of the Blooming Grove Baptist church officiating.  He married soon after coming to Texas, his first wife dying in about one year.  To this union was born one son, dying in infancy.  He afterwards was wedded to Miss Nannie Jane Osborne.  To this union were born thirteen children, ten of whom survive.

He moved from Navarro county to Bosque county where he resided two years, then came to Mexia, locating about a mile east of town where he and family lived until about five years age when he purchased the place northwest of town about two and a half miles, just beyond the oil field district.

He was a lifelong member of the Baptist denomination, his membership being in the Emmett Baptist church in Navarro county.  He helped build the church and was faithful to it even after moving here, never willing to withdraw his membership from it.

The funeral procession left about noon with a long line of relatives and friends attending.  The J. T. Riddle Undertaking company had charge of the arrangements.

The surviving members of the family are his wife, one son, and nine daughters, as follows:

Wallace Lindsey, wife and three children; Mrs. Alice Shepherd her husband and three children and one grandchild, of Hico; Mrs. Mary Ballew, her husband, seven children of Frost; Mrs. Carrie Thompson, husband, five children, of Frost; Mrs. Johansa Hester, husband and five children, of Temple; Mrs. Troy Fowler, husband and one child of Brownwood; Mrs. Willie Thompson and husband of Wortham; Mrs. Lucy Boyd and husband of Mexia; Mrs. Ruby Sewell and husband, of Mexia.

One son, George, died 1929; a daughter, Mrs. Jeannettie Chunn also died in 1912 and another son, Arthur, died in infancy.  Mrs. George Lindsey survives and is now Mrs. Maudie Williams who with her child, a grandchild of the deceased, were also present, as was the child of Mrs. Chunn.

Half sisters were Mrs. Mollie Green of Frost and Mrs. Nettie Green, deceased.

Half brothers were Samp Williams of Corbet, Navarro county, and Joe Williams of Corsicana.



Friday Services For Mrs. Lindsey

Funeral services for Mrs. Nancy J. Lindsey, 93, former resident of Navarro county, were held Friday at 2:30 p.m. from the Emmett Baptist church. Burial was in the Dresden cemetery. The rites were conducted by the Revs. Williams and Perritt.
Mrs. Lindsey died early Thursday at the home of a daughter, Mrs. J. F. Ballew, in Fort Worth.
Born in Arkansas, August 29, 1861, she moved to Texas in 1872, first residing at Salem and then at Emmett for many years. She moved to Mexia in 1913 and made her home until two years ago when she went to Fort Worth.
Mrs. Lindsey was a member of the Fairview Baptist church at Emmett where her father was pastor many years.
Surviving are nine daughters, Mrs. Ruby Sewell, Mexia, Mrs. Julia Raines and Mrs. Carrie Thompson, both of Frost; Mrs. Alice Sheppard, Loraine, Mrs. Mary Ballew, Fort Worth, Mrs. Joanna Hester, Moody; Mrs. Lucy Boyd, Pampa; Mrs Troy Fowler, Childress, and Mrs. Willie Thompson, Dallas; more than 100 grandchildren and great grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Mattie Bruton, San Angelo and other relatives.

Corsicana Daily Sun Sept 20, 1954

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Nancy Jane (Osborne) Lindsey
Aug 29, 1861 - Sept 30, 1954

Mrs. Nancy J. Lindsey

CORSICANA, Texas. - Mrs. Nancy J. Lindsey, 93, long-time resident of Navarro County and later Mexia, died in Fort Worth.

Funeral services were held Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the Emmett Baptist Church with burial in the
Dresden cemetery.

Surviving are nine daughters, Mrs. Ruby Sewell, Mexia; Mrs. Julia Raines and Mrs. Carrie Thompson, both of Frost; Mrs. Alice Shepperd, Loraine; Mrs. Mary Ballew, Fort Worth; Mrs. Joanna Hester, Moody; Mrs. Lucy Boyd, Pampa; Mrs. Troy Fowler, Childress, and Mrs. Willie Thompson, Dallas; more than 100 grandchildren and great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Mattie Bruton, San Angelo, and other relatives.



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Edward L. Williams