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Francis Lindsley

Also Known As: "Francis Lindley", "Lindsley", "Linley", "Lindsly", "Linsey"
Birthplace: Althorpe, Lincolnshire, England
Death: April 1703
Whippany, Hanover Township, Morris, New Jersey
Place of Burial: Old Burial Ground, Newark, New Jersey
Immediate Family:

Son of John Lindsley and Elizabeth Lindsley (Messenger)
Husband of Susannah Lindsley
Father of Deborah Condict; Ruth Williams; Bethia Lyon; Ebenezer Lindsley; John Lindsley and 4 others
Brother of John Linsley; George Lindsley; Mary Lindsley and Thomas Linsey
Half brother of Anne Lindsley; Thomas Lindsley; Richard Lindsley and Frances Lindsley

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About Francis Lindsley

1. FRANCIS2 LINDSLEY (JOHN1) died 1704 in Newark, New Jersey. He married SUSANNA CULPEPPER 24 Jun 1655 in Branford, New Haven, Connecticut.


From Colonial Families of the United States

Francis Lindsley came from England, 1639, and settled in New Haven Colony; John and Francis appear on the records of Branford, formerly Totoket, in 1646; John remained in Branford, where he died; Francis moved to and became one of the founders of Newark, NJ, 1666;

--This name is variously spelled Linle, Linley, Linsley and Lindsley; Children of FRANCIS LINDSLEY and SUSANNA CULPEPPER are:

  • i. DEBORAH3 LINDSLEY/LINDLY, b. 22 Apr 1656.
  • ii. RUTH LINDSLEY/LINDLY, b. 04 Feb 1658.
  • iii. BETHIA LINDSLEY/LINDLY, b. 04 Mar 1660.
  • 2. iv. EBENEZER LINDSLEY/LINDLY, b. 1665, Branford, New Haven, Connecticut; d. 01 Nov 1743.
  • 3. v. JOHN LINDSLEY/LINDLY, b. Nov 1667, Newark; d. 27 Oct 1749.
  • vi. BENJAMIN LINDSLEY/LINDLY, b. Abt. 1669.
  • vii. JOSEPH LINDSLEY/LINDSLY, b. 1675; d. 23 May 1753.

More About JOSEPH LINDSLEY/LINDSLY: Burial: Whippany Grave Yard, Morris County, New Jersey



See: The Collections of the New Jersey Historical Society, Supplement, Vol. 6, p 122.

"Robert Kitchell left England April 26,1639 with Rev. Henry Whitfield and others and came to New Haven. This was the company in which Francis Lindsley arrived in New Haven."

See: The Record of the Colony of New Haven, Vol. 1, p 176. (December 3, 1645)

See: Branford Town Records, Vol. 1, p 01, 07JUL1646.

Moved to Branford, about seven miles SE of New Haven, in early 1646.

See: The Collections of the New Jersey Historical Society, Supplement, Vol. 6.

Francis Lindsley was born in England, and from the deeds of his lands given to his sons in 1704, probably died shortly after. In an old family bible (which formerly belonged to Mrs. Elizabeth Lindsley Shaw) in Morristown, is found this item: 'Francis Lindsley came to this country from England in the ship with Robert Kitchell in 1639, this ship said to have been the first to anchor in New Haven Bay.' The Collections of the New Jersey Historical Society, Suplement, Vol. 6, p.122 states that Robert Kitchell left England on April26, 1639, and came to New Haven with the Reverend Henry Whitfield and others. On shipboard or upon landing, they drew up and signed a plantation covenant, to which they all subscribed, "...intending by God's gracious permission to plant themselves in new England, and we will, the Lord assisting, sit down and join ourselves together in one certain Plantation." This was the company in which Francis Linlie and his brother, John, arrived in New Haven.

The first authentic data of Francis Lindsley's life in New Haven is found in "The Record of the Colony of New Haven," Vol. 1. p.176, which reads: "At a court held December 3, 1645, Stephen Metcalfe complayned that he, going into the howse of John Linley, Francis Linley, his brother, being in the howse, told him he would sell him a gunne. The said Stephen asked him if it were a good one. He answered, 'Yea, as any was in the towne.' Whereupon they bargained, and Stephen was to give him seventeen shillings. As Stephen was going out of dores, he questioned the sufficiency of the locke. Francis told him, 'Indeed, John Nash told me she was not worth threepence, but for my my part, I do not vallew it worse for that. Smithes do not effect old gunnes, for I knew one gunne which John Nash dispraised which is a good one for all that.'

Soe, Stephen went home and afterwards discharging the said gunne, the brich flew out and struck into his eye and wounded him deep and dangerously into the head. Francis Linley pleaded that he told Stephen that John Nash told him that the gunne was naught, that it was not worth threepence, that the barrell was thinne and would not bare a new britch, and advised Stephen to scoure her well, and if he tried her, to put but a little charge in her. Mr. Gregson and John Nash testified that when he was examined before Mr. Gregson, Francis Linley denied he told Stephen that the barrell was thinne and would not bare a new britch, that it was crackt on one side from the britch to the touch hole. John Nash testified that he tould Francis it was a very naughty piece, not worth mendinge, and yet he prest him to mend it as well as he could and let it be as it will. He told him moreover that the barrell at the britch was as thin as a shilling, crackt from the britch to the touch hole, and would not beare a britch; and after he had mended it, told him he would not give three pence for it, and to his best remembrance, he saith, he tould him he would not discharge it for all New Haven, for it would doe some mischiefe. Richard Myles also testified that he heard John Nash speake much for her badness and unserviceableness to Francis Linley. John Linley, being demanded why he was taken with such a quakeinge and trembling when Stephen was going to shoot, he said he did not quake or tremble. Thomas Clarke testified upon oath that John Linley tould him when he heard Stephen discharge the gunne that he was affraid he had hurt himselfe. Goodwife Fancy testified that John Linley came oft times to speake with Stephen, when he thought he lay uppon his death bedd, to know if he would cleare his brother, for he said he feared he had hard thoughts of his brother concerning the gunne. Robert affirmed that Francis offered him that gunne to sell and demanded twenty shillings, telling him to his best remembrance that it had a new britch.

The court, considering the premise the great damadge Stephen Metcalfe had sustayned in the loss of his eye, with the losse of time and the great charge of the cure, Mr. Pell affirming it was worth twenty pounds damages" Apparently the judgment was paid promptly for there is no evidence to the contrary.

Four months after this judgment, Francis Lindsley moved to Branford, about seven miles east and a little south of New Haven. Branford was settled in the spring of 1644 mostly by families from Wethersfield, a settlement on the Connecticut River about thirty miles north of Branford. The first of two records of Francis in Branford is an agreement he made with the Town of Branford:

"The 2nd month and 10th daie 1646. This daie it was agreed by the town and ffrancis Linlie that the said ffrancis shall keepe the heard of cows and heyfers from the 16th of this month to the 16th of the 9th, and he to calle for them by the sunne halfe an hower hie in the morning and to bring them home at that same time in the evening and he must blow a horne or make some other noyse before he come in the morning and also in the evening that we maie be readie to turne them out of our yards and be ther readie to receive them likewise in the evening: and for his paines he is to have 14 pounds in countrie paie, likewise on the Saboth daies he is to keepe one of four and also to help those with the cattle out of the towne that are to keepe on the saboth when he doeth not keepe them. And in case he lost any of the cattle he shall look for them four daies with one man to helpe him at his own charge and he is to have the one halfe of his paie by the first of Juli, thother at the end of the time." A second agreement was made for the following year.

The first record of the distribution of land in the town of Branford is found on the first page of Branford Town Records, Vol. 1, dated July 7, 1646. This is important as it gives many names of those who married into the Lindsley family and who emigrated with Francis from Connecticut to New Jersey. The record reads as follows:

"It is ordered this daie that all the meadow within this towne be divided into four parts and everie of these parts is to be divided particulerlie by lott to the inhabitants. The first part is that on this side of the river and then to begine by the townes side and next the farmes be ended. The 2nd pte is that which lyeth by the river side and is to begine at the further end of the first lott and is all the meadow that remains on tother side the river between the sea side and to begine in the marsh there for the downward to the Indian necke according as it has been vewed."

The lots were awarded to the following men, and the list is practically a census of the men in Branford two years after its settlement. On this list appear the names, Jo. Lynslie, ffra. Lynly, and Jo. Plum among others. The marriage of Francis Lindsley is recorded in Branford Town Records, Vol. 1, p. 170 as follows: "ffrancis Linsly, the one partie, and Susana Cullpeper, married June 24, 1655."

At this time Connecticut consisted of two colonies, Connecticut and New Haven. New Haven Colony included Milford, Branford, Guilford, Stamford, and Southold on Long island. (See Wilcox family history for Guilford residents) In 1661 certain residents of the New Haven Colony became desirous of relocating in order to regulate their civil and religious affairs. In 1665 New Haven and Connecticut Colonies were united, much to the dismay of the Milford community. In the spring of 1666, about thirty of the Milford families embarked for the area which is now Newark, Bloomfield, Belleville, Clinton, Montclair and the Oranges, New Jersey. On October 30, 1666, twenty three families from Branford signed a document known as "The Fundamental Agreement" wherein they agreed: 1st, that none shall be admitted freemen within the town upon the Passaic River but such planters as are members of the Congregational Churches, nor to be chosen to the magistry or to vote &c &c; 2nd, we shall with care and diligence provide for the maintenance of the purity of religion professed in the Congregational Churches. Among the Milford men whose received this agreement and subscribed their names thereto were: Robert Treat, Francis Linle, and Azariah Crane; all ancestors of this writer.

The original settlers from Milford and New Haven located on what are now known as Broad, Mulberry, Washington, and Market Streets, with most lots lying to the south of Market Street. The new arrivals from Branford established themselves north of Market along Broad and Washington Streets. The capital of the new province was called Elizabethtown in honor of Lady Carteret, but the area occupied by the Connecticut immigrants was called Neworke and/or Pesayak Towne. In division of the lands, each settler received a home lot: there were also first, second, and third divisions of the upland with an equitable distribution of the bogged meadow. In the first division of lots, Francis Lindsley drew Lot No. 44 and also had his division of the meadowland and a lot in the Great Neck. His house lot of six acres is on the south side of Market Street at the corner of High Street where the courthouse now stands. The patent obtained from the proprietors of New Jersey in 1696 show his total lands covered 287 acres (original document at the New Jersey Historical Society in Newark.) In the first tax list of New Jersey, Francis was assessed 210 pounds. He divided his estate while still living, part to his son John in 1699, and the balance on January 14, 1703/04, to his other four sons, Benjamin, Ebenezer, Jonathan, and Joseph. Consequently, he left no will, his wife preceding him in death.

In conclusion, one might say that Francis began his life in America in a modest way, like most of the first settlers. He sold his 32 acres in Branford for 40 pounds when he emigrated to New Jersey, and at the close of his life had nearly three hundred acres in Newark. There is no record of what he did for a living in Newark, and although he was not as prominent as others in the area, he is not without recognition.Tradition has it that due to an injury to his hand, he was unable to write: he always signed documents with his mark, "F." On January 31, 1672, the town voted that his taxes, which were behind on the town's account be given him. On April 10, 1672, he was chosen by the town meeting to sweep out the meeting House this year, for which he was to have 20 shillings. On March 21, 1675, he was fined for remissness in attending the town meetings and much damnified by losing his time when he did attend. In 1686 he was chosen to lay out highways. Both he and Susanna were living in 1691, for at that time they made a quit claim deed for their former lands in Branford.

Deed to his son, John:

" To all people to whome this present writing shall come, I, Fransis Lindly of Newark in the County of Essex in the provence east New Jersey Send greeting. Know ye that I sd Francis Lindly as well for & in consideration of ye naturall affection & fatherly Love which I have & bear unto my well beloved son John Lindly of the afforsd planter as also for Divers good causes & Considerations mee Att present Especially moving have given unto the sd John Lindly all and every my right tittle & intrust in these parcels of Land & medow ground As Followeth to wit: Lieing & being with in ye bounds of Newark afforesd: viz: twelve acres of upland Lieing in ye two mille brook hollow Commonly so Called being forty eight Rods in length & fforty Rods in bredth bounded by Ebenezer Canfield on ye north my own Land eest: &c: & allso a Certain pease of Salt medow being of my second Devision Lyeing neere a place Commonly Caled Munrow beginning att Samuel Harrison one ye East, bound Creek on ye South, a small Creek north east, Samuell Harison on ye West to have and to hould, all & singular ye premises with there & every of these Appurtenances there unto belonging unto him the sd John Lindly heires & Assignes forever freely and quietly without any manner of Challenge Claims or Demand of me ye sd Frances Lindly or of any other persons what soever for me in my name by my cause meanse or procurment & without money yealding therefor to be yealded payed or done to me ye sd Frances Lindly Executors administrators or assignes & I ye sd Frances Linsly all & Singular ye aforesd land and medow & premises ye sd John Linsly Executors administrators and assignes to the use aforesd against all peopel doe warant & forever Defend by these presents & further know ye that I the sd Frances Lindly have putt sd John Lindly in peasable & Quiet possession of all and singular the afforesd premises by delivering himatt ye Ensealing here of a Coyned peace of silver mony Caled A nine peny belt which I have delivered in name of ye sd premises. In witness whereof I have set my hand and Seall this Tweteth Day of january in the year of our Lord, one thousand six hundred ninty & nine.

Signed in the presents of us: John Curtis, Ebenezer Linsly (his mark), Jonathan Linsly

Fransis ('F', his mark) Linsly [Seal]

Franses Linsly aperd before me the 2: Day of feberuary: 1699: & owned the above written for to be his act & Deed. Signed: John Curtiss" (Newark Land Records, Vol. I, page 53; New Jersey Historical Society)

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Francis Lindsley's Timeline

January 11, 1615
Althorpe, Lincolnshire, England
January 11, 1615
April 22, 1656
Age 41
Branford, New Haven Colony
February 4, 1658
Age 43
Branford, New Haven Colony, Colonial America
March 4, 1659
Age 44
Branford, New Haven Colony
Age 49
Branford, New Haven Colony
Age 52
Newark, Essex, New Jersey
Age 54
Newark, Essex County, Province of New Jersey
Age 59
Newark, Essex, New Jersey, USA