Robert E. Lindsay


ROBERT E. LINDSAY, ex-sheriff of Hancock county, was born November 7, 1850 at Phillipsburgh, Beaver Co., Penn. His father, William L. Lindsay, a native of Lancaster, Penn., and son of Michael Lindsay, a native of county Tyrone, Ireland, was a well-known school teacher, and also prominent as justice of the peace and notary public. He married Nancy Baker, who still survives. The father died July, 1852. Robert E., at the age of ten years, came to New Cumberland, where he attended school until twenty years old, taking a course of one year at the college at Mt. Union, Ohio. SInce then he has been employed as bookkeeper by the Porter Fire-brick company, with the exception of his service to the county. In 1884 he was elected sheriff of Hancock county, on the ticket of the republican party, of which he is a prominent member, and served efficiently from 1885 to 1889. He is now secretary of the republican executive committee of the county. October 8, 1874, he was married to Sarah, daughter of James and Jane Patterson, the former of whom was born in county Antrim, Ireland. Both were residents of and died at New Cumberland, the mother in April, 1879 and the father in 1882. Mr. Lindsay and wife have five children: James H., Ethel, Nina, Olivia and William L. Parents and family are members of the Presbyterian church, of which Mr. Lindsay has been an official member for several years. The widow of William Lindsay was married in 1860 to William Teesdale, a prominent merchant of New Cumberland, who was born at Philadelphia in 1820. When eight years old he went with his step-father, Henry Bell, and his mother, to Pittsburgh and then to Beaver, where the step-father took charge of a manufacturing establishment. From 1834 to 1837 they lived at Steubenville, where he learned the shoemaker's trade. This he afterward followed at Holliday's Cove in 1837-8 and afterward at Pris, Penn., and King's Creek. He was then toherwise employed until 1852 when he came to New Cumberland then known as "Black Horse Landing" and after service as a moulder in the brick yard, went upon the river and was engaged for about seventeen years by Porter & Co. in delivering brick. Since then he has been engaged in merchandise. His first marriage was in November 1839 to Hannah Still, who died in 1858. Two children were born to them, both now deceased. By his present marriage he has two children: Anna M. and William J.

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