The first obituary of John Tolson Lindsay was published a few days after he died.
"Last Friday morning John Tolson Lindsay died at the home of his son, E.E. Lindsay, after an illness of ten days, his death being caused by pneumonia. At the time of his death, Mr. Lindsay was ninety years and twenty ones days of age, and his life had been of much usefulness. All his life Mr. Lindsay has been a strong and robust man, and had not be contracted the sickness which caused his death, he would probably have lived several years longer.
Mr. Lindsay was a veteran of the civil war and his war record is rather interesting. He enlisted in the Union army, October 23,1864, and during the time he was in the service he participated in several bloody engagements, including the siege of Spanish Fort where Admiral Farragut won immortal fame. The siege lasted thirteen days and the Union troops were under constant fire. Mr. Lindsay was not discharged until after the surrender of Lee. He was in Company C, Forty-seventh Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Fifth Brigade, Sixteenth Corps.
After an illness of ten days of pneumonia, John Tolson Lindsay died Friday morning, February 19th, 1915, at the residence of his son, E.E. Lindsay, where for many years he had made his home."
(However some writer thought it was insufficient so another one was published. Beware of the the abundance of saccharin and flowery language in this obituary.)
Obit John T Lindsay Argus February 24, 1915
John T. Lindsay was born in Versailles, Indiana, January 28, 1825, and was married to Elizabeth Clayton, October 24,1844. To them were born fifteen children, seven of whom are living, three sons, Samuel T., N.F. and E.E., of Robinson; four daughters, Sarah Rogers of Wichita, Kans., Martha Pinkstaff of Pinkstaff, this state; Viola Ford of Bald Knob, Ark., and Minnie Smith of this city. These were all with him during his last illness. The deceased had twenty-eight grand children and thirty-six great grand children,
Mr. Lindsay's father moved to Kentucky when the subject of this sketch was an infant. In 1850 the family removed to a farm southeast of Flat Rock, on the Palestine and Lawrenceville road. In 1881 Mr. Lindsay located in Lawrence County where he lived until he moved to Robinson in 1894.
The large number of heirs to his blood is small in comparison to the number of those whose lives are enriched by the inspiration from knowledge of his life of integrity and from fellowship with him. The memory of his daily life is a treasure to all who had the privilege of knowing him well.
With keenness of intellect rare among men of his years, he maintained to the end of his life a lively interest in all matters of the day, and displayed high minded patriotism in all issues of state and nation. One of his most cherished possessions was his honorable discharge from the Union Army. He was a member of Company C, 47th Ill. Vol. Infantry of the famous "Eagle Brigade."
Though quiet and modest, Mr. Lindsay was a man of decision, of positive conviction, and strong feeling. His advanced age had carried him into a changed world from that of the prime manhood. But unlike many in such a condition he did not lament the passing of another new age nor decry that which a new generation brought. Optimism and faith in mankind made him tolerant and liberal where his taste and judgment did not approve.
The two qualities that seemed to be the fibre of his character were love and industry. Gentleness of manner, patience, and thoughtfulness for the happiness of others were his constantly. In youth a man of unusual physical strength he continued to be a great worker to the end of his earthly life. Day by day he toiled, not for greed of wealth, but because his philosophy of life found in work the key to happiness, in service the fulfillment of duty.
In his declining years Mr. Lindsay's delight was still the out-of-doors where every bird and every flower was his friend and companion. He knew the trees and the herbs, he loved to sow the seeds, to tend the growing plants and to gather their fruits. The absence of his foot-fall on his daily walk, and the familiar figure in his garden will bring regret to many; but will call to memory one who lived and walked always as under his Great Taskmaster's eye.
The funeral of Mr. Lindsay was held Saturday afternoon at the home of his son, E.E. Lindsay, the service being conducted by A.W. Duncan of Lawrenceville, assisted by Rev. M. H. Loar, pastor of the M.E. church of this city. Mr. Duncan was an old time friend of the deceased having known him for nearly half a century, and in his highly appropriate discourse spoke quite feelingly of the acquaintance and friendship, and of the character of the man. The G.A.R. Post of this city was represented at the house and had charge at the cemetery where the service of the order took place. The funeral at the house and at the cemetery was largely attended by friends and acquaintances of the venerable man who thus testified their respect and esteem for him as a citizen and a veteran who had served his country at the time of its peril.
Researcher's NOTES: Not sure of Lindsay, but others from Crawford County that entered Company C, 47th Illinois in late 1864 were drafted.