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Lindley/Heisel Bible Library Research Project
We also used the Internet to see if we could learn what became of Emma Heisel. We "cheated" by using
Ancestry.com's online index to the 1930 census, and we found Emma Heisel still living at 1630 Larrabee Street
when she was enumerated on 26 April 1930.108
Lastly we use the Internet to locate death information on Emma Heisel. The state of Illinois has placed its
statewide death index online for the years 1916-1950. We learned that Anna Emma Heisel of Cook County died 31
December 1950. Using this online index we learned that Barbara Heisel died before 1916 as her name did
not appear on the statewide death index.109
The Relationship between Conrad and Adam Heisel
We still did not know how Conrad and Adam Heisel were related but, due to the close proximity of their
ages, we felt that they were brothers. We "cheated" again and used the Internet to search further. On Ancestry.com,
we entered the surname of Heisel and came up with a book entitled Die Auswanderung aufden Harten by Dr.
Walter Schmid. Translated The Emigrants of the Haerten Area, a list of emigrants has been compiled from the
book, and this list is available online. The book, printed in German, includes on page 160, the following text:
"Johann Conrad Heisel, Schneider, und sein Bruder Johann Adam Heisel, Schuster, nach Nordamerika." The text
also provided birth dates of 19 December 1829 for Conrad Heisel and 9 September 1832 for Adam Heisel."0 We
did not have Conrad Heisel's date of birth, but Adam Heisel's birth date of 10 September 1832 on his death
certificate was a pretty close match. So we now knew that Adam and Conrad Heisel were brothers, and we knew
why Emma Heisel sent the death notice for her father to the Heisel family in Dallas. We can only speculate on
whether the two brothers ever met again after Conrad Heisel moved to Chicago and Adam Heisel moved to Dallas.
However, they must have been in some contact with each other for Emma Heisel to know where to send the death
The Lindley Family
Generation No. 1
One of the first tasks we completed after transcribing the Bible records was to chart out the families to sort
them into logical generations. Names and dates in the Bible gave us what we thought was the first generation of the
Lindley family, John Lindley and his wife Nancy J. Lindley. We did not have a birth date for John Lindley,
but the Bible contained his death date of 3 February 1820. Given the death date of his wife, Nancy J. Lindley
of 27 May 1840 and her age at death of 68 years "on the first day of that month," we computed her birth date as I
May 1772. And, because William B. Lindley bought the Bible from John Smith in Augusta, Georgia, we turned to
Richmond County first to look for the Lindley family. We located John Lindley on the first available Georgia
census in 1820 in Richmond County."'
Georgia Lindley Heisel indicated several times that her father, William B. Lindley, was born in South
Carolina. We checked the printed census index for 1810 South Carolina and located a John Lindley in Laurens
District, South Carolina."12 Time constraints prevented us from following up on this.
The Bible also provided the names of Jonathan Lindley and Thomas Lindley, and these men may have been
sons of John Lindley, but we did not have time to conduct research on the Lindley men.
Generation No. 2
William B. Lindley was born 12 February 1813 in South Carolina. He is probably the male child under the
age of 10 years who appears on the 1820 Richmond County, Georgia census in the household of John Lindley."3 In
1830 we believe that William Lindley may have been living in one of two households in Walton County, Georgia.
The household of James Lindley contained three young men aged 20-30 years."14 The other household is that of
Jonathan Lindley whose signature appeared in the family Bible. This household included a young man aged 15-20
years, and William Lindley would have been 19-20 years old at the time."5 The two Lindley households were on
the same census page with two other households between them.
The Bible record provided the marriage date for William B. Lindley and Louisa Jane Allen Smith on 17
February 1831. We substantiated the marriage date using the transcribed marriages of Morgan County, Georgia."6
Relying on the Bible records, we reconstructed the family as follows (all births probably in Newton County,
* Marion D. Lindley, born 20 November 1831 and died 11 June 1845 in Newton County
* Nancy Jane Lindley born 2 March 1834
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