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William Thomas Lindsay (1860 - 1932)

Morse’s partner, William Thomas Lindsay was born in Texas in 1860, and depending on which document you go by, he was either born in Fort Worth or Waco, Texas. (1) The spelling of his surname is quite different on these official documents. According to his granddaughter, the correct spelling is Linsday. (2) Where Lindsay was between 1860 and 1918 is unknown. By 1918, Lindsay was living in Charlotte and working at the Lindsay & Morse studio at 208 South Tryon Street. (3) Two years later, in 1920, he was working at Lindsay’s Picture Factory in the Latta Arcade, which was owned by his landlady Mrs. P.V. Moody. (4) Interesting enough, the 1920 census lists Lindsay as born in New York. (5) Soon after this Lindsay moved to Birmingham, Alabama where he worked as a salesman, married and had two children. (6) The Lindsay family returned to Charlotte where William Thomas Lindsay died of tuberculosis in the Mecklenburg Sanatorium on the 21st of February 1932. (7)

A 1930 photograph of William Thomas Lindsay by his father, William T. Lindsay.Image courtesy of Kelly Paige

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  1. North Carolina Death Certificate, 21 February 1932.
  2. Oral interview with Kelly Paige, Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, 25 October, 2002.
  3. Miller's Charlotte, North Carolina City Directory, 1918, p. 364.
  4. Miller's Charlotte, North Carolina City and Suburban Directory, 1920, p. 392.
  5. Fourteenth Census, 1920, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, E.D. 151, p. 4-B.
  6. Paige interviews and Polk’s Birmingham, Alabama City Directory, 1924, p. 969 and 1925, p. 815.
  7. The Charlotte News, 22 February 1932, p. 10.