Colin Lindsay was born in Scotland under bizarre conditions. His mother was laid to rest prematurely in the family vault and was discovered alive only after a drunken man was dared to enter the vault so soon after interring the 'deceased.' A couple of years later, Colin Lindsay was born after his mother recovered from near death. He became a Presbyterian preacher and in 1792, after arriving in America, started as a preacher at Black River Church in Sampson County. His career as a preacher also took him to congregations in Raft Swamp Church, Robeson County and Bethel Church, Upper Robeson.