Saturday, February 6, 2016

Another View of Downtown Lindley

In 1951, William Burr- born 1870  in Lindley wrote a History of Lindley. This is one of the photos in the book which was owned by Kathryn Loughridge. A copy is in the Lindley historian files at the  Lindley Town Hall. Mr. Burr -a lawyer attended Alfred University and Cornell. He practiced in Rochester, NY and worked in the oil business in Wyoming before retiring to Massachusetts.
Note      The barn is about where the Austin store-( built about 1953 ) was located next to the present Town Hall.
The school ( #2) - the little white  building on left of the Church (#1) was located near the Tioga River. The 1972 flood  ended its existence.
Across the  river is the Middlebrook home now owned by the Squires family (the grove of trees to the right is the old Middlebrook Cemetery).
 The extensive lumber industry of the 1840's-1850's left the denuded hillsides.
(#3 is the last house below the Church- Mr.Burr's birthplace . )

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Changes in Lindley over the Years

Lindley,N.Y. Add caption
Looking North
Lindley, N.Y. 1900-1909
Looking Southeast

The main road at this time would have been along the Tioga River and was known as  the Susquehanna Trail.
The 1898 bridge would have been at the east end of what is now Morgan Creek Road by the Lindley Community Church (shown in both photos..)
Wikipedia states " The first set of posted routes were assigned in 1924. One route assigned at this time was NY4, a highway extending from the Pennsylvania state line in Lindley to downtown Rochester, N.Y."
       In 1927, U.S.4 was assigned in New York.  NY4 was renumbered to NY2 to eliminate numerical duplication with the new U.S. Highway ." By 1939, a series of road number changes had occurred and  resulted in U.S. 15 extending from Harrisburg ,Penna. to Rochester ,NY. and replaced NY4 or NY2.
           In 1923, the highway had been paved with concrete from Rochester,NY to Lawrenceville, Pa.,( the last 5 miles were from Presho, N.Y. to Lawrenceville, Pa. ) 

100 years later, 2013, Interstate 99 along this same route was completed. The last 5 miles was between Presho, N.Y. to Lawrenceville, Pa.

                                                    HISTORY REPEATS
             The December 16th, 2015 blog has another photo of the area shown in the
1900-1909 picture , but shows more buildings and detail. * Note the tobacco barns and buildings where I 99 is now located.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Lindley,NY. Civil War Casualties

                                 Tomb of Unknown Soldier -Washington, DC

During the Civil War -1861-1865, 125 men from Lindley served in the military. Someone asked me  where they found such a large number of men  for a small town like Lindley.

In  answering a recent query about a Civil War Veteran from Lindley who died during that war, I checked  names listed in Clayton's - History of Steuben County -1879.
 In my search, I  realized that many families sent more than one son or relative. Also, it became apparent that over  22 of these young men died in battle or in conditions associated with the war-(ie disease, being in prison or missing in action.)

What a sad time those 4 years must have been for the relatives at home with no e-mails, Skype or Smart phones.  Not even radio or TV to keep them informed.

Below is a list of names of the men from Lindley  listed as died or missing .

 **In italics is information was taken from John Mosher on Steuben Co., NY. Gen Web Site . He apparently has researched  Civil War Archives  2000.

*Allington, Edgar         June 18th ,1864                Killed in Petersburg,Va.

*Booth, Elijah, D.         May 19th ,1864                Killed in Resaca,Ga

*Bradley, Oscar  F.          October 1862                 Dis.  Maryland Heights

Case, Franklin             November 1864 

Clark, Samuel             October 7,1862

*Cook, Jonathon           April 11,1865                    WIA Died in City Point ,Va.

*Elliott, Israel               September 30,1864            Dis.

*Gaze,Franklin            Nov. 26,1864                      Dis. Fort Schuyler

*Kinney, Henry            June 5,1862                        Disease

*Knapp, Justice             March 15 , 1865                Dis.     Nashville,Tn.

*Lyon, Eleazer              Died March, 1865            POW   (Aug-September  1864)

*Marsh, Robert             Jan 1,1863                         Dis. Fredericksburg,Va.

*Merrill, Edward           May 25 ,1864                    KIA Died in Dallas ,Ga.
*Millard, Sylvanus.W.    April 10, 1865 ---               Dis.  Elmira Hospital,

*Miller, Jacob                April 29,1864                    Dis. Foley Island, Sc.

Monroe, Oscar             September 1864                   MIA

Mulford, Charles C.     July 2,1864                   Buried in Virginia (Adjutant Gen.

*Orr, William                 September 23,1864       Dis. Washington, DC

Schuyler, Henry            May 10,1864                   MIA

*Wall, Charles B.                                         Buried in Fairview Cem (Died of
                                                                       Typhoid Fever Camp Good Hope,MD

Watson, William           Aug 14, 1864       ( Died at home ,buried in Fairview Cem
                                                                     Listed as Matson in Clayton)

*Westcott, Delos         September 17,1863   Buried in Lindsley Burying Ground
                                                                      (died in  Stanton Hospital, Washington, DC )

*Col .Samuel Morgan   POW Paroled and James Walker  POW

WIA  Wounded in Action
MIA   Missing in action
POW  Prisoner of War
DIS    Disease

Sadly in WWII  4 young men from Lindley lost their lives, also.

Robert Blackman   Ivan Jones

Robert Smith          Richard Walch

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


                     Composite photo of Col. Lindsley and the Lindsley Coat of Arms

Thanks to Tracy, her expertise and ingenuity , this  blog will resume with the new heading  and format. Thanks ,Tracy.

There is so much history connected with Lindley and the people connected to the history, that the blog will be expanded to include more stories about people.
Some stories will be funny, some will be sad, but they will help tell the story of the growth of a settlement started in the wilderness by a group of New Jersey settlers in  June ,1790  (almost 226 years ago)    How can the history of a place be told without relating stories about  the people who lived there?

 History can be fun, interesting  and  not all facts and figures. Thanks to the Internet and the dedication of folks who take the time to scan and share what they find  in old history books, newspapers, etc, it is  much easier to locate information that a researcher had to spend hours in a library or museum collecting. It is our intention to share this information with the reader.

We know there are interesting family stories out there-(not written down in history books or documented ) that will help tell Lindley's history. Therefore, Tracy and I encourage you to contact either of us and pass along your family genealogy or family story for posterity.
We hope you will enjoy the blog.   Tracy and Kitty

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Merry Christmas - Happy New Year Adieu

Sent by 3    One Cent Stamps

I  have officially resigned as Town of Lindley Historian
December 10, 2015

I am not planning to submit photos, articles to this blog but there may be a new personal blog with photos, historical articles.

If so, I will let you know.  

*Note the building for horses in back of the  Community Church. 
 U. S.  Rt.15  would have followed the Tioga River

Sunday, December 13, 2015

A memory for Sampson Navy Veterans

From Postcard Collection

 There is a  great combined  Navy -Air Force Museum at Sampson State Park- 
Ovid,-Willard -Romulus, New York .
Google Sampson Military Museum for more info

Friday, November 27, 2015

0rphan Trains

A sad but true event in our history. Every once in awhile, programs air about this story on television.

Locally-The Davenport Home in Bath provided a home for female orphans or a home for a daughter when a parent or family could not provide adequately for her.


An on line Genealogy site.

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

The Daily Online Genealogy Newsletter

Looking for Descendants of the Orphan Train Riders

2015SBAGSOrphanTrain-smallerFrom the 1850s until the 1900s the Children’s Aid Society’s orphan trains brought children to families in the Midwest. During the early years, Indiana received the largest number of children.
If you are descended from one of the orphan train riders, at the program the South Bend Area Genealogical Society would like the opportunity to recognize you and honor your ancestor’s experience.
You can read more about the South Bend Area Genealogical Society’s meeting in the poster to the right. Click on the image to view a larger version.

The Orphan Train Movement was a supervised welfare program that transported orphaned and homeless children from crowded Eastern cities of the United States to foster homes located largely in rural areas of the Midwest. The orphan trains operated between 1853 and 1929, relocating about 200,000 orphaned, abandoned, or homeless children. You can read more about Orphan Trains in Wikipedia at, in the Children’s Aid Society web site at, and in a 2+-hour-long fictional movie based on historical facts and available on YouTube at as well as in the video player below.