Friday, September 26, 2014

Mersereau Sawmill-Portville,ny





 



John Mersereau -  moved from Lindley to Portsville ,NY where he established this saw mill. John was the son of Joshua Mersereau( -a Revolutionary War soldier and who served as a spy under Gen.George Washington. )


     The Mersereau/Harrower families were early settlers in Lindley with large property holdings and several sawmills.
      John became associated with the Fox -Weston Lumber Company and became an officer in the company.
   Joshua had relocated from Guilford,NY to Lindley-Presho to be near his children in his later years. He is buried in the Presho,N.Y. cemetery.


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Lindley News ---Corning Leader 9-20-2014


 I think print will enlarge using zoom on your computer screen.
Kitty

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

1932 Lindley Map


Hopefully this will enlarge when you click on it.     If it doesn't - I was able to enlarge by changing the zoom level on my laptop screen.
(On file in County Clerk's Office)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Floating Bridge.

   I forgot to mention an interesting structure on the 1873 map- a floating bridge across the Tioga River from Stowell Hill (West side) to Tannery Creek-(East side).  The tanneries were on East side and the Harrowers had a large sawmill on West side.
     Glenn Bronson and the Stowell family indicate that the house at end of Stowell Road was once a store located across the highway; then moved to present location. The millrace of the sawmill is still visible from the highway ( Rt.15 to become Co. Rt.115).    
        ( I can only speculate as to the purpose of the floating bridge and someday- I would like to look for traces of it.   (sigh!!)
         There is very little information about the Lindley Tanneries in  the Historian's file. I always appreciate any input-photos, etc. from readers about this type of subject.
Kitty
Tioga River

Thursday, September 4, 2014

1873 Lindley Map

Note the changes in 16 years.
Several families had arrived following the Civil War.  The lumber industry was a big business for another 10 years and 2 tanneries had started business here.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

1857 Map of Lindley,N.Y.

                       Courtesy of Steuben County Historian  -Eleanor Silliman
                                         67 years after 1st settlement.
Note:
  •     The number of  Sawmills        
  •     The  number of Harrower, Mersereau, Mulford Families
  •                ( Harrowers married into Mersereau Family)
  •                 (Mulfords descended from Lindsley Family)  
  •  Where most of the population  resided..
  •   Erwin Centre  became Presho
  •   The  1839  RR -still in existence -but transporting a different product.
  •   The Post Office
Where was the Tioga  River  Crossed ? 
 (In old deeds there is mention of a Ford in the River-- about where the Wetlands are now located)

Enjoy and compare to today's maps  
 Kitty 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

From Steuben County Historian Files



                                      Presho Store and RR Depot

Eleanor Silliman newly appointed County Historian has generously scanned and forwarded this photo showing the location of the two buildings in relation to each other. Thanks, Eleanor -
This is new to the Lindley files. These buildings were located near the Presho Bridge -lost in the 1946 flood.