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Lindley's Joshua Mersereau

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One of the most crucial battles of the Revolutionary War was at Washington Crossing  between Pennsylvania and New Jersey . Joshua Mersereau who is buried in our  Presho Cemetery participated in this event with his father and brother-John. Joshua is a member of the Steuben County Hall of Fame in honor of his contribution as a spy during the war.
This page describes one of his contributions  as a teenager.








County Names #2

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Chautauqua- a contraction ofa Seneca Indian word meaning "wherefish was taken out"
Chemung - derived from the name of the Delaware Indian village signifying "big horn" (Chemung Co. Historical Society Museum has a display about this horn)
Chenango -  from the Onondaga Indian word meaning "large bull thistle"
Clinton-  in honor of George Clinton -first governor of the state. 
Columbia -the Latin feminine form of Columbus, the name was popular at the time as a proposed name for the United States of America.
Cortland-in honor of Pierre Van Cortlandt who was the first lieutenant governor of the state (in 1777- he was the president of the convention at Kingston, NY  that framed the state's first constitution ).
Delaware -in honor of Lord Delaware who was appointed governor of Virginia in 1609 ,and in recognition of his services to early colonists.
Dutchess- in honor of the Dutchess of York, wife of James II
Erie-derived from the tribe of Indians living in Western …

Another old Postcard Erwinna

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Looking at Old Postcard Albums

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Corning Hospital with 1st Building

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Some of us really  "Old Timers" were probably born  in the building in front Memories!!!          

From the Family Archives

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Unknown Ancestors
This old photo was in a trunk donated by a family member.

       Not sure who or where , but it depicts a scene typical of our area's early history when lumbering was a big business in the early to mid 1800's.                       Fox-Weston-Bronson and the Harrower-Mersereau families owned considerable property in the Lindley area where they carried                      out the lumbering business.   Colonel Lindsley had the 1st local sawmill.                                                                                                                                            .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Numerous sawmills were located along the Tioga River and…