Sunday, October 21, 2012

Lindley Connections

Eleazer Lindsley who had died in 1794. Col.Lindsley was the founder of the present Town of Lindley,N.Y. in1790.
        In the deeds in the Steuben County Clerk's Office, are records showing that  in 1805 -General Taylor purchased some of the Lindsley property-including the lot where Col.Lindsley has built the first mill in this area in 1790. This, also, included a sawmill in the same area on what is now Watson Creek in Lindley.
      On Thursday, Oct.18th,  I met with five of the Taylor descendants to share information about the Taylor/ Lindsley connection and to try to locate the mill and sawmill sites.  While we did not find remnants of either mill site, we did locate the Falls and a site where we feel the mill probably exisited.
     It was apparent that many members of the Taylor family spent a great amount of time and effort researching their ancestor. Much of this information which was not previously known will be added to the Town of Lindley Historian files.  We welcome and appreciate their desire to share some of the earliest history of the Town of Lindley. 
Catherine M. (Kitty) Pierce    Town of Lindley Historian
 
 A Steuben County pioneer and Revolutionary War hero was honored Saturday, with fife and drum, songs and patriotic speeches.
And it only took Brig. Gen. John Taylor’s descendants 20 years and thousands of hours poring through historical records in New Jersey and Steuben County to locate his gravesite in Pioneer Cemetery.
“It’s taken a lot of persistence,” Taylor descendant Bob Worcester said.

Saturday, with Calvin Smith fourth grade fife and drummers leading the way, his family placed a headstone on Taylor’s grave and paid tribute in a ceremony sponsored by the Baron Steuben DAR.

According to family members, Taylor was a carpenter and miller from New Jersey when he joined the Continental Army as a 31-year-old private in the Fourth Hunterdon militia.

He swiftly rose through the ranks, participating in all the battles and skirmishes in New Jersey, including the battles of Trenton and Monmouth, and was part of the river patrol leading up to the famous Delaware River Crossing on Christmas. Taylor mustered out with the rank of brigadier general.

A widower, Taylor and his children, also left indelible marks on Steuben County. Settling here in 1797, he helped literally build the area, plying his trade as a miller, along with his son George Washington Miller. He lies in Pioneer Cemetery, next to his son, whose tombstone is severely weathered by the years.

Some of his descendants moved to Canisteo, where they were civic and business leaders.

Taylor is a hero, leading the way for other heroes, DAR Chaplain Jan Kostolansky said.

“We esteem him for his patriotism and courage,” she said. “His willingness to sacrifice … a willingness that goes on even today.”

Calvin U.Smith - CPP Schools 4th Grade  -  Fife & Drum Corp                                                                       

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