Welcome to the Lindley Presho Genealogical and Historical Society Blog.
Our mission researching and preserving our history and genealogy.
Retired Lindley Town Historian - Catherine "Kitty" Pierce.
Welcome to out new blog format! Please submit your genealogy and history question or appropriate postings to Kitty or Tracy
Built 1898 Trivia--A FEW CHANGES IN LINDLEY 1790-2004
Land – Farms-- Homes
arrive- Build first log cabins, plant small fields of grain Oxen are used to plow fields
1855Fields are larger –small dairy farms grow apples, grain --- Horses are
replacing the oxen for preparing fields--Homes are changing from log to frame ( boards for homes are being sawed
in the many sawmills)
1875178 farms - add tobacco to the crops – Larger frames houses built.
1972Less than 12 large dairy farms most of which are
located on Rt.15 or on River Road Many owners of small farms now
work in factories, or the railroad Since 1945 – many people use mobile
homes for their houses
20041 large dairy farm remains.Other farmers raise hay, corn and beef cattle to sell .
179040 members of the Lindsley family and their slaves 1855704
people 187514812x’s as many people
in 20 yearsWhy??? Tannery Industry started after Civil War (1865) and new families arrived 1960
The question has been asked--- What happened to the German families who participated in building the Williamson Road-in 1792? Although not directly connected to Lindley history , it is to Steuben County history. As Commentator - Paul Harvey-used to say "The rest of the story" This information was discovered when someone in Markham researched the family history . You never know what interesting stories you will find as you tract down ancestors.
A Little History of The Town of Markham, Ontario, Canada Copy and Paste the following URL to add to bookmark.
William Moll Berczy, Founder of Markham
The modern history of the Town of Markham began in 1791 when John Graves Simcoe (British Revolutionary General) was appointed the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada. During his term as Lieutenant Governor, Simcoe's actions impacted directly on Markham. His concern for improving the military security of the new territory led to the clearing of Yonge Street and…
CHAPTER XLVIII.THE WILLIAMSON ROAD--THE SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL BUILDING OF THE WILLIAMSON ROAD--A PIONEER PROJECT--OPERATIONS BEGUN IN 1792--EXTENDED TO WHAT IS NOW BATH, N. Y.--STAGE ROUTE FOR SEVERAL YEARS--NOW A PART OF THE SUSQUEHANNA TRAIL--GREAT SCENIC HIGHWAY--WASHINGTON TO BUFFALO--THROUGH HISTORIC AND PICTURESQUE COUNTRY.
One of the most remarkable pieces of road construction ever attempted in this country and that, too, at a time when facilities for doing this kind of work were of the crudest character and most of it had to be done by hand, was the building of what was known as the "Williamson Road."
In the year 1778 a large body of land was granted by the state of Massachusetts to certain individuals on the Genesee river in western New York state. Among these grantees was Robert Morris of Philadelphia and he subsequently sold 1,200,000 acres of this land to Charles Williamson, who was in reality acting for Sir William Poultney of Bath, England.
At that time the limits o…
Larry Gorges discovers another little known fact about Lindley roads. Would you believe NYS Rt.13 that goes through Ithaca, etc--- once ended in Lindley -at the junction of Morgan Creek Road and what is now the Lindley Road?
Check it out on Wikipedia and by googling reference #5 (at end of the article) -there is a 1930 Pennsylvania map showing the connection. History can be interesting and fun !!!
And thanks again, Larry for sharing this tid- bit of history..
of U.S. Rt.15 and the Lindley Road Lindley,
New York For
many years, Lindley Road was a section of U.S. Rt. 15. The New York State
section of U.S. 15 started at Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania and Lindley, New York
State Line. The highway followed the present Steuben County Route 115 and the Kuhl
Road to the Watson Creek Road. From there, it followed along the Tioga River
until it reached the Narrows or “Rocks. Then the road went north to Painted Post
and ended in Rochester, New York. Due to the proximity of the Tioga River, there
were frequent floods and closing of the road. In 1953/4, U.S. Rt.15 was moved
west away from the Tioga River to the present location (6/23/2013). (Relocation
started at the north end of U.S. Rt.15 near the Stowell Hill Road and continued
south to Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania.) The abandoned section along the Tioga River
from the Morgan Creek (which was relocated in 1953, also) to the Watson Creek
Road was renamed
The road south of Watson Creek…
Lindley -PreshoHistorical Society Meeting
The Lindley-Presho Historical Society will meet on Sunday- November 16th –at the Lindley Town Hall( next to the Lindley Post Office).from 2-4 P.M. I will,also, be putting out some items from the Town Historian files.
The program will be Sharing the History of Lindley- which was settled in 1790.
Stories,photos ,memorabilia will be shared. Anyone attending is encouraged to bring photos, other items of interest pertaining to the town’s history. The meetings are free-open to the public.. We have no dues-no officers -just a sharing of the history of the town .
Photo courtesy of Dennis Abbey
Green Shingle Inn -Lindley Hamlet during I99 construction
11/7/2014 (175 years later -- 1839-2014)
and the trains continue to run from Corning /Painted Post to Wellsboro,Penna.
under the name-Tioga Central RR. But note -there are no longer any depots or stops in Presho or Lindley.
Janice Glover and Paul Thomas-descendants of the Thurber family ofCaton
will give a presentation on the Restoration of the Thurber Barn onThurber
Road-Caton,N.Y. for The Lindley-Presho Historical Society . The meeting will be October 23rd at 7 P.M. at the Lindley Town Hall- (next
to the Lindley Post Office. ) The meetings are free and open to the public.
Abner Thurber-- Revolutionary War Veteran ---was an early settler in Lindley. Without a doubt some of his descendants migrated to Caton. We will learn more at the program on October 23rd.
Lindley's Thurber House is one of the town's oldest homes. According to the Lindley History written in 1990 ,the home was built in the 1820'-30's.
A member of the family is buried in the Cook Cemetery.
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.
I forgot to mention an interesting structure on the 1873 map- a floatingbridge 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
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)