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.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving 2015

Wishing Everyone a Happy Thanksgiving in 2015
                                                           1911 Postcard

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Local Blacksmiths

                            Guest Blacksmith at 225th Lindley Birthday Celebration
                              Leon Golder -Painted Post Historical Society
 John Fee and Harry Offerman  at Lindley Old Home Day September 2010

All three of these men demonstrate  their  Blacksmith skills at the Blacksmith Shop at  Heritage Village (former Patterson Inn -Corning N.Y.)

In days gone by- Blacksmiths were an important part of a community but with modern technology ,their occupation has all but become obsolete .
Fortunately, these three men share their interest and love of this occupation  at local community celebrations.

Below is the list that I compiled a few years ago of former blacksmiths in Lindley with notes of sources.   Are there others that I may have missed  ?                  

  Lindley Blacksmiths  1790- 2011 
  Sources                              Blacksmith              Location            
1860 Census                              Elam Watson                      Lindley
                                                        Moses Smith                             Presho            
1868  Directory                             George Lovell                            Presho
1870 Census                                    Samuel Colegrove                    Lindley
1891 Directory                        William Hutchinson                        No location
1920’s-30’s ( Durland Weale/Dick Riffle )       Mose Wood        Morgan Creek Road 
                                                                                                        Oscar Dolley Farm
(Riffle/Weale)                           George Morris                                    Lindley
1940’s    ( Ellis Grist)                George Morris                                     Lindley
Present                                           John Fee                                             Presho
Retired  ( Stocum /Overdurf)          William Trufferelli               Ryers Creek Rd 
1880 census
425c   Dennis Gilbert      39   Blacksmith    Tannery / Church Creek area
427D  George Lovel       36   Blacksmith     Presho
425D   J. K. McIntye     34  Blacksmith     Lindley hamlet
425D  George Mc Intye 14  Blacksmith (apprentice )   Lindley
429D  M.N. Smith           50  Blacksmith     Clendenning Road ?

 431    Walter  Gernell      47  Blacksmith      Stowell Hill/Ryers Creek  
 Catherine M.  Pierce  Lindley Historian


Monday, November 9, 2015

We have a mystery and need help

If you attended Lindley's 225th Birthday Party in September, you may have seen the owner with this cane. Apparently, it was made for the 1876 Centennial Celebration and contains local names which are listed below. It has been handed down in the Lindsley family but the history is not known.  Another Lindsley relative has been doing research and has compiled the list below.
 I am hoping one of the blog followers may have more  information about the names on the cane and the story that goes with it. Any feed back will be appreciated .
Please send any information or ideas to

1776-1876 Centennial Lindsley Cane Owned by Rick Stevens

Name on Cane
Likely Candidate Full Name
Ancestor ?
Edward Herrick
1821-1878 Lawrenceville Cemetery
Augustus E Butts
1st Cousin, 3x Rem
1856-1901 Son of Catharine A Lindsley
Dyer Power
1822-1908 Lawrenceville Cemetery
George T Power
1852-1924 Lawrenceville Cemetery
Neils V Kinsey
1838-1883 Lawrenceville Cemetery
D.H. or L.E. Crane
Owned Grocery Store with J.H. Putnam
James H Putnam
Lawrenceville Cemetery, owned grocery store
Edwin K Parkurst
Lindsley Parkhurst Seelye is our 2nd Cousin 4x Rem
1857-1880 Lawrenceville Cemetery
Frank E Mills
1856-1879 Lawrenceville Cemetery
A.M. Knapp
Lawrenceville Cemetery
Abram Walker
1814-1897 Lindley Cemetery
A.D. Hamlin
Inez Hamlin Married Claude Westcott our 1st Cousin 3x Rem
1853-? Lawrenceville Cemetery
Gus / Cus
Isaac Losey
1810-1899 Lawrenceville Cemetery
Furman Rolf
1826-1921 Lawrenceville Cemetery
Allen Daggett
Daggett, PA is 20 miles from Lawrencevile,  1811-1886
Father was Major Seth Daggett.
Edward Kolb
1849-1879 Lawrenceville Cemetery
Abram Bradley Lindsley
3rd Great Uncle
1812-1894 Lindley Cemetery
Charles Frederick
1st Cousin, 4x Rem
1845-1911 Lawrenceville Cemetery


Tip from Kitty:
I took a second look at Lawrenceville History –2006.   Not much on 1800’s but I did find some of these names were connected to business and that the IOOF was organized  July 14,1875.