Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Our Town Lindley,N.Y.

 Lt.Col. Eleazer Lindsley  and Lindsley Coat of Arms

(Composite photo made for the Steuben County Hall of Fame)

Lindley no longer has a school in the town and this is my way of letting the residents learn about the town where they live

The following will be excerpts from various histories about the history  of the Town of Lindley. Each historian or person writing the following information has made his own  interpretation of the facts.  Kitty

Lt. Colonel Eleazer Lindsley was born December 7th, 1737 in Morristown, New Jersey -the son of Jonathon Lindsley. He died in Lindley, N.Y. June 1,1794. He served as a Lt .Colonel. in Colonel Oliver Spencer's Regiment of New Jersey Continental Troops. He was ,also, a Second Major in the Morris County ,Militia . He married Mary Miller of Morristown N.J. He served in the New Jersey Assembly in 1780; was a Justice of Peace in 1783 and moved to Steuben County, New York in 1790.
From Men of Morris County, New Jersey  Who Served in the American Revolution.
 Barbara J. Hoskins   1979   Contribution to the Bicentennial of the American Revolution

Colonel Lindsley was associated with "The New York Genessee Land Company " and surveyed lands on the east side of Seneca Lake. The land was to be divided into large farms with lake frontage. Lindsley laid out a town 10 miles square for himself and named the place "Appletown".  "State" interference with the lease plans caused Lindsley to look elsewhere for land. He disposed of this land .(Much has been written elsewhere about the Genessee Company-Kitty)

In 1789, at the conclusion of the Indian Treaty in Canandaigua , New York in which Lindsley had been invited to participate, he purchased Township 1,Range 2 in the County of Ontario. In the spring of 1790, Colonel Lindsley with party of 37 relatives and friends, left New Jersey for a new settlement in the area that he had purchased. This settlement was known as Lindleytown or Lindsley.  In later years, the "s"  was dropped and the town today is known as Lindley.
Colonel Lindsley was elected to serve as the first representative in the New York Legislature from Ontario County.
He died in 1794.
Colonial Ancestors and Descendants by Uri Mulford  1920  Corning, N.Y.
Uri Mulford  was a direct descendant of Col. Lindsley  and Dr.Ezekiel Mulford . (This is a brief summary of what he wrote about why Lindsley left the Seneca Lake purchase and purchased the land that became Lindley.  Kitty)  

to be continued 


Saturday, June 25, 2016

A response to the hearing notice June 22, 2016

I have attempted  to not get involved in local politics on this blog .

I  posted the notice of  Monday night's hearing on the proposed changes in Lindley's Comprehensive Lindley residents would know about the Hearing . The Planning Board and Town Board members have been working for a long time to up date the present Comprehensive Plan that affects all Lindley residents. I know many people no longer read the newspapers -much less the Legals, but I know many folks do follow this  blog. So my intent was just to inform those who might not otherwise be aware of the hearing.

 Apparently -the notice below (sent to me by e-mail ) is a response to the public hearing notice that I posted on 6/22/2016. This notice  is being circulated in an area of town where there are concerns about some of the proposed changes. 

 I will post this response to inform  blog readers, but no further comments.  Any other comments can be presented at Monday night's hearing .
 Kitty Pierce

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Notice of Lindley Town Board Public Hearing from Town of Lindley Blog Mon. 6/27/2016

From lindleytownblogspot

Proposed Local Law Public Hearings June 27th at 7:00pm

NOTICE: Legal Notice is Hereby Given that pursuant to Section 20 of the Municipal Home Rule Law of the State of New York, and pursuant to resolutions of the Lindley Town Board adopted June 8th, 2016, the said Town Board will hold a Public Hearing at the Lindley Town Hall, 637 County Rte 115, Lindley NY 14858 at 7:00 pm on Monday, June 27th, 2016 to hear all interested parties regarding the adoption of proposed Local Laws #1 2016, titled "Right to Farm” and Local Law #2 titled “Amendments to Local Law #2, 2014: Amendments to Town of Lindley Zoning Ordinance Local Law #1, 2005."  Said hearing may be adjourned from time to time as necessary.  A vote on the proposed laws/amendments may occur at the end of the public hearing after all interested parties have been heard. Further information, including access to copies of said proposed Local Laws, may be obtained at or at the Lindley Town Clerk's Office at the above address.
Lindley Town Board
Megan Thistle, Town Clerk

One of the proposed  local law changes as  listed  on refers to Section D  Mixed -Use Zoning

Former Lndley-Presho
Elementary School

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Congratulations Corning Incorporated Longtime Employees

Loren (Mike) Morse
75 years
Lindley resident with wife Theresa

George Bronson
75 years
Lindley Native now residing in Pennsylvania

Dick Pierce 50 years
Lindley Resident

Larry Gorges   50 years  No photo available
Lindley Native  resides in Caton

Congratulations to all 75 and 50 year   Longtime Employees honored by Corning Incorporated  June 15,2016

I may have missed others because I did not connect their name to Lindley .
The Corning Leader  published a complete list of names  in today's edition   6/16/2016 publication 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Flag Day June 14, 2016 Rules on How to Display the U.S. flag

Copied from a DAR  (Daughters of American Revolutionary War)
publication 2010

Small print under the podium reads

"At all meetings in homes or other places, the Flag of the United States of American should always be placed to the right of the presiding officer."

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Learn something new -Every Day

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

The Daily Online Genealogy Newsletter     

 Article copied from Dick   Eastman's  daily on line  publication  
 Photos from Lindley's 200 Year History 1990 

(+) Consider the Source: Original, Derivative, or Copy

The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 
Experienced genealogists are always aware that they must verify information by looking at original documents or a microfilm or digital image of an original document. We should know better than to believe a statement on a web site, in a genealogy book, or a verbal statement from Aunt Tilley about the “facts” of our family trees. However, what is the definition of an “original document?”
Let’s take one well-known claim of an original document that isn’t really accurate: the U.S. Declaration of Independence. Almost all American schoolchildren are familiar with this document; and, if we paid attention in class, we know that the document is on display at the U.S. National Archives building in Washington, D.C. In fact, millions of us, myself included, have visited that building to view the document on display. However, how many of us were ever told that the document displayed in Washington is not the original, hand-written document? Instead, it is one of many copies that were produced on a printing press.

No, this isn’t a story plot from a Nicholas Cage movie. In fact, the document displayed at the National Archives building in Washington, D.C. is a copy made by Philadelphia printer John Dunlap, official printer to the Congress, during the evening of July 4, 1776, after the original, hand-written document was given to him. Admittedly, the original and the copies made by John Dunlap had no signatures. The “copy” now on display at the National Archives is the only copy that was actually signed by each delegate and therefore is the one that we can now refer to as the real Declaration of Independence. However, it was produced on a printing press and is not the original, hand-written piece of paper.
The original Declaration of Independence was written by hand by Thomas Jefferson. After making alterations to his draft as suggested by Ben Franklin and John Adams, Jefferson later recalled that, “I then wrote a fair copy, reported it to the Committee, and from them, unaltered, to Congress.”
The committee sent the hand-written manuscript document, probably Thomas Jefferson’s “fair copy” of his rough draft, to John Dunlap, official printer to the Congress. Dunlap printed the copies on the night of July 4, 1776. It is unknown exactly how many copies were printed, but the number is estimated at about 200. On the morning of July 5, copies were dispatched by members of Congress to various assemblies, conventions, and Committees of Safety as well as to the commanders of Continental troops. Also on July 5, a copy of the printed version of the approved Declaration was inserted into the “rough journal” of the Continental Congress for July 4. The text was followed by the words, “Signed by Order and in Behalf of the Congress, John Hancock, President. Attest. Charles Thomson, Secretary.”
Twenty-six copies are known to exist today of what is commonly referred to as “the Dunlap broadside,” 22 owned by American institutions, 3 by British institutions, and 1 by an unknown private owner. A list of their present locations may be found on Wikipedia at
All of these copies were unsigned as they were printed before approval had been granted by the 13 colonies. Each delegate had to await approval from his home colony before being allowed to sign.
Contrary to popular belief, the U.S. Declaration of Independence was not signed on July 4, 1776. While the document was APPROVED by the delegates on July 4, several weeks were required for the document to be printed and distributed to all 13 colonies for approval, and then some more time to re-assemble all the delegates again in Philadelphia. Delegates were not authorized to sign until after their home colony had approved the document and that required some time back in the days before instant communications.
One of the “Dunlap broadside” copies was signed by all the delegates in attendance on August 2, 1776, and that copy now is on display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Therefore, the document that most people think of as the U.S. Declaration of Independence is not the original, hand-written document. It is a copy, although it is the only SIGNED copy. The copy on display in Washington was printed on a printing press, but each delegate signed this one copy by hand.
If Thomas Jefferson’s memories were correct, and he indeed wrote out a fair copy which was shown to the drafting committee and then submitted to Congress on June 28, the original document has not been found. “If this manuscript still exists,” wrote historian Ted Widmer, “it is the holy grail of American freedom.” (Source citation for this statement: dozens of web sites. Start at

Monday, June 6, 2016

Happy 226th Birthday -Lindley June 7th ,1790-June 7th, 2016

Lindley from Stermer  Road

                                                     Looking East at Tioga River and Farms from Stermer Road

         On June 7th,1790, Col.Eleazer Lindsley, his wife Mary, several of his children, married daughters with their husbands and children, sons with their wives and children  plus the family slaves and several friends stepped ashore from the Tioga River onto land  that was to be their new home. This new home town would  the  first organized settlement  in Steuben County, New York  and would become Lindsleytown or Lindleytown or Lindley as it is known today.. It was located in New York State near the Pennsylvania State Line.

         Wouldn't these new settlers be surprised to see the changes that have taken place in the last 226 years.
           Tress were harvested from their farms to established flourishing lumber businesses followed by large fields of tobacco that were replaced by crops for the dairy farms that  developed. Today most of the dairy farms are gone ,but some crops are grown for commercial sales. 
            The large homes and  families have disappeared, but  the smaller families each have their individual house and lot. Without the need for farm laborers, most of the  working population  now finds  various types of employment in the surrounding communities of Corning/Painted Post or even Elmira.
            As the community grew, Joseph Miller's school for the first families became 10/11 one room schools  followed by the Elementary school with  the older children bussed to Corning/ Painted Post for their education.  Now there is no school and all children ride a bus to Erwin ,Painted Post or Corning.  
              History tells us that there were several local stores for groceries and merchandise with the owner sometimes acting as the Postmaster .Today there is  one Mini Mart that ,also sells gas located near the Pennsylvania State line where you can mail a letter even tho there is still a local Post Office open limited hours.
             The first  little dirt road that bisected the town along the Tioga River and that early settlers used to follow north along the Williamson Road  or Susquehanna Trail has now become a 4 lane Interstate Super Highway 99  with the former  US  15 Highway being used for local traffic on County Rt.115. 
             It is hard in a few short sentences to describe all the  many other changes over the years , but one of the first railroads -the 1839 Corning- Blossburg Railroad under a new name still makes trips to Painted Post . It is not as long and there are no coal cars, but it is still in business..
                                                          TIME MARCHES ON