Honoring Lindley's 1st Veterans Revolutionary War Veterans The Earliest Founders of Lindley

Lt.Colonel Eleazer  Lindsley -
Lt. Colonel in Colonel Spencer's Regiment -Rev.War
Buried in Lindsley Burying Ground

Samuel Lindsley -son of Col.Eleazer and Mary Lindsley
(recently discovered documentation - )
4th N.J Regt. Wounded Battle of Brandywine at 17 years of age.-Rev.War
(A Lindsley Descendant and a  DAR Representative are sorting out documentation since there were 2 Samuel Lindsleys from N.J.who served in the Revolution)
Was Major in first Steuben County Militia.
Buried in Lindley Burying Ground 

Dr.Ezekiel Mulford
Surgeon 1st N.Y. Regiment -Rev.War
Buried in Lindsley Burying Ground

Captain John Seelye
Orderly Sergeant
Col. Bradley's Connecticut Regiment  Rev.War
Spy for General Washington
Buried Lindsley Burying Ground

David Cook
Ensign  -New Jersey
Buried Five Corners Cemetery 
Jasper, New York
 Several Descendants buried in Lindley cemeteries

Joshua Mersereau
Mersereau-Latoruette Spy Ring for General Washington Rev. War
2 Teenage Brothers with their Father aided Washington  at Crossing of the Delaware
Buried Presho, N.Y. Cemetery

On July 4th ,1776, the Continental Congress declared this country's independence from British rule .
The men above were involved in some way with the founding of this new nation.

In 1790, 14 years later, the first five (5) of these men would move their families to establish a settlement in the then  NYS wilderness to a place now known as Lindley,New York. Joshua Mersereau as an elderly man would come in early 1800's to live with sons who had established an extensive lumber business here.

Why would these men and families leave their established homes to move to the wilderness? We know from diaries and other documents left by soldiers in the Clinton- Sullivan Campaign 1779 that destroyed the Native American's Food Bank for the British that these soldiers  envisioned this region  as a land of opportunities after seeing the richness of the area.  Many would return.
Without  a copy of Col.Lindsley's Military Record, we don't know if he participated in this campaign, but he had served in Col.Sterling's Regiment which did. So we can assume that he either saw this part of the country or heard stories from those who did. From records we know that he  surveyed land on Seneca Lake and that when his plans for that area did not materialize, he purchased the land that is now Lindley . And the rest is Lindley's history.

 I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than those attending too small a degree of it.
-Thomas Jefferson

And so we celebrate the 4th of July to honor  all who participated in the War of Independence -
                               The American Revolution 1776- 1783
  Some of  Col. Lindsley's   Land   2015


  1. Hello, I am an Eleazer and Samuel Lindsley descendant. I note that there is ongoing work identifying the Revolutionary War service of Samuel Lindsley from Morris (not Essex), New Jersey. Can someone fill me in on the progress? mrpgoe@gmail.com


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