Sunday, March 26, 2017

Local Records Part 2

"The Commissioners of last year for the town of Painted post ordered or reported for the usual sum of two hundred and fifty dollars to be raised for the use of roads and bridges -and on application being made it was agreed by the Board that part of this sum be applyd in opening a road from Lindsleys to Canasteer on the west side of the Tioga River, and let it be discretionary with their successors in office to appropriate the necessary sum for the said work, when they had opportunity of viewing the ground. ---
We ,therefore, whose names are hereby affixed being fully convinced of the publick utility of that Road do hereby request and enjoin the commissioners  immediately to explore and apply such a sum to said Road as they in their discretion may think proper,
Ebenezer Backus, John P. Ryerrs, John Knox, Henry McCormick, Eleazer Lindsley, Ezekiel Mulford , Peter Campbell, William Lindsley, Lindsley Mulford, John Elliott, James Ford, Isaac Halsey,  Frederick Heckart, Jeremiah Mulford, Robert T. Bonham, Benjamin Patterson, Samuel Erwin, Francis Erwin , Rufus Gorton.
Painted post township July 8th 1809 "

The beginnings of U.S. Rt.15 and now I 99 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Next             Explanation    Place and People.


 OOPs - Looking East from the West Side of Tioga River --2016

Sunday, March 12, 2017


This was found on the Fulton web site (a collection of old newspaper copies )  by Larry Gorges a couple years ago.  From The Corning Journal - April 26,1888.
     Because it is quite long ,I will be posting it in 3-4 segments. The last posting will have a surprise for some.
    The editor of the Journal is indebted to H.M. McCullough, of the Town of Lindley who resides a mile south of the Presho Post Office for several ancient records of local interest and value.
     Mr. McCullough is the son of Rev. Mr. McCullough, deceased of Tioga, Pa. and great, great grandson of Col. Eleazer Lindsley, the pioneer purchaser and settler in what is now the Town of Lindley. Col. L. was an officer in the Revolutionary War from New Jersey. In 1790, he came with a colony of about 40 persons to settle in the wilderness which he had previously purchased. The New York Civil List states that he was a member of the Assembly in 1792 being the sole representative of the County of Ontario ,from which Steuben was subsequently set off. Col. Lindsley died in 1794.  He had a son of the same name who secured the establishment of a Post Office named " Lindsleytown " in 1804. We have before us an official letter from Abraham Bradley, Jun. Assistant Postmaster General dated "Washington City"   Jan. 17,1805 acknowledging receipt of one dollar and twenty-five cents ,being the amount due the Department for the last quarter of the year- 1804.,  as shown by statement accompanying the remittance. Thus  the new Post Office was not doing much business as postage rates were high, ranging on letters from six and a quarter cents to twenty-five cents according to the distance.  There is, also, an Account Current from Jan. 1,1806 to April 1,1806 which gives the amount of postage as $3.95 on letters and 88 cents on newspapers and pamphlets.  The commission of the Postmaster on letters was thirty percent. (The Government thus gave an inducement to Postmasters to urge the circulation of newspapers) Postage was not required in advance,  and probably much loss resulted thereby. We, also, have a copy of a statement of the "Lindsleytown " Post Office accounts with the General Post Office at Washington, the record beginning Oct.1,1804 and ending July 1, 1824 giving the details by quarters of each year.
Next roads and bridges.

        Old Lindley Town Hall- Post Office and Grange   Built Circa 1899

Muriel Cobb Postmistress.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

With Sadness Lest We Forget

Harley W.  Reynolds

Corning Leader  March 8.2017                                                                                          
Harley W. Reynolds, age 83  passed away Monday March 6, 2017 at Fred and Harriet Taylor  Health Center. Family and friends are invited to call Sunday March 12, 2017 from 12:00-2:00 P.M. at the Phillips Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 17 West Pulteney St. Corning, NY 14830. Service immediately following.  Graveside service and burial with full military honors will be held at the Bath National Cemetery, Bath, N.Y. March 17th,  2017 at 10:00 A.M

Thanks to Harley's tireless efforts, the citizens of Lindley, dedicated a monument to area veterans on Sunday  October 21st, 2007. 

Thanks -Harley

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Gardiner Island Home of Dr.Mulford's Ancestors

Plaque for Dr.Ezekiel Mulford
Lindsley Burying Ground

New York Times  1973

Mulford Family Tid-Bits

The Mulford/Lindsley family was in the first group of settlers in Lindley in June 1790.
Dr.Ezekiel Mulford who served in the American Revolutionary War as a surgeon had married the daughter of Col. Eleazer  and  Mrs.Lindsley .

The Mulford Genealogy by Uri Mulford  in 1920 includes the story of the Mulford ancestor Lion Gardiner  purchasing the island off the Long Island Coast from Youawan-a native American Sachem in 1639. The island had  remained in the family until recent years when a member of the family died. (At this time, I have not kept up with the ownership of the island or its future.)  There is ,also, a Mulford Museum on Long Island where some of the family were early settlers .

The advertisement states that the tour would detail the history of the island, describe how the family had preserved its beauty and heritage as well as its historical significance during wars and activities on the  island such as visits from pirate Captain Kidd.
Dr. and Mrs. Mulford are buried in the same grave--dying a day apart during an epidemic that occurred in Lindley in 1813.

Descendants of the Mulford /Lindsley family still reside in the area but those names are no longer found in directories or phone books.