Biography of Henry C. Lindley
Howard County, IN Biographies





HENRY C. LINDLEY was born in Henry County, Ind., July 29, 1843, and is the son of Charles and Rhoda (Dikes) Lindley, natives of North Caroilna. This family was among the pioneers of Henry County, and in 1845 removed to this county. Charles Lindley entered 160 acres one half mile west of Greentown, built a log cabin and resided, there a short time, when he sold and bought a claim one and one half miles west, and began life the second time as a pioneer. He afterward followed milling and farming, and later was in the mercantile business seven years. He then came to Greentown and was in the mercantile business with Squire Gray, for three years, when he exchanged his stock of goods for a farm, and four years later he sold and bought the Davis farm west of Greentown, where he lived the remainder of his life. He was among the first Justices of the Peace in his township. ile died of a cancer in 1866, at the age of forty eight; his wife survived him but two years. Our subject lived at home until he was eighteen years old, when he enlisted in Company D, Thirty ninth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, as a private. His regiment engaged in battle at Green River, Ky., Bowling Green, and Pittsburg Landing. Just after this battle, Mr. Lindley took sick and soon came home on a furlough. He was afterward ordered back to Indianapolis, where he was discharged in 1861, on account of disability, having served one year. In the fall of 1862, having regained his health, he reenlisted in Company I, Ninty_ninth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, in the Fifteenth Army Corps, under Gen. Sherman. He engaged in battle at the siege of Vicksburg, Jackson, Miss., Black River, Memphis, Lookout Mountain, the siege of Chattanooga, and then with Sherman on his march to the sea. He was detailed to forage and keep up the supply train, and at night act as the General's guard. The first day out he was captured, and soon taken to Cahobba, Tenn., and put in prison, where there were 2,600 or 2,800 Northern men. He was retained six months, when he was sent with many others to Camp Chase, Ohio, but after boarding the steamer near Memphis, Teun., the boat exploded with a loss of 1,600 men. Mr. Lindley saved his life by swimming six miles. He was taken to the hospital at Memphis, Tenn., and soon was sent home and was honorably discharged in June, 1865. He was married, October, 1868, to Mariah Scott, born in Jay County, Ind., July 30, 1842, and a daughter of Charles Scott. She died in 1877, leaving four children, three of whom are living; Laura P., Stella and Ernest. Mr. Lindley was married to his present wife, Mary E. Brink, of Greentown, in 1879. They have one child, Freddie. He has for years taken charge of a farm, and dealt in stock. He does a large business, at one time shipping $13,000 worth of hogs to Cincinnati. In the spring of 1881, he began in the mercantile line, where he is yet doing business, and he is also proprietor of a livery stable. He is a member of the Republican party, and Masonic fraternity, and Mrs. Lindley is a member of the Christian Church.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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