Biography of Tence Lindley
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TENCE LINDLEY, Ditch Commissioner, was born in Clinton County, Ohio, June 11, 1809. His parents, James and Susanah (Stout) Lindley, natives of North Carolina, were of German descent. A few years after their marriage they came to Ohio, and in 1811 located in Wayne County, Ind., finally locating on Green Fork Creek, where they entered land. This Mr. Lindley sold, and entered land on West River, where he was the only settler, having no neighbors for miles around. In the spring of 1847, he removed to this county and again began a pioneer life. He died in 1857, at the age of seventy two years. His wife survived only a short time, dying within two or three years. Tence Lindley was reared on the frontier, receiving a limited education from the pioneer schools. He assisted his father on the farm until he was married in 1829, to Miss Martha Baltimore, of Wayne County, Ind., but a native of Ohio, when he moved into a log cabin on a farm of forty six acres. He remained there twelve years, when he sold and located in Henry County, where he tilled the soil until 1845; in February, he moved with his family six miles east of Kokomo, purchased a claim of 145 acres for $120, and experienced most of the privations of a new country. He increased his farm to 200 acres, having 100 improved. Later, he sold and located six miles west of Kokomo, on what is known as the Twin Spring Farm, and four years later, renting his farm, he removed to Kokomo, where he has since lived. For years after this, he was proprietor of a livery and sale stable. During the war, he did an extensive business, after which he retired from this business and since has been dealing in real estate. In 1849, he was elected County Commissioner, serving six years. He was elected the third time, but resigned. He has been City Commissioner for years. In May, 1882, he was appointed Ditch Commissioner by the court, which position he is now holding. Mrs. Martha Lindley died in 1851, leaving four children - Ashbury, a farmer of St. Joseph County, Ind., Susanna, the wife of Snyder White, of Kokomo, Mary J. and Joseph, both deceased. Mr. Lindley was next married in 1852, to Mrs. Margaret Honey, of Kentucky. She died in two years, leaving one son, John F., who was killed near La Porte by the cars, while employed as brakeman. His third marriage was to Mrs. Electa Livingston, who died in 1874, after which he married his present wife, Mrs. Harriet Comstock, of Kokomo.

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


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