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Henry J. C. Lindley Biography

from Perrin’s County of Ohio, Kentucky, Historical and Biographical, 1884

Henry J. C. Lindley was born in Ohio County, Kentucky, January 31, 1822, and is a son of Daniel and Sarah (McGill) Lindley, the former a native of new Jersey, and the latter of Virginia; they were of Scotch-Irish and Irish descent, respectively.  Daniel Lindley received his early education in his native state.  In his eighteenth year, in 1805, he came to Ohio County, Kentucky, then almost an unbroken wilderness.  Here he was afterward married, and here he bought wild land near Conditt’s Ferry, now Point Pleasant, and subsequently improved a farm to which he added from time to time until he was the owner of some 800 acres.  Here he resided and was extensively engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death which which occurred August 10, 1866, in his seventy-ninth year.  He was for many years postmaster at what was known as “Lindley’s Postoffice” since removed to Point Pleasant.  He was a remarkable man for gathering and preserving old relics, having in his possession a pair of tongs, an adze, and several other articles brought by his great-grandfather from Scotland.  His eyesight was unimpaired to the last, having been preserved, it is said, by keeping his eyebrows trimmed.  His father, Jacob Lindley, was a veteran in the war of the Revolution.  Mrs. Sarah Lindley departed this life September 2, 1825, in her thirty-seventh year.  She was a devoted member of the United Baptist Church.  Henry J. C. Lindley received a limited education in youth at the primitive schools of Kentucky; he has, however, acquired a fair business education by his own efforts.  He has always resided on the old homestead, which he now owns, and to which he has added and now owns well-improved farms, amounting in the aggregate to about 1,000 acres.  He is extensively and successfully engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock-raising, making the culture of tobacco a specialty, at which he is said to excel.  He was married, September 8, 1846, to Ophelia M. Timmonds, a native of Ohio County.  Two sons and one daughter have been left to them:  Warren, Mary M. E. and Cincinnatus.  Mrs. Lindley is a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.  Mr. Lindley belongs to no church, but holds to the doctrines of the Methodist Episcopal.  At one time he was a member of the P. of H.  In politics he is independent.

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