Cyrus A. Lindley - Crawford Co., IL Biography

History of Crawford and Clark Counties, Illinois, Vol. II.

William Henry Perrin, ed.

(Chicago: O.L. Basking & Co. Historical Publishers)


Cyrus A. Lindley, farmer, P. O. Hutsonville, is a native of Crawford County, Ill., where he was born December 8, 1847.  His father, John H. Lindley, was born February 11, 1816, in Orange County, Ind., from whence he came when quite young, with his father, to Crawford County. Here he passed his youth, assisting in the work of a farm in a new country, picking up such education as the country schools afforded, and the work of the farm allowed.  In 1840, he commenced life on his own account, marrying, and going on to a farm of his own.  He followed farming to the day of his death, November 19, 1878,
and with such success as to die possessed of 360 acres of land.  Mr. Lindley was a public-spirited man, a liberal contributor to the support of churches, schools, and for charitable objects.  He was also an active member of the Universalist Church, and a charter member of the Masonic Lodge.  Mary Jane (Lacy) Lindley, wife of the above and mother of the subject of this sketch,
was born in Clark County, Ill., August 6, 1832.  She is now residing on the homestead.  Her parents, Eben and Abigail (Prevo) Lacy, were natives of North Carolina, and emigrated to Clark County about 1822.  Her father died about 1829, but her mother, born October 4, 1800, is still living in Clark County.  Mrs. Lindley was the oldest of four children born to her parents.
Cyrus Lindley was the third in a family of thirteen children, nine of whom are still living.  His youth was spent upon the farm, gaining the rudiments of an education at the common schools during the less busy seasons.  In his twenty-eighth year, he left home and engaged in farming on his own account, locating two miles north of his present residence.  In 1877, he removed to
his present farm containing 100 acres.  March 30, 1875, he married Miss Amanda Bishop, a native of Crawford County.  She is a daughter of Ezekiel and Rebecca (Musgrave) Bishop, both natives of North Carolina.  Her father was born in 1816, came to Crawford County about 1833, and is now residing in Robinson.  Her mother was born in 1815, and died in January 1880.  To Cyrus and Amanda (Bishop) Lindley have been born three children--Leslie, Irma and Olla.  Mrs. Lindley is a member of the Universalist church.  Mr. Lindley is an active member of the Masonic Lodge, No. 313, located at York, and a prominent Republican in politics.

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