Bio: Lindsley, George & Sarah Lawrence
Contact: Loyal Public Library

----Source: Excerpt from "The Centennial History of the York Center United Methodist Church, 1880 - 1980..


Sarah was the second child born to Jesse and Almeda Lawrence on March 10, 1840 in Jefferson Co., New York. Jesse and Almeda came to Clark County in 18-U settling in Sm 21. Town of York on a piece of wild land to which there was only a footpath. This home is now owned by Harold Wirkuty. Here Mr. Lawrence built a log house, having traded horses with which he had driven into the township for oxen. He set to work to clear his land, a large tract of 80 acres. They Sarah Lawrence Lindaley lived until his death at the age of 66 and Almeda at the age of 72. They were both members of the York Center Methodist Church.

In 1880 George and Sarah Lindsley located on this farm. They drove across the state with a horse team and brought stock with them. They reached York Township about October 15, 1880 after a hard trip. The farm was his home until his death at the age of 60 on Aug. 8, 1901. They were the parents of three children, Eugene, Ernest (Bert) and Hattie. Eugene lived in South Dakota. Ernest was a minister in the Weslyan Methodist Church. Hattie married Abie Turner on September 26, 1895. They lived their lifetime in York Center. To them 11 children were born. Mabel (Mrs. Emil Schoenfeld) lived in York Center until moving to Neillsville in 1977. George, Clayton, Harriet (Mrs. James Treska) and Orville all live in Neillsville now. Myron lives in Eagle River. Victor lives in Wisconsin Rapids and Wilbur in Kirkland, Ill. The others, Grant, Birdene, and Price are deceased.

Sarah (Grandma Lindsley) was an ardent worker in the York Center Church as long as her health permitted, never failing to be in her pew on Sunday. If perchance they had company, the company either went to church with her or stayed home alone because Grandma Lindsley just had to conduct her Sunday School class without fail. This meant getting the little ones ready and most often walking to church. Abel Turner, father of Abie Turner came to York Township when the township was first organized. He was a member of the first Town Board. He came from Maine bringing two children with him. Later he married Orvilia Thompson and to them seven children were born, one being Abie Turner.

Pictured below: Sarah Lawrence Lindsley



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