Ephraim Lindly, farmer; P.O. Brunswick; whose portrait has been selected and appears in connection with the history of Brunswick as a fit representation of the old pioneers, was born in Rutland, Vt., Sept. 16, 1796, and is the son of Abia and Nancy (Power) Lindly. So far back as we are able to give it the genealogy of his father's people, only reaches to the grandfather of the subject of this sketch. Jacob Lindly, his grandfather, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. He married Mindwell Pond, and they reared a family of ten children, three daughters and seven sons. Abia, one of the latter, was the father of Ephraim. He was a loyal citizen, and served his country in the war of 1812. In 1802, he, with his wife, went to Connecticut, where they remained until 1811. They then came West, and settled in the Western Reserve. This trip was made overland in a two wheeled cart, drawn by a yoke of oxen, and one horse, driven at tandem. They were two months on the journey.
Ephrain attained only a common-school education, he being obliged to spend much of his early life helping his father to clear land. On his mother's side, Nathaniel Power, her grandfather, was born in Cumberland, R. I., June 23, 1748. He died April 17, 1836, in Lenox, Penn., in his 89th year. Lucy Tingly, the wife of Nathaniel Power, was born in Attleboro, Mass., in 1758, and was married to Nathaniel Power on Nov. 29, 1774; Nancy Power, daughter of Nathaniel and Lucy, was born in Attleboro, Mass., on Dec. 15, 1777, and was married to Abia Lindly, on Jan. 1, 1794, in Kingsbury, N.Y. In October 1816, Ephraim Lindly became a resident of Brunswick Township, and, in 1821, he was married to Miss Mary Crittenden, who is a native of Massachusetts. Their beginning in life was under difficulties to be overcome, requiring the stoutest hearts and the most willing of hands. Few of the present generation, who are residents of Brunswick Township, can comprehend the loneliness of their little cabin home in a vast wilderness, surrounded by wild animals and Indians. Yet, under these difficulties, they have in the years of their residence in Brunswick, builded for themselves a home and a reputation that stands as a monument to their honesty and industry.
Mr. Lindly has been a member of the M. E. Church for about half a century. For the past forty years, he has been Superintendent of the M. E. Sabbath school connected with his church. For thirty-five years, he has been exhorter in the church. He was also elected a delegate to the Annual Conference held in Wooster, Ohio. The citizens have honored him with the office of Township Trustee. They have reared a family of six children, named as follows: Julia, now wife of James O. Johnson; Mary, now wife of David S. Safford; Rachel, now wife of Edward Hulet; John W., George E., and Francis W. The latter, who married Miss Hattie M. Stevens, has taken a very active part in the prosperity of the M. E. Church and Sabbath school, in which he has been elected Steward and Recording Steward for the Brunswick Circuit. He was born in 1839, and now lives with his father. During the war of the rebellion, he served his country nobly in the 103d O. V. I., Co. K. While in the battle of Kenesaw Mountain, he was wounded, by which misfortune he lost one of its (his?) limbs.
History of Medina County, Ohio. Chicago: Baskin & Battey, Historical Publishers, 1881.
Mary Crittenden was born in Otis, Mass., in 1795, and married Ephraim Lindley in 1821, Her home was in a dense forest, and the nearest neighbor was a mile away. Mrs. Lindley was a kind and thoughtful friend, a devoted wife, and a loving mother. She and her husband lived a wedded life over 63 years. She was in her 90th year at the time of her death.
Memorial fo the Pioneer Women of the Western Reserve, Volume 2, Edited by Mrs. Gertrude Van Rensselaer Wickham