The Lindley Family Papers which span the years 1849 to circa 1922 contain material relating to an early Sacramento, California
merchant and his family. Thomas M. Lindley (1819-1896) opened a mercantile firm in Sacramento, California shortly after his
arrival there in 1849. The bulk of the Papers consist of personal, business, and collected correspondence. The correspondence
concerns family news, travel, and Lindley's business. Also included are legal documents, financial documents and photographs.
Thomas Morton Lindley was born on August 19, 1819 in Orange County, Indiana to Thomas and Jane (Hoops) Lindley. On March 4,
1849 he left Indiana to seek gold in California. Once in Sacramento, California, Lindley and Lucius A. Booth, set up a mercantile
firm, Lindley & Booth, which continued until the Flood of 1849 destroyed the business. Later, two establishments grew out
of the early firm: Lindley & Fry was established with a new partner, John Douglas Fry and Booth's firm was passed on to Newton
Booth, a cousin by marriage to Thomas Lindley.
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