John Wesley Linton, Confederate Soldier
John Wesley Linton was born November 14, 1843, the son of Benjamin Burkett Linton and Nancy Jane Newman. He was a grandson of Benjamin Franklin Linton and Lucy Crewdson; and a great-grandson of Captain John Linton and Anne Nancy Mason. John Wesley Linton was born in Logan County, Kentucky, and was a lifelong resident.
John served in Company D, 2nd Kentucky Regiment, for the Confederacy during the Civil War. He was imprisoned January 3, 1863, at Camp Chase, Ohio; released March 27, 1863. Family tradition records that he walked home from the prison camp. The cedar trees along Highway 100 (Franklin Road) on the Linton farm were planted by John Wesley Linton. Each one represents one Logan County Confederate soldier killed in the Civil War. John is in the back row, first from the left, in the picture above representing a reunion of elderly Confederate soldiers around 1925.
After the war, John married Emma A. Proctor on November 11, 1869, in Logan County. They had five children: Benjamin Proctor, John Warder, James Thomas, Lucy N. and Hugh Walter. Hugh loved genealogy and wrote many letters to my great-grandmother, Frances Barber Linton Montgomery, his cousin.
John Wesley Linton died July 4, 1930, and is buried in Pleasant Run Cemetery, Logan County, Kentucky.