Note by Phyllis Brown: Captain John Linton and his wife, Ann Nancy Mason, had a total of ten children – all of which were given legacies in his will. They are listed as follows with their spouses:
Elizabeth Rebecca Linton married Richard Keene (Elizabeth was named for her maternal grandmother Elizabeth Berkeley Mason)
Moses Linton married Ann Nancy Pead (Moses was named for his paternal grandfather Moses Linton)
Ann Nancy Linton married Edward Barber Edwards (Nancy was named for her mother)
Benjamin Linton married Lucy Crewdson (Benjamin was named for his maternal grandfather Benjamin Mason)
Susan Linton married William Moran (Susan is named for her paternal grandmother Susannah Hancock Linton)
Martha Linton married first Captain Charles E. Powell, and second, Horatio Mudd
Catherine Linton married Henry Taylor (Catherine was named for her father’s sister, Catherine Jennings Linton, who married Joseph Lewis)
William Linton married Eliza Lyon Moran (William was named for his great-grandfather William Berkeley)
Lewis Linton married Sarah Janes (Lewis was probably named for the Lewis family his Aunt Catherine married into)
John Hancock Linton married Julia Green (He was named for his father)
At the end of will are links to the pages of the original will. I don’t think Captain John hand wrote the body of the will, but it does look like he signed it – the signature is very shaky as would be the case of an older man.
Washington County Will Book F, page 414
May 20, 1834 Dec. 26, 1836
In the name of God, Amen. I, John Linton, of the county of Washington and state of Kentucky being of sound and disposing mind and memory of health and infirm in bodily strength and calling to mind the uncertainty of life and being disposed to make some disposition of such worldly goods as it has pleased god to bless me with do make, ordain and constitute this my last will and testament, thereby revoking, annulling and setting at naught all other wills or codicils heretofore made by me.
Item first. It is my will and desire that after my just debts and funeral expenses are paid the remainder of my property be disposed by my executor herein after named in manner and form following (to wit):
Item – I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Keene two hundred dollars in addition to what she has already had of me as her full share of my estate
Item – I give and bequeath to my son Moses Linton one negro boy named William which together with what I have heretofore given him is to be his full share of all my estate
Item – As I gave to my daughter Nancy Edwards two hundred acres of land the same whereon she now lives and a negro girl she must be satisfied with the same as it was a full share of my estate.
Item – I give and bequeath to my son Benjamin Linton one negro girl named Milly which in addition to what he has heretofore received of me is to be his full share of my estate.
Item – I have given to my Daughter Susan Moran and her husband William Moran two hundred acres of land and a negro man named Dick which they are to consider as their full share of my estate.
Item – I give and bequeath unto my daughter Martha Mudd one negro boy named James and the one half of whatever may be recovered by me or executor from Charles F. Mercer of Virginia for the land lost by me that I purchased of him the same with it in tract to be paid to her when collected.
Item – I give and bequeath unto my daughter Catherine Taylor the tract of land she is now in possession of during her natural life and at her death the same to go to her son John Taylor and his heirs forever. I also give my said daughter Catherine Taylor one negro man named Matt in full of her share of my estate.
Item – I give to my son John H. Linton in trust for the only proper benefit and use of the wife and children of my son William Linton the tract of land on which my said son William now has, the lines of which are known to said sons, John H. and William. Also one negro woman named Mariah and her two children Henry and Leah, together with their increase and do hereby constitute my said son John H. Linton trustee for the said wife and children of my said son William and authorize him to use the before described property in such way as will most redound to the interest of the wife and children of my said son William, the said John H. in the meantime securing to said William a decent support during his life out of the profits of said estate.
Item – I give and bequeath unto my granddaughter Mary E. Powell one negro girl named Leah to her and her heirs forever.
Item – I give and bequeath to my son John H. Linton the plantation whereon I now live and four negroes (to wit) a negro man named Jack, a boy named Henry, a woman named Flora and a woman named Esther and their increase to him and his heirs forever.
Item – I give and bequeath to my son Lewis Linton the plantation whereon he now lives and three negroes (to wit) a negro man named George, a negro woman named Lythe and a boy named Luwarrow and the increase of said woman to him and his heirs forever.
Item – I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Elizabeth Taylor one negro boy named Hiram to her and her heirs forever.
Item – After the payment of all of my debts, funeral expenses and the legacies herein contained I will and bequeath to my sons John H. Linton and Lewis Linton all the residue of my property of every kind and description In testimony whereof I hereunto I have set my hand and affixed my seal this 20th day of May 1834 signed, sealed and acknowledged in presents of J. W. Bainbrage and Wm. E. Head John Linton
Codicil. I have two old negroes Dick and Conny his wife. It is my wish that they shall be permitted by my executor to go where they please and that they do not suffer. Lastly I constitute and appoint my son John H. Linton executor of this my last will and testament the day and date above written.
At a county court began and held for Washington County at the court house in Springfield commencing the 26 Dec 1836 this last will and testament of John Linton, deceased, was produced in court and proven by the oath of William E. Head, one of the subscribing witnesses.