Linton Brothers from Nelson County, Kentucky

A Genealogy Hunt for Two Brothers’ Graves

Moses Linton, son of Captain John Linton and Nancy Mason, married Nancy Pead in Orange County, Virginia, December 17, 1800.  Two of their children, Benjamin Clark and Nancy Millie, were born in Loudoun County, Virginia.

In 1815 they moved their small family to Washington County, Kentucky, – three years before his parents and the rest of his brothers and sisters made the trip west.  Perhaps he was sent ahead to gather information about the land his father had purchased – and make preparations for the rest of the family’s move.

Shortly after this time Moses and Nancy moved to neighboring Nelson County.  They had three more children, sons William Yerby and Moses Filmore, and daughter, Frances Ann.  All three of these children married into the Edward Hagan family.  By Edward Hagan’s will, written November 14, 1830, and proved in court May 9, 1831, James, Polly and Nancy are proved to be his children. Frances married James Hagan May 29, 1838; William married Mary  Polly Hagan June 12, 1838; Moses married Nancy Hagan August 16, 1838 – all in the same year!

Unfortunately the women didn’t fare very well.  Moses and Nancy had no children.  In the 1850 census he is living with brother William.  Evidently Nancy had died previous to that date.  Frances Linton Hagan died February 15, 1853.  Mary Polly Hagan Linton died June 27, 1857.

Brothers Moses and William married a second time – again, to two sisters, daughters of George W. S. Willett and Nancy Hancock.  Moses Linton married Margaret Willett Kennedy, a recent widow, September 2, 1850.  William married her sister Louisa Willett February 16, 1858.  In the 1860 census William is listed as 42, with wife Louisa 21, seven children from ages 1 to 17, Ann Linton age 84 (his mother), and James Hagan age 50 (his brother-in-law).  James and Frances Linton Hagan had three children – Elizabeth, Moses and John.  They are listed in the 1850 Washington County Census living with their parents, along with their grandparents, Moses and Nancy Pead Linton.  I fear the children may have died around the same time as their mother since they are not listed with their father in the 1860 census.

William Linton owned land to the east of Gethsemani Abbey, Moses owned land northeast of the abbey.  On the map below William’s land is noted as Mr. Linton on the right side.  Moses Linton’s land is to the north and east of the Mount Olivet section.  This map is hanging in the visitor’s center at the abbey.

Both of William Linton’s wives are buried in the cemetery at Gethsemani Abbey.  Moses second wife, Margaret Willett Linton, is buried there, and most probably his first wife, Nancy Hagan Linton (although she has no gravestone marker).

Mary Louisa Willett Linton, wife of William Yerby Linton.  She died in 1865.

Mary Hagan Linton’s name is on the large stone that lists those buried in the cemetery without gravestone markers.  Unfortunately they butchered her name – she is listed as Mary Hegan Lynton!

Margaret Willett Linton, wife of Moses Linton is also buried in the abbey cemetery.

Moses Linton died April 4, 1876, of pneumonia.  William lived on for sixteen more years, dying in 1892.  The location of the graves of William and Moses Linton are a mystery.  I cannot find them.  According to the abbey’s records they are not buried there – even though their wives and many of their family members are.  Most likely they were buried on their farms – but there is no record.  I have searched for many years, and will continue to search, hopeful that one day this mystery will be solved.  Anyone out there know the answer?

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  1. Hi Phyliss, You have Frances Linton married to the wrong James Hagan, she married a James Hagan who was the son of Enoch and Tabitha Hagan.Their son Moses married Julia Hagan., their dau. Elizabeth married a Bartley, and their son John married Alice Ann Watson, who were my grandparents. After Frances died, James remarried Lucinda McKune and had two more sons James Henry and Thomas Enoch Hagan. Too many James and Johns!!!! Thank goodness for social security numbers. Ann Hagan Taylor P;S. To make this more confusing my mother was a Linton she and my dad were second cousins. She was the granddaughte of Moses and Margaret Willett Linton

    • So how was this James Hagan, son of Enoch, related to Nancy and Mary Polly Hagan who married Moses and William Linton? Is the James Hagan of Edward Hagan’s will a brother-in-law who was living with William Linton in 1860? You are right, too many with the same names, now I’m confused! Which granddaughter of Moses and Margaret Willett Linton are descended from?

  2. You are doing a great job of putting really good material online.
    I have a question regarding earlier posts. In my notes I have the notation that Ann Green Scarlet’s will was probated possibly in Maryland. Do you have info regarding her probate? I would like to know what it contains.

    Thanks again for the good work.

    Millie Starr

    • Millie, Thank you for your kind words. I enjoy this more than anyone can know! As for your question, I cannot say with certainty. The only thing I can tell you is at the very end of the will, after it says “admitted to record this 10th August 1698” it says “A copy, Henry Tyler, CSC”. There are many copies of wills and other documents in the Tayloe Family Papers. My thought is that the “CSC” could stand for Clerk Stafford County. That may not be true, but if we could find information on who the clerk was at that time perhaps that would help us in our quest. I believe the Linton/Barton/Scarlett/Green families did have connections in Maryland and Virginia, which makes it possible. I hope this helps! Phyllis

      • Henry Tyler was clerk of Stafford County, Virginia. See Hening’s Statutes at Large, volume 11, p. 320.
        Barbara Vines Little, CG

  3. Hi Phyllis, My husband’s paternal grandmother was Mary Regina Nally, her mother was Louisa Ann Linton, married to George Napoleon Nally. Louisa Ann Nally was the daughter of Moses Filmore Linton and Margaret Willett. I am still trying to get all of this information correct. There is so much conflicting information out there but I can understand where it happens if they all married into the same family. Your site has been very helpful. Believe me the Nally’s are every bit as confusing as the Linton.
    Thanks for any help you can give me. Harriet Bowling

  4. Linton Nalley died in France .My father believed William Nalley was put into the Ohio river after being robbed . Bernard (my grandfather) died of pneumonia . Thomas Merton wrote of Aden Nally’s farm . Two of George Napoleon Nally’s daughters married a Mattingly . There is a mention of a Jeanie Bowling who survived Annie Mattingly who died in 1962 before Minnie in her obituary . I never heard my father speak of Ralph Nally or an aunt who married a Bowling

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