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?