William Crewdson Linton

Note by Phyllis Brown:  At some point after this biographical sketch was written in 1882, William Crewdson Linton and family moved to California, where he died January 18, 1898.

History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1047

Monoa Township, Clayton County, Iowa

William C. Linton, one of the pioneers of Clayton County, was born in Breckenridge County, Kentucky, on the 7th day of October, 1815.  His parents, Benjamin and Lucy Crewdson Linton, were married in Fluvanna County, Virginia, April 12, 1805.  A family of twelve children was born to them, eight sons and four daughters.  His father was by trade a tanner and currier, which he followed in connection with farming.  Benjamin Linton died in Kentucky in 1866.

The subject of this memoir was reared on a farm, and received a common-school education.  In May, 1842, he left Kentucky for Iowa, and located in what is now Allamakee, then Clayton County.  In the fall of 1844 he entered a claim in Farmersburg Township, where he afterward made a farm and resided until 1882, when he disposed of it and moved to Monona Township, where he still lives.  In 1849 he married Jeannette Phillips, a widow of D. M. Barber, one of the early settlers of Clayton County.  She was born in Chautauqua County, New York, April 14, 1825.  Mr. and Mrs. Linton are the parents of three children – John, Millard F. and Mattie S.  Mr. Linton came to the county when it was one vast wilderness, and has lived to see it transformed from a wild, uncultivated state to one of the wealthiest counties in Iowa.  Mr. and Mrs. Linton are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  He was a soldier in the Mexican War.

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