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James Fenton Linton, Biography

from History of Daviess County, Kentucky

James F. Linton was born in Washington County, Kentucky, January 1, 1839, and came to Daviess County in 1859.  He was married January 9, 1866, to Helen Abell, a native of Marion County, Kentucky.  They have seven children – James W., Martha E., Joseph, Ronymus, Mary D., Ivo and Patrick.  In August 1861, Mr. Linton enlisted in the Confederate army and served four years.  He was captured at Donelson and taken to Camp Douglas where he remained from February 8 to September 15, 1862, when he was exchanged and returned to his command.  He was again captured at Vicksburg the following June, and made his escape, but was recaptured in August and taken to Alton, Illinois, and kept a month, when he tunneled out and again escaped.  He took a boat and went to St. Louis, and remained three weeks with friends.  He then came to Owensboro, and joined another command and served eight months.  He was wounded at Fort Donelson in the shoulder and hip; at Champion Hills he received two slight wounds in the thigh; received a flesh wound in the thigh at Baker’s Creek; and in Crittenden County received a wound in the lower part of the arm, which extended to the shoulder, and from which he had twenty-six pieces of bone taken.  Mr. Linton is a member of the Catholic Church and St. Alphonsus Temperance Society.

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