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Farm Life Around 1913

My guess is this photo was taken about 1913 in Washington County, Kentucky.  The young girl in the picture is my great-aunt, Lillian Catherine Montgomery, daughter of Robert E. Lee Montgomery and Frances Barber Linton, born March 11, 1900.  Her birth date is my point for dating the photo.  The older woman is Alice Clark Linton, Lillie’s aunt, sister to her mother.  The gentleman in the center of the photo is most likely John Edgar Linton, brother to Alice and Frances.  He died in 1919 at the age of 61.  The gentleman holding the stalk of tobacco is a mystery.  My great-grandmother, Frances Barber Linton Montgomery, was the only sibling in her family to marry and have children.  So this man could not be a nephew.  Frances’ two sons, Robert and Edward, were 10 and 8 in 1913, so that eliminates them.  In looking through other older pictures, especially the family photo from 1901, he could possibly be Walter Clements, son of Will Clements.

You can tell that this is a farming family.  The addition of their cows in the photo, the tobacco.  Notice both men are holding hats, I’m sure worn while working outside.

This house is very possibly the house in the 1901 photo – notice the placement of the window and door, and the roof of the porch.  It is said that this home contains part of the original home Captain John Linton built when he brought his family from Loudoun County, Virginia, to Washington County, Kentucky, in 1816.  100 years of history!

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  1. Where was this home located? I know where the Linton Cemetery is and have been there. There is a beautiful house that sits up on the hill above the cemetery on that land. Is this the site of the original house? It was called the Reed-Spalding Farm at one time. My mother knew them.

    • I’m not sure where this home was located. This house, I believe contained part of the original house built by Captain John Linton when he moved from Loudoun County, Virginia, to Washington County, Kentucky. The house you speak of is not the same. My great-grandmother Frances Barber Linton and husband, Robert E. Lee Montgomery, lived just a half mile up the old road from the cemetery – not what is now US 150. But that house no longer stands. My mother spent many happy days there!

  2. I too have heard this land/area referred to as the Reed/Spalding farm. I descend from the Reed, Spalding and Linton families.

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