Lucy Frances Linton


Such a small stone standing in Springfield City Cemetery – that of Lucy Frances Linton.  Lucy was the daughter of Dr. Moses Lewis Linton and Ann Rachel Booker, named for her paternal grandmother Lucy Crewdson.  She was born February 10, 1838, in Washington County, Kentucky, and died February 12, 1841.  Just a tiny babe, with hardly any time here on earth.  She was the first, and only child of her parents at that time.  Moses Lewis Linton was a doctor in the small town of Springfield, Kentucky.  He had studied with Dr. Polin, also of Springfield, finishing his studies in Paris.  In 1842 he was invited to join the faculty at The St. Louis University Medical School by one of his Paris classmates, Dr. Charles Alexander Pope.  Moses, his wife Ann, and two tiny babes, John Hancock and Paul Booker Linton, moved westward to city of St. Louis, Missouri.  Dr. Linton was very successful in his career, showing compassion and kindness to all.  During the 1848-1849 cholera epidemic in St. Louis, that claimed many lives, Dr. Linton served as house physician for the Jesuits and student boarders at the university.  Despite the odds, Dr. Linton lost not one his patients.  The gratitude of the university was manifested in an engraved stone tablet in the vestibule of the college church.


Moses and Ann Linton had seven more children while living in St. Louis:  Ann Rachel, Benjamin, Francis Lewis, Mary Elizabeth, Amelia Matilda, Margaret Booker and Caroline Pope Linton.  All are buried at Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis – except for tiny Lucy, buried in Kentucky.  But she is not alone – she is surrounded by her Booker relatives – Paul Jones Booker, her grandfather, his second wife Letitia Reed, first wife and others – plus an assortment of Linton and extended family members, including Edwards and Morans.


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