Have been thinking about Captain John Hancock Linton this morning – my 4th and 5th great-grandfather. I descend from two of his children – daughter Nancy and son William. Moses Linton and Susannah Hancock were his parents. Moses was first married to Susannah Harrison, daughter of Thomas Harrison, with whom he had at least two children, William and Thomas. After her death he married Susannah Hancock. The two sons from his previous marriage lived with them, and were still alive when Moses died in 1752. William and Thomas Linton became wards of their guardian, Burr Harrison, their uncle. Moses and Susanna Hancock had three children – Catherine, John and Moses. After Moses Linton died in 1752 his widow married John Berkeley, and with him had at least two children, Elizabeth and Scarlett Berkeley. So there we have it – a complicated family – but really no more so than in today’s society!
By the time Captain John Linton became of age, he rescinded his inheritance in favor of his step-father, John Berkeley, for his education and upbringing. In the release of rights he lists himself as the ‘only surviving son and heir at law to my father, Moses Linton, late of the County of Fairfax, Gentleman, deceased, and eldest son and heir apparent to my mother’. When John married Ann Mason about 1770, his younger brother Moses lived with him, and was listed with John on the tax lists, but evidently died by 1775. His sister, Catherine Jennings Linton, married Joseph Lewis, son of Vincent Lewis and Ann Longworth. They are the only two children of Moses Linton to live to adulthood, marry and have descendants.
When Loudoun County, Virginia, was formed from Fairfax County in 1752, the Linton’s, Berkeley’s, Lewis’, Mason’s and extended families lived in that portion. A few records of these families from Loudoun County:
Deed Book A – I, John Berkeley, of Loudoun County, for consideration of seventy pounds current money of Virginia, paid by Charles Tyler of the same county, sold one Negro woman, together with her two children, 15th of October 1757. In the presence of Daniel Hutchison, James Dozer, Richard Keen and Benjamin Berkeley. (Charles Tyler was the step-uncle of Captain John).
Deed Book C – Indenture made the 8th/9th March 1762 between Benjamin Shreve and Ann, his wife, and John Berkeley, 218 acres of land bounded by land of Richard Brett, deceased, for fifty pounds current money paid by John Berkeley. (Susanna Hancock was named in the will of Richard Brett).
Deed Book K – I, John Berkeley, in consideration of the sum of eighty pounds current money to me in hand paid by Joseph Lewis, sell unto him one Negro slave named Lettice and one Negro slave named Abraham, January 30, 1775.
Deed Book K – I, John Berkeley, inconsideration of the sum of two hundred and fifty pounds current money to me in hand paid by John Linton, sell unto him the three following slaves, Aaron, Milly and Charlotte, January 30, 1775.
Deeds 1795-1796 – Indenture made this 14th day of September 1795, between Edward B. Edwards (married Captain John Linton’s daughter Nancy, my 4th great-grandparents) for the sum of one hundred pounds current money sells to George Smith a tract of land on Church Road.
Deed Book L – I, Vincent Lewis, for natural love and affection which I have and bear to my son, Joseph Lewis, hath released unto him a parcel of land on the main road, part of where I now live, 16th day of January 1776.