A Missouri Cousin in Kentucky!

IMG_9939In Memory of William Moran who died 3rd January 1838 aged 63 years 10 months and 17 days

Through Kentucky Kindred Genealogy I have met many nice people and found long lost cousins I didn’t know existed.  On the 16th of the month I met one of those cousins in Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky.  We had dinner at Mordecai’s and talked of our Moran and Linton ancestors.  Joy Sweigart is a descendant of William Moran, Jr., buried in the Linton Graveyard on the outskirts of Springfield.  Through his second wife, she is also descended from Captain John Linton.  We have emailed back and forth about our common ancestors.  I, too, am descended from William Moran, Jr., through his first wife.

William Moran, Jr., was the son of William Moran, Sr., and Mary Rebecca Barber.  The father was in the Revolutionary War and the son was in the War of 1812.  William, Jr., married Mary Barber with whom he had two children – Eliza Lyon (my ancestor) and Ann Rebecca.  After Mary’s death William, Jr., married Susan Linton, daughter of Captain John Linton and Ann Nancy Mason.  He and Susan had seven children – Charles Fenton, Henry E. (Joy’s ancestor), John M., Young William, Linton Lewis, Martha and Susan Linton Moran.  Many of these younger Moran’s moved to Missouri, but several families remained in Washington County, Kentucky.

IMG_9938In Memory of John Linton who departed this life December 4th, 1836, in the 86th year of his age.

When Joy came to Springfield her daughter’s sister-in-law, Feather Perry, who lives in Brandenburg, came with her.  Feather is a funeral director and uses diving rods, also known as dousing, to discover graves in old cemeteries!  What a surprise and delight!  I always felt there were more people buried in the old Linton Graveyard than those represented by the seven stones that are still standing.  I was told stories, and read old letters that told of babies and children buried there.

After dinner we drove to the Linton Graveyard.  It had rained for a week or so, although no rain on that day.  Still took my wellies since I knew it would be muddy!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESJoy placing flowers at her ancestor’s graves.

Joy was so overcome when she stood before her ancestors final resting place!  A woman after my own heart!  I was so happy to share that experience with her!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESFeather Perry using diving rods.

Then Feather got to work with the divining rods – and handed me a set!  I never thought I would have such an opportunity!  First I watched Feather, to get an idea of what to do.  Then we both started from the beginning of the cemetery and stepped slowly across each piece from beginning to end.  As we walked across what supposedly was a grave the copper wires crossed, and then opened after we were on the other side of the grave.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSeveral times there was a rather wide area which Heather said was probably a husband and wife.  In the 1800’s family members were buried closer than they are now – just a few inches apart.

SAM_2620 2A very memorable experience for me to use diving rods at the Linton Graveyard!

Just to the left of Captain John Linton’s grave was another – probably his wife Ann Nancy Mason Linton – who died four years before the captain.  After criss-crossing several times we felt there are about 28 people buried in the cemetery, some actually against the iron fence.  The fence was erected about 1910, long after the last burial, and without a general idea of where all the graves were located.

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESJoy Sweigart and I in front of Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church.

After finishing at the Linton Graveyard we drove down Highway 555 a mile or so to Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Cemetery, where some of the later Linton and Moran families were buried.  It was such a pleasant time!  Joy and Feather were both a delight and it’s always fun talking over the ancestors with those who appreciate them!  I can’t wait until our next visit!


6 replies »

  1. What a wonderful experience for all of you. I think one of the wonderful things about genealogy and DNA is that they allow us to see relatives whom we haven’t seen in a long time or did not know we even had. Thank you for sharing the experience and the photos which make it even bette. Marilynr

  2. Sure have many wonderful memories of Pleasant Grove! Does Ritchey remember the day he was going to town with mom when the car door came open and he was clinging for his life to the door until mom got the car stopped? Not a wonderful memory!

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