Hugh Walter Linton and Frances Barber Linton were cousins – both had a love of family and love of genealogy. Frances was my great-grandmother and I feel she passed that love of genealogy and research directly down to me! I know of no one else in the family who is quite so thrilled to walk through a cemetery or visit a basement full of old wills and marriage records!
Hugh was the son of John Wesley Linton and Emma Adelaide Proctor; the grandson of Benjamin Burkett Linton and Nancy J. Newman; the great-grandson of Benjamin Franklin Linton and Lucy Crewdson; and the great-grandson of Captain John Hancock Linton and Ann Nancy Mason. He lived in Christian County, Kentucky, where he married Eliza “Lydabel” Belfield Garnett. Hugh and Lydabel had 3 children: Hugh Walter, Jr., Mary Adelaide and Frances Garnett Linton.
Frances was the daughter of Edward Edwards Linton and Catherine Elizabeth Taylor; the granddaughter of William Linton and Elizabeth Lyon Moran; and the great-granddaughter of Captain John Hancock Linton and Ann Nancy Mason. She lived in Washington County, Kentucky, where she married Robert E. Lee Montgomery. Frances and Robert had 7 children: Mary Alice, Anna Margaret, Laura Frances, Lillian Catherine, Robert Lee, Edward Linton and Benjamin Montgomery.
I know of at least nine letters written by Hugh to my great-grandmother from October 5, 1934 to February 8, 1945 – I’m sure there were probably more that were not saved. On April 11, 1945, Hugh’s wife, Lydabel, wrote to “Cousin Frances” to inform her of Hugh’s death on March 21. Frances died in August of that year. Their fascination with family history lasted until the very end! This one was written November 18, 1941 – after a visit from Hugh and family to Frances and Robert in Springfield.
Dear Cousin Frances,
We arrived home about 5:30 to 6 Sunday afternoon, in good shape and having had a wonderful trip there.
I don’t know which one of us three had the best time; we were all treated to royally by you and your good family, and even the weather was perfect for us. It was a most enjoyable trip and visit for us, and we want to thank you, Cousin Margaret and Cousin Bob and both the boys for it. We have really found home folks in your family; and it reminds us of the days when we would go back to the home of my father and mother in Logan County, when they had time to talk and live in the unhurried atmosphere, different from that of last few years.
It was a treat to get all the information you had for us. We enjoyed the old traditions that you and Cousin Maggie O’Bryan told us of the old Captain and his home life, and to see your old treasures in the corner cabinet there.
Lydabel was very much taken with your husband, and kept talking about what a kind expression he had and the twinkle in his eye, and was distressed that he had difficulty with his hearing and recalled her mother’s same trouble for many years.
We trust you all keep well and enjoy life. Let as many of you as can get off, come down to visit us, and we will take you to see the Logan County kin, who by the way live some 40 miles closer to Springfield than we in Hopkinsville do.
With love from Lydabel and Frances and thanks for your many hospitalities.