In the quiet Gethsemani Cemetery of rural Nelson County, lies a war hero. Joseph Linton Nally fought during World War I and gave his life in France, defending our country and the allied nations. He was such a young man at the time of his death – only 25.
Linton, as he was known, was the youngest child of George Napoleon Nally and Annie Linton. In the 1910 Nelson County census George is listed as a farmer, 52 years of age, he and his wife had been married 30 years. Annie is 55, has born seven children, seven living. Three children live with their parents – Anne, 19; William, 17; and Linton, 15.
On February 20, 1917, Linton married Mary Lillian Hicks. January 6, 1918, a son was born, Randolph Joseph Nally.
Linton’s WWI registration card lists his date of birth as August 7, 1894, lived at RFD#1 New Haven, Kentucky (in Nelson County). He is married. Linton is described as tall, of stout build, with blue eyes and light colored hair. I could find no other information about his service.
Linton must have come home at least once while on duty, because on the day of his death, January 7, 1919, Lillian was six months pregnant with their daughter, Mary Oneida, born April 16, 1919.
In the 1920 census Lillian and her two children are living with her father, Daniel Hicks.
In the 1930 census Lillian Hicks Nally has married Joseph Sidney Reid. They have a houseful of children, Randolph and Mary Oneida Nally the oldest.
Lillian lived an additional three years after her second husband died. She was buried next to Linton Nally.
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