World War II Letter Between Cousins

Note by Phyllis Brown:  As I have mentioned before, Hugh Linton and my great-grandmother, Frances Barber Linton Montgomery, were cousins – they were both descended from sons of Captain John Linton who moved from Loudoun County, Virginia, to Washington County, Kentucky, in 1818.  Their friendship survived many years, along with their love of genealogy, until their deaths in 1945.  Hugh died in March, Frances died in August.  Their love of family and life remained steady and strong.  They survived the Great Depression, and two world wars.  Their life changed from one of horse and buggies to automobiles, from oil lamps to electricity.  What would they think of our world today?

World War II Letter Between Cousins

December 21, 1943

Dear Cousin Frances and Family:

In your letter I have never answered, you told about the 50th anniversary and the children’s surprise party for your and Cousin Bob.  I am sure you all had a fine time.  I remember a similar kind of party we had for my parents on their 50th in November 1919, when we all gathered up there and we boys had bought them a pretty nice present, and how my mother gave way to her emotions and cried – from joy over the occasion.

I was interested to know of the grandson in North Africa when you wrote the letter, Robert Carrico, and I am hoping that he, through all the hardship and dangers, is doing a real soldier’s job there.  I trust you all hear from him now and then.  I have a young friend in Sicily from whom I had a card lately.  There seems to be bloody fighting in Italy by our 5th Army, and I guess a lot of Kentucky boys are in there.

Yes, we do remember your son, Edward.  Are he and the children still with you?  I wonder if your family has had flu recently.  It has hit a large per cent of our folks in Hopkinsville, and seems different from the old time flu.  I had a touch of it and was not very sick, but it sort of took the starch out of me and gives me a lazy kind of feeling, and then keeps coming back every day or so with a little fever, but not much pain.  Lydabel and Frances seemed to have escaped it, except Frances had a bad cough, sounded like a return of the old whooping cough she had several years ago.

The cold weather has at last given way to a pleasant spell.  Let us hope it lasts a few days.  I believe this is the shortest day of the year.

Our daughter, Mary Adelaide, her husband and 4 year old red-head, Frances Elaine, spent a week with us just after Thanksgiving.  They are now in Bennettsville, South Carolina, where her husband, a Lieutenant, is an instructor in a flying field.  They drove their car.  We had a fine week of weather and lots of good times together; they are over 500 miles from us.  Our son, Walter, in Phoenix, Arizona, is 2,000 miles the other way.  He is practicing law in Phoenix, married and has a little boy now nearly 1 year old, but we haven’t seen him; probably won’t till after the war.  We drove to Arizona and saw Walter in August, 1940, as I believe I wrote you; that was before he married.  He has a step-son, adopted, named Bruce, old enough to go to school – it looks like he is going to have a big family.  He was our oldest, you know, born in 1914, graduated in law and admitted to the bar in 1938.

Our town is and has been for a year or so crowded with soldiers.  Camp Campbell is only 16 miles away, and it’s a big camp.  They have a bunch of German prisoners there.  Some of them have been working on farms and they pass through Hopkinsville now and then in trucks, with a big PW on their backs.  When travel comes in again, we will drive that way.  We spent 3 days at Mammoth Cave in August, but that was as far as our gas would allow us to travel.  With lots of love from Lydabel, Frances and myself,

Your Cousin,


William Crewdson Linton

Note by Phyllis Brown:  At some point after this biographical sketch was written in 1882, William Crewdson Linton and family moved to California, where he died January 18, 1898.

History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 1047

Monoa Township, Clayton County, Iowa

William C. Linton, one of the pioneers of Clayton County, was born in Breckenridge County, Kentucky, on the 7th day of October, 1815.  His parents, Benjamin and Lucy Crewdson Linton, were married in Fluvanna County, Virginia, April 12, 1805.  A family of twelve children was born to them, eight sons and four daughters.  His father was by trade a tanner and currier, which he followed in connection with farming.  Benjamin Linton died in Kentucky in 1866.

The subject of this memoir was reared on a farm, and received a common-school education.  In May, 1842, he left Kentucky for Iowa, and located in what is now Allamakee, then Clayton County.  In the fall of 1844 he entered a claim in Farmersburg Township, where he afterward made a farm and resided until 1882, when he disposed of it and moved to Monona Township, where he still lives.  In 1849 he married Jeannette Phillips, a widow of D. M. Barber, one of the early settlers of Clayton County.  She was born in Chautauqua County, New York, April 14, 1825.  Mr. and Mrs. Linton are the parents of three children – John, Millard F. and Mattie S.  Mr. Linton came to the county when it was one vast wilderness, and has lived to see it transformed from a wild, uncultivated state to one of the wealthiest counties in Iowa.  Mr. and Mrs. Linton are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  He was a soldier in the Mexican War.

Today In Genealogy History – August 26, 2011

Ruth Jewell was born 333 years ago – August 26, 1678 – in Braintree, Massachusetts, the daughter of Thomas Jewell and Susannah Guildford, one of eight children.  Ruth’s grandparents were Thomas Jewell and Grissell Fletcher, and John Guildford and Mary Knowlton.

Obituary of James Hughes Coleman

The Sayings, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Saturday, February 20, 1897

Obituary of James Hughes Coleman

Mr. James Hughes Coleman died of consumption at his late residence on East Street, 9 o’clock at night, last Tuesday.  He had been an invalid for months and, fully aware of his condition, he was prepared for the inevitable.  To both Dr. W. P. Harvey and Rev. J. F. Williams, pastor of the Baptist Church, he expressed a willingness to die, trusting in the love and atonement of a merciful Savior.  Jim, as he was familiarly called by his host of friends, had many good virtues with his faults.  He was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Coleman and for years was associated with his father in the livery business.  As a driver and courteous
gentleman he had few superiors.  He sometimes drove like Jehu, but his judgment and experience were such that he never once experienced an accident.  Ten years ago he was married to Miss Emorme Gordan, the handsome and accomplished daughter of Mr. Samuel Gordon of Nicholasville.  His wife and two daughters, Catherine, aged seven, and Robin, two, survive him.  Had he lived until August he would have been thirty years old.  The funeral was conducted, Thursday afternoon, at the residence of his parents on Lexington Street, by Revs. J. F. Williams and J. G. Hunter and the interment was in Spring Hill Cemetery.  The Harrodsburg fire company, of which the deceased had been an active member, took charge of the funeral cortege and did honor to their deceased friend and comrade.  The large attendance at the funeral, while the rain was pouring down, evidenced the popularity of Mr. Coleman.

Today In Genealogy History – August 25, 2011

Mary Alberta Clarkson and Sidney Albertus Clarkson, twins, were born 126 years ago – August 25, 1885 – to Edwin Barbour Clarkson and Etta Clark Taylor of Washington County, Kentucky.  Unfortunately they both died before 1900.  Mary and Sidney’s grandparents were Theodore Clarkson and Martha L. Edwards, and Benjamin Springer Taylor and Martha Jane Janes.

Harrison Coulter Family Sheet

Family Group Sheet for Harrison Coulter

Husband: Harrison Coulter
Birth: 1812
Marriage: 02 Mar 1833 in Mercer County, KY
Father: Mark Coulter
Mother:  nancy taylor

Wife: Elizabeth Leonard
Birth: 1823

Name: Nancy Jane Coulter
Birth: 1836
Marriage: 19 Aug 1855 in Washington County, KY
Spouse: Mansfield Crow

Name: James Coulter
Birth: 1838 in Washington County, KY
Marriage: 03 Mar 1856 in Washington County, KY
Spouse: Rebecca Murphy

Name: Sarah D Coulter
Birth: 1846
Marriage: 23 Sep 1868 in Washington County, KY
Spouse: Timothy Corn

Name: Amanda J Coulter
Birth: 1849
Marriage: 08 Nov 1870 in Washington County, KY
Spouse: William W Hill

Name: Rutha A Coulter
Birth: 1851
Marriage: 15 Jan 1871 in Washington County, KY
Spouse: Lewis Goff

Name: Mary L Coulter
Birth: 02 Jun 1853
Marriage: 16 Oct 1873 in Washington County, KY
Spouse: John Shields

Name: Maranda S Coulter
Birth: 1856

Name: Rhoda E Coulter
Birth: 1858
Marriage: 15 Sep 1889 in Washington County, KY
Spouse: Mack Case