Today In Genealogy History – July 19, 2011

Preston Coulter was born 166 years ago – July 19, 1845.  Preston was the son of Thomas Coulter and Caroline Lanham.  He married Mary Belle Shewmaker January 30, 1866, in Washington County, Kentucky.  She was the daughter of Uriah Shewmaker.

Linton to Berkeley – Release of Rights

Note by Phyllis Brown:  Captain John Linton was born in Fairfax County, Virginia, in 1750.  I believe he was possibly born in January, since the release of rights was dated January 1775.  Usually a man came into his rights of inheritance at the age of twenty-five.  John’s parents were Moses Linton and Susanna Hancock.  Moses Linton was a widower, whose first wife, Susanna Harrison, had left him with two sons, William and Thomas.  Moses was probably about fifty years of age when he married his second wife – she was about eighteen.  They had a daughter, Catherine Jennings Linton, born in 1748, and another son, Moses, born in 1752.  Moses Linton had served as a justice of the peace in Fairfax County for several years, but in 1752 declined to serve due to deafness.  Evidently he was a man of some distinction because he is always listed as Moses Linton, Gentleman.  He died in October, 1753.  To me, the most interesting item listed in his inventory was a violin.  It would seem rather unusual for Colonial Virginia – almost a luxury.  Perhaps this is where I get my love of music.  I can just imagine Moses pulling out his violin at night and playing songs for his children before they went to bed.  Or at parties and get-togethers playing for the dancers.  Several books were also listed in his inventory.  Moses was an educated man who could read and write.  Perhaps his favorite books were about history, or most likely, the Bible.  I think it interesting that all Moses’ horses were named.  He had a bay mare named Stockings, a gelding named King and one named Whitefoot, horses named Sally and Pumps, and several others.  I feel very sad when I think about him dying and leaving so many young children.  What a responsibility for Susanna, who was probably only about twenty-four.  She had her own three children, Catherine who was five, John who was three, and Moses who was only one.  Then she also had William, who was probably twelve and Thomas who was perhaps ten.  Burr Harrison, most likely grandfather or uncle of the two older Linton children was named their guardian.  They probably lived in his household.  They must have died at a young age because in 1775 John was listed as eldest son and only surviving heir of his father.  The son Moses was listed as living with John in 1771, but must also have died by 1775.  After Moses Linton died his widow, Susanna Hancock Linton, married John Berkeley.  John had children by his first wife, Susanna had children by Moses Linton, and they eventually had at least two children together!  What a confusing family!

Linton to Berkeley – Release of Rights

Know all men by these presents that I, John Linton, of Loudoun County, in the Colony of Virginia, 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, as well for and in consideration of my education and maintenance by John Berkeley of the said County of Loudoun and Susanna his wife, my said Mother and Administratrix of all and singular the goods and chattels, rights and credits which were of my said Father at the time of his death who died intestate as for and in consideration of the sum of three hundred pounds current money of Virginia to me in hand paid by the said John Berkeley at and before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge and thereof and of every part and parcel thereof do acquit and release and forever discharge the said John Berkeley and Susanna his wife, their heirs, executors, administrators and assigns have bargained and sold and by these presents do bargain and sell unto the said John Berkeley and to his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns all my right Title, interest, property claim and demand whatsoever to the Estate of my said Father and Mother or to the Estates of my deceased Brothers and Sisters.  To have and to hold all my rights of the before mentioned Estates with issues, increases and profits thereof unto the said John Berkeley, his executors, administrators and assigns to the only proper use and behoof of him the said John Berkeley and of his heirs and assigns forever.  And I the said John Linton for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators and of every of them do fully and absolutely release, acquit and discharge the said John Berkeley and Susanna his wife their and each their executors, administrators and assigns and every of them of and from all manner claim, challenge and demands whatsoever for or on account of the said Estates or any profits made thereby or upon any other account whatsoever from the beginning of the world to the date of these presents.  In witness I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 30th day of January in the year of our Lord seventeen hundred seventy five.

John Linton

Sealed and delivered in presence of:  W. Ellzey, Peter Acker, Joseph Lewis

Received of John Berkeley three hundred pounds current money of Virginia being the full consideration to be paid by him to me in full perfection of the above bargain and sale and release this 30th day of January 1775.

John Linton

Test.:  W. Ellzey, Peter Acker

At a court held for Loudoun County, May the 18th, 1775, this deed of sale and the receipt thereunder written was proved by the oaths of William Ellzey, Peter Acker and Joseph Lewis, witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

Teste           Cha. G. Binns

Oakland Cemetery, Solon, Iowa

Jolly – Hertz – Leuenberger

Oakland Cemetery in Solon, Iowa, is the final resting place for Ritchey’s paternal grandmother and her ancestors.  In a previous blog about the George Hertz family there are photos for the gravestones of George Hertz, his first wife Rosa Leuenberger, second wife Ethel Eaton, and his daughter, Esther Hertz Jolly.  Esther is Ritchey’s grandmother.

George Hertz is the son of Henry Hertz and Florentine Probst Hertz.  The plot for the Henry Hertz family has a large stone in the center, with smaller individual stones surrounding it.

Gravestone for Henry Hertz:

Gravestone for Florentine Hertz:

The smaller stones:

  • Henry Hertz, 1824-1904
  • Florentine Hertz, 1834-1920
  • Maria Jauch, 1811-1880 (I’m not sure who this is!)
  • William Hertz, 26 Dec 1863 – 25 Jan 1931
  • Emil Hertz, 1872-1872; Emma Hertz, 1877-1880 (on one stone)
  • Charles Hertz, 1860-1862; Frank Hertz, 1862-1863 (on one stone)

Esther Hertz’s maternal grandparents – Jacob Leuenberger and Margareth Streich – are also buried at Oakland Cemetery.

Let’s review the genealogy:  Esther Hertz, Ritchey’s grandmother, is the daughter of George Hertz and Rosa Leuenberger.  George is the son of Henry Hertz and Florentine Probst.  Rosa is the daughter of Jacob Leuenberger and Margareth Streich.

Today In Genealogy History – July 18, 2011

William White, son of Samuel Riley White and Martha Lewis, and Elizabeth Doke, daughter of William Doke and Martha A. Hoskins, were married 153 years ago – July 18, 1858, in Washington County, Kentucky.  William and Elizabeth White had two daughters, Sarah J. and Drusilla.  I believe William died at Andersonville Prison during the Civil War.

Obituaries – William P. Montgomery

Note by Phyllis Brown:  William Peter Montgomery was my great-great-grandfather.  I am descended through his son Robert E. Lee Montgomery.

The Springfield Sun – August 24, 1910

Sudden Death of W. P. Montgomery
Well Known and Highly Respected Citizen of Washington County Passes Away

The people of this county and especially those of this community, were profoundly shocked to hear of the death of W. P. Montgomery, which occurred at his home Monday afternoon at 4 o’clock.  Mr. Montgomery was not only a man of advanced years, being 77 years of age, but for some time had been in bad health.  His death was caused by acute indigestion.

Mr. Montgomery was known and liked by the people of this community in which he was born and where he had spent all his life.  He was a man with many admirable traits of character and his familiar figure and courteous manner will be greatly missed by all who knew and admired him.  Mr. Montgomery raised one of the best families ever raised in this county and besides his wife he is survived by the following children:  Thomas Montgomery, Robert Montgomery, Charles Montgomery, Sam Montgomery, Mrs. Kent Smith, Mrs. A. B. Rudd, and Miss Sallie Montgomery, of this county, and Brother Christopher, a member of the Xaverian order, of Baltimore.

The funeral services were conducted this morning at St. Rose and attended by a large concourse of friends.  The remains were later interred in St. Dominic’s cemetery.

The News-Leader, Springfield, KY – August 25, 1910


A death that was a shock to his many friends because of its comparative suddenness was that of Mr. Wm. P. Montgomery which occurred on last Monday afternoon at five o’clock.  Montgomery attended church at St. Dominic’s Sunday morning and was in his usual health until about  ten o’clock Sunday night when he was taken violently ill with Cholera Morbus, which in connection with heart trouble, caused his death the next day.  On the 7th day of this month he celebrated his 78th birthday.  Mr. Montgomery was born and reared in Washington County and is the last of a family of six children.  When a young man he was married to Miss Annie Woodward, who lived but a few years.  No children of this marriage survive.  On the 29th of December 1862 he was married to Miss Martha Ann Carrico, who with the following ten children survives, namely:  Messrs Thomas, Robert, Sam and Charles Montgomery, Mrs. Laura Wheatley, Mrs. Kent Smith, Mrs. Brook Rudd, Mrs. R.S. Mudd and Miss Sallie Montgomery, all of this place, and brother Christopher Montgomery of the Order of Xavena Brothers of Massachusetts.

Mr. Montgomery was well known throughout the county, and was of a hospitable nature being one of those men of whom it can be said, “The latchstring of his door always hung on the outside.”

Funeral services were conducted at High Requiem Mass by Father Sullivan at St. Rose yesterday and burial was in St. Dominics cemetery.  The pall bearers were Luke Barlow, Fred Carrico, John A. Polin, Joe Spalding, Joe Polin and Lee Carrico.

Robert E. Lee Montgomery

Robert E. Lee Montgomery, the son of William Peter Montgomery III and Martha Ann Carrico, was born September 15, 1865, a few months after the Civil War ended.  There is no question as to which side the Montgomery family favored in the war!  Robert is my great-grandfather – my mother’s mother’s father!  I have heard so many stories about him I feel as if I know him well.  He was rather a crusty old gentleman that liked things his way.  He expected you to drink your milk – which my mom hated! – go sit on the porch with him after dinner, or, if it was winter, sit in a rocker in front of the fire – rock, listen to the fire crackle and pop, rock some more, listen to the tick-tock of the clock on the mantle – but never carry on a conversation.  When he went to bed everybody went to bed, and he expected everyone up at the crack of dawn when he go up!  But in spite of all this my mom loved her grandfather dearly!

He wasn’t an outwardly affectionate man, but mom said when they would go in they would pat him on the cheek and he would have a little smile that played around his lips.

She loved to watch him churn butter – the churn sits beside her fireplace now – and will one day sit beside my buffet – no fireplace here!  He showed her how to churn and helped her move the dash up and down until she was old enough to do it on her own.  The round hole where the handle of the dash goes through is worn into an oval through so much use – and is very smooth.

Being the tomboy, Mom loved to go with him to get the cows, bringing them in to be milked in the morning.  They had to be brought from the field across the road – one son was stationed on either side in the middle of the road to stop any traffic that happened to come by.  Mom can still show me the exact spot.

One April 1st his son Robert came in saying, “Papa, your cow has had her calf!”  Evidently this cow was one of his particular favorites.  “It’s way out next to the far fence!”  Great-grandfather Robert got his hat and his cane and excitedly started out.  People scattered fast when they heard him coming back – he wasn’t much of a jokester!  But Uncle Bob was!

Robert married Frances Barber Linton February 7, 1893, in Washington County, Kentucky.  She was a school teacher before marriage.  They had seven children

  • Mary Alice, born December 8, 1893
  • Anna Margaret, born September 18, 1895
  • Laura Frances, born December 4, 1897
  • Lillian Catherine, born March 11, 1900
  • Robert Lee , born August 17, 1903
  • Edward Linton, born May 17, 1905
  • Benjamin , October 21, 1908

This picture was taken in May of 1952.  Aunt Mary Alice Carrico, my mom’s sister, graduated from high school that year.  Great-grandfather Robert would have been 86 – he lived another year after this photo was taken.