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A History of My Edwards Family – From Maryland to Virginia to Kentucky

$300 one day after date I promise to pay Nancy Edwards three hundred dollars for value received this 15th 1840                             Benjamin Edwards

Received of Theodore Clarkson and Martha his wife, late Edwards, Catherine Edwards and Sarah Edwards, heirs and devisees of Benjamin M. Edwards, deceased, three hundred dollars in full of a note for that sum heretofore appended, which I held on said B. M. Edwards and on which I have not exacted or charged any interest, the same has not been paid to me in money but by the receipts of said devisees and heirs to me for so much as advanced and paid to them in part of their share of the estate in my hands as widow of their father, Edward B. Edwards, deceased, August 9, 1855.

                                                                  Nancy Edwards

Attest.  J. L. Edwards

This old document was part of my grandmother’s genealogy – some of the best things were handed down and saved!  It concerns money from the estate of Edward Barber Edwards – husband to Nancy, and father to Benjamin, Martha, Catherine and Sarah, heirs mentioned in this note and the will of Edward Barber Edwards.

Edward Barber Edwards and Nancy Linton were pioneers to Washington County, Kentucky, arriving in 1816.  Edward was the son of Jonathan Edwards and Sarah Barber, born in Maryland April 21, 1768.  His family moved to Loudoun County, Virginia, about the time of the Revolution where he met and married Nancy, daughter of Captain John Hancock Linton and Ann Mason.  Nancy was born about 1778.

Five of Edward and Nancy Edwards’ children were born in Loudoun County – Susan Clark in 1797, John L. in 1800, Catherine Kitural in 1805, Jonathan Joseph in 1805, Benjamin Mason in 1809 and Mary Jane in 1814.  The last two daughters were born in Washington County – Martha L. in 1817 and Sarah Barber in 1822.

Edward Edwards died in 1824.  His will was written January 16th of that year and proved in court March 8th.  Nancy lived another 37 years, raising the children.  She died July 2, 1861.

Five of their children married, four producing grandchildren for Edward and Nancy.

Susan Clark Edwards married John Compton Taylor November 25, 1828.  They are my 3rd great-grandparents.  They had four children before her death in 1836 – Catherine Elizabeth Taylor (my 2nd great-grandmother), Edward Edwards Taylor, Benjamin Springer Taylor and Margaret Ann Taylor.

John L. Edwards married Mildred L. Linton, a cousin, October 13, 1831, in Logan County.  John brought his bride back to his home in Washington County.  They had one daughter, Lucretia Edwards.

Jonathan Joseph Edwards married Nancy Millie Linton (a cousin – must have been confusing since both brothers’ wives went by Millie!) July 20, 1829.  They had seven children – Alfred, Lucretia, John L., Susan, Edward, William and Ben Edwards.  To make things even more confusing Ben married his cousin, Lucretia, better known as Lucy.

Mary Jane Edwards married James Caleb Janes May 29, 1832.  They had no children but helped raise great-nieces and nephews.

Martha L. Edwards married Stephen Theodore Clarkson June 19, 1848.  The couple had five children – Edwin Barber Clarkson, Francis Polin Clarkson, Annie Clarkson, Margaret Mason Clarkson and Sidney Albertus Clarkson.

This photograph was made in 1901 during an Edwards, Linton, Clarkson reunion.  The three older women seated in the middle of the photograph are Mary Jane Edwards Janes (in the high back chair), to her left is her sister Sarah Barber Edwards and to her right is Catherine Elizabeth Taylor Linton, their niece and child of their sister, Susan Clark Edwards Taylor.  Three of Catherine Taylor Linton’s children are in the photo – the man standing directly behind her is son John Edgar Linton and to his right, daughter Alice Clark Linton.  The woman standing at the extreme left of the photo, as you look at it, is youngest daughter Frances Barber Linton Montgomery, my great-grandmother, with husband Robert E. Lee Montgomery, and daughters Alice, my grandmother, the oldest, standing in front of her father, and Margaret, Laura and Lillie.  The woman seated close to the Linton/Montgomery family is Lucy Edwards, a niece of the two Edward sisters and wife of Ben Edwards, and the man standing behind her is Bill Edwards.  Susie Edwards, another niece, is seated behind Sarah Barber Edwards.  The Clarkson family is on the right of the photo as you look at it.

Inventory of Edward Barber Edwards – Washington County

Edward Barber Edwards is my 4th great-grandfather.  He married Nancy Linton, a daughter of Captain John Linton and Ann Mason.  Edward moved his family to Washington County, Kentucky, two years before the captain, perhaps making plans and preparing for their removal from Loudoun County, Virginia, two years later.  When he arrived in Springfield, the county seat, on November 27, 1816, he made oath the he ‘removed to Kentucky with intention to become a citizen, that he brought with him four slaves named Stephen, Hannah, Polly and Charles.’  The four slaves that are listed on this inventory.

Edward was the son of Jonathan Edwards and Sarah Barber, born April 21, 1768.  Of their eight children six were born in Virginia – Susan Clark, John L., Catherine Kitural, Jonathan Joseph, Benjamin Mason, Mary Jane – and the last two in Kentucky – Martha L. and Sarah Barber Edwards.

Wife Nancy Linton Edwards lived another 36 years, passing away in 1861.

I’m always fascinated to read an inventory, see what was owned.  This inventory seems normal, stock, farming implements, dishes, furniture.  I’m not sure about the tea board – was this a small table or buffet holding a teapot and cups?  Since I enjoy my cup of tea so very much, I hope so!

I took photos of the original inventory to give a good idea of what it looked like – the coloring of the paper, the ink and the handwriting.  The names of the appraisers are all familiar to me – John Rudd’s family married into the Montgomery family; Thomas Janes’ son married Edward’s daughter, Mary Jane Edwards; and Thomas Hagan married a Linton.

Washington County, Kentucky

Will Book D, Pages 21-22

An Inventory of the Estate of Edward B. Edwards, deceased, taken at his late dwelling house on the 13 March 1824 by Thomas Janes, Thomas Hagan and John Rudd.

  • Slave Stephen – $200
  • Slave Charles – $250
  • Slave Polly – $150
  • Slave Hannah – $200
  • Wagon and gear – $80
  • One horse – $3
  • One horse – $40
  • One horse – $25
  • One horse – $6
  • One horse – $5
  • One horse – $5
  • One horse – $30
  • Twelve head of cattle – $60
  • Five calves – $7.50
  • Forty-four hogs – $44
  • Eight sheep – $8
  • Three sows and pigs – $9
  • Wheat fan – $5
  • Four shovel plows – $4
  • Two barshear plows and four single trees – $3
  • Two iron wedges – $0.75
  • Grindstone – $1.50
  • Three scythes and cradles – $4
  • Lot of old iron – $1.50
  • Five axes – $5
  • Seven hoes and mattock – $3
  • Crosscut saw and file – $4
  • Hand saw, drawing knife and two augers – $2
  • Three linen wheels – $3
  • Three large wheels – $3
  • Eight tubs – $2
  • Wooden ware – $0.75
  • Two kettles and hooks – 44
  • One loom – $5
  • Cupboard and furniture – $8
  • Six Windsor chairs – $6
  • Six chairs – $1
  • Knives and forks – $0.75
  • Pewter – $1.50
  • Two tables – $4
  • Looking glass – $0.75
  • Tea board – $1.50

  • One real – $0.50
  • One bedstead and furniture – $20
  • Two bedsteads and furniture – $40
  • Three trunks – $0.37
  • One teakettle and shovel – $1.50
  • One basket – $0.25
  • One chest – $1.50
  • Bed covering – $30
  • One bedstead and furniture – $15
  • Two bedsteads and furniture – $15
  • Three stays – $0.75

John Rudd, Thomas Janes, Thomas Hagan

At a County Court began and held for Washington County at the Court House in Springfield, on Monday the 14th day of June 1824.

This Inventory and appraisement of the Estate of Edward B. Edwards, deceased, was returned and ordered to be recorded which has accordingly been recorded in Will Book D, Page 21.

Att. John Hughes, Jr., W. C. C.

Revolutionary War Papers For Loudoun County Virginia March 1778 – October 1779

About six weeks ago I ordered copies of the Revolutionary War records of my 5th great-grandfather, John Linton.  He was recommended as Lieutenant in 1778 and Captain in 1781.  I share with you today the lists of those soldiers recommended for changes in rank for March of 1778 through October 1779. Hopefully you can use this information!

One other note, several others on this list are very familiar to me.  Daniel Lewis is a relative of Captain John, Scarlett Berkeley is his half-brother.  Joseph Butler is a cousin of the captain’s wife, Ann Mason, and George Mason her brother.

March 1778

  • James Whaley, Jr. – Second Lieutenant
  • William Carnan – Ensign
  • Daniel Lewis – Second Lieutenant
  • Hugh Douglass – Ensign
  • Isaac Vandeventer – Lieutenant
  • John Dodd – Ensign

May 1778

  • William McClellan – Captain
  • Francis Russell and James Beavers – Lieutenants
  • George Summers and Charles Eskridge – Colonels
  • Samuel Cox – Major
  • Robert McClain – Captain
  • Scarlett Berkeley and Moses Thomas – Lieutenants
  • Henry Farnsworth and John Russell – Lieutenants
  • Gustavus Eligin and John Miller – Lieutenants
  • Samuel Butcher and Joshua Botts – Lieutenants
  • William Elliot – Ensign
  • John Williams and George Taylor – Lieutenants
  • Richard Shore – Ensign
  • John Henry – Captain
  • Nathaniel Adams and George Mason – Lieutenants
  • Peter Benham – Ensign

August 1778

  • Thomas Marks, William Robinson and Joseph Butler – Lieutenants
  • Joseph Wildman – Ensign
  • John Linton – Lieutenant
  • George Asbury – Ensign

September 1778

  • John Shrieve – Ensign

April 1779

  • Francis Russell – Lieutenant

May 1779

  • Joseph Wildman – Lieutenant
  • Francis Elgin, Jr. – Ensign

June 14th 1779

  • Jacob Caton – Ensign
  • George Kilgore – Lieutenant

July 12th 1779

  • John Debell – Lieutenant
  • William Hutchison – Ensign

October 11th 1779

  • Francis Russell – Captain

 

‘The Godfather of Muhlenberg County’

A few days ago, I introduced you to Henry Rhoads, known as the ‘Godfather of Muhlenberg County’.  In 1913 Otto A. Rothert published his A History of Muhlenberg County, and gives us much information on the early settlers and up to the present day – that is, 1911 present day.  Most of my information is taken from that book.

As mentioned in the earlier blog, Henry Rhoads came to America, with his brothers, from Germany.  He fought in the Revolutionary War under General John Peter Muhlenberg, who commanded soldiers mostly from Germany and Holland, and in whose honor, Henry Rhoads later named the county in which he lived.

At first the Rhoads families settled in what is today Calhoun in McLean County, and was originally called Vienna, but the title to the land was lost by the brothers in a court case.  They moved to what is now Browder in Muhlenberg County.  ‘When Henry Rhoads came to this part of the Green River country he stopped at Barnett’s Fort, on Rough River, above Hartford.  He first located his claim for land at the site of the present town of Calhoun and laid out a town in 1784 and called it Rhoadsville.  When Rhoads was defeated by Captain John Hanley, agent for the Dorsey’s, of Maryland, the name of the town was changed to Vienna.  Rhoads then went back to Barnett’s Fort for a short time and soon after located in Logan County, the bounds of the present county of Muhlenberg, five miles from Paradise on Green River and a mile for the present town of Browder on the Louisville & Nashville Railroad.

‘Simultaneously with the departure of the Germans to the south side of the river, they erected a fortification about five miles south from Rumsey for refuge in case of Indian attack.  This was called “Pond Station.”  This was in Muhlenberg until the territory embracing it was made a part of McLean County.  About the same time such of the residents of Fort Vienna as owned slaves quit the fort and opened up farms north of the river, where some of their descendants are still to be found.’

After a long struggle with the courts Henry Rhoads received 2,000 acres of a 7,000-acre tract he had surveyed for General Alexander McClanahan.  Not until October of 1801 did he receive a deed to his property.  It was on this tract that the family lived, and the farm was passed from father to son for more than a century.  The graveyard for the Rhoads family is near the historic house.  The small stone for Henry Rhoads reads – H. R., B. J. 5, 1739, D. M. 6, 1814.

We all having those interesting tidbits handed down through the generations, and the Rhoads family is no different.  The following story is from Mr. Rothert’s book – ‘When Henry Rhoads settled on his tract of land, Muhlenberg was practically an unbroken wilderness.  Many wild animals, large and small, held sway.  A number of stories are told about the game that roamed over these hills in olden times.  I here repeat two of these stories, because they are characteristic of life in the wilderness and because they are incidents from the life of Muhlenberg’s first great pioneer, handed down by local tradition.

‘When Henry Rhoads was building his log house his neighbors were few and far between, but all came with a helping hand and a happy heart to take part in his “house-raising.”  These old-time house-raisings were attended as much for the sake of their social features as for the purpose of building a house.

‘One afternoon, while the crowd was busily engaged on the roof of this building, a large bear leisurely wandered into sight.  When the men saw the animal, they stopped work and immediately started on a bear chase.  Some ran after hmi with axes and others with guns.  The women of the wilderness always lent a helping hand.  In this instance one woman followed in the bear chase with a pitchfork.  After an exciting time, old Bruin was finally killed.  That night a large bearskin was stretched on the new log wall and barbecued bear meat was served in abundance at all the other meals prepared for the house-raising party.

‘But the noise made by the bear-chasers evidently did not scare all the wild animals out of the neighborhood.  About a year after that event Henry Rhoads, while walking in his wood, which is still standing a short distance north of the old house, espied a large drove of wild turkeys.  He slowly raised his flint-lock rifle for the purpose of shooting a fine gobbler strutting under a white oak within close range.  When he was about ready to pull the trigger, he heard a rustling in the dry leaves behind him.  Rhoads looked around, and to his great surprise saw a huge panther preparing to spring upon him.  Without stopping to take sure aim he fired at the threatening beast.  Luckily the bullet hit the animal between the eyes and killed it instantly.  A half-hour later Rhoads walked back home with the panther skin on his arm and his trusty flint-lock on his shoulder.

‘These old flint-locks were, as a rule, fine-sight and unerring.  They were slow but sure, although they did not kill every panther they were aimed at.  Compared with modern rifles they were slow in all the operations that preceded and resulted in the discharge of the bullet.’

In the July 12, 2002, edition of The Messenger-Inquirer, of Owensboro, Kentucky, an article mentions that Henry Rhoads father was Heinrich Rhoads, who came to this country from Germany, ‘and was a German gunsmith, who is credited with inventing the Pennsylvania long rifle that he made for frontiersmen such as Daniel Boone, a Rhoads family friend.  The weapon was later called a Kentucky long rifle.’

Henry Rhoads was a member of the State Legislature from Logan Count when, in 1798, Muhlenberg was formed, and he was the first man to represent the new county in the House of Representatives.  In addition, he is credited with drawing plans for the first courthouse of the county.  In his later years Henry Rhoads spent most of his time on his farm, until his death in 1814.

In 1839, in Logan County, Elizabeth Linton, daughter of Benjamin Franklin Linton and Lucy Crewdson, and granddaughter of Captain John Linton and Ann Mason, married Jacob Vaught Rhoads.  Jacob’s father was David Rhoads, born in Pennsylvania in 1777.  He married Elizabeth Vaught, also from Pennsylvania.  I cannot say that Jacob Vaught Rhoads is a grandson of Henry Rhoads, but it is possible; otherwise he would be a great-nephew.

DAR Application Based On Captain John Linton

Today I share with you the original National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution working sheet for application of Adelaide Linton Cartier.  She is a cousin, along with being a cousin of Garwood Linton, my good friend (and cousin!) from Logan County and Jefferson County.  He brought Adelaide’s boxes of research to me several years ago.  Adelaide, of course, entered the DAR through our mutual great-great-grandfather, Captain John Hancock Linton, lieutenant and then captain of the Loudoun Militia.  He was born in Prince William County, Virginia, in 1750, before the county of Loudoun was formed.  John married Ann Mason, a daughter of Benjamin Mason and Elizabeth Berkeley.  During the last few years of the 18th century and the first few years of the 19th century, several of John and Ann’s children (along with a few of her brothers and sisters) came to Kentucky.  The Masons settled in Nelson County, along with Moses Linton.  The rest of the Linton’s made roots in neighboring Washington County.  In 1818, the remaining children came with the Captain.  I can just see that long line of children, grandchildren, slaves, packhorses, coming through the Cumberland Gap!  John Linton lived to the grand age of 86, his wife, 82.  They, along with other family members, are buried in the Linton Cemetery on Hwy 555.

Now for Adelaide’s application.

Mrs. Adelaide Linton Cartier, wife of Roderic Walter Cartier, descendant of Captain John Linton.

  1. I am the daughter of Hugh Walter Linton, born February 22, 1883, at Logan County, Kentucky, died at Hopkinsville, Kentucky, on March 21, 1945, and his only wife, Lydabel Garnett, born on October 12, 1891, at Hopkinsville, Kentucky, married on February 5, 1913.
  2. The said Hugh Walter Linton was the child of John Wesley Linton, born on November 14, 1843, at Logan County, Kentucky, died at Russellville, Kentucky, on July 4, 1930, and his only wife Emma Adelaide Proctor, born on October 11, 1850, at Logan County, Kentucky, died at Russellville, Kentucky, on May 10, 1928, married on November 11, 1869.
  3. The said John Wesley Linton was the child of Benjamin Burkett Linton, born on April 29, 1821, died at Logan County, Kentucky, on July 23, 1894, and his first wife, Nancy Jane Newman, born on March 6, 1822, at Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, died at Logan County, Kentucky, on July 7, 1879, married February 2, 1843.
  4. The said Benjamin Burkett Linton was the child of Rev. Benjamin Franklin Linton, born on June 10, 1777, at Virginia, died at Springfield, Kentucky, in 1861 and his wife Lucy Crewdson, born in 1785, died at Logan County, Kentucky, on August 13, 1837, married 1800.
  5. The said Benjamin Franklin Linton was the child of Captain John Linton, born in 1750, at Prince William County, Virginia, died at Springfield, Kentucky, December 4, 1836, and his wife Ann Mason, born in Virginia, died at Springfield, Kentucky, in 1832, married about 1770.

Details showing the family descent.  Give reference to verify the above statement of birth, marriage and death, by volume and page of reference is made to published work, and a duplicate certified or attested copy of facts where reference is made to Family Bible, tombstone, or other unpublished authority.  Statements based upon tradition cannot be considered.

File Case of John Linton, Virginia and Kentucky

2nd generation – Birth, death and marriage dates from Family Bible, shown in affidavit No. I.  Marriage is also shown in Logan County Court Records, Book 3, Page 100.

3rd generation – Birth, death, marriage dates from Family Bible and on tombstones at Bibbs Chapel Cemetery, sworn to in affidavits I and II.

4th generation – Birth place and date on B. F. Linton found in St. Louis Medical and Surgical Journal, January and February issue 1867.  His death date on tombstone near Springfield, Kentucky, sworn to in affidavit No. II.  His wife’s birth and death dates found on tombstone at Kennerly Chapel in affidavit No. II.  Affidavit No. I shows B. B. Linton was son of B. F. Linton.

Ancestor’s Services

The said Captain John Linton was lieutenant in Militia for Loudoun County, Virginia.  Commissioned in February 8, 1779, recommended August 1778.  Commissioned Captain of the Militia in Loudoun County, Virginia, April 10, 1781, recommended February 1781.  He was Lieutenant in the Third Continental Dragoons.  The said Captain John Linton is the ancestor who assisted in establishing American Independence, while acting in the capacity of lieutenant in the Militia for Loudoun County, Virginia, from February 8, 1779, to April 10, 1781, when he was commissioned captain of the Militia for Loudoun County, Virginia.

State authority for service claimed by volume and page – Order Book ‘G’, Folio 130, page 134-135.  History of Loudoun County, Virginia, Vol. 9, Page 22, 54, Virginia County Records.

I need to research the Third Continental Dragoons before I could positively say that John Linton was a part of that group.  Today I sent an email to the Loudoun County Clerk for more information.  I will let you know what I find.

1770 Indenture Between Sarah Foster and Benjamin Mason

An indenture is another word for deed – used mainly in colonial days and the early days of our country.  I wanted to share this, first for the wording of indenture, and for the handwriting.  Like today, everything is precisely written, facts mentioned several times, to make sure all the T’s were crossed, and I’s dotted. 

The handwriting of this indenture is beautiful, quite different from most I’ve seen.  Each letter and word is so exact, today it could be a font.  Would you have guessed the last name of the seller to be Foster?  The capital ‘F’ is very elaborate, and you must look carefully at the ‘s’, otherwise you may think it a second ‘o’.  The G’s, whether upper or lowercase swoop back in an elaborate half circle.  The uppercase L looks much like an S, there, again, having an elongated tail on the end – and they are all exactly the same.  The uppercase S is quite ordinary in comparison.

Benjamin Mason is my fifth great-grandfather.  His daughter, Ann Mason, married Captain John Linton in this same year, 1770.  Benjamin was a vestryman for Cameron Parish.  He was also a lawyer according to page 400 of the Loudoun County 1784-1785 Deed Book – ‘Know all men by these presents that I, Henry Alexander, of County of King George in the Commonwealth of Virginia, by these presents do nominate, constitute and appoint, my trusty friend, Benjamin Mason of Loudoun County, my true and lawful attorney.’

Benjamin Mason died in 1795.

This Indenture made the thirteenth day of January in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and seventy, and between Sarah Foster, of the County of Prince William of the one part, and Benjamin Mason, the son of George Mason, deceased, of the other part.  Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the sum of seventy-seven pounds current money of Virginia, to the said Sarah Foster in hand paid by the said Benjamin Mason, at or before the sealing and delivery of these presents, the receipt whereof doth hereby acknowledge and thereof doth release, acquit and discharge the said Benjamin Mason, his heirs, executors and administrators by these presents, she, the said Sarah Foster hath granted, bargained, sold, aligned, released and confirmed and by these presents doth grant, bargain, sell, align, release and confirm unto the said Benjamin Mason in actual possession now being by virtue of a bargain and sale to him thereof made by the said Sarah Foster for one whole year by indenture bearing date the day next before the day of the date of these presents and by for of the status for transferring into possessions and his heirs all that tract or parcel of land situated, lying and being in Cameron Parish in the County of Loudoun and bounded as followeth.  Beginning at a white oak on Broad Run being corner tree to Neilson and Waters, extending then with their line south

Forty-eight, west one hundred and forty poles to a small red oak, then south sixteen, east twenty-six poles to a branch of the said Broad Run, then up the said river and binding therewith south eighty-six, west sixty poles, then north eighty, west sixteen poles to a white oak, corner tree to William Byles, then with his line south one hundred and six poles to a red oak in the line of Sampson Turley, then with Turley’s line and binding therewith north seventy and west one hundred and forty-eight poles to an elm on Piney Branch, then north fifteen, east ninety-two poles to two red oak, corner to James Murray, still continue the same course north fifteen, east with Murray’s line one hundred and thirty-six poles to Cork’s line, then with his line south sixty eight, east one hundred and five poles to his corner near the lands of Abraham Warford, then with Warford’s line north twenty-two, east one hundred and eighty-two poles to a white oak, hickory and dogwood, his corner near the main Broad Run, then down the said run and binding there with being routed to a straight line in south sixty-nine, east to the beginning, containing two hundred and twenty-six acres, and all houses, buildings, orchards, ways, waters, profits, commodities, appurtenances whatsoever to the said premises hereby granted or any part thereof belonging or in any wise appertaining and the revision and reversions, remainder and remainders, rents and profits thereof and also all the estate right and the interest use, trust property claim and demand whatsoever of him, the said Benjamin Mason, of in and to the said premises and all deeds, evidences and writings touching or in any wise removing the same, to have and to hold the land hereby conveyed and all and singular other the premises hereby granted and released and every part and parcel thereof, with their and ever of their appurtenances unto the said Benjamin Mason, his heirs and assigns for ever to the only proper use and behoof of him, the said Benjamin Mason and of his heirs

And assigns forever.  And the said Sarah Foster, for herself, her heirs, executors and administrators, doth covenant, promise and grant to and with the said Benjamin Mason, his heirs and assigns by these presents that the said Sarah Foster, now at the time of sealing and deliver of the presents hath good power and lawful and absolute authority to grant and convey the same to the said Benjamin Mason in manner and form aforesaid.  And that the same promises now are and so forever after shall remain and be foresaid clear of and from all former and other gifts, grants, bargains, sales, dower rights and

Title of dower, judgements, executions, titles, troubles, charges and ? whatever made and committed or suffered by the said Sarah Foster or any claimant in by or under her, them or any of them the quit rents hereafter to grow and payable to the chief Lord of the ?, his heirs and successors for and in respect of the premises only, excepted and foreprized.  And lastly that the said Sarah Foster, her heirs, all and singular, the premises hereby granted and released with the appurtenances unto the said Benjamin Mason, his heirs and assigns against her, the said Sarah Foster and her heirs or any other person claiming in by her, them or any of them, and will forever warrant and defend the same by these presents.  In witness whereof the said Sarah Foster hath hereunto set her hand and seal the day and year first above written

Sarah Foster

Sealed and delivered in the presence of Howson Hooe, Patrick Hamrick, William Foster, James Foster, Benjamin Mason, John Howell

Received of Benjamin Mason seventy-seven pounds, the full consideration within mentioned this 13th day of January 1771.

Sarah Foster

Test – Howson Hooe, Patrick Hamrick, William Foster, James Foster, Benjamin Mason, John Howell

At a Court held for Loudoun County April the 8th 1771

This indenture together with the receipt thereon endorsed was proved by the oaths of

Benjamin Mason, Sr., William Foster and James Foster, three of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

Test.  Charles Binns, Clerk of the Court

1824 Receipt of John L. Edwards

‘Received of John L. Edwards the amount of my account against Edward Edwards except nine dollars 25 cents for which he has given me his note March 27, 1824.  C Rice’

This is another of the precious little pieces of paper saved by my great-grandmother Frances Barber Linton Montgomery.  Edward Barber Edwards, mentioned in the above note, was Frances’ great-grandfather, my 4th.  Edward Barber Edwards was born in Maryland, April 21, 1768, the son of Jonathan Edwards and Sarah Barber.  He married Nancy Linton, daughter of Captain John Linton and Ann Mason.

Edward, Nancy and family arrived in Washington County, Kentucky, from Loudoun County, Virginia, in November 1816, two years before the Captain and other members of the family made the move.  We know this because November 27, 1816, Edward B. Edwards made oath ‘he removed to Kentucky with intention to become a citizen, that he brought with four slaves named Stephen, Hannah, Poland and Charles, and not with intention to sell, testified by S. D. Roman, Washington County Justice of the Peace.’  Every man who brought slaves into Washington County had to make this statement.  Captain John Linton made the same statement two years later.

Edward and Nancy had six children when they made the trek from Virginia, all born in Loudoun County, Virginia – Susan Clark, John Linton, Catherine Kitural, Jonathan Joseph, Benjamin Mason and Mary Jane Edwards.  Two daughters were born in Kentucky – Martha Linton in 1817 and Sarah Barber in 1822.  This was a family that used family surnames when naming their children!

Edward Barber Edwards died two years after his youngest child was born.  His will was written January 16, 1824, and proved in court March 8, 1824.  I do not know the cause of his death.  He was 55 years.  In his will Edward gives Nancy the land that he lives on, with all the stock and Negroes, and household and kitchen furniture, except for 100 acres of land he gives to his eldest son, John Linton Edwards, at the expiration of seven years from the date of the will.  At Nancy’s death the rest of the land is to go to son Benjamin, the rest of the estate to be equally divided between his daughters and son Jonathan.  Wife Nancy, and son, John, were named executrix and executor.  The will was witnessed by William Caldwell, John Linton and John Linton.  One of the John Linton’s was Captain John, the other his son.

This note of 1824 is only one piece of the settlement of the estate of Edward Barber Edwards.  I can only be thankful that these small pieces of paper from so long ago were treasured through the years and kept as part of our family heritage.  What do you have that is a family treasure?