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Let Me Introduce You to the Linton Family!

While visiting the Linton house in Logan County, my cousin, Garwood Linton, let me look through all the old family photographs.  As with most, few were named.  But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy them!  Today I share a few with you from Garwood’s collection – with my guesses for who they may be.

This is a beautiful photograph of an older woman.  Notice her fine features, her sweet face – and her hands!  She holds her spectacles in one, and a book in another.  They look like they’ve worked hard during her years of life.

This photograph is a cabinet card – 6.5″ x 4.25″.  It was made in Bowling Green, Kentucky, not far from Russellville, by Bettison’s Studio.  This is an early cabinet card, no frills, that I would date to about 1872.  If we check the family tree, this could possibly be Garwood’s 3rd great-grandmother, Nancy Jane Newman, born in 1822, died 1879, who married Benjamin Burkett Linton.

Isn’t this a beautiful woman?  This is a tintype photo, taken about 1885, my guess.  Tintypes do not have the name of the photographer listed.

A handsome gentleman is next.  This is a carte de visite, 2.5″ x 4″.  The photographer was L. D. Robertson, South Side Public Square, Franklin, Kentucky.  The Linton family lived in Logan County between the towns of Russellville and Franklin (in Simpson County).  Due to the large sleeves and lapels of the coat, this photo was most likely taken in the 1860’s.   Could this be a young Thomas Alney Linton?

This is an 1870’s gent – the lapels of his coat are smaller, and buttoned at the top.  He wears a very  nice watch chain!  Another tintype, but I can’t say who this man might be.

Here we have a photo of a handsome couple.  The bustle lets us know this is from the 1870’s.  The man wears a slightly larger jacket than this time period, but it could have been held over from previous years.  This tintype has just a bit of color added to the cheeks.

Next we have this cherub!  What adorable sweetness!  The tiny feet and hands, hair sticking up – and sitting in a tiny chair!  This is a very old carte de visite, perhaps taken in 1862.  There is no border or photographer’s name on the card.  This child is obviously a year of age or younger.  Checking the data base for Linton descendants from the patriarch, Benjamin Franklin Linton, one child does fit this age – his granddaughter, Louella C. Linton, daughter of Benjamin Burkett Linton – and sister to John Wesley Linton who owned this home.  Unfortunately Louella lived only a year or two.  If this is her photo, it’s probably the only one taken of her.

What a treat to look through a large drawer of photos from another time period!  Thank you, Cousin!

Children of Daniel Dunscombe Duncan and Frances Rosetta James

Today I went to the boxes of genealogy information brought to me by my cousin, Garwood Linton, originally of Logan County.  Garwood’s Linton family descends from Benjamin Franklin Linton, son of Captain John Linton; I descend from son William Linton and daughter Nancy Linton.  

This list of information on the family of Daniel Dunscombe Duncan and Frances Rosetta James is in the handwriting of Louis B. Linton.  I believe he was another Linton cousin my great-grandmother, Frances Linton Montgomery, corresponded with during the 1920’s and 30’s.  Louis B. Linton’s mother is the Susan Mary Duncan on this list.  She married Thomas Alvey Linton.  And Thomas Alvey Linton is a brother to John Wesley Linton, Garwood’s 2nd great-grandfather.  Wow!  Those complicated Linton lines – but then all family lines usually are!

We plan to visit Logan County and western Kentucky later in the fall, and will stay at Garwood’s airbnb farm cottage – it is lovely and the scenery is breathtaking!  We will rest and relax – and I’m sure there will be some genealogy research involved.

Daniel Dunscombe Duncan, August 23, 1833 – February 28, 1910, married Frances Rosetta James, September 28, 1854.  She was born December 15, 1833, and died December 22, 1915.  Their children are as follows:

  1. Ida Elizabeth Duncan, July 20, 1855 – 1919.
  2. Sam Henry Duncan, March 29, 1857 – September 27, 1944
  3. Susan Mary Duncan, January 17, 1859 – August 3, 1907
  4. William Edward Duncan, November 28, 1860 – June 27, 1898
  5. Isaac Lunsford Duncan, December 25, 1862 – March 19, 1936
  6. Lennie (Fanny Ann) Duncan, February 15, 1864 – January 17, 1928
  7. Robert Lee Duncan, August 24, 1866 – October 12, 1915
  8. Walter Duncan, October 12, 1868 – March 12, 1941
  9. Charles James Duncan, October 17, 1870 – May 25, 1898
  10. D. D. Duncan, Jr., October 13, 1872 – August 30, 1936
  11. Thomas Price Duncan, May 24, 1875 – December 11, 1957

 

Tintypes – Last of the Cased Photographs

The last of the cased photographs are tintypes – which is actually a misnomer since they were not made of tin, but metal.  These were easy to make, inexpensive and durable.  An easy way to know if you have a tintype is to use a magnet – the pull will be felt even through the case.  Tintypes were made from about 1855 to 1880 – but once the carte-de-visite card photographs became popular in the 1860’s, fewer tintypes were made.  And after the 1860’s most of the tintypes were in paper envelopes instead of a case.

I have four tintypes.  The first is of a baby – Alice Clark Linton, daughter of Edward Edwards Linton and Catherine Elizabeth Taylor – in fact, their oldest child.  She is also the granddaughter of John Compton Taylor and Susan Clark Edwards; and William Linton and Eliza Lyon Moran.  The man holding Alice is a mystery.  I believe it might be her father, Edward Linton, but that is only a guess.  Alice Linton was born in 1855, and she looks to be about one to two years in this photo.  She wears a lovely dress made of beautiful material.  Her little cheeks are tinted.  The gentleman is gently holding her head for a clear photo – in which he succeeded – but her feet were not so still!

The next photo is that of John Compton Taylor.  He, his sons Edward and Benjamin, his daughter Margaret, his second wife, Susan Kimberlain, and their two daughters, Mary and Sarah, were soon to move to Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.  I believe these photos were taken before the journey began.  Catherine Elizabeth Taylor Linton, John Taylor’s oldest daughter, was the only child remaining in Kentucky.  These photos would be remembrances for those leaving, and those left behind.  This particular photo was said to be Captain John Linton.  However, he died in 1836, long before photographs were introduced into the United States.  After I came to that conclusion, I thought perhaps it could be his son, Rev. Benjamin Franklin Linton.  But I have recently seen a photograph of Benjamin Linton, and this is not his photo.

Then I put this photo next to one of John Compton Taylor.  There is absolutely no doubt.  In this photo, his hair is longer.  But look at the ears – John Taylor’s ears are very distinctive – and you can see them in both photos.  This is a carte-de-visite photo card.  Can you see the resemblance? You can see the decorative mat, the shape being a double elliptical with stamped decoration.  This was used from 1858 to 1860.  The reinforced corners and sides of the preserver also date to this time period.

The next two tintype photographs are of William Linton (son of Captain John Linton) and his wife, Eliza Lyon Moran.  William’s photograph is nicely tinted – his cheeks and his handkerchief.  He wears the clothing of the period (1858-1860), but is extra dapper with his light-colored vest.

William Linton’s mat is a double elliptical, with stamped decoration.  The preserver, not shown is decorative and has reinforced corners.

Eliza Lyon Moran Linton doesn’t see very happy in this photo, although neither was anyone else during this time-period.  Part of her problem, William was a handful to live with!  I suppose there is one in every family.  Eventually all their financial dealings were turned over to their son Edward Linton.  Eliza wears a very beautiful lacy cap.  It is hard to see the rest of her outfit due to deterioration, but if greatly enlarged there are little embroidered embellishments on her cape, with more on the actual dress.

Eliza Linton’s mat is an oval shape, nicely decorated.

These are such precious gifts from earlier generations.

 

Relationships to me:

Alice Clark Linton – 2nd great-aunt

Edward Edwards Linton and Catherine Elizabeth Taylor – 2nd great-grandparents

John Compton Taylor and Susan Clark Edwards – 3rd great-grandparents

William Linton and Eliza Lyon Moran – 3rd great-grandparents

Captain John Linton – 4th and 5th great-grandfather

John Wesley Linton Family Photo

Today I share with you a photo of John Wesley Linton and wife Emma Adelaide Proctor, and two of their children.  With a bit of thought and research I believe I can tell you which of their five children are in the photo.  Let’s start with a little history.

John Wesley Linton’s grandfather was Benjamin Franklin Linton, who was born June 16, 1777, in Loudoun County, Virginia, the son of Captain John Linton and Ann Mason.  Benjamin F. Linton married Lucy Crewdson, April 12, 1805, in Fluvanna County, Virginia.  Even though his parents and other brothers and sisters moved to the Washington/Nelson County area in Kentucky, Benjamin settled in Logan County, Kentucky.

Benjamin and Lucy had twelve children – Mildred L., Moses Lewis, Nany M., John, Thomas Crewdson, William Crewdson, Elizabeth, Benjamin Burkette, John Newman, Lucy Crewdson, Burkette Lewis and George Thomas Linton.  Most of the older children moved away from Logan County, the younger ones stayed in Logan County.

Mildred married her cousin John L. Edwards, who lived in Washington County, Kentucky.  They are buried in the Linton Cemetery, along with the Captain and other members of the family.

Moses Lewis Linton married Ann Rachel Booker, from Washington County, became a doctor and moved his family to St. Louis, Missouri.  He taught at the university and was very widely known for his medical skills, as well as his charitable work.  In the new St. Louis Cathedral he is memorialized on the ceiling as a founding member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

Nancy Mason Linton married John Mize and lived in Logan County.

John Linton, also a doctor, moved to Iowa and lived among the Indians of that area, treating them and learning their ways.  He is featured in the Garnavillo Iowa Museum, with many of his doctor’s tools, vials, medicines, and other items.

I’m not sure where Thomas Crewdson Linton lived, or who he married.

William Crewdson moved farther than any of his siblings.  He kept moving west, finally making it to California, where he lived until his death.

The other children all lived in Logan County.  Benjamin Burkette Linton married Nancy Jane Newman.  They are the parents of John Wesley Linton, featured in the photo.  John Wesley Linton was born November 14, 1843.  He joined the southern cause during the Civil War, and was part of the Orphan Brigade.  So many members of his company died that he vowed if he returned home he would plant cedar trees for each and every one who did not return.  True to his word, John Wesley did plant those trees – and many are still growing on his farm today!

After the war, John Wesley Linton married Emma Adelaide Proctor on November 11, 1869.  The couple had five children, Benjamin Proctor, John Warder, James Thomas, Lucy N. and Hugh Walter Linton.  Unfortunately, Lucy died at the age of 22 in 1903.  The four sons lived until the 1940’s – Benjamin Proctor Linton died January 19, 1941; the other three brothers died in 1945 – the youngest, Hugh Walter Linton, died March 21; James Thomas Linton died November 13; and two weeks later John Warder Linton died November 27.

Now, back to the photo.  Looking at the clothing and examining the card leads me to believe this photograph was taken about 1883-1885.  The card has an uneven scalloped edge which is appropriate to that time period.  There is no image printed on the back, but a small, photo-like image is glued to the back.  If you look careful you can see Genelli, St. Louis, printed under the photo of the woman.  I found Genelli, Hubert Brothers, Proprietors, running a photographic studio at 923 Olive Street from 1885.

John Wesley Linton and his family lived in Logan County, Kentucky, near the town of Russellville.  But they had family who lived in St. Louis!  Dr. Moses Lewis Linton had died by this date, but his children lived there.  I’m convinced this was taken during a visit to cousins.

Our next obstacle – which two children are shown in the photo?  My guess would be James Thomas and Lucy.  If you enlarge the photo you can definitely see the child standing with her hand on her father’s shoulder is a little girl.  She wears a ring on the middle finger of her right hand, and a small necklace, and her hair is styled very similar to her mother’s.  The little boy looks a few years older.  In 1885 Lucy would have been five and Thomas, eight.  It could also be that the photo was taken a year or two earlier.  There is no photographer’s name at the bottom of the card, and that could be due to setting up shop.  Either way, I feel very confident in naming the two wee ones.  The older boys could have been left at home with relatives; and Hugh, who was born in February of 1883, may have been too young to travel.  Another reason to date this photo to 1884 was the death of Ann Rachel Booker Linton, Moses’ wife, March 5, 1884.

Always check the small clues that may help you date photographs.  They will help you get close to the date.

1941 Letter From Hugh Walter Linton to Frances Barber Linton Montgomery – Cousins!

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.

Your Cousin,

Hugh

New Evidence for Linton Cemetery

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Linton Cemetery, October 11, 2013

My 4th great-grandfather, Captain John Hancock Linton, came to Washington County, Kentucky, from Loudoun County, Virginia, in early November of 1818.  Some of his children arrived in Kentucky a few years before this date, but by 1818 the captain and his wife Ann Mason Linton, his ten children and their families, were all in Kentucky.

John Linton died December 4, 1836.  A few years previous to that, according to family tradition, he laid off an area of his property to be used for family burial.  His wife, Ann, died November 14, 1832, and it is very probable this was the occasion when this occurred.  There are seven gravestones in the cemetery:  Captain John Linton; William Moran, died January 3, 1838, son-in-law; William Linton, died about 1859, son; Eliza Moran Linton, William’s wife; Rev. Benjamin Franklin Linton, died February 22, 1861, son; John L. Edwards, died December 23, 1883, and Mildred Linton Edwards, died February 25, 1878, grandchildren.  As large as the cemetery is, it seems logical there are more people buried there, and that is the tradition.

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Linton Cemetery, May 6, 2012

This photo gives a better indication of the size of the cemetery.  This is the side of the cemetery.

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Linton Cemetery, May 25, 2014

This is another angle, giving a good idea of the width of the cemetery.  The front line is in front of the cross toward the left of the photo.  You can just see the posts for the gate.  So it seems impossible that only seven people would be buried here.  And now I have proof.  Sometimes it’s just a matter of looking long enough, but other times it’s just a matter of good luck!

I have written about the new cousin I met last year in Logan County – Garwood Linton.  Garwood is a descendent of Captain John Linton through his son, Benjamin Franklin Linton – the same who is buried in this cemetery with his father!  A few weeks ago Garwood wrote that one of his family members brought him four boxes of old photos, documents and genealogy research.  He asked if I would mind going through this treasure, cataloging the contents and making some sense of it for him.  Let’s just say I was thrilled!  I feel very honored that he trusted me enough to leave the boxes with me for a while.  In the short time I’ve had to look through the contents, I found a letter from my great-aunt, Lillian Montgomery Goodrich, written to Mary Adelaide Linton Cartier, the daughter of Hugh Walter Linton with whom my great-grandmother, Frances Barber Linton Montgomery, corresponded with for years.  The letter was written in 1944.  In it, among other information, is the following:

One of my mother’s sisters, Martha Susan Linton, died at age three, and four infants, children of Edward Linton and Catherine Taylor Linton, are buried in the family burial burying ground on Captain John’s land on the Willisburg Road, about two miles from Springfield, Kentucky.  This land was known later on as the Walter William’s land, and at this writing in 1944 as the Taylor Spalding land.

There are very likely other family members buried here.  I feel certain Ann Mason Linton, wife of Captain John, is buried here, although there is no stone marking her grave.  Perhaps there was originally a stone that has since been destroyed.  The iron fence was erected around the cemetery in the early days of the 20th century, when some of the older generation were still alive, and knew the measurements of the cemetery.  At the conference Ritchey and I attended at St. Catharine College in June, we talked with someone about using modern techniques to find the number of people actually buried in a cemetery.  Perhaps one day!

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Linton Cemetery, October 20, 2008

We will continue to visit the Linton Cemetery, as Ritchey and I have done throughout the years.  There are good years and bad years – as you can see from the height of the weeds in the above photo!  But Captain John Hancock Linton and his family will not be forgotten – at least as long as I am here to keep his memory alive and share his information with all of you!

 

Linton Family Bible

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During our visit to Logan County, Kentucky, in March of 2013, Ritchey and I were fortunate to  meet a Linton cousin – Garwood Linton!  He is also a descendant of Captain John Hancock Linton through son Benjamin Franklin Linton.  I descend from Captain John’s son William and his daughter Nancy.  Garwood was kind enough to let us photo the family bible of John Wesley and Emma Adelaide Proctor Linton – his ancestors.  As you can see from the above photo, the bible has seen many years and shows its condition – but think of the history contained in that bible!  It is a treasured possession!

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This certifies that the rite of Holy Matrimony was celebrated between John Wesley Linton of Logan County, Kentucky, and Emma Adelaide Proctor of Logan County, Kentucky, on the 11th day of November 1869, at M. D. Bell, by Rev. W. J. Taylor.  Witness:  C. F. James and John E. Hollins.

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BIRTHS

  • John Wesley Linton was born November 14, 1843
  • Emma Adelaide Linton was born October 11, 1850
  • Benjamin Proctor Linton was born March 8, 1872
  • John Warder Linton was born June 20, 1875
  • James Thomas Linton was born November 30, 1877
  • Lucy Newman Linton was born December 21, 1880
  • Hugh Walter Linton was born February 22, 1883

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MARRIAGES

  • John Wesley Linton and Emma Adelaide Proctor were united in marriage November 11, 1869
  • Benjamin Proctor Linton and Lucy Vitula Ragland were united in marriage December 24, 1895
  • James Thomas Linton and Allie May Beauchamp were married October 25, 1905, by Rev. J. H. Moore
  • John Warder Linton and Eugenia Howard were united in marriage
  • Hugh Walter Linton and Lydabel Garnett were united in marriage February 5, 1913, at the home of the bride’s father, Walter F. Garnett, in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, by Rev. Calvin M. thompson, Baptist minister

DEATHS

  • Lucy Newman Linton died March 15, 1903, of typhoid fever at Auburn, Kentucky
  • Emma Adelaide Proctor Linton died May 3, 1928, at home, Corinth, Kentucky.
  • John Wesley Linton died July 4, 1930, at B. F. Linton’s, Russellville, Kentucky
  • Benjamin Proctor Linton died January 19, 1941, at home, Corinth, Kentucky
  • Hugh Walter Linton died March 21, 1945, at home, Hopkinsville, Kentucky
  • James Thomas Linton died November  , 1945, at home, Russellville, Kentucky
  • John Warder Linton died November  , 1945, at home, Russellville, Kentucky

I do not have the marriage date for John Warder Linton and Eugenia Howard – and I notice it is not in the family bible.  The dates of death for the two brothers who died in November of 1945, with younger brother Hugh dying in March of the same year, are James Thomas Linton died November 13, and John Warder Linton died exactly two weeks later, November 27, 1945.

Lucy Newman Linton never married and had no descendants.

Benjamin Proctor Linton and Florence Vitula Ragland had eight children:  Maurice Ragland, Thomas Densmore, Benjamin Proctor, Jr., Lucy Evelyn, Amanda, John Lee, Vitula Florence and Sara Elizabeth Linton.

John Warder Linton and Eugenia Bell Howard had two children:  Martha Elizabeth and Eugenia Howard Linton.

James Thomas Linton and Allie Mae Beauchamp had two children:  James Clark and May Lucy Linton.

Hugh Walter Linton and Eliza “Lydabel” Belfield Garnett had three children:  Hugh Walter, Jr., Mary Adelaide and Frances Garnett Linton.